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WWW.ZIONTORRANCE.INFO LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US IN PROVERBS WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 9, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 8: DO NOT REBUKE A MOCKER OR HE WILL HATE YOU; REBUKE A WISE MAN AND HE WILL LOVE YOU. INSTRUCT A WISE MAN AND HE WILL BE WISER STILL; TEACH A RIGHTEOUS MAN AND HE WILL ADD TO HIS LEARNING. THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM, AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY ONE IS UNDERSTANDING. FOR THROUGH ME YOUR DAYS WILL BE MANY, AND YEARS WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR LIFE. IF YOU ARE WISE, YOUR WISDOM WILL REWARD YOU; IF YOU ARE A MOCKER, YOU ALONE WILL SUFFER." 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 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, JESUS CHRIST: ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH AN INTERESTING TRANSFORMATION IN THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. SHE WANTED TO GET HER LIFE BACK ON TRACK. AND IT'S BEEN RATHER INTERESTING WATCHING WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING. SHE'S BEEN MARRIED FOUR OR FIVE YEARS OR SO. HAS A TWO-YEAR-OLD CHILD. LOST TWO OTHER CHILDREN BEFORE BIRTH. DECIDED NOW IS THE TIME TO WORK ON HER GRADUATE STUDIES. WITH A TWO-YEAR-OLD IN THE HOUSE. AND THEN DECIDED YOU KNOW I HAVE THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO HELP OUT AT CHURCH WITH A "MOMMY AND ME" BIBLE STUDY, FIVE DAYS A WEEK, MORNING AND AFTERNOON SESSIONS FOR TWO TO FOUR-YEAR-OLDS. FILLED ALL OF THE CLASSES WITHIN TWO WEEKS. SO ... SHE'S NOW "MOM", "WIFE" TO A TWO-YEAR-OLD THAT SHE'S TRYING TO POTTY TRAIN; TAKING GRADUATE STUDIES AT NIGHT, TELLING US HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO DO THIS EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND YET HAVING TIME TO PREPARE TO TEACH HER "MOMMY AND ME" CLASSES WHEN SHE DOESN'T HAVE HER CLASSROOM ALL SET UP YET AND WONDERING WHY THE TWO-YEAR- OLD IS HAVING DIFFICULTY ADJUSTING TO THIS NEW SCHEDULE. IT'S INTERESTING TO SOMETIMES WATCH WHAT HAPPENS IN OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES. AND WE THINK: CAN THEY HANDLE THIS? CAN THEY DEAL WITH THIS? SURELY THEY SAT DOWN AND THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BEFORE THEY TOOK ON A MASSIVE UNDERTAKING. JESUS SAID WE SHOULD DO THAT. IT'S WHAT NORMAL PEOPLE DO OR WISE PEOPLE DO, WE MAY SAY. TO SIT DOWN AND ANALYZE SOMETHING BEFORE WE JUMP INTO IT TO THEN FIND OURSELVES IN A PLACE WHERE WE ARE SO OVERWHELMED. WHAT IS ALSO INTERESTING IS SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GIVE MY FRIEND ADVICE. AND SHE IS NOT LISTENING. MAYBE SHE CAN'T LISTEN. MAYBE SHE'S ALREADY SO OVERWHELMED THAT SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO OR WHAT TO SAY. BUT IT KINDA GOES BACK TO THOSE WORDS THAT SOLOMON RECORDED IN OUR SERMON TEXT FOR TODAY. IF YOU'RE GOING TO REBUKE A MOCKER, THEY'RE JUST GOING TO HATE YOU. BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE KNOWLEDGE AND THEY DON'T HAVE WISDOM. AND THEY GET INTO SITUATIONS IN THEIR LIFE WHEN THEY JUST DON'T WANT TO CHANGE THEM. THEY THINK THEY HAVE TO PLOW THROUGH. THEY THINK THEY HAVE TO ACCOMPLISH IT. THEY THINK THAT THEY CAN'T PUT ANYTHING ON HOLD. AND IT HAPPENS IN ALL OF OUR LIVES. WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING. AND WE TAKE ON A PROJECT AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, THAT PROJECT REQUIRES MORE TIME THAN WHAT WE THOUGHT. OR MORE OF OUR ENERGY. AND THEN WHAT DO WE DO? HOW DO WE EXAMINE OUR LIFE? WHAT SUFFERS? DOES FAMILY SUFFER? DOES CHURCH SUFFER? DOES OUR PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY SUFFER? BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE THINK IT'S SO EASY TO CUT CERTAIN THINGS OUT OF OUR LIFE THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO COME BACK TO LATER ON. BUT THIS MORNING SOLOMON SAYS TO US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE WISE. THAT WE HAVE UNDERSTANDING. THAT WE USE OUR WISDOM. AND THAT, ABOVE ALL, THAT WE FEAR THE LORD. FEAR THE LORD. HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT AND AWE FOR OUR ETERNAL CREATOR. THAT WHEN WE STAND BEFORE HIM, WE AUTOMATICALLY FALL ON OUR KNEES REALIZING OUR OWN UNWORTHINESS. REALIZING OUR OWN SINFULNESS. REALIZING THAT WE ARE SO INSIGNIFICANT IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ALMIGHTY ALL-HOLY, ALL- POWERFUL GOD THAT WE CAN DO NOTHING BUT PLEAD BEFORE HIM. PLEAD FOR HIS MERCY. AND PLEAD FOR HIM TO SHOW HIS LOVE TO US. AND MAYBE THAT'S BECOME SUCH A FOREIGN CONCEPT TO US BECAUSE WE LIKE TO THINK THAT WE ARE PRETTY MUCH "IT". I AM PRETTY GOOD! AS A MATTER OF FACT ... I'M BETTER THAN PRETTY GOOD. I AM THE BEST THAT I CAN BE. I HAVE NO FEARS OF ANYONE ELSE. I HAVE NO QUALMS ABOUT SAYING "THIS IS WHO I AM". I AM BETTER THAN YOU. I AM SMARTER THAN YOU. I CAN RUN CIRCLES AROUND YOU ANY DAY OF THE WEEK! BECAUSE I AM GREAT! AND I AM GOOD! AND IF WE THINK THAT WE ARE GOING TO COME TO GOD WITH THAT ATTITUDE, WE'RE SORELY MISTAKEN BECAUSE GOD SEES RIGHT INTO US. GOD SEES PAST ALL OF THE EGO AND ALL OF THE BRAVADO AND ALL OF THE: BUT I'M SO GOOD AND YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND I WOULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS IF IT HADN'T HAVE BEEN FOR THAT PERSON OR: IF YOU PUT ANYONE ELSE IN THAT SAME SITUATION, THEY WOULD'VE DONE THE VERY SAME THING. SO DON'T CALL ME BAD. DON'T CALL ME A SINNER. DON'T SAY THAT I NEED TO BE REPRIMANDED. AND YET GOD HAS SET HIS STANDARD. AND IN ALL HONESTY, YOU AND I FALL FAR SHORT OF HIS PERFECTION. WE SIN DAILY. WE SIN BECAUSE WE DON'T PUT LEARNING ABOUT GOD EVEN AS A TOP PRIORITY IN OUR LIVES. HOW EASY IT IS TO GET THE NEW "MEDITATIONS" AND SAY: YES, I AM GOING TO READ THIS FAITHFULLY EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY AFTER BREAKFAST, I'M GONNA SIT DOWN HAVE THIS MEDITATIVE TIME WITH GOD IN PRAYER AND THEN THE FIRST TIME THAT WE'RE RUNNING A LITTLE LATE WHAT'S THE EASIEST THING TO SKIP? I'LL PICK UP THAT MEDITATION LATER ON TODAY. I'M GONNA DO IT OVER LUNCH. AND WE GET TO WORK AND LUNCH EVAPORATES. I'M GONNA DO IT AFTER WORK. BUT WORK RUNS LATE. AND THERE ISN'T ANY TIME. AND THEN WE THINK: I'LL READ TWO OF THEM TOMORROW. BUT IT DOESN'T HAPPEN. HOW EASY IT IS FOR US TO PUSH GOD AND OUR FAITH FOR THE LAST THING ON OUR DAILY SCHEDULE. TO JUST LEAVE IT OUT. AND THAT'S NOT BEING SMART. THAT IS NOT BEING WISE. THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM. THAT WISDOM THAT MAKES US UNDERSTAND THE JOY THAT IS A PART OF OUR LIVES. THAT HAS COME FROM GOD FORGIVING OUR SINS. THAT WHEN WE STAND BEFORE HIM AND PLEAD FOR HIS MERCY, HE POINTS US TO HIS SON AND TO THE CROSS OF CALVARY AND TO THE EMPTY TOMB AND SAYS: LOOK AT WHAT I HAVE DONE FOR YOU! LOOK AND SEE MY LOVE AND MY CARE AND MY CONCERN. THAT I HAVE FORGIVEN ALL OF YOUR SINS. AND THEN, THAT FEAR OF THE LORD TURNS TO GREAT RESPECT AND AWE AS WE BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND WHAT LOVE TRULY IS. LOVE DOES NOT JUST COME UP TO US IN OUR SINFUL STATE AND SAY: YOU'LL BE OKAY. YOUR INTENTIONS WERE GOOD. I UNDERSTAND. I'LL LET YOU INTO HEAVEN ANYWAY. I'M A NICE GOD. LOVE SAYS: I DON'T WANT YOU TO SUFFER ETERNALLY IN HELL. I WANT YOU TO BE MINE. I WANT YOU TO BE MY CHILD AND HAVE THAT FORGIVENESS AND LIVE IN THAT FORGIVENESS. AND APPLY THAT KNOWLEDGE IN YOUR LIFE SO THAT YOUR LIFE WILL BE BLESSED THROUGH THAT WORD. SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE IN THE COMFORT OF KNOWING THAT GOD LOVES YOU. THAT YOU CAN LIVE IN THE ASSURANCE THAT YOUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN. AND THAT HEAVEN IS YOURS. YOU CAN LIVE IN THE ASSURANCE THAT GOD IS WITH YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY; NOT