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BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE (CC)

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WWW.ZIONTORRANCE.INFO SERMON TEXT: MATTHEW 5:1-12 LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US IN MATTHEW'S GOSPEL WHERE WE READ THE OPENING VERSES OF CHAPTER 5: NOW WHEN HE SAW THE CROWDS, HE WENT UP ON A MOUNTAINSIDE AND SAT DOWN. HIS DISCIPLES CAME TO HIM, AND HE BEGAN TO TEACH THEM, SAYING: "BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, FOR THEY WILL BE COMFORTED. BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, FOR THEY WILL INHERIT THE EARTH. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR THEY WILL BE FILLED. BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL, FOR THEY WILL BE SHOWN MERCY. BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART, FOR THEY WILL SEE GOD. BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, FOR THEY WILL BE CALLED SONS OF GOD. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED BECAUSE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. "BLESSED ARE YOU WHEN PEOPLE INSULT YOU, PERSECUTE YOU AND FALSELY SAY ALL KINDS OF EVIL AGAINST YOU BECAUSE OF ME. REJOICE AND BE GLAD, BECAUSE GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN, FOR IN THE SAME WAY THEY PERSECUTED THE PROPHETS WHO WERE BEFORE YOU. THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS MAY THEY BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, USED BY PERMISSION OF ZONDERVAN BIBLE PUBLISHERS] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR: SOMETIMES IT SURPRISES ME HOW MUCH DIFFERENCE A WEEK CAN MAKE. A FEW SHORT SEVEN DAYS. LAST WEEK, AS WE WORSHIPPED TOGETHER IN THIS BUILDING, I LEFT UPLIFTED FED BY THE WORD. HAVING PRAISED GOD WITH ALL OF YOU. FOR THAT WONDERFUL REMINDER AND BLESSING OF HOW GOD HAS GIVEN TO US HIS WORD. HIS WORD THAT IS SO PRECIOUS TO US. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO KEEP THAT WORD PURE. AND TO USE IT IN OUR LIVES. AND TO PASS THAT ALONG TO OUR CHILDREN. LEFT EXHILARATED IN THE AFTERNOON BEFORE I LEFT FOR OUR JOINT REFORMATION SERVICE. ONCE AGAIN HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO GATHER TOGETHER WITH THE SAINTS OF GOD IN WORSHIP. TO FOCUS ON THE PRAYERS THAT LUTHER PRAYED. AND TO HEAR ONCE AGAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAD KEPT THE WORD PURE AND PASSED IT DOWN AND PLACED IT IN OUR HANDS AND HOW GOD WANTS US TO DO THE SAME THING. A WONDERFUL DAY. AND I CAME HOME TO A LIST OF EMAILS. MONDAY MORNING, PHONE CALLS AND THE WEEK IS OFF. NOT ALL OF THEM GLOWING. NOT ALL OF THEM WONDERFUL. SOME OF THEM DEALING WITH SOME DIFFICULTIES IN PEOPLE'S LIVES TO HELP THEM. AND THE WEEK JUST KIND OF WENT ON. AND IT'S INTERESTING, HOW QUICKLY AND EASILY, SOMETIMES THE WORLD CAN JUST WEAR US DOWN. EVERYTHING THAT IT SEEMS TO THROW AT US THAT IS JUST MINUTIAE IN COMPARISON TO THE EVERLASTING LIFE THAT GOD HAS POURED OUT GRACIOUSLY UPON US. SATAN IS ALWAYS THERE ATTACKING US. WANTING US TO CONTINUALLY LEAVE GOD, DO WHAT IS EVIL, AND, YES, EVEN OUR SINFUL NATURE WARS AGAINST WHAT WE KNOW TO BE RIGHT. TO PUT EVIL THOUGHTS IN OUR OWN HEAD. AND ONCE AGAIN, WE CAN BE ROBBED OF THAT JOY. ROBBED OF THAT SPIRIT THAT REMINDS US THAT GOD HAS TRULY BLESSED US. AND THE WORDS THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US THIS MORNING TRULY REMIND US TO REJOICE. TO REJOICE AND BE GLAD BECAUSE OF THE TREMENDOUS BLESSINGS THAT GOD HAS POURED UPON US AND HOW GREAT OUR REWARD TRULY IS. AND JESUS SAID THAT COMMENT AFTER REMINDING US OF WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM IN THIS WORLD. WE WILL BE PERSECUTED. WE WILL BE INSULTED. AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY EVIL THINGS ABOUT US JUST BECAUSE WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD. AND AT THAT TIME IN YOUR LIFE, THAT IS THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE TO STAND UP AND REJOICE. TO REJOICE AND BE GLAD FOR WHAT IS YOURS. WHAT GOD HAS POURED OUT ABUNDANTLY ON