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From Hopelessness to Happiness: How God's Directions Get Us There

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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November 27, 2020 3:00 am

From Hopelessness to Happiness: How God's Directions Get Us There

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie

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November 27, 2020 3:00 am

If we thought about it, many of us could name our 10 favorite movies . . . our 10 favorite actors . . . our 10 favorite songs . . . our 10 favorite meals. But what about God’s top 10 instructions, carved on stone tablets and hand-delivered to Moses on Mt. Sinai?

Today on A New Beginning, Pastor Greg Laurie helps us dig in to those instructions as we return to his series called Water–Fire–Stone . . . an enlightening study of the life of Moses. Good encouragement coming our way today.

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The following message from Pastor Greg Laurie is made possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God check out virtue our website for Christian women go to harvest.org/virtue your new name. Jen, why do we have to know is not like they're written in stone around today pressure Greg Laurie invites us to learn them will all of these commitments but we need to do more than memorize the commitment we need to internalize because they are not obsolete. You keep these come, you will be a happy person if we thought about May Martin's favorite movie, favorite artist and favorite song you want about God's prompt and instruction carved on stone tablets and hand delivered to Moses on Mount Sinai. Pastor Greg Laurie helps us dig into the structure. Return to a series of cold water fires. Lightning study the life of Moses coming our way home. That is something that seems the insured's why in this day and age to read a headline from a news site the other day that says quote Americans of the unhappy as they have been in 50 years. 14% of Americans say they are very unhappy, down from 31% said they were happy in 2018.

This is because of the impact of the coronavirus and the stay-at-home orders and all the other problems that have come as a result of other people are feeling isolated and lonely uncertain about their future and in some cases hopeless. Some are even finding themselves entertaining suicidal thoughts tragically so maybe been given into them. So I want to speak to you right now.

Anyone who has ever felt as though your life does not matter, no one would miss you if you're gone me say this to you. You could not be more wrong.

You are loved by God. You are loved by so many people more than you realize in your life as meaning your life has purpose. You of a place and we need you so I want you to hang on. You know sometimes when you're young life can seem so unfair in life can seem so hard and you wonder how my going to get through it and look this is one of the few advantages of age of I could trade. I'd rather be young again. But sometimes I feel like I'm a young person trapped in an old persons body but let me just say this if you're young and you're facing some crisis right now. No matter how bad it is you're going to get through it whatever you're going through. It's going to pass.

Ultimately, this too shall pass. No, honestly, it may browse like a kidney stone through your system, but it is going to pass and you are going to get through it and listen to this God can take all of that occurred in the pain that you've experienced in life and ultimately use it to touch other people and make you the man or the woman that he wants you to be.

I'm not speaking from a vacuum. I was not raised in a Christian home. I didn't have a Christian mom and dad that tuck me in the bed at night and read me Bible stories and live the opposite of that life. I think most of you know my story, raised by an alcoholic mother married and divorced seven times been drug all around the country. A very crazy tumultuous childhood and it was hard and it was difficult. But when I came to faith in Christ to change the course of my life and I feel like I can take the pain and the hardship I've been through and help other people.

It's been said if you preach to hurting people. You will never lack for an audience. I know I'm talking to some hurting people right now we all could use some hope of famous cardiologist wrote in his autobiography, and I quote hope is the medicine I use more than any other hope can cure nearly anything." Could you use some of that medicine right now, could you use some hope. You want to talk about have enough hopeless future. I can't think of anyone who faced a more bleak scenario. The little baby Moses. Moses was chosen by God to save a nation, but before that was going to happen. Moses was a baby whose life was in danger. You remember the story that the Pharaoh of Egypt had given a decree that all the Jewish baby boy should be put to death and Moses was included in that number, but his parents did not obey that ruling of the Pharaoh. Obviously, and they put them in a little basket and send them cruising down the Nile River and he was discovered by none other than the daughter of the Pharaoh and he was taken in to the home of the Pharaoh as a son, and some believe he was being groomed to be the next Pharaoh of Egypt was so God saved his life in before we get further in the story and what God used him to do. Just keep this in mind it was a hopeless situation that was turned around by God. Moses is an interesting character for sure.

He was both a lawgiver and he was a lot breaker he was born in poverty, but he was raised in a palace in the wilderness became his home. At times he could be impulsive, impatient and explosive and at other times he can be unbelievably patient and persistent and faithful to what the Lord called on to do.

Moses was both idolized and criticized.

Yet he remained humble and forgiving. How did this man do what he did.

Can we tap into some secrets of this great man of God and learn how to face our own difficulties and I believe the answer is yes okay so were in this series that were simply calling water Firestone is called water because God seemed baby Moses from the Nile River and preserved his life as I already pointed out, he was taken into the home of Pharaoh had he played his cards right, he could have become a very powerful man, but the reality is, Moses was Jewish and he saw and how his fellow Jews were being mistreated by the Egyptians and does so one day he took matters into his own hands in the sauna Egyptian taskmaster cruelly treating a Jewish slave beating him some Moses. The Bible says look to the right and they look to the left and he killed the Egyptian shuttle looked up the Lord and said don't do that. Then he buried him in the sand. By the way, if you're going to kill someone. Don't bury them in the sand because the sand moves a lot and it was quickly discovered and the Pharaoh said Moses is going to die.

