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Romans Ch 12

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February 23, 2022 8:30 am

Romans Ch 12

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February 23, 2022 8:30 am

Join Mike as he continues to read through the Book of Romans. Today’s episode on Ch 12 captures the message the Lord has left to his followers on how to treat one another.

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Romans chapter 12 and I'm reading from the new King James version if you will follow along wording in verse one, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice wholly acceptable to God which is your reasonable service. 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. For I say, through the grace given to me to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them. If prophecy, let us prophesy up report proportion or faith or ministry, let us use this use and are ministering who he who teaches, in teaching, he who exhorts an exhortation he who gives, with liberality. He who leads, with diligence he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good, he kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love and honor giving preference to one another, not lagging and due in diligence, fervent in the spirit, serving the Lord rejoice in hope, patient injury and tribulation continue instead steadfastly in prayer distributing to the needs of the saints given the hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another.

Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with a humble, do not be wise in your own own opinion repay no one evil for evil have regard for things in the sight of all men.

If it is possible as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men, beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath, for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord there.

If, therefore, if your enemy is hungry, feed him if he is thirsty, give him a drink for in so doing so for in for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head do not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. And thanks be to God blessings be on his reading in one of the things I'm thinking about this is Romans 12, especially towards the end of that chapter. I had a friend's morning Tiger Lena Lena Tiger's wife and told me she said that Mike Tiger was sick as a dog with COBIT and she said that when he was so sick he was actually praying for the people who had started this virus in the lab and in China the Wuhan lab in China. He was praying for them.

If you think about it. That really doesn't make any sense, but according to the Bible. It makes perfect sense that we do pray for the people who were persecuting us, even the natural tendency for all of us is is to be angry at people when they're doing this wrong but when they see us when the people who are doing us wrong when they see us responding in a loving manner than many times there one over by the will our love for Christ and many times they want they want to give their lives to Christ as well and at the beginning of the chapter, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice wholly acceptable to God which is your reasonable service. 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.

So another words we don't need to be just like the world and I was thinking about this. There is a story about a lady name Ruth Anna Metzger and she was a professional singer. She would always go to these venues to to sing for weddings and stuff like that and there was one wedding that she went to sing for and in that wedding she was told right before they had sent her. Something to RSVP for the reception after the wedding. And so she sang the wedding just as she was supposed to that after the wedding at the reception heard her husband actually went up to went up to the matre d' and they said they were here for the reception afterwards in the and the guy who was who is get a lot of men said what is your name. He said why can't find the name can you spell that for me again and she spell the name and he said your you're not in the book, and so Ruth Anna Metzger said to them, she said will it doesn't matter.

She said I was a singer at one of at at the wedding so I should be able to go through and what she said was, she said at this reception was the most beautiful perception that the food was perfect. There were ice sculptures she saw lobster.

I mean, it was everything that you could've wanted but she did not RSVP for this wedding. And so the matre d' said to her excuse me ma'am, there's a there's a way to write here. That'll show you to the door and she was going down the escalator. She didn't say anything to her husband are her husband didn't say anything to her. She was really really upset and she says, until they started to get on the road a hit G they got to the garage and she says when the she remember that when the invitation arrived for the reception.

She was very busy and she never bothered to return the RSVP she subsides. I was a singer. Surely I could go to the reception without returning the RSVP.

She says as we drove on, I began to weep. She said I was not weeping because I had just missed the los the most lavish banquet of my life. She's the bit, but I was weeping because suddenly I knew what it will be like someday for people as they stand before the entrance of heaven.

People who were too busy to respond to Christ's invitation to his heavenly banquet. People who assume that the good things that they had done even perfect church attendance or singing in the choir would be enough to gain entry to heaven.

People who will look for their name in the Lamb's book of life and will not find it there.

