Sunday Morning Service 01-13-19
Take your Bibles and turn with me if you would to Nehemiah chapter 9 Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 2. Our goal is to worship Our God that ought to be one of the reasons we're in church and I'll be one of the reasons that we exist is to worship Our God our savior the one who has done everything for us and in Nehemiah chapter 9 they're going to get to.
They're going to by the end of this chapter. It starts really at the beginning of the chapter goes all the way through the chapter. They are worshiping God. I think there are three things that stand out in the chapter about how they get from where they are to real worship. So take your Bible with me and start and Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 2.
The first step was they separated from strangers. They separated from strangers. Look at Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 2 the Bible said and the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers and stood and confess their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. That's why our heads forward prayer just a minute and then we will dive in and Nehemiah chapter 9 father.
I love you. I thank you for the opportunity to serve you I pray God that you will. Bring worship from our hearts towards you you would help us to stand and magnify you and glorify you that will understand who you are and what your characters like today. I pray God's you'd speak now and that you would work in them in the midst of your people and will give you honor and glory for all you do.
In Jesus name amen. Look if you would at verse 2 and underline separated themselves their first step towards getting to where they're going to worship. God was they needed to separate themselves from all strangers. Now when you read it, you're like what in the world all strangers? That's all foreigners.
That's all the people that don't worship the. Israel so all around them every city or every country has a territorial God they all worship Dagon or they worship Baal or they worship another God astaroth. They worship all these gods and so the people of God had over the years begun to mix with people who didn't worship God and so that diluted their worship.
I mean it was like our God is one of the Gods. He's like there are a lot of gods and we have one of the Gods and so you don't really worship when you think that you've got to get to a place where you realized as one of the men in our Sunday School classes. They said there he is. Not a God. He is the god.
He's not one of the Gods. He is the God Amen and so you didn't say Amen there. Y'all aren't too sure about that. I. All right. Now, he's God. He's God and he's the only God and so they need to separate from foreign Gods. He separate from non Godsey separate from demons and Idols. Look at your Bible at Nehemiah chapter 13.
In verse 26 this will help you get that picture of what they're doing Nehemiah chapter 13 strangers refer to people that worshipped other gods Nehemiah chapter 13 verse 26 did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things yet among many nations was her no King like him who was beloved of his God and God made him King Over All.
Nevertheless even him that outlandish women caused the sin that word outlandish foreigners again strangers people that don't worship Our God and what happened was Solomon, you know the story the first king is Saul and he's not a good King and then David puts that God puts David in his King and David's a great king over Israel.
And then when David passes on God put Solomon in charge and Solomon the wisest, man he. Is a genius of a man was walking with God right and scripture being used of God? But as he got older he started everybody came to see him and he can like the popularity and then they would come to see him and they would offer to marry with him and make alliances with other countries.
So Israel would rise in status. So you need the NATO agreement you need to other types of political agreements with other countries and the way they did it back then was you married them. So Solomon ends up married to a whole bunch of women. And since he's married to him, he falls in love with him.
He's on he gives up with a thousand wives. I think that's a little Overkill. Amen. I
mean y'all can't even a man that I mean a thousand Wives come on some of the guys like I don't know. I might like to try that put them all to work. I don't know but anyways got a thousand wives and he's why so what happens he's Wives come in. They worship other gods. You know what? He does. He goes and builds the temple to their God.
She goes over here in the city of Jerusalem, and he builds a temple to a demon god and all of a sudden now, they're you're coming into Jerusalem the city of God and there's a Temple to Dagon. There's a Temple to Baal. There's a Temple to all these Wicked gods and Solomon messed up big time because this.
Now there are cities been destroyed. They've been gone and the Babylonian captivity. They're returning from the Captivity and Nehemiah try and say we need to get back to what the Bible says here. And what the Bible says here is you only worship one God and you get away from people that would influence you to worship another God that is not a strange thing for the new.
I'd like you to look if you would at 2nd Corinthians chapter 6 and verse 14 second Corinthians chapter 6 and verse 14. I want you to realize it is a new testament principle to separate from people. It is a new testament teaching that you will pick. Who you marry and who your friends are based on very important truth.
What's their opinion of Jesus will give you what it said Corinthians chapter 6 and verse 14 be not unequally yoked with unbelievers. Don't marry a person don't get yoked up with a person who doesn't believe in Jesus Christ. Can I get an amen right there? Listen to me, you know why you don't do that because it says very clearly if you got your Bible open just read your Bible and follow with me.
You'll notice is it says for what Fellowship Fellowship underline the word Fellowship how in the world do right and wrong get along? How in the world do right and wrong get along? That's the first word Fellowship second word communion. That's another word for Fellowship. That's sweet intimate relationship.
That's the word we even used for the Lord's supper and he says so he says and does does light and darkness or they have sweet into my relationship. No, you get one or the other. Amen. You get one of the others said so you got what communion and in verse 15 using another word. What conquered what piece has Christ with Belial Bulow another word for the devil tell you really think there's a piece of cord between God and the devil.
