You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you. Either your love for money will destroy your love for God, or your love for God will cast out your love for money. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
Don't invest in the world that is temporary - invest in something with eternal dividends. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
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That is tremendous! That is the mercy of God. Back to Psalm The fifth thing that is involved is His pardon. There are no two verses in the Bible that so clearly demonstrate what God does with our sin than these two verses. Boy, I tell you. I read that and I say, "Praise the Lord! They are gone. Now there are always folks around who will remind you of them.
But according to the Bible, my sins are gone. The other day I was talking to a guy who was experiencing the results of his many years of drug addiction and he is still having a few problems mentally and physically.
He was asking me, "You know, if the Lord has saved me, why…" And I stopped him. Why am I experiencing this? The only I thing I could think of was an old story that I heard when I was a boy in Sunday school of how a father took a son out to explain this to him. And he had the boy pound nails into a piece of wood. He pounded all these nails into the wood. And the boy kept asking, "Well why do you want me to do that? Then he said, "Now, pull them all out. Why should I? He said, "Now what is left?
In this life we are going to experience scars as a result of our decisions to walk away from the Lord. Do you know that? There are some of us who are physically still suffering from the result of decisions that we made maybe as young people. When God says that He has removed it, He has removed it from a positional standpoint, though the scars remain for now. My dear friends, the hope of the gospel is that when Jesus Christ comes again, we are going to get a brand new body and we are talking total removal.
There will be no more evidence whatsoever. The holes will be gone and we will be made brand new outwardly as we are made brand new inwardly when we come to Christ. The Bible says, "If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" 1 John I do not know why it is, but it almost seems like a devil's trap to get us to remove the word "all. According to the Bible, "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Is it in the fact that you are such a worthy possession? Are you kidding? Or that you have such great potential for the Lord? This is some of the preaching of the pulpits of America, but that is not rooted in the gospel.
Forgiveness is rooted in the character of God and that is why you are saved. God is merciful to you and no matter how gross you are or how you have messed up or blown your brain and life away, let me tell you something: God's character is limitless.
And no matter how much sin is in your life-"where sin abounds, grace did much more abound" Romans You could be cleaned up in a moment of time.
And that is the gospel. And I thank God for His mercy. It involves complete pardon. This is a wonderful theme and you cannot get it into your system enough because a lot of us are really into performance in our kind of culture. And I am afraid it has dominated the Christian community so bad that even the best among us, and I include myself, have a tendency to tip towards performance every now and then.
Nobody cleans up his act by performance, either in coming to Christ or living the Christian life, in spite of what we teach about walking with God. The only method of cleansing that God ever had is through His Son Jesus Christ and the mercy and compassion and grace of our Lord. That is why it is such a frustrating thing. You want people to walk with the Lord-you want them to do right. Parents feel that way toward their kids. We feel it about ourselves and so we try everything under the sun to somehow clean up what we have done.
Folks, there is no other method that God has. You say, "Well, doesn't it say, 'Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken? And it is the Word that reminds us how sin is cared for. It is rooted in the character of God, not in the performance of man. I thank God for His cleansing, don't you? For You, Lord, are good and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
A lot of people think that God is hesitant. You have to knock down the doors of heaven, as it were, to really get His attention. You tell me, in the Prodigal Son story, when the Prodigal Son starts coming back home the father has been waiting for him; when he saw his son a long way off, before he ever got to the house to beg his father's forgiveness, what does the Bible say the father did?
He ran after him. God is ready to forgive. You take one step toward our wonderful Lord-you just move a little inch in your heart- and our Lord is ready to forgive.
It is because He is merciful. He is compassionate. The Bible says in Psalm that He is abundant in mercy to all those who call upon Him. Do you know where the problem lies? We do not call upon the Lord. We are using everything else instead. We are talking to our friends and using every kind of method we possibly can to somehow get our act together.
And the Bibles says, that the Lord is good, ready to forgive and abundant in mercy to everyone who would call on Him. Isn't that sweet? Man, that is good stuff! Look at Psalm , please. This is the wonderful pardon of God to the nation of Israel. He said,. Once again, it speaks of pardon, cleansing, and being redeemed from all his iniquities.
It is because with the Lord there is what? His mercy was great. Let me show you a little interesting passage. Numbers is the fourth book of the Bible. Numbers Now the people really deserved to be wiped out for their rebellion in the wilderness, but look at this:. If they continue to disobey Him, you will see His judgment continue, on and on and on. But look at the next verse. Because of all that wilderness rebellion, they deserved to be wiped out.
And here is a prayer. When you appeal to God, you appeal to His merciful character when you want to be cleansed and pardoned from your sin. It is God and who He is that can make that happen. The mercy of God not only involves His person, who He is; His provision, all His benefits; His patience, that He will not always strive with us; His punishment, He does not punish us according to our sins; His pardon, He removes them as far as the east is from the west; but it also involves His pity.
Mercy involves His pity. Parents, listen to this. You know and I know that you have to look at your kids and remember they are kids. The kids are praying that you are listening now. And there is such a tendency among those of us who are parents to want our kids to know what we know and to think the way we think. First of all, as your kids get older, they believe that you do not know anything.
And then one day when they become parents, they will discover how remarkably intelligent you must have been because they themselves are facing the same problem with their own kids.
Now you know a lot of things that they do not know. And sometimes you want them to understand that you do understand. Is everybody with me? And you can really drive them crazy, folks, trying to get them to think like you do. And they do not seem to think that way. The only hope we have is to sit back and say, "just wait. You are becoming extremely intelligent now in their minds. And they are looking at you and they almost say, "Man, I can't believe it.
Was I really like that? What are you doing? You are recognizing, whether you know it or not, that kids are kids. Aren't you glad that God looks at you that way?
He looks at you and says, "Man, you do not know the first thing about anything. Look at it again. It says, "He remembers we are dust. You talk about mercy. I want mercy from God. I do not want justice. I want mercy. I know if I got what I deserved I would be in hell.
I want Him to be merciful. And the Bible says that when God looks at me, He looks at me like a father would look at his little kid. He just pities us. I know what you are like.
I know a lot more than you do. During one sermon when I was in the state of Iowa and I was preaching my heart out-it was one of those sermons where the pastor is enamored but the people are not-I had so much stuff in that message, I could not believe it.
I was just thrilled to deliver it. A farmer came up to me afterwards and he said, "You ever fed hogs? They could barely turn their Bibles fast enough. Aren't you glad that God is merciful to you? He does not dump the whole load on you at once.
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