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April 29, 2020 12:00 am
Hello friends throughout our nation's history. It has often been in the darkest times that God brought unprecedented revival.
However, the means God uses for bringing about revival are almost always the same commitment to prayer and uncompromising preaching of the gospel. For this reason this month I am launching up rail movement called awake America and I want to challenge you to try for God to bring a spiritual awakening to our nation starting with your city, your compass and your neighborhood to encourage your friends and your family and your church groups do not together in prayer revival starts with you and me. I hope you join learn more about awake America in ways that you can stand with your brothers and sisters in prayer. When you visit LTW.org when you furnace 866-626-4356 that LTW.org and 866-626-4356 today a powerful look at the love of God, you can earn it, you can't increase it, but today will try to understand the scope of it.
Just a little bit more here now is Dr. Michael USF to begin. Most people like to think of God as a big bear just to hug him. When you feel like it may put them down and move on with your life and then you gotta feel like it to go back and give him another hug and make you feel better mini move on and so forth. I think any believer in Jesus Christ would have to the following that God does not make us jump through hoops in order to receive his love that he does not make us earn his love. He loves us before we ever get our act together. This is altered by the love of God is far, far, far, far more than Oliver by now I know some of you soon one in the world is Michael going with this. What is he saying here. First let me tell you what is absolutely true is absolutely true is this of God's love does not depend on what we do that much is true God's love is not conditional on our doing anything but God's love is conditional.
Nonetheless, this I conditional on what conditional on what Christ did on the cross is conditional on the priceless sacrifice of his son the Lord Jesus Christ is conditional on the comprehensible cost to God the father when he gave his only son we need to say that God's love is conditional conditional on the sacrifice of his son conditional on out acceptance of the sacrifice of his son conditional on our being cognizant all the ice that was paid on the cross for you and for me. Listen. Salvation might be free but it was not cheap and thus a difference.
That's a difference. I wanted to turn with me to that prayer of Paul in Ephesians chapter 3, beginning at verse 18, Ephesians 318 to 19 is a prayer the prayer that you might have power or supernatural power, not power comes from trying hard that you might have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how all in high D is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you might be filled to the major of all fullness of God.
In many ways Paul's prayer in Ephesians 318 to 19 is a prayer the day, and us would come to know the unknowable, that we would get to the bottom of the bottomless that we would plumb the depths of the unfathomable and you say what is his doubletalk. How can he pray for them to have the supernatural power to be able to comprehend what is incomprehensible. What does Paul pray is what is playing. Listen carefully is praying that you and I might enter into the knowledge of God's love that we day by day deeply enter into further comprehension of how incredible this love is you say how can we comprehend the insanity of the love of God but the truth is, we can fully. In fact we going to be spending eternity spending on spending forever in heaven just comprehending what it means for the son of God to be separated from the father and hang on the cross so that we can be set free is he willing to spend just trying to comprehend the God of very God hanging on a cross like a criminal is so beyond our ability my ability to put it in a message today, but nonetheless because of the limitation of time.
I wanted to focus with me on three things I wanted to focus on the immensity of the cost of God's love.
Second, I want to focus with me on the impediment of the recipient of God's love and thirdly I wanted to focus on the measurability of the blessing of God's love, the enormity of the cost. I told you, salvation is free, but it wasn't cheap. It cost God everything is cost to son the customer everything and I began my statement with a countersunk motor to shock you in order to get you to focus in order to get you to think with me about the cost of the love of God. Sure, it is unconditional thought close conditional to goddess it got up to pay the price. God did not give us something for nothing to give us something that cost him everything I wanted to hear me right for somebody to take a punch in the face for you is very different from somebody who would take a bullet in the heart for you.
