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The Blessing of Obedience

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Today we will be concluding our Blessed Life series. Now I have detoured from the original direction of the series which orginally was going to be modeled off off Robert Morris’s Blessed life series, which is an excellent series by the way that you can find on You Tube. But I didn’t wnat to weigh you down with six weeks of tithing messages as I understand that most of the people that the Lord sends our way are usually on life support.
Today we are going to be talking about the Blessing of Obedience. It is hard getting someone to understand that when their life is in a mess their most urgent need is to get their life right with the Lord. Because when a persons life is in a mess all they deal with is the urgent, and to them the most urgent need is to
Change someone else that has hurt them
Need money right now to pay a bill
Deliverance from a consequence of their own making
Or you fill in the blank
But can I tell you that your most urgent need is to get things right with God and too quite playing games with him.
Why?
Because of the

Law of the Harvest

Galatians 6:7–8 ESV
7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Galatians 6:7

Laws of physics --

gravitation,
quantum mechanics,
electromagnetism,
the nuclear force
These Laws are Laws that God has built into his natural creation that gives us order and allows for life. Now these laws cannot be broken because you choose not to believe in them. if you don’t believe me jump off your house rooftop and believe that gravity is just a figment of your imagination, that it was manmade to keep you grounded. What you will find is that it is a law that will take effect rather you choose to believe it or not

Laws of Human Nature

But God has also built in Spiritual laws, and these laws are built in to create consequences to our actions. God has a moral law and when that law is violated their are going to be unintended consequences. That is the reason you never hear of an affair ending well. You never see a drug addict prospering, they may appear for a time to propser but it always ends in heart ache and death of different kinds.
And what Paul is saying is listen don’t be deceived, God is not mocked, what you sow, you will reap. The law of the harvest is either beneficial or it is destructive. For instance if you sow your money into doing good and furthering God’s Kingdom you are going to be blessed. If you do good, and are merciful, you will receive mercy. If you give, it will be given to you. If you forgive you will be forgiven. God doesn’t operate in the pure unconditional… many of his promises to you and I come with conditions.
But when a persons life is in a mess, it is usually because their faith has suffered shipwreck. And that is why I say to you this morning that the most important thing when you are in a hole is to get right with the Lord. Because if you try to find some little cute remedy to your problem, if you settle for a quick fix to your immediate need it won’t be long until you have disheartening situation...
Especially if God is the one fighting against you

You say God would never fight against me! God is a God of Love… Of which I would say yes, and because of His love that is why he is fighting against you....

Now let me say this, many people are afraid to fully surrender their life fully to God because they are not sure what that is going to look like.
This morning we are going to look at a Christian who was running from the will of God, and what the
I mena there are some crazy ideas out there.
Is God going to make it to where I can never out on makeup again and dress up like its 1830
Will I have to sell all my stuff and go and be a missionary in the Congo jungle
Am I going to be a sign toting zealot that hangs out in front of bars, and yell at people telling them they are going to hell
Am I going to be someone that is like super weird, living on weirdo-ville

We all have that image right of someone that we have seen. Let me say this that when you fully start living for Jesus, He doesn’t make you some unreasonable nut job. No listen he will make you more reasonable than you have ever been before.

When you see odd Christians, let me tell you something, they were odd before they gave their life over
Phillipians 4:4-7
Philippians 4:4–7 ESV
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Let your reasonablenss be known to everyone, the Lord is at hand. We are a peculiar people, but that is because of the new revelation we have…
Heres what you will lose-
anxiety. Listen we had our world stand still the other day when we found out that there is someone out there claiming to be our adopted babies father
Supernatural help- make your prayer request to God
Peace- it will guard your hearts. All of a sudden you get help from an All powerful God
I know this to be true, If God is calling you, and you refuse, you are going to be a miserable wretch.

There is a dual story taking place here. God is pursuing a rebellious People, and He is pursuing a rebellious prophet.

The message to both is there will be judgment if there is not repentance.
Today people act like preaching about hell and judgment is cruel.
Can I tell you that not warning people is cruel.
If more hell would be preached from the pulpit we would see less hell in the community.

Whale Tales

, the great African elephant is not the biggest animal on earth. A whale’s tongue alone can sometimes weigh more than an entire elephant. As a matter of fact, a great blue whale can weigh as much as 286,000 pounds. You could put him on one side of the scale and put thirty-six elephants on the other side of the scale

They harpooned the whale, and his tail lashed up and overturned the boat. One man drowned. Bartley disappeared. Later on, they captured the whale, brought him up alongside that ship, and were flaying the blubber off. And when they’d done that, they hoisted the stomach of the whale up on the deck of the ship and noticed some movement on the inside, cut it open—and there was Bartley. He was huddled up in a fetal position, but he was alive, and they washed him down with salt water. After a while, he regained consciousness. He was stark raving mad for about two weeks. The third week, he regained his consciousness and was put back to work aboard that ship. And there have been records where—at least this particular record—where a whale swallowed a man and kept him alive. •

