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The Refreshing Power of Revival | Sunday Message

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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July 4, 2021 3:00 am

The Refreshing Power of Revival | Sunday Message

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie

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July 4, 2021 3:00 am

In this podcast episode, Pastor Greg Laurie shares a new message, “The Refreshing Power of Revival.” Revival is refreshment and restoration. America needs a spiritual awakening. You will not want to miss this message as Pastor Greg shares how we can see another revival in our lifetime. It’s the latest message in our Refresh series.

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Everybody Greg Laurie here. You're listening to the Grigori podcast and my objective is to deliver hopefully compelling practical insights and faith culture and current events. From a biblical perspective to find out more about our ministry. Just go to our website harvest.org so thanks for joining me for this podcast the message for you from a brand-new series that were doing called refresh in the title of this message is the refreshing power of revival. Let's pray together.

Father, we ask your blessing on this time as we open your word. We ask your blessing on our nation. The United States of America on this Fourth of July weekend. We pray Lord that you will send this spiritual awakening to America again because we needed more than ever. So speak to us through your word that we pray in Jesus name we ask it in men. Hey, grab your Bible and turned to Jonah chapter 2. Let me start with the question have you ever been sound asleep and around 3 o'clock. Your phone rings and a person actually asked you this question.

This is a poem by the way they ask you a question. Did I wake you ever some unknown reason, our natural responses know I was already awake know you weren't.

Why is it that we deny it when were sleeping. Sometimes I'll watch television with my wife and shall pick something that I don't find all that interesting. Like some British baking show and I'll fall asleep with something you are sleeping all say no I wasn't but I was because it was actually snoring I've ever fallen asleep and woken yourself up with your own snoring. What is the deal with is denying that were actually asleep.

I don't know but I know this one thing you can be spiritually asleep.

You can be spiritually asleep. As a follower of Christ and a nation can be asleep as well.

This is 4 July weekend, and I have some thoughts about our nation because I believe America needs to wake up spiritually. No question God has blessed our nation in so many ways we sing about it. America America God shed his grace on the in this Fourth of July weekend and I'm praying that God will send another spiritual awakening to our nation. Listen we don't need to be woke we need to be awake. Let me say that again we don't need to be woke we need to be awake.

Romans chapter 13 says it's all the more urgent you know how late it is. Time is running out so wake up because our salvation is near. Then when we first believed.

That's what I want to talk about in this message that I'm calling the refreshing power of revival know we hear that word revival thrown around a lot. You might wonder what is revival exactly. I think we overly mystify this word and don't necessarily understand its actual meaning revival is just another word for refreshment or restoration, or simply returning something to its original condition. The psalmist says in Psalm 85, six, will you not revive us again that your people may rejoice in you and then some 80 verse 19 says restorative so Lord let your face shine upon us, that we may be say revival is refreshment revival is being restored to original condition you see a beautiful car, maybe line around in a junkyard someone buys it. They do bodywork on it. They repaint it.

They drop a new engine in it put new tires and wheels on it and you see it rolling down the road you can't believe it's the same car that is called a restoration you see a plant that's beginning to whether you put some water on it and get it out in the sunshine and it comes back to life again. Or maybe you see someone that just out working in the sun and your exhausted and you come and have a nice meal and drink some cold water in your refresh. That is what I'm talking about being refreshed or restored. Again, a revival is when God's people come back to life again because they've been refreshed they been refilled and they been restored to their original condition. The church needs a revival. We need to be restored to original condition.

You might ask, what is original condition. It's the church of the first century. It's the church of the book of acts. It's a church that turned their world upside down. We need to be more like that the church needs a revival, but our nation. Our nation needs a spiritual awakening revival is for believers awakening is for non-believers revival for a believer is getting back to that first bloom of a love relationship with Jesus Christ. You know sometimes what we've been walking with the Lord for a while that passion begins to fade. That seal begins to erode and we don't have that excitement and walking with the Lord as we had before. What we want to have his longevity, but we don't want to sacrifice our passion as we walk with Christ. I've been married 47 1/2 years now and there's a secret to a long and happy marriage for Kathy and I goes back to our honeymoon. We decided to ride on pack mules in the Grand Canyon, and neither one of us had done this before so we get on our little pack mules and it's a very narrow little path with a sharp decline. You don't want to fall off this little path and Kathy was ahead of me in her pack bill and as he was riding along her back. Bill stumbled a little bit and she leaned down and whispered into the ear of the mule that swats thought that was gonna weird. Actually we went a little bit further. Her mule stumbled again.

