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The God Who Cares

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March 15, 2009 5:45 am

The God Who Cares

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March 15, 2009 5:45 am

When you get down to the absolute fundamentals of existence, it all starts with one truth: God is in charge. Today, Pastor Greg Laurie shows us what freedom we can have knowing God rules. Tune in for the foundational insight.

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Harvest podcasts featuring Pastor Greg Laurie are brought to you by harvest partners to receive Pastor Greg free online daily devotions or to become a harvest partner, please visit us (now Lord we we come to you a holy God and all knowing God and all-powerful God, a God who is in control who is sovereign but yet a God who is loving and good and we pray that you will speak to us as we get to know you better, because as Paul said that the term and purpose in life was to know you, Lord.

We want to know you.

We want to know about you but we want to know you so we pray that you'll bless us time in your word with all of this in Jesus name, amen. You can be seated okay good morning again. Let's turn our Bibles the numbers chapter 6 the title of my message is the God who cares, and it's part of our new series that were doing here called essentials when every Christian needs to know. I told her the story before about the little girl grabbed a piece of paper and some crayons and it was starting to draw with great passion in her mind up in a notice and said hunting awarding what you going to draw.

She said I'm there. Draw a picture of God mommy and the mother's a vote sweetheart. Nobody knows what God looks like a little girl said they will when I'm done. What is God like some important question in our last message in this series we close of the story of the prodigal son which really in many ways is a picture more of a loving father who misses his son and it's really a snapshot of God given to us by Jesus himself, in which God the father is portrayed as a father who desperately misses his son, and of course it would include his daughters to and longs for fellowship with each other about and can't wait to get to us and throw his arms around us and kiss us and love us and hug God's were talking about God and who he is in the title of this message is the God who cares you might say that this is theology 101 know when you bring up the word theology some people print. Oh no, that's going to be so boring really wanted theology is the study of God.

If you think studying God, angels, Satan, heaven tell the afterlife the last days events.

The meaning of life and things of that nature. If you find those things boring letter with the Sadie. I can think of a more engaging, more fascinating subject, and I've noticed as I get older I'm even more interested in the things I can say for sure. I'm more interested in heaven as I get older. Since I'm getting a step closer to it every day and when you have a loved one that is gone before you to heaven, you're even more passionate to know what the Bible has to say about these things reminded of a story I heard of an old guy who went out fishing one day, then fish all that primitive renown then you go out and you try his luck at it. So you sit in the little boat he threw a line in the water and was waiting in.

Suddenly your he heard a voice speak to them and the boy said pick me up. He looked around like one of my hearing things, who just said that in the this leaned back again way to provide the heard the voice again picked me up. I said he looked into the water and there was a frog and the frog said to them, pick me up. The guys that are you talking to me. The frog said yeah I'm talking to you pick me up right now to story.

By the way, the frog said if you kiss me become the most beautiful woman you've ever seen.

I'll be calling your friends in his, because I'll be your brine so that fishermen reached down and carefully picked up the frog and looked at it with absolute amazement, and then gently slipped it into the front pocket of his shirt in the Bronx said are you crazy I said if you kiss me all turn into a beautiful woman and I'll be your brine gold.

I said you know my needs are more interested in having the talking from Alyssa were talking about something a lot more interesting than the talking frog here were talking about the creator of the universe in this series begins with a simple statement God exists and is the creator of the world know that's a very important thing to start with.

I know it's obvious I know that everyone understands that here that is listening to me, but in our culture today.

This a God exists and is the creator of the universe and mankind is somewhat controversial by GK Chesterton make this statement years ago.

He said quote you're free in our culture to say that God does not exist.

You are free to say that he exists and he is evil.

You can even talk of God as a metaphor for mystification. No one will protest but Chesterton continues. If you think of God as a fat as a reason for changing one's conduct than the modern world. You somehow if it can be concludes we are long past talking about whether an unbeliever should be punished for being irreverent, it is now thought irreverent to be a believer is not true. It's thought to be a reverent if you're a believer what you crazy people say you actually believe that there is a God. Oh yes we do, because when you take it to its logical step. We say not only is there a God but because there is a God who created all of us. That means that there is right and wrong, and God has told us exactly what that is.

