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July 28, 2021 1:56 pm
Mike discusses the importance of asking God for the forgiveness of your sins, and teaches us that no sin is too big for God to forgive.
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Florence attempted to swim the 26 miles between Catalina Island and the California coastline she began she was flanked by small boats that watch for sharks and were prepared to help her if she got hurt, or grew tired after about 15 hours thick fog said Florence began to doubt her ability and she told her mother, who was on one of the boats. Her mother told her to keep going keep going in about an hour later. Florence saw was in the middle of the thick fog and she told her mother that she could do it no longer. They pulled her out when they pulled her out and they went to the shore. They found out that she was only about a mile away from the shore and so she realized that she was so close to her destination that that it was just she got so frustrated in what she said and in the press conference later on the day she said I was.
I all I could see was the fog she said if I could have seen the shoreline. She said I would've made it. And so later on she actually swam that same distance again and this time she wasn't able to see the short shoreline, and there may have been some fog but what she said was she had a mental image in her mind of the coastline of the shoreline and she was able to make it and maybe not.
Maybe that's what I feel like some of you today maybe going through as well. In the book of James. It says that you know that your life is like a vapor where were here today and and then almost immediately were gone night you know I was looking up something and was in the it was in the book of Hebrews and it's actually in Hebrews chapter 11 and throughout the book of Hebrews the that the people in that book are going through many, many tough times and so at one point, I mean there there saying that they were they were beaten they went around in sheepskins and goat scans and it goes on and on and on but if you go to verse 14 it says, for they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country and truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came. They might've had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country that is in heavenly were for God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he hath prepared them for them a city. And so when we look at the heroes of of whether it's the Old Testament or the New Testament. Many of them they had they had a chance to deny Christ to say hey no word doc in a fall. You are working to cut a fall by the wayside. But what they said as they said no Lord. They said were to follow you at all cost. Doesn't matter what it costs us. It doesn't matter if it costs us our life. Matter fact and we had talked about this before in acts chapter 6 and in acts chapter 7 that Stephen he performed great miracles among among the people who are the naysayers and they said that they could not deny his miracles, but they still caused problems and they caused a commotion among the people in and they riled up the crowds and even with all of the miracles and all the all the signs that he was performing.
He was he was able to basically out argue all of them. They still said that were working work in Estonia and they got furious at him and he any came he he he he showed them that Jesus was the son of God, he proved it to them and they got so furious that they ended up stoning him, and he became the first martyr.
We talked about this before but Stephen was an unlikely hero. Stephen was actually doing a job that the other apostles didn't really want to do and they said find some fun on some people who were highly acclaimed and find some people who were who were well known throughout the community and and will have them do this because we can't do this job.
We have more important things to do and it's funny that when they said that and when they chose Stephen. Stephen became famous famous in heaven famous on earth.
We still talk about him.
Today people name their kids after Stephen and he ended up being stone. He was the first martyr, but one of the things that he said was when he was being stone. He said father forgive them sort of similar to what Jesus it said when he was on the cross and he said they don't know what they're doing and some people say because of what he said and because of that, because of that story right there that the the soul at the time. He later became the apostle Paul was one of those who was collecting garments at at Stephen when he was being stone so you know it's it's just maybe maybe somebody today needs to hear that but it's funny it it may not always be easy but Stephen saw Jesus and he saw him standing up in heaven and he saw the whole thing. He says what is it matter this this world is not my home, he says, no matter what happens in this world. I realize I'm going to a better place in an and in the book of James where it says you're like your life is like a vapor right now. You know, and I've heard people say this before that the devil Satan.
He wants people to think that the here and now is in last forever and that eternity doesn't seem that long were really it's the other way around. And so yeah we we we we talk about all the tough times that may happen. We talk about the people are right now there to be and persecuted. We talked about what's going on and in Canada how the church in Canada is being persecuted and it's growing. Yes I said candid, I didn't say China but Canada and in there should be no surprise that that persecution is coming to the United States unit we see right now where you know there's there's people going around door-to-door trying to get people shot at me and you know whatever it is in in in people think they say it will you know my freedoms are being taken away from us. Yes, I mean on the market to take that shot if they came to my door. I wouldn't take it anyways because of the dream that I talked about were my dad told me not to get that shot but but it's important that we stand firm, and in the and that's just that's one of the things but the most important thing is that we stand firm for Jesus. We stand firm for biblical values that no matter what comes, no matter what happens you know, just because the world says hey you need to leave people alone.