People who did not have time to respond to Christ's gracious invitation to have their sins forgiven and accept him into their hearts, and she said, and then I wept again because I was so grateful that I had many years earlier, received Christ as my personal savior and can be confident that my name is written in the Lamb's book of life. She says is yours and this was from this was from the book Heaven by Randy Alcorn and and it reminds me that whatever else that we've got: on whatever else that we've got going on the fact that our name is written in the Lamb's book of life is is more important than anything else. Anything else is matter fact you know, one of the things that I was think about is that you know I went back into the book of UniFirst first Kings second Kings first Chronicles 2nd Chronicles, all that stuff. I think there's 1/3 Kings as well, but you know what I was looking at this we all know that that that Solomon one night he had a dream knew that it was good to be king of Artie been king and the Lord came to Solomon in his dream he said Solomon anything that you want he said I will give it to you. So Solomon said, Lord, he said, and this is the way that we know it. He said that Lord he said I just want you to give me a heart of wisdom so that I can rollover my people in a kind and in a generous manner and I can do the right thing in the Lord actually came. The Lord actually came back to Solomon and when he came to Solomon.

He said this, he said, because you did not ask for long life or for the death of your enemy, or for riches or any of that.

He said I will give you what you ask. Which was wisdom as we know it right. He said that also give you what you did in us were all make you the richest man in the wisest king who is ever lived and he said if you obey my decrees and I'll give you long life as well will if you actually do a study of the Hebrew of what Solomon asked for, it's a it's a live Shema insolation was not it's not actually wisdom when he asked for was a listening heart a heart that listens 1801 of the things that I think about right now, especially in the time that we have going on right now in this country with everything that is going. If nothing else, we need to have a heart that listens to Jesus, a heart that listens to God and says God what you want me was talking to a friend of mine before I came over here today and and she says Mike she said everything that God has been God's promise me something not to say what was she said. But God's promise me something, and she said every person who I've told this thing to that God has promised me she said that nobody believes me. They think that I miss her from God or at what she said but time and time again.

I knew that I heard from God and in she had told me. She said Mike you're the only person left who believes this and and and you know I guess it's so many times in my life while were asking God for wisdom on one of the things that I think about is that I've made the mistake of hearing from God. God has told me something and then I go around and ask everybody else what they think about it. God didn't tell them. He did tell them what he wanted. He told me. And so one of the lessons that I've had to learn this the hard way is that if God is telling me something if God is telling you something if you're listing right now it doesn't matter if it doesn't make sense in the natural.

It doesn't matter if everybody else tells you that you're crazy.

Hey, maybe you should have told them in the first place. All that matters is that you know that you've heard from God and that you're listening to God like that live Shema, a listening heart and make sure that you listen to God and it doesn't matter what anybody else says going on in verse four for as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them. If prophecy than lettuce prophesied of, and in proportion to our faith or ministry, let us use it in our ministering, he who teaches, in teaching, he who exhorts an exhortation he who gives, with liberality he leads, with diligence he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Let love be without hypocrisy of horror. What is evil hate what is evil.

Cling to what is good be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love and saw stop right there and what I see right there is first of all that in this chapter. In Romans 12 they don't say okay now all you're going to do is share people share the good news about Jesus know that's the most important thing that is the most it you know if if you don't know anything else. Make sure that you share the good news of Jesus Christ with us.

But what I don't see in here is that well prophecy prophecies here for a little while and then when you're done for you know after the first century that's in a go away in the gifts of the Spirit are going to go away as well. But what it says is this it says that everybody has their own gift. You know how just pause for a second here I think so many times in the Christian circles so many times we go to churches.

So many times we see somebody on YouTube or on TV or whatever the person who gets all of the accolades is the teacher who's up there preaching in front of people and by the way, that's a really important job.

If you're in your note did the book of James and James chapter 3 verse one it says, let there not many teachers among you, for you, for you shall be judged more harshly so that it is important that that we need the teachers and that we need good teachers also say this.

Be careful who you listen to many years ago when I was I when I first started selling insurance. I I started selling insurance for the first few months and then my boss Vance had actually come to me and he said Mike what what's going on. I want to follow you, unable to see what you're doing is you're not selling a lot and he came with me for the day and he said will. Who are you listening to arrestable. There was this guy named Matt that I was when we will. We had our first convention. I want to, and he told me all the stuff he says.

First of all, Matt's not selling any of insurance. He said secondly only thing not selling.

