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December 8, 2020 3:00 am
Today on A New Beginning, Pastor Greg Laurie looks at a familiar verse, an inspiring verse, but one that reveals six truths about God every believer needs to know. Glad you're along for today's study.
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Every coming up Pastor Greg Laurie points out God's grace, along with his mercy he was from paying the penalty dictated by his justice comes under this justice is getting what I deserve. Mercy is not getting what I deserve praise is getting what I don't deserve. Grace is God's unmerited favor and your son jump with an inspiring thought you might see on social media Reaven crochet them appropriately.
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Pastor Greg Laurie looks at a familiar and inspiring, but one that reveals six truths about God. Every believer needs to know what your long grab your Bible turn to numbers chapter 6 the title of my messages a blessing for you.
Would you like to be blessed. You've come to the right place numbers chapter 6 starting the verse 24 the Lord bless you. The Lord keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace and so shall you put my name on the children of Israel by will bless them. I love that don't you six truths about God in every believer needs to know number one God loves to bless you is not a good thing to know God loves to bless you. Listen, the Lord is not stingy with his blessings. Jesus said it is your father's good pleasure to give to you the kingdom. And you know this is the thing God loves to bless you and he wants to bless you. Look at verse 24 the Lord bless you what is this word bless or blessing me. It's a spiritual word.
Maybe the world will try to hijack it but they really have no idea of what it means. It is something only the child of God can experience how do you become a child of God, I'll tell you how at the end of the program, but here's a sneak peek, you're not born a child of God, you're born actually in opposition to God. You become a child of God by putting your faith in Jesus Christ, and love tell you how to do that just a few moments, but this is something that's only for the believer only for God's child. So what does this mean to us will to important truths from the very word number one God wants you to be blessed and happy because in the opening chapter of Genesis we read God created man in his own image in the image of God he created them in the next words are Genesis 127 and God bless them, so this blessing that God gives to you is something you want to do, experience, and secondly it's independent of your circumstances. Let me say that again this blessing or this happiness that God wants you to experience is independent of your circumstances so you might be having great things happen outwardly or maybe going through a time of struggle, but you can still be happy. It's not about what you have. It's about who you know the Bible says let your life be without greed and be content with such things that you have for he has said I will never leave you or forsake you listen if you of Christ in your heart you can be a happy person right now. Then it goes on to say, the Lord keep you. Verse 24 the Lord bless you and keep you God wants us to be constantly reassured that he will keep us there are many passages in the Bible that remind us of the keeping and protective power of God. Second Thessalonians 33 says the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. Jude 120 forces now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and present you faultless before his presence with exceeding joy and I were reminded over and first Peter 15 that work On the power of God through faith under salvation by the way the original language uses a perfect tense so the nearest equivalent would be your continually Not just that you're What your continually, the Lord is going to watch over you. By the way, this phrase is used here. The Lord keep you carries the idea of keeping you through something, not necessarily from something, but through something. In other words, when you become a Christian, you will still go through hardships affected will be unique hardships and challenges you face because you're a Christian, but God never promises to airlift you over all of your problems, but what he does promise to do is be with you through all of your problems. As David said yay though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me your rod and your staff they comfort me. You might ask a what about when an accident or a tragedy happens in the life of a child of God. Where's the keeping power of God that you and asking a question like that were assuming that somehow we have the inherent right to live long easy lives, and died peacefully in her sleep. One day, but the Bible says our times are in his hands, and that means that the Lord's gonna walk with us through life no matter what you're facing. And you'll never be alone. The Lord bless you and the Lord continuously keep you point number three God smiles on you.
Verse 25 says the Lord make his face to shine upon you know we may be said that we prayed that or we've sung that.
But do we know what it means.
Well, it's a beautiful statement that's really saying that when God looks at you.
He smiles. He smiles, the Lord smiles on you is actually described in the Bible is the happy God. So he is smiling on you and when you walk into the room, his face lights up with joy so to speak.
Not only is God smiling on you, but the Bible says he sings over you over and Zephaniah 317 it says the Lord your God in the midst of you is mighty he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will quiet you with his love will rejoice over you with singing.