He said absolutely not and then look at verse 15 what part underlined part what part hath he that believeth with an Infidel how in the world. Can you get along with a person doesn't believe in Jesus? How long you get along with a person believe in Jesus to be honest with you? If I were walking around with somebody who was walking my wife and making fun of my wife.
I would either have to be a real good Christian and walk away or just punch them say man as old as I am now. I think I'll just walk away because they might punch back. But the truth is you don't put up with people not liking your wife and saying I'd be things about your wife. Can I get an amen how and where you run around?
People say enough nice things about you God. How do I tell you walk around with people that donut don't love Jesus? How do where you walk around people who don't think Jesus Is God. So he says separate from them. Now look down here verse 16. He uses the word agreement all the same words. I don't know.
If you're paying attention to what you got. You got Fellowship you got communion conquered part agreement with the temple of God with Idols the temple of God and Idols don't get along. God said don't make any Graven image. And here are the temple of God. I was like you ought to know better than that and you are the Temple of the Living God in verse 16, and he said I'll do well and you and I and you if you if you'll trust me I will dwell in you and walking you.
I'll be your God you'll be my people. So be separate now. We're getting to worship. I got married 45 years ago. And I just be honest with you marriage requires.
How many of you agree with that say Man, I mean when I moved in with Betty, I didn't bring any other girls with me.
You all you ever consider that I didn't walk in say honey. Glad to get married. Do you think some other girlfriends? I just thought I'd bring them with me. I promise you. I'll put them in other rooms. I'll sleep in the main room with you, but I just have these girls here. Just when we fight when we fuss I've got these extra girls.
You're so dumb for no. I'm not the dumb one. Here you are because you say I never do that. I respect my wife more than that. I just wouldn't respect my God more than that. You see to get to Worship You got to say no to all those gods and yes to the one God. To get to Worship You got to say nothing else works and no one else died on the cross.
And so I'm putting the st. Stone interest me and and the icons don't interest me and other things don't interest me only Jesus interest me. There's some things you should be separating from so real quickly. Let me give you a few things. You should separate from any false worship or admiration for a false.
God. I'm always shocked by the way. It's like you I've been Christians got a boot in their house. What in the world are you doing? Why would you bring one of the devil's junk into your house? We send missionaries to tell people that ain't right. As a weak one, I'll expect to be stoned after the church.
I would put up with you buddy Mark the word of God and God's truths. I wouldn't let anyone that would lead me to rebel against the word of God. You see the first step to worship is to decide that you will seek God and God Alone. No other gods nothing or no one that distracts from God how many of you want to worship God?
Step one towards worship Gods walk away from all other gods step one worshipping God is to say there is only one God Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father, but by me Acts chapter 4 verse 12 says there's no other name given among men. Whereby you must be saved.
It's only Jesus. That's who we believe in that's who we worship. That's how you get to that. So 45 years ago. I looked around all these girls that like to me there weren't any but I looked around. And I said, well Betty will take me and I'm going to marry her and I married her but I couldn't bring any others.
It was separation required yesterday. There was a wedding right here on this platform. And when that wedding took place, there wasn't any mention of Separation really but there was because when you get married you're saying to thee and to the only do I commit myself I'm giving my promise to you.
How do y'all expect to worship God if you don't take that step. So they separated second thing. They did. Look at Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 2. underline it you should have separated themselves on the line. Now you Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse two hundred on the word confession. They made confession.
They make confession. This is a very interesting point in Nehemiah chapter 9. You really need to keep your Bible open to look at it and the seed of Israel separate themselves from all strangers and. And confess their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. How do you get to to confessing the sins of yourself?
And your father look at Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 3 Nehemiah 9 3 and they stood up in their place and they read in the book of The Law of the Lord their God 1/4 part of the day and another fourth part. They confessed and worshiped the Lord their God. I want you to love fourth part of the day.
That's three hours day is 12 hours nights 12 hours in their calendar three hours of the day. They had a service and all the people out there standing there and they're just reading in the book and when you get in the book, it's amazing with the book does to you when you get in the book. It's the first time you realize I really shouldn't be doing that.
I really shouldn't be thinking that I really shouldn't be living that way. This book starts to affect me if I get into the book. Can I get an amen? That's why it's the most carefully guarded book in your house. It's put away covered up and hidden and you don't read it because you don't want it to get hurt.
But if you really wanted to hurt read it it'll get into you and do a little hurting. Can I get an amen in there? It'll say I don't like what you're doing and that's what ends up happening. They read the Bible the Bible shows them their sin and their. And then I start admitting it there confessing go with me to Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 16 if you would Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 16, they admit that their parents had dealt proudly and stubbornly against God they admit that their parents.
She see if you if you try to protect your mama and your daddy and said my mama and my daddy were right. Their mom and their daddy did wrong. That's why they were in the Babylonian captivity their mama and their daddy did wrong and they needed to realize I can't use my parents as an excuse read a verse and they.
But they and our fathers dealt proudly. He doesn't like that our fathers dealt proudly and hardened their necks and hearken not to thy Commandments their parents would not admit their need for God their parents stubbornly refused to obey God. They were not willing to Humble themselves. They refused to listen to the word of God.