US. HOW LAVISH IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT WE SHOULD BE CALLED CHILDREN OF GOD. AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE. WHAT A TREMENDOUS STATEMENT FOR THE FOUNDATION OF OUR DAILY LIVING! TO KNOW THAT WE WAKE UP AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD. WE LIVE EACH DAY AS GOD'S SONS AND DAUGHTERS. AND WE LAY OUR HEADS ON OUR PILLOWS AT NIGHT LOVED BY OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. REJOICING IN THE FACT THAT GOD HAS SAVED US. AND THAT SALVATION IS SECURE. THAT SALVATION IS OURS. IT IS THAT SALVATION IN WHICH WE PUT OUR HOPE AND OUR TRUST BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN OUR SIN-STAINED CLOTHES AND WASHED THEM IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. WASHED THEM IN THAT BLOOD THAT WAS SHED FOR OUR FORGIVENESS ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY. AND TAKEN THAT BLOOD-WASHED ROBE THAT IS NOW MIRACULOUSLY WHITE AND HOLY AND PLACING IT ON OURSELVES EACH AND EVERY DAY. AND AS OUR BAPTISM REMINDS US, THAT WE HAVE THAT GRACE OF GOD WITH US ALLL THE TIME. WEARING THAT ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; THAT ROBE OF HOLINESS; THAT REMINDS US CONTINUALLY TO FIGHT AGAINST THE ONE THAT CHRIST HAS ALREADY DESTROYED. CHRIST HAS DISARMED SATAN. HE IS NOT ABLE TO HARM OUR SOULS ANYMORE BECAUSE GOD IS THE ONE WHO IS THE VICTOR. AND OUR STRENGTH IS IN HIM AND WE PLACE OUR TRUST IN HIS HANDS. WHAT DOES THE WORLD MATTER TO US? THIS WORLD IS GOING TO PASS AWAY. AND THE REASON JOHN TELLS US THAT THOSE PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND US IS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW GOD. THAT IS A STUNNING REALITY IN OUR LIFE. WHEN THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE ARE ATTACKING US, EVEN FAULTING US, SAYING THE EVIL THINGS THAT THEY DO ABOUT US TO HURT AND HARM OUR REPUTATION, OUR FIRST THOUGHT IS: THEY ARE NOT OF GOD. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND. THEY NEVER WILL UNDERSTAND OUTSIDE OF GOD'S GRACE ... WHICH HAS BEEN POURED ON US ABUNDANTLY ... IN JESUS CHRIST. AND WE STAND IN THAT LOVE SECURE EACH AND EVERY DAY OF KNOWING THAT OUR FUTURE IS WITH THAT BAND. THAT BAND THAT WE HEARD ABOUT IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION THAT STANDS BEFORE THE LAMB OF GOD IN THOSE WHITE ROBES. [REV. 7:9] PRAISING HIM FOR EVERYTHING THAT HE HAS DONE BECAUSE SALVATION BELONGS TO THE LAMB. AND HOW WE LONG FOR BEING WITH THOSE SAINTS. FOR ALL ETERNITY IN ALL OF THAT GLORY. THAT IS OUR HERITAGE. THAT IS WHERE WE ARE HEADED AND THAT WILL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM US. BECAUSE WE ARE THE SAINTS OF GOD! WE LIVE AS HIS SAINTS. WE DIE AS HIS SAINTS. SECURE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HEAVEN IS OURS, NOT BECAUSE OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE ... BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE! HE HAS MADE US HOLY BY WASHING US IN CHRIST'S BLOOD; BY THAT SACRIFICE THAT CHRIST MADE! GOD NOW SEES US AS HOLY BECAUSE OF WHAT HIS SON DID FOR US. AND HE IS GOING TO CALL US HOME ... TO BE WITH HIM AND STAND BEFORE HIM IN ALL OF HIS SPLENDOR AND HIS GLORY PRAISING HIM THROUGH ALL ETERNITY. REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE WORLD THROWS AT US ABOUT THE CRAZINESS THEY HAVE MADE UP ABOUT THE UNDEAD. THE ZOMBIES THAT ARE OUT THERE. THOSE VAMPIRES WHO ARE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IF THEY SUCK THE BLOOD OF PEOPLE. DO YOU REALIZE HOW INUNDATED OUR CULTURE HAS BECOME WITH THIS NONSENSE ABOUT WHEN THE PERSON DIES THAT SOMEHOW THEIR SOUL IS NOT EVEN GOING TO GO TO HEAVEN THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST OR GO TO HELL BECAUSE THEY DON'T BELIEVE. BUT YET THEY MAKE UP THIS CRAZY INTRICATE WORLD THAT LIES SOMEWHERE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL THAT IS NOT BIBLICAL ... THAT IS NOT TRUE ... AND YET, IT'S THERE. AND IF YOU THINK HEARING THAT, AND WATCHING THAT, AND LISTENING TO THAT, DOESN'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE, HOW