Can you imagine what it would be like to hear God saying I think will experience that we get to heaven. Number four the Lord is gracious to you. The Lord bless you. The Lord keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you and the Lord be gracious to you in verse 25. This is something we need to constantly be reminded up.
We need to understand what grace is grace is God's unmerited favor as it comes down to this justice is getting what I deserve. Mercy is not getting what I deserve. Grace is getting what I don't deserve. Let me illustrate, let's say alone my Harley to someone in the went out and dumped it and destroy that they totaled my Harley. I said I want you to get me a brand-new bike that would be justice. Let's say I dealt with them in Mercy instead and I said okay. You don't have to give me a brand-new bike. I forgive you but let's say I dealt with them and grace not only what I don't make them give me a new bike. I would take them out to dinner and a beautiful restaurant. Then I would buy them their own Harley that would be grace to see God's unmerited favor. The Bible says it's by grace you been saved through faith, not of works lest any man should boast.
Why do I need God's grace. Why do we need God's grace over and over answer because I sin. Each and every day my tell Greg you're wrong. I don't think I've even sinned. Once today the file was probably sinful because you're full of pride. The Bible says if you say you have no sin, you deceive yourself and the truth is not in you know this. There are different kinds of sin. There is a sin of omission in the sin of commission heard a story about a Sunday school teacher who was speaking or class and and she was going to speak on the topic of sin, so she announced today kids. I want to talk about sin. Now, who knows with the sin of commission is a little girl sitting up front raise her hand and the teacher called on her and said yes honey, what is the sin of commission little girl said the sin of commission is when you do what you should not do. Teacher said excellent answer now. Who knows with the sin of omission is little boy in the back of the room is waving his hand back and forth yes on what is the sin of omission.
He says those of the sins you want to do, but you haven't got around to yet. No, not exactly a sin of commission is when you do what you should not do a sin of omission is when you don't do what you should do in the Bible says to him, the nose to do good and does not do it to him of the sin, so we think sin is when we think a lustful thought or we lose our temper or something like that. Yes that could be sent, or that is in I should say but sin can also be when the Lord prompts me to open his word and read it and I say no sin can also be when the Lord leads me to pray and I refuse sin can also be when the Lord directs me to share the gospel with the nonbeliever I said there's no way I'm going to do it a sin of omission. You know what you should do and you don't do it. So we need God's grace each and every day only Lord taught us to pray our father Ward in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Just as surely as you need daily bread or provision from God. You need daily forgiveness as well. And that's where grace comes in the Lord bless you. The Lord keep you.
The Lord make his face shine upon you.
The Lord be gracious to you after Greg Laurie will have the second half of his message 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 taking with you and be ministered to every weekend. Join us Harvest at Home@harvest.org today. Pastor Greg anchorages study in Numbers chapter 6 as he highlights six truths about God.
Every believer needs to know. Point number five.
God is attentive to you these attentive to you.
Look at verse 26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, beautiful.
But what does it mean it actually means to lift up his face, or literally, to look to see to know to be interested to have one's full attention. I touch on this on my message last time were the Lord is looking at you, he's watching you. You have his full attention on the Lord's effectively saying I watch out for you each and every day.
Sometimes we might wonder if God is really paying attention as the Lord know what were going through right now has a soul coronavirus caught God by surprise. Absolutely not. He knows all about it.
He knows what you're experiencing right now in your life. He's in control of your life right now even though it may seem like he's not watching. He actually is. You hundred Joseph ever felt like the Lord is kind of forgotten about him. Remember Joseph, sold by his brothers in the slavery for no good reason. And then he's taken of the house of amending Potiphar who sort of like the head of the Secret Service for the farrowing pot of residence. Crazy wife is trying to seduce Joseph.
She was like the original cougar right so she's praying on Joseph trying to seduce him. He resists her advances on one day she has everyone leave the house and she calls him over and pulls them down in her bed and effectively says, have sexual relations with Pete and Joseph run for his life. And then he's falsely accused by Potter first wife of rape, he sent to prison and he sitting in a prison and how easily he could of thought.
God is surely forgotten about me with the promise of God is the Lord is attentive to you.