So be careful who you listen to, so it it is good to have good teachers and we have good teachers here in the Truth Network but there are some teachers that are teaching some questionable stuff. I mean I know a guy who started to listen to somebody and and he saying that Jesus came back in the first century and that Jesus is not coming back on that the book of Revelation. None of that is true only if you know guys be careful what you listen to. You can believe the word of God you can believe the word of God, but the teachers aren't so according to this passage. They're not supposed to be any better than anybody else. Matter fact I know an older guy who we have a meeting with every Monday is name is Laurent and he prophesies over people and he gets it right on the money and I remember at first when I you know when I first heard this guy speaking like this is a little different. I don't know what's going on but he would speak enemy and he would say things that were right on the money is matter fact, there was one time where I had a my mom had bought a trampoline for the kids and I had not drunk jumped on a trampoline and probably 20 years and that morning before I went to the prayer meeting. I was jumping on the trampoline and so right before this guy was gonna prophesy over me. He said Mike he said I see you jumping on a trampoline and I just absolutely started to freak out because I said wow that is awesome and so that I realize that what he what he said was good and and and as he's prophesied over me and others in the group as well that I realize that the stuff that he said has been right on the money. And so he's told me stuff that nobody else could have known. I didn't share this with anybody else know we else could have no but he prophesied over me and I believe it so prophecy is still for today on this is not something that was just 2000 years ago, but it is still for today and as it goes on, it says, some have we have different gifts prophesy according your faith or ministry, let us use it in ministering you know however that ministry looks. If you feed the poor. If you if you help the sick, and whatever else you're doing you mean that's that is awesome. This everything that we are doing as Christians. Even though we have several different several different types of ministry. I believe that we should all be working together now is your feeding the poor and if you're doing it in the Christian ministry, and somehow or some way you need. Open your mouth and share the good news about Jesus. Otherwise, mean there's there's people in other countries, there's people of other religions who are doing good. Think good things for the poor as well. What makes you any different than them so, but as long as were helping people out and were sharing the good news of Jesus with them. You know I believe that's very important you know and it says trip keynote don't repay evil for evil, vengeance is mine, I see all the stuff in it says to love your enemies, I mean a lot of times we can't do this on our own. Matter fact, there is it there was a few years ago I actually went to a it was a Duke basketball game and when I went to this Duke basketball game they were playing Stephen F. Austin and this was to say was that we get the end of 19 of the 1920 season just before just before all that covert stuff happened and stuff like that and so you know the game was on November 26 of 2019 and armor bruise at the beginning of the game.

Duke was winning and I was right on the floor with the Cameron crazies of the Duke was winning the game.

And so what happened was when Duke started to win the game. All of a sudden it's like Duke.

They can't let their guard down. They they weren't really playing as hard. They weren't really putting their whole selves into it and I think kind of what they were saying was, we got this this team can't hang with us.

No big deal this that the other whatever and so what happened though when when Duke started to let up the other team started to score. They started to come back and they really started to believe that they could win the game, and so towards the end of the game and this is a guy that you never see there is a guy name Kevin White.

He's the athletic director for Duke.

So technically if he had wanted to fire coach should Chesky is been there for so long, maybe to the greatest coach of all time in college on he could fire and that Kevin would all he would never come down to the floor. But when Stephen F. Austin was playing against Duke and their playing neck and neck.

He came down right on the floor and he was watching the game.

In other words what I'm what I'm saying or what I'm try to say is this, is that he was there the whole time he was there the whole time but you know, I guess. Towards the end of the game when Duke was kinda slacking off and when any in and they weren't doing what they were supposed to be doing in this was a great Duke team by the woman.

This is a really good team but what happened was, was he came down he said was counted by him being there saying hey I'm here and I want to let you know something as well. If you're listening to this right now you may think that what you're doing is and amounting to anything you may think that nobody notices. But I want to encourage you to hide is up there watching, he sees everything that you do, you know, and I've had people tell me will like you have more of a voice that that than we do, because you're on the radio or you have the podcast or stuff like that but you I'm telling you, there are people who absolutely you know may be very few people know about them, but I know lady named Esther. She goes out and praise for blind people in their heels. That is awesome. I mean that is absolutely awesome just because you know people are clapping for her. Maybe everybody doesn't know her. Whatever it doesn't matter. God sees what she's doing and I will encourage you that God is not comparing you to Mike's what God is not comparing you to Stu Epperson God is not comparing you to to to Billy Graham God just like it says in this Romans chapter 12. He has given you a certain set of gifts and all that he asks you to do is to do the best he asked you to do the best with what you've got. God will completely work this thing out the matter fact you know during the current time of Constantine. Constantine was not a Christian and all of a sudden there was a battle in in the middle of the subtenant in the middle of the sky, Constantine and his soldiers saw something in the sky. That was it was across, he saw something I believe it was in Greek and it said in this sign conquer in this sign conquer I think was a night or two later. Whatever it was. Constantine had a dream where Christ came to him in this dream, and he confirmed yes this is what you need to do in the sign conquer. So what he did was he had all of his soldiers. They put crosses on their shields and they ended up winning the battle and after that Constantine got all of unit he got basically whole country to convert to Christianity and so at the time it probably looked impossible. How is this thing of Christianity going to spread. We don't have to worry about how deep the house with the what's for the wiser.