Course, not everyone believes that I read a startling statistic just the other day that revealed that 1% of the young adults in our world today are our nation today, we would classify as a biblical world view 1% of this generation is called the Mosaic generation there from the age of 18 to 23 and one is a biblical worldview. According to this article, Paul was taken. Among these young kids and they were do you believe the following. The Bible is completely accurate in all the principles it teaches. Satan is considered to be a real being, not merely symbolic. A person cannot earn their way to heaven, but try to be good or do good works. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth. And finally, God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who rule the universe today 1% agreed that those statements so you asked me why do we do evangelism among young people.

I think the answer is obvious you. Much of these crazy kids were they know if the adults are pretty confused to because a USA Today.

I did a story just a short time ago when they talk about how a lot of people are leaving the Christian faith, and of course you could challenge these statements he made one of these people ever really had a relationship with Christ.

To begin with, but just to make the point from the article. They pointed out that there's been an 11% drop. Among those that claim to be Christians from a generation ago, and here's what they concluded, they said, quote, more than ever before.

People are just making up their own stories of who they are. They say I'm everything I'm nothing. I believe in myself is very Cosman survey co-author today. He says religion is become more like a fashion statement, not a deep personal commitment for many, that reminds you about a conversation I get just a few days ago with the Bible publisher and he told me that the sales of Bibles of change now and people are more interested in buying Bibles to go with what they're wearing them.

They aren't considering what the content of the translation of that version might be or the notes that might come with I thought with your outfits coming back to this article. One minister noted that family came in. The young teenage boy what a yellow tablet and he had a question for the pastor there was a question lesson he wanted to know who is that guy hanging up there on that. Plus sign. That would be a reference to Jesus hanging on the cross. Who is that guy hanging up there on the + on my study of God is never been more important obviously our culture needs to listen to me. We need it because I find there is a great biblical illiteracy among many Christians today. They say they believe certain things, but they can't tell you why they believe them, and more importantly, they can tell you where those things are in the Bible so were taking the time to strengthen our foundation for some of us build that foundation for the first time so let's think about we left off last and then will start into organizations today in our last message we noted three things about God. We noted that God is omnipresent, which means present everywhere, God is omnipotent, which means he's all-powerful and God is omniscient, which means that he is all knowing, we've established that fact balance come to another attribute. God is sovereign. Your writing down notes, write that down.

God is sovereign but we call this divine providence. The word Providence comes from an interesting coupling of words Pro video you know that letter word is we all are familiar with video Pro video or God knows what's going to happen before it actually happens. He is sovereign know we cover that to some degree in the omniscience of God, pointing out that God never learns anything.

Nothing ever catches God by surprise.

But now, let's expand on that and say not only does God know everything, but God also controls everything God is able to do what he wants when he wants whenever he wants. Why because he's sovereign God is able to do what he pleases with whomever he pleases. Whenever he wishes own repeat that God is able to do what he pleases with whomever he chooses whenever he wishes it's not up to about it's a majority of one God as it says in Psalm 115 three. Our God is in heaven. He does whatever he pleases. Even the pagan King Darius acknowledging Daniel 435 all the people of the earth are nothing compared to him get the power to do as he pleases. Among the angels of heaven, and those who live on earth. No one can stop them or challenge them, saying what you mean by doing these things wasn't the comes under this God is sovereign, which simply means he is the master we are the servants. He is the potter we are the clay he is the vine we are the branches. He is the giver we are the recipients to repeat God is able to do what he pleases with whomever he chooses whenever he wishes.

Quite frankly, God can do this without asking permission or explaining his reasons. Psalm 135 says I know the Lord is great. The Lord is above all gods. Whatever the Lord pleases P.Chuck Swindoll made this statement recently and I quote to say that God is sovereign is to say that he is supreme.

He is in full control of all things, all things he is Almighty give the possessor of power, both on earth, above or below earth.

In all matters pertaining to all existence overall nature over all events overall blessing.

Listen over all disasters and calamities over all of humanity.