She leaned forward and says into the ear of the mule. That's twice that's twice with is this all about, and then finally the mule stumbled again and she pulled a pistol out of her purse.

I did know she was backing up as though she held it up to the head of the middle and fired in the middle drop to the ground, so I was shocked. I was outraged.

I couldn't believe she just shot this poor mule and they had and I think Kathy why did you do that that was wrong. She looked at me and said that swats okay this is a joke.

This never happened is on the throne of theirs will be traumatized by my story. But listen, we want to maintain that love relationship with Jesus Christ and sometimes we walk away from it and revival is getting back to it again. Will God send a spiritual awakening to our country. I don't know the answer. I hope he does hope he sends one or two or three more. I was speaking want for Chuck Smith who was regarded as the father of the last great spiritual awakening that was known as the Jesus movement, and I asked him Chuck to think we'll ever see another Jesus movement's answer was I don't know Greg, I don't know for desperate enough. How desperate are we for God to send a spiritual awakening, I think you were desperate will start praying about it if you're taking notes years. Point number one revival is like the spark that starts the engine revival is like the spark that starts the engine, evangelist Billy Sunday. One said, quote they tell me a revival is only temporary. So, as a bath but it does you some good."

You know periodically.

We need that reboot periodically. We need that refresh periodically we need that bath. We need God to intervene and we need to keep that fire burning we need to keep fuel on that far. Years ago I was in Virginia staying at a friends cabin and he told me okay now this cabin is heated by this little stove here in the fireplace. So you have to always keep these flames going and I said 02. There's not central heating. No, the whole cabin is heated by this fireplace in the stove so you have to keep wood on the fire and you just start with some kindling that is a great all worldwide by kindling because was wrong with you. You know by kindling you is going to get up off the ground.

I said I don't know what kindling.

This can you show me I'm from California he's from North Carolina so were walking along the ground and kindling is just little bits of branches and other things to start a fire with and so he showed me and I got the fire going and the fire was working just fine with the problem was, it would fill with ash and then he would pour the ash into a metal bucket that was kept on the concrete surface and then when the embers died down.

You throughout the ash and then you started filling it up again in the bucket bullet quickly. I get up in the middle of the night in and put more wood on the fire and keep going in the bucket was filled to the top with asset that I've got to get rid of this but I'm sure the embers are cool now. It's been quite a long time.

So I went outside it's very dark it's very cold I was sending a report to this cabin and I throw the ash out and along with the ash comes these little burning embers. It's like everything went in the slow motion and one burning number goes over into the grass area and it sets it starts a fire. Another member goes over here among dried leaves another fire starts another member goes over there, another first start just about had a heart attack. I died running out and I'm picking these embers up with my hands and throwing them up on the gravel driveway and I go to look for a bucket near the smallest bucket. It was like the size of an ice bucket. You have an old hotel and filling it with water running out trying to put out all these little fires. I was terrified I was convinced that I would wake up the next morning and the whole area would've been burned down but thankfully that didn't happen. That's when a fire gets out of control.

But see, here's what you want to do you want to keep feeding a fire and you need to feed the fire of revival and the need to keep refueling yourself spiritually over and over again revival. It's like the spark that starts the engine. It's like the spark that starts the fire that we feed number two, our nation, the United States of America was born in revival and we need another revival against all odds, America came to be a group of colonists decided they did not want to be ruled over by England anymore.

