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SM140525/The Unforgivable Sin

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SM140525/The Unforgivable Sin

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Harvest messages are brought to you by harvest partners to receive free email daily devotions or to become a harvest partners, please visit us grab your Bible and turn to Matthew chapter 12 and as I mentioned earlier, its alibi messages the forgivable sin. Is this part of our series that were calling God came there heard the story about a pastor who had been talking with congregation about sin, repentance and forgiveness and I got into great detail about how to admit your sin how to turn from your sin, and so forth. So wanted to make sure they were getting what he was saying yes to McQuesten, he said all right what do you need to do before you can receive forgiveness from God. The moment of silence and a small boy in the back of the church yelled out have to send first yeah you know at your notice how easy it is to sin. Ever notice how it comes naturally to all of us and I have two sons that we raise my wife and I now five grandchildren and we never had to teach it either of them how to sin, but there's something about a little child maybe two years old when they do something naughty and selfish you have to admit it's kind of cute but it's not so cute when they get older and they continue on in that pattern of sin. But here's the good news. Despite what sin we may have committed. We serve a God who forgives sin are God as a big eraser and he loves to use it in our lives.

You know sometimes people say well I believe in the God of the New Testament, not the God of the Old Testament because the God of the Old Testament is angry and wrathful and judge even the God of the New Testament is merciful and kind and forgiving my responses. Clearly you've never read the Bible because if you'd read the Bible cover to cover, you would know there is no difference between the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament. The old covenant and the new covenant we find the consistency there in both Testaments about God's willingness to forgive the Old Testament just overflows with teaching about the forgiveness of God. David declared in Psalm 86 50 Lord, you're so good you're so ready to forgive your full of unfailing love for all who ask your eight God describing himself as he passed in front of Moses said in Exodus chapter 34 I am the Lord, the merciful and gracious God is slow to anger, enriching unfailing love and faithfulness.

I show this, and feeling love to many thousands by forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. Micah reflecting on this great truth says a Micah 7 where is there another God like you who pardon sin.

You cannot stay angry with your people forever. You delight in showing mercy. You have compassion on us sample our sins and your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean. I love that picture don't you God takes our sin and throws them into the depths of the ocean is Corrie 10 boom used to say, God takes our sin. He throws them into the sea of forgetfulness and post a sign that says no fishing allowed its true is he done that for you. You need is forgiveness in the Old Testament gives us many accounts of God forgiving his people. When out of any committed sin. God forgave them what Abraham, Isaac and Jacob sin. The Lord forgave them when Moses said God forgave up with the wicked, depraved city of Nineveh admitted their sin got even forgave them when Israel under the judges and under the profits and under the Kings repeatedly sin. God forgave her over and over again affect you might even say the entire history of Israel is effectively the story of God's forgiveness. That is, the shifters of the New Testament we see that forgiveness continuing on.

There is a man who is disabled and is lowered through an opening in the roof of a little house where Jesus was speaking and Jesus sees this man and says your sins are forgiven you. And then he gave the man the ability to walk again.

There was a woman caught in the very act of adultery thrown at the feet of our Lord first descends aware accusers. Then he says I forgive you of your sin. Now go and sin no more. That's the essence of the gospel, God assures us of first John one night and we will confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all on righteousness. So no matter how severe the sin.

God can forgive it be considered as the worst conceivable sin ever was to kill God's only son get the first words of Christ on the cross were father forgive them for they know not what they do so I don't care what you've done. God can and will forgive it. All sin is forgivable, lying, cheating and stealing drunkenness and morality. It doesn't matter.

The only sin God will not forgive is a sin, we will not confess, however, there is one exception. There is one sin that God will not forgive, and it's called the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit know over the years I probably been asked this question is much as any other, perhaps even more. What is the unforgivable sin. What is it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit and the reason we ask this is because before we were Christians that we did a lot of bad things and can we all agree, insane before we knew the Lord we were really stupid right and you're going back in your thinking out with the second night, I may have cursed the Holy Spirit. Somewhere along the line did I commit the unforgivable sin. What is it even me.

Let's read the words of Jesus. Now try to find an answer that you 12 starting in verse 22, a demon possessed man who was blind and couldn't see was brought to Jesus. Jesus healed a man so we could both speak and see the crowd was amazed and said, could this be the son of David, the Messiah, and when the Pharisees heard about the miracle they said no wonder he can cast out demons. He gets its power from Satan the prince of demons. But Jesus knew their thoughts, and he replied any kingdom divided by Civil War is doomed a town or a family splintered by feuding will fall apart and if Satan is counting of Satan.