If there you know if if if a woman wants to get an abortion and that's her choice, and it's no big deal, and it's none of your business, you know, it's funny that the people who say that are the same people who tell you need to get the shot. But but you know that the people who say things like that.
They don't realize that I've heard people say that you know and I've heard a lot of people say this, they say that no life begins at conception and you know I i.e. to a certain extent I agree with that but it says in Scripture. He says I knew you before you were born I knew you before you were for, but I knew I knew you before I formed you, I knew you before you were born. So not only is are we does God know us at the point of concession. He knew us before that he knew us way before that and so is why do you feel like it is important that we that we stand for truth and that we do stand for biblical biblical values, and we had a wheat we a lot of us will go to the abortion clinic there something called love life. They have an abortion clinic in Greensboro. There's an abortion clinic and with really all over the place and and we have Christians who are going out there and praying, praying that God over that the Lord helps us to overturn these laws that allow people to kill their children and we pray that people who go to these abortion clinics. We pray that they that the that there the minds of the women when they go in there or sometimes they go with their boyfriends or husbands that when they go in there.
Whether their mind is changing her husband's mind is changed boyfriends one and they decide to go out and I remember one day that I went over there and I was praying and I felt very strongly to pray in the spirit at that point that a that somebody would just leave right then he was to get an abortion and what they told me later on is in week and we were able to point back to that spot. The woman just left the abortion clinic and she decided not to kill her child, and when I talk about that stuff you know there there are many women who had abortions on an abortion is not the unforgivable sin so you can ask for. Ask God to forgive you asked for repentance asked for healing, but we also encourage people not to do those things that we know are wrong. Peter huffed funny.
I got some flack about the whole LGBT thing. Once again, you know to be gay or lesbian. If you're living that lifestyle and you decide to turn away from it. That is not the unforgivable sin in an oft I've talked about this before, but all I'll say it again that if if there were there were times in my life where I was, not living the way that I should be living.
I was struggling with since I was struggling with many of the sins that that people who are listening to are people out the world of listening to it if they're listening to the show, or even if you share this with them or whatever it is were I was struggling with that and the reason one of the reasons why I was able to overcome those is not because I felt okay.
People were just nice to me and they said Mike you can live however you want to live about that.
I went to a Bible believing church and said that look.
The Bible says that you're not supposed to have sex outside of marriage are not supposed to, you know you're not supposed to love money, you're not supposed to do all these other things that the world seems to say is okay and in so I love other churches I love. I love people I love. When we stand for the word but we do realize that there are a lot of other churches that are out there who are just not saying anything about these issues that we know some churches have just embraced these issues and it embraced them full force. 100% and they say it's okay to live however you want to live. Do whatever you want to do and that's fine with us in.
There are some churches that are standing firm in saying look. We love you, but the Bible clearly says that if if you're living this lifestyle that it is wrong to be sex outside of marriage. It could be you know gay, lesbian, whatever it is that God loves you Jesus.
You know he wants to save you but you can't continue to live in that lifestyle and claim that you know hey I'm just gonna go to church every Sunday. I'm loving everything you know I can do whatever I want to do because Scripture clearly tells us that we do need to turn away from our sin and we don't judge people and I know that hey IT I'm not judging people. II can't, you know, I I have had a lot of stuff in my past that I've had to deal with so not judging people. But I'm just telling you what Scripture says and if you look in the book of Revelation, it tells us again and again and again.
You must repent, you must repent, you must repent talks about in Revelation 315 through 16. He says I know your works.
He says that you are neither hot nor cold, he says, but because you are lukewarm.
I'm about to spew you out of my mouth and so I know many of us are on fire and I want to encourage you to continue to stay on fire for Jesus to continue to stand for the truth no matter what it could cost you a mean who cares what it cost you.
