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January 22, 2021 7:00 am
Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhart challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ and then we find out that if we put our faith and trust in the cross, knowing our sins forgiven, but we are having bond and joint heirs with Christ and all these things belong to all of us and then on Wednesday night we sit wringing our hands about what might happen Thursday how you do that we forget that's exactly what they did. They forgot they begin the lesson is clear. God is the kind to meet your needs. Daily not annual, not monthly, not weekly. Joining us today on this additional Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhart Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana.
Let's join Pastor Bill Gebhart now is once again he shows us how God's word last week while I was on vacation my iPad out and I was reading the newspaper and it had the international headlines of a vivid description of the war. On the other side of the world and the multitude of critics who were questioning the president's decisions. The demands of politicians for a military leader to resign in a military base in Asia was attacked and locally there was a 40-year-old Lieut. Col. who just retired and within one week. Died of a heart attack. There was an article about how urban sprawl is destroying America and there were a host of car wrecks in drunk drivers and some even being fatal and once again, as you just read something like that you think well what a mess.
You know the whole world is a mass in our world to mass and for many of us I think it seems like the logical thing to do is to sort of wring your hands and swallow a couple of an acid send and jumped right on the worry wagon for many of us. I think the worry and anxiety are logical response to the world we live in. I think that for some of us we must think in such a convoluted way that we think that, for example, we embrace worry, to such an extent that we think that worry must help our health loosely live longer and nervous stomach is a happy stomach. I mean we know better, don't side effects of worry and anxiety, heart trouble, high blood pressure ulcers, colds, thyroid malfunction, arthritis, migraines, and a host of comic disorders.
So worry doesn't really help her health. How about this for some of us made the worry makes us happy. Worry puts the blue and the sky. The spring in your step puts a song in your heart. This is a new year and for some of you could actually start a new year schedule so I like reading through the Bible in a year, except he could worry through the year every Monday you could stress out over the economy and how it will affect you every Tuesday you could dread next year's workload or whether you'll still have a job next year or not. On Wednesdays you could think about all the communicable diseases that you may be exposed to in the coming one Thursday you could calculate your chances of being carjacked or burglarized. One Friday you could think about all the people who don't like one Saturday you could ponder the number of terminal diseases that you could be diagnosed with in the coming year and then on Sunday you could watch that show that you recorded about the possibility of a comet or a large asteroid streaking to America this earth, to kill all of us. We know the worry doesn't make us happy.
Worry is to happiness what a Hoover vacuum is good dust bunny worry sex happiness right out of the human heart one and maybe worry could solve our problems. If you could create enough anxiety and worry about enough. Maybe all of your problems will vanish or maybe go away.
The worry is never solve problems.
By the way the newspaper headlines and articles I were reading were from the 1950s, the war was the Korean War and the general was Douglas MacArthur and the president was Truman things really changed on thing, anxiety and worry have never helped anyone's health made anyone happier solve anyone's problems. In fact, if you're here this morning and you've got a lot of anxiety and you're worrying about something I want to say something to you. You have no chance of happiness. Open your Bibles to Luke chapter 11 Luke chapter 11. This is a second message in a short series of app called what makes you happy. I don't mean the question, what makes you happy. I mean, the statement what makes you happy. I said the first time that happiness is a lot more about the who's in our life than the whites in our life is extremely important to know that it comes down to who and for believer in Jesus Christ.
Your relationship with the Lord.
It really becomes. In a sense the source of your happiness.
Jesus said, I have told you the truth, so that your joy will be made full. In John 15. The last time I said if you want to be happy. You need to bathe yourself and God's grace every day. Don't let yesterday's mistakes sabotage today's happiness and every day you have to express your gratitude to God, you have to lift your eyes off the things you lack and thank God for the blessings that you have you do that you have a good chance of being happy day in and day out in Luke 11. Let look at this last time. I just want to look at a little bit different way. This morning, verse one it says it happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place after he had finished one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples and he said to them, look when you pray, then say father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come. Another version of the Lord's prayer and he says this phrase then give us each day our daily bread. Give us each day our daily bread. Literally what that says is our needed bread. Give us they by day are needed bread. Give us day by day. You see, if you want to be happy.