They decided that they wanted have the freedom to worship as they chose. They decided they would did not want to be under the power of the king, and so they decided to break away they tried to do so peacefully. England would have none of that. And so the conflict began in our nation was actually founded by two men named George might so I know one we mean to to George's really played a key role in the establishment of United States of America. First, there was our spiritual founding father. His name is George Whitfield. He was British evangelist who came to our shores and preach the gospel and thousands of colonist came to Christ. It was the first great spiritual awakening in what would become to be known as the united states of America between 1740 and 1742 before we were even the nation some 25 to 50,000 people came to Christ. This is out of a population of only 300,000 people, and it was in this soil of revival that lives were changed and now as followers of Jesus people had a morality that moral absolutes to live by.

They were living by what the Scripture said. And so our nation was born out of the flame of revival.

It was our second president John Adams, who made the statement and I quote the United States Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any others."

See, it was assumed by our founding fathers that our nation had this soil that we build our nation out of these absolutes that we hold onto. I mean look at the great buildings in Washington DC, with the 10 Commandments there, and the US Supreme Court building. I mean this is something that was of the very foundation of our country. That brings us to the next.

George a George, you probably heard of George Washington, a general Washington led the Continental forces to victory against all odds, and was quick to give the glory to God and in college.

It was Providence that brought it to be. In fact, Washington directed that a special flag would be made that would be flown over our Navy ships and the message of the flag. As you can see was appeal to heaven, it's a tree with branches going upwards and the idea was we need to call on God. We need God's intervention for this all to work, and God did here. Our prayers and we had spiritual awakenings after Whitfield three in total last of which was the Jesus movement and we need another one right now I think it's really important that we pray that God will put people that believe in positions of authority in our nation and of the Scripture tells us that when the righteous rule. The people rejoice. Just last week I was contacted by two men that served in the former administration of VP Mike pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

So II met with each individually with a great time talking about our nation talking about the needs of our nation and I was able to pray for both of the meal when I'm around people like this. I'm not there is a political pundit and I'm not there to give any kind of political advice and there is a pastor to help them to pray for them to perhaps remind them of what Scripture says, but in both instances. We had wonderful discussions about the word of God. When I talk to former VP Mike pence about the need for another spiritual awakening.

He was so interested in egg knowledge that is exactly what we need him. Both men spoke of their dependence on God to do the job the God has called them to do in the past and whatever that job is going to be in the future. Someone needs to take place for us to have a spiritual awakening, a revival in America. One writer put it this way and I quote, if all the sleeping people will wake up if all the lukewarm people will fire up of all the dishonest people will confess if all the disgruntled people will cheer up if all of you strange people will make up if all of the gossipers will shut up. If all the choose soldiers will stand up if all the dry bones will shake up if all the church people will pray then we can have a revival." Well, well set, so I will look for a few moments with you at the greatest revival in human history. And it took place in the city of Nineveh and of course the man that God used to bring this revival about was named Jonah. Let me ask you a question when you hear the name Jonah what you think of next Jonah and what the wail of course we always think of the whale to funny thing when you read the book of Jonah is only a few verses about this will by the way, the Bible never says whale.

The Bible says it was swallowed by a great fish. The root word could be translated sea monster.

It could have been a whale. It could have been some creature that has come to exist in the longer is out there. It could have been a one-off custom design creature, God made just for Jonah. I don't know but some would say will amend could never be swallowed by a whale and lived to tell the story orally will tell that to Michael Packard of keep because this happened this year and 8 o'clock in the morning. Michael Packard is a veteran lobster diver entered the water in an article written about it, puts it this way, quote, and something truly biblical.

