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For The Glory Of God And The Benefit Of Others

Sunday Night Service 10/16/22 – Pastor Eric Davis

Anything that would cause me to be a castaway. I don’t want that for my life. I don’t want that for your life, for anybody’s life to be put on a shelf where God can’t use us anymore. Even when we, you and I have been there, we know people that are there now. When they leave the will of God, they get off and we would call them backslaught on God or wayward from God, away from God. God still has a purpose and a plan for their life, and if they’ll just return back to God, God can still use them. There may be some things that when we get out of the will of God, we are not able to do any longer. We may not have those opportunities anymore. I can remember when I was a young fella way back in the day, it seems like such a long time ago, but when I was in high school, I remember thinking about what I want to do with my life as far as where to go to college. And there were some things that came up. Should I go to Christian college, should I go to a Bible college, should I go to secular college and see what to study? And had I been where I should have been in the Lord’s will, I think I may have made some different choices than I did make. But once I got going and I think there was still time while I was in secular school to jump ship and get right where I needed to be, I believe, but I didn’t do that. But had I done that, I think God would have led me down a different path. But after I got through with that, that opportunity was gone. You know what I’m saying? We lose opportunities when we get out of the will of God. And this is what Paul is saying. I don’t want to lose those opportunities to be of use to God. I don’t want to be a castaway. Chapter number nine, verse 27, he said. Verse 26. I therefore so run not as uncertainly, so fight eye, not as one that beateth the air, but I keep under my body and bring it into subjection list that by any means, when I preach to others, I myself should be a castle. He said. We’re running a race, not just like some we’ll run on a high school track or football track or Brother Jeremy will put us all to shame and run miles and miles and miles. Not like that, he said. Actually, we’re in a spiritual race and every single one of us, in spite of our physique, can run this race. It’s a spiritual race, he said. It’s like we’re in a boxing match. I’m not boxing with somebody physically, but I’m in a spiritual race and I’m keeping under my body and bring it into subjection. I’m making sure that I don’t over feed the flesh so that my spiritual man suffers, lest by any means when I preach to others, I myself should be a castaway. That was his desire. And so he gave some. God through Him, gave some lessons in chapter number ten from the Old Testament. We’re going to look at some of those again here in our study tonight. But he said one corinthians ten. Verse number 31, I think, is the crux of the whole matter. He says, Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God. Said even in the smallest of things, whether you’re going to a restaurant to eat or you’re drinking something or whatever it is that you do, our goal, our primary purpose is to bring glory and honor to God. Then secondarily, I think it falls right along in line with this. If you’re giving glory and honor to God, it just should come naturally that verse 32 and 33 will fall into place. Give no offense neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God, even as I please all men and all things not seeking my own prophet, but the prophet of many that they may be saved. So for the glory of God and for the prophet of many. Now, real quickly in verse 32, there’s the three classes of people we know today. There are two groups of people, right, saved and unsaved. But the Scriptures are written in cases three different groups of people to the Jews, the Old Testament. Now, all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and it’s profitable, right? We know that. But we’ve got to understand that the direction that those Scriptures were intended, like the Book of Matthew we looked at this morning, it was primarily written to the Jews to present Jesus as the promised King, as the Messiah that would rule and reign. Now, you and I get profit from it in the church of God, but there’s Jews, there’s Gentiles, who anybody that’s not a Jew, which would be us. Then there’s the church of God that takes Jew and Gentile and put them together in one body of Christ. As far as I know, there are no Jews here tonight. But if there were, we would have something in common. We’d have the blood of Jesus Christ in common. We’re going to look at that. We would have some common ground. It’s like if somebody comes to our church from Africa who saved somebody comes to our church from Canada who saved somebody comes to church from Ohio, the other foreign country, who saved, we have something in common with the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from all sin. We have some common ground. So he said twofold purpose in life, whatever you do, to the glory of God. And the number two, for the profit of others. The benefit of others. And that’s easy to preach, hard to practice. But he said, for the glory of God. Look with me, he said. Let’s go back and look. Verse number six. Verse number five. But with many of them, God was not well pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now, these things were our examples to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted, so for God’s glory, let’s be content with what God has given us. Lusting is not just for lusting for immoral things, but anything other than what God has planned for us. That could be a relationship that God has not desired