All life in the realm of the scene of the unseen good and evil. No one can defeat his purposes or toward his plans. Give never surprise he never learns give never frustrated. Nothing is ever an afterthought." We my protestants in the boy. The second is God's sovereign when I lose my job through no fault of my own is God sovereign when the doctor called me with bad news is God's sovereign when a loved one dies unexpectedly, the answer is yes.

Yes he is. God is sovereign is a great I don't understand that you know what, welcome to the club nor do I that's not to say that all things that happen are necessarily done by God and by that I mean there are times that God will allow certain things that we do not understand but let me say he is aware of them and if he allows it, it is for a purpose will get into this normally look at the topic of suffering and why God allows it to listen God is his plans and his purposes that we may understand the passing of time. There are some things that as the years unfold would begin to come in the focus and make more sense to us.

There are other things that will not come in the focus. There are other things we will never understand this side of heaven. But until that time, we need to just remind ourselves. God is sovereign, number two God is truth. God is true. This means that he and he alone is the true God and his knowledge and words are true and are the final standard of truth. God is truth. It's hard to say God has truth God is truth.

He is the embodiment of truth, and therefore what he says is true is true what he says is false is false.

Jeremiah 1010 says the Lord is the true God the living God, the eternal King Jesus said in John 17. Three. This is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

Listen, God is the final Court of arbitration is is not up to about we all although just chime in and say well below the majority of us don't agree with this statement by God. Therefore it's not to know God is the source of truth is the final standard of truth. You can't go any higher than God so it's true because God said it is a will that that circular reasoning, no it's biblical reasoning there's no higher source to go to member when you're kidding your parents would say to you when you didn't like something will do it anyway and then you'd say why that's a because I said so right.

How many of you ever said that your kids because this equipment pretty much all of its because sometimes you just can explain it to.

But why just do it.

But why because I said so we thought we would never save an hour saying it.

All of those other parental nuggets like if all the kids jumped off a cliff, would you jump up to and of course what you think I have a money tree in the backyard because I said so, how much more true is that of God.

Why do we know certain things are true because God said so number three God is holy. If there is anything that comes out in the Scriptures.

It's this back in second Isaiah we read that he had a glimpse of the glory of God.

He said I saw the Lord sitting on his throne.

He was high and lifted up in his glory filled the temple and the angels cried, holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.

They could've said faithful faithful faithful or powerful powerful powerful and those things are of course true, but they said holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty. Psalm 24 says who can climb the mountain of the Lord who may send in this holy place, only those parts that are sure because God is holy, he hates sin were told in Habakkuk 113. Your eyes are too pure to look on evil cannot tolerate wrong God is holy and we need to realize that I have a question.

How we live side of this. Let me restate it. Have we traded reverence for relevance. There was a time and maybe in the church. Everyone was just a little bit too uptight, you know, you hear a lot of preaching on hellfire and brimstone in and you would laugh inside of a church you would speak in hushed tones, and he always had to wear your Sunday best. You know, in a suit and ended it was just a very rigid kind of atmosphere. But if things swung too far the other way now were just so casual and were so loose and I don't know when you would hear in most churches I Helen 504 brimstone message by cutting some churches could use a good hellfire and brimstone message and maybe in our casualness and our approach. We got just a little bit to relax. Case in point, you know there's a lot of churches that want to grow they will do whatever they can to attract more people. So it's all about cultural connection, and it's all about relevance. Now I am for connecting with our culture and for being relevant. But do I have to stop being reverent are your preachers they get behind the pulpit and it attempt to connect with their people use profanity just to show that there one of you cussing preachers listen I don't need the cost to reach customers anymore than I need to get drunk to reach drunks. I need to declare the truth of God, and I think relevant reverence for the most culturally important thing we can have its impressive door normally would see a preacher cut a big bill think they're more cool to think what an idiot I don't know my whole line, doing something that's a little different about standing up for what is true is going to be as authentic as I can be. I want to be as relevant as I can be. The Bible tells me when I stand up to speak.