For someone to sacrifice an hour to a value to you is different from somebody would sacrifice his future for you and for a human being my dry. It's very difficult was nearly impossible. But even if it happens, as we'll see later with Paul tells us, but don't forget that this is a perfect play only a righteous God, sinless life is of infinite value not only got up on the cross and died for you, for your sins and mine for you for the God who is the maker of the universe. The owner of the universe to die in order to pay the wages of your sins and mine is of immense value to incomprehensible audit. Not so long ago about a couple who was sitting with a pastor who don't for counseling and and then the conversation heated up in the husband said to the wife he said, have I not given you a beautiful new home. Have I not given you a beautiful new car have not given you beautiful new clothes, not given.
You have given you, and then when you calm down.
The wife said that much is true. You have given me everything but yourself God in Jesus Christ gave himself up going to the apostle Paul in Galatians 220 would say the life which I now live in a flash I live by faith in the son of God and gave himself up for me immensity of the cost of the love of God. Secondly, the impediment of the recipients of God's love to see most of us would be willing to sacrifice for our family members would be willing to sacrifice for friends I think would be a natural thing you see a friend in need are willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to help the friend most of us are more than willing to sacrifice in order to repay someone who's done us a great favor in the past, but I wonder how many of us would be willing to sacrifice for the sake of someone who killed our child but is it when God showed his love for us. We were unlovable we were undeserving we were at enmity with God.
We were different to God. We were ashamed of God and that is why the word of God said in Romans chapter 5 it says while we are still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely would anyone die for a righteous man for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrated his love toward us in this while we were sinners, Christ died for us to see the depth of God's love can only be contrasted to the impediment of the recipient of the gift of his love.
I know human pride and arrogance to see something intrinsically good last made us one of the son of God to God for his but it is not so. It is not so do you know why many Christians today are not humbling themselves before God you know are so many Christians today are full of themselves for so many Christians today are full of their own accomplishments and our achievements who they are, where they live, what they do.
The reason for that, my beloved friends is because they do not comprehend this in the light of love of God.
The Scripture from cover to cover tells us that his love is based not on you being a nice guy or a sweet lady not only being a good lawyer a good girl no no no no no no you miss the point you missed the point altogether, but his love for us is based on our unworthiness.
His love is based on his cell because he is God, and therefore is not the obligation to anyone is free to love wants to love and only when you truly begin to comprehend this to become overwhelmed with the love of God we become so overwhelmed with the generosity of the love of God. God shows love God shows love you when the people of Israel become so full of themselves when they got into the wilderness and the sword. God provided for the supernatural and across the Red Sea provided manna from heaven gave them water out of the desert out of the rock, they've got to the point of thinking of themselves. We must be really superduper people. We must be really special. There is something intrinsically good in us to read about it and you'll see me. That made God do this for us. Listen to what Moses said to them in Deuteronomy chapter 7 verse seven is see God doesn't bless us because of who we are to bless us, because who he is is what he said the Lord did not set his affection on you and shows you because you were more numerous than other people. So you were the fewest of all people, better laws, because the Lord love you and I will explore your forefathers sovereign love of God that I don't deserve none of us deserve and if you ever think you deserve the love of God, you have never experienced salvation. I pray to God you will do that today sovereign love of God that I don't deserve none of us deserve and if you ever think you deserve the love of God, you have never experienced salvation. I pray to God you will do that today. If you listen to somebody who tells you that you are worthy of the love of God.
I can tell you right now that person is denying the very sovereignty of God, the very prerogative of God, of who God is literally something about a most importance. If you forgotten everything off told you I don't want you for the longer tell you the depth of your love for God is in proportion to the depth of your comprehension of his sovereign love for you. I will repeat it now. The depth of your love for God is in proportion to the depth of your comprehension of his love for you to see the immensity of the cost of the love of God. The impediment of the recipient of the love of God, but sadly the measurability of the blessing of the love of God in first John chapter 3 verse one says this is what the word of God said see how great the love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called children of God what is God saying here. Listen, you can spend the rest of your Christian life. Unpack this verse the sentence you would make do justice to it. What is he say is what he said is saying that his love for us went beyond rescuing us from sin and death.
