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March 26, 2022 1:00 am
When you're left to your own devices is a will is not really go you're going to wind up in a dark place, but if you allow God to lead you towards him in repentance asking forgiveness asking for grace asking for his dream to do incredible things in your life will be to cross the bridge with David Deaton is the senior pastor of the bridge North Carolina. Many times we think we know what's best that we have the perfect plan for our life. There's a lot of freedom in knowing that God has the best plan for our life can trust him to find out more about this is David McGee continues in the book of Romans chapter 1 but before getting to today's teaching from beginning to end. The Bible shows the special nature of God's relationship with the nation.
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Now, here's David to his teaching God's Romans chapter 1 verse 28 says, even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to the baseline to do those things which are not fitting again that we have another gave them over the things which are not fitting and polished on through and it wonderful job because he says you see outwardly in nature. You see, inwardly, in conscience that we that there is a God and and all these things are pointing to him and then we have to make the decision on whether and to follow him and hear him and listen to his truth.
So where is the battleground.
Never people say with the battlegrounds in the body is not in the body from the battleground is in the mind because you make a decision to engage in sin in your mind long before your body follows your shipment here this morning is a struggle without calling us in here this morning on well you know what when I leave here a minute and a sixpack and a network that is that you Artie engage in drunkenness know your mind is already plotting what you're going to do security plan and apps about the time you get to the register with your now two cases of beer you Artie stumbled you've Artie fell. You did it in your mind before your body engage in the activity mean understand that for the there is this battle going on in your mind that Paul points this in the letter to the Corinthian second Corinthians chapter 10 he says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.
Listen to the languages casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God in bringing in the captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ to get imaginations. You got knowledge and you got what area of the body does that have to do with past due the mind has to do with a mind that's really about origin and early church father had some reviews on some stuff but he he thought he struggled lesser. He thought he would fix it and castrated. I'm thinking he was fairly disappointed. A couple weeks later when he realized that the battle was in his brain was in his mind's lifeless near there is a battle for your month. There is a battle for your mind. Was interesting in that movie usually like movies but it was interesting in this movie expelled that to the people who were evolutionist Darwinians. They they said that the moment they really fully accepted. The theory is when they walked away from the faith in God. I thought this very interesting to understand that 75% of kids that going to college will abandon their Christian faith. 75%.
Why is that they will lose the battle for the month on I appreciate signs I love science happens again believe that science indicates rationally that there was some type of intelligent design involved with her creation.
But again, if you're evolutionist. I'm glad you're here when I don't like to fight about that. I would ask you to really research that look into it because just the DNA evidence. There's just there's no way scientifically.
No way that that could've happened. The odds against that happened, like somebody pulling a slot machine and win in 250 times in a row to construct one strand of DNA is pretty stiff. Lots, so there's about three months of what we do, how to fix Romans 12 to tells us, and do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
One of the will of God for life. According to this passage. What you want to do is do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind work in your mind, change in your mind changing your thinking every one of us no matter what your background when you come to God. Even this morning your sit here and you got what I would consider, think and think you got things that you think that are wrong and got needs to change her mind and is a transforming month was a passage with me. It's an interesting word transform your and the Greeks metamorphosed what we get our word for metamorphosis metamorphosis that process which takes a caterpillar into a butterfly. God wants us to be butterflies.
The cocoons got you need let go, transformed, and that power that resurrection power that brought Lazarus back to life is available for each and every one of us today to be overcome is whatever trial, whatever tribulation whatever temptation, what whatever you're going through that resurrection power is available to you to transform you got interesting that word only occurs one other place, and agree to the file and that's Matthew 17 to the Transfiguration and it says and, Jesus and was transfigured before them, and his face did shine as the sun and his raiment was white as the light beautiful thing to transform us, transfigure us. He wants us to shine as Daniel talks about like the stars now.
Good stuff. But are you open to the transformation mentoring wouldn't make much sense for that caterpillar to go. No not going to do it not going to going back again so what happened last caterpillar didn't like it. He flew off his understand times because we attend church.
We think we've arrive. This is a motel staff all the time. You know you don't become a member church that because you've arrived. You understand that you're always be learning you need to stay teachable because God is molding us in the Hebrew Scriptures were likened to a piece of clay that the Potter is at work molding informing and assist the clay can't look up the Potter and say what you doing you don't know what you're doing, God created us were fearfully and wonderfully made now is transforming us. That's what he desires to do what you allow him to do. Jesus whatever Jerusalem before he was going in there being executed. He looked to Jerusalem he said three soldiers and how often I would've gathered you under my wings love you like a mother loves her checks. You wouldn't do you in the kind desires to transform us transform her mind or heart the way we think, the way we act, but you have urinated in a free will you have the choice of saying no but if you say yes got a desire to change me. One thing I will always want to be that "no fool in English are just pretty much up to one, but in the Hebrew there's at least four different versions of this word. To this morning. I will talk about one is the open, full, and the other is the closed fool me describe what those are the open fool is somebody who doesn't know something. But they know they don't know something and there teachable or open to learning how the Bible seems to indicate that if there is such a thing as a good fool. That's a good fool open fool course no one point my life I thought I knew everything and my father was very passionate and say well you know everything, then you're not going to learn anything else for the rest your life.
