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December 20, 2021 7:00 am
Serve the purposes of people is Dr. Tony Evans is Christians following the Lord's kingdom agenda have a higher purposes of God.
We've got is celebrating faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans modern speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the alternative today.ribbons will explain that God not only wants us to live in eternal life with a live a life it's about eternity as he takes a look at the calling of the kingdom. Let's join were talking about the kingdom of God hold God's authority over God's realm through God's people based on Don's regulations. His agenda is the comprehensive rule of God over every area of life, the heart of you discovering life in the kingdom as you live your life on earth is living a life of purpose living a life of purpose remind me of the true story of Hank Aaron. When the Atlanta Braves applying a preseason game against the New York Yankees was catching and happily took a moment and turned the wrong way is riding on the back is bad. If you have the right and turned the wrong way you can break the battle reverberated against her hands and not get full contact with the ball, so he wanted to say the writing your writing. I don't Staring at the picture. The next ball that came down the pike will Hagerman rappers Reynolds and Reynolds third came to light again to go back to the dugout stopped halfway to the dugout and look back it will be better. Is that how you just thought you might want to know. I come here to read. See if you don't know why you hear voices will distract you from living out the reason why that's why verse 36 in the section where Luke me off all the book of acts is writing about the glorious history of Jesus Christ and how it connects with King David says in this one verse, verse 36 and David happy serve the purposes of God for his generation, fell asleep and underwent the K free things in this verse that if you grab him.
Better yet, you let them grab you everything changes because the emptiness of life no longer controls. The first thing that we told David serve the purposes of God going for me was a poet. He was a singer.
He was a writer he was. K.
But what is in the New Testament it says the thing that exemplified David is the purposes of God.
In other words, that was a divine connection to what he did. You are called as a Christian on the kingdom of God to serve this purpose.
That is to glorify his person answers program you want to serve the purposes of God means God has a purpose for you now even most Christians today serve the purposes of people. The purpose of the possessions, the purposes of what little piety and hotlinking around serving the purposes of God. God is there he is in the vicinity but not serving its purpose. Most people come the church asking God to serve them lets me do this for me. Do this for me. I need you to do this for me.
I want you to do this for me, it's me, it's me, it's me, it's me, and I hardly get around to is you.
Some of you have TB than your picture. If you have a TV in the kitchen is probably a small screen TV. Not a big screen TV become the TV in the kitchen in the line for you to glance at what you do on the thing by me, when you cook washing dishes when you set the table glance up to do this. Glance up and did you do that in the room but is not mail really for you to focus on his unit glance that in the midst of all the activities we really want to focus on a movie or game you generally go to Dan because in the dim is where the big screen TV. Most people today have God in the kitchen vicinity while they do other things so they'll do a little bitterness and plans a dog a little bit at a glance of God to go to church and plan for God.
They will keep God in the vicinity.
While they do other things God wants to be in the den with the focuses and the reason why many people do not realize their purpose is because God in the kitchen. One of the ways you know you have been found purpose that you live a life of discouragement, depression, anxiety and worry if that is how you roll purposes next you can overcome a lot if you got a reason to live goes on the say that he impacted his generation. David serve the purposes of God. Verse 36 says in his own generation.
When you have divine purpose he will impact people he impacted his generation of people. The generational people. It speaks of the use of a group of people. A generation impacted people for God lately because if you involved in some way of impacting people not divine purpose. David serve the purposes of God in his generation. So that raises the question that how do you find your purpose you calling located some people's purpose is tied to the occupation number was what God wants me to do. They get paid to do as a way of living.
That's something, but some people's purpose is tied to the occupation the occupation simply allows them to support the purpose. Paul's purpose was brief with occupation with the technical use making to fuel this calling personal your purpose will always involve your passion will always be five balls and always me if I don't do it. Jesus said the sale of this house has consumed me. Jeremiah says like you shut up in my bone passion, that's better.
Whatever God wants you to do for you people give you burn. Secondly, your gifting your gifting. The Bible says in verse 12. Every believer has been gifted to serve God's purposes in advance God's kingdom should. They accepted Jesus Christ as your personal send mail you a question that means God has endowed you with a divine capacity with which the Serbian he has endowed you with a divine capacity to be used for why because he has a purpose for you.
If you are a Christian you have a gift you have the capacity you have an ability that God is giving you that he wants to use third your passion your ability. Here it is very important. Your experiences you've gone through three things in your life. The good the bad and ugly everybody and he is going through all three good the bad and ugly and God wants to use them for your purpose. First of all he wants to use the good things that have happened to you the positive experiences that you have gone through the positive things that have come your way. Maybe you've had a unique opportunity for certain kind of training that has uniquely benefited you. Maybe you have the opportunity to be raised in a unique kind of family that was so positive that you have a stability that has benefited you.
Maybe you will bad certain situations in your life that have just been good things that happened to you.
Let me tell you about Paul before was converted. He was a Jewish scholar. She had risen to the height of Pharisaism and the gonna be become part of the Sanhedrin for leaders to memorize the first five books of the Old Testament, the Pentateuch skid started on the feet of Gamaliel, one of the leading rabbis of the day. He was a brilliant thinker and many got saved elsewhere God.
He took his brilliance and I 13 Brooklyn into is that you will be Moscow buddy use the good stuff and stuff it into his kingdom, so that God could use it to advance God's good things good things about God use the bad things the bad things of the things you've done wrong. The failures mistakes and sins.
Don't get me wrong… Endorse the failure of the dog endorsed the sins he didn't endorse the evil he didn't do that.