• Dr. Harry Rimmer, who I have loved to read about, told about another man who was swallowed by a great shark. Some men had gone out and harpooned the shark. And the man fell overboard and was swallowed down by that shark. And forty-eight hours later, they caught the shark, shot him with a deck gun. And the shark was so big they towed the shark to shore and opened him up to give this man a Christian burial. And to their amazement, he was alive. And his skin was like parchment, all the hair was gone off of his head, and he had brown patches on his skin. And he was shown in a museum in London as the twentieth-century Jonah•

Adrian Rogers Sermon Archive I. We Need to Heed the Missionary Mandate

I believe if we had more hell in the pulpit, we’d have less hell in the community. I believe that it is not cruel to preach on hell and judgment; it is cruel not to do so. And God said to Jonah, “You go and preach a message of judgment to these people.”

Jonah 1:1–6 ESV
1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord. 4 But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. 5 Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. 6 So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”
Blessed are the mercifull
I want t tell you that there is a God that is chasing you today and he will not relent he will not tire. You will relent you will tire, but God gets what He chases. Even if he has to send a storm into your life
You may run but he is right on your heels, you will tire but he will niot. And it says that Jonah fled from the presence of God, but God sent a storm into jonahs world. Our God is described as a consuming Fire.
He will have his way rather you want him too or not.
Many believe that once a person becomes a Christian that they can simply jump out of God’s hand, but they cannot he will send a storm into your life. I see this many times, a believer gets something into their life and they try to flee from God, but he will send a storm into there life. When
He was fleeing from God’s presence

Let me show what happens to a believer when they get out of the will of God?

HE WAS FLEEING THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD? there is power in his presence
Verse 3
Apathy- He is just sailing to nowhere- going to Tarshish
Listen what ever you are pursuing today, one day you are going to wake up at 45 or 60 years of age and realize that you never got to where you wanted to be, or if you did, you are going o realize that it was an empty and chasing after the wind
Listen following the Lord is exciting. I didn’t say just attending church once or twice a month was exciting. I said following the Lord is exciting. Discovering His will for your life and being exactly where he wanted to be is exciting. He was heading to Tarshish which is modern day Spain when He was suppose to be in the desert in Assyria.
My worst fear is not failing to be successful. Its being successful at the wrong thing
Depression will dominate your life
Depression will dominate your life
You say how do you know that Jonah was depressed? Look again at verse 6. While the entire ship was throwing stuff off of the ship, Jonah was down in the cabin fast asleep. People that are depressed tend not to sleep at night and sleep a lot during the day. Depression will dominate the Christian that is out of the will of God.
Self Loathing- Do you know what self loathing is- it is hatred for yourself. A person that has been born again and have been at the top of the mountain with God, they begin to dislike themselves and want to harm themselves, because they just do not like themselves And then he wa
Suicidal-
(ESV) 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”
Can a Christian be suicidal? Yes of course they can be. Especially when they are outside of the will of God.
Yes the most miserable person is not the lost person living it up with parties on the weekened. The most miserable, wretched invidual on the face of the planet is a Christian, a twice born believer who is out of socket spiritually with His or her God!
THE POWER OF THE STORM

I was reading after another man whose name is Dr. Harry Rimmer. I always enjoy reading Dr. Harry Rimmer. He lived in yesteryear also, but he was a great preacher. But he also had a scientific mind and was a great historian. And Dr. Harry Rimmer told of some fishermen who saw a giant monstrous shark. They had a boat, and they tried to harpoon the shark. When they did, one of the men fell overboard in the confusion and was swallowed alive—swallowed whole by that shark—and the shark disappeared. He said that forty-eight hours later they saw the same shark. They shot him, harpooned him from the deck of that ship, killed the shark, towed him to land, hoping to retrieve the body of their shipmate so that they could give him a Christian funeral. And when they slit the shark open, this man was still alive in the stomach of that shark, having been swallowed whole. Dr. Rimmer, who is a very reliable historian, and a very godly man, said that this man came to be known as the Jonah of the twentieth century. They even put him in a London museum and people had to pay money to come in and see him. Also, this man had things that happened to him by the gastric juices of the shark. For example, no hair would grow on his head, or on his arms or legs, any place that was exposed. And there were great yellow-brownish and whitish spots everywhere that his body had been exposed to the gastric juices. But he lived after having been swallowed by that great shark.

Jonah 1:9–13 ESV
9 And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.
jONAH 1:9
lISTEN gOD IS RELENTLESS. wHERN hE IS AFTER YOU HE IS AFTER YOU FOR A REASON, NOT TO HARM YOU BUT TO HEAL YOU. bUT SOMETIMES WE CAN BECOME IRRATIONAL LIKE WILD ANIMALS
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