"There's not a football player or basketball player lad that doesn't respect the stripped shirt and the man in it and the whistle. And I remember as a defensive lineman and you know, in the Backfield when we would get through the line, we would sack the quarterback in different teams around the country and the referee would grab the whistle and he'd be blowing it like crazy. And if you didn't stop, if you get the quarterback again, of course he'd throw the yellow flag and then you'd get penalized and the coach would pull you off on the bench and chew you out. "

Family Discussion:

  1. What whistles are you hearing in your life?
  2. What's the Holy Spirit telling you to do?
  3. What is the spirit of Christ telling you today to warn you?
  4. What are you going to do today with the voice, the Holy Spirit when he blows the whistle in your life?

Transcription:

00:14          There's not a football player or basketball player lad that doesn't respect the stripped shirt and the man in it and the whistle. And I remember as a defensive lineman and you know, in the Backfield when we would get through the line, we would sack the quarterback in different teams around the country and the referee would grab the whistle and he'd be blowing it like crazy. And if you didn't stop, if you get the quarterback again, of course he'd throw the yellow flag and then you'd get penalized and the coach would pull you off on the bench and chew you out. So the referee's whistle was a warning and we heeded the warning because we didn't want to be benched for not listening to the whistle. Well, this is a whistle of God in Revelation 8:13, he's talking about the trumpets of God and the judgements. And this is in the context of the fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpet, the terrible judgements that lie for those upon the earth.
 
01:07          And Revelation 8:13 says this, "Then I looked and I heard an eagle flying in mid heaven saying with the loud voice, woe, Woe, woe. To those who dwell on the earth because of the remaining blast of the trumpet and the three angels who are about to sound." There are warnings even today. We're not in the trumpets of God yet, but we hear warnings today and I get letters from students and from adults all over the country. And I see people and I read these often sad emails and often sad letters because of people who have heeded the warnings of God. Because in John 15 and 16 Jesus says, "the Holy Spirit is going to guide you into truth. He's going to convict your heart of sin and righteousness and judgment."
 
01:55          In Ephesians 4:30 scripture says, don't grieve the Holy Spirit when he speaks to your heart and he gives you warning, you know, you actually grieve him. You actually hurt him when you don't listen to his warning. And 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says, don't quench the Holy Spirit. Don't pour the fire extinguisher on the fire of the burning of the Holy Spirit in your heart. It wants to provide for you and wants to protect you and to give you a future. I have one of just many letters here in a book I wrote called pure excitement for teenagers and it was a letter from a high school boy. He says, I feel regret for the girls. I've heard, I feel sick about myself. He said as so many thousands of us as boys have said through the years, how could I even remotely think about doing what I did to girls?
 
02:42          I knew it was wrong. I heard the voice, I heard the warning. But I didn't listen and he said I wasn't going all the way. I was just petting. But now how I see how petty was wrong. It's scripture. Paul says, it's good not to touch a woman, the wrong woman in the wrong place at the wrong time outside of marriage. He says, I want to save everything for my wife, but I'm afraid I don't have much left to give her. I want more from my marriage. Now I want more than my relationship with God. I don't want to be a second hand husband with my wife until the whistle blows. And the warning is there and it tells us to be pure. It tells us to have a pure heart. It tells us to have a pure mind and pure eyes. But getting ready for the final whistle, I believe, is dependent upon how we get ready for the whistles of today. And my question is for you today is what whistles are you hearing in your life? What's the Holy Spirit telling you to do? you know, as the judgments are coming. What is the spirit of Christ telling you today to warn you? And what are you going to do today with the voice, the Holy Spirit when he blows the whistle in your life?

"The family should be a reflection of a wedding ceremony with Jesus Christ."

Family Discussion:

  • What does it mean to you that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?
  • How do your eyes and ears allow filth into the temple?
  • How do you give your temple to the housecleaning that God's spirit deserves today?

Transcription:

00:06 You know, I'll never forget when my hero, Dr. Howard Hendricks, said when you read the Bible, read it like a love letter. It changed everything for me. And so we opened the love letter from God again this morning. And we look at Second Corinthians chapter 6, verse 16 and 18 and it says this, "what agreement is there between the Temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said, 'I will live with them and walk among them and I will be their God, and they will be my people. I will be a father to you and you will be my sons and daughters,' says the Lord almighty. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit."

