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Live in Forgiveness Earned for U (CC)

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SERMON TEXT: ISAIAH 43:16-24 LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US BY THE PROPHET ISAIAH WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 43 BEGINNING WITH VERSE 16: THIS IS WHAT THE LORD SAYS: HE WHO MADE A WAY THROUGH THE SEA, A PATH THROUGH THE MIGHTY WATERS, WHO DREW OUT THE CHARIOTS AND HORSES, THE ARMY AND REINFORCEMENTS TOGETHER, AND THEY LAY THERE, NEVER TO RISE AGAIN, EXTINGUISHED, SNUFFED OUT LIKE A WICK: FORGET THE FORMER THINGS; DO NOT DWELL ON THE PAST. SEE, I AM DOING A NEW THING! NOW IT SPRINGS UP; DO YOU NOT PERCEIVE IT? I AM MAKING A WAY IN THE DESERT AND STREAMS IN THE WASTELAND. THE WILD ANIMALS HONOR ME, THE JACKALS AND THE OWLS, BECAUSE I PROVIDE WATER IN THE DESERT AND STREAMS IN THE WASTELAND, TO GIVE DRINK TO MY PEOPLE, MY CHOSEN, THE PEOPLE I FORMED FOR MYSELF THAT THEY MAY PROCLAIM MY PRAISE. YET YOU HAVE NOT CALLED UPON ME, O JACOB, YOU HAVE NOT WEARIED YOURSELVES FOR ME, O ISRAEL. YOU HAVE NOT BROUGHT ME SHEEP FOR BURNT OFFERINGS, NOR HONORED ME WITH YOUR SACRIFICES. I HAVE NOT BURDENED YOU WITH GRAIN OFFERINGS NOR WEARIED YOU WITH DEMANDS FOR INCENSE. YOU HAVE NOT BOUGHT ANY FRAGRANT CALAMUS FOR ME, OR LAVISHED ON ME THE FAT OF YOUR SACRIFICES. BUT YOU HAVE BURDENED ME WITH YOUR SINS AND WEARIED ME WITH YOUR OFFENSES. 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: I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I AM MOST THANKFUL FOR IN MY LIFE THAT MY TEENAGE YEARS AND MY EARLY YEARS IN MY TWENTIES, ALL HAPPENED BEFORE FACEBOOK. ALL HAPPENED FOR THE MOST PART, BEFORE PEOPLE HAD VIDEOTAPES, AND CAMERAS WITH PHONES ON THEM WITH PEOPLE TAKING PICTURES OF EVERY LITTLE THING IN YOUR LIFE! BUT ONCE THOSE PICTURES ARE TAKEN, AND SENT OUT THERE INTO CYBER- SPACE, THEY DON'T GO AWAY. WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, DOESN'T ALWAYS STAY IN VEGAS. AND THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOMEONE FROM YOUR PAST WHO COMES UP TO YOU AND SAYS: REMEMBER WHEN WE DID THIS? AND IMAGINE THAT THEY WOULD HAVE PICTURES OF THAT ... THAT THEY SHARED WITH ALL OF THEIR FRIENDS ABOUT THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU DID IN THE FOLLY OF YOUR YOUTH. NOT A LOVELY THOUGHT! NOT A PLEASANT THOUGHT, BECAUSE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US HAS THINGS IN OUR PAST THAT WE DON'T WANT TO REMEMBER. BUT THE CRAZY THING ABOUT THAT IS THAT SATAN REALLY DOES WANT US TO REMEMBER THOSE THINGS. SATAN WANTS TO USE THOSE THINGS. AND YOU MAY HAVE DONE SOME ABSOLUTELY STRANGE THINGS WITH THE PEOPLE YOU CALL YOUR FRIENDS ... WHO MAYBE NO LONGER ARE. AND THEY HAVE WEAPONS, WITH AMMUNITION, TO BE USED AGAINST YOU. WE EVEN DO THAT WITH PEOPLE THAT WE LIKE ... WHEN WE GET INTO A FIGHT BECAUSE WE KNOW EXACTLY THE ONE THING TO BRING UP AND THROW IN THEIR FACE "ABOUT THE TIME THAT YOU DID THAT"! SPEAKS TO FORGIVENESS, DOESN'T IT? SPEAKS TO HOW WE