I am declaring the truth of God, and I think that's seriously, so let's not trade reverence for relevance. Let's be reverence of the Lord. The early church had reverence for God have fear of God in fear doesn't mean cowering it because you're afraid is going to smack you that we deserve that often but fear means a wholesome dread of displeasing him whole Lord you're so good you're so holy I want to live in such a way that will bring honor to your name. God is holy and also God is righteous God is righteous holiness would describe his character while righteousness and justice would describe his dealing with mankind. We can be thankful. We serve a righteous and just God were told in Psalm 11 seven. The Lord is righteous and he loves justice in Exodus we have the account of the plague of hail and then these words come from Pharaoh. I'd send this time the Lord is righteous and I and my people are wicked. Even the wicked Pharaoh was acknowledging the justice and righteousness of God for punishing him in the way that he did and it important to see how these attributes of God complement one another friend since we pointed out that God is omnipotent, which means he is all-powerful, but now were bringing to your attention the fact that God is righteous, listen, if he were a God of perfect righteousness without the power to carry out the righteousness we cannot be sure that justice would ultimately prevail. On the other hand, if we were a God of unlimited power.

Yet without right distance in his character, how unthinkably horrible this universe would be, but fortunately our God is all-powerful and he is righteous, he will not miss use his power in our lives or in the lives of any other. Now let's add a really important attribute that we need to know about God. God is good. Yes, it's true that God is all-knowing, it's true, he's all-powerful. It's truly omnipresent. It's true that these holy pennies righteous and true. Listen God is good and when we say good, we mean that God is the final standard of good and all that God isn't does is worthy of approval God determines again what is good and he also tells us what is bad and we need to remember this because the Bible tells us again and again God is good.

David said in Psalm 34 rate taste and see the Lord is good. Were told in Psalm 108 give thanks and love the Lord for he is good God is good, but I guess we have because the question what is good. See I see we are. God is good until something bad happens and then I wonder if God is good, maybe I don't know what good is maybe my definition of good is different than God's definition of good, because the same God who declares himself to be good promises in Romans 828 that he causes all things to work together for good to those that love him and other called according to his purpose. We hear that verse involved a lot but have we ever thought all the way through. It says all things are working better translation are working together for good to those who love God and other called according to his purpose.

It's all working together for good. But what is good. Well that all depends on who you ask for some people, good, would be defined as well lose guys, good health, pay bills, open parking spaces in no reruns on television. We would never regard and illness is good.

We would never regard a crisis as good for us it's mold smooth sailing in the absence of conflict that is good and we could have our way. That's the kind of life we would choose to live. Did you know that I could possibly be the worst thing for you to just have a conflict free life.

Did you know that actually God can use conflict and hardship to produce something of immeasurable good in your life. Think about the lessons you will learn and think about the most important lessons you've learned that they come when things are going well for they come often through hardship or difficulty she it's like little children. They want to eat only what they want to eat. They would live on candy if they were given the option to my little granddaughter Stella. She would eat quesadillas for the rest of her life if she could. Whenever I asked her quesadilla fans right over here whenever asked what he wanted, he just quesadilla what you want to know TCD quesadilla so we get her quesadilla and a renowned and shall broaden her up repertoire and have chicken fingers.

You know, but like the other day I took her out. I babysat her for the weekend because my wife and our daughter-in-law are at the women's retreat and so I I took care Stella and that meant we eat out a lot. His grandpa can only cook scrambled eggs and trying to cook quesadilla so we went out and intrigue you know I had chicken fingers, but fries came with the chicken because she's young fry coming up Stella eat some of the chicken because she takes one micro bite back to the fries again. You know in that some kids are get on that so we are.

We just want the good times we wanted easy, but conflict can be good in life, tragedy reminds us we can do this on our own. Sometimes we get a little bit too arrogant that we forget to acknowledge who is giving us the strength to do what we are doing. James 12 says when all kinds of trials and temptations crowd of your lives.

My brothers don't treat them as intruders but treat them as friends. I like that translation tree at trial as a friend, not an intruder. He continues on realized they come to test your faith in a producing unit, quality of endurance and let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed and you will find that you will become men and women of mature character men and women of integrity with no weak spots you see that thing that you think is bad today maybe be regarded later as something that is good. Okay so not only is God true holy, righteous and good. He also is loving.

