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March 19, 2022 1:00 am
One of things that God gives you to overpower and and be a victor over seven lot of your home and you have the word of God. It is God's truth. And if God told him one passage that we know if we know and and were following the then the truth will set us free. Welcome to cross the bridge with the senior pastor of the bridge in Kernersville, North Carolina.
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Romans chapter 1 verse 16 says, for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek and the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith as it is written just shall live by faith for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.
Verse 19. Because what may be known of God is manifest in them. For God has shown it to them because what may be known of God is manifest in them for God has shown it to them to great verse powerful force is manifest in them. What is that mean means when you begin to follow Jesus parts of your life that begin the changes that power of God emerges and your behavior change in your changes and people begin to notice those things as God is being manifested in your life that's part of the way the people come to know the Lord as a part of the way because every now and again I come across a Christian and encouraging the witness or whatever they say well mine is a silent with and I just prefer to let my light shine before people and not say anything.
Well, the problem with that concept is try to save this in love your writing that bright okay you think you can go you think you can going to work and go you what you want to pray the prayer now the even years, and even Jesus years were to guess what we need to use words and as we do that now.
If our words are without actions there were in trouble or action should be with words. It should be a combination of the manifestation of the word of God.
We look back a few verses and when you start talking about how to be saved.
How to be forgiven, told the Bible is the power of God that's unleashed at that moment whether somebody comes to the Lord to get saved or not, that is between them and the Lord were supposed to be telling and manifesting the power verse 20 for since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. These are significant versus what is this verse literally say. Well friend, you can look at creation and know there's a God that I know there's some discussion and some debate, but when I look at creation. When I look at a mountain when I look at planets when I look at the sky. When I look at the earth. When I look at plants. I believe God created him were told that in the beginning God created the heavens and earth. I take that literally was it a literal six days we could discuss that with the fact God and some of the concepts of we've come up with to explain away God. Very interesting. I think I mean really, if you think of them analogical fashion and always amuses me when the people proclaiming the theory.
The theory of evolution. The theory of the Big Bang when you really they accuse Christians of not engaging in science when just the Big Bang theory. What was discussed. Effort is the second okay there was nothing and then it exploded. There's kind of a major scientific flaw there because I've never in my life seen nothing explode and I have seen some explosions, but I've never seen anything explode and really produce something of order actually opposite happens doesn't when your body is constructed so with with such intricacy. The way the way you were the way the atmospheric pressure is exactly right for our bodies about the theory of evolution was entertaining for second what your eyes evolve.
How did we see her eyes were evolving that that begins the.function done. What happened over millions and millions of years.
How did we eat, how do we live it we couldn't see if we were walking around for millions and millions of years and couldn't seem to make food or anything like that.
There just begins to fall apart when you begin to look at and in the course will you will took millions and millions of years.
It went. I'm gonna watch.
Okay what if I took this watch completely apart dismantlement put a paper bag and shook do you think it would become a watch again.
No wonder shook up a long time know it's still not become a watch when we begin that time of the again is pseudoscience is evolution is pseudoscience. You have to understand and and do the research. Don't take my word for do the research go after. Now if you're an evolutionist call you dirty names and yet I would just encourage you to research it and understand that evolutionists are leaving the theory and roles as they realize it doesn't work as they examined the and then they go no way this evolved so some of them so they don't have to be accountable to God or introduce a creator. Now there's another big theory out there and that is that our DNA was seated here on this planet glider sitting down by aliens. And so this DNA structure that was left there by aliens now gives us that the building blocks to evolve in the humanity the theories that we come up with so that we deny the truth, friend.
This verse as it leaves us guilty because it takes a lot more faith to believe in The Big Bang Theory and the theory of evolution than it does to look at nature and say you know what obviously there was a creator. Obviously this is of intelligent design in somebody some one was constructing this not somebody must admit that say we don't know who he is not sure is a God of the Bible. Okay that's I can go with that. But understand our bodies are just a testimony of the creation of God. The air that we breathe perfectly constructed for us to question friend.
If you believe in evolution happened what we were evolving to brief. Okay, help me with this. What happened while we were in evolving debris. We would die within our children would evolve no reason anymore because we couldn't bring so there is no offering to evolve so that you can read their some fundamental problems in this theory of evolution so this is part of what this is talking about in the Bible talks about the Psalm 19.
Once is this heavens tell of the glory of God the skies. The play is marvelous display of marvelous craftsmanship day after day they continue to speak night after night they make a note they speak without a sound or word their voices silent in the skies get their messages going out to all the earth and the words to all the world to just evolution because understand evolution oftentimes ties into atheism and atheism again have to challenge that as rationally ridiculous.
