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April 17, 2022 4:30 am
This week, Dr. Cheryl Davis continues her discussion on what we are to do until Jesus Christ returns.
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Let's enjoy this week's Extended Edition continuing her teaching on what would you do, until Christ returns. Is Dr. Davis and Dr. Cheryl Davis and you're listening to truth matters in the class versus on the morning don't you know don't don't take away any and studying the Bible. We are to look at Debbie.
Jeremiah says and I learned this from him. Look at what it says. Figure out what it means you're out lightning 33 on three times what it says what it means and what it means three in silence reading understanding and applying the word of God said that will allow us not to take away and not add to, because the truth is the truth as it is intended is not intended to be diluted. My children say the Lord's prayer every night and every time I hear them say our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. They are praying for Jesus Christ to come and we should be praying for Jesus Christ, as we see the landscape of this world changing as facing the recent disruption in the world order with world peace not being center in Russia, even invading Ukraine all the more we should be praying, Lord Jesus, come what were seeing is that this is a preparation for Christ's coming.
We are seeing this birth pangs that I discussed before that before on Christ, which is the birth of the New World order where the former things are passed away sin. Satan is going to be defeated.
We should be looking with anticipation.
We should be witnessing for any time. If you have a prayer request or, I want to reach out to me Cheryl firstname.lastname@example.org you can send me an email.
Drop me a line on reach out to us on Facebook I like to thank all of you for journeying with us through the books of Daniel and Revelation. In our prophetic journey over the last probably on this year and 1/2. I am excited on getting back to. I'm taking some verses out of the Bible and just really bringing out major points from commentary just update you a little bit on what I've been doing ever the last year many of you know I'm I'm an internal medicine physician who I had stepped out on faith and I resigned my job with Scotland healthcare system and I went into ministry full-time so I'm excited about my journey of faith and I'm I'm depending on the Lord daily, but I still do not want to get away from my medical roots.
I believe that the Lord had me walk that way for purpose and being a physician. As I believe that it relates to our spiritual lives. They are intertwined and today specifically I would like to talk about healthy body. What more appropriate topic for physician to talk about is a healthy body and the Bible talks about this and how I speak to you daily briefly on having a healthy body and how the church is the body we need to make sure that the church remains healthy. Let's turn in your Bibles to Hebrews chapter 10 verse 23 to 25 let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful and let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of son, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching. The church is a living interacting body. The Bible describes it in first Corinthians chapter 12 verse 12 for as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also in Christ goes on to talk about the eyes and the feet and hands. They all are needed because they have specific jobs and in order to be healthy all parts of the body need to work well and work well together. Some of you are very familiar.
If you have disease in one of your members of your fleshly body. It affects your overall health. The pastors are very year that if there is disease or strife in one of your members. It affects the overall church health. I interact with a lot of people from all walks of life. In my job, the radio as well as the church, not all churches are meeting throughout the pandemic.
A lot of their attendance has dropped off some churches right now. Still are doing completely online and some during the pandemic did nothing at all. Some churches closed and in the recent few weeks as I traveled out speaking at other churches I've seen at 10 o'clock. There is no one in the parking lot Sabe say that churches closed on the Sunday morning what I have observed is that the pandemic has weakened the church. Overall, when I say the church. I mean the body of Christ. Our inability to meet together has given us an excuse to relax our commitments to church. It has made us vulnerable to the attack of the enemy, particularly in our minds at a funeral. Recently I overheard a young teenager say we are watching Netflix on Sunday mornings instead of watching church. If there is not relief. We will continue to weaken. When the body gets weak. It needs a way to rehab and to restore its strength. What I want to tell you today, the pandemic may have weaken the body of Christ. But the work of the church is needed now more than it ever has been.
This country needs the gospel more now than it ever has in the past. There is a great opportunity for the church in these times and these days, much greater than ever before.
Similarly, speaking to churches specifically today and I want to ask you the question. So how does your church avoid losing muscle strength and stay a powerhouse for the gospel. So I just want to share with you these four exercises and we find them in Hebrews 1st hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering. Hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering in our society people are offering hope on every corner there is hope in the political system for change. There is hope in a 12 step program to stop addictions to alcohol and drugs. There is hope in magic bullet therapies that will cure cancers and extend your life there is hope in a coronavirus vaccine that will cure this nation of its pandemic and get it back to normal. The only hope that will bring everlasting peace to this nation's real problem is the hope that is found in Jesus Christ.
I'm going to say that one more time. The only hope that will bring everlasting peace to this nation's real problem is the hope that is found in Jesus Christ.