for us to have at this point in time. It could be a vehicle that God does not want us to have at this point in time. It could be anything but desiring for anything other than what God has for us right here and right now. Because God will provide what we need when we need it. How do you agree with that? His timing is always best, right? So he said not to lust after evil things. They desire for things outside of the will of God. Now, is it wrong to want meat? No. Bible says it’s not wrong to want meat. But they lusted after quail when God was satisfying their needs. And that displeased God, and it still displeases God. So be content. That’s one of the ways we show God’s glory, is we’re happy with what he’s given us. We’re content with it in worship. Look at verse number seven. Neither be idolaters, as were some of them. As it is written, the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. They treated this special it was supposed to be a feast unto the Lord. This day, the special day. They treated that day as just another day of recreation. And how many today treat the Lord’s day as just another day of recreation? And Brother Bill and I were dropping off some young people this morning and he was dropping off I just ride with him. I supervised him and we passed the football stadium. And it’s nothing anymore. For on a Sunday somewhere, some community have some community event like Mount Hope over here this Sunday, today, the Lord’s day, no longer is sacred and set aside for going to church or worshiping the Lord. It’s just another day off or just another day to recreate. Do whatever you want to. And when we put anything ahead of God that’s idolatry, we’re worshiping even ourselves ahead of God. So he said, for the glory of God, in contentment, in worship in our bodies. Verse number eight. Neither let us commit. Fornication as some of them committed and fell in one day three and 200. Look at one Corinthians six, verse 15. We’ll let the Bible explain this. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ. Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them the members of unharlot? God forbid. What though you not that he which is joined inharlotte is one body. For two saith he shall be one flesh. But he that is joined in the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication every sin of the man. Do it this without the body. But he that committed fornication sin is against his own body. What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which you have of God? And you are not your own, for you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are Gods. Our bodies belong to God. He bought us with a price. We got to keep our bodies pure and holy, clean, separated unto Him, because the Spirit of God lives inside every believer. If you have not the Spirit of God, the Bible says that you’re none of his. But if God the Spirit lives inside, he resides in this temple. We got to keep this temple pure and clean and holy for him. Don’t want to grieve the Spirit of God. So verse number nine neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted and were destroyed of serpents in spirit. Glorify God in spirit, in our body and in spirit. We said this last time. They presumed on his mercy and his goodness. I would not dare say how many times I’ve done that in my life and I don’t think you would either. How much we take the goodness of God for granted. We don’t want to do that. We don’t want to tempt God living so close to the edge of questionable things that we presume upon his forbearance. I didn’t come up with those words on my own, you know that. But that was good. So I’m going to say it again, okay? Living so close to the edge of questionable things that we presume upon the forbearance of God. Say he’ll be okay with it or he’ll forgive us. His mercy is good and his mercy is good. But the Bible says don’t tempt Christ. Neither murmured ye, as some of them also murmured and were destroyed of the destroyer in attitude. Don’t murmur against God, being discontent with what God has provided. That goes right along with being content with what God has given. But let’s watch our attitude, watch our speech, watch our complaining. Now all these things happen under the important samples and they are written for I had admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come. Therefore let him that if he standeth, take heed, lest he fathers not a one of us in here this evening that could not fall today, tomorrow, tonight. Let’s be careful and watch and say, realize that we are nothing more than sinners saved by the grace of God, still in this flesh that’s susceptible to sin and susceptible to temptation. We’re going to read that in a minute. But thanks the unto God, which giveth us the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ. So we ought to depend upon Him and not our own strength. So that’s why you and I, when we know what we’re tempted in, don’t go running near those avenues. If you’re tempted with alcohol, don’t go running near alcohol and you can fit anything in there you know what you’re tempted with. If you’re tempted with laziness, don’t make provision for the flesh. Amen. If you’re tempted to gluttony, don’t set out two or three pumpkin pies in front of your brother Vern. Right. I’m just kidding. Brother Vernon only eats one pumpkin pie, and without Cool Whip, that’s got to count for something, too. But whatever it is, what I’m saying, don’t make provision for those things. Don’t make provision for those things. And I’m not so sure that one pumpkin pie is not a cinema. The second one, I think, might be, but I think you’re okay on the first one, so it’s got some nutrition to it. Verse number 13. There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man, but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you’re