He's fighting against himself and his own kingdom will not survive in a prime empowered by Satan.

What about your own exorcist.

They cast out demons and they will continue what you have said, but if I'm casting out demons by the Spirit of God the kingdom of God is arrived among you, and he was powerful enough to enter the house of a strongman will plunder his goods and only someone stronger can do that someone who could tie him up and plunder his house.

21 was not with me opposes me. Anyone who was working with me is actually working against me. 31 so I tell you every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit which will never be forgiven. Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man to be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven either in this world or the world cup. There heavy-duty words never be forgiven either in this world or the world to come. According to Scripture, there is a point of no return. So for those of you that have disregarded God in his word and the you could go on doing that. I want you to listen very carefully because your life may depend on.

First, let's understand the context of what was happening something dramatic has taken place that prompted Jesus to utter such sobering words and that something was done by the ones you should've known better. The Pharisees, these religious leaders were really ticked off at Christ wife because quite bluntly, Jesus was bad for business.

He was bad for the religious business.

They were envious of Jesus and jealous of his growing popularity affecting ultimately crucified him.

Because of this jealousy and the reason that they were so angry with the Lord was the people love to because Jesus was understandable.

Jesus was approachable Jesus was loving. Why even children would crawl up into his lap to hear his words, that would be the Mark 1237 the common people heard him gladly that bothered the religious leaders because Jesus never spoke over anyone said he broke it down in a way they could get in that something that every communicator of God's word should do.

I don't understand why some preachers are so stinking boring. I mean even the way they read the Bible. It drives me crazy. They sort of stuck all the life out of it in the way they speak.

There's no urgency in it. There is no power in it. There is no authority in it might give a story I used to hear Billy Graham tell of his crusades about preacher was asked to see a few words at civic meeting and I was only supposed to speak for like eight minutes until the moderator introduced them and the preacher began to speak and quickly filled assignment was still going on. Now it's 10 minutes and they have a meeting the conductance of the moderator and clears his throat like okay pastor it's good now you can stop in the preacher continues to speak. Now it's 15 minutes so the moderator, there's a sort a little bit more loudly and still the minister is droning on so the moderator gobble down the preacher is now up to 20 minutes and he is not coming up for air. Now the moderator. This penalty did cavil and the preacher won't stop in frustration. The moderator takes his gavel and throws it at the preacher.

He barely misses the preacher. It hits an elderly man would fallen asleep in the front row healed. I woke up, saw the preacher was still speaking instead of the moderator hit me again. I can still hear hope you don't feel that way right now.

The point is is people understood Jesus.

They were drawn to what he would think you would think it would be excited that a miracle had just been performed. It'd been 400 years since Israel had seen a miracle prior to the arrival of Jesus.

400 years since a profit. It appeared on the scene for 100 years since an angelic appearance and seemingly out of nowhere right in God's schedule comes John the Baptist introducing Jesus as Messiah in a miracle miracle miracle miracle and instead of rejoicing there angry. Talk about missing the point, months, even old guy that was out walking out one day walking around and he heard a voice they picked me up and kiss me and I'll turn into a beautiful princess hears a voice again pick me up and kissed me. But I turned into a beautiful princess work in the finally he realizes as the boy speak for the third time it's a fraud who says pick me up and kissed me and I'll turn into a beautiful princess.

The old man reaches them picked up the frog with the frog in his shirt pocket and start to walk up the front and I said kissed me and I'll turn into a beautiful princess.

The old guy set up my age, I'd rather have a talking frog talk about missing the point. These people were missing the point.

It wasn't bad enough to miss the point. They attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan himself. The density to say this was done by the devil to be very careful now even Christians because sometimes will be very critical of something we know very little about you know I hear a lot of things about a lot of people. People tell me all the time and you know what I'm very slow to arrive at a judgment until I know the facts and I found things really change a lot when you talk to people instead of about people and the reason I have this sensitivity is I've had said either things said about me that were not true that someone took the time to come to me and The truth from the horses mouth, so to speak, but we can be very quick. As J. Vernon McGee. The only exercise. Some Christians getting used to say is jumping to conclusions and running down others and some people seem to like to do this for sport and I've seen it in or are crusades or we have our critics now I understand why a nonbeliever doesn't like what we do or calling people out of darkness to light from heaven or from hell to heaven, but some of my critics are Christians or claim to be Christians and those say things like what you know what those people are really getting say because Greg doesn't really preach the gospel.

