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Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ. That's what he needs.
I'm not trying to make you feel small. I want to tell you she that's what God is saying this is an about this is about me. I am joining us today on this additional fellowship in the world. After Bill Gebhardt Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana Pastor Bill Gebhardt now is once again he shows us how God's word meets our having to say that with glory and I can't talk in a minute about what I think the anger of the Lord is burning against Moses. Notice what God says things I skip go back in chapter 3 verse 12 is not just saying this to Moses the same view me and he said certainly I will be with you and they shall be assigned to you that it is I who sent you when you up, brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship the God on this mountain while I will be with you. Notice what God didn't do none of the Dale Carnegie positive thinking let's get it. You're a better man and you think you got to dig down deep, you gotta be positive. Look yourself in the mirror and tell Mike you got it Moses you could do it, there's none of that with God guy doesn't waste time talking about something like that at all. He says Moses look, you have my presence. See, you have my presence.
I'm here look at 317 he said, so I said I will bring you out of the affliction of Egypt the land down the Canaanite Hittite Amorite.
The parasite hit right in the Jebusite of the land flowing with milk and honey. I will do this. That's God's big I will be with you. I will do this 320 so I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all my miracles which I shall do in the midst of them, and after that he will let you go I will do this, verse 21, I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, and it shall be that when you go you will not leave empty-handed. You get the plunder of the Egyptians. I will do this for 11 when Moses said he had no ability to speak at all. God said to him who has made man's mouth who makes a muted death, seeing, or buying is not. I will, I created your mouth for this job. You think I made a mistake you cannot understand you. By the way, what's interesting about that as we know that Moses is lying. We do that often. We want to have a bad day refinancing Stephen in acts chapter 7 that Stephen says it Moses was raised in Pharaoh's household and he was a man of great power up word and deed. God wasn't buying any of this law or something else to them that so interesting look at chapter 3 verse 14.
Here's God's final answer.
God said to Moses, I am who I am and he said that's a Shiseido the hon sons of Israel. I am has sent you the Abe most holy word of the Jews never spoke, even by the time you get the Jesus Christ. No Jews use these words don't say those words whenever scribe was writing the Old Testament and he saw Yahweh. He had every time he came to the word use a nuke will invade himself sometimes have to do that often just a one paragraph every time nuke will bathe yourself. This is Yahweh I am who I am. I wasn't not that I was not that I will be. I am, that's who I am. That's my name. God says see what's going on with Moses.
The same thing ago is one with us of complete misunderstanding. Moses said look I don't have authority. I don't have a message. I don't have ability.
You know what God says I don't need you to have any of those things I have all those things seek most. I am doing this I don't need that. I don't need your ability to see I don't need that.
I have all the ability that exist.
I'm God I'm not very skilled.
I am not sure who I can trust. I am nobody's listening to me. I am why can't we get pregnant. I am heavy storm I received harm in savings from me.
I am everybody thinks I can't do it. I am what I fill again.
I am losing hold on. I am I need a fresh start. I am. I feel so alone I am. Doesn't matter what your sick insecurities I am is all you need for every single day. He doesn't need your ability. You need your availability. She that's what he needs. I'm not trying to make you feel small.
I want to tell you you are small were all small.
She that's what God is saying this is an about you.
This is about me I am this become so important. Go with me to John chapter 6 Gospel of John chapter 6 you can follow along with the cement go right through this pretty quickly. John six gospel John written by the great apostle has one goal in mind. It's an amazing book.
Probably the book that most of us would always recommend a new Christian read first or person considering whether to be a Christian should read. The reason for is John's goal in this book is one thing Jesus Christ is God.
That's what he wants to say Jesus Christ is God and he says over and over, but the structure of the whole gospel hinges on seven statements that Jesus makes seven is the perfect number of completion from God's point of view and seven times in the Gospel of John, Jesus says I am just like he spoke as the angel of the Lord through the bush. Notice verse 35 Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not hunger, and he who believes in me will never thirst. Now in Greek that's written a go. I me and a lot of people Sigma Jesus spoke usually in Arabic a minute with the writers wrote in Greek.
That's true but I believe it every time Jesus spoke this and he spoke with the Jewish audiences. Every time he says I am in John. I think Jesus says Yahweh and where they hated him to say that no one speaks those words he Abe I am he said the brave bread of life. Look at chapter 8 verse 12 then Jesus again spoke to them and said I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in darkness will have the light of life. The bread of life.
The light of the world.
Look at chapter 10 and verse nine, Jesus says, there I am the door. If anyone enters through me. He will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. Chapter 11 verse 25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life you believes in me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this chapter 14 verse six Jesus said I am the way and the truth and the life and no one comes to the father but through me. Chapter 15 in verse five I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I am him, bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing of all the iambs that's one of most applies to you and I in this message on the binder the branches you just abide in me, if you don't you can do anything you will rejoice and be glad in your days, your have the capacity I am I have that capacity. That's what Jesus says over and over again. He has no limitation your sinful. He has unlimited righteousness you're powerless. He has his supernatural strength.
You are afraid and he says I'll be your refuge. Your emptiness as I can be your fullness.
He said your pastors for disappointment. He said, but I will give you a living hope to the conclusion is I'm not enough. But here's such an important fundamental truth of our faith. As a child of God, please follow this is a child of God when I say I can't. I can't do it today I can do with them. I can deal with that and if I can do with a diagnosis like I can't deal with it as a child of God when you do that you know what you're doing, you're taking his name in vain.
