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Don’t Conform to the World

Leading the Way / Michael Youssef
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February 28, 2022 7:00 am

Don’t Conform to the World

Leading the Way / Michael Youssef

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The challenge to prepare the next generation to engage in a world that's walked away from God's word from Dr. Michael Seth with every ounce of my energy I want to encourage you prepare your children to stand up in the battlefield.

Prepare your children for stand up on the word of God through prayer, your children, to have confidence in the word of God. The greatest legacy leave our children or grandchildren is not a great education for an important as my brain or leave them a trust fund good and if you got afforded wonderful, but the greatest legacy the best legacy the most enduring legacy is to teach them to appreciate Revere obey the word of God the world wants everyone to adhere to common nonbiblical values, often calling that inclusion. Thank you for joining people from all around the world for leading the way audio today. Dr. Yousef continues his life-changing series called never give up, offering encouragement to take a stand for Christ matter where you live life. You probably heard us mention that leading the way is listener supported meeting that Dr. USF relies on your prayers and your financial support to continue ministry right here in the same area so want you stand with Dr. you Seth when you visit or when you call us 866-626-4356 now is Dr. Michael you Seth with never give up. Conformity is a big issue today is a huge issue.

In fact, if you don't conform very attack you very call you names.

However, the training for nonconformity starts early in life very early in life conformity, of course, is a neutral sign we come conform to doing good things are bad things we come choose to imitate some bad people also good people and that is why the Bible often talks about conform with the Christ conformity to Christ conformity to Christ. No wonder the apostle Paul repeatedly repeatedly repeatedly warns us against conformity and that is why the second half of chapter 3 of second Timothy chapter 3 the second half of it. He continues to focus on premises service as a defender of the faith as a man to stand up and to stand out and not to count the cost will not be afraid never, never, never give up and he starts with mentioning three things that helps. These are the three things up. Also, the really very helpful for anyone who seeks not to be conforming to the world. First of all, having an example having a role model having a spiritual mentor and that's what we emphasized mentorship here among the man among the women among the students. Mentorship is vitally important in the second thing is to have a strong connection built on spiritual foundation and thirdly is an absolute belief unshakable belief in the authenticity and the authority and infallibility of the word of God. The three things right here the apostle Paul gives us were going to impact them in the moment we saw in the last message that there was a conjunction and I explained to the conjunction, the word but that Paul uses it means is going to make a sharp turn is going to make a contrast and he does the same thing here in chapter 3 verse 10 a contrast when he says, but as for you is contrasting those ungodly characters of the false teachers and preachers on the one hand, and Timothy on the other, but you are as for you, follow not only my teaching here comes not just my teaching but also my conduct, my purpose, my faith, my patience, my love, and experience of persecution and perseverance in suffering. In all these places that you mentioned. Everywhere he went he faces opposition listen to me please like Timothy all attempted we attempted to weakness well tempted to vacillate well tempted and many other struggles of life and that is why is the very reason why Paul was writing this last letter before he went to be with the Lord in heaven. He is so deeply concerned about what's going to happen that is going to heaven and that they will not be around to personally encourage Timothy one on one to be there in person to uphold him and saw in chapter 3 verses 10 to 15 Paul twice twice in those five verses. As for you, as for you, don't let them squeeze you into their mold.

Don't let them pressure you to wobble on biblical truth. Don't let them cause you to sell out for personal popularity and acceptance.

Don't let them blindside you into watering down the message of the cross. This is a consistent message of the apostle Paul received and every person why because he was, he knows how easily we all are tempted, he knows how tempting it is to take it easy and take the easy way out and not to stand up and be controversial. He knows how enticing acceptance and popularity is. He knows that and that is why Romans chapter 12 verse two, he said, do not let the world system pressure you into conformity and mold you into its mold.

I can tell you, as God is my witness, I know experientially. This is not a theory for me.

I know experientially. This colossal pressure.

I know especially when the call you names you don't want to be called those names.

If you do not conform to their worldview.

If you do not use politically correct language that will call you and loving. Imagine the call us unloving, what they are doing is they're projecting what they have the hatred they have in their hearts.