00:56 I'll never forget it. I'll never forget as long as I live. It was the most beautiful wedding I've ever been a part of in my life. I've gotten to, you know, officiate countless weddings over the years. But the most beautiful one of all was a girl named Candi. And you know what? That precious girl had $100 to spend on her wedding. That was her totaled wedding budget. That's a true story. Candi worked at our camps. And although she was poor, she was rich. One of the richest girls I've ever met. A guy fell in love with her, wonderful man, but Candi said, you know what? I can't marry you until my grandmother dies. I've been called to sit by my grandmother's bedside until she dies. Three years later, her grandmother passed away and went to Heaven and Candi turned to that man and she said, now I'm ready to marry you. She took her hundred dollars and went to a rummage sale and she bought an old wedding dress. And all summer long, she sewed and sewed little costume plastic beads on that wedding dress, which she walked into our outdoor chapel at our camp.

02:05 It was autumn and all these sugar maples that my daddy and I had planted in this chapel, were turning all these beautiful colors of red and yellow and gold, and as Candi walked down that little outdoor aisle to meet this man who'd been waiting for her for three years, all these leaves began to fall all around her feet and she literally walked on a bed of the most beautiful star shaped flowers you've ever seen in your life. It was so breathtaking. The guy was just speechless. I was speechless. In fact, I was so overcome with awe and wonder and beauty. I forgot to pronounce them man and wife. It was a true story and I forgot to say the groom can kiss the bride and then somehow in the closing prayer, I recovered and in the prayer turned it into a "the groom can kiss the bride" prayer, and they kissed and they were married and they walked away and they are living happily ever after.

03:01 And you know, what man? As breathtaking as Candi's wedding scene was it pales in comparison to the wedding that has taken place in the temple of your heart because it is there in your heart that your soul is married to the Holy Spirit of God. You know, Michelangelo could paint a more beautiful interior in $1 billion sepulchre, than the wedding chapel of your heart that God had crafted for the dwelling place of his Holy Spirit. You know, man, that's why someone who loves God doesn't watch pornography on the computer screen or movies and television stuff that's gotten nudity and profanity in it. You know, that's why we're selective with our music and with our conversations. You know? That's why we don't pour alcohol and drugs and tobacco in our bodies. You know, that's why scripture calls you to a high standard of living because it's God that lives in your heart; your body's a temple of God's spirit. And so here's the questions for today. What does it mean to you that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? How do your eyes and ears allow filth into the temple? And then lastly, how do you give your temple to the housecleaning that God's spirit deserves today? And then this one for the family, here's the lifeline. The home, the family should be a reflection of a wedding ceremony with Jesus Christ.

"The tornado of time will eventually scatter our bodies into the dust of the ground."

Family Discussion:

  • What is the blind spot that you have that causes you to focus so much time and attention on our earthly time and bodies?
  • What are some ways you can change your priorities to refocus on that part of you that will live forever?
  • How can you express high value for the spirit of Christ that lives in your heart?

Transcription:

00:06 Today I want to tell you about an amazing miracle in a horrible tornado. And I want to give credit to Dr. Bill Gillham, one of my heroes in the faith for something he taught me about the scripture. Today, tornadoes are the most devastating things, square inch per square inch, I think in the world. But in this tornado, something cool happened to a friend of mine. We're in Second Corinthians chapter 5 verses 1-5. I can't wait for this, it's awesome. Listen to this, "Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile, we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling because when we're clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we were in this tent, we groan in our burden because we do not wish to be unclothed, but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now, it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come."

01:25 Randy Odom, oh man, what a great guy. One of the counselors at Kids Across America, these awesome summer camps that we have here in the Ozarks reserve, especially for some of America's most deserving kids who come from the financially depraved concrete world of the urban inner city in America. And, not only does Randy love God, but he loves urban kids with a passion. One stormy day in the spring, I'll never forget when Randy pulled up in front of his trailer house at the exact moment, a tornado arrived at his front door. True story. In haste, he jumped out of his car as the door was ripped off the hinges of that trailer. He dove into his home on wheels where he was met a head on in the hallway by a flying door.