That's what Jesus is going to say here if you want to be happy. You have to trust God for today if you want to be happy you have the trust God for today notice give us each day. He says our daily bread. You see what happens with worry, worry never really focuses on now worry is always focused on the future what's going to happen in a few minutes what's going to happen in a few hours what's going to happen in a few days. What could happen in a few weeks.
What about a few months. What about a few years and you fixate on something in the future.
And then you worry about it. Our Lord says each day. This is really important to get God that was so important that he gave us an illustration of it that will last forever.
Go with me. Now back to Exodus chapter 16 Exodus chapter 16 running good.
If you're in Exodus, you know, it's all about the Exodus and their out of the land and air out of Egypt and are ready heading to the promised land in there in the wilderness area.
That's what he tells us where the exactly the right Sinai. The first two verses and then we find something.
Remember there's a large group of people here, as many as 2 1/2 million.
That's a lot of people wandering around the desert people will be enslaved for 400 years. It says the whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness is is the sons of Israel said to them, would that we had died by the Lord's hand in the land of Egypt. When we set by the pots of meat and we ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into the wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger now that he read couple things in their one of the things is, it shows you that when you begin to worry and by the way, if you really, really hungry, you begin to worry about where your next meal is coming from. Yes, that's what's got the grumbling on. By the way, on the whole Warriors of drummers.
You see, because are always worried about something is going to happen in the future than they going to grumble about it in the present and it's kind of an interesting thing here that them it even worry even skews your sense of reality is what they said it was like being a slave in Egypt. We had so much meat we didn't know what to do with the we are pots full of food. I mean, it was just like a banquet every day. Now you can read the history of slavery from day one until today and that's not really the case was slaves. That's not the way slaves are treated but notice how the lunar they are, and then the Lord said to Moses, behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you, says the people should line and gather a day's portion every day that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in my instruction we say that a different way. Whether or not there.
Trust me, you see what God could've done right here you can see what's coming. God could've said the company bring a caravan in Mr. Vance can have so much food in it that they will be able to eat in the next 10 years. I would have barges, from Egypt and just dump the food limit I'm in a do God's is not my doing, I'm going to provide for them. One data time in order to test to see if they will trust me. You see, that's how this works in a says it will come about on the sixth day when they prepare with what the says they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily why that was interesting down to verse eight Moses said this will happen when the Lord gives you meet in the evening and bread in full in the morning. He says for the Lord hears the grumblings which you grumble against him and what are we. He says you're grumblings he said are not against us, but against the Lord. So God says it would have a deal. I provide what you need. Every morning, and also provide what you need. Every night, so in a sense they get complex carbohydrates in the morning to get protein at night because the welcome minute night but they get everything they need. Now you know what happens with this. The first thing you heard is that verse 13, so it came about in the evening that the quells came up and covered the camping in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp and when the later of dew evaporated.
Behold, on the surface of the wilderness. There was a fine flick like thing finest frost on the ground when the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another. What is it warm enough and this is what they did not know what it was.
And Moses said to them, it is the bread for which the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord's command together and every man as much as he should eat and he said you should take an over a piece according to the number of persons, each of you have in your tent and that's exactly what they did and it turned out, by the way, it said that what it ended up tasting like the manna was sort of what we would call crackers or waivers coupled with honey.
Now, what's interesting in their world. You see, in their world. That's can kick you see in their world. That's a hot fudge sundae in their world. That's the best thing you can taste it and have refined sugar, honey is as good as it gets. Now imagine two and half million people getting waivers with honey every day and quell every night and even to this day quell are considered fine dining gotchas now do that and I do it every day.
But you gotta go that way now. Notice how important this is the guy dying to verse 32 and then Moses said this is what the Lord is commanded lead and armor full of it be kept throughout your generations, that they may see the bread that I fed you in the wilderness. When I brought you out of the land of Egypt, that's amazing gotchas you need to put some aside whites that I want everyone who ever forwards you to understand this principle.
