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ENDURING HARDSHIPS (CC)

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[SERMON TEXT: HEBREWS 12:1-13 THE HOLY BIBLE:NIV 1973, 1978, 1984, USED BY PERMISSION OF ZONDERVAN BIBLE PUBLISHERS] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST: EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE IN THE MORNING I TURN ON KFI RADIO TO LISTEN TO BILL HANDEL. DON'T DO IT ALL THE TIME, BUT ONCE IN A WHILE LIKE TO HEAR WHAT HE HAS TO SAY. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT ROYALLY IRRITATES THE MAN, IS THAT THERE IS A CALLER WHO CALLS IN AND ASKS HIM "HOW'S IT GOING?" OR "HOW ARE YOU?" AND IT JUST SETS OFF HIS BUTTONS! HE RESPONDS: YOU DON'T CARE. YOU DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA ABOUT WANTING TO KNOW HOW I FEEL. WHY DID YOU ASK THAT? YOU DON'T WANNA KNOW, YOU DON'T CARE, SO WHY DO YOU SAY THESE PHRASES THAT MEAN NOTHING TO YOU? AND YOU DON'T REALLY WANNA KNOW. OR SOMETIMES HE GETS A LITTLE SARCASTIC AND HE GOES: I'M FINE. THE WIFE'S FINE. THE KIDS ARE GOOD. THE HOUSE IS THERE. BUT YOU DON'T WANNA KNOW THAT. IT'S RATHER INTERESTING SOMETIMES THOSE PHRASES THAT WE USE AS GREETINGS. HOW ARE YOU DOING? DO WE REALLY WANNA KNOW? AND WHEN PEOPLE RESPOND HONESTLY, I THINK THAT WE'RE SHOCKED. "I'M HAVING A REALLY HORRIBLE DAY." AND THE FIRST THOUGHT THAT GOES THROUGH YOUR HEAD IS: WHY DID I ASK THAT QUESTION CUZ I DON'T HAVE TIME TO STAND HERE AND LISTEN TO THIS PERSON GO OVER ONCE AGAIN THE SAME COMPLAINTS THAT THEY ALWAYS HAVE. I KNOW THAT THEY DON'T LIKE THE PERSON WHO WORKS NEXT TO THEM. I KNOW THEY DON'T LIKE THEIR JOB. OR MAYBE IT'S: I KNOW THAT THEIR KNEE HURTS. BUT THEY DON'T DO ANYTHING TO FIX IT. THEY DON'T GO TO THE DOCTOR BUT THEY'RE MORE THAN WILLING TO CONSTANTLY COMPLAIN ABOUT IT. WE ALL HAVE HARDSHIPS AND WE ALL HAVE HARDSHIPS THAT WE LIKE TO SHARE AND WE SHARE THEM A LOT. NOT WANTING THEM TO BE FIXED. NOT WANTING TO HEAR WHAT SOMEBODY ELSE HAS TO SAY IN ORDER TO HELP. WE JUST LIKE TO TALK ABOUT OUR HARDSHIPS. WE JUST LIKE TO COMPLAIN SOMETIMES OR WHINE, THAT THIS IS HOW BAD MY LIFE REALLY IS. MAYBE ALL WE WANT IS SYMPATHY. OR WE TALK ABOUT THE HARDSHIPS THAT COME INTO OUR LIFE BECAUSE OF FAITH. THE HARDSHIPS THAT ARE THERE, AS JESUS REMINDS US THIS MORNING IN OUR GOSPEL LESSON, ARE THERE BECAUSE OF FAITH. WE CAN FALL INTO THAT TRAP. JESUS SAID OUR LIFE AS HIS CHILDREN, IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY. IT IS NOT GOING TO BE A LIFE OF PEACE THAT DOES NOT HAVE ANY STRUGGLE. BECAUSE WE FIGHT DAILY AGAINST SIN. WE FIGHT DAILY AND STRUGGLE WITH THAT SINFUL NATURE THAT IS IN US TO KEEP IT IN CHECK. TO DO WHAT THE LORD WANTS BY THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT. WE FIGHT DAILY AGAINST THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE. IT WILL CONSTANTLY BE A WAR WITH US. BECAUSE WE CANNOT GET ALONG WITH THEM. IT IS GOING TO CREATE HARDSHIPS IN OUR LIFE JUST BECAUSE WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD. THOSE HARDSHIPS COME TO US BECAUSE OF FAITH. AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO HEAR THIS MESSAGE FROM GOD'S WORD THIS MORNING THAT WE ENDURE THOSE HARDSHIPS. THAT WE KEEP OUR EYES FIXED ON CHRIST. AND THAT WE ALSO THROW OFF ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT HINDER US IN OUR WALK TO HEAVEN. BECAUSE THE HARDSHIPS THAT COME TO US, THE WRITER TO THE LETTER OF THE HEBREWS REMINDS US, COMES TO US FROM A LOVING GOD. FROM A GOD WHO DISCIPLINES US BECAUSE HE LOVES US. WHO WANTS TO KEEP US IN THE FAITH SO THAT WE DO NOT SPEND AN