Unless this pervasive and insidious atmosphere is deadly in the apostle Paul knew that and I thank God for that. Sometimes you go. They ask vans have never visited the city and the world is becoming so churchy and he said that's because the church has become so worldly instead of invading the world for Christ. The world lies is been invading the church and that is why the great apostle is telling Timothy to stand firm stand firm in what you have learned from me, stand firm in doctrinal purity stand firm in finding and following God's purpose for your life, stand firm in patience and love and endurance in the face of pressure and persecution. Stand firm, and refused to be squeezed and become a people pleaser. Verse 12 knows this know what know this.

The godly living. Listen carefully, godly living will always always always always arouse antagonism from the ungodly, always will Becker come from a home that can come from workplace income from neighbors. It can come from some churches. Please listen. This was a fact when Jesus walked the earth and its effect today. Listen to what he said in John chapter 50 if the world hates you, know that it hated me before it hated you.

If you are all the world. The world will love its own, but because you are not of the world.

Therefore the world hates you over there only two types of people who can avoid pressure persecution, alienation, rejection two kinds of people.

Those who are in Christ Jesus, but they decide to go out of the world and into holy huddle somewhere or Monastery or something just get out of the work wardrobe and get on the mountains going get much rejection there is second group and also the people are not walking with Christ, not walking with Christ. The professing Christian there will not be rejected or persecuted by the culture. The first group escapes pressure to conform by withdrawing from the world by withdrawing from the secular world. The second group escapes pressure by giving in and conform to the world's standards. But as for you, this is very important. Listen carefully you are godly you know who upholds godly living. You have is a standing firm on biblical authority, you will never give up at any cost. As for you, young man. Please listen to me listen to me, young man.

I don't care how cute she looks.

If you pressures you to sin, walk away young women listen to me. I don't care how clearly his hair is or how big his biceps are if you pressures you to send walk out they may intimidate you criticize you hate you. But take heart.

Jesus knows how you feel and he will honor you and he will bless you, sooner or later they may give God glory to God will give God glory. But as for you, as for you, stand firm. Why because God loves you so deeply and even in the persecution.

The godly will grow upwards. The godly will go forward.

The godly will consistently advance the godly will eternally be invincible.

By contrast, the evil people.

Verse 13. Look at it, the evil people are going to go from bad to worse there on the road to destruction that they will be intellectually and spiritually ruined. I am so grateful that I lived long enough to see this. I really because there are times in the past of her so hard. That's why would God let them get away with this, and I just wait a little bit wet. This is woo hoo God you are a marvelous God. That is why Paul said avoid them, avoid them if you listening to false preachers and false teachers you have one choice. Ron don't listen to their teaching, rejected falsehood, refute their deception in the apostle Paul knew that there will be those who will bring doubt upon the word of God in you that just like Satan did in the garden and you know what Satan is not really very clever. He just keeps repeating the keeps repeating the same thing that God really say a menu we wallow down to the and so Paul affirms the truthfulness of all the word of God.

How many of it all of the word of God.

He affirms the integrity of all the Bible reaffirms the verbal inspiration of the whole Scripture.

He by the power of the Holy Spirit affirms that all of the holy Scripture is God breathed verse 15. He tells Timothy the very Scripture that his mom and grandma taught him growing up. All that prepared him for the preaching of the gospel by Paul is because the Old Testament is telling the Jesus is coming, so when he heard that the Messiah had come to put his faith in Jesus. He was prepared to receive the Messiah Christian parents please listen to me you will never find a more sympathetic pastor than I am. I know the challenges of bringing up children outside my children taught me sanctification and if you have teenagers you will understand what I'm talking about.

This is a code between us parents okay with every ounce of my energy I want to encourage you prepare your children to stand up in the battlefield. Prepare your children to stand upon the word of God. Prepare your children to have confidence in the word of God. The greatest legacy leave our children and grandchildren is not a great education: important this might be a little more trust fund good and and if you can afford it wonderful.

But the greatest legacy the best legacy the most enduring legacy is to teach them to appreciate revere and obey the word of God the way to protect our children from deception is to teach them how to know and how to love the word of God. No I am not recommending that you seek them down and you wag your finger up.

I've never done that that is actually the wrong thing to do. Listen to me. Let them see you apply the word of God in your life.

Let them watch you practice the word of God in your life.