able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that you may be able to bear. It our common temptation. There are things that may tempt you that wouldn’t tempt me, and vice versa. But all in all, there’s no temptation that will come upon me that hasn’t come upon someone else there’s no temptation that will come upon you that hasn’t come upon someone else down the line. It’s our common temptation. Matter of fact, the things that we just looked at are common temptations to all of us. Desiring things outside of the will of God, keeping our bodies clean and pure and holy, not complaining against what God has given, not tempting Christ. He said, all these are common temptations, but God is faithful. There’s no skipping temptation, unfortunately, in this world, but we can have the victory through Jesus Christ. He said, our temptations are common, but we’re dependent upon a faithful God. God is faithful. He will not allow us to be tempted above that we’re able now, he does not cause us to be tempted. I’m looking for that verse in James 113. There it is. So let no man say when he is tempted. I am tempted of God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. He doesn’t tempt man to sin. But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust. I’m drawn away and tempted and enticed you are the same. Then when lust hath conceived it bringeth forth sin, and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. But God said here there is a way out, there is a way of escape. That way of escape is through the help of the Lord. Looking at verse, this verse, who will not serve you to be tempted above that you’re able but will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape that you may be able to bear it? How many of you think God knows what’s going on in our lives? I do. God knows when we’re tempted. And I believe that God can make provision for us for a way of escape even when we’re tempted. We may have put ourselves in a bad spot, but I believe God can still make a way of escape. Now, there comes a time we put ourselves so close to the fire we’re going to get burned. We’ve got to be careful with that. But God provides a way of escape. If we don’t take that way of escape, that’s on us. But you may be able to bear wherefore my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. Now, it’s interesting how often the Apostle Paul addresses idolatry. Because of the context here, you may think that we don’t have to worry about that today. We’ll talk about that in a minute. But what they were coming out of, they were in an area where they worshiped idols. Many of them worshipped false idols. Many of the Gentiles that were saved before they were saved had this in their families. They were still in their families. Not all of them. The whole family didn’t get saved all at once. It was a process. And they were still we’re dealing with these things. They say God is telling them to flee, run away from idolatry, don’t go near it. He’s going to explain why you and I may not have in our country today may not have statutes that people worship. There are some. I’ve seen some and I’m sure you’ve seen some. But by and large, there’s no statutes that people worship. But people can worship other things. People can worship careers. Anything that we put above God just not going to try to label it, but anything we put above God. Verse 15. I speak as a wise man, judge you when I say the cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? He’s going to talk about the Lord’s Supper, the cup and the bread. The cup, the grape juice, the fresh wine representing the blood of Jesus Christ when he died on Calvary. The bread representing the body of Christ. An unleavened bread. If you’ve ever seen unleavened bread, those little wafers that we get are a little hard to do. But an unleavened bread cracks and crumbles easily. And that represents the body of Jesus Christ that was broken for you and for me. On the cross of Calvary said the cup of blessing which we blessed, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? He said, we know what these things represent, that the cup represents the blood of Christ. The bread represents the broken body of Christ. But not only that communion is a word that means fellowship. I think I wrote this down. No, I didn’t. But it means common ground. If you and I are communing with one another, there’s a discourse. I’m telling you something and you’re telling me something back. Right? In a classroom setting, the student does not commune with the teacher. The teacher lectures and the student listens. Right? You agree with that? But when we sit down to eat, I hope you have a conversation. It’s not all one sided. I’m not going to ask you. I don’t want to cause any family problems. How many times it’s one sided, but it should be equal or listening and responding. It should be back and forth. That’s what communion is. He said, Our common ground is the blood of Jesus Christ. The cup which we blessed. Is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? That’s what brings us together. We’ve been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. There are things that you do that I can’t do. There are personalities that you have that I wish I had. Ms. Bailey’s ability to play the piano or Ms. Jerry. Miss. Jones ability to sing and harmonize. And I can’t harmonize. I can’t hardly sing. I have to have everybody else back there. But there’s things I wish I had the ability to do. We have different backgrounds. I know most of us have been born in the state of West Virginia. How many were born in West Virginia? How many are you born outside of West Virginia? A few of you? Okay. We still love you. It’s okay. But we have a lot of things in common. But still there’s things that we don’t