This is that you hit your thumb with a hammer and you're saying a God word. This is truly taken his name in vain. I checked is like your child of mine I can. I can now I can't is a will of course you can. Apart from me you can do nothing. She that's his point from his name is attached to us. We are believers in Jesus Christ all through the Bible you see people were dysfunctional, become complete. People who are deficient become sufficient people who are doubtful become faithful people are simple receive his grace.
People are weak become strong.
What a difference this makes for all of us and just as Moses example that can happen to all of us. The apostle Paul is the example that it doesn't have to go with me now to Philippians chapter 4 Philippians chapter 4 and verse four Philippians 4 and verse four imperative mode.
It's a commandment amazing rejoice in the Lord always. How about that again I will say, rejoice in that's on the movement like the song this the day the Lord is maybe rejoice at the right process. Rejoice in the Lord always neutral days, great days, bad days, terrible days rejoice in the Lord always. I can say no no no no not these days. He said no I'm telling you to rejoice always in the Lord. He said Mike. He said that your gentle spirit be known to all men Lord is near. Great way of look he's right here, by the way, where is Paul, always in jail and he's waiting to find out if he's going to be beheaded or not and he said yeah. Rejoice in the Lord always today.
The Nepali don't understand you don't have any control over this season is going to decide whether you live or die noise not God of the side you see I can have joy in this much and have no concern. Although she should be anxious for nothing again a commandment how often to be able to fulfill that verse usually what we say is that I'm getting better at it and I don't worry as much as I used to. I used to worry about 80% of my thinking time I'm done about 60%. I'm doing better but the standard is be anxious for nothing, while back doesn't make sense. It does if you're a child of God and he is I am what you anxious about you see is is he sovereign yes.
Does he love you. Yes. Is he good yes then call Romans 828 I think all things work together for the good don't they so I can rejoice today. What I like to but I got a really bad news.
You see how this works over and over again for us.
We find yourself in the same trap. He says then look in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Pray your heart out at work.
Supplication I've told you before, is one of my favorites for your emotions, Lord.
This is hard on me Lord I'm struggling. He says go head and do it. But notice I've always said this. The key to the whole prayer life of someone was drawing every day is with those two words with thanksgiving, no matter how bad the day appears to me when I pray to God and pour out how terrible it is I do it with thanksgiving. You know why because this is the day you made in rejoice and be glad to see how this works at such an important thing for us if you don't do with thanksgiving, and most of us are great were good at giving thanks after today and when he answers if he answers me the way I want.
Next week I'll say. Isn't God good. Listen folks, God is good every day.
The best days you've ever had the worst is Riverhead East doesn't change at all. He's immutable is that when you do this the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, yet supernatural peace. He said finally brother about this. Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence in anything worthy of praise dwell on these things. Many paraphrase, that if you want to think think about Jesus you want your mind occupied. Think about him who is what is like what is done because he is certainly without question. True, honorable, right up your lovely he's all those things. He said the things you've learned and received and heard in me practice these things, the God of peace will be with you whether God told Moses I'm going to be with you.
There's never a time nothing Paul says a moment, can separate you and I can the love of Christ is always going to be with us, he said, but I rejoice in the Lord greatly. And now, at last, you have revived your concern for me.
Indeed, you are not concerned before because you lack opportunity. Not that I speak from what I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am how to get along in humble means. I also know how to live in prosperity and in every any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, of having abundance and suffering need your what that secret is.
See you know what the secret is to rejoicing every day. The next verse I can do all things through him who strengthens there's a secret.
I can deal with great days and terrible days, good days and bad days I can do I can be in prison or Palace. It doesn't make any difference to me all because he is with me is near and I can do all things through him who strengthens me. This is the day the Lord is made we should rejoice and be glad in it. The choice is yours.
You can choose to live in the I can't world I can do with it. I just can't do with it. I just can't look that's a true statement.
You can't were not designed for that. But when you live in that world. Your life is full of worry and anxiety and turmoil and despair.
That's the word 11 or for today. You can say God can God His power, his perspective, his promise, his strength, his peace, his grace God can. I can't. You can with every day that we face.
He is in us. He is for us. He is with us right to the very end of the great words out of the 23rd Psalm, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death for us. What a terrible day that must be is that I will fear no evil by, for you are with me, even in that day.
I'm with you I'm right here you see how this works. This such an important thing for our perspective of life. So tomorrow whenever you wake up just try this when you wake up tomorrow. Save yourself first thing this is the day the Lord is made I will rejoice and be glad you start stringing those together you might be amazed at the results spring father. Sometimes the word of God so clear and no matter how clear it is.
We completely miss the message anyway.
I don't know why father but so often we choose to live as far as our joy and happiness and peace directly related to the circumstances of our lives in the day that we face a father that is a fool's perspective because inevitably living on a cursed planet. We are going to have very difficult evil terrible bad days. Some of our own doing and some of the were victimized by the doing of others, but father you said we can rise above that that every day, every day can be this day because we know you made it, because we know you're with us because we know you will sustain us.
Father I pray that this perspective is one we own for our own lives, because if we do what a difference it would make for each and every one of us lives are filled with joy and peace and hope rather than lives of worry and fear and anxiety. Father, convict us of this truth, you've already given us the ability to obey it through your spirit were father pray.
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