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When God Speaks

Romans 12:1–3 KJV 1900
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
When God Speaks
++You have what you need
Ephesians 2:10 KJV 1900
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
++Knows You
++Created you in Christ
++Set the stage for your existence
++Equipped you for His purpose
From the beginning
++God was thinking about you
++God knew the essence of who you are
Romans 9:10–12 KJV 1900
10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
When God Speaks
You have what you need
++Who you are is revealed
Jeremiah 1:4–5 KJV 1900
4 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

It is easy to live life masked.

Mask have two sides
++A public side
++A user side
The visible side _Visible_ of the mask
++An image of what you want others to see
The user side
++Provides an impression of what others see

What happens when you where a mask to long?

Jeremiah 1:6 KJV 1900
6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
Jeremiah 1:7 KJV 1900
7 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
What happens when what is on the outside of the mask becomes the person on the inside?

There is a pervasive nature of sin.

Proverbs 14:34 KJV 1900
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: But sin is a reproach to any people.
Sin always pays
++It is a reproach
++It is judged by God and man
++It produces death
John 10:10 KJV 1900
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Romans 6:23 KJV 1900
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Death is Separation

Romans 5:14 KJV 1900
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Sin separated
++Man from God
++Man from God’s Provision
++Man from Vital relationships
++Man from who he is created to be
Ecclesiastes 12:13–14 KJV 1900
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Jesus came to bring life.

John 1:4 KJV 1900
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
If death is separation, life is congregation.
Sin takes apart, Jesus brings things together

Sin is the catalyst for division

Jesus is the catalyst for Unity

Psalm 133:1 KJV 1900
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:3 KJV 1900
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: For there the Lord commanded the blessing, Even life for evermore.
God promises blessing and life in unity.
Sin has tarnished and corrupted the world.

But God

Romans 5:8 KJV 1900
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Hebrews 4:1–2 KJV 1900
1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
When God Speaks
You have what you need
Who you are is revealed
++Faith is released
Romans 10:8 KJV 1900
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Romans 10:17 KJV 1900
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The power of the Word

John 1:1 KJV 1900
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 KJV 1900
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
The Word of God
The Word of God has a voice
++From the beginning
++God was talking
Genesis 3:8 KJV 1900
8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
The text of scripture only introduces us to the voice of God.
Even before the text was written God’s voice was being heard.
1 Kings 18:35–36 KJV 1900
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. 36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
So if we want to be a people of faith we must be sensitive to the voice of the Lord.

The word contains all the faith you need

Hebrews 11:7 KJV 1900
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Hebrews 11:8 KJV 1900
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
When God Speaks
You have what you need
Who you are is revealed
Faith is released
++You are empowered to be
1 Peter 2:9–10 KJV 1900
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
You are not going to be
You are not hoping to be
You are chosen by God

You are not an afterthought

God planned you from the beginning
1 John 3:2 KJV 1900
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Because of Christ

We are
++A royal priesthood
++Holy Nation
++Peculiar People

It has not always been this way.

You were
++Not a people
++Without hope

God was not looking at who we were.

We may be small
We may be broke
We may weak
We may have been labeled
1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV 1900
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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