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May 13, 2021 8:00 am
You are God's. Dr. Tony Evans is we limit our perception of God's goodness when we don't respect is established field of play is about celebrating the faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the urban alternative. God gave us boundary line, but he also gave us the freedom to choose what happens when we abuse that freedom will that's what Dr. Evans will explore today to join him as he teaches from Deuteronomy chapter 30 will all just giving one of the spinal summons about to call into the promised land, which is the book of Joshua will enter the promised land. Once the word final word. He wants to talk to them about their freedom to choose the decision based on their choice of how life works out for the follow this vision about where they were going to spend eternity, not a decision about heaven or hell decision about the kind of life they were going to live a life and a life that was not favorable.
By that choice in introducing the sermon where at the end of this portion of Moses the servant is the word covenant.
If you look in chapter 29 here's what you read verse one says these are the words of the company.
Verse nine says so keep the word of company.
Verse 12 says that you may enter into the company.
Verse 14 says now. Not with you alone. Am I making this carbon and this old company was designed to bring people related to God under his covering company provided a cover, if you will, and God's people because they were related to him.
He says you have a choice. I establish my covenant with you, but the question is do you choose to operate under my company. You have an umbrella and still get wet umbrellas closed.
You can have an umbrella and stage because you open up your umbrella and you covered.
Israel was God's question is are you going to umbrella or keep it closed. Would you be covered or not covered by the covenant. If you are undercover that is operating underneath the Lordship rulership of Jesus Christ because many Christians choose not to do that he says when you are operating under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, you are undercover and Jesus Christ has a full-time job and have been making intercession that is interfering with your life on an as needed basis. Many other things we are dealing with. We are dealing with because we don't have, not because we don't have a Savior, but the umbrella of this covenant has been closed.
The Bible says when you take communion to enter into the new covenant. The new arrangement.
The new agreement which outpaces the old one in the Old Testament that Jesus Christ ever lives to walk out deliverances for his people saving. He wants us to understand that there is a choice between them chosen God I'm not choosing God. There is no twilight zone. There is no in between area of non-choice not choosing to choose. So he says I come before you and I sent this before you I'm I'm putting it on the table. You can choose. You can make the decision I'm going to give you the options.
Everything relates to your relationship to the covenant your alignment to the covenant are you MRI with the rule of God. Are you out of line with the will of God, regardless of whether you are a child of God is an alignment issue. What many Christians do not understand is that because they insist on being out of alignment. They are not experiencing what Jesus said in John 1010 I have come to give you life and to give it to you more abundantly.
I can give you two things not want I can give you life salvation as we normally speak of it, but then on top of that I came to give you abundant living problem with living but fulfillment in living.
I've come to give it to you because it's offered by grace. I come to give it to you but the alignment must be there. I think I mentioned once before when I went to the garage and put the garage door wouldn't open the garage door would push the garage door wouldn't open.
Mandy said walk over to the door, walked over to the dorks. He said those canvases on the left and right between the base and I said what one displays the other. The other is facing out. He said that's your problem, but not in alignment.
Is not working. I simply turn the one the face. The other they got the message.
The door opens doors that refuse to open before was too heavy for me to open on my old open once the alignment was straightened out. And so today we have Christians who insist on not being aligned to divine rule, while at the same time asking God for divine faith that the contradictory request because of the nature of a covenant. It's a divinely created bond to which we must be in alignment.
So what would be the problem of God's people not being in alignment because of her 17 but if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away in worship of the gods and serve them.
I declare that you will perish. What would be the problem. What you heard it over and over again. It would be a problem of vitals to the Canaanite Hittites, Jebusites and Rice Lake had other gods. What's this, so they would be going to a promised land will by pagans. Their whole environment would surround them with anti-God philosophies, worldview perspectives, education, entertainment, all that would be surrounding the people of God in the place of blessing God says now when you go to my place of blessing, which for them was the promised land, which is for us, our salvation on new relation with Jesus Christ.
When you go into that land. You're going to be surrounded by anti-God sentiments anti-God worldviews anti-God's philosophy, anti-God's perspective, it will go after them give you reneged on me because they sound good to you, then you have to understand you have removed your self from my cover because you have chosen God to let me make it easy how you know when you've chosen title remember and I will is any authorized now, person, place, thing, and I will is any unauthorized mail person, place, thing for God hasn't okayed it you know it's an idle or you know what you truly worshiping what this bike gets to make the final decision.
Whoever makes the final decision is God because they're the ones that you will be better ones that you served so if the secularist make a final decision at the entertainment industry make the decision if the economics makes the final decision on authorized something what God is saying, what ever that person, place, thing, or thought up at that moment in that decision became your God as you move from under the umbrella coverage no longer works. Once you choose was talking to a young man and he was struggling with the decision. It was a business decision that could make him a great deal of money it would have been a long legal decision.