ETERNITY SEPARATED FROM HIM IN TORTUROUS HELL. BUT WITH HIM IN ALL OF HIS GLORY, IN ALL OF HIS HOLINESS. THAT IS HIS LOVE FOR US AS HIS CHILDREN. THAT SAME LOVE THAT SENT JESUS CHRIST INTO THIS WORLD TO BE OUR SAVIOR. THAT WE ARE REMINDED LOVED US AND DID NOT SHUN THE HARDSHIPS THAT HE FACED. THAT JESUS HIMSELF FACED THOSE SAME STRUGGLES AGAINST SIN AND AGAINST SATAN. HE FACED DEATH FOR US. THAT ULTIMATE HARDSHIP. THAT ULTIMATE STRUGGLE AND HE DID IT WILLINGLY. HE GAVE UP HIS LIFE. HAVING ENDURED SOME OF THE MOST HORRENDOUS ACTS BY HIS CLOSEST FRIENDS. BY THE VERY PEOPLE WHO SAID THAT THEY FOLLOWED HIM. BY THOSE WHO LOVED HIM YET ABANDONED HIM. AND HE SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF EVIL MEN TREMENDOUSLY ... GIVING HIS LIFE SO THAT WE COULD BE SAVED FROM SIN. SO THAT WE COULD BE FREE FROM THE GRASP OF SATAN. SO THAT WE COULD KNOW THAT DEATH FOR US IS BUT A PASSING TO ETERNAL LIFE WHICH HE SEALED FOR US. HAVING ACCOMPLISHED AND BEARING OUR SIN ON THE CROSS AND DEFEATING IT. RISING TRIUMPHANTLY TO NOW SIT AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, THAT POSITION OF POWER; THAT POSITION OF STRENGTH. TO RULE THE WORLD FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHURCH. TO RULE OUR LIVES FOR OUR ETERNAL GOOD. AND NOT LIKE A HUMAN FATHER. BUT AS SOMEONE WHO HAS THE PERFECT KNOWLEDGE AND PERFECT UNDERSTANDING. AND EVERY DISCIPLINE THAT HE CARRIES OUT IS DONE WITH HOLINESS AND PERFECTION TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH. TO KEEP US FAITHFUL. TO KEEP OUR EYES FOCUSED AND FIXED ON JESUS CHRIST WHO ENDURED THAT DEATH FOR US TO GIVE US LIFE. WE HAVE SUCH A CLOUD OF WITNESSES FROM THE PAGES OF SCRIPTURE ABOUT ALL OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT GOD HAS DONE SHOWING HIS LOVE TO THE WORLD. THAT WE FOCUS ON THAT WORD. THAT WE FOCUS ON CHRIST. THAT WE KEEP THE GOAL AHEAD OF US SO THAT WE ATTAIN THAT GOAL. AND THAT WE UNDERSTAND AND WE EVEN REMIND OURSELVES THAT THE HARDSHIPS WE FACE IN THIS WORLD, BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH, HAVE NOT YET LED TO THE SHEDDING OF OUR BLOOD. WE HAVE NOT BEEN MARTYRED IN THE FAITH AS SO MANY CHRISTIANS IN HISTORY HAVE GIVEN UP THEIR LIFE DEFENDING CHRIST. AND DON'T THINK THAT IT'S JUST HISTORY. WE CAN LOOK AT THE EVENTS OF EGYPT THIS PAST WEEK AND PEOPLE ATTACKING CHRISTIAN CHURCHES. TARGETING CHRISTIANS FOR THEIR FAITH. AND IT PUTS OUR LIFE AND OUR HARDSHIPS INTO PERSPECTIVE. AND OUR DISCIPLINE THAT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER WHO KNOWS US BETTER THAN OUR EARTHLY PARENTS, KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN US, TO KEEP US IN THE FAITH AND HE SENDS THAT DISCIPLINE TO US BECAUSE HE LOVES US. BECAUSE HE LOVES US. HE SENDS THAT DISCIPLINE TO US BECAUSE HE LOVES US. OUR SINFUL NATURE ALWAYS WANTS TO FIGHT AGAINST THAT DISCIPLINE. IT'S NOT PLEASANT. IT IS NOT EASY. BUT IN FAITH, WE CONTINUE AND WE BEAR THROUGH IT WITH EYES FOCUSED ON CHRIST WHO WENT BEFORE US. KNOWING THAT WE WILL BE BLESSED THROUGH THIS HARDSHIP. WHEN IT IS OVER, WE WILL HAVE PEACE. PEACE OF OUR SOULS. PEACE OF MIND. PEACE OF KNOWING THAT GOD IS STILL WITH US AND HE STILL LOVES US. AND WHEN WE FOCUS ON THAT, WE ARE GONNA BE REMINDED THAT OUR GOAL IS HEAVEN. AND WE ARE GOING TO THROW OFF EVERYTHING IN OUR LIFE THAT IMPEDES OUR GOAL. THAT HINDERS US GETTING TO HEAVEN. AND THAT'S WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD. BECAUSE IT'S SO EASY FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THAT CHRIST CAME; LOVED US; THAT GOD LOVED US AND HAS BROUGHT US TO HIMSELF, AND NOW WE