Packard was swallowed whole by a humpback whale doctor recalled. All of a sudden I felt this huge job and the next thing I knew it was completely black. They was in there for about 40 seconds" credible and then the whale he got out of the whale and of the whale regurgitated him, but he rejected my goal and also he was in there about 40 seconds, but the men were talking about Jonah when he was in the belly of the beast for three days and three nights out of the end up there. Well it all started when he was running from God is a God came to Jonah is that I want you to go to the city of Nineveh and I want you to preach the message that I give you to them. And Jonah flat out refused why Nineveh was a wicked city. Nineveh was known for their atrocities and their intense cruelty that they would demonstrate toward their enemies and Nineveh the capital of Assyria. There were the avowed enemies of Israel. Therefore, Jonah wanted nothing to do with them. He had no concern for their souls that didn't concern him, that God would judge his nation. In fact, it was his hope that God would judge this nation. Let me ask you a question. Are you willing to leave your comfort zone to reach people that need Jesus. Are you willing to build bridges to people that are of a different political persuasion than you. Are you willing to build bridges to people who were of a different race then you are you willing to build bridges to people who are just different then you how are you going to reach them. If you won't communicate with them. But here was Jonah's real reason for not wanting to go to Nineveh's fear was that God would forgive them. He knew the loving nature of God. He knew that God extended mercy, and he did not want the people of Nineveh to hear a message of forgiveness and turn from their sin and be spared by the way. So much for the angry God of the Old Testament concept. Sometimes people say when you know the God of the Old Testament is angry and harsh and judgmental in the God of the New Testament is merciful and loving nonsense. The God of the Old Testament is the same as the God of the New Testament is merciful. These loving, he's forgiving. Please also just holy and righteous. But Jonah knew that God would forgive them if they turned to him.

So the Bible says Jonah found a ship and he paid the fare and he went down to Tarsus any step away from God is a step down and you will pay the fair when you run away from God. Remember this sin will take you further than you want to go. It'll keep you longer than you want to stay and it will cost you more than you want to spend but also know this God will always have the last word the Lord could've just said okay that's it.

Jonah, I'm done with you.

I want to get somebody else with the Lord love Jonah. He had a plan for him. He was getting give him a second chance. Just like God loves you and is a plan for you. So the Lord sent a storm by a storm. I mean a storm in his gaze, but we have storms in life as well.

A storm can be a metaphor for a hardship or difficulty about there are three kinds of storms we face as Christians. There are perfecting storms there are protecting storms and there are correcting storms.

First, there are perfecting storms that the storm that God allows you to go through so you will grow up spiritually. Job talk about the difficulty he was facing how he would come through it and be like gold. That was a correcting storm.

Joseph of course was thrown into prison he had done nothing wrong. But God used him to help many other people so that was a perfecting storm. Then there are protecting storms. Remember when Jesus and the disciples with the people in Galilee and Jesus performed his most popular miracle.

To date, the feeding of the 5000 people were very excited.

In fact, we read that they wanted to make Jesus King and the disciples would be rolling with them. And Jesus said to his disciples get on the boat were going to the other side. And as they were crossing the Sea of Galilee. A great storm came. That was a protecting storm Jesus was protecting them from something that would've been very destructive in their life, but finally, there are correcting storms. These are storms we effectively bring upon ourselves. But here's the good news, even if it's your fault. God will not abandon you in your storm because by sending this storm. It's a reminder that your loved by God and you're being chastened by God.

Hebrews 12 six as the Lord disciplines the one he loves any cheese in everyone's e.g. since everyone that accepts his son.

So this chastening happened in the life of Jonah because he was loved by God and the Ninevites that God wanted to reach through Jonah were also loved by God. So inside of the belly of this sea monster, maybe a whale a great fish of some kind. Jonah had a personal revival, bringing me to point number three. Revival begins with you so pure and deep waters right now. If you're the storm right now to get is a sign that God loves you and is not done with you. God set a big storm and then a big fish in a cave. Jonah, a big spanking and there in the belly of the fish. Jonah called out to the Lord.

He said in Jonah 29 all offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise and fulfill all of my bowels for salvation comes from the Lord alone. What an amazing place to pray and think of all the places people pray than the Bible we know that Shadrach me shack and Abednego prayed in a fiery furnace. We know Daniel prayed in the den of lions.

We know Peter prayed on top of the waters, then under the water and Jonah prayed from the belly of this beast and he called out to God.

What I find especially interesting is what he prayed again. Jonah 29 all offer sacrifices to you, Lord was songs of praise and all fulfill all of my valves so as a Lord I know what you call me to do.