02:13 The door pinned him to the floor while his whole house literally was demolished above him. Although his house was scattered for city blocks, Randy was protected by the door and escaped without injury. You know what these, as Bill Gilliam says, these earth suits we inhabit while we visit this earth are about as stable as Randy's mobile home in a tornado. You know, we can exercise them, we can feed them, we can doctor them all we want, but the tornado of time will eventually scatter our bodies into the dust of the ground. And you know, there's no medicine or vitamin or magic potion that can keep the inevitable from happening. You know, as, as for man, scripture say these days are like grass as a flower of the field. So he flourishes when the wind passes over it. It is no more in its place, acknowledge it no longer, Psalms 103 says.

03:04 But fortunately, oh, so fortunately our spirit is protected from destruction by the spirit of Christ, if he indeed is alive and well in our hearts. It's our spirit sealed by grace for eternity by his spirit that is destined to live with God forever, unscathed, unharmed, free to live and fit for a life with a king. And, here's the question for you today. What is the blind spot that you have that causes you to focus so much time and attention on our earth suit, as Bill Gillham says, with such a limited lifespan and so little time and attention to our inner man that will live forever? And then this question, what are some ways you can change your priorities to refocus on that part of you that will live forever? And then, how can you express high value for the spirit of Christ that lives in your heart? And here's the lifeline for the day, man, what a great time to pour your heart into these little daily devotionals to prepare the part of you that will live forever.

"I heard the story of an older man who was interviewed, who had spent four years in a Nazi slave camp, burring a huge rock tunnel through a mountain to conceal the German World War II covert bombing and missile operations. Many of his friends died in that tunnel."

Family Discussions:

  1. What makes the law of freedom stronger than the law of sin?
  2. Why does sin enslave us?
  3. Have you ever experienced the freedom from sin? What was it like?

Transcription:

00:14 Oh Baby! If you love freedom, you're going to love this devotional day. We're going to be reading from Romans Chapter Seven Verse 20 Verse 24 25 and then we're going to skip down to Romans eight verse two. This is great. Here's what Paul says, "but if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. Wretched man that I am, who will set me free from the body of this death. Thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. So then on the one hand, I myself in my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other with my flesh, the law of sin. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death." Uh, years ago I heard the story of an older man who was interviewed, who had spent four years in a Nazi slave camp, burring a huge rock tunnel through a mountain to conceal the German World War II covert bombing and missile operations.

01:23 Many, many of his friends died in that tunnel. All the slaves of prisoners were starved beyond belief and beaten unmercifully. When the United States soldiers defeated Germany and arrived at the tunnel to free the German slaves, the men literally clasped their hands together in prayerful celebration. They were free. They were free to eat. They were free to laugh. They were free to cry. They were free to go home to their families. Man, sin is slavery. Sin is handcuffs. You know, alcohol abuse becomes slavery. Tobacco abuse become slavery. Drugs become slavery. It's no fun to be a slave to anything. Who wants to be in handcuffs their whole life? But man, alas, as we continue to spin our lives in the mud. Trying to get out on her own power. Literally from out of heaven comes to the Christian soldiers of Christ, freeing hand and forgives us and lifts us from our sin and cuts the change with the Chisel of grace.

02:33 That's how my friend Diane stopped smoking. That's how my friend West stop having sex with his girlfriend. That's how rob stop using drugs. That's how bill stopped cheating his customers. That's how, uh, my friend who was having adultery stopped having adultery. He went home and apologized and begin to serve as wife and raise his kids. That's how Christ can break your chains today. And that's why Paul triumphantly says the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free. And the question today is this, what makes the law of freedom stronger than the law of sin? And then secondly, why does sin enslave us? And then talk to whoever you're with right now and talk about, have you ever experienced the freedom from sin? What was it like? The lifeline for today is this, may we continually be able to echo their historical words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr when he said, "free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty. I'm free at last." And so we are in Christ.

