We had a very great day today in the Lord’s house. We had 21 kids to ride the bus this morning with 2 of them being first time riders. Today we had Bro. Dale Aguiar and his wife. Sis. Penny with us today for both the morning services and the evening service as well. Bro. Aguiar is a missionary that helps struggling churches.
This morning for Sunday school we finished our study in the Book of Joshua and we looked at Joshua 23-24 on the last words of Joshua. In chapter 23 Joshua told the elders and leaders of the children of Israel that they should serve the Lord and not go after the gods of the Egyptians and the gods of those that were in the land of Canaan. He also told them that in chapter 24 as well. He told them that if they went after the gods of this world that God would send judgment upon them. In chapter 24 Joshua told them that they had to choose who they were going to serve, either the gods of this world or the One true God, the God of Israel. They chose to serve the God of Israel, the One and Only true God. This morning we have a choice to make. We must choose whether we are going to serve the Lord or are we going to serve the gods of this world and the devil. We need to make a commitment to our selves and to God that we are going to serve Him no matter what comes our way. The choice is ours to make, what are we going to chose? Who are you serving?
This morning Dr. Ron Young preached for us out of 2 Samuel 14:28-33 on “Setting Your Barley Fields on Fire.” God is calling today. The problem with us today that exists is we do not fear God. The fear of God is not prevalent in our lives, it is gone. God is calling, are we listening? Everyone will get a call this morning. God may be calling to service, or He may be calling to salvation, but everyone is getting a call. We don’t need to wait for God to set our barley fields on fire (that which you love the most). If Joab had come the first time his barley fields would not have been burned. How does God call? God calls through preaching. He calls through hell, fire, and damnation preaching. Sin needs to be preached about and against, but in most pulpits it’s not being preached against. Preachers need to preach that sin will destroy. God is always right and our opinions are always wrong. God also calls by the wooing of the Holy Spirit of God. The biggest mistake we make is not listening to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is just as real as God the Father and He does not need to be quenched. We need to say “Yes Lord” to the Holy Spirit. We need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Never say no. We need to yield ourselves to His wooing. Thirdly God calls through the prayers of others. The prayers of others can influence our lives. Don’t give up praying for others. God will answer our prayers. Don’t make God use our barley fields even though others are praying for us. Lastly He calls through providence. We may go through something in order for God to get our attention. God may use a physical element to get our attention. We can’t toy with God. We can’t tell God what to do. God will do whatever is necessary to get our attention. We can refuse the calling of God, but there is a price to pay. Look at Jonah, Samson, King David in the Bible and the price that they paid for not yielding to God. A final price will be paid by everybody. For the sinner he will pay with his life in hell, and the believer will pay by God setting his barley fields on fire. Are you listening to the call of God on your life?
Tonight Bro. Dale Aguiar preached for us on “How to Avoid the Junkyard” out of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Paul was writing to a bad church, a church that didn’t do much right in the church. The creator made us and formed us and never made us to be found in the spiritual junkyard. We will go to the junkyard if we start missing a little bit. We start missing when we start missing a Wednesday night here, or visitation, or tithing, or Sunday school. If we start missing something we will eventually end up in the spiritual junkyard. We say “Missing something won’t matter” but a little will turn into a lot and so missing does matter. We are also headed to the junkyard when we start knocking. Someone gets upset about the messages and they start knocking by talking about the message to others. Nose is made louder when pressure is applied. Romans 12:1-2 – We need some renewing in our life and in our mind. If we stay with the world it will start to clog us up spiritually and we will need our minds to be renewed. We need to get adjusted and renewed so we don’t end up in the spiritual junkyard. Thirdly, we will end up in the junkyard when we get over heated. Proverbs 27:1 – Always have to get the last word in. We get upset over things, and we get overheated, and we say things that shouldn’t be said. A car overheats because of the lack of water in it. We get overheated because we are not in the Word of God. A lot of people have been scared or killed because they thought they could handle it on their own. We have to have our words said because we are mad or because we don’t like what someone said. Be the person that God has told us to be, not someone else. Lastly we are headed to the junkyard when accidents take place. There are three types of accidents – your fault, someone else’s fault, and no fault. A lot of times accidents happen because it’s our fault. We have to obey the rules on the road if we are driving. If we don’t obey the rules of God we are headed for the junkyard. God set up rules to keep us out of the junkyard. Sometimes accidents are someone else’s fault. We’re being obedient, but someone else isn’t being obedient. An accident is never planned. God’s grace is always there during an accident, but do we ask for it, or do we even see His grace there? When an accident happens, we need to cast our cares upon Him. Are you in the spiritual junkyard? If you are, you can get out. There is a Master, a loving God, that wants to get you out because He doesn’t want to see you there. You were not made for the junkyard. If you are there, get out. Don’t end up in the junkyard.