He never talks about how he never talks about judgment.

He never told people to repent.

It's easy believers of all that's very convenient to say that but I hate to break this to you. It's not true. If you've ever been to one of our crusades. You know I talked about judgment.

You know I tell people to repent. You know I preach the cross of Jesus. I'm very intentional about that. I take it very seriously when I step into the pulpit and deliver that message.

I know I will be held accountable by God someday for the things that I've said jumbos say well he's giving false assurance to the non-elect seek people who are hyper reform believe that God predestines where everyone will end up in eternity. Some people he chooses to go to heaven other people he chooses to go to hell.

Sorry to make you the help people, but that just amazes me.

Here's a loving father in heaven, saying heaven heaven heaven help tell Kevin help Kevin help you have nothing to do with it. I'm just choosing to send you to hell. I don't believe that I believe that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. However, I do believe in predestination or the second. Greg, can you believe in predestination and their free will of man you want to choose one of the other really with her both on the Bible sometimes right next to each other. How do you reconcile predestination and free will. I don't have to reconcile friend. Both are true. I believe God has chosen people, but I believe that we also must choose him. So as far as giving false assurance to the non-elect. I agree with what Diehl Moody once said Lord Celia left then elect some more to my job is just to proclaim the gospel and leave the results in the hands of God, so to these people that would say this is an of God. This is from the devil. I offer a word of warning. Be careful that you don't end up like these Pharisees and attribute the work of God to Satan. That's an indication of a hard heart not as spiritually perceptive one.

Let me say more about you than it does about me or anybody else. See, here's the problem is these people should've known better and we often think of Pharisees and the negative light you want to be critical of someone will say their parasitic which would mean their judgmental and self-righteous. But you know if you were to technically look at a Pharisee. This was a devout individual.

This is a man who dedicated his life to studying the Scripture. This is a man who had spent a good part of his day in prayer. This is a man who should have known better. In fact, a Pharisee would have been the theological conservative of his day. In contrast, the Sadducees were up in your Pharisees and Sadducees. There are very different. Sadducees would have been like the theological liberal of the day. She Sadducees, in contrast of Pharisees did not believe the Bible was completely the word of God, Sadducees did not believe that there was an afterlife. They did not believe in heaven without so they got their name. If you don't believe of believing life after death. You'll be sad to see, to hear these theologically conservative orthodoxy. In this sense, believers in danger of committing the unpardonable sin.

What I bring this up because this is something that we in the church need to be careful to careful attention to.

Here's what you need to know the church is a dangerous place to dangerous. I thought this was a safe place well in this sense it is. But in another sense it isn't because it's here in the church we hear the word of God and we have a choice as to what were going to do with that and know this knowledge brings responsibility, the more you know the more you will be held accountable for Jesus said in Matthew 1248 from everyone who is been given much, much will be demanded and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much, much more will be asked.

So if you come here today the church with no intention of obeying God's word. This may not be a good place for you. However, if you come here wanting to hear the word of God. This is the perfect place for you. So I guess the question to ask yourself today is why are you here. I wanted to come here today really did you come here to worship God.

Did you come here to hear his word. Did you come here to serve him or did you come here today because someone else wanted you to come and be a husband. Maybe a wife may be a parent you don't really want to be here.

You're looking forward to the end of the message, why did you come because, well, that's just what you do on Sunday did you come because you thought what if I go to church today earn up some extra credit with God.

So I can send a little bit more that's the case, I think you need to rethink church to come here without any desire to grow spiritually, can actually be detrimental in this place we are hard should be being impacted by God it can actually get hard for Greg I'm losing you. Listen, can be summed up in this sinful simple statement, not a simple statement simple.

Here's a state the same son that softens the wax hardens the clay. Let me say it again the same son that softens the wax hardens the clay, the same message from the word of God. It impacts one and changes them for the better causes another to become more hardened in their sin and it all comes down to the way you hear it. That is why Jesus would say he that has ears to hear, but I'm here put in the modern vernacular listen, pay attention very careful to hear was the problem. These men had a heart that it grown heart. Another turning against God and the rejecting him out like this is not merely unbelief or temporary doubt if you think this is not merely temporary doubt.