And what's the principal God will provide for you each and every day you seek. You need to trust God today. That is the test I need to trust God today worry lives work in the future and the ideas and I need to trust God for today and you know what they did day they messed it all up and then they complained about it but the thing you see is why would they start worrying in the first place the same reason you do. They forgot they forgot what already happened to they forgot nothing. Your point of view. My point of view does not seem ridiculous. How would you be a slave in Egypt and generation after generation generation of slaves, then a guy named Moses it was reason for whose house comes and he says going to deliver his people, and then all of a sudden all of these plagues start hitting the nation and you see one after the other after the other. Every one of them completely miraculous. You see things happen that are unimaginable and then you see Moses lead you out and you see yourself coming to the Red Sea and you see the Egyptian army coming to kill you and your complaining to Moses and he's a stand back and watch God work and you see that entire army of Pharaoh. You saw it all.
Now, if God did that for you, don't you think in his foresight, God might've thought I need to feed these people may just for a moment before we judge them too harshly.
Isn't that exactly what you do in that exactly what you do you have an enormous gap between you and God to gapped of sin. The wages of sin is death, eternal separation from God. God made a provision that said I can change it and I will and so he sends his son Christ loves you so much you don't even know him.
He knows you and he dies on the cross in your behalf.
And then we find out that if we put our faith and trust in Christ and his finished work on the cross not only our sins forgiven, but we are having bond and joint heirs with Christ in all of these things belong to all of us and then on Wednesday night we sit wringing our hands about what might happen Thursday at noon.
How you do that we forget that's exactly what they did. They forgot and they begin to worry.
The lesson is clear gotchas look, I'm going to meet your needs. Daily, not annually, not monthly, not weekly, daily, UC had resources that they never envisioned. Imagine how many of them walked right see how you were in the desert. We have to have many people in the desert. By the way, the other thing that he provided that I did mention that story. Water how to get water in a desert. Gotchas understand the big rock 'n' roll line behind and I rock give you water the whole time you're there. What yes God's provisions. You seal this works now that in mind, let's go to Matthew six in the words of the Lord. Matthew chapter 6 and go from the time of the Exodus to the time of Christ and by the way, you still have people in this day worrying about the same thing. They worried about an Exodus that we often never worry about and that is the very staples of life, food, water and shelter, clothing, those kinds of things Jesus says in verse 25 of Matthew six for this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life. There's the generalization that's pretty general and it see if you said the Jesus Jesus. Let me just ask you one thing. What am I entitled to worry about in it say anything that has nothing to do with your life. See, do not worry about your life.
What a statement. Do not worry about your life and then he goes on explains that he says as to what you will eat or what you will drink for your body as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing. Do not worry. That's an interesting word by the way, that word, worry is Maryland not all its verb. That's a verb for Macomb summer Rizzo Rizzo means the divide and not always a form of the word noose which is in mind.
So what did Jesus say worry is it divide your mind.
That's what worried us, and the implication of what Jesus is saying this worry cleaves your thinking between the reality of now and some dreaded event down the road.
That's a worry does it just cleaves that off, that's why. By the way, you can never be.
You cannot be worrisome and content just cannot discontentment as a present state worry lives in the future pastor broke apart on the radio ministry of fellowship Lord, if you ever miss one of our broadcast or maybe you dislike of the sum of the method one more time. Remember the good or great website called one place.com that's one place.com and you can listen the fellowship and the word online at that website you will find on with today's broadcast but also many of her previous audio program at Fellowship in the Word. We are thankful for those who financially support our ministry and make this broadcast possible with all of our listeners to prayerfully consider how you might help with radio ministry continuous broadcast on this radio station by supporting us monthly with just the 100 support for ministry can be sent to Fellowship in the Word. 4600 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, LA 7006 if you would be interested in hearing today's message in its original format that is of the sermon, the pastor will deliver during a Sunday morning service at Fellowship Bible church visit our website FVC Nola.org that FVC and oh LA.O RG at our website you will find hundreds of possible sermon you can browse through our sermon archives defined sensors are looking you can search by title. Once you find the method you're looking for can listen online or if you prefer, you can download the sermon and listen at your own. And remember, you can do all this absolutely free of charge.
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