He's aware of what you're going through and in fact God was preparing Joseph for a great work that was going to happen in his future as he would be elevated into a place of great influence. This brings us to our final point, the Lord give you peace. The Lord bless you. The Lord keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you. The Lord be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up his countenance or be aware of what you're going through. And finally, in the Lord give you peace I mean knowing all this about God to bring peace to your life are you in turmoil right now. Just know this. He loves you. He's in control of your life in and rest in him. One final thing in this blessing of God to us. Verse 27 the Lord says put my name on the children of Israel, and I will bless civil Lord is effectively saying to the spiritual leaders listen you guys your spiritual oversight.
I want to pronounce his blessing on the people, live up to it in their lives. Another were so make excuses for me. Don't soft sell this. Don't be afraid I'm not going to back it up. You tell them all blossom out people make my face shine upon them or give them peace you tell them.
And not only tell them I want you to tell them over and over and over again. So I'm telling you right now were ever you are God is smiling on you. He's gracious to you is attentive to you. He wants to give you his peace and you can take that to the bank but as I said earlier, this promise is only for the child of God, the nonbeliever cannot claim this promise only the believer, the blessings of the Bible are only for the person is put their faith in God. Why because you can have the blessing in your life because Christ took the curse.
Let me say that again you can have the blessing of God in your life because Jesus Christ took the curse. Galatians 313 says Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, for it is written curse. It is every man that is hung on a tree. Listen to this. Jesus was cursed so I could be blessed.
Jesus died so I could live Jesus was forsaken, so I could be forgiven. So the choice is yours. Do you want to face the curse of your sin.
The repercussions of your evil actions you want the blessing of God in your life that choices you again I quote Deuteronomy 31 the Lord says I set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, that you may live.
I love this is sort of like a teacher announcing a test and then giving you the answer to the question on the test so Lord save, okay, here's your choice.
Blessings and curses life-and-death out. Choose life, that you may live alert very clear he wants to bless us.
He wants to come into our life. But here's the problem were all separated from God by our sin.
Every one of us have broken his commandment user will not be of you ever lie. Have you ever stolen. Have you overtaken the Lord's name in vain. Have you ever failed to honor your father and mother. Of course you have will have. So the point is this.
We broken these commandments. The Bible says if we have been in one point of the law were guilty of all of it. So we've all sin. But Christ died for our sins, he went to the cross and died in our place and then he rose again from the dead three days later. Listen to this. Standing at the door of your life right now and knocking anything. If you hear his voice and open the door he will come in his seat.
You're not automatically a child of God, you're created by God.
Your loved by God, but the way you become a child of God is by putting your faith in Christ. The Bible says, for as many as received him, he gave them the power to become sons of God. So let's take this Bible I'm holding right now… I'm offering it to you as a gift.
If you want the gift of this beautiful green Bible with multiple ribbons coming out of the bottom you have to receive it. You just reach out and say while Greg thanks all. All, except that get from you.
God is offering you this gift of eternal life you have to reach out and accept it. You're not born with that you have to accept it and receive it. And when you do that you become a child of God, so let me ask you, in closing, would you like Christ to come of your life would you like to be forgiven of your sin. Would you like to experience his blessing that I've been talking about. Would you like to know this piece in your heart that the Bible promises.
Maybe you've gone looking for this piece of this purpose and this happiness in all the wrong places. If the drugs would do it for you. You thought blues and drinking and partying would do it for you. You thought some sexual experience would do it for you. You thought a possession would do it for you, but none of those things at work have a now you're wondering where is the answer you figured out where this it's all in Jesus Christ. He's ready to come into your life and forgive you of your sin but you must ask him and is able would meet as committed. Now how is that even done through prayer. He's just a prayer away in a moment. I like to lead you in a simple prayer that you can pray after me. This is where you're asking Jesus Christ to come into your life. So listen if you want your sin forgiven, if you want to know that you go to heaven when you die if you want to experience this happiness. I've been talking about. If you want this piece I've been describing. I want you to pray this prayer after me you can pray it out loud. You can pray silently, however you want to pray this prayer because the Bible says whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved and in praying this prayer are doing just that you're calling on the name of the Lord pray this prayer with me right now, Lord Jesus, I know that I'm a sinner but I know that you are the Savior who died on the cross for my sin and rose again from the dead Ike Schoen from my sin.
Now that I choose to follow you from this moment forward as my Savior and my Lord is my God, my Jesus name I pray.
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