FORGIVE. SATAN ALSO LIKES TO GET INTO OUR HEAD. AND THINK THAT THOSE THINGS IN OUR PAST ARE UNFORGIVABLE. THAT SOMEHOW WE HAVE DONE SOMETHING SO HEINOUS, AND SO GROSS, THAT SOMEHOW GOD IN HIS INFINITE AND ABOUNDING LOVE IS NOT GOING TO WASH AWAY THAT SIN. THAT ONE THING THAT YOU DID. OR THAT ONE THING THAT YOU KEEP DOING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. SATAN WANTS TO GET INTO OUR HEAD AND SAY: GOD ISN'T GONNA FORGIVE YOU FOR THAT. HOW COULD HE? LOOK AT WHAT YOU'VE DONE? AND WHAT YOU KEEP DOING! SO DIFFERENT FROM THE MESSAGE THAT ISAIAH PROCLAIMED. THE MESSAGE THAT ISAIAH SPOKE ABOUT OUR LORD WHEN HE CAME AND SAID: REMEMBER OUR LORD AND THOSE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT HE DID? REMEMBER HOW HE TREATED YOUR PATRIARCHS ... THE FATHERS OF YOUR FAITH ... CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, WHEN HE BROUGHT THEM UP OUT OF EGYPT. IT WAS HE WHO OPENED UP THOSE WATERS BEFORE YOU SO THAT YOU COULD WALK THROUGH ON DRY GROUND. HE WAS THE ONE WHO SAVED YOU. HE WAS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT ALL OF THOSE CHARIOTS OF PHARAOH ALONG WITH THE ARMY THAT WAS ON THEM AND WITH THEM, AND PUT THEM INTO THE MIDDLE OF THAT SEA AND ANNIHILATED THEM. ISAIAH SIMPLY PUTS IT: ~AND THEY LAY THERE~. EXTINGUISHED! GOD DID THAT WITH YOUR ENEMY. THAT'S THE LORD WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. THE LORD OF STRENGTH AND THE LORD OF POWER. BUT FORGET THOSE FORMER THINGS BECAUSE GOD IS DOING SOMETHING NEW. SOMETHING THAT IS EVEN MORE AMAZING. HE IS GOING TO PROVIDE WATER IN THE DESERT. HE IS GOING TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR HIS CHILDREN. RELIEF FROM THEIR GREATEST NEED. HE IS GOING TO BRING FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN HIS SON. HE IS GOING TO SEND THAT MESSIAH WHO WOULD ONCE AND FOR ALL DEFEAT THE ENEMIES OF GOD'S CHILDREN. DEFEAT THE ENEMIES OF FAITH. ONCE AND FOR ALL TO SILENCE SATAN. AND TOTALLY DEFEAT HIM. ONCE AND FOR ALL TO STOP ETERNAL DEATH AND TO GIVE ETERNAL LIFE. THAT GOD, WHO THROUGH HIS LOVE, WAS GOING TO SEND HIS SON TO PEOPLE WHO AT TIMES HAD REJECTED GOD; WHO HAD NOT TREATED GOD WELL AND DIDN'T RESPECT HIS PROPHETS AS WE HEARD IN OUT GOSPEL PARABLE FOR THIS MORNING. BUT YET, GOD IN HIS LOVE SAID: I WILL SEND THEM MY SON; THE ONE THAT I LOVE ... FULLY KNOWING THAT THEY WERE GOING TO KILL HIM. BUT GOD WAS GOING TO USE THAT LIFE AND THAT DEATH AS THE PAYMENT FOR SIN. HE WAS GOING TO PLACE ALL OF THE SINS OF ALL PEOPLE OF ALL TIME ONTO HIS SON. SO THAT THEY COULD BE DESTROYED; THE ENEMY OF FAITH ONCE AGAIN VANQUISHED BY WHAT GOD'S SON WOULD DO. AND ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY JESUS CHRIST ACCOMPLISHED THAT. CARRYING YOUR BURDEN AND MY BURDEN WITH THE SINS OF THE BURDENS OF PEOPLE OF ALL TIME AND THERE MAKING SACRIFICE TO GOD COMPLETE! WASHING AWAY OUR SINS. AND THEN GIVING US HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS! THAT HOLINESS AND THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS OF FAITH THAT