Let them see how you bring the word of God to bear upon a problem or crisis in the family.

And when they see you not only reading the Bible, but leaving it applying it in every circumstance in your life. They too will grow to trust in the word of God? Why was the apostle Paul saw a burden to affirm the authenticity and the authority of the word of God why Jesus look at verse 16.

He gives us reason and when he says what he says in verse 16 he does not mean, as some people teach and preach today that it means that we feel inspired. That's what they think the word inspiration that we feel inspired when read the word of God just like you inspired what you listen to poetry or Shakespeare or some good literature on a million.

It means that God is the one who brought the Bible into existence by the breathing of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit invaded the minds and the hands of the riders as overriding God spared and prepared these writers for this purpose. So much so that Jeremiah says before I was born you prepared me for this. Each writer has his own distinctive style and vocabulary. Each book of the Bible grew out of a special set of circumstances. And yet, throughout all of this, God's hand was breathing God's hand was training the writers were like sailors. There were just posting the sale, but the window Holy Spirit through the law has means wind and spirit.

Both the wind of the Holy Spirit blue and took the ship where he wants it to go listen to me both old and New Testament out of the most importance why because they reveal to us the mind of God.

They revealed to us the heart of God be revealed to us that character of God.

Where else would we know about God. And because it is God breeze. Therefore, it is profitable in instruction regarding salvation is something here.

I need to tell you and I wanted to listen very carefully because you can easily misunderstand me okay about the Bible, the Mrs., the Bible's primary purpose is not to teach us about science is not the teachers about history. The primary purpose of the Bible is not to teach us about the nature of the stars and the galaxies of the Bible.

Primary purpose the Bible over arching purpose is to tell us how to be saved, but after we are saved, we learn that God created it all from nothing that God created us from dust that God is in total control of the galaxies and the stars that God is in control of the heavens and the planets that God is the one who made the stars to dance in their orbits, but the Bible primarily concerned with how to be saved eternally. How to be saved. The Bible is salvation's handbook and it tells us salvation is only possible through Jesus the Christ, the Old Testament foretold of his coming New Testament says he's here the Old Testament foreshadow Jesus. The New Testament announces his life, death and resurrection and salvation.

And that is why those who want to undermine biblical morality biblical ethics of marijuana into this, they don't start their their start by undermining our confidence in the word of God the father start first. All you under mind the confidence and that's why they say we need to be unhitched from certain parts of the Bible. We need to be unhitched from the spot so we don't like me to be unhitched and once he got unhitched its free-for-all. Someone said that those who seek to destroy or undermine the word of God and undermine the fact that is God breeze so matters will stand on either side of the rock of Gibraltar. I stood on the vessel had not looked up. It is a mighty rock, but here there are two people with toothpicks on both sides of the water trying to move it with toothpicks. That's really a great image to have in your mind when you hear people undermining the authority of the word of God, all who have tried to destroy undermine the word of God are all dead and God still seated on the throne and his word is continuously invading the world the word of God is a roadmap to salvation material. This is, I concludes a true story that took place during World War II when the American GIs landed in the South Sea Islands. Like most people overseas. Even back then, not now, perhaps, but back then these to think about all Americans are Christians is on the South Sea Islands and saw the GIs landing. They held the Bible want to tell them but that they believe the Bible and one particular native equipped say, pointing to the Bible and when JR looked at him and said you know in America we outgrown this book with outgrown it long time ago and the native looked at him and smiled. He said I am glad for you shake that we have not outgrown this book because if we did, you would've been our next meal. By now, my beloved friends. The word of God is light that leads us to salvation. Word of God transform lives all across the world.

The word of God radically alters our character and so let me ask you this, as I conclude are your broken the word of God is more than able to mend your broken heart. Are you lonely and hurting the word of God. Conflict ensues.

Your wounds are you carrying a load of guilt, the word of God can take that load off your own off your shoulders and set you free are your bigger and unable to forgive the word of God will show you how to get rid of that bitterness I defeated in the field plus the word of God would give you hope and victory and left you above your circumstances. Are you discouraged and despondent. The word of God will make you victorious, are you sad the word of God will give you joy unspeakable in the midst of your sadness are you lost the word of God is a lamp at our feet and will guide you to salvation.

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