He is saying that his love for us went beyond sacrificing himself to bear our sin on the cross that his love for us went beyond forgiving of our sins that his love for us went beyond clemency of his former enemy is or how come because he could have sacrificed and he could have forgiven us.
He could have rescued us if you have redeemed us and they are stopped and that would've been wonderful would've been marvelous would've been great, but none on the hidden stop there.
He went much, much, much further than all of this is love took us into the family and called us his children and I sat down this weekend and as I try to do every week and not this time I really was trying allow the love of God to just overwhelm me to fill me to overflowing and and I got overwhelmed and and then I began to think of some human analogy that I can use so I can make this understandable, but I can make it comprehensible to you and I really have worked very very hard and I try every time I try think of an analogy in illustration just to make the point home but you know what I came to the conclusion that I couldn't. I couldn't there is no human analogy that would illustrate the measurability of the blessing of the love of God damage of finding a helpless homeless child, and taking home does not begin to illustrate, it does not begin to explain it even adoption of a child and giving the child the rights and the privileges of the family does not begin to explain the love of God, you know why you know why because God does something that a human parent and accomplish and that is to impart something of himself in you and me so that we can take on the family resemblance listen to first John 39 no one who is born of God practices sin little bit habitually practicing because it seemed abides in him and he cannot go on practicing sin, because he is born of God. By this we know the children of God. You're not a child of God see somebody who hates sin, and as soon as he or she sins is over there at the father's throne asking for forgiveness.
That's what this verse is saying because when you come to Jesus Christ. He doesn't only just forgive you. It doesn't only just redeem you.
It doesn't only just assure you of heaven, but he adopts you, but he doesn't only adopt you. He changes the nature he gives you his nature little girl sat across from her daddy wearing braces on her legs and tears streaming down her face. The physiotherapist had just finished working with her and the pain were just too much for her and saw through tears.
She says to her daddy. Daddy that you love me just the way I am the father gets up and hugs his little girl and insidious honey I love you the way you are but I love you too much to make your stay that way. Beloved, I wanted to listen to me. We have so much cheap grace and cheap Christianity being preaching to churches today and there are many people in the churches today will find themselves in eternity without Christ because they've never been told the truth. God loves his children too much to just forgive as the I let them go in their happy merry way.
God loves us enough to impart his divine nature upon us so that we can say no to sin, regardless of the pain to the flesh, regardless of the pain to the old nature and regardless of the pain of isolation and rejection by the world he loves us too much to let us live for self loves us too much is the love of God unconditional to you. It is, but not the God is costing everything in the condition is that you come to him through his son can come to him based on your good works, how hard you try, because all the good works. One get you there all their philanthropy will not get you there. All of your efforts will get you there in the conditions he's asking you and he placed is that you come to him and receive the love of his son.
Conditional on Jesus us bearing all of the cost. Conditional on you accepting three although unworthy his free gift of grace. And if you've never done that. The Bible set the days of their salvation.
You can come and experience this overwhelming, incomprehensible love of God, shall we pray that is not a moment. Everson said that in 1964 that I would not allow myself to be overwhelmed the fresh of the incredible love of God the costly love for him and my unworthiness without being overwhelmed and I will until I see him face-to-face. Nothing will change that, for there's nothing in me that would make me lovable, but he loved me. Nonetheless, he loves you and it is out of love that he wants you to hear about his love father's God, human pride, selfishness, arrogance always want to think that the something in us but Lordy this is grace to grace we can do even 1% and you do not a non-you had to do all the hundred percent and for that I thank you appraiser I glorify you today.
In Jesus name, amen. This is leading the way with Dr. Michael you sent LTW.org is the place to go if you missed any of today's message. Just click on the listen link right there near the top of the page and you can also connect while on the guy with leading the way information about always to listen. LTW.org again, as you probably know Dr. you set is more than a pastor and Bible teacher on the radio.
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