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Preparing For The Day Of Calamity Part 1

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June 24, 2021 1:00 am

Preparing For The Day Of Calamity Part 1

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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June 24, 2021 1:00 am

Many people watch the stock market like a hawk. Some get nervous when the price of gold drops. We all need money. But one day the money we crave will be no more. One day, all that gives us security will vanish, and that is the day of final judgment. Then, who we are before God will be all that matters.

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One reason for us. Jesus phone number for money all needed. One day, the money we crave will be no more. One day, all that gives us security will vanish.

And that's the day of final judgment. Then we are on the inside will be all that matters today repairing day of calamity from the Moody Church. This is with Dr. Sir helps us make it across the finish line. Today you'll speak again on famines, deserts and other hard places is certainty that a day of calamity will come for us day. That's a very interesting question for this reason just last night back and I had in our home someone who makes a lot of money playing the stock market. Now that's something I would not even possibly venture. The simple fact is, I reminded him that often times there are financial collapses and in that sense, yes, I think that a day of calamity is coming, but there is something even worse. And that is the day of calamity.

When people die unprepared.

That is the big calamity and what James wants us to understand is the need to be ready for that day to have our priorities straight that we might die a winner.

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Click on the endurance partner button or call us at 1-888-218-9337. Now let us listen carefully as we think through life to the very end. My friend John Berg wrote a book entitled, when it's all over everything goes back into the box and it does doesn't it. When I was young I used to play monopoly and because I was the last person in our family.

The youngest brothers and sisters weren't there. I used to sometimes play against myself. When John Berg also does something else that I want to do today and I hope that you have a good enough sense of humor and you're a good enough support to do it. Would you take out your wallet just like I'm taking mine out take it out of your pocket ladies.

What I want you to do is to go into your purse, find that bucket of credit cards and just take it out and look at it you know you can run your finger along the wallet and income how much money means to you and what you would do if you only had more in what you would do now that you only have less money does it represent our life, doesn't it. Now I want you to do something else.

Give your wallet or your credit cards to the person sitting next to you. Would you do that let them hold it for a moment I see a husband who is gingerly giving it to his wife to see what I want you to do is to hold somebody else's wallet and then what were going to do is were going to have an offering and finally, you can be generous. I think if we voted on that there'd be a plurality money means so much to us by the way, if you don't have your wallet in your hands. Give it back to the person today.

What I'm going to do is to speak about the time when all the toys will go back into the box when there's not going to be $1.01 die 1.01 yen 1 pound of sterling. It will all be gone for ever. There are two different days of calamity that I could speak about.

Let me tell you about the next message in this series is a day of calamity and the title is faith at the breaking point, and I'm going to discuss with you the one world order how all of the nations of the world are going to be unified with one currency and one world order and then the question were going to ask is this if your life and family were at stake.

Would you still be willing to be true to Jesus Christ's that's next time. And then what were going to do is were going to have a prayer for the entire church were going to end with it at prayer.

I should say that delivers all of us from fear of the future. Maybe after that message will really need that prayer even more than we do today but today I speak about a different day of calamity. I'm talking about the day of final judgment on this planet. When everything will go back into the box because someday it will all be gone want you to take your Bibles and turn to James chapter 5 and actually were going to begin in the last part of James chapter 4 there is a discussion among commentators as to whom James is actually writing about in this section of Scripture clearly he is attacking the rich not because Rich is in itself is wrong, but he's attacking those who love riches more than they love God and who acquired it fraudulently. That's who he's writing about.

But I've no doubt that there is some people who were within his church, to whom that applied but also there's a lesson there for us as Christians.

And of course it's something that certainly applies to those who are outside the church for sure. James is aiming for both audiences and what he does is here. He gives us five warnings five dangers when it comes to wealth and he warns us that someday everything will be over in graphic terms, as we shall see in the Scripture.

The first danger that we have is this ignoring God in our business. I'm now in chapter 4 verse 13, now you who say today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year or in trade there and make a profit. Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life for you are like a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you want to save the Lord wills, we will live and do this and that you boast in your boasting is evil while here are businessmen who are planning their business plan for the future and they are going to go into different places. They are going to trade in their going to make money and are acting as if their money is theirs and not God's.

They don't even acknowledge him. Remember the rich fool Jesus spoke about who built Byron's and said I of course have much grain and so you build your Barnes and then God said to him, you fool today. Your soul is the man dead from man.

That's what the Greek text says today. Your soul is demanded.