I mean, Jesus second, he who doesn't even love his life unto the death.
He says those are my followers. He says he who endures to the end shall be saved in a and I do believe that so many times we've we've got a gospel out there that says hey you know we just want to love you Jesus just wants to be your friend and I agree with that but I do believe that if were leaving out the other part of repentance that I do believe that were missing a part of the gospel so that's I guess what I wanted to say about that is far as you know, God having a lot of promises in the Bible, God does have a lot of promises. Jesus said to love the Lord, you note to love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Those are the two great commandments. I want to encourage you that you never know what you're going to do. I mean the went when Billy Graham went to a crusader believe it was Mordecai Hamm. Mordecai Hamm never knew that there was a Billy Graham that was to be that was going to be in that crusade and give his life to Christ, but he he decided to he decided to answer the call.
One of the things I think about to when we talk about, we see the times getting worse and worse and the times getting tougher and tougher is that you Jesus tells us he says do not fear. Do not fear. Do not fear. Do not fear. Do not fear the terror that you could you could endure a mean he says and will talk about this the other day.
In Revelation where it says he will suffer tribulation for 10 days he will put some of you into jail, and in some things will happen to you now that may not be a literal place because we know some people suffer persecution for longer than that, but it will and and and and that the persecution will end, but we stand for Christ. That's that's gonna last forever, so I just want to encourage you to stand for Christ to stand for what you know is right because Jesus loves us and and when when I talk about not worrying. One of the one of the stories I was thinking of was there was that there was a guy who said who heard a sermon on not worrying and after he heard that certain he says all right. I'm knocking a worry and so what he did was he he said I'm knocking a worry he completely changed and another guy at that church. Later on Psalm.
He says he says Johnny says I noticed that you're not. You're just you don't seem to worry about anything anymore and and the guy looked at him and he and he said yeah II don't worry about anything he says what I've done is he says, I've decided to pay a guy $10,000 a week to do all my working for me in the cases when you talk about. He says I think that's great. He says, but I know you I know much money you make. He says you will make $10,000 a week.
How are you to pay this guy $10,000 a week to do all of your worrying for me. The guy says I'm not to worry about. So I do believe that there is a that there is a point where we do have to. We don't worry but we also we also have to be smart about things and in and it says in Scripture it says that that we have to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. So I do believe that the time were in this time of preparation. Preparing our minds. I believe that working have to be really really bold were also can have to be really really smart and listen listen to the Lord because we know that it's it's knocking the last forever and and we think about it and about how wonderful that heaven is to be and I just want to encourage you never to never never never give up one of the thinks and in the stories that I was talking about before. Is there was a guy named Peter Cartwright and Peter Cartwright was a famous preacher back in the 1800s. And like I told you before, one day Andrew Jackson had decided to to come to the church and his of the elders of Peter Cartwright's church that look we know sometimes get a little carried away sometimes things get a little crate you know you you tend to just talk on about stuff or whatever, but we will let you know that Andrew Jackson is good to be in the congregation tonight so if you could just tone it down a little bit and Peter Cartwright says in a kind of smiled and nodded. And so when Peter Cartwright started his sermon one of one of the first things that he said was, he said. I hear that Andrew Jackson is in the congregation tonight and he saying I just want to welcome Andrew Jackson.
I also want to tell Andrew Jackson that Andrew Jackson does not repent and give his life to Christ he is in a split hell, wide open so afterwards I think a couple of the elders went over to Andrew Jackson and actually apologized, and Andrew Jackson supposedly came back and he says no he says don't apologize.
He said that if I had a thousand men like that of our regiment. I could take over the world and so part of what it's gonna take his boldness, but you know, like I said if if we don't have that endgame in mind, I think it's can be really tough and in what I do is is sometimes when I when I get a little frustrated, or when I when I say man this this seems to be lasting forever. I look at the book of Revelation, and I realize that it's knocking last forever because at the end of book of Revelation at the end of the book of Revelation, and if you look at, say, chapter 22 and it says and he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear and clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne and of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of the street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore 12 fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations and there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him, they shall see his face heard 70 say one time they said one of the greatest part supply the great greatest part of going to heaven is at work to see the face of the Lord, that they shall see his face and his name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night. No night there. They need no lamp nor light of the sun for the Lord for the Lord God gives them white and they shall reign forever and ever.