I know I wasn't doing it.

I know I was going the opposite direction and all too what you've called me to do again.

Jonah had a revival in the belly of the fish and then God gave him a second chance Jonah Tuten says the Lord spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah on the dry land, and the word of the Lord came to Joan of the second time, saying, go to Nineveh, that great city and preach to them the message that I give to you so here was Jonah. Now repentant and regurgitated believing and bar righteous and Ralph. He was bleached and beached. He was victorious and vomited. And one more.

He was regurgitated and revived meds. And if you're laying around at the beach and then Avenue saw the site incomes.

This massive beast cruising through the water that comes right to the shore that opens up his mouth makes a retching sound and out roles. Jonah can't.

His skin was probably bleached from the gastric juices and the whale's belly and here's his message in 40 days Nineveh is going to be over thrown liquor Jonah chapter 3 he preaches this message that God gave him and he says 40 more days and Nineveh is going to be over thrown.

Now you might think that's a pretty hopeless message but actually it's more hopeful than you may realize they had 40 days to repent. They had 40 days to get right with God. Fact of the matter is God sent no warning to Sodom and Gomorrah judgment fell on them but in the case of Nineveh, though they were wicked. The Lord gave them a second chance. I wonder what we would do in America. If we were given a 40 day warning when we turn to God because in this story. It starts with the king who turns to God and then all of the people do. It is well within happened in our nation as well. You know God is given to secret weapons to the church today. They are not boycotting and protesting.

They're not even registering and voting the two secret weapons. God is given to the church our prayer and preaching so Jonah has prayed in the belly of the beast. Now he's preached to the city of Nineveh walking through their streets. What happens next, you need to go now to Jonah chapter 3 verse five and we read this amazing story. The people of Nineveh believed God's message from the greatest to the least in the car to fast to put on burlap to show their sorrow. When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying.

He stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes and dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes and everyone prayed earnestly to God. And when God saw what they had done. How they had put a stop to their evil ways. He change his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. This is a stunning turnaround.

An entire city filled with thousands of people turn to God en masse in a revival takes place in the judgment of God is turned away. It just shows is that no one is beyond the reach of God.

I want you for a moment to think of someone you know that you can't even imagine being a Christian.

It's hard for you to even picture them holding a Bible and say something like, praise the Lord.

Listen to this. No one is beyond the reach of God.

Maybe it's your father or your mother. Maybe it's your son or your daughter. Maybe it's someone you know that gives you a hard time at work. Maybe it's an angry contentious neighbor. Maybe it's a public figure you're thinking they could never come to believe in Jesus so they could and you need to start praying for them that God will reach them again.

This was a revival.

God told these people 40 days judgment was coming and they repented God tells us in second Chronicles 714 if my people, which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.

Listen if you want to see a revival just do revival like things don't overly mystify this just do those things that you know you should be doing as a follower of Jesus Christ only go back to comparing this to maybe the romance between a man and a woman you know when your first taking a girl out as a guy you want to make a good impression on her. So you actually shower and your shirt is clean and you show her great respect and maybe as you pick her up.

You open the door of the car for her and then you go to the restaurant you pull out the chair for her to take her to a nice French restaurant then you get married and things change a little bit you still open the door for the car but you just closable forces all the way in. You pull the chart in the restaurant but you let her fall and then he pointed her and laugh and a you take her to French restaurant Celeste when you figure 2 was I think it was Joe Kinsey box or the golden arches. I don't know but does something's happened even sort of slipped away. Go back and do those romantic things again so to speak.

If you want your marriage to be strong heard a story about a woman that wanted to divorce her husband in the worst way. She went to an attorney and said I want to divorce my husband but I want this to hurt him.