"A little girl that day as she received the grace, the love, the complete peace of God. She just received the peace of God in her heart. A few nights later, we were doing our youth rally called K-Life. And she said, "I want to get baptized. When can you do it?" And I said, "right now.""

Family Discussions:

  1. If you've been baptized tell everybody that's in your family, what that experience was like for you.
  2. If someone asks you to explain baptism to them, what would you say?
  3. Why are the words repent and be baptized often linked together?
  4. In the Greek language, the Greeks use the word Baptiso for baptism which meant the dying of a garment where they would baptize or Baptiso a white garment into the red dye and the garment would come out red to taking on the properties of the dye. What does this insight give you into the baptism of you Christ?

Transcription:

00:13 Hey, I want to tell you about the best night of my life over the last 365 days. It's a night I will never forget as long as I live. But first I want to read you Acts Chapter two in verse 37 through 41 and it says this, "Now, when they heard this, they were pierced to their heart and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, brethren, what shall we do? Peter said to them, repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you'll receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, for the promise is for you and your children. And for all who are far off as many as the Lord God will call to himself. And with many other words, he solemnly testified and kept exhorting them, saying, be saved from this perverse generation.

01:05 So then those who received his word were baptized and they were added that day, about 3000 souls." Best Day of the year for me, um, this precious girl at our sports Kamps at Kanakuk. Uh, she was a ninth grader. She was a virgin. She had been raped by a senior and worse than that, um, um, he told a whole lot of his friends about it and it had just broken her little heart. It had wrecked her world. But, um, but there at Kamp, she and her counselor. And I, uh, you know, did some counseling. That precious girl allowed Christ to fill that broken place in her heart. And, and I saw literally, I saw this girl come alive. It was a second Corinthians chapter five verse 21 where it says that Christ became our rape. He became our brokenness. He became our sin. Whatever it was, he became our pain so that we might become the righteousness of Christ.

02:06 And that little girl that day as she received the grace, the love, the complete peace of God. Although she was totally a victim, it wasn't her fault at all. Um, but she just received the peace of God in her heart. A few nights later, we were doing our, our youth rally called K-Life. And, and she said, I want to get baptized. When can you do it? And I said, right now. And, and so she grabbed her counselor and we jumped on a four wheeler road down the hill and waited out to Table Rock Lake. Uh, because that girl wanted to be baptized for her, for her newly found faith in Christ. And, and you know what? The night was dark, but there were stars all over the sky and she and her counselor, and I were standing there in waist deep water. And, um, this is a true story.

02:51 As dark as the sky was just before I baptize that precious girl, the moon, and I'm talking about the most beautiful, full orange moon you ever in your life lifted out of the trees on that little Ozark mountain side that made the lake that we were standing in and the moon and the moon. We just stood there and watched the moon rise and the reflection of the moonlight just glittered on the water and danced on her face. It was the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen in my life. Y'All, when a believer, you know, gives, gives his heart to Christ. You know that believer's baptize in the name of Jesus and, and you know what all over the world today, in fact, our missionary friends tell us that 176,000 at least new believers in Christ are baptized in some pool, some pond, some lake, some river, some church in this world, every single day.

03:45 You know, we're, we're baptized because Jesus asks us to be baptized. We're baptized in water as a symbol of the Holy Spirit, baptizing our heart into Christ. Cause when you're baptized into Christ, you're placed into the family of God. It's like in the water. The old you dies and everything that you were, stays in the water. It's like the water washes your sins. And when you come out of the water, it represents your new life in Christ. You know, if you've never been baptized in Christ, then men, you know, go to your pastor and get him to do that with you. But if you have go back to that day and live like you're walking with the full moon shining. Man, the moon is rising on your life today. And the reminder of God's reflection of his beauty is everywhere inside of you. You're the bride of Christ. You've been baptized into that.