Then he said to me, these words are faithful and true, and the Lord God of the and the Lord God of the holy prophecies profits sent his angels to show his servants, the things which must shortly take place. This is where Jesus says behold I am coming quickly.
Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.
Now I John saw and heard these things, and when I when I heard and I saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things and he said to me, see that you do not do that for I am your fellow servant, and of your brother and of your brethren, the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Keep the words of this book, worship God, and he said to me do not seal the words of God do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book for the time is at hand.
He who is unjust, let him be unjust still. He who is filthy, let him be filthy still.
He who is righteous, let him be righteous still.
He who is holy, let him be holy still, and behold I am coming quickly and my reward is with me. Thank God for that to with me to give to everyone according to his work on the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and last Blessed are those who do his commandments do his commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city, but but outside of the dogs and the sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and the Austrian spring of David, the bright in the morning Star in the spirit in the in the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him who hears say, and let him who thirsts, whoever desires, let him take the waters water of life freely and here it is listener. This is very important because this is applicable today for I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecies of this book. If anyone adds to the work to to these things that God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of the prophecy, God shall take away his part from the book of life from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book he who testifies to these things. Surely say, surely I am coming quickly so there you go. He's coming quickly he's coming he's coming soon and and I believe that were living in times where I don't think we ever seen. Times like this before. It's it's been it it's it's really never been like this and in a it's interesting years and years ago I heard in the 1800s, a letter was written by a young missionary pastor in Africa tradition tells us that this young pastor had read the writing on the wall and that he knew that he was to be martyred, and he knew that his days were numbered.
And it was said after he was martyred for the faith, and that there were going through his papers. They found this letter with this young pastor wrote I am now part of the fellowship of the unashamed I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I stepped over the line. The decision has been made on the disciple of his. I won't look back.
Let up, slow down, back away or be still my past is redeemed and my present makes present makes sense. My future is secure. I'm finished with little living site walking, small planning Sudanese colorless dreams came division worldly talking cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotion, plaudits or popularity.
I don't have to be right first recognized appraised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by faith, and I leaned on his presence and I walk by patients of uplifted by prayer and I labor by his power, my paces set.
My gait is fast. My goal is heaven my my road is narrow my way is rough. My companions are few, my guide is reliable and my mission is clear I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured little way turn back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary associate negotiate at the table of the enemy pander at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, shut up, let up until I stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up perched up for the cause of Christ, disciple of Jesus. I must go till he comes. Give till I drop preach to all know and work till he stops me. And when he comes back. He'll have no problem recognizes recognizing me as his own. My banner will be clear. If you listen to that guy that somebody who's not backing down or giving up pray with me right now, Lord Jesus, I just pray that you give me boldness in the days ahead to stand up for you.
Jesus, because as I read and in Revelation chapter 22.
It's going to get tough, but in the end. In Revelation chapter 22 we know that we went. We know that we win. Just like in Hebrews chapter 1115 through 16. They were looking for a better place where looking for a better place. And I pray that you give us boldness to stand firm.
If anybody was listening has never said yes to Jesus. Let me tell you the time is running out.
Just pray with me right now, Lord Jesus, I know that I'm a sinner. I know that I need your saving grace. I know that I need to believe in you Jesus to enter eternal life. I accept you right now is my Lord and Savior in Jesus name mention having these turbulent times. Peace of mind may be the most valuable lessons feeling secure your financial future is worth its weight in gold and liberty bankers insurance can help provide you with that most precious life-affirming sense of security. We work hard to create smart and innovative like health and financial plans that help ensure your family if not trust the stability of certain future potential desire to create a generational legacy of peace of mind liberty bankers insurance. Not all products available in all states visit LB IG.com for additional terms and conditions. This is the Truth Network