have in common. But we’re still drawn together because of the blood of Jesus Christ. We are in the same family. We’re in the same work. We’re in the same ministry because Jesus has brought us together. So that’s what he’s saying. The couple of blessing which we bless. Is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break? Is it not the communion of the body of Christ? Then he goes a little bit further, says, not just the physical body of Christ. Look at verse 17. For we, being many, are one bread and one body. We are all partakers of that one bread. He’s saying, all of us here in this church house this evening are members of the body of Christ. And he’s speaking spiritually here. And he goes on later to expound on this, that if one were the head or one where the eyes, where were the ears and one were the hands, where were the feet we all have a special purpose and place in the work that God’s called us to do. I couldn’t work where Ms. Robin works and have the patience that she has. I don’t think I could handle that. I couldn’t work where Brother Jeremy works and have the patience that he has. For his employer. I just couldn’t handle that. But God has given us all unique abilities and I’m just kidding, by the way. Unique abilities and unique gifts. And we help one another. We encourage one another. I’m thankful for the wife that I have because she compliments me, and I need a lot to compliment. There’s a gap that’s missing that she feels. She helps me in so many ways, and we’re working together on that. You know, the church is the same way you are needed. When you’re not here, you are missed. There are a number of people that can’t be here tonight and they’re missed. They may not realize it, but they are missed. I think if my wife no doubt she’s missed tonight, she’s there with Joshy, and Joshy’s missed. You say, what does Josh add? Well, nothing else. He adds a smile to his daddy’s face. And I love seeing Joshi back there just peeking up over the pew and looking around. That’s just a blessing to me. It blesses my heart to see him here in the church house. You know what that does to God’s heart to see you in the church house too. You say, I may not be doing anything more than just peeking above the pew, looking around. But God’s pleased with you being here in the church house. God’s got a special purpose in place for each and every one of us. So verse 17, we are all partakers of that one bread. Then he uses the illustration. Behold Israel after the flesh, not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar. He said. Remember the priest, the Israelite priest? They would sacrifice the sacrifice of the altar. God would allow them to take what’s left and eat of the leftover sacrifice. That was how they sustained the priest. They would eat of the sacrifice. He said there was an association there with the sacrifice. They were eating of the sacrifice. They were associating with the sacrifice, and it was all done unto the Lord. Okay, verse number 19. What say I then, that the idol is anything? He’s making a correlation. He said, we’re going back to the thought, what if a person in a pagan temple is worshiping anything other than God? A number of gods or whatever it may be, worshiping a god at little G, offering a sacrifice under that God. They’re doing so worshiping that God. Okay, so he’s revisiting this topic. What say I then that the idol is anything or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols as anything? He said, it doesn’t change the meat. We looked at that in the previous chapter. The meat is still the meat no matter where it’s offered, right? There’s not a cursed place on the meat because it’s offered to an idol. That’s not the consideration. The consideration is what am I associating my testimony with or what am I allowing by somebody else’s conscience? Somebody else’s conscience is what’s at stake here. He said to verse 20 but I say that the things which a gentile sacrifice they sacrifice to devils. You realize when men and women bow before false gods they are worshiping devils. There are men and women in America who say there is no God. They lift themselves up and they’re worshiping themselves. I still think they’re worshiping the devil because they’re not worshiping God. They sacrificed the devils and not to God. And I would not that you shouldn’t have fellowship with devils. He said, don’t participate in the ceremony, don’t participate in the sacrifice. Let’s keep bringing so we get a full context. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of the devil’s said why would you participate in that ceremony and then also come to the Lord’s table and participate in commemorating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ? Let’s make that correlation today in America. I don’t know of anybody going to a pagan temple. I don’t know of any around here. Thank God for that. Let’s keep it that way. But how are we living our lives? And it’s been a while since we’ve had the Lord Supper here and that’s been my fault. We’ll do that here recently. We’ll get some supplies to do that. But when we live our lives just any old way we want to and then we come into the church house and we sit at the Lord’s table or just even sit in the services is there any hypocrisy there? Is there any room there to say I’m trying to say, is there any inconsistency there? If there is? He said what? Jesus said you can’t serve God and mammon, you can’t serve God on one side and then yourself on the other. It’s either or. So make a decision. We’ve got to be separate wherefore come out from among them, the Bible says, and be separate, safe the Lord and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you. He said here’s the fact the food sacrificed to idols is nothing. It does not change the makeup of the food