04:41 Here's my question is for you today. Hey, if you've been baptized tell everybody that's in your family, what that experience was like for you. And if, if, if someone asks you to explain baptism to them, what would you say? And, and then this, why are the words repent and be baptized often linked together. This is a great question and repent and be baptized. Why? Why are those words often linked together? And, and, and then, and then in, in the Greek language, the Greeks use the word Baptiso for baptism, which, which meant the dying of a garment where they would baptize or Baptiso a white garment into the red dye and the garment would come out red to taking on the properties of the dye. What does this insight give you into the baptism of you Christ? And then the lifeline is this, uh, you know, there may be somebody in your family or in your world, still is not been baptized. Uh, pray about it. Kind of set a date with your pastor and then your whole family can join the event.

"Do you feel like you want to see the world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your family change? Is there a relationship in your life that you want to see change?"

Family Discussions:

  1. How do you think it felt for those early Christians when they were so filled with the spirit that people even thought they were drunk because they were so consumed with his love and his joy and his laughter?
  2. With Peter responded their accusation, why do you think 3000 people came to Christ?
  3. Why do you think tens of thousands of people became Christians in the first generation of those people?
  4. How do you think the Holy Spirit can speak through you today in the situation that you're in with your life?

Transcription:

00:14 Do you feel like you want to see the world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your family change? Is there a relationship in your life that you want to see change? Uh, and I'm talking about change for the better. Well, um, today we're going to help with that. In fact, hopefully we're going to help a lot. We're in Acts chapter two and we're going to start with verse one and it says this, "and when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place and suddenly there came from heaven, a noise like a violent rushing wind. And it filled the whole house where they were sitting and there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves and they rested on each one of them and they were all filled with the holy spirit and to begin to speak in other tongues in other languages because the spirit was giving them utterances."

01:03 Let me paint the picture for you. Jesus had died. He had resurrected from the dead. He had left them to ascend, to be with the father. He had promised them that he was going to send his spirit to live in their hearts. And now they're all gathered together. The disciples are there and it says that there are men gathered with them. It was Passover, the Jews from every nation. It says in this chapter under heaven, and because they were all given languages by the Holy Spirit, it says the, they all, every single man from every nation that was there, they heard the mighty deeds of God spoken in their language. I mean Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, every, you know, African dialect that was represented there, each heard the spirit speaking through these men in their language. No wonder 3000 people were saved that day. No wonder they saw God.

02:03 You know what? Um, the language of the Holy Spirit is also in the fruit of the spirit. You know, the language of the Holy Spirit is also love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self control. Hey, I believe with all my heart, if God wanted you to speak French, just like that, he could give you that language. If it was going to be to his glory. I believe God could do anything. He did it then he can do it now. But you know what? I also believe that that you can, you can change the most difficult relationship in your home today. When the Holy Spirit gives you the language of the fruit of the spirit, and that's his love. You know, I believe that you can change the most difficult relationship in your school. I believe you could change the most difficult relationship in your neighborhood or in your, uh, you know, in your company that you're working in.

02:52 If the spirit of God begins to speak his language through you to somebody else. You think Moses really raised his staff one day and the Red Sea parted. Well, I do. And I think the things that God did then God can do now. But I believe when Jesus said, you're going to even do greater things than I did. I believe the Red Sea could part any day that God wants it to and he's going to use you to part the Red Sea. When you see the Sea of lust taking over your mind, allow God to fill you with the Holy Spirit and watch him part the Red Sea. When you, when you see, you know, Satan putting you know, bitterness in your mind for somebody else or worry in your mind or fear in your mind, watch God raise the staff and part the Red Sea. When he gives you forgiveness and peace because your little heart is filled with the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit of God is literally God.

03:51 He's the one who spoke and the whole cosmos, which was created, and he lives in your heart and as he lives in your heart, He can feel your heart. He can dominate your heart. And with Christ, it says in scripture, all things are possible. So today, uh, ask him, say, God, fill me with your spirit. Take the place of everything that's going on in my life. I want to speak the language of your spirit and watch your world change. Here's the questions for you today. How do you think it felt for those early Christians when they were so filled with the spirit that people even thought they were drunk because they were so consumed with his love and his joy and his laughter? And then with Peter responded their accusation, why do you think 3000 people came to Christ? And more importantly, as the disciples went own in their ministry, why do you think tens of thousands of people became Christians in the first generation of those people? And then lastly and most importantly, how do you think the Holy Spirit can speak through you today in the situation that you're in with your life? And then here's the lifeline for the day. Um, thank God for giving you the Holy Spirit and then, and then ask the spirit to guide you today and to lead you in the most difficult thing in your life. Watch. Watch the change that happens.