It is rationally ridiculous.
Here's what I mean by that. If you're an atheist, what you're saying is there is no God. Okay, what you have to know in order to know that will pretty much you need to know everything, because see if you contain was a 5% of the knowledge in the universe. Okay is 95% chance he got a good and if you think you can think 5% that's that's probably little but let's say you know that that you're saying you know everything will if you know everything what is that make you think you God. So if you're saying there is no God, because I know everything, just guess what logically you just said there is no God in him him that makes no sense you get if you study logic at all. You can't get there from here. Some 14 once as the fool has said in his heart there is no God. Psalm 53, two, says God looks down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there are any who understand to seek God sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity and whatnot send this. He said this most beautiful system of the universe could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful being that was the scientific conclusion that he came to Louis Pasteur said this, the more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the creator I got. I could spend the next three hours given you quotes of scientist who recognized his intelligent design creation, but but when I see a car. I know you see a Volvo go out there must be a Volvo factor somewhere I've not seen a Volvo factor never personally visited but it has to exist because I'm looking at an exhibition of that intelligent design so that begins to make you asked some questions and this is part of this verse, speaks to that. What about the pygmies and what about you know, and I have a heart for all people groups understand how unreachable or changeable, but often times when somebody brings up something like that.
It's a smokescreen because that's not really the question is in there talking to somebody about the gospel and then receiving Jesus as their Savior and all suddenly say what what about the pygmies in Africa. Sometimes I go will limit you really have a heart for the pygmies. All you hard for them to live a better life will absolutely okay. Look to your prayer to pray pray that prayer then you go over and you tell them because you have a heart for work, usually as an excuse. God is saying here because the majesty of his creation, they can begin to seek him.
When God is merciful and God was gracious somehow reaches them think a better question is why is there anybody on the planet at this point in time that hasn't heard the gospel and what can we do in order to reach them.
Can we do more.
Can we get more can we serve work will reach out more those of the rule questions not there's a flaw in the plan of God to reach people.
The real issue is why do we ignore God.
Why are we not doing all we can while we can to reach all week. Those of the burning questions we should be asked you're listening to Pastor David McGee on cross the bridge will be back with more powerful insight from God's word in just a moment but first, God's grace and mercy is greater than any of us could ever fathom. That's why he's been so faithful to the nation of Israel throughout the ages. He's not finished. He's promised to remain true to them to the end. We want to show you what God's faithfulness toward Israel says about his relationship with you by sending you Pastor David's teaching video Israel the Bible and in this exciting teaching recorded in the heart of the holy land. Pastor David unpacks important truths from God's relationships with Israel impact your life today. Israel the Bible and you is our gift to thank you for your donation to help more people on this station and beyond cross the bridge from death to life. So visit cross the bridge.com to request yours again. That website is cross the bridge.com. Now back to today's teaching verse 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their hearts and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Their thoughts and hearts were darkened. God gave the imagination.
I know most of us of abuse that gift of imagination and taken it places but God gave us imagination, and I would encourage you as a believer set.
Let the creative forces of God in the speech about how to reach people and what you can do and how you can serve the Lord. That is a great use of imagination and creativity. Imagine what you can do with your kids. Imagine what can be done in again.
There's a battleground going on in her mind's a big part where the battleground is because if you think wrong. Your natural if you begin to correct and adjust your thinking then you stand a much better chance of correcting and adjusting your behavior to process the life lesson years wrong thinking leads the rock to doing wrong right thinking leads to doing right wrong thinking leads to doing wrong right thinking leads to doing right see because it if you say will were just an accident. There is no creator. I would consider that wrong thinking because then it if you're just a cosmic accident. What you really matter what. Is anybody else around you really and and so then you can begin to define some human behaviors as they come back to that, but again we we rarely come across evolution.
If you're sitting here in evolution at work when I beat you up or not.this to death that I just const the concept of the Bible is a God created the heavens and the earth now. Neither were they thankful thousand evolution thing on the because if you think they're just kind of offer you really got to give thanks to God for what he created to when I when I see the ocean or the Rockies out Westerners things and in Israel. I look this loss.
You look at the intricacy of the flowers, like all that is so beautifully painted. That is just gorgeous and I'm thankful but I mustn't look at the Fargo happened. I'm not giving thanks to God and this is a key thing because one.
