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Gene Cunningham - January 28, 2003
Heb 3:1-6 Comparison of Jesus to Moses Central focus is to a generation of people who are about to see civilization as they knew it cease to exist. Warning came in 67 AD, and it happened in 70AD. 1.5 million Jews killed in the siege of Jerusalem, there were so many Jewish slaves in the world that they were free. The one thing that is utmost in the spiritual life is to keep your eyes on Jesus Christ. Heb 2:9, Heb 3:1 Greatest test we will face is whether we look to Jesus in all sorts of situations we find ourselves in. Moses had enduring faith because he fixed his eyes on Jesus heb 11:27 Heb 12:1-2 Christian life is an endurance race. Jesus is greater than prophets and angels and Moses, which was a big step for orthodox Jews. Jesus is God in human flesh. Since Moses is infinitely outstripped by Jesus, with all the respect people gave to the words of Moses, how much more important is it to pay attention and heed Jesus’ message. Heb 3:7-11 Heb 3:1- Heb 4:1- Very critical to the book. Jesus repeatedly warned “He who has an ear, let him hear.” If you have an ear (all believers have spiritual ears, and all who are surrendered to God can hear. If you are a believer, and obedient, are you listening to what He has to say to you? He has a message for you every day. He speaks non-stop. If we’re attentive, He speaks to us in the Word, through messages, through Christian friends. • Early • Daily • Diligently • Yielding He speaks to us through the Word, and the Spirit of God will remind us of His Word, the exact information we need at the right time. Act 11:16 then I remembered the word of the lord He speaks to us through prayer. We should pause to listen. He speaks by bringing into our consciousness what Jesus wants us to know. He also uses friends and circumstances. When things hurt we tend to listen, so He will allow so that we become attentive, and depend on Him. Failure to hear is a volitional issue. If you’re a believer you have everything necessary to hear the voice of God, but you have to choose to be attentive. Psa 95:7-11 Three great generations of failure in Jewish nation: Exodus generation, Jeremiah generation, Jesus generation. Failure to listen to God is the direct consequence of failing to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ. It is easy to hear Him 1ki 19:12 still small voice, not less clear. He doesn’t need to yell or use circumstances, when we fix our eyes on Him. The break between divine provision and God’s faithfulness is a failure to have faith in His faithfulness. 1co 2:13 psa 95:7-11 Today reminds us that He will speak to us every day. The present time. I AM I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly, my Lord was speaking. "My name is I Am." He paused. I waited. He continued. "When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not "I was." When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not "I will be." When you live in this moment it is not hard. I am here. My name is "I AM." By Helen Mallicoat Live in present moment. phi 3:12 We have things in the past, successes or failures that are a distraction. When you learn from a mistake it becomes a valuable thing when it’s not a stumbling block. Live in the present and keep your eyes on Jesus Christ. This is a daily potential. You can know what God spoke to you, it won’t be the same as others. When the listener is in tune with the Spirit of God, and Jesus is always in tune with the Spirit of God, then you can hear what He has to say to you specifically. We are spiritually born with ears. Rom 1:20 When God enters into our life and does a work we can see, we believe by sight, and our faith feels strong. Faith when we don’t see is stronger, and we will still see Him. Mat 6:33-34 There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed;We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone forever. The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow with all its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise, and its poor performance; Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow's sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, for it is yet to be born. This leaves only one day, TODAY Any person can fight the battle of just one day. It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad, it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring. Let us, therefore, live but one day at a time. Ecc 3:1-11 There is an appointed time for everything. God is the one who plans the blueprint of our lives. Eph 5:15-16 we need to be careful how we walk, redeeming the time. How do we redeem time? Job 7:1-7 Time involves effort, boredom, exhaustion, repetition, trouble, suffering. Jam 4:14 you don’t own time, it is a gift. Today is part of a pattern. We make a decision, and it ends up being repeated. Then we start a trend, it’s a direction or inclination. It develops a habit. We become the result of our decisions. As time goes by we grow older. Look to Jesus, don’t get distracted by yourself, and be at peace. What convictions steer your life? What can’t you forget? God infinitely values us as individuals. Jesus is the friend who sticks closer than a brother, He is the one who always finds good in you, He is the only one who will never leave you. It is essential to express love to those around you every day. Psa 19:14 It’s a tragedy when we talk about Jesus we’re talking about Him, not from experience. Study the book of John, get to know Jesus, know His character. Each woman has her own beauty that He made. Do not compare yourself to others.
Scripture References: Ephesians 5:15-16, Hebrews 3:1, Acts 11:16, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, Hebrews 2:9, Hebrews 4:1, Matthew 6:33-34, Hebrews 3:1-6, Hebrews 3:1, Romans 1:20, Psalms 19:14, Hebrews 3:7-11, Philippians 3:12, James 4:14, Hebrews 12:1-2, Psalms 95:7-11, Job 7:1-7, Hebrews 11:27, Psalms 95:7-11
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