And then I began to understand that really weathers a plaque on the desk and Carl and Carl which is to say, it means always learning. Michelangelo said that the quote was like 87 years old. Always learn always learn to always learning. The other is the closed fool who doesn't know doesn't want to be doesn't want to know doesn't want to be taught doesn't want to be instructed seems indicate in Proverbs it when you come to somebody and you try to correct them.
Tell them something quickly find out which kind of fool. They all closed fool are very open fool, an open fool.
Here's correction teams. It applies it to his wife for her life and continues to grow in the Lord" disregarded continues on in the way of following your listening to Pastor David McGee on cross the bridge to 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 you in this exciting teaching recorded in the heart of the holy land.
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One of them is creationism and I know that some of you sitting here today probably believe in the theory of evolution, and I'm glad you're here.
You're welcome to name call anything like like that but the Bible says in the beginning God created the heavens and earth, so I take that as God created the heavens and the earth and into me that there is a dance scientific evidence of intelligent design a.k.a. creationism and there is a serious lack of evidence in the evolutionary community and guys the scientific community is kind of built on the fact that somebody comes up with all kinds of theories which are then discussed and debated. It is very strange to me that all of a sudden this cultural Society's annual were not even open to discussing this theory of intelligent design as a matter fact, if you discuss it. It can be detrimental to your career. Kind of interesting fractures in their new global Pastor David grew up in school and I was taught about all these missing links and that they actually exist and how they fell into that evolutionary scale and whatnot let's go through a couple of those that were big discoveries that you know when they came out of all this is that this is definitely the deal with that definitely points towards the missing link that would been trying to find Lucy probably all heard Lucy big discoveries a few years ago.
Now, they've discovered and experts agree was a three-foot tall champ not a person. No missing link their course when they made that discovery in examining things they didn't come out with the same fanfare that they did when they first discovered was the review of Heidelberg man was built from a jawbone meeting. They had a jawbone built the rest of the person from that that was conceded by many to be quote unquote quite human Nebraska man was built up from one which was later found to be the tooth of an extinct pick Piltdown man this jawbone that was.
He was completely built out up enough to be that of a modern eight Peking man discovered in China makes efface 500,000 years old when assigned to sit this is great.
We want to examine it. Guess what all remains went missing and they were unable to examine the remains the end of fall man was examined to be the part are meant to be an old man who suffered from arthritis hundred to 200 years old and Cro-Magnon man, one of the best established funds is equal to and brain capacity and physique.
It would seem the scientists know all about the missing link, except that it's missing. Even Darwin himself said in his theory was true that we wouldn't have dozens one have hundreds would have found that we would have million of examples of this missing link and yet here hundred plus years later we still have those you also need to understand human history and what happened the last hundred 50 years since the book came in understand. I believe in what would what would be called microevolution in the sense that there.
You do see some small changes in some species, but Darwin did write a book called small changes in the species. He wrote about the said, the origin of the species. Now where did that lead us what bright shining light that lead us to well it is. And again, don't take my word for go out, do some research that led to the practice in this country 1910s and 1920s, 1930s to what was called eugenics EU GE NRCS you can do a Google on and find out what we were doing in this country as we were doing selective breeding of humans. We were man that we were making people be sterilized. If we thought that they had some type of birth. The fact that we thought there would mentally is not as sharp as we like.
They even started doing as opposed and in regards to physique physical features facial features making people be sterilized white because it was a selective breeding process that Darwin introduced and got you would not of had a Hitler thought he was all about reading the master race without the theories of Darwin there. There is, you can argue that until you're blue in the face because there is just the line between that type of thinking and and that thinking okay. We went from being the go to the zoo.
Do you kinda think that leaves us in a place of darkness with no no purpose and there's very little scientific evidence.
Whenever you have somebody that's clinging to a theory that will not even entertain alternate theory is no longer science friend list was continual is were all about to be convicted or you gonna reject the truth of God wasn't here Spears first 29 being filled with all unrighteousness. Most of this is self-explanatory unrighteousness.