But it's outright unbelief. There's a difference between doubt and unbelief.

We've all had moments of doubt, you're not human.

If you don't doubt every now and then but the best thing to do is doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs and you fill your mind and your heart with the word of God. But sometimes we can go from a little doubt to a rejection. I refuse to believe that's what they were doing everything we refuse to believe in Jesus Christ and by the way, this is the same reason people reject them today because they carefully examine the evidence you be talking to someone about Christ sake what the Bible is full of contradictions that they were okay. I have a Bible right here, let me pull it up.

Put that thing away with the money you put that away will a woman tactic was not a living Bible Yet it living Bible didn't want to see the Bible didn't want to hear the Bible why because they carefully examine didn't find the contradictions to troubling they've never even read it. 99% of the people that say the Bible is full of contradictions can even quote one verse from the Bible. Now there are some statements in Scripture that might appear to contradict one another. But a careful study will reveal.

There are no contradictions in Scripture, but my point is all say that they'll have their questions why your entry. One question you're asking. Another only responding to that rescued even another, they don't really want to hear.

That's within want to come to church with you come to church with me Sunday no way.

Oh come on, you'll love it. No I don't want to go.

Why don't they want to go. Here's the reason here's a reason people don't want to hear the gospel, here's a reason people don't want to go to church.

They don't want to change. You see, Jesus Christ is a threat to their lifestyle and their cherished sin. John 319. This is the verdict says Jesus light is coming to the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light will not come to the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. That's why so these Pharisees had chosen to not believe it was a complete rejection and the so Jesus is you guys are right on the Ed of committing the unpardonable sin, the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit notices interesting to blaspheme is to insult you don't blaspheme an object I can't blaspheme this piano.

I can't blaspheme a car you try banging on a car start, you know, but because our cars and inanimate objects. They can't be insulted or blaspheme the car doesn't care what you do or say. It's just a thing, only a person can be blaspheme, so this reminds us that the Holy Spirit being a part of the Trinity being God has personality you can actually send it specifically against the Holy Spirit. Did you know that there are actual sins against the spirit that can be committed.

Number one, there is a sin of resisting the spirit resisting the spirit at 751. Young Stephen was giving what would be his final message for the Sanhedrin, the Sanhedrin rolled over the Pharisees. They were the highest legal and religious body in existence and that they had to then Stephen said after giving an amazing overview of the history of Israel and how Jesus was the Messiah scene they were rejecting that he said you stiffnecked people with uncircumcised hearts and ears. You're just like your fathers, you always resist the spirit. What is that mean what is the mission of the Holy Spirit, according to Jesus in John 16, eight when he comes, he will convince the world live in sin, and of God's righteousness, and of the coming judgment see the spirit of God is incredibly patient and persistent. But it's possible to resist all of his pleadings the idea that was being communicated and Stephen preaching to them was you know this is true, but your resisting to the Holy Spirit comes to you and convinces you of your sin.

He reveals to you. You're separated from God and see you say well I don't I don't want to hear that. I don't believe that I reject that that's resisting the spirit.

Are you doing that right now. Then there's insulting the spirit. Hebrews 1029. Think how much more terrible. The punishment will be for those who have trampled the son of God. They taken the blood of the covenant as ever were common and unholy, and they've insulted it enraged the Holy Spirit. While enraged the Holy Spirit. How would you do that well the work of the spirit again is to convince, but he will not convert without our consent. See, we can reject him. We can say no to him.

I do not believe in irresistible grace.

The idea of irresistible grace is there's no way you can say no if God's chosen you, you'll say yes when the second Stephen said, you resist the Holy Spirit, God is giving you a free will. He will not violate that free will you have a choice in the matter.

So the spirit of God convinces you of your sin. He shows your need for Jesus and as you hear the message of the cross you think would I care about that of Jesus suffered and died Means nothing to me and talk to even make a joke about you laugh it off that insults God that specifically insult the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 1029 says they've exceeded the blood of the covenant as if it were common, and unholy. Let me illustrate that say you wanted to marry a girl so you're ready to pop the big question, and the people go to great lengths these days.


Some of the things people do in offering that proposal.

My wife tells me I never even officially proposed. She said that we were just sitting at dinner and I said well I guess were going to get married. I said seriously.