He also is loving the Bible tells us God is love, not merely that he has love agreement is loving but he himself is love is not the Hollywood version of love one of these people and probably would know about love. You know so-and-so's hooking up with so-and-so there. The beautiful couple.

There, the power, shot, you can keep a relationship together for longer than 12 minutes. Why would I look to you, you know, I look for consistency in a relationship between a man and a woman, a commitment that is made and when you look at the love that God has for us.

It's not fickle it's not dependent on how attractive we are agreement how well we perform his love is unchanging love is on ND God says I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore with lovingkindness. I have drawn you and God doesn't just talk about love. He's demonstrated it to us for the Scripture says while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and this is how God is demonstrated his love, perhaps in these two qualities we can look at all the attributes of God's holiness and his love and his holiness.

He's unapproachable in his love.

When he approaches us. God is holy and God's love.

So how should that affect me.

What is that mean to me. Is he there can be no theology without doxology. In other words, what is the application in my life during this number one God is to therefore I need to be truthful, good of a no-brainer.

A lot of people seem to miss the memo on this one. The Scripture tells us that lying lips are an abomination to the Lord. In fact, in the list of seven things that God hates two of those things have to deal with lying and falsehood. That's how important truth is God, tell the truth and you know here's a simple reason why he should tell the truth.

It's just too much work. The towline it's hard to remember which lie you told and how you told it because you tell one line to cover up something you did wrong in the tell another lie to back up that way then you tell another lie to cover those other two life after well your confused you don't know anymore. Just be truthful, speak the truth in love, walk in truth number two God is holy and we should also seek to be holy were told in first Peter 113, just as he was called, was only so you should be whole holy in all that you do for it is written, be holy because I am holy.

Since you: a father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent care, we use the word holy is usually thought of in a negative light. Think about was the last time you even work.

You deserve the word holy. It usually said like at all what you know everything your soul holier than that and usually that said, when you dare to correct someone you know you really shouldn't do that because the Bible says that since 00 are you perfect how you holier than thou telling me how to live. Oh, sorry, I'm not holier than thou. From now on I'll be on the holier than thou know you know when it's okay to be holier than thou. It's okay to be holy, the Bible commands you to be holy know when I say holy, I don't mean that you're arrogant and about false piety, which some people have; holiness and it's nothing more than try to look down their noses at everybody else and and be condescending. That's not holiness that just being a jerk.

Listen, the most holy people are the most humble people in Oregon going back to Isaiah.

I saw the Lord sitting on his Sony was high and lifted up his glory filled the temple. Then he says and I said wall under me. I am undone of a man of unclean lips as he saw God in all of his holiness, he became aware of his on holiness and when you're really living a holy life, you'll usually be how very aware of how far you have to go. You show me a person that says they've got it all together and there read some spiritual plateau above all others, that the person it's hardly gotten started show me a person says am a work in progress. I have a lot to learn. I have a long ways to go but I want to be like Jesus. That's a person seeking to live a holy life. Even the apostle Paul. After years of walking with God said friends don't get me wrong but I don't mean no means do I tell myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eyes on the goal were God is beckoning us onward to Jesus, I'm often running and I'm not turning back pulsing listen. I'm not an expert but I I'm moving forward in the Semites didn't appear don't think that I think of myself as an expert I've got it all together in a hotel of Nono. I'm a work in progress to live a long ways to go and we all do. But if we see that were on the right track, let's read spell holy. Maybe it will help us we think holy is spelled HOLY right. It is, but there's another way to spell holy WHO LOL why it helps us wrap her mind around it and see what we think of holy HOLY might seem unapproachable, impossible, WHO LOL why, which means holier fully committed to something.

Listen, there's a lot of people were wholly committed to a lot of some people are wholly committed to their career. Others are wholly committed to surfing others are wholly committed to videogames. I don't know that thing is I'm talking about our pastors. All they do all day long on jump but others are wholly committed to making money are wholly committed to their physical appearance.

Nothing to start messing with themselves a little bit too much and they don't know when to stop. I could give examples, but I will.