Because if we don't give thanks to God we begin the slippery slope, but the rest of the book of Romans that the rest of this chapter talk about you glorify God as God you try to get him to conform to the image of you have challenges in studying about because as you study the Bible, you realize that some of the stuff you grew up being taught wasn't necessarily scripturally accurate as you go through the Bible. You see God more clearly and perhaps friend he seem a little differently than you thought it would be. And as we did in the Bible, God reveals himself, and you can glorify God as God what can happen somewhere along the process God is going to speak to you through this word not do anything. I think through his word and you didn't know God was like.
And at that point, you have a choice of going I won't gotta be like that. I'm going to at that point you were pretty much engaging in idolatry conforming God to who you wanting to be not trying to be conformed to who he is glorified me as God's to be thankful. We talked a couple weeks ago about not complaining, not complaining is very important is biblical not to complain, but do we just stop there. No only are not supposed to complain to be thankful just got a lot more challenging than supposed to be thankful thankful for what will according to the Bible were supposed to be thankful in all things, all things all things as a challenge and my car is not running right.
I can be thankful for that. You know, only 8% of the worlds population have cars. 92% of the world doesn't have cars they would look at you in your car and say man I got a girl like Rich. They got so much a billion people on this planet don't have clean water at the service closes probably people go out to eat. Three.
Thankful for what you're eating. Good thing about this while you eat 800,000 people today only thousand children everything the think that next time you're in front of something being thankful this is a challenge to huge challenge, but do you think about it.
This is a this is a root human issue want to go back to the guard was a problem without many they wanted something they were supposed to have.
They were entirely thankful for what God had already given he gave all these plans to enjoy got don't think this one which is okay what they do.
They ate from left while they were not thankful for everything else everything for you.
Thankful for your job. Thankful for the food you eat.
Thankful for this or do you complain being thankful you understand that as a protection against all kinds of evil in your life because once you start not to be thankful. Once you start to look around this world and why don't have that I really want that. I really deserve that now do anything to get it you begin down a slippery slope can't be jealous and be thankful can be envious and be thankful for becoming be thankful can still be thankful.
Can't commit adultery and be thankful can commit murder and be thankful. You can't complain and be thankful if you thankful here some things will happen in your life. Number one.
You'll thank God will serve God you love God will serve people you'll serve the church you love people will tie your honor God with your first fruit to be thankful you get to keep 90% study complaining about having to give 10% worship God you glorify God and tell others about God because of your thankful for what God is done on the cross. These things will start to take place in your life but if you're not thankful for these things.
Well friend in love you'll see yourself revealed in next few verses in the strap because the moment you begin not to be thankful you open the door to all kinds of evil in your life. That's the reality.
First Thessalonians 518 says in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you all writing from prison will notice this verse is for 11 not that I was ever in need for have learned how to get along happily when I have much or little why think that something we could all learn and it how to get along happily will we have much or little the final life lesson is you can choose to be miserable or thankful the Bible says choose to be.
Think if you have a friend or somebody in your family who is always complaining is not thankful Mr. question do enjoy being around that person know you don't now couple weeks ago, I challenge you guys to focus on not complaining. I know that's a challenge I was the next week.
Actually, within an hour after I left the stage. I was challenged I got right is it say that I would be complainant when around the staff that week. You might start complaining when tents maximize human complaining.
Now we move even further been think being thankful. Jesus tells an interesting story well.
It was a story that actually happening healed 10 lepers healed 10 lepers leprosy sentence of death unclean.
Nobody wants to see can't be part of community can't touch people.
Your written law you're sent to this little place where you can no longer interact with anybody in 10 people were healed of leprosy and one of came back to think where it is more present in percent coming back. Thank you. Hope your hope.
I am so we should be thankful for all the words done friend. You know for sure that your sins have been forgiven. You can know right now own Legion. A short simple prayer simply telling God you're sorry and asking him to help you to live for him. God wants you to pray this prayer so much that he died to give you the opportunity and the ability to ask him to forgive you. Please pray this prayer with me out loud right now. Dear Jesus, I believe you died for me that I could be forgiven and I believe you were raised from the dead that I could have a new life not done wrong things I have sent and I'm sorry. Please forgive me of all those things. Please give me the power to live for you. All of my days in Jesus name, amen it friend if you prayed that prayer according to the Bible you've been forgiven you've been born again. Jesus said he would not turn anybody away who comes to him and he came for those people who knew they needed forgiveness. Those who were sick, not the righteous to congratulations for you just made the greatest decision that you will ever make. God bless you, if you prayed that prayer with David for the first time we'd love to hear from you.
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