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REJOICE IN OUR SUFFERINGS??? (CC)

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[TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, USED BY PERMISSION OF ZONDERVAN BIBLE PUBLISHERS] PLEASE RISE. GRACE AND PEACE BE TO YOU FROM GOD OUR FATHER, AND FROM OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. LET US PRAY: DEAR JESUS, WE OFTEN DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU BRING TRIALS AND TROUBLE INTO OUR LIFE. AS WE TURN TO YOUR WORD THIS MORNING HELP US TO HAVE A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THAT AND A GREATER TRUST IN YOUR LOVE FOR US. WE ASK THIS IN YOUR NAME. AMEN. PLEASE BE SEATED. OUR TEXT THIS MORNING IS LAMENTATIONS CHAPTER 3, VERSES 22 THROUGH 33: BECAUSE OF THE LORD'S GREAT LOVE WE ARE NOT CONSUMED, FOR HIS COMPASSIONS NEVER FAIL. THEY ARE NEW EVERY MORNING; GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS. I SAY TO MYSELF, "THE LORD IS MY PORTION; THEREFORE I WILL WAIT FOR HIM." THE LORD IS GOOD TO THOSE WHOSE HOPE IS IN HIM, TO THE ONE WHO SEEKS HIM; IT IS GOOD TO WAIT QUIETLY FOR THE SALVATION OF THE LORD. IT IS GOOD FOR A MAN TO BEAR THE YOKE WHILE HE IS YOUNG. LET HIM SIT ALONE IN SILENCE, FOR THE LORD HAS LAID IT ON HIM. LET HIM BURY HIS FACE IN THE DUST - THERE MAY YET BE HOPE. LET HIM OFFER HIS CHEEK TO ONE WHO WOULD STRIKE HIM, AND LET HIM BE FILLED WITH DISGRACE. FOR MEN ARE NOT CAST OFF BY THE LORD FOREVER. THOUGH HE BRINGS GRIEF, HE WILL SHOW COMPASSION, SO GREAT IS HIS UNFAILING LOVE. FOR HE DOES NOT WILLINGLY BRING AFFLICTION OR GRIEF TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN. MY DEAR FELLOW BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST: DID YOU GET THE IMPRESSION AS WE WENT THROUGH THIS TEXT THIS MORNING THAT IT STARTED PRETTY GOOD AND THEN WENT DOWNHILL. "BECAUSE OF THE LORD'S GREAT LOVE WE ARE NOT CONSUMED, THE PART "WE ARE NOT CONSUMED" SOUNDS KIND OF OMINOUS ... BUT IT DOES TALK ABOUT THE "LORD's" GREAT LOVE - AND IT USES THE "LORD" IN CAPITAL LETTERS, TO REMIND US THAT IT IS THE FAITHFUL LOVE OF THE COVENANT GOD THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. THE GOD WHO HAS PROMISED THAT HE IS A FAITHFUL, COMPASSIONATE, GRACIOUS LOVING GOD. ONE WHO DOES NOT COUNT OUR SINS AGAINST US, WHO FORGIVES US. SO WE LET THE IMPLIED THREAT OF BEING CONSUMED BY GOD'S WRATH SLIDE FOR THE MOMENT BECAUSE WE ARE REASSURED BY GOD'S GREAT LOVE. THE NEXT PART SOUNDS GOOD WITHOUT ANY QUALIFICATION. THE "LORD's" COMPASSIONS ARE NEW EVERY MORNING; GREAT IS THE "LORD's" FAITHFULNESS. NO PROBLEM THERE! SIMILARLY, THE NEXT PART IS SOUNDING PRETTY GOOD: THE "LORD" IS GOOD TO THOSE WHOSE HOPE IS IN HIM, TO THE ONE WHO SEEKS HIM. IT REMINDS ME OF THE WORDS IN ISAIAH CHAPTER 55: 6-7: SEEK THE "LORD" WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND; CALL ON HIM WHILE HE IS NEAR. LET THE WICKED FORSAKE HIS WAY AND THE EVIL MAN HIS THOUGHTS. LET HIM TURN TO THE "LORD", AND HE WILL FREELY PARDON. HE WILL HAVE MERCY ON HIM, TO OUR GOD, FOR