KNOW WHAT OUR GOAL IS. OUR GOAL IS HEAVEN. AND WE SHOULD BE LIVING AND TRAINING OUR FAITH LIKE WORLD-CLASS ATHLETES WHO DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT THE HOURS THAT THEY HAVE TO PUT IN, BECAUSE THEY WANT TO WIN. WHETHER IT BE AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL, OR A WORLD TITLE, THEY WANT IT. AND THEY DON'T CARE; THE FAMILY DOESN'T CARE, THAT THEY WILL GIVE UP OF SO MANY THINGS IN THEIR LIFE TO FOCUS ON THAT GOAL. AND AS CHRISTIANS, "THAT" IS OUR DRIVE. TO KEEP OURSELVES FOCUSED ON CHRIST AND HEAVEN. TO BE PREPARING FOR THAT. TO BE GIVING UP THINGS IN THIS LIFE TO ATTAIN THAT GOAL. THE DANCER DOESN'T CARE WHAT HER FOOT LOOKS LIKE WHEN SHE'S 40 WHEN SHE'S DANCED THE ROLE OF PRIMA BALLERINA. SHE'S ACCOMPLISHED WHAT SHE WANTED. AND SHE'S AT PEACE. BUT HOW MANY OF US AS CHRISTIANS, WHEN THE FIRST LITTLE BUMP COMES INTO OUR LIFE, RUN TO GOD COMPLAINING ABOUT WHATEVER IT IS? LOSING SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT "HE" IS THE LORD OF OUR LIFE! AND WE KNOW, WHAT IMPEDES OUR WAY TO WORSHIPING HIM, TO TRUSTING IN HIM, AND WE TALK ABOUT IT A LOT WITH EACH OTHER TODAY WE'RE REMINDED TO TAKE IT OFF. TO LOOK AT THE BAGGAGE THAT WE CARRY AROUND. THE BAGGAGE OF OUR OWN SIN; THE THINGS THAT WEIGH US DOWN. AND TO FINALLY PUT THE BAGGAGE DOWN. AND NOT PICK IT UP. IF THERE IS SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE WHO IS HINDERING YOUR FAITH, AND YOUR GROWTH AS A CHRISTIAN, IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO SERIOUSLY EVALUATE WHETHER THAT PERSON SHOULD BE A PART OF YOUR LIFE. IF IT'S THINGS THAT YOU ARE DOING FOR ENTERTAINMENT ARE DISTRACTING FROM A CHRISTIAN LIFE, SHOULD YOU REALLY BE DOING THEM? OR SHOULD YOU JUST STOP? PUT THEM ASIDE, AND FOCUS ON CHRIST. AND DOING GOD'S WILL. AND GETTING BACK INTO THE WORD. WE ARE SO REMINDED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON HOW THAT WORD IS MOST IMPORTANT. THE WORD OF GOD IS LIKE A FIRE. IT IS POWERFUL. IT'S LIKE A HAMMER AND CAN BREAK THROUGH ROCK. AND THE GOD WHO SEES US, WHO KNOWS US, WHO IS WITH US AT ALL TIMES. AND WE REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE GET RID OF THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NOT OF GOD. THAT INCLUDES THE PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES WHO ARE NOT OF GOD AND WHO ARE HOLDING US BACK. AND SURROUNDING OURSELVES WITH PEOPLE OF FAITH. WHO BUILD US UP. WHO STRENGTHEN US. WHO SUPPORT OUR WORK AND SERVICE IN THE LORD'S CHURCH. AND IN HIS KINGDOM. WHO PRAY FOR US ... FOR OUR NEEDS. WHO KEEP AND REMIND US THAT JESUS CHRIST IS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. BECAUSE THIS WORLD IS NOT PLEASANT FOR THE CHRISTIAN. IT'S NOT A PLACE THAT IS EASY. IT IS A PLACE THAT IS FILLED WITH HARDSHIP AND TROUBLE, AND WARFARE. BUT WE ARE NOT ... A PART OF THIS WORLD FOREVER. GOD HAS CALLED US TO BE HIS SONS AND HIS DAUGHTERS. HE DISCIPLINES US TO KEEP US IN THE FAITH. HE POINTS US CONTINUALLY TO CHRIST IN HIS WORD. LET US KEEP OUR EYES FIXED ON JESUS. LET US THROW OFF EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS OUR LIFE OF FAITH AND ENDURE THE HARDSHIPS THAT GOD USES TO DISCIPLINE US. 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: 14 minutes and 31 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 27
Posted by: hischild on Aug 22, 2013

With our eyes fixed on Jesus, we remember the LORD loves us even as we suffer His discipline knowing that this stengthens our faith. Sermon text is HEBREWS 12:1-13. www.ziontorrance.info

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