"I heard an old country friend of mine say one time, "you know, there's only three things you need in life. Duct tape, wd 40 and Jesus." Well, I suppose that's true because Jesus is included."

Family Discussions:

  1. How did Jesus' departure make you stronger than even if he was standing by your side?
  2. How is the force similar to our faith? But how is the force of star wars different than our faith?
  3. What difference does it make in your life today that Jesus is praying for you?
  4. What difference does it make in your life today that Jesus, is building a mansion for you?
  5. What difference does it make in your life today that Jesus is allowing his spirit to live inside of you?

Transcription:

00:14 I heard an old country friend of mine say one time, you know, there's only three things you need in life. Duct tape, wd 40 and Jesus. Well, uh, I suppose that's true because Jesus is included. You want power? You want authority? You want strength? You want courage? Hey, get into this devotional a day and you're going to find it. It's from Acts chapter one verses nine through 11. Jesus and disciples are on the Mount of olives and he's about to be taken away. It's called the ascension. And here's here it goes, Luke is writing. He says, "after he had said these things, he was lifted up while they were looking on and behold, a cloud received him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while he was departing, behold two men in white clothing stood beside them. And they also said, men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky?

01:06 This Jesus who's been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you've watched him go into heaven." My little grandson, Dax, uh, who are loved so much. He is a big time star wars fan. And uh, you know, I remember in the first star wars movie, you know, where, I think Obi wan is talking to you know, Darth Vader and he says, if you kill me I'll be stronger. And, and what he's talking about is this new age idea about the force. May the force be with you, whatever. And of course it's, it's, it's a new age concept. It is absolutely useless. But there's something similar to that. Although this one is true where Jesus said to his disciples, I'm not going to leave you as orphans in John 14. He said, I'm going to come to you in a little while.

01:52 He said, the world will behold me no more, but you will behold me because I live. You shall live. Also in that day he's talking about he said, I will be in the father and you will be in me and I will be in you. He's talking about the Holy Spirit and you know what? The Holy Spirit, which of course is the spirit of God, is who you receive when Christ comes into your life. And, and y'all, you talk about motivation, you talk about power, you talk about hope. Now check this out. When Jesus went to be with the father, three things happen on that day. One, he went into the construction business because he said in John 14, he said, I'm going to go prepare a place for you. I'm going to go to prepare a mansion for you. The second thing that he did on that day is he begin a work in your life through the Holy Spirit.

02:45 And the third thing he did that day, he went to be with God. And as Romans eight says, he began to pray for you. He began to pray for you all the time. What would you do if Jesus came back and he literally, uh, begin to hold your hand and began to walk with you every where you went? You think you'd be powerful? You think you could be strong? You think you could overcome temptation? And what if Jesus was right over there? Next you and you saw him on his knees praying for you all the time? You think things in your life would change? You think your attitude would change? You think your faith will change? And then, man, what if, what if every morning you and I woke up and we saw this mansion, this mansion in heaven, that's going to be yours forever.

03:33 that he had personally built for you, what do you think? You think our life would change if those three things were reality in our life? Well I'll tell you something, they are. They're reality in your life. So here's the questions today, how did Jesus' departure make you stronger than even if he was standing by your side? And then in kind of a crazy way. How is the force similar to our faith? But how is the force of star wars different than our faith? And then what difference does it make in your life today that Jesus is praying for you? What difference does it make in your life today that Jesus, is building a mansion for you? And what difference does it make in your life today that Jesus is allowing his spirit to live inside of you and the lifeline for today is this live today in the power of his presence and watch what happens.

April 19, 2019

Simply Wait - Acts 1:4-9

"I gotta tell you my favorite days over the past few years have been going up to school to my grandkids and always go by McDonald's. Get in line and get a happy meal and take it to the school and have lunch with these kids."