Caesar that's all you set that I knew you wanted to marry that I've always been the romantic. Let's say you really want to make a great impression on the girl so you hired an entire orchestra you have them already to go and you invite your girl to an incredible restaurant very expensive and acutely orchestra they're playing your favorite song. Her favorite song you get done.

On one knee you pull out the box you open it and there is a ring and you say, my dear, will you marry me and she looks at you and she looks at your no, not even a chance and fed to the point I find you disgusting and I want nothing to do with you ever. After this, but since you're here. What looks good on the menu you still want to have dinner with her see the point is, is this is a complete rejection and it's an insult that's on the same way that we do we hear the message of the cross, Jesus died for you. He shed his blood for you when you come to him now. I also really doesn't matter.

I have other things to do. Maybe later.

You effectively blow it off.

See, now you're insulting the Holy Spirit and now you're on the very verge of lesson the unpardonable sin blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Melanie relieves some of you that you might be concerned. This is not a sin a Christian commits. Let me summarize a very simply the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is to reject the work of the spirit. The work of the spirit is to convince me of my sin and bring needed Jesus Christ. Therefore, the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.

The only unforgivable sin is a rejection of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Because the Bible says if you reject him. There's no hope for your salvation at all. How can we escape if we neglect so great salvation.

The Bible as you see you can actually go beyond the point of no no when the point is in a person's life. I have no idea, but I believe there is a point like that Esau would be on that point is no Old Testament character, get a brother named Jake they were in the womb. Together they were roommates right now. Normally, the blessing than the Jewish family went to the firstborn, which would be Esau because he was born first, but in this case, God made an exception at Saddam and to give the blessing to Jacob was born second and so there born and Jacob was kind of a connive or an even one awaits to get the blessing from God. So one day his brother Esau came in from the field after hunting and he was hungry and old Jacobs cooking up a bowl of stew and smelling good to brother Esau and he says is in progress.

That suit smells good. Hey, can I have some tickets is yeah I'll give you some but I want you to give me something for you when you want the birthright. The birthright given you give it to me. He sounds like birthright Smurf write to me the lunch eats the food but afterwards he realizes I should have never given that birthright up to listen. The heirs of the Bible says a visa Hebrews 1216 be sure that none of you is a moral or goggles like Esau, he treated his birthright as the oldest son for a single meal afterwards when he wanted his father's blessing. He was rejected lesson. It was too late for repentance even though he wept bitter to see the problem with Esau was. He blew off and he went too far and yes you can go that far, nothing's worse than a hard heart.

Sometimes you think woman my kids on drugs there abusing alcohol.

If the worst case scenario.

No, actually, is not as it is, if not the worst case scenario. The worst case scenario is a hard heart is a person struggling with drugs or alcohol, they may see their need for Jesus thereunder, the conviction of the spirit. They're going to come back soon there just a prodigal pizza come home again, but there might be a person listen to this sinning and sure with a smile on their face and their Bible open and our heart is like stone another further from God in the person was actually living as a prodigal. In the two this is the thing I hear these messages and I take amendment of I'm refusing to respond. I can become hardened to God and I can go to far.

We don't want to do that in the if you have a hard heart is going to come out of what you say. Look at verse 33.

Treat a few more verses will wrap this up.

A tree is identified by its fruit. Every tree is good and its fruit will be good of a tree has found the fruit will be back. You brood of snakes. How can evil men like you speak what is good and right for whatever is in your heart determines what you say, a good person produces evil things from the treasury of a good heart and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.

I tell you this, you must give an account on Judgment Day for every idle word you speak the word you say will either acquit or condemn you fascinating same in verse 34 whatever is in your heart determines what you will say it is by our conversation and are unguarded moments we show our true character.

It's been estimated that from the first good morning to the last good night.

The average person engages in enough conversations to fill a book of 50 to 60 pages and we have a little book card to illustrate her comes Pastor Paul Eaton with the book card welcome call.

Thank you, Paul, is what I'm saying.

The average person in their conversations and what they say and what they writes and what they post and what they text you say about this metric and I would be the average man. The average man's is about this.

Now this may not look up the big cubit every word will be held accountable for everything. Now the average woman of all. Did you think I meant this percent of the woman know I'm just checking the phone book, the people actually use promo to anyone. So we just Google the stuff now positive I can rip the thing in half, I don't think the average loads exist in the words in the day, but let's just say she probably uses a few more than a man.