Your acting as if there is no God acting as if God didn't give this to you. I'm thinking of two men true stories, wealthy farmer bought much land couldn't buy enough could make enough money, God gave them crops hoarded it all and then suddenly boom found dead in his pickup truck. His soul was demanded of him. He lived as if God matter that I'm thinking of someone in real estate who bragged about the millions of dollars he made to sell all of his holdings, and then someone asked him for $25 to support a youth ministry that was having an impact in the youth of the city and he said all you know that sure a lot of money.

I I really don't think I'd like to, but I do give some money to the church. Dad in his own home sold demanded of them. He claimed to be a Christian. I don't believe he was. I believe that to be that stingy.

You have to be unconverted. How can anyone stand in the presence of Christ to redeemed you and gave his life for you and you make millions of dollars and then you quibble over $25,000 instead of saying, Lord, you gave this to make. How can I use this for the kingdom. He should've gotten the committee together in the committee should say to itself. How can we best spend this money to promote the gospel wait a moment.

Now you businessmen who act as if God doesn't exist. Your life is a vapor. It is here for a moment and then it is gone. And then what first danger, ignoring God. Second danger in the text is in chapter 5, and that is hoarding wealth hoarding wealth come now you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted in your garments are moth-eaten your gold and silver have eroded and their corrosion their rust will be evidence against you, and will eat your flesh like fire while in those days there were three different ways that you maintain your wealth.

They didn't have banks like we do today, so one was the produce of the field and that you know there was grain and there were vegetables and so forth and so what they would do is keep them in their Byron's trying to keep them as well as they could. But James says they are rotting. The second way in which to keep wealth was close, garments, row. This was very important.

All throughout the Scripture. You can trace the importance of aerobic and the importance of close as belonging to the wealthy and a form of investment. James is you have all of these close and the moths are eating them, why are you using your close as to feed moths you say the problem with closes they get old produce rocks but gold and silver, don't we all wish that we had some at today's prices because at last we have something that is stable, something that we can depend upon something that is there for us in the day of our calamity right hand had James as you know your silver and your gold.

They are rusting there corroding you say will that's not possible to reason these metals are so precious is because they don't corrode. James is using this to try to get the rich to see that no matter how much you hoard at the end of the day. In the final calamity. It will not help you. It will not help you.

You'll notice that it says this in the book of Ezekiel, they put on sackcloth and horror covers them.

Shame is on all the faces they cast their silver into the streets there. Gold is like an unclean thing there silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of wrath of the Lord the end of the day the form of monetary investment that is most solid gold and silver will rust and it will not help you. By the way, the next verse says they cannot satisfy their hunger. You can't eat gold and silver in the end it will not save you, but these people were hoarders and they acted as if as long as we've got lots as if it's going to last forever, or as if they are going to have to confront God in the day of judgment. That's the second danger is to hoard their wealth. The third is them misusing workers.

Now we get to the whole issue of why James is so upset and uses such strong language because it's not just that they acted as if God didn't exist and they hoarded their wealth.

But there is something else going on. They became rich by exploiting the poor James says verse four. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields which you Back by fraud are crying out against you and the cries of the harvesters had reached the ears of the Lord of in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 24 and elsewhere and I'll simply paraphrase it for you.

God very clearly says that if you have day workers you see in those days there would be like a place where men would go where they could be hired for the day. It says clearly pay them before the sun goes down because they are poor and they have families to feed and you need to make sure that you keep your promise to say that you're going to get them the denarius they get a denarius at the end of the day and do it before the sun sets.

They needed for their families and for food.

And these wealthy landowners didn't do that they they exploited the workers they made money off of them and then they didn't pay them, and God says that the cry of these workers has been heard by God, the Lord of hosts, the Lord of armies. God is listening to all of this injustice. So it's one thing to be wealthy. It's another thing to be wealthy and having acquired your wealth by theft and robbery and fraud, and God is watching said James while there's another danger, and that is the danger of personal ease and you'll notice that there in the text verse five.

What were the wealthy doing you have lived on the earth in luxury and self-indulgence help you get all this money. The people over there are starving, but you don't care about them. You're enjoying your lecturing. The Greek text actually means living a life of softness.