HE WILL FREELY PARDON. SO FAR, SO GOOD. BUT THE NEXT PART GIVES US A LITTLE PAUSE FOR THOUGHT: "IT IS GOOD FOR A MAN TO BEAR THE YOKE WHILE HE IS YOUNG. LET HIM SIT ALONE IN SILENCE, FOR THE "LORD" HAS LAID IT ON HIM." WE DON'T LIKE THIS TALK ABOUT BEARING THE YOKE, DO WE? IT SOUNDS TOO MUCH LIKE SUFFERING; IT SOUNDS TOO MUCH LIKE PAIN IN OUR LIVES, DOESN'T IT? AND THE PART OF SITTING ALONE IN SILENCE DOESN'T EXACTLY RESONATE WITH US EITHER. WHERE ARE MY BUDDIES? WHERE IS THE iHEART RADIO AND THE FACEBOOK? WHERE'S OUR TV AND RADIO? WE DON'T WANNA SIT IN SILENCE! WE HAVE AT LEAST SOCIAL MEDIA TO COMFORT US, DON'T WE? Hmm. THE NEXT PART IS DEFINITELY TAKING A DARKER TURN: "LET HIM BURY HIS FACE IN THE DUST -- THERE YET MAY BE HOPE. LET HIM OFFER HIS CHEEK TO THE ONE WHO WOULD STRIKE HIM, LET HIM BE FILLED WIH DISGRACE. FOR MEN ARE NOT CAST OFF BY THE LORD FOREVER." WAIT A MINUTE! I THOUGHT THE LORD PROMISED. HE SAID: I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU. WHAT IS THIS TALK ABOUT BEING "CAST OFF BY THE LORD"? NOR DO I LIKE THE PART ABOUT BEING STRUCK IN THE FACE. OR TURNING OUR CHEEK TO THOSE WHO WOULD STRIKE ME. AND THE PART: "LET HIM BURY HIS FACE IN THE DUST -- THERE MAY YET BE HOPE?" IT DOESN'T SOUND ALL THAT HOPEFUL TO ME. WE KNOW THAT GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR SHARING THE WORDS OF OUR TEXT WITH US THIS MORNING. NOT ONLY FOR THIS MORNING WHEN EVERYTHING MAY BE SMELLING LIKE ROSES AND THE DICE THAT ARE CAST TURN UP A LUCKY 7. BUT ALSO IN THE TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHEN NOTHING SEEMS TO BE GOING RIGHT, AND THEN WE ARE TEMPTED TO THINK: WHERE IS GOD WHEN I REALLY NEED HIM? OUR THEME THIS MORNING THEN IS: SEEK THE "LORD" IN ALL YOUR TROUBLE. FIRST, THE "LORD" ALLOWS SUFFERING FOR OUR GOOD. AND SECONDLY, THE "LORD" PROMISES THAT HIS COMPASSION IS SHOWN BOTH NOW AND FOR ALL ETERNITY. THE PROBLEM OF HUMAN SUFFERING IS SURELY ONE THAT YOU'VE THOUGHT OF BEFORE. HOW CAN A LOVING GOD ALLOW SUCH PAIN AND TRIALS INTO THE LIVES OF HIS DEARLY LOVED CHILDREN? WE CAN UNDERSTAND WHEN THINGS COME INTO THE LIVES OF UNBELIEVERS. AFTER ALL, THEY LIVE THEIR LIVES UNDER THE WRATH OF GOD. THEY'RE APART FROM GOD AND HIS LOVE BECAUSE THEY REJECTED HIS MERCY. AND WHETHER CONSCIOUSLY OR UNCONSCIOUSLY, THEY WANT TO LIVE THEIR LIFE APART FROM GOD AND HIS LOVE. AND WE KNOW THAT RIGHT AFTER THE WORDS OF OUR TEXT IN LAMENTATIONS 3:39 IT SAYS: "WHY SHOULD ANY LIVING MAN COMPLAIN WHEN PUNISHED FOR HIS SINS?" SINCE WE DESERVE ETERNAL DEATH FOR ALL OF OUR SINS, WE HAVE NO LEG TO STAND ON WHEN GOD BRINGS TROUBLE INTO OUR LIVES IN REACTION TO SIN. AND YET, EVEN UNBELIEVERS ARE SHOWN GOD'S GRACE. THEY'RE SHOWN GOD'S MERCY. AS JESUS STATED IN MATTHEW 5:45: "GOD CAUSES HIS SUN TO RISE ON THE EVIL AND THE GOOD, HE SENDS RAIN ON THE RIGHTEOUS AND ON THE UNRIGHTEOUS." AND PAUL'S SPEAKING REMINDING THE PEOPLE IN THE LAND OF TURKEY IN ACTS SAID OF THE KINDNESS THAT GOD SHOWED EVEN TO UNBELIEVERS. "GOD HAS NOT LEFT HIMSELF WITHOUT TESTIMONY; HE HAS SHOWN