in any way. An idol is nothing. Those involved in sacrificing do so with the intent to sacrifice unto false gods or devils and not to the one true God. He said, I don’t want you to associate with that. Now, verse number 22 do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he? I don’t want to provoke God to jealousy, do you? I love my wife. I would not want her to think that I’m out gallivaning with another young lady somewhere down the road. I want her to know that I’m faithful to her likewise with God. I want God to know that I love Him with my whole heart, soul, body of mind. Don’t there be a question there or anybody else to have a question there? All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful for me, but all things edify not in verse 24, let no man seek his own, but every man and others will. That same thought again keeps recurring. So not what do I have a right to do? I have a right to go into that temple and participate in that service. So really we don’t have a right to do that. Number one, we’re associating with that sacrifice, and number two, it would not help somebody else. We’ll look at this verse again in just a moment. Verse 25. He’s getting to the crux of the matter. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles that eat, asking no question for conscience sake. Remember, he said, don’t have to ask when you go to the marketplace. Was this meat offered to this God? Was this meat offer to any God? I said, don’t worry about it. It doesn’t matter. It’s meat, meats, meat. If you get a good bargain, buy it and enjoy it, man, I don’t know where the meat from Kroger comes from. As far as I know, it’s not offered under any items. I didn’t ask. I’m looking for the best price. And sometimes you can find it at Walmart, sometimes you can find it at Kroger. If you know for a better spot, find it at Bubbas. Let me know and we’ll get some. It doesn’t matter. But he said, let’s finish that. For the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. It all belongs to God anyway. If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and you be disposed to go what service set before you eat, asking no question for content’s sake. Again, if you’re going to a company dinner, or going to a family reunion, or going out to a restaurant and they sit before you some food, you’re not going to ask where it came from. Sometimes you don’t even ask what it is. You just eat and enjoy. But if any man is saying to you, this is offered and sacrificed on the idols, then stop, there’s a problem. Eat not for his sake that showed it, and for conscience sake. Same reason. For the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Both verse 26. And this last part, the same reason because it all belongs to God. You belong to God too. He said, Here, we don’t want you to offend that person that showed it to you, because there’s a reason they brought it out to your attention. They know you’re a Christian, and they know if they bring this to your attention, they’re going to see what you’re going to do with it. He said, I don’t want you to leave any room for doubt. Your testimony is more important than your rights. Conscience, I say, not that I own, but of the other. For why is my liberty judge of another man’s conscience? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken enough for that which I. Give thanks. Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God, give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God. He says, as much as you can live peaceably with all men trying to get along with everybody without compromising your position because you’re trying to win them to the Lord doesn’t mean you go out and drink with somebody. Because alcohol, consuming alcohol is a sin against God doesn’t mean you lower your standards. But it means that as we interact with people in this world, let’s be conscious of our testimony, of how it appears. That what we’re approving of. And I’ve said this before if you saw me go into a bar, you don’t know what I’m going to do. I may order a cheeseburger and a bottle of CocaCola, but the connotation it gives, the association that it gives somebody look at that and say, well, that preacher must not feel too strongly against it. It must be okay. And that’s going to give somebody else an approval. Does that make sense? Even as I please all men and all things not seeking my own profit, but the prophet many that they may be saved. I want to give you just a real quick outline from a man I read after Alan Red Pat. Some of you may know who that is. Read after several, but this is his three rules of the road. Okay? You ready? Three rules of the road. One live sacrificially for others. And I think we saw that verse 24 let no man seek his own, but every man and others wealth. Number two live in separation to God. He said, it’s impossible to belong to Christ and live in the enemy’s camp. We interact with people on a daily basis. Not everybody saved. You go to Walmart, I guarantee you not everybody is saved. But as we make contact with the world, like what he said, be careful that we keep our communion with God. We interact with the world, but we don’t fellowship with the world. We don’t have much in common. We may have surfaced things in common. We may like the same football team. We may like snow. We might like the fact that it’s a beautiful fall day. Brother bills. I don’t like snow. But we may have certain things in common. But that’s about as deep as it goes. There’s no real room for fellowship. So our communion stays with the Lord. We keep ourselves pure, clean and holy. And then also so live sacrificially for the others. Live in separation of God single mindedness of purpose. Number three for the glory of the Lord. And he gives three questions to ask. Number one will it be a