I think we understand that pretty cushy, but you don't care about the needs of others now and he says you have fashioned your hearts in a day of slaughter. I remember I'm a farmboy. We used to fatten cattle satin calves for the day of slaughter and what you do is you give them lots of food, lots of grain hey that you know that they will like and you just put it everywhere to remind them eat when ever you want to and they do and they are fattened for the day of slaughter. James says that all of the things that you are doing are actually culminating to the day when God is going to judge you and your judgment will be more severe because you exploited workers you used your money on yourself and you didn't care about anyone else, especially the poor who are crying up to God whom you defrauded. John MacArthur says blind to heaven just to warnings of hell insensitive to the impending day of slaughter and judgment. The unrepentant selfish indulgent hoarders stumble blindly to their doom. That's why I entitled this message the day of calamity that day of calamity, not a day of calamity. For those of us who know Christ will mention that in a moment, but there is a final warning and by the way, notice what James says verse six you have condemned. You have murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. The Greek word condemned actually is a word that was used for the law courts. James is saying that 10 you know you use the courts against the poor is not a new idea is it especially in this very litigious society were constantly were in lawsuits. Everybody wants their own thing.

I'll sue you because of this and this and as and so what you're doing is you're using the courts to continue to oppress the poor, and he says they do not resist you. And the reason is, how can they now we read this through 21st-century eyes and we ask ourselves why wasn't James telling them what to do. They should organize they should go to court.

They should have union and if they unionize and unions have done a lot of good in terms of helping people to get what is their due.

We may argue whether or not they've overstepped their boundaries but but basically a good concept in those days there wasn't anything like that. All that you had was crops all that you had was day workers during the harvest time during the planting, and often times after those things were over. There wasn't much to do.

They had no recourse at all.

And James says they're not resisting you and your taking advantage of them and James appears to be very angry at what is happening because he knows how desperately wrong. That is yes and I might say that James goes on to talk about the fact that God is going to even the score.

One of the things that we have to recognize is that the kind of events we see in this world is not the end of the story. Eventually everything will come out at the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of the universe.

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And it's because of people like you who have invested in this ministry, they help us tremendously as we get the gospel of Jesus Christ to so many people I hold in my hands a letter from someone who talks about the fact that our ministry is a source of comfort when he is under temptation and when he is sending that God gives them the grace to confess his sins's amazing where radio goes into thousands upon thousands of places that we never hear about. Thank you for standing with us. Endurance partners are those who stand with us regularly with their prayers and their gifts. As I mentioned before, the message it's because of people like you that we can get the gospel to so many you need information. Of course, here's what you do go to RTW Click on the endurance partner button RTW Click on the endurance partner button or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337 let me thank you in advance for helping us. Thanks for holding our hands go to the phone 1-888-218-9337 I'm known for another chance for you to ask pastor loves her a question about the Bible or the Christian life. Some of our Remington when listeners have gone through unspeakable trials of their faith. Mildred is among them. This is her story and her question one of our disgruntled employees went on a shooting spree and killed some of our employees including my husband, the murderer engaged in a shootout with police and they killed him. You Dr. Blitzer believe that this mass murder is walking the streets of heaven with my husband will Mildred. First of all I want to extend my compassion and my concern. Certainly you've gone through a time of tremendous anger on answered questions for your dear husband to die so senselessly and you know more and more were having those kinds of experiences, particularly in our schools where students are bringing guns to school and shooting their classmates.

We live in a very violent world, but if I could also give you a word of encouragement you have to remember that Jesus also died a very violent death.

He came to this world and he was crucified and that he reminded us of the fact that crime has always been a part of the human race ever since the fall of Adam.

Now, at the same time, in answer to your question as to whether or not this mass murder is walking the streets of heaven.

I have to say that ultimately, I do not know.

I suspect most assuredly that he isn't, because I don't think that a Christian would commit such horrendous crime, but Mildred let's just look at it for a moment through the eyes of grace. Let us suppose that you arrive in heaven and discover that the murderer is there.

What would your response be well of course if we were in heaven and we saw him we would rejoice we would rejoice because of God's unspeakable grace does he deserve to be there most assuredly not he should be in hell.

But then again we all should be and so even though I suspect that he isn't there with your husband if he were it would only make us sing more loudly, amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.

So it's very important, though, for you Mildred to lay down your sense of bitterness and hatred. If you haven't already done that so that you can be free and so that no matter how many years God still gives you. You may experience his blessing and his freedom. Thanks for writing.

Sister God's grace be with you. Thank you Mildred and thank you Dr. lutes are if you'd like to hear your question answered. Go to our and click on ask pastor lutes are or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to is running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 people stashed away In case the day of calamity, James talks a great deal about economic justice for the poor, telling us one day our gold and silver will not buy anything. Next time some stark lessons for future it may be just around the corner running to win is sponsored by the teacher

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