LEAVING YOU OR FORSAKING YOU, BUT DRAWING YOU TO HIS WORD AND TO HIS INSTRUCTIONS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HIM. TO KNOW WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR YOU. TO IN YOUR LIFE ... SEE HIS BLESSINGS. AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARISE DAY AFTER DAY TO SHOW YOUR FAITH. AND TO PUT IT INTO PRACTICE. FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS. FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CHURCH. LOOK AT OUR EPISTLE LESSON FOR TODAY WHERE PAUL SENT ONESIMUS, THE SLAVE, BACK TO PHILEMON. AND SAID: NOW I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT YOUR FAITH. I WANT YOU TO TREAT THIS SLAVE AS HE IS: YOUR BROTHER-IN-CHRIST. DO WHAT IS RIGHT. DO WHAT YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD DO. YOU WILL BE BLESSED. PAUL SAYS: IF THERE ARE ANY COSTS, I WILL PAY THOSE COSTS. I WILL PAY THAT BILL. I WILL TAKE CARE OF IT. SHOW HIM WHAT TRULY MATTERS; CHERISH HIM. FOR THE BENEFIT OF YOURSELF; FOR HIS BENEFIT. AND SO THAT THE CHURCH CAN CONTINUE TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL. THERE IS THAT KNOWLEDGE THAT HAS COME TO US ABOUT HOW TO LIVE OUR LIFE OF FAITH. AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO CORRECT A MOCKER, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE YOU. IT'S THE TYPICAL EXAMPLE. YOU KNOW TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE IN A FIGHT AND YOU STEP IN TO HELP. AND WHAT ALWAYS HAPPENS? THE TWO THAT ARE FIGHTING, TURN ON YOU. AND THEN YOU BECOME THE TARGET OF ALL THEIR ANGER AND RAGE. IT HAPPENS WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT WISE. BUT IF YOU CORRECT SOMEONE WHO IS WISE IN THE WISDOM OF GOD, WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND WITH THE LOVE OF GOD, THEY WILL LEARN. THEY WILL CORRECT THEIR BEHAVIOR. IT MAY TAKE SOME TIME TO GET OVER THEIR HUMAN HURT. BUT THEY WILL KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS AND THEN THEY DO WHAT GOD WANTS. BECAUSE THEY KNOW ... THEY HAVE THAT KNOWLEDGE AND THEY ARE GOING TO USE THAT WISDOM IN THEIR LIFE TO LIVE IN FAITH. TO FEAR GOD, AND HAVE SUCH AWE AND RESPECT FOR HIM TO CARRY OUT IN OUR LIVES WHAT HE HAS DONE. BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE TIME TO DO THAT. WE HAVE TO MAKE THAT A PRIORITY. BECAUSE OTHERWISE, WE'RE GONNA FIND OURSELVES STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR HOUSE WITH A TWO-YEAR-OLD THAT IS OUT OF CONTROL BECAUSE HE HASN'T SLEPT FOR A WEEK. THAT PILE OF HOMEWORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. AND A PILE OF WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE SORTED THROUGH WITH MEALS THAT NEED TO BE PREPARED, AND THE DOG JUST USED THE RUG AS THE LAWN. AND WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE. IT'S TIME TO STOP AND EVALUATE. DOING SOMETHING SO SIMPLE. SAW IT ON AOL THE OTHER DAY. FIVE MINUTES OUT OF YOUR DAY, EVERY DAY, FIVE MINUTES. DO SOMETHING THAT MAKES SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE EASIER. WHAT A SIMPLE CONCEPT. WHAT A SIMPLE THOUGHT. BUT WHAT A WAY FOR US, EVEN AS CHRISTIANS, TO SHOW OUR FAITH. AND OUR LOVE, AND OUR CONCERN FOR OTHER PEOPLE. BECAUSE OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US, LET US TAKE FIVE MINUTES FOR SOMEONE ELSE. LET US TAKE TIME FOR OURSELVES TO LEARN ABOUT HIM. TO STUDY HIM. SO THAT WE HAVE A FOUNDATION THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN. THAT WILL NOT BE TAKEN FROM US. BECAUSE TODAY IS THE DAY WE MOVE UP ON OUR "TO-DO" LIST THE ITEM TO FEAR THE LORD. 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 27 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 41
Posted by: hischild on Sep 11, 2013

We learn what it means to "fear" the LORD in this Closed Captioned sermon on 9-08-2013. Proverbs 9:8-12 is the sermon text. www.ziontorrance.info

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