SHINES WITH THE PURITY OF THE SINLESS LIFE. GIVEN TO US OUT OF GOD'S AMAZING LOVE; HIS GRACE FOR US ... SO THAT WE CAN LIVE IN HIS FORGIVENESS. KNOWING THAT WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD, REMINDED DAILY THAT HE HAS TAKEN AWAY OUR SINS. AND WHEN WE HEAR SATAN COMING TO US IN OUR HEAD WITH THE THOUGHT THAT THERE IS SOME SIN THAT YOU HAVE COMMITTED THAT IS SO GREAT AND SO LARGE THAT GOD HAS NOT FORGIVEN IT, WE STAND FIRM IN THE CROSS OF CHRIST AND SAY: I AM A REDEEMED CHILD OF GOD AND I LIVE IN THAT FORGIVENESS OF CHRIST. I STOP LOOKING BACK ON MYSELF AND I START LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BLESSINGS THAT ARE AHEAD OF ME. I CONSIDER EVERYTHING ELSE LOSS, AS THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID, LOSS IN THE SURPASSING KNOWLEDGE OF KNOWING CHRIST JESUS AND LIVING IN HIS FORGIVENESS. BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THAT FORGIVENESS. I STOP LIVING IN THE PAST WITH THE PEOPLE OF MY LIFE. HOLDING ON TO ALL OF THOSE LITTLE WEAPONS THAT I SO WANT TO HAVE AT THE READY IN MY QUIVER TO SHOOT THOSE ARROWS OF PAIN AT SOMEONE ELSE. TO FORGET THEM; TO FORGIVE THEM. TO MOVE ON. AND TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO ENCOURAGE THEM IN THEIR FAITH. TO REMIND THEM THAT I HAVE FORGIVEN THEM. TO REMIND THEM THAT CHRIST HAS FORGIVEN THEM. AND THEN TO WORK AND LIVE TOGETHER IN THAT FORGIVENESS; IN OUR MARRIAGES, IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH PARENTS AND CHILDREN. IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FRIENDS. IN ALL OF THOSE RELATIONSHIPS FORGETTING ALL OF THOSE NEGATIVE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE PAST AND LIVING IN THE FORGIVENESS OF CHRIST AND LOOKING TO THE FUTURE OF OUR ETERNAL HOME. TOGETHER AS THE CHURCH OF GOD. WORSHIPING HIM ... LIVING WITH HIM IN THAT TOTAL FORGIVENESS. AND AS WE LONG FOR THAT DAY, WE ARE GOING TO BE SACRIFICING IN OUR LIVES THOSE THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO BE BENEFICIAL TO GOD. RETURNING TO HIM WITH THANKSGIVING FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE. THE PROPHET ISAIAH CAME TO GOD'S PEOPLE AND SAID: LISTEN TO WHAT GOD IS SAYING TO YOU. YOU AREN'T EVEN CALLING ON ME PEOPLE. YOU AREN'T BURDENING ME WITH YOUR REQUESTS. YOU'RE NOT COMING AND MAKING THOSE SACRIFICES THAT I HAVE COMMANDED. YOU AREN'T COMING WITH A BURNT OFFERING. YOU HAVEN'T BOUGHT ANY CALAMUS FOR ME. OR GIVEN ME THE FAT OFF OF YOUR OFFERINGS. YOU COME WITH MEAGERNESS. YOU COME WITH HANDS THAT ARE NOT HAPPY TO GIVE TO GOD AND TO SACRIFICE TO HIM. AND YOU DON'T COME WITH THE TOP. YOU COME WITH THE LEFTOVERS AND BRING THEM TO ME. ME! THE GOD WHO HAS TAKEN CARE OF ALL OF YOUR ETERNAL LIFE; HAS WASHED AWAY YOUR SINS. I AM THE ONE WHO HAS CALLED YOU. I AM THE ONE IS WITH YOU AND PROVIDES FOR YOUR DAILY NEEDS. LOVINGLY ... AND GRACIOUSLY. AND WE'RE REMINDED THAT OFTEN IN RESPONSE TO THAT WE DON'T COME WITH OUR BEST. WE DON'T COME WITH OUR FIRST FRUITS. WE DON'T LOOK AT OUR CHECKBOOK AND OUR BUDGETS IN OUR