FAR ARE WE AWAY FROM WHAT OUR CHILDREN SAID HALLOWEEN IS ALL ABOUT THIS MORNING IN THE CHILDREN'S MESSAGE? ARE WE THAT FAR AWAY FROM IT'S THE TRUTH? IT COULD BE REAL. IT'S HARMLESS. IT'S HARMLESS FUN. AND ISN'T THAT WHAT THE ENEMY WANTS FROM US. HE WANTS US NOT TO BE SECURE ABOUT OUR DEATH. HE WANTS US TO THINK THAT SOMEHOW GOD IS NOT ENOUGH. THAT YOU HAVE TO TALK TO YOUR DEAD GRANDMOTHER TO FIND OUT WHAT HEAVEN IS ALL ABOUT. INSTEAD OF TURNING TO THE WORD OF GOD AND HEARING WHAT HE HAS TO SAY. THAT SOMEHOW YOU NEED SOME SPIRIT TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH YOUR LIFE TO HELP YOU MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES. BUT THE WORD OF GOD IS SET BEFORE US AS A STANDARD FOR LIFE. WHAT A REMINDER TO US TO BE TRULY CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT WE ALLOW INTO OUR LIVES SO THAT IT DOESN'T ROB US OF THAT JOY. IT DOESN'T PUT THAT IDEA INTO OUR HEAD THAT IS SOMEHOW WE ARE SINNING WHEN WE DIE WE ARE NOT GOING TO GO TO HEAVEN. IF WE DIE, NOT HAVING HAD COMMUNION, GOD IS NOT GOING TO OPEN UP HEAVEN TO US. HEAVEN IS OURS TODAY BECAUSE WE ARE THE SINLESS CHILDREN OF GOD THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. AND WHEN WE DIE IN FAITH, WE GO TO HEAVEN. OUR SOULS IMMEDIATELY GO TO BE WITH THE LORD. AND THAT IS OUR STRENGTH. THERE'S OUR REASON FOR REJOICING. THAT WE ARE ESCAPING THIS WORLD BECAUSE GOD HAS BLESSED US. HE HAS BLESSED US TREMENDOUSLY ... WITH SO MANY THINGS. WE LOOK AT THAT LIST OF THE BEATITUDES THAT JESUS SPOKE TO HIS BELIEVERS. SPOKE TO PEOPLE REMINDING THEM THAT THESE ARE BLESSINGS THAT COME THROUGH FAITH. THESE ARE BLESSINGS THAT COME TO THE FAITHFUL, THAT GOD GIVES OUT TO HIS CHILDREN WHO BELIEVE IN HIM, WHO TRUST IN HIM, WHO FOLLOW HIS LAWS. IT'S NOT SOME KIND OF "TO-DO" LIST FOR US AS CHRISTIANS TO GAIN GOD'S ACCEPTANCE. OR TO GET WHAT WE WANT. IF WE WENT AROUND MOURNING ALL THE TIME SO THAT WE WOULD BE COMFORTED ... THINK OF HOW MANY FAKE TEARS WOULD BE SHED JUST SO SOMEONE COULD GET SOME ATTENTION FROM SOMEONE ELSE. BUT GOD IS TALKING ABOUT THOSE WHO MOURN WILL BE COMFORTED BY GOD. AND HIS LOVE AND HIS STRENGTH AND HIS KNOWLEDGE. YES, WE PUT THESE THINGS INTO PRACTICE IN OUR LIVES. WE WANT TO BE THE PEACEMAKERS. BECAUSE WE KNOW WHAT GOD HAS DONE. WE WANT TO LIVE IN ACCORD WITH GOD'S WILL. WE ALSO WANT TO REALIZE THAT WE WILL BE PERSECUTED BECAUSE OF THAT. BUT THAT IS NOT THE TIME FOR US TO THINK THAT WE WILL "NOT" HAVE GOD'S BLESSINGS. THEY ARE WITH US ALL THE TIME. THEY ARE GREAT! THEY ARE TREMENDOUS. BECAUSE GOD IS GOING TO TAKE US OUT OF THIS TRIBULATION ... THIS VEIL OF TEARS ... THIS PLACE THAT IS FILLED WITH SIN AND DECAY ... AND CARRY US TO HIS HEAVENLY HOME. TO BE WITH HIM WHERE HE WILL CARE FOR US AND HE WILL TEND TO US. HE WILL FULFILL OUR EVERY NEED AND GIVE US THE WATERS OF ETERNAL LIFE. AND THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO CALL TO MIND WHEN WE ARE LIVING EVERY DAY IN THIS WORLD. BATTLING THE EVIL THAT IS THERE. FIGHTING AGAINST SATAN WHO IS ATTACKING US. AND EVEN PUTTING OUR OWN SINFUL NATURE IN CHECK. BECAUSE, ALL TOO OFTEN, IT'S EASY FOR US TO BECOME THOSE WHO COMPLAIN. AND THOSE WHO ARE BITTER. AND THOSE WHO LIKE TO POINT OUT THE FAULTS OF EVERYONE ELSE BECAUSE WE SOMEHOW GET SUCKED INTO ACTING LIKE ALL OF THOSE OTHER PEOPLE. JESUS HAS SAID: BE DIFFERENT. KNOW THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN. AND WHEN YOU ARE INSULTED AND WHEN YOU ARE PERSECUTED AND WHEN PEOPLE SAY EVIL THINGS BECAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST, REJOICE ... AND BE GLAD! AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING, KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 16 minutes and 51 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 82
Posted by: hischild on Nov 6, 2013

Being IN this world, but not OF this world can become frightening when we fail to keep our eyes on Jesus. Listen to this sermon and rejoice and be glad! www.ziontorrance.info

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