KINDNESS BY GIVING YOU RAIN FROM HEAVEN AND CROPS IN THEIR SEASONS; HE PROVIDES YOU WITH PLENTY OF FOOD AND FILLS YOUR HEARTS WITH JOY." AND WE KNOW GOD'S PURPOSE IN SHOWING EVEN LOVE TO THOSE WHO ARE REJECTING HIM AND LIVING UNDER HIS WRATH. GOD WANTS ALL PEOPLE TO BE SAVED AND COME TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH. HE IS PATIENT WITH US, NOT WANTING ANYONE TO PERISH. BUT EVERYONE TO COME TO REPENTANCE. [2 PETER 3:9; ROMANS 2:4] WE CAN UNDERSTAND THEN WHY GOD ALLOWS SUFFERING INTO THE LIVES OF UNBELIEVERS, BUT WHY DOES GOD ALLOW HIS DEAR CHILDREN TO SUFFER? SOMETIMES IT CAN BE THE RESULT OF A SIN. WE DON'T LIKE TO HEAR THAT, BUT IT'S TRUE. REMEMBER HOW GOD CHASTISED KING DAVID WHEN HE COMMITTED ADULTERY AND THEN HE MURDERED BATHSHEBA'S HUSBAND. WHEN URIAH WAS KILLED, NATHAN CAME TO DAVID AND MADE THAT DIRECT LINK VERY PLAIN. "BECAUSE BY DOING THIS YOU HAVE MADE THE ENEMIES OF THE LORD SHOW UTTER CONTEMPT, THE SON BORN TO YOU WILL DIE." [2 SAMUEL:14] AGAIN WE HAVE AN EXAMPLE WHERE DAVID TOOK A CENSUS LATER WHEN GOD HAD FORBIDDEN HIM TO DO THAT EXPLICITLY. GOD ANNOUNCED HIS JUDGMENT ON KING DAVID AND THE WHOLE NATION SUFFERED A PLAGUE AS THE RESULT. GOD DOESN'T PUNISH BELIEVERS, BUT GOD DOES DISCIPLINE US TO BRING US TO A REALIZATION OF SOMETHING THAT MIGHT BE WRONG IN OUR LIFE OR TO BRING US CLOSER TO HIM. OR TO GUIDE US IN THE WAY WE SHOULD GO. SOMETIMES IT'S NOT THE RESULT OF ANY PARTICULAR SIN. IT'S JUST THAT BECAUSE SIN IS IN THE WORLD AND WE SUFFER ALONG WITH EVERYONE ELSE. AFTER ALL, BELIEVERS ALSO DIE EVEN THOUGH WE ARE FORGIVEN. REMEMBER WHEN JESUS' DISCIPLES ASKED HIM ABOUT THE MAN WHO HAD BEEN BORN BLIND FROM BIRTH? "RABBI, WHO SINNED, THIS MAN OR HIS PARENTS?" AND JESUS REPLIED, "NEITHER THIS MAN NOR HIS PARENTS SINNED, BUT THIS HAPPENED SO THAT THE WORK OF GOD MIGHT BE DISPLAYED IN HIS LIFE." [JOHN 9:2-3] NOTICE THAT THROUGH THE BLIND MAN'S SUFFERING, JESUS WAS ABLE TO DO A MIRACLE. HE WAS ABLE TO SHOW HIS GLORY AND BRING PRAISE AND GLORY TO GOD. AND THE SAME THING HAPPENS WHEN GOD WORKS MIRACLES TODAY, IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AS HE HEALS THEIR DISEASES. AS HE GIVES STRENGTH AND FAITH TO THOSE WHO FACE CHALLENGES IN THEIR LIVES. BASICALLY, OUR FAITH GIVES US THE CLEAR ANSWER. ALL SUFFERING THAT GOD ALLOWS, ALL THAT SUFFERING THAT HE ALLOWS TO COME INTO OUR LIVES IS DONE FOR OUR GOOD. AND FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE AROUND US. IT STRENGTHENS OUR FAITH AND IT IS A TESTIMONY TO GOD AND HIS POWER. IT PROVIDES A WITNESS TO UNBELIEVERS OF OUR PATIENT ENDURANCE IN THE FACE OF SUFFERING. AS ROMANS 5:3-4 REMINDS US: "WE ALSO REJOICE IN OUR SUFFERINGS, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT SUFFERING PRODUCES PERSEVERANCE; AND PERSEVERANCE CHARACTER; AND CHARACTER, HOPE." I WANT TO ADDRESS THE LAST VERSE IN OUR TEXT THIS MORNING IN CONNECTION WITH THE FACT THAT THE "LORD" ALLOWS SUFFERING TO COME INTO OUR LIVES FOR OUR GOOD. OUR TEXT SAYS: "FOR HE DOES NOT WILLINGLY BRING AFFLICTION OR GRIEF TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN." IT MIGHT CAUSE A PROBLEM IF YOU THINK ABOUT THIS. "WELL, IF THE "LORD" DOESN'T WANT AFFLICTION OR GRIEF TO COME INTO OUR LIVES, IS SOMEONE GREATER THAN HIM FORCING HIM TO DO IT?" THE "LORD" DOESN'T WILLINGLY BRING AFFLICTION OR GRIEF INTO THE LIVES OF CHILDREN OF MEN? RATHER IT'S SAYING THAT THE "LORD" IN HIS GREAT LOVE DETERMINES THAT SUCH AFFLICTION AND GRIEF IS FOR OUR GOOD. HIS HEART'S NOT IN IT AS HE SENDS THOSE AFFLICTIONS AND GRIEFS INTO OUR LIVES. IT DOESN'T GIVE HIM SOME SADISTIC JOY TO BRING SADNESS INTO OUR LIVES. IT'S KIND OF LIKE A PARENT WHO DISCIPLINES A CHILD BY GIVING THAT CHILD A SPANKING OR TAKING AWAY THEIR ELECTRONIC TOYS. IT MAY CAUSE A PARENT'S HEART PAIN TO DO SUCH A THING TO DOLE OUT THAT DISCIPLINE. BUT THEY'RE DOING IF FOR THEIR CHILD'S GOOD. IT'S A REMINDER TO US THAT WHEN WE EXPERIENCE SUCH TIMES IN OUR LIVES THE "LORD" HAS NOT ABANDONED US. THE "LORD" STILL LOVES US. WE ARE NOT CAST OFF BY THE "LORD", BUT ARE INDEED HIS DEAR CHILDREN. AS THE WRITER TO THE HEBREWS [CHAPTER 12] REMINDS US: IN YOUR STRUGGLE AGAINST SIN, YOU HAVE NOT YET RESISTED TO THE POINT OF SHEDDING YOUR BLOOD. AND YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT THAT ADDRESSES YOU AS SONS: "MY SON, DO NOT MAKE LIGHT OF THE LORD'S DISCIPLINE, AND DO NOT LOSE HEART WHEN HE REBUKES YOU, BECAUSE THE LORD DISCIPLINES THOSE HE LOVES, AND HE PUNISHES EVERYONE HE ACCEPTS AS A SON." ENDURE HARDSHIP AS DISCIPLINE; IF YOU ARE NOT DISCIPLINED (AND EVERYONE UNDERGOES DISCIPLINE), THEN YOU ARE ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN AND NOT TRUE SONS. MOREOVER, WE ALL HAVE HAD HUMAN FATHERS WHO DISCIPLINED US AND WE RESPECTED THEM FOR IT. HOW MUCH MORE SHOULD WE SUBMIT TO THE FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS AND LIVE! OUR FATHERS DISCIPLINED US FOR A LITTLE WHILE AS THEY THOUGHT BEST; BUT GOD DISCIPLINES US FOR OUR GOOD, THAT WE MAY SHARE IN HIS HOLINESS. NO DISCIPLINE SEEMS PLEASANT AT THE TIME, BUT PAINFUL. LATER ON, HOWEVER, IT PRODUCES A HARVEST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY IT. WE'VE SEEN THEN THAT WE CAN CONFIDENTLY SEEK THE "LORD" IN ALL OF THE TIMES WHEN WE HAVE TROUBLES IN OUR LIVES, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT HE ALLOWS SUFFERING FOR OUR GOOD. ANOTHER REASON THAT WE CAN SEEK HIM IF THIS HAPPENS IS BECAUSE THE COMPASSION THAT HE SHOWS US IS BOTH FOR NOW AND FOR ALL ETERNITY! WE SHOULD REMEMBER THAT AS JEREMIAH WROTE THE WORDS OF OUR TEXT, GOD'S PROMISES ALL SEEMED TO BE FAILING FOR GOD'S PEOPLE. THE GREAT TEMPLE OF SOLOMON HAD BEEN BURNT DOWN BY THE BABYLONIANS, THE STRONG WALLS OF THE CITY - THE CITY WHERE GOD HAD SAID HE WOULD PLACE HIS NAME AND HE WOULD DWELL AMONG THEM FOREVER. THE WALLS WERE TORN DOWN. RIPPED APART. AND GOD'S PEOPLE THEMSELVES WERE TAKEN AWAY INTO EXILE TO A LAND FAR AWAY IN BABYLON. GOD HAD PROMISED ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB ... THROUGH YOU ALL NATIONS ON EARTH WILL BE BLESSED. THE SAVIOR WILL BE BORN