Family Discussions:

  1. Why is waiting on God's so amazingly different?
  2. Why is it so much better to wait on God's timing?
  3. When a person receives Christ as savior and Lord, how does he know the Holy Spirit has come in to him? How did you even know?
  4. What's the evidence in your life that God is in your heart?

Transcription:

00:14 I gotta tell you my favorite days over the past few years have been going up to school to my grandkids and always go by McDonald's. Get in line and uh, get a happy meal and take it to the school and have lunch with these kids. Um, y'all were fixing to get into this book in the Bible. That is phenomenal. It is an awesome book. It's the book of acts today is going to talk about waiting. Um, and, and what waiting can do if you wait in the right way. It's acts chapter one, and we're looking at verse four through nine. It says this, "In gathering them together, he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the father had promised, which he said, you heard from me, you know, y'all, Jesus has resurrected there on the Mount of olives. He's about to ascend to be with the father.

01:03 And He's speaking to the disciples. He said this for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. And so when they had come together, they were asking him saying, Lord, is this the time you're restoring the kingdom to Israel? He said to them, it's not for you to know the times or the part, which the father fixed in his own authority, but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be my witnesses, both in Jerusalem, Judea, Sameria, and to the most parts of the earth. And after he had said these things, he was lifted up from them. And behold, while they were looking on a cloud, received him out of their sight. Waiting." Uh, I am the world's worst. Waiting at Mcdonald's for the happy meal, uh, waiting at the red light, waiting on God's promises.

01:57 Uh, Hey, what about you? Is Waiting on God for a strength? Is that a strength for you or is that a weakness for you? Ah, man, the disciples were weary from the long years of political unrest that dawned on Israel with each new day. Now their allegiance to their risen savior brought new tensions into their lives. Who would be the next to go to the Roman cross? They wanted to, they wanted an in to it all. Stop it. Come back now Jesus set up your kingdom and let us rule with you. They were saying. His reply to them was simply, wait, we don't God. That's all you need to know. I told you I'll be back. I told you my very spirit would come to live inside of you. Now wait, believe and wait growing up without a following requires lots of believe in wait time, doesn't it?

02:52 Uh, the Bible says sex is for marriage only. So wait, it's so much better that way. Getting high comes through knowing your, your God's and God is yours and, and he's going to be there in all your circumstances. Getting high comes when you hold your hands and a pure relationship. Getting high comes when you fall in love righteously. Really getting high comes when you put joy from God in your life. Getting high is when you leave the chemicals and the alcohol alone. Getting high is when you wait. Really getting highs when you believe and wait. You know, God repeats the message in our inner hearts over and over again in so many ways. Every day doesn't make any, you know, every time we listen, we're blessed. You know, every time we rushed to the front of the line and try to take a short cut on purity or shortcut on, you know, stuff we're supposed to wait on.

03:47 Every time we, we rush the front line, we get hurt. Which, you know what? The disciples are waited. And God came through. Those guys went out and turned the world upside down. Everything good is worth the wait. And, and here's the questions for today. Why is waiting on God's so amazingly different? And, and why is it so much better to wait on God's timing? And then this question, When a person receives Christ as savior and Lord, how does he know the Holy Spirit has come in to him? How did you even know? What's the evidence in your life that God is in your heart? Part of the evidence is going to be waiting. So today, uh, ask the Holy Spirit to empower you today to wait on God's best for everything in your life.

"A young lady entered this Christian counselor's office one day with, with eyes that told a story of a life of misery and sin and as she sat down, the counselor asked her what was wrong."

Family Discussions:

  1. How does the Holy Spirit speak to you?
  2. What part does God's word play in your conscience? How does His word build your conscience?
  3. What happens when we ignore the voice inside?
  4. How does the Holy Spirit glorify Jesus?