Wrong relationships with other people. Sexual rally wickedness just bad things, just this morning. Something that you don't own or have maliciousness just mean, hateful, bitter, full of envy. Again, desiring stuff that you shouldn't have murder stripe to see feeblemindedness or whispers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, posters and minerals of legal thing, disobedient to parents is kind of an interesting thing that's inserted in their a very good list to have that in their currently. That's what Paul put in their so disobedient to parents is a serious thing to the Lord and also it makes it much more serious is apparent that were teaching them the right thing, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, breaking your word unloving is in this last unloving to God unloving the people this is not a good list of fun and unforgiving, unmerciful one last, I don't think any it if you're honest this morning. I don't think anybody can look at this list go. I'm good. I'm okay hated for you, but I'm good, honey, he's in trouble now. Every one of us has done these things and one where you breaking your covenant. If a broker, ever not kept your word is your in this last we would ever disobedient to parents here in this list. Now we look at as we go. This is top understand what Paul is doing masterfully continue different he same left when you're left to your own devices is not going to go well, it's not going to go you're going to wind up in a dark place. But if we allow the light of God to lead you towards him in repentance, asking his forgiveness asking for is grace Aston asking for his string to do incredible things in your life. She man this is the conflict man is either what were saying.
I want to think about God and God out of everything so don't have to think about. That's why people protest the 10 Commandments and the Supreme Court. Is it really may have something incident. They just don't want to be thinking about God. That's why people make the moves to get prayer out of school is really prayer they hate nothing additional everything about God because it convicted and convinces them of wrongdoing for not try to run from God.
There's nowhere you can go you can pull 10 Commandments out and take her out of school. But at night or so to have that knowing sinking feeling that there's more to life than this. This is not all there is what you do, that makes all the difference.
This is the bad news of you, but there is good news. Look at verse 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but approve of those who practice them. While so let's just say you're sitting here and somehow you think you just made it through that list and and it didn't talk about you at all. According to this if you ever approved of those things taken joy in those things you're going down to let me put it in a modern-day binoculars. If you ever have turned on the TV set.
You've enjoyed people doing these things, so there is one or two people left hundreds was apparent safe. The bad news.
You have to understand that, according to our own goodness in her own work. We stand condemned before God that's around every night.
Some of us every one of us. You don't have a hope in years and what was cut open my good outweighs the bad. That's a work friend Corey of the Bible. If you broke along one place you broken everyplace. There's no hope for except Jesus. You can't get there on your own good works as the bad news in St. Paul, led by the Holy Spirit balances these things in this in this book of Romans. He balances out faith and works, he balances out the law and grace. He balances out sin and righteousness.
He balances out judgment and justification and justification. See how long does it take to be forgiven of your sins like that like we should enter the well I gotta get cleaned up to come to got I got a quick doing this quit doing this on, got some of the Bible teaches Bible teaches you come to God just as you are in the moment you come to him and see Jesus, please forgive me my sins. Justification just about never did anything wrong and in the process of sanctification begin in the removal of those things from your life. Don't glorify God now begins some of your feeling of tugging on your heart. That's a good thing. By this book by this law. We all stand condemned the God graciously is reaching out to us this morning and you've heard this truth and now the truth of God begs a response from you see the moment you realize that there's really no hope in your works in your activities to earn your way in the heaven. Then you want to hear what is the alternative, according to the Lord. There's only one alternative is only one way is through Jesus Christ you're in here this morning prematurely. Philip tugging on your heart to help your friend. Tugging is not enough yet to respond to that. Don't sit here and think well but but I felt the tugging and walk out of here in a moment without praying this prayer and I'm one step closer to premise for friend or not you're one step further away. And God forbid that at some point in your future.
You could hear somebody share the love of God, the truth of God, the gospel of God and not feel anything at all. This book seems to indicate that there's a line somewhere for each person. I don't know where that line is. I'm glad I don't know where that line.
Sometimes people ask me where that line if they don't say where is the line they they ask questions like this can you be a Christian and do this community can you be a Christian and do that and really what they're saying is to figure out where the line is increased pain up on the edge of the line friend. Apparently there's a line that if you step over coming back. I don't know where that line is for each person. I don't believe it's tied to any certain thing or any certain activity. I wish I knew that but but God hasn't told me God hasn't told you where your line is, or where other people what just the fact that there is that sort of lied to me will keep me running back today as I don't know. Best father knows best. I don't know what's best for me. God knows what's best for me. I don't know what happened in my life in the next year two years five years God's. And I can count on Trinity Philip tugging.
That's God offering you the greatest gift you could offer you himself. Forgiveness 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. 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 can 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, so 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. You can call us toll-free at 877-458-5508 to receive our first steps package with helpful resources to help you begin your walk with Christ before we go, we want to encourage you in your faith so that you can experience more of the grace and love of God for you.
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