Pastor Jim Micheff
Midland SDA Church
February 3, 2018
Introduction: Early 70’s, 7th or 8th grade, lived in a small town in Wisconsin called Doylestown, population 200, it was dusk almost too dark to see, playing basketball at neighbors house, when … suddenly the whole sky seemed to light up all at once, we all stopped playing, there was a quiet uneasiness, the various things I had learned about Jesus 2nd coming and the end of the world flooded my memory, leaving the game unfinished I excused myself and raced home, heart pounding, fearing Jesus was coming and I was not ready! Mom assured me Jesus was not coming yet, the next day the newspapers reported that a freight train pulling cars loaded with fuel and derailed and caused a terrible exposition.
You remember 9/11. The news media reported that on that day the world changed - as a result of a Terrorist attack. 4 hijacked airliners crash, 2 into the world trade centers – the symbol of America’s wealth, one into the pentagon – a symbol of America’s military strength. The last one was foiled crashing into a field.
The next week after 9/11 church attendance was incredible. But after several months the initial fear subsided and church attendence dropped below what it was before 9/11.
What motivates any of us to “come to Jesus”? Fear of death or the 2nd Coming, or the desire for heavenly rewards? It should be…the conviction of sin and the realization of your need of a Savior.
Story: Lady (Nadine) afraid to die – she didn’t know Jesus
Rom 6:23 I recognize that I’m a sinner and deserve to die.
1 John 1:9 I confess my sin to you and accept your offer to become my sin bearer so that I can live forever.
James 4:7 I surrender my will to you knowing that my life is not my own but yours.
Phil 2:13 for it is God who words in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure.
1 Pet 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
James 12-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
What are you going through? Loss of a job, death in your family, divorce, family challenges.
Sometimes the very thing that will bring about the needed change in us we are asking God to remove.
Example: Health/sickness. We must understand that it is not God’s will to heal everyone. Sometimes through sickness we are brought to depend on God.
1 Cor 10:13 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 ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therfore, and repent.
Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Phil 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therwith to be content.