The enemy is trying to wear down the saints mentally, physically and emotionally during these times, and over the past two years hold fast without wavering. Hold fast without wavering. There are not a lot of things in this life that are for sure. Benjamin Franklin said in 1789. Our new constitution is now established and has an appearance that promises permanency, but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes, and many of you have heard this number of times with the hope of Jesus Christ, you can pass from death unto life and live in eternal peace, but even before then you can have peace that passes all understanding by making Jesus Christ Lord of your life and living in accordance to his will to hold fast to your hope and don't waiver when it comes to the word of God. The Bible says I am the Lord, and I change is not hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering.
That's the first exercise hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering. Now let's move on to the second exercise to build muscle strength so that your church remains a powerhouse consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.
My home church is mounted Baptist Church and that is based in Pembroke, North Carolina, and mounted Baptist Church has a strong legacy of stirring up love and good works, and in my opinion it is one of the most successful churches in this regard, as it really shaped who I am and whether on my home church. You know the people at my home church, whether we were blood related or not it was as much my family as a child and in my teenage and adult years as my mother was the church opened its arms to us when we needed it most. The church help me live out my dreams even when my mother did not know how to get me there. My church stepped in when she needed the church to be there. The church watched over me when she could not and when my mother got sick on my church was there to care for her and for me, and when the Lord was ready for her. My mother went home to be with her Lord and Savior. Not worried about me because she knew that my church with the fateful and staring up love and good works. I am forever grateful to God and to my church for what the Lord and my church has done for me. There are many out there in the future that will be in need, just like she and I were in even though churches may not see the immediate gratifications for your efforts know this, that your church is labor in my churches labor our labor is not in vain. We need to keep loving the way that God calls us to love even when other churches may not keep loving and stirring up good works stir up love and good works.
Anyway, Galatians 6 verse nine says and let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not stir up love and good works.
That is the second exercise. Let's move on to exercise number three not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, the way God intended for church to be is a living breathing interacting body. The purpose for assembling is for participation in worship of God and fellowship one with each other, but in this current day and time.
It is a lot of work. It takes dedication really to put covered protocols in place. It takes dedication to meet outside TextEdit dedication to set up to break down each Sunday, but there is a movement even before the pandemic to move the church to more of an entertainment platform and a consumer type model church is not for entertainment. That is what radio and TV is for. There's also a movement among the modern-day church to turn church and to more of a granary for dispensing food rather than an interacting body that is the purpose of the fast food industry. You pull up to the window, you get what you need and go don't come back until you are hungry again. Chick-fil-A is graded that but that is not what the church is meant to be.
We must not dessert.
The assembling together because lives are changed when we do church the way God intends for it to be done. I want to leave a very important point.
I want you to think about the statement, the assembling of the believers is often an outward indication of an inner condition. If a man's faith will not get him to church.
It is doubtful if it will get him to heaven. What I'm saying is that an outward symptom of a sick heart. Is that a man or woman does not have a desire to be in church fail not to assemble yourselves together.
That is the third exercise in the last exercise. Remember I promised you for the last one is so much more as you see the day approaching so much more as you see the day approaching and this part is often left off when these verses are quoted. So I want to give a particular emphasis in this the day that the writer is talking about is the day that Isaiah writes about in chapter 61 verses one and two of the book of Isaiah the spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord in the day of vengeance of our God that day of vengeance of our God is the day of Christ's second coming and pastors and church members church lay leaders. I am here today to tell you that I see the day approaching my lookout on the horizon I see the day approaching.
Jesus came first as a sacrificial lamb in the form of the baby that I see on the horizon.
He's coming back as a raining team and let's close in prayer, family father, we thank you for your word on your word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path. Lord, you give us a daily guiding system into walk in your ways on your word says you will never leave us. You never forsake us, God, and in these uncertain times that we see on a disruption in world peace and there is wars there is rumors of wars we are seeing that we are living in the last days.
Let us take the words of Revelation. Let us take the words of the book of Daniel and apply them to our lives so that we walk more obediently. I pray that those that are listening may discover your will for their lives. I pray that those that are listening, will submit themselves and surrender themselves to your will for their lives and that they'll walk in obedience got and I pray that we are watching and waiting expectantly for Christ, for redemption and we thank you and we glorify you today. Father your name I pray this major collegiate division of truth matters with Dr. Cheryl Davis is a ministry project. Most of a lot of sound theology goes inside and outside of the church. If you want to listen to these messages on demand to project matters.com and click on the part just went.
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