Michael Jackson purchasing. Here's what I'm saying. Be wholly committed to God. And if you're WHO LOL why, wholly committed to God. You'll find that you are HOLY as a result, it was said of Caleb key holy follow the Lord is God, and after many turned their back on God. There was old Caleb raisin of the bony old army. They define to get rid of this mountain know the young buck set this guy, this guy. He's the guy that made it into the promised land. All the others moan and complain and missed out. He's the guy that took a portion of land that was given the camp and conquered it. He's the one that not only started also finished well why because he holy follow Lord cares God.

Let's close now with some important things God wants us to know number six of verse 24 I talk you about seven things God hates here are six things God wants you to know about himself. Number six or 24 the Lord bless you and 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.

This is a blessing that the previous quarter pronounce on the people of Israel on a regular basis.

It was as though God was saying I want this ingrained in the brains of my people. I want to be here this over and over and over again. I want them to know that I am the God that cares number one.

The Lord bless you. I love the word blessing. It's really a believers word. The world is hijacked, it the use of all sorts of silly things, but it is really a word that speaks of God's favor on a man or a woman. God's blessing on us. Jesus both began and ended his ministry by blessing people. He took the little children into his arms. The Scripture says, and he bless them prior to his ascension into heaven people last his disciples, he blessed them, and he wants to bless us. The Lord bless you.

Number two the Lord keep you. The Lord bless you and keep you. We sometimes worry about our safety and security only for ourselves but for our family, but you need to know something God will never forget those whom he loved. You don't lose something or more specifically, someone that you love. We took Stella to Disneyland the other day and I noticed a lot of parents have their kids on leashes nowadays like a full harness for good taken the kid out for a walk or something you know it, it's probably a very effective way to keep your child close to you but I choose to carry my granddaughter instead and I don't really like putting her on the leash using but the so I carry around. But I had my eye on her all day long.

Never took my offer for wise a lot of people. You can get lost. You don't lose someone you love so few went to Disneyland. He came home he were our kids do you really love your kids coming. Maybe that was intentional.

God protect his investment.

The Lord keep you got to keep you is getting keep it to the very end we all pray for his protection unlike what you meant as a question. What about that accident of that tragedy happens to the child of God. Where was the keeping power of God, then in asking a question like that we are somehow assuming that we have a right to live long relatively easy lives in all one day peacefully die in our sleep. Advanced age. The Bible teaches that our times are in his hand our life's a gift to us from God to present you just drew in the next one and the one following that is a gift to you as well. Even in death. God will keep us because when you're a believer.

That doesn't mean that he's failed in his promise to keep you. That means that when that day comes for you to go home.

You'll be taken safely in the gods presence is he is commitment to keep you doesn't just stop with this life alone, but continues right until he has taken us into his presence and glory. Think this is something I struggle with personally, because you see as a dad.

I'm always protecting and when my son died I fell in a way though I could do nothing to fix it that I've failed what why did my protect why wasn't I there to stop this. Why can't I fix this because I'm always in Mabel for the most part to fix things are try to make things right is not what dads do. I couldn't do it then I realize you know what keys in the presence of my dad is fixed it is. See, I don't need to fix this, I need done to fix me but I need to trust my father, who holds my son safely in his arm to keep us, God smiles on you for 25 the Lord blessed the Lord keep you.

The Lord make his face shine upon you and I can be literally translated may God smile on you. Do you think of God is smiling depend from your mechanic dad to have one of those grumpy dad dad you know and never scoffing at these grumpy aren't you glad we don't serve a grumpy God, don't bother praying today gods in a bad mood. He's really grumpy and I pray God's ever grumpy God react when you come walking in the room, probably in the same way that I react to my granddaughter what's in the room. I smile I my crazy grandfather even when she's doing wrong. I still think it's cute. It's cute the way she's doing bad things.

Now don't misunderstand, I'm not suggesting that God looks approvingly on bad behavior. All right, I just simply trying to make this point God sees you. We smiles and check this out. Your failures don't come as a surprise to God. He wants to change you want to transform you will you just know this.