Exactly how it's gonna happen or exactly what how how was it to look here how to get a look there. God hasn't called us to figure it all out. He's called us to be obedient to him. All that we have to do is to be obedient to him and and sometimes as a matter fact, a lot of times their stuff in life that really doesn't make a lot of sense and I was talking with a friend about on the way over here to record the show about this and and I said there are so many things in life that just don't make sense to matter fact, when you look at the book of Job. It says God said he didn't do anything wrong. Job did not do anything wrong but yet when the devil came up to went up to heaven. It seems like God says what you doing here and God says to me says, have you considered my servant Job, so he and and and he said there's nobody like him.

He is without sin and then the devil start saying well you say that now, but what's can happen when all these bad things start to happen to his family and so than bad things start happening was family. He loses his children he loses, he loses all of his possessions. Today we would say his 401(k). Everything else and and then matter fact after that Job starts to get sick himself. The only thing that Satan couldn't do was he couldn't kill Job. He said on him and allow you to do everything else to them which are not to be able to not to be able to kill him and so than when the response that Job gives is what his wife comes up to him and says you know what are you doing this curse God and die, and Job says that the best thing that anybody could say. He says, should we not accept the bad things from God, as well as the good. He said the Lord gave the Lord took away said, blessed be the name of the Lord and that's how we need to be when were going throughout our daily lives is matter fact, one of the things went. When it seems like a lot of times good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. One of the one of the one of the songs that I read is Psalm 73 and it's a Psalm of Asaph, and it says, surely God is good to Israel, to those who are of a pure heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped. I nearly lost my foothold for. I envied the arrogant. When I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles, their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens. They are not plagued by human ills. Therefore, pride is there necklace. They clothe themselves in violence in any goes on and says all these good things are happening these bad people, and then he says in verse 13. Surely in vain. I've kept my heart and is washed my hands in innocence all day long I had been afflicted in every morning brings new punishments.

If I'd spoken out like that. I would betrayed your children. When I try to understand all this a troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God. Then I understood their final destiny and it says in verse 18. Surely you have placed them on slippery ground that the people the evil you cast them down to ruin how suddenly they are destroyed, it's completely swept away by terrors there like a dream when one awakes when you are when you arise. Oh Lord, you will despise them as fantasy.

So when good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people you know it says in Scripture it says that the Lord rebukes those that he loves so weak. In other words, if if if bad things are happening to good people, and God is not showing them is not rebuking them that's a bad sign because when they died evil when they die without surrendering surrendering their lives to Christ and turning from their wicked ways. If they surrender if they do not surrender to Jesus than when they die either to die and go to hell.

So, sometimes maybe the worst thing that could happen to somebody is to have every get everything go right for them because then they're knocking to feel the need to cry out for the Lord but so many times if you've got bad things happening to you in life just seems tough.

Maybe that's in the best place that you could be because God is getting your attention. Maybe that's the best place that you could be and I absolutely mean that you know they're in. I talked about Solomon a little bit before I talked about you know John Wesley you know there was another thing that I was thinking about as well and the other thing that I was thinking about was this. It's one thing when the ship is in the sea and another thing on the sea gets into the ship. One of the things that we have to do and especially from reading Romans chapter 12 is we have to realize that God is in control number one number two were not God. Okay, and the number three.

We cannot compromise with the world, were not called to go out with the world and say okay I know what the Bible says about marriage or I know what the Bible says about abortion right know what the Bible says about Jesus being the only way I because we don't want to receive persecution or we want to fit in working to try to compromise with the world about this, and that's not the way that works so if you've never given your life to Christ.

I encourage you to pray with me today.

Dear Lord Jesus, sinner. The Bible says that all have sinned and come short of the gory of God and I am a sinner, Lord me of my sins, I accept you as my personal savior.

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