I want them to feel a lot of pain, and the attorneys at all really well okay I have a plan for you leases for the next three months I want you to smother your husband with affection complement him constantly tell them what a great guy he is, how much you care for him and then when that time is come to an end you'll drop the divorce papers on him. He won't know what happened. He won't see it coming. It'll even be more painful. She says I'll do it. And so for the next three months she complemented her husband affirmed her husband told her husband how much he loved and appreciated him, and when the three months Kindle close the attorney called her and said all right let's get this divorce started she said divorce were going in our second honeymoon. You see, the point is, she did what she probably should have been doing all along and in the same way in our lives as Christians. What were doing the things we should always be doing every day getting up and reading the Bible. Having a prayer life. Being involved in our church sharing our faith when we do these things.

It fuels the fire of revival and keep said fire burning, but we when we neglect those things we begin to fade. Is there somebody that God is called you to reach you don't want to reach because you have a discomfort talking to a person like that. I told you before that my mother was married and divorced seven times right and I after I became a Christian and a pastor of the Lord spoke to my heart to go back to these husbands of my mother and share the gospel with them.

It didn't always go so well.

Other was one guy who was especially cool to my mom. He lived in Hawaii. I'll call him Eddie and that he beat my mother and almost killed her and in fact one night he knocked her unconscious with a wooden statue and as I saw her laying on the floor bleeding out that my mother had died. She left him after that and I had a very hard heart toward this man. Even after I was an adult and I was over in Hawaii preaching at the Waikiki shell and someone said Greg you remember your old dad Eddie yes he lives right across from the Waikiki shell and you know what he's not doing well. His health is failing. If you like to say something to him is that I'm good.

I don't want to say anything to him and I felt directed by the Lord to go meet with him so I took my wife Kathy over there. We set this tiny little apartment.

He is to live in a beautiful palatial home and there he was in great pain.

Obviously not doing well in life and I told him what Christ done for me and I we had changed me and I said I would like to invite you to come over here just across the street. Basically any hear me speak and he said no, no, I can drive you over if you like it know you wanted nothing to do with it so that see that's why don't even try to reach these guys.

Then there was another guy, my mom married name Oscar Lori adopted me and I was love this man because he treated me as a father should treat a son but my mom left him. In fact, she left him and we flew over to Hawaii when she married Eddie so I was getting out of school in New Jersey and the car was parked up of their suitcases and I said where we going. She said Hawaii. I said words dad.

She said he's not coming and I didn't see him for the rest of my childhood, but after I was a young pastor I thought about found him living in New Jersey and I said let's get some lunch together.

He said oh no, come to my home would like to you know get to see you and know you again and and I'll introduce you to my new wife Barbara. So I took the train out with Kathy and her oldest son Christopher to New Jersey.

Their Red Bank, New Jersey and and he was waiting at the station and he I remembered them immediately and before I knew it I was calling them dad again, and one night we were sitting at the table and his wife made us a beautiful Italian meal and and she said to me. Great.

Tell me how you became a Christian and then how did you become a minister and as I shared my story. My dad was just staring at me, not really responding all by the way, I left out something needs to be an attorney, so I felt the guy was standing before a judge give you my testimony and I don't. I didn't seem like it was going very well. Another thing I left out was my father had just had a heart attack only a short time before it was having serious heart problems and even blocked out at the wheel of his car and so he was on the restricted diet and he was exercising a lot so he's listening. I tell my story of how he came to Christ and then the dinner was done and Oscar my father who adopted Lisa Greg. Let's walk in the morning. I said okay he knocked on the door of my room at 6 o'clock in the morning New Jersey time 3 o'clock in the morning, California time. I was still pretty groggy and as were walking along the parties is Greg. I was listening very carefully to what you said last night that said yeah and he said I would like to give my life to Jesus Christ. Boy did I wake up fast. It was a good double espresso. I said will dad maybe you don't understand what I said let me go over it again and went over to get he says yes I want Jesus to come in the my life and I said will what we need to do is pray and he drops to his knees were in the middle of a park or just walking. At this point he drops to his knees. I was in the beginning my knees, but since he was on his knees. I got on my knees and I love them. In this prayer in Christ came into his life and he lived 15 more years got involved in the church was a leader in this church is amazing amazing story, but you know I didn't really want to reach these men that my mother was married to, but I had to leave my comfort zone and go to them. Maybe there's someone like that that you're thinking of right now that you need to reach bring this message to a close. God gave a second chance to Nineveh and God loves to give second chances. The Lord does not want to bring judgment, but we know this every nation's days are numbered. Every great world Empire that is been on this planet. They had a beginning, a middle and an end and the same will happen to the United States of America in God's timing, but here's were praying for one more great spiritual awakening maybe two more maybe three or four more.