HOUSE AND SAY: FIRST AND FOREMOST, THIS GOES TO GOD. I WILLINGLY GIVE THIS. I AM HAPPY TO GIVE THIS. THIS MAKES ME CHEERFUL ... TO PROVIDE GOD WITH THE ABILITY IN HIS CHURCH TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL. HERE AT ZION, AS A SYNOD, TO REACH OUT IN HOME MISSIONS AND IN WORLD MISSIONS WITH THOSE OFFERINGS THAT WE PROVIDE. THAT COMES FROM THE BEST THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US. WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR SCHEDULE DURING THE WEEK DO WE LOOK AT THAT AND SAY: HERE IS THE TIME THAT I GIVE TO GOD FIRST AND FOREMOST. I SET THIS ASIDE AS THE TIME THAT WILL NOT BE INTERRUPTED. OR DO WE GO THROUGH EVERY DAY AND SAY: THESE ARE MY WORK HOURS. HERE'S WHAT I GOTTA TAKE THE KIDS TO. HERE'S ALL THE MEETINGS THAT I WANT. HERE'S THE TIME THAT I WANNA GO TO GYM AND WHEN THERE'S NOTHING LEFT, THERE'S NOTHING LEFT. AND I GUESS GOD CAN UNDERSTAND ... CUZ HE'S LOVED ME IN THE PAST. IS THAT TRULY LIVING IN OUR FORGIVENESS? IS THAT TRULY BEING APPRECIATIVE OF WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE. THAT THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST THAT WE COULD NOT EARN ON OUR OWN, THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US, FREELY. GIVEN TO US IN ABUNDANCE. BUT WE GO BACK TO THOSE THOUGHTS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL IN OUR EPISTLE LESSON ... THAT IS THE GREATEST GIFT AND I CONSIDER EVERYTHING ELSE LOSS ... TO THAT WONDERFUL GAIN OF KNOWING CHRIST; PUTTING ON HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND LIVING IN THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS. TO TAKE THE TIME TODAY ... AND TOMORROW TO PLAN HOW I WILL SACRIFICE TO GOD. THE TIME THAT I WILL SPEND WITH HIM IN PRAYER. THE TIME THAT I WILL SPEND WITH HIM IN BIBLE STUDY. THE TIME THAT I WILL SPEND WITH HIM ACTIVELY WORKING AND PURSUING THE GIFTS OF HIS CHURCH. AND DOING THOSE THINGS. IT IS A REMINDER TO US THAT GOD HAS DONE WONDERFUL, MARVELOUS THINGS THAT WE COULD NOT DO FOR OURSELVES. AND THE GLORIES OF THE FULFILLMENT OF THAT THAT AWAIT US ARE BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS AND WHAT OUR MINDS CAN EVEN GRASP TODAY. BUT TODAY I REMEMBER AND KNOW THAT I LIVE AS A CHILD OF GOD. I LIVE AS ONE FORGIVEN BY HIS BLOOD. I LIVE AS ONE OF HIS HEIRS WAITING FOR ETERNAL LIFE. AND TODAY I LIVE FOR HIM. SACRIFICING FOR HIM. DOING THE THINGS THAT HE HAS REQUIRED OF ME BECAUSE OF THE LOVE THAT HE HAS SHOWN ME. AND THERE'S A SIMPLE WAY FOR ME TO EXPRESS MY THANKS FOR THAT LOVE. TO LIVE FOR TODAY. TO FORGET WHAT IS BEHIND. AND TO STRIVE FOR WHAT IS AHEAD. 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 30 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 34
Posted by: hischild on Mar 19, 2013

We're encouraged in Isaiah 43 to not dwell on the past, but to look forward to our LORD's amazing ongoing grace for our future while we daily live our life of faith in cheerful service to Him now. www.ziontorrance.info

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