He loves you and he smiles on you in his face lights up with joy if you will. When you come walking in to the room. That's what was repeated to the people.

The Lord be gracious unto you. Verse 25. Grace is God's unmerited favor. It's not something we earn something fitting a boy I really worked hard this week I'll find God's favor. Know the Lord, be gracious unto you, I Grace you been saved through faith, not of works lest any man should boast. Listen.

Justice is getting what you deserve. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don't deserve don't ask for justice, God give me justice today is that God kill me today.

No, say, Lord, be gracious unto me, your unmerited favor giving me what I don't deserve the Lord looks on you with a smile. He looks on you with grace and then these attentive to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, so told you before that means to look at someone with interest so they know they have your full attention. God is saying they watch out for you each and every day you have my full attention I care. And finally, the Lord give us peace to you the peace comes as a result of knowing all the things about God that I'm saying it's really hard to sleep when you're in turmoil is in it, but when you're at rest, and he feels safe.

You can close your eyes and know this, you are safe in the arms of God and you can trust him and you know that he will see you through to the end, the omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent righteous true holy good and sovereign God of the universe is watching over you.

He will bless smile on and keep you and give you his full attention in peace. He is the God who care. This is only for the believer. Those jackets used to wear long time ago for members only their very popular but the big club because a lot of us have. We weren't sure what we remember. But for members of some people are still wearing because they're cool again and they been entered into a new generation. They never stop where they still and no thermal comfort of listen.

These promises these things we talked about this is for believers only. The blessing of God is only for the believer all the things that can be experienced in your life are only for the one who is put their faith in Christ Jesus was cursed so I could be blessed.

What I mean by that. The Bible says cursive is every man that hangs on a tree to see when they took Jesus and nailed another cross and crucified him. He was taking the cursor to the come upon me and upon you upon itself so I can experience his blessing in my life. Jesus died so I could live Jesus was forsaken for a time that I can be forgiven for all eternity. Of the choices before us that we want a relationship with this loving, caring, righteous sovereign, holy and good God, that's up to us. Deuteronomy 30 says I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you. I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore choose life, that you and your descendents may live. It's a choice. You want God's blessing you want to know God, you want to go to heaven when you die, or do you want to face the judgment of God the eternal son internally separated from him in a place called hell. That's your choice.

And I like to close today by giving you an opportunity to get right with God.

If you need to. So you can start experiencing his blessing in your life. Father I pray not for everyone listening to this message. Help us to see these words are true and help us to believe in Jesus right now. Let heads about her eyes are closed and were praying.

Maybe you would like to accept Jesus Christ into your life is your Savior and Lord maybe would like to be forgiven of your sin. Maybe you would like to be certain when you die you would go to heaven. You want your guilt taken away. You want the void in your life filled listen if you want Christ to come in your life if you want to know his peace. If you want to go to heaven when you die if you want your guilt taken away whatever you're sitting right now. I want to the stand up and Emily join a prayer, a prayer of asking Christ to come in your life suggest stand up wherever you are. God bless you to stand your feet if you would come bless each one of you standing. If you're out in the outdoor amphitheater. You stand your feet.

I can see you here, but the Lord sees you. You stand up there out there. The outdoor amphitheater there in the court are overflow building.

You stand your feet as well, lead you in this prayer of asking Christ to come in your life.

Maybe you fallen away from the Lord you want to come back to him again.

Stand your feet right now the lead you in this prayer of commitment or recommitment this final moment anybody else can hear feet only Jim prayer. God bless you my give you more anybody else stand out.

You want God's forgiveness today. Come bless you. You want Christ to come in your life to stand up, show up in the balcony over your on the side.

Anybody else come bless you again there in the court there in the amphitheater to stand up. Bless you Tori all of you that are standing pray this prayer out loud after me again just pray this prayer Lord Jesus, I know I'm a sinner but I think you for dying on the cross and paying the price for my sins, high turnout for my sin.

I ask you to come in my life be my Savior be my Lord be my God, and be my friend.

I choose to follow you, Jesus. From this moment forward.

Thank you for calling me and accepting me and forgiving me in Jesus name I pray, and met

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