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Praise the Lord everybody
thank you everybody for worshipping with us during our time of worship it feels good to be in church today I hope we're ready and prepared to hear the word from God
Here is a quote that I read that was from John Wesley
that said
I want all of Jesus to be myself nation I want the whole Bible to be my book I want the whole church to be my fellowship and I want the whole world to be my mission field
I read that I felt impressed that we live in a world that doesn't have drive or purpose they feel that they don't have purpose they think they don't have a promise they struggle to know that there is a reason for them to be on this earth
there's a world that is hurting and there are people that are right around us yesterday morning my wife and I were at a funeral and the grandfather was speaking I don't know if he was a pastor or preacher but I know he was a man of God
he asked the people in the room if you thought you were saved those people raised their hands not very very many just a handful of people the next question he asked who wants to be saved I looked around and I saw two maybe three hands lifted
I don't know the exact number of people that were there but I can guess it was about 100 the place was packed and I saw two maybe three hands raised if they wanted to be saved
this world doesn't see the story of their life ending on a good note they are confused and lost and feel that they don't even have an opportunity to have a good story book ending
We need to have the purpose like the quote that I just read we need to be willing to say Jesus is my salvation and not be ashamed to say it we need to be able to say that this book right here the Bible is the book that I live by we can't be ashamed to say all my friends are in church and that's why it's our fellowship that's where we go to get recharged and to be loved for it takes a church to do that and we need to be able to say that the world needs to be my mission field for that it is our mission to go out and reach the loss and teach the lost and bring them to God show them the word show them acts 238 show them what it means to be baptized what it means to speak in other tongues that is our mission that is our purpose
Jeremiah 3:21-25
New King James Version
21 A voice was heard on the desolate heights,
Weeping and supplications of the children of Israel.
For they have perverted their way;
They have forgotten the Lord their God.
22 “Return, you backsliding children,
And I will heal your backslidings.”
“Indeed we do come to You,
For You are the Lord our God.
23 Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills,
And from the multitude of mountains;
Truly, in the Lord our God
Is the salvation of Israel.
24 For shame has devoured
The labor of our fathers from our youth—
Their flocks and their herds,
Their sons and their daughters.
25 We lie down in our shame,
And our [a]reproach covers us.
For we have sinned against the Lord our God,
We and our fathers,
From our youth even to this day,
And have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”
This whole set of scriptures can almost mirror the life that we see the world that we're in they are people that have forgotten who God is
but I truly do believe they're going to have their eyes opened they are going to have an understanding
in verse 23 it says truly in the vain is salvation hope for from the hills and from the mountains truly in the Lord our God the salvation of Israel
it is in our DNA God created us he placed it in us that we are to see the day when we realize there's more to this world than what we just see we're going to see that God has a purpose for us and then it's going to give us purpose
I am a man that likes numbers I like to see the size and the population of what we're dealing with and the people that are around us
so I wanted to see what it was like in our community and in where we live our region because it says from the multitudes of people from across the mountains and across the valleys people's eyes are going to be open people are going to see the purpose of God
Grundy County 53,000
Will County 697,252
Kendall County 134,867
Total 850,000 People
Those are the three counties that touch Minooka that's a lot of people it's going to be more than just what happens in this city it's going to be more that just happens in the city of Morris the city of Shorewood I believe communities regions of the state northern southern central Illinois are going to have their eyes opened up to what God is doing
God is calling people today yes you might have sinned yes you might fallen short of God we have all failed and we have all sinned we've all had issues in our lives this isn't something that only you have messed up
What's happening around us has become a generational curse for the scripture says for shame has devoured the labors of their fathers from our youth their flocks and their herds their sons and their daughters this is something that has captivated this world
that's why I bring up when I saw that group of people when asked if they would want to be saved five people raised their hand and believed that they were saved and only two or three raise their hand that said they would want to be 90% of those people in that room felt that they were in a generational curse they were in the ways of the world to where that's all they knew
God has got such a blessing for people such a calling for his people such a love for his people
the story is not over because of what you've done in the past your story is not over because of who your parents are who your grandparents are but your story is just the beginning when you find the purpose of God
I'm going to continue on in the book of Jeremiah
Jeremiah 1:5-8
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified[a] you;
I [b]ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
He's speaking to Jeremiah when he talks about being a prophet to the nations but he looks at us the same way before he formed you in the womb he knew you he knew who you were he knew what your promises were going to be he knew what you were going to do for the Kingdom of God he has already seen it happen it's already been ordained it's already been blessed God has known you before you are even in your mother's womb
6 Then said I:
“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
7 But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.
How many times have we have given excuse after excuse to God Jeremiah was giving his excuse for that I'm too young we give the excuse for God I've only been in church for a few days God I've only been in church for a few years God my parents were never in church God I'm too old to do these things God I'm too young to do these things excuse after excuse
he reminds us to not be afraid don't be afraid of the people you're going to connect with don't be afraid of the people you're going to witness to he says for I have delivered you I have brought you out of your darkness I have brought you out of your trials I have brought you out of the life of sin trust me is what he is saying
we cannot be ashamed of the word of God we cannot be ashamed to speak the name of Jesus we cannot be ashamed to pray for our families we pray for our friends or pray for our coworkers we can't hide and say someone else is going to do it
God is going to begin to open up doors when you fully give yourself to God when you say God I want to commit to this lifestyle God I want everything I do to be indults with your word within your love with your peace God
and we all have access to that having Jesus in our hearts when we ask for our forgiveness when we say God clean my life clean my soul clean my heart make room in my heart for you and when you make room for God we all know the gift of the Holy Ghost will come upon you and the purpose of God is going to enter into your life and you're going to see you're going to feel a renewing and you're going to want to tell people about it
people are more hungry for this word then you think
people are desiring God more than we can imagine if we could take our experience of the Holy Ghost our experience of water baptism in Jesus name and tell the world about it they're going to be eager they're going to be hungry they're going to be excited to hear it and want to do it and push forward because they're striving for purpose they're striving for a promise
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