stumbling block to other people? If so it goes, we must cut it out, because our concern is for their well being, for their conscience, that they might get saved. They won’t be stumble and fall. So number one, this is a stumbling block to somebody else that’s living sacrificially for others. Number two, can I ask a blessing of the Lord on this action that I take? I’m going to go here and do such and such. Can I say, Lord, I’d like to go here, do such and such. I ask that you bless that bless that trip and you bless that activity. Can I do that? If not, then I ought to stay away from it. If we cannot expect him to bless us, then we stay away because we’re living out of fellowship with God that way. Number three, can I do this thing for the glory of God? Will this bring glory to God? If I do this thing, will it bring a reproach upon him? If I can do this thing for the glory of God, then it’s okay. If I can’t, then we abstain from it. Those were guidelines for things that we may not know. Where the word of God stands. Where the word of God stands, cut and dry, we abide by it. Whether we understand it or agree with it, can reason it all out or not, we abide by it. Where these things? If I go here, what will it say for my testimony? What will it say I’m allowing as a Christian? Am I still living in fellowship with the Lord? If I go here, can I ask God and blessing upon it? And then am I going to do it for the glory of God? Verse 31, 32 and 33, I believe, are the crux of the whole matter of verse 24. Whether therefore you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. As we go through this week, go to work, go about our business throughout this week, let’s remember whatever we do, we’re doing to the glory of God. When Mama at home takes care of Joshua and takes care of JID, she’s doing it for the glory of God. She’s raising the young people to love the Lord and trying to erase all the bad habits. They’re learning from the Danny and trying to get him on the straight and error, trying to help him. She’s going for the glory of God. Whatever we do, whether we lay down at night or go to Walmart forbidden place, it’s got to be in there somewhere that shall not go to Walmart. Whatever we do, do all to the glory of God. We have camp meeting next week. It’s not about any one creature, but it’s about giving glory and honor to God, about opening up our hearts, saying, Lord, you show me what I need. Show me if there’s sin in my life that needs removed, if I need to reproduce from something, corrected, whatever it may be. Show me what I need so that I can be a better Christian, a better witness for you, a better husband, father, whatever it may be, so I can bring glory and honor to you those that are coming into singing to bring glory and honor to God. So whatever we do, let’s make that our main goal is to bring glory to God. That will solve a lot of problems for us. It’s no longer about ourselves and what we want. I wish I got a hold of this when I was younger. Could have saved myself a lot of heartache, a lot of trouble and missed a lot of things I would have done over, done differently. How about you? It would be the same with the day. Let’s give glory and honor to God and consider what somebody else is doing. Why? Because there are those out there that are lost and dying and going to devil’s. Hell. Hell’s real. Heaven’s real. I’m thankful that I’m going, but hell’s real. And there are people that are lost and dying without Jesus Christ and asserting my right. If it’s a hindrance to somebody getting saved, it’s not worth it. Don’t worry about it. It’s not worth it. We’ll have liberty and freedom in heaven and won’t have to worry about any of that. But right now we ought to be concerned with what our testimony says to somebody else. Let me ask you this. Are you living holy and clean and pure for the Lord? You’re keeping your bodies pure and clean for God, keeping your testimony in check for the Lord, that’s the main thing. After all he’s done for us, that’s the least we can do. Amen. Let’s stand

it’s, bow our heads and close our eyes. Does anyone here see me say, Brother, that message was for me? I appreciate that message. Will you just slip your hand up? I see those hands. You can put them down. Anybody else? Why don’t you search your heart now say, Lord, forgive me if it’s one of these areas where I’ve messed up, I’ve stumbled, I’ve failed. Help me to get that fixed. I mean to correct it. Lord, I’ve been living my life for myself. I’m sorry. Help me to live my life for you. Lord. I know there’s no good there’s no good thing that you’ll withhold from me if I give my life to you. And, Lord, what you have for my life is better than what I have planned for my life. So, Lord, take everything and give me what I need. Well, you pray that this evening, Father in heaven, lord, we do ask for your help tonight. Lord, it seems sometimes it seems an impossible task to live up to this standard, Lord. We can’t do it in our flesh. But Father, I pray that you would help us through your spirit to be the Christians we ought to be live so we shine the light of the Lord Jesus Christ to others around us in this life. Live sacrificially for others. Give glory and honor to God first and foremost. And Father, we want to praise you for all that you’ve done. We get selfish so often. So forgive us and help us get back on the right path, keep ourselves pure and clean and holy for you. In Jesus name we pray. Lord, save our lost loved ones. Help us to be a witness to them and pray that they’d see something this week that would show them that they need to be saved and turn to you. And pray for the upcoming camp meeting. Lord bless it and help it, and the Lord send a special touch. We pray. In Jesus name. Amen.

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