But when you come around even able to use it. In fact, when you look at the people in the Bible who God views most jacked up at some point align most of the messed up coming. Moses was a murderer. It took them four years to deal with this thing before God to never use them again in any significant way.
But when God got a hold of them.
He let Israel out of Egypt and overran Pharaoh.
Sarah wasn't she laughing God's face when God sent you will get pregnant at 90 got that when you have the more I name and Isaac which means he laughs.
I got you.
Ha ha. Hebrews chapter 11. Only when she got did God reverse the situation and use her to become a mother of a nation.
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It's your choice of one of three popular resources you can get the details on those choices and make your selection it Tony Evans.org again that's Tony Evans.org or call 1-800-800-3222 I'll have that information for you again after part two of today's message. Here's Dr. Evans thinks they can also use the ugly ugly bad things that happen to you that were not your fault. Somebody else did it to you or abuse as a child. That's perhaps it was a racial machine that with you were treated unfairly.
That's ugly. Perhaps you were fired and you weren't the one that was wrong with the other person in the truth didn't come out ugly default was bad for you.
God not only can use the good to show you purpose you cannot only use the bed. You can use the unfair stuff. Stuff that wasn't your fault. You got the repercussions Joseph continue about ugly and sold in the slavery by jealous brothers.
He was accused of rape when he didn't do it was forgotten in jail for 13 years. He got ugly all along the 13 years you know what the Bible says that the Lord was with Joseph.
But the Lord was with Joseph and the Lord was with Joseph was on the way. What you have to understand everything that happens to you has the past God's fingers first.
Even the ugly when his brother smiling were confronting him an email. Second in command in Egypt, the execution of the what they did to him and many incidents meant for evil. Genesis 50 but God meant it for good God. God allowed this to happen because he had something else in mind. So let me explain guys what God to sell me in the slavery be accused of rape be forgotten in prison and then he explained in Genesis 15 to bring me to this place. He wanted me to be an agent to fill me in Egypt. He brought me to this place and then he says why save the lives of many mislabel a bunch of folks live in this position to do so slavery is right. In fact, you get to live because I'm in the in other words, the impact of people impacted people. This God uses the good the bad and the ugly. Chuck Colson was sent to prison because of his involvement in Watergate we get right with God in prison. Prison Fellowship is the largest Christian prison ministry in the history of mankind. Because God is ugly turned a man around now prison ministry with Christianity is exploding in prisons all over America because God took ugly and turned it you can take your good your bad and your ugly and turn purpose. The next thing your personality is your passion, your gifting your experiences as a personnel soul and my soul is different than the Bible were different.
Paul is the style of Peter is the talk of John is the intimate person different to everybody is not the same unique fingerprint that identifies you different.
God doesn't cancel out are to use you take too long. Apart from sin to some people are reticent, then background people some people out front. The personalities more AA type personalities. Those differences let God use you like he made you apart from sin, and finally the opportunity. That's when God connects the mixed masses and opened the door for you to use it.does it you haven't made yourself available to be used does not waste his time with people who don't want to serve the purposes of God, who only want to serve their own purposes is not going to show you where he wants you to go with you. Not available to go. You have to be available and then he begins to tweak and move and spend stuff and turn stuff you stop while you do the little that you can open other loss away from the big thing to start with anything, and watch them get you and your movement thing that serve the purposes of God. He impacted his generation and then he closes with the statement he fell asleep, trying to be morbid, but I do want to be honest people fall asleep. Okay, how much you work out how well you eat, how organic you are you going to die. The Bible says is appointed on the man once to die, and after that the judgment you are not in the land of the living. On the way to the land of the dying here in the land of the dying on your way to the land of the support on the man once to visit. To look at this you begin the march to the grave.
You just a few years.
The look common good on your way there but after so many years a little bit.
You will get the reminder you wait all that wrinkles gray hair is no slower movement. You know what Dr. visits more Medicaid it will become doubly clear.
You and so the psalmist says in Psalm 92 just the number of days teachers not to waste our time to live a life without purpose is die will teach us to number our days when I was growing up.
I love the play monopoly monopoly with him again because I was the only time in the hood. I got the old property when I play monopoly only, government property was when I play monopoly when we sat down as a family play monopoly which we would you like once a week soon as they opened the box.
My eyes went to Park Place and Boardwalk right side of the board because those were the two most expensive properties on the board and got those two properties. I was now real estate barracuda and I show no mercy and I'm now live and launch a put up greenhouses means the rent goes up, so you better skip me pass go click another $200 that I don't get loans. I was a means of a then I would do some redistricting. I would make a commercial property not to train the greenhouses from original tell Mama property value shot up just in stance when I was play monopoly. Nothing was real. The game and win again when the game on this is some serious negotiating them into right then they came that moment when the game is over game and put dice back. I had put houses back. I put the hotel back. I put the man back to put it back and I got reminded to say we that was real. I was planning to pin the game ended and I had to be reminded is not real and then came that ultimate defining moment when they close the box came over game move one day me and you will be right up.
In a box they go close the box came over and when the game is over, it really won't matter as far as you're concerned, what you left behind when the game is over.
The only thing that will matter is what you 40 life has been so absorbed just for you. That was nothing total about your life is about how close your money, but there's nothing for God to look you in the eye and say anything. It was all about how you gave nothing could use this all about time and things that pass away about a cold stuff. The last when the fire touches it, because it had no internal values even serve the purposes of God. You can generation it was all about.
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