He was not doing something illegal in the decision of the law when it supported the decision. The problem was that the Bible disagree with the decision, the Bible disagree with the decision which would have made him a lot of money opened up a lot of doors and economically beneficial to think of asking me about the phone call but I can see them on the other hand, why did I make this phone call to which I said to him, even though it's illegal because God says you can't do it. You must choose God over Mammon for. You cannot serve two masters. Even though I feel like, and I want to be sympathetic because that's many of you perhaps have been in that situation is a tough one when you consider money flowing. You can feel it is all those in your hand and is not legally unethical, and God gets in the way you about God giving away and I said you cannot choose profitable principal and yes it's in the promised land. God's of the culture people have chosen race over God culture over God class over God ginger over God. We keep making all these choices and wonder why things are chaotic not only in the world, but in the church because we keep choosing the idle in the name of something offered by the culture and we wonder why all the prayer meetings there on the lands while we talk the right God that we talk without an umbrella conference. You can make up anything whoever gets to make the final decision is your God, and if it's an unauthorized person, place the thought.
You no longer under the covering of the company that you get to choose. Dr. Evans will have more on the impact of idols in our lives when he returns, or just a moment for so I want to let you know that what you're hearing today is the final lesson from his current message collection called consequences.
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Start today Tony Evans.I can be anything, person, place, also appealing is they give us the comfort level of safety that just in case my God didn't work out.
I need to think Jesus says no. I will be your safety belt.
I'll let your God handle the whole thing. He says I hear you options. Verse 15 I set before you life and prosperity to connect like with prosperity, death and adversity to connect to death with adversity. So he got me going to physically guide every time the room would be empty biblical life is the experience of God's biblical death is separation from the experience of God. Death means separation in the Bible. So life is the experience of God is the absence of that experience eternal death health for nonbelievers is the total absence of the experience of God knows what else. He says he says in verse 19 I have set before you life and death. The blessing and the curse, the principal is simply this, God's blessings, whatever they offer you are tied to God's boundaries when you skip this boundaries the whistle blows across the bone. So what does God want me to do.
Verse 20 by loving the Lord your God by obeying his voice and holding fast to him for this is your life God wants an exclusivity clause in the covenantal contract and he says and this is your life never seen jellyfish jellyfish always go with the floor care for bouncing all over the place in a pretty but they bouncing all over the place and the reason why is jellyfish don't have backbone so they can't resist anything that is go they go with the flow and get to them in the wrong way they will hurt you see we have a generation of Christians what the flow of the culture they just go with what was between culture going with culture doing what the culture thinking the next day going with the flow test because they've not yet developed spiritual backbone to when necessary swim against the coach because they belong to another king and another king.
He says I want you to grab hold of it and I want you to hold tight to where to say like Joshua Joshua 2415. We were given with all the people of Israel and somebody will move into what idols and he says I can't tell, not what the deal.
But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.
Look at the final verse of chapter 32 verse 47 for it is not an idle word for you. I'm not just talking smack about Wolfman. This is not an idle word I did not just talk and to talk, for it is not an idle word for you. Indeed, it is your life and by this word you will prolong your days in the land which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess the life that God has for you, but I know what some may be thinking, saying, feeling, sound so hard sound so difficult to make this kind of raw radical commitment it could cost me time it cost me money because me a career move. It cost me notoriety she could cost me a secular power, it could keep you told most of the cost me but it sounds familiar to any man that will follow me, must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me back to chapter 30 verse 11 says for this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach class. This is not in heaven that you should say will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make our spirit that we may observe it as so God is out there. Like is way up and I haven't had to get that I'm not as good as the next person and I know what Ray regret and all I get out that there's no daily says nor is it beyond the sea that you should say will cross the sea for us to get it and make a spirit that we may obey our place not far what you ask it what God is asking for the going gets all the culture when it in Romans chapter 10 it comes to around verse seven."
Deuteronomy 30 and he says this commandment to make Jesus your Lord is not too high that you can get it is not true so far apart that you can swim across to retrieve it know the problem is we been so entrenched by the culture to make it feel like we can do it think we can do it. The devil applied to us that we can't do it know you can, because in the New Testament, I give you the Holy Spirit, but you get to choose not to force a choice, except when you cross whatever the boundary is going to let you choose, even as a believer. I'm sure in our crowd today is not probably one person here who hasn't stepped out from under the umbrella at some point in time God is inviting you back on. But guess what, if we choose. And if you never been under God's umbrella before if you never asked Christ to forgive your sins and come into your life and we invite you to log on to Tony oven's.org and click on the link that says Jesus there. Tony will tell you all about what it means to be a Christian and walk you through everything you need to know to start your brand-new life today.
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Dr. Evans will start a series based on the idea that God builds one life at a time each of us with her own special purpose on this planet right now though he's back to wrap up today's message enclosing was an old philosopher old man was known for how Holly was able to give these wise answers the questions asked and nobody could stumping there were two students said what we don't get this philosophy, people thinking all at the handle.
That is, we don't do his little bird and put this burden. I hand will go up to the philosopher and ask Mrs. bear dinner live in the philosopher says the bird is then able to open up a hand burst if the philosopher says the bird is alive, little squeeze, and I hand and kill it. So the bird will be dancing even wave the philosopher Lucius Weigle getting came up to the philosopher and said old man everybody knows how wise you are and I am as a bird. We just want you to tell us, is the bird dead or alive philosopher looked at the young man's hand looked up at the young man said is very generalized. The responses, the answer is in the alternative, with Dr. Tony have brought to you by the alternative celebrating 40 years of faithfulness, thanks to the generous contributions of listeners like you