That's up to the Lord, but are job. Our mission is similar to Jonah we are to proclaim the good news and tell people that there is a God who loves them.

It's a message of mercy, but it is also a message that says there is judgment. If we reject that mercy.

Classic example.

John 316 offers both the forgiveness and the ramifications of not accepting that forgiveness. Jesus says for God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have ever lasting life.

So here's the message of love for God so loved the world that he gave.

Here's the message of judgment. Whoever believes in him should not perish, so if I don't believe in him all parish of I don't believe in him all face the judgment of God. Romans 623 is similar. First, there's a message of judgment. The wages of sin is death within the loving offer of forgiveness, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Years ago the Y story.

I was walking down the street I am Hawaii. I was a young pastor at this point the guy was holding the sign that said, the wages of sin is death, and he was yelling to the people God hates you and God will judge you and I want to Skype for a few minutes and I thought he's misrepresenting the Lord so I walked up to him and I said excuse me knee still yelling God, Jesus, God will judge you, excuse me, a God hates you to know, judge you, excuse me yeah what what you want, you know, why don't you put the rest of that verse.

It is true that it says the wages of sin is death, but the rest of it says, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Then he told me God was going to judge me when he was misrepresenting God. Yes it is true. Judgment can come. But it's also true that Jesus Christ took the judgment of God on the cross of Calvary in our place so we don't have face God spared Nineveh got extended mercy to Nineveh a spiritual awakening happened in Nineveh one person put it this way. Quote of God could bring a mighty revival in Nineveh would know better representative than Jonah and no more gospel than he preached in their streets.

He can surely do the same thing for America." Jesus actually validated the story of Jonah, Jesus said, as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale, so the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth is what Christ was saying just as Jonah was in the belly of the beast so I the son of God will be crucified on a cross and all rise again from the dead. He validated the story and used it as a picture of his own death and resurrection. Listen, Jesus died for you. Jesus absorbed God's judgment that you should've absorbed and that I should've absorbed and he died in my place. Again, God loved you so much he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life on this Fourth of July weekend. Here's my question for you have US Christ to come into your life. Have you asked him to forgive you of your sin you of the hope right now that you will go to heaven when you die.

If not, wouldn't you like to have it right now and I love how our nation was built upon the premise that we are to pursue life and liberty, and happiness.

Yes, you can have happiness but you will never have happiness from anything this culture offers even a relationship even a possession or a career or some other thing will not give you happiness in and of itself, though be moments of happiness, of sorts, but the ultimate happiness you're looking for the true joy you want comes from a relationship with the Lord will come and live inside of you that can happen for you right now I said earlier, my message God give second chances and God can give a second chance to you. Have you been running from God. Like Jonah then needs a stop stop running from him and run to him in a moment were going to have order prayer I'm going to extend an invitation for you to believe in Jesus an opportunity for you to be forgiven of all of your sin and of Christ, live inside of you.

If you've never asked Jesus into your life. You can do it right here right now so if you want your sin forgiven, if you want to know that you go to heaven when you die if you want Jesus Christ to be your savior in your Lord and your friend why don't you just pray this prayer after me right now. Again, pray this prayer for these words. Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I'm sorry for that sin. I turned from, and now I choose to follow you from this moment forward.

Thank you for sharing this prayer in answering this prayer in Jesus name I pray in men everybody Greg Laurie here. Thanks for listening to our podcast and the learn more about harvest ministries. Please subscribe and consider supporting this show. Just go to harvest.org. By the way, if you want to find out how to come into a personal relationship with God. Go to know God.org that's key NOW GLD.org

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