That brings us a section number two of this series, fire, water, Firestone fire because it was at a burning bush that God recommissioned Moses God use Moses to bring the Israelites out of the bondage of Pharaoh into a land of promise. So that brings us to the third section stone stone represents that section that were in now or God gave to Moses the 10 Commandments written on a tablet of stone. You know it's a funny thing.

We run around with our tablets today we read our emails on them and we follow social media on them.

We watch movies on them there so much a part of our life. Well God had the original tablets and they were made by Apple or android. They were given by God, and they were engraved with his words by his very finger. We call it the 10 Commandments and I want to look at those together with you, barely 300 words long. In English the 10 Commandments, form the foundation of the legal system and there are at the heart of Western civilization someone some that the 10 Commandments.

This way, and I quote the reason we have 17,000 pages in our law books in America is because were unable to follow 10 sentences written in tablets of stone. If we follow the 10 Commandments we would not be in the mess were in politics will not solve our problems until God changes our heart." Well said in my interview last time was Sen. Tim Scott. I loved how he summed it up. He said it's not a black solution. It's not a white solution.

It's not a blue solution. It's a God solution and that's true, and God has given us the solution to all of our problems right here in the Scripture and their broken out for us in the 10 Commandments now, most people acknowledge that the 10 Commandments are important that their true very few people know the 10 Commandments.

A recent survey revealed that only 14% of Americans could name the 10 Commandments, and we ask you, can you name the 10 Commandments. Maybe I'll do that a little bit later with the folks that you know but on the note read them for you in just a moment, we know so many other things. For instance, by comparison, a court of Americans can name the seven ingredients in a big Mac. Nearly 1/4. Know the names of all three stooges and one in three could name all the kids from the Brady Bunch really that's amazing.

So we know that the big Mac as to all beef patties, but we don't know that also not stealer that also not bear false witness to my civil Dragon. It's hard to memorize them.

Will we know other things. One of the names of the Beatles will John poor George Ringel. Of course we would you Memorize one commandment or two or three.

I suggest you can memorize all of these Commandments, but we need to do more than memorize the commitment we need to internalize the commandments because they are not obsolete. Their absolute me say that again.

The commandments are not obsolete. Their absolute and if you keep these Commandments, you will be a happy person because someone says blessed or happy is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in it, does he meditate day and night, so if I keep these Commandments I'll be a happy person. The commandments are not like the bars of a prison to keep you inside there like walls of protection to keep evil out of your life are given for your own good. So you can go from hopelessness to happiness.

Mr. Greg Laurie will have the second half of his message in just a moment, everybody Greg Laurie here inviting you to join me every weekend for what we call Harvest at Home. It's a church service. It's a worship service. It's a Bible study and its wherever you wanted to be in your home in your car sitting on a beach walking down the street watching it on your phone wherever you are taken with you to be ministered to every weekend. Join us for Harvest at Home@harvest.org were considering the 10 Commandments today as Pastor Greg presents his message called from hopelessness to happiness. So let's look at what the commandments have this say to us. Exodus chapter 20, read quite a few verses with you so I hope you'll read along here we are.

Commandment number one Exodus 20 verse two. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

You shall have no other gods before me commandment number two Exodus 20 verse four you shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that's in heaven above or the earth beneath or in the water under the earth, nor shall you bow down to them or serve them. For I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity on the fathers on the children of the third and fourth generations of those who hate me and showing mercy to thousands, to those who love me and keep my commandments commandment number three I Exodus 20 verse seven you shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.

The Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Commandment number four Exodus 20 verse eight and nine. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Commandment number five Exodus 2012 honor your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land of the Lord is giving you commandment number six you shall not murder. Commandment number seven you shall not commit adultery commandment number eight Exodus 20 verse 15 you shall not steal commandment number nine Exodus 20 verse 16 you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor or don't like and then one final commandment, Exodus 20 verse 17 you shall not covet your neighbor's house or covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant or female servant, or Sachs or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor so that they are those of the 10 Commandments start working on memorizing them then start working on internalizing them. So let's start with commandment number one you shall have no other gods before me, a written survey that revealed that 76% of Americans consider themselves completely faithful to the first commandment. While 76% is true.

Is it true that most Americans have never had another God in the place of the true God. Maybe we need to understand what the Bible is saying here.

It all starts with the place of God in your life.

Reason being, you will serve what you worship remembered Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness and Satan said to Jesus, why don't you bow down and worship me in Christ responded, you shall worship the Lord God and him only shall you serve. Interesting. The devil didn't see anything about serving.

He just said to be the momentary pleasure of worshiping me, and I'll give you what you've come for because Scripture says Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time effectively. The devil was saying Jesus a make you a deal. You cannot refuse that imitation of the Godfather. I'll give you what you come for I know you've come to die on a cross for the sin of the world.