Okay, so any given year. These books represent how many words you use all these books here now, you could just take any book and recognize you to be held accountable for the words you have given stated out of the abundance of the heart.

A man will speak.

That's what Jesus says in verse 36 for every idle word men may speak you give an account of on the day of judgment. See a person who is ill will will always express it in words have ever noticed that bitter people can keep their bitterness to themselves the love this spread it around the can a person cousin says what you think about this because I don't really like this at all and I think in you. What you think in the furtive spend their time and stirring things coming back to Esau from a modern translation we read these words keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent at the solar tube on the scene can ruin the whole garden in no time. Watch out for the Esau syndrome trading away God's lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite.

You know that Esau though he regretted that impulsive back and wanted God's blessing. By then it was too late.

Tears are no tears. I love that praise the Esau syndrome, a bitter heart that ruined you. Are you bitter toward someone today. You want to know something. If you harbor bitterness in your heart toward someone else.

You are grieving the Holy Spirit say how you know that Craig is the Bible says in Ephesians 429 do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger rolling and slander and be kind and compassionate one to another, forgiving each other as God in Christ forgiving you. You might civic Craig someone is hurt me and now I must hurt them really about some of the Bible says you should do. First Peter three nights is don't repeat evil for evil, don't retaliate with insults when people insult you and said pay them back for the blessing that God has called you to do don't bless you for turn the bitterness and will bless what they don't deserve it. Did you be tender hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ is forgiving you listen.

Buckaroo you did not deserve the forgiveness of God, nor did I therefore I extended to others will do.

Don't merit it did the people merited when Jesus said, father forgive them for they know not what they do listen when you forgive someone you set a prisoner free yourself to your the one that suffering your wishing ill on this person every time you think about them yet. How can I get them. How can I bring them down. How can I destroy them. When you are wasting your life and you better be careful or you going to fall into the Esau syndrome, and the bitterness will eat you up and destroy you. Instead, we must forget. So one of the take away choose for us as we bring this message to an end. Number one, we must come to church to worship God learn spiritually, otherwise I would should soften our hearts to hear him can hardened them to not cure him. I should come here with the desire to grow. First of all, bring your Bible to church. Secondly show up on time don't come late.

Don't leave early. Now there's an emergency up to go.

I understand. Butů Let's leave early note don't leave early participate when the worship group comes out was not an amazing time of worship today on the Kaman I want to say that we have the best worship band anywhere but we have the best worship band anywhere. I didn't want to see anyone but I guess he did okay but anyway but really it's not about the best worship in that if they're doing their job properly. They don't want to the glutton think that was awesome worship know you should say he's an awesome God that such a success. I would never want your one good thing he's a great preacher.

I don't even say that but to the point in case you would I want to see the great God. I heard his voice today. That's the objective. So when the worship band is out here in gay and gay worship when a message is being given. Listen, pay attention, bring a notebook write things down. I know a lot of you have your Bible in your phone or on a tablet device that's fine write notes down. You're not remembering as much as you think you remembering its attention with intention and that will cause your heart to be receptive come with a sense of expectancy. I want to hear from God today I want to worship God. Today I want to grow spiritually today will change your church experience number two never take for granted the blessing of God is done for you. Never take your salvation for granted. Never take our church for granted. Never take the word of God for granted. Never take the freedom we enjoy the United States of America for granted your privilege to live in this country despite its flaws after a service. Recently I met a past train would been imprisoned for preaching the gospel.

Anyone been assigned one of my books and said Sir I mean I'm happy to sign this book, but in my eyes you to be our hero. Oh noises. I know you know you are sir when he's done and there's churches today work if you going worship openly.

You can be arrested. You can even think that in some countries and here we are enjoying this freedom were complaints. I think the air-conditioning is on too long.

The music was a little too loud today for the music was a really loud unknown for really don't think these things for granted and number three instead of resisting the Holy Spirit.

I need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Have a tender conscience and when I go astray. Pray that my heart is so open the God of senses conviction to get right in line. It's a good thing when you're consciences it's a bad thing when in this take these things to heart, because, listen to this God's Holy Spirit is drawing you there's someone hearing this message right now that is on the verge of going too far.

Now they may be here in this room were in speaking, they may be watching this on the screen, they may hear this.

Two years later on a radio show or they may see it in some other place, but my point is simply this, I

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