IN YOUR LINE AND HE'S GONNA BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM IN JUDEA THOUGH IT IS SMALL AMONG THE CLANS OF JUDAH. AND YET HERE THE PEOPLE ARE BEING MOVED AWAY FROM THE PROMISED LAND. IT MUST HAVE LOOKED LIKE TO THE FEW BELIEVERS THAT WERE LEFT THAT ALL OF GOD'S PROMISES WERE FAILING. BUT JEREMIAH ENCOURAGED THEM AND ENCOURAGES US IN THE FACES OF TRIALS IN OUR LIVES TO SEEK THE "LORD". "I SAY TO MYSELF, 'THE "LORD" IS MY PORTION; THEREFORE I WILL WAIT FOR HIM." WHEN GOD DIVIDED OUT THE LAND TO HIS PEOPLE EVERYBODY GOT THEIR PORTION EXCEPT FOR AARON THE HIGH PRIEST AND HIS FAMILY. THEY DIDN'T GET ANYTHING BECAUSE THEY WERE LEVITES. BUT GOD SAID TO HIM, "I AM YOUR PORTION." [NUMBERS 18:20] NO MATTER HOW MUCH OR HOW LITTLE THE "LORD" SEES FIT TO GIVE US WHILE WE LIVE HERE ON THIS EARTH, WE KNOW THAT OUR TREASURE IS IN HEAVEN. WE, LIKE ABRAHAM AND ALL THE OTHERS LISTED IN THE CHAPTER OF FAITH IN HEBREWS 11, KNOW THAT WITH THE "LORD" WE HAVE EVERYTHING. BECAUSE THE "LORD" IS YOUR PORTION, WE CAN WAIT FOR HIM TO GIVE US WHAT WE NEED AND WHAT HE KNOWS IN HIS TIMING. AS PETER SAID, "CAST ALL YOUR ANXIETY UPON HIM, BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU." [1 PETER 5:7] WE CAN SAY ALONG WITH PETER, ALONG WITH THE WORDS OF OUR TEXT: THE "LORD" IS MY PORTION, THEREFORE I WILL WAIT FOR HIM." [LAMENTATIONS 3:24] SEEK THE "LORD" BECAUSE HIS COMPASSION IS FOR NOW AND FOR ALL ETERNITY! OUR TEXT SAYS: "THOUGH HE BRINGS GRIEF, HE WILL SHOW [BRING] COMPASSION, SO GREAT IS HIS UNFAILING LOVE. FOR HE DOES NOT WILLINGLY BRING AFFLICTION OR GRIEF TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN." NOW I KNOW I TOUCHED ON THAT VERSE ALREADY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE SERMON, BUT IT BEARS REPEATING FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE. YOU SEE, GOD IS NOT PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH YOUR HAPPINESS HERE ON EARTH. HATE TO BREAK THAT NEWS TO YOU. IF HE WAS CONCERNED PRIMARILY WITH OUR HAPPINESS HERE ON EARTH, HE NEVER WOULD HAVE CURSED THE GROUND AFTER ADAM AND EVE SINNED. GOD BRINGS TROUBLE AND TRIALS INTO OUR LIVES FOR A PURPOSE. HE WANTS US NOT TO GO ON BLISSFULLY, HAPPILY IN OUR OWN MERRY WAY APART FROM HIM WITH NO PAIN OR SUFFERING IN OUR LIVES. NO, GOD WANTS US TO REALIZE HIS PRIMARY CONCERN IS OUR ETERNAL FATE. HE WANTS US TO LIVE WITH HIM NOW ... AND FOREVER! AND SO GOD PERFORMS WHAT WE CALL HIS ALIEN WORK OF MAKING OUR LIVES MISERABLE AT TIMES WHEN IT'S NECESSARY FOR US TO WAKE UP AND GET MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I SAY IT'S HIS ALIEN WORK BECAUSE AS THE HEBREW TEXT SAYS HIS HEART IS NOT IN IT. IT'S NOT FROM HIS HEART. BUT, IN LOVE, GOD KNOWS WHAT WE NEED AND HE WORKS ALL THINGS FOR THE GOOD OF US WHO BELIEVE IN HIM WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. [ROMANS 8:28] THERE IS ONE MORE TIME WHEN WE SUFFER IN OUR LIVES. 