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00:13 Well, I love to grill. Every man loves to grill and uh, I love to start the fire. Today, I'm going to tell you about a fire. I'm going to tell you about a great fire, the best fire of all. John 16 verse seven through 14, Jesus speaking the last night before he's crucified, what a discourse it was in the upper room. Um, here we go. Verse seven through 14, "He said, but I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away for if I do not go away. The helper will not come to you, but if I go away, I will send him to you. And He, when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment concerning sin because they do not believe in me, concerning righteousness because I go to the father and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

01:02 I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot hear them now. But when he, the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. For he will not speak on his own initiative, but whatever he hears, he will speak and he will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify me. Jesus said, for he will take of mine and will disclose it to you." The Holy Spirit, God's voice inside. Uh, the story goes of a Christian psychologist who specialized in helping people get out of their bad habits, relieved the stress and the fears that they were experiencing and to get their lives back on track. I believe in Christian counseling and by the way, a lot in this story, a young lady entered this Christian counselors office one day with, with eyes that told a story of a life of misery and sin and as she sat down, the counselor asked her what was wrong.

01:56 She openly told him of her godless lifestyle The stuff she was doing, her guilty conscience and how miserable she was because of all the stuff that was going on in her life. The psychologist asked her if she wanted some help to change her ways. And she quickly replied, no, I don't want to change. I just want you to weaken my conscience. Little did she know that your conscience is like the nerves in your hand that make you pull away from a hot flame before it roasts your skin. Your conscience is the spirit of God guiding a believer into the things that are right in leading you away from the mistakes they're caused by sin. When your conscience speaks, that's a fire in your heart. And when that fire's burning, you better listen. Here's the questions for the day. How does the Holy Spirit speak to you? And the second question, What part does God's word play in your conscience? How does His word build your conscience? And then the third question is what happens when we ignore the voice inside? And the last one, how does the Holy Spirit glorify Jesus? And here's the lifeline: As we keep God's word alive in our home, we keep our consciences sharp.

"This young woman had been abused as a small child. Her sadness and her depression is still lingered across her precious 19 year old face. I picked up on her sadness one day as she diligently served meals in our camp dining hall."

Family Discussions:

  1. What are some of the other names for the Holy Spirit?
  2. How is he tied to the Trinity?
  3. How does that all work together in your mind? Father, son, and Holy Spirit?
  4. How can his ability as a counselor help you today?
  5. Why did God give a believer his spirit? Why did he give you his spirit?

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00:13 It is the best day of my life. Every single day. When I get to see someone, just transformed by the spirit of Christ. I want to, I want to tell you about one of those today. And, and, and, and the, uh, the ability for that comes from, uh, from scripture and from the man of scripture. John Chapter 15, 26 when he writes of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. And here's what Jesus says. He says, "when the helper comes, whom I will send to you from the father. That is the spirit of truth. Who proceeds from the father. He, the Holy Spirit will testify about me." Oh Man. This, this young woman had been abused as a small child. Um, her sadness and her depression is still lingered across her precious 19 year old face. You know, I, I picked up on her sadness one day as she diligently served meals in our camp dining hall.

01:11 Uh, just, just a lovely girl with a humble servant's heart. Uh, we talked for a long while there in the dining hall in amidst many tears. She let me in on her seemingly unresolved problems. With much assurance of God's amazing unconditional love, I got to share with her that his word and his spirit, were her constant counselor. Uh, you know that she literally had a problem solver living in her heart. You know, it was unbelievable. You know, that day she began to memorize God's word and, and defeat her mind with her counselor's thoughts - God's thoughts. She began to pray constantly to fill her heart with, with her counselor's love. She trusted Christ continuously to fill her soul with her counselor's assurance and, and, and, and I'm telling you something. It's true. Y'All a week went by and I saw a smile. A month went by and I saw a happy heart.

02:07 A year went by and I saw her dance. I saw her dance like a little kid at Christmas. You know, the Holy Spirit comes into your heart the moment you accept Christ as savior. He is a humble person and he always lifts up Jesus. His ministry in your heart is to make you like Christ and to make your heart dance. Here's some questions to ponder. What are some of the other names for the Holy Spirit? Uh, you know, spirit of God, you know, Holy Ghost, you named some of them in scripture. And then how is he tied to the Trinity? How does that all work together in your mind? Father, son, and Holy Spirit? And then this question, how can his ability as a counselor help you today? And then lastly, why did God give a believer his spirit? Why did he give you his spirit? And here's the lifeline. When you think about the Holy Spirit, you can agree with Paul when he said, thanks be to God for the indescribable gift.

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