I know you've come to purchase backup which was lost in the Garden of Eden. I'll give it to you on a silver platter. If you'll just worship me. Jesus, as it is written, you shall worship the Lord God only, and him only shall you serve.

The devil said nothing about service but Jesus did. Why, because Jesus knows that we will end up serving whatever we worship. If God is number one in your life.

Everything else will find its proper balance.

If God is not number one in your life. Everything else will be in chaos. Notice here that God gives them and us the motive for keeping these Commandments. Verse two.

I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. The Lord is not begin by threatening or scaring them. He starts by reminding them of what kind of God. He wants a loving, caring God delivered them from their misery. Basically, the Lord is saying please paraphrase hey I took care of you guys. I delivered you from your bondage in Egypt you were a slave there.

Now we hear that was a well that's nice but I'm not an Israelite was delivered from bondage in Egypt yes, but you were a sinner who was delivered from the bondage of your sin, were you not if you put your faith in Christ. So the idea here is think about all that God has done for you and then as a result you should want to honor him in the way that you live you should want to reciprocate.

The Bible says we love him because he first loved so the Lord is saying hey I took care of you.

Now I want you to keep these Commandments. He has certain expectations of us. My love for God should be a response to his love for me so you know will sell Lord I love you so much, but effectively we have another God in our life. I will say Lord I love you so much, but will be breaking his commandments left and right but listen, here's what the Lord says again. Exodus 20 verse six I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments of it throws some people what you mean he's a jealous God's got that insecure that he has to be Johnson. We tend to think of jealousy always in negative sense we think of a jealous person is someone who may fly into a rage for the slightest reason but when the Lord uses this word. I am a jealous God.

He needs it in a different way. He showing to the people of Israel that he cares about that of father who sees the potential of his children of father who was broken hearted when these things are not realize, or worse, when their lives are wasted. He's a father who loves his children and wants the very best for them. That's what it means in the Bible says is a jealous God. That means he is in charge of your life. You are not in charge of your life. God cares about you so you know we can be a jealous parent and by being a jealous parent means we understand it's our responsibility to take care of our kids so will say, sit up straight, clean up your room show better manners when you're talking to an adult do this don't do that. That is the role of a parent appeared that once the best for their child. It's not our position to go to somebody else's child and tell them what to do, but we have a responsibility to tell her own children what to do because we belong to God because we put our faith in Christ we become children of God. He says I have certain expectations of you. I have a future for you. I have a wonderful plan for you and I don't want to share you with anyone or anything else. Greg Moore important look at the 10 Commandments today and why the Lord has given us those instructions and there's more to come from this message here on a new beginning.

A study titled from hopelessness to happiness. If you didn't hear all of today's insight you can listen again online@harvest.org or to get a permanent copy on CD. Call 1-800-821-3300. That's 1-800-821-3300 people are talking about Pastor Greg's new film rush of hope, a cinematic crocheting. After viewing the film more than 17,000 people make decisions for Christ just watched rush of scenes from the movie brought tears to my arms so now I cried. It was so good I had tears streaming down my face for most of the shop the way he explains it. It's so simple yet so wholesome much waiting. Very well done and our family watched and shared about all of our social media platforms as well. Thank you for all the Indian Pastor Greg because of listening to your sermons and watching the trailer for aggression, I decided to re-dedicate my life to Christ. A rush of cinematic crocheting viewed by more than 1.8 million people now is available in DVD exclusively from a new beginning great people been asking about 75 people bash me a once a rush of hope coming out on DVD.

Yes, Dave. I've heard the same thing. The people would would come into my social media.

I loved it. I watched it 5678 times because as you know, over a given weekend. Labor Day weekend we showed up multiple times and people just kept watching it and watching it and then wanting to share it with friends, but of course we never archived that you couldn't watch it on demand. You could only watch it for one of the showings, but now you can watch it when ever you want wherever you want with whom ever you want to watch it with because a rush of hope is on DVD and not only that, but we vented some special resources to this offer were including a special little book called a rush of hope, a little booklet where we answer life's most difficult questions that you can give out to somebody who is not yet a Christian is also a little piece that we wrote on how to host a watch party so the ideas you invite a bunch of neighbors over and you show a rush of hope and then you can follow up on them so they can make a commitment to Jesus Christ. We saw thousands of people make a profession of faith.

After we showed this on Labor Day weekend well over 17,000 people and now we believe thousands and thousands more will come to Christ as well and so working to put this research in your hands.

I got to do is order. It is a war I need to do is send it to you for your gift of any size and it's right in your investment couldn't come at a more strategic time. We hope will help us reach out even further with the gospel in 2021, so contact us today for the DVD of a rush of hope along with the booklet on life's most important questions and the resources to help you host a watch party plus will send you a digital download code so you can watch online right from your computer or tablet or smart phone. That way you can take it with you and share it with a friend, a cinematic crusade in your pocket or purse to write us today at a new beginning. Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514 or call 1-800-821-3300. That's 1-800-821-3300 and we can take your call 24 seven or just go online harvest or what Pastor Greg brings us more insights on practical application. 10 Commandments as he continues his series Firestone beginning and possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God sign up for pastor grades free daily email, devotions@harvest.org


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