2 TIMOTHY 3:12 REMINDS US: "EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO LIVE A GODLY LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS WILL BE PERSECUTED." WHEN THAT HAPPENS - AND IT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU'RE LETTING YOUR LIGHT SHINE - LET US REJOICE! AFTER THE SANHEDRIN HAD THE APOSTLES FLOGGED FOR SPEAKING IN THE NAME OF JESUS, "THE APOSTLES LEFT THE SANHEDRIN, [IT SAYS] REJOICING BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN COUNTED WORTHY OF SUFFERING FOR THE NAME." [THE NAME - CHRIST] [ACTS 5:41] AND THE REASON THEY WERE ABLE TO REJOICE? IT'S THE SAME REASON THAT YOU AND I ARE ABLE TO REJOICE IN OUR SUFFERINGS AS WELL. JESUS CHRIST, TRUE MAN AND TRUE GOD, TOOK ON HUMAN FLESH TO LIVE A PERFECT LIFE IN OUR PLACE. JESUS CHRIST, TRUE MAN AND TRUE GOD, LET HIMSELF BE NAILED TO THE CROSS SUFFERED AS A HUMAN WITHOUT USING HIS DIVINE GLORY TO PAY THE FULL PRICE, THE FULL DEBT OF ALL OF OUR SINS. HE ENDURED THE SCORNS AND INSULTS AND DIDN'T RETALIATE, BUT ENTRUSTED TO GOD THE FATHER, AND PRAYED FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY'RE DOING. AND HE'S SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER. HIS WORK IS DONE, SO HE'S SITTING DOWN AS HE MAKES INTERCESSION FOR US. INTERCEDES FOR US DAILY. ASKING AND PLEADING WITH GOD THE FATHER ON HIS BEHALF, ON THE BASIS OF WHAT HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED TO FORGIVE ALL OF OUR SINS. OUR HIGH PRIEST OFFERED UP HIS BODY TO FULLY ATONE, NOT ONLY FOR OUR SINS, BUT FOR THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD. AND SO WHAT WILL YOUR REACTION BE WHEN THERE'S TROUBLE IN YOUR LIFE? SHOULD WE TAKE JOB'S WIFE'S ADVISE AND CURSE GOD; SHAKE OUR FIST AT THE HEAVENS - CURSE GOD AND DIE? OR SHOULD WE SIT BACK FOR A MOMENT AND THINK: I KNOW THAT GOD LOVES ME. I KNOW THAT BECAUSE HE'S DEMONSTRATED IT TO ME WHEN HE DIED FOR MY SINS AND ROSE AGAIN. WHEN HE LIVED HIS WHOLE LIFE PATIENTLY SUFFERING AND YET KEPT GOD'S WILL PERFECTLY. I KNOW THAT BECAUSE IT IS WRITTEN IN GOD'S WORD: [HEBREWS 13:5] "I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU. I WILL NEVER FORSAKE YOU." I KNOW IT BECAUSE GOD HAS DEMONSTRATED IT TO ME OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I KNOW IT BECAUSE GOD WANTS ME TO WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT. WHEN TROUBLES AND TRIALS COME INTO YOUR LIFE, REMEMBER THAT GOD LOVES YOU; HE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU, HE WILL NEVER FORSAKE YOU. AND HIS COMPASSIONS NEVER FAIL, BOTH NOW AND FOR ETERNITY. AMEN. PLEASE RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE AND COMFORT THAT KNOWING ALL OF YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN, KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS TILL LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 21 minutes and 12 seconds
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Posted by: hischild on Oct 7, 2015

Really? Yes, really! The LORD's wisdom and love are emphasized in this sermon based on the unequivocal Word of God in Lamentations 3:22-33. www.ziontorrance.info

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