III. Stop Leaning and Start Walking We spend way to much time worrying about how we feel about a situation and how His direction is going to effect OUR lives. NEWS FLASH it ain’t your life, Jesus Christ purchased your life with His Blood. For far to long we have said in the Christian faith everything but that. We have said what the world wants to hear, they have had their ears tickled and we have purchased them a one way ticket to hell. Eternity in a place that the bible says there will be weeping and gnashing of the teeth in a lake of fire. Why? Because so many professing Christians are so weak and telling the world that there decisions are ok, preaching with our lives that there is acceptable and unacceptable sin.
acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
The Consequences are Real and Some are Final
Luke 16:19-31 The Rich Man and Lazarus
“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”
Today you can come to a real understanding that your choices are just that, your choices and that each and everyday the choices you make will effect your life and the hand of God in your life. I will not tell you go ahead punch a clock spend a little time at church, a little devotional time, play the game and there will be a heavenly reward for you. Instead listen to this, play games with God, do what you want to do when you want to do them, how you want to do them, come to church pay your tithes, pray a little, read a little, and say amen at the end of service with and attitude that whatever is being said doesn’t effect you and your personal life and you will find the wrath of God is as real as His Mercy. Your choices… YOUR DESTINATION!
Dr. Leo Winters
It was almost 1:00 in the morning when the phone rang in the Winters’ home. Dr. Leo Winters, the highly acclaimed Chicago surgeon, was awakened with a start. Tonight it was a young boy they said, tragically mangled in a late night accident. Couldn’t someone else handle it? Not this time. This time, his hands were possibly the only ones in the city, or maybe even the whole region, which were skilled enough to save. The quickest route happened to be through a rather rough area, but with time being a critical factor, it was worth the risk. He almost made it through the worst of the neighborhood. Almost. Then, at a stoplight, his door was jerked open by a man in a grey hat and a dirty flannel shirt. “I’ve got to have your car!” the man screamed, pulling the doctor from his seat. Winters tried explaining the gravity of his situation, but the man wasn’t listening. The doctor wandered for over 45 minutes looking for a phone. When the taxi finally got him to the hospital, over an hour had passed. He burst through the doors and into the nurses’ station, but the nurse on duty only shook her head. Too late. The boy had just died about 30 minutes earlier. “His dad got here just before he died,” the nurse told him. “He’s in the chapel. Go see him, would you. He’s awfully confused. He couldn’t understand why you never came.” Without explaining, Dr. Winters walked hurriedly down the hall and quietly entered the chapel. At the front knelt the huddled form of a weeping father, in a grey hat and a dirty flannel shirt. Tragically, he had pushed from his life the only one who could save his son!
Tragically we do the same, if we do not choose Jesus, we push from our lives the only One who can save us!!