How often do we use what we saw our parents do as an excuse for what we do. Well, my parents didn't go to church. My parents didn't read the Bible. My parents didn't seem to have this problem and we use our parents just because your parents did something doesn't make it right. Just because your parents do something doesn't make it right we choose right and wrong for what the word says not from what we saw our parents do.
Amen. If not every person. That's a Buddhist could say well my parents and every person that's a Hindu could say, well my parents and every person it's a Muslim can say well my parents but we need a measure for truth and the measure is the word of God. They recognize their parents had done wrong.
That's a big step the day you step up and say mom and daddy didn't obey God. They're on their way. Look at chapter 9 and verse 17 and refused to obey we're still taught by the same people our parents. They refused to obey neither were mindful of the Wonders that you did among them. But they hardened their necks and in Rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage but thou art a god ready to Pardon gracious and merciful slow to anger and of great kindness and for circus.
Mm. Not so see what if you read Nehemiah chapter 9 Nehemiah and the boys are taking them back through their history and their said we need to see because there's this thing about being American and accepting whatever America has taught us. There's this thing about being an American citizen of the United States of America and almost we think like America is right no matter what the Bible says and we think whatever our country agrees with that's what's right and wrong and so basically what's going on here is they're going back through the Old Testament.
They've been reading the book of Genesis and exodus and Leviticus numbers and Deuteronomy and they get to reading the Bible. They're all going. Wow. Our parents didn't do right there even got a name what they did wrong. It's a major step. It's funny how if I don't if I don't divorce myself from everybody else and say I want what God wants I'm going to say where everybody else is.
They wouldn't admit their need. I want you to look at chapter 9 and verse 16 they dealt proudly. Now look at verse 17 they refused to obey the parents knew what God's word says. But they said I don't want it like that and they were not mindful of the Wonders. They saw God did they saw how God worked among the people but they were like not a big deal.
So what God's feeding a so what man has fallen down? So what our shoes aren't getting? No. So what God's being good. I don't care. I'm not paying attention to any of. They hardened their necks. They had preachers. They had preacher standing out in the Moses and Aaron and Levites and other people sent out a preaching the word till they were like I care what you say.
I don't like you Moses. I don't like what God's got to say. I don't like it. They hardened their necks and in their Rebellion, they even appointed him a captain Yuri what they said to not Moses. It said look when I was just we don't like what you say will pick her own man. That's where we live today in it.
We will now seek out churches that say what we want them to say. We now seek out churches that say to us, whatever it is. We feel like people we ought to hear I want to hear this and this and this and this is my political stance in this and hardly anyone takes the Bible anymore just says, it's what the Bible says.
That's where we need to get. We Bose our history in our past. We refuse to admit that our country our parents did anything wrong real confession is not defending ourselves, but being honest, In comparing our obedience to what God wants look at Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 18 their parents set up false gods Idols the Bible said yay when they had made them a molten calf.
They said this is thy God that brought the up out of Egypt and had wrought great provocations. You realize what happened, you know, this is a story when Moses up in a mountain and Aaron's down there and they make the golden calf and they set up the golden calf their dance around the golden calf and they're worshiping the golden calf.
Moses is up in the mountain right now with God getting the ticket members getting the word of God bringing the word of God down and the people have chosen to disobey God now when they tell their history, you know, I hear people all the time make statements like well bless God, they couldn't nobody one more to wasn't for us glory of God.
It's everything about me me me me me me. My my my my country. I'm a by never what God won't hear. They said we realize they made a molten calf. They made a calf. They made an idol and look what they said. Aaron walks out and says Dada this is your god. This is your god. He's the one that got you out of Egypt and then they started worshipping God like a bunch of dingbats bunch of idiots worshiping God great provocations.
They credited the idol the demons and their salvation their rescue. They were worshipping a false god their love for the false. God had greatly angered God. They enjoyed God's blessings without giving him honor and credit. You do realize if you look at the verse here. God is so good. And so kind he is so patient.
I'll show you that in just a minute go down to the chapter 9 and verse 25. I'm afraid This Is Us. We look back at our failures that we don't call them sin anymore. We call them mistakes. We look at back at stuff. We want admit that a person's a drunkard there an alcoholic. We want except sin. We don't like anything that makes us feel bad.
We don't want anything what hurt our self-image but to get to God you separate from those who don't love God and then you start waking up. Wait a minute. Let me show you where I'm wrong. I need to get wrong so I can get right. I need to get to a place where I look at myself. Look at chapter 9 verse 25 last part.
They were filled and became fat. God gave them a great place. They took a strong City. They took a fat land. They took Houses full of all. Well Goods Wells dig Vineyards olives are out of yards and fruit trees and they ate and they were filled and they became fat and the delighted themselves in God's good as you know, what ends up happening, don't you?
They get all God does for me and instead of worshipping God. It's kind of like us in it. We've accepted what we want. We've accepted the goodness that God gives but they're forgetting that God gave it to him. They're not praising God Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 25, even though God had been so good to him in verse 26, excuse me.
They were disobedient underline that. They rebelled against God who had done such great things for them. They took the word of God and threw it behind their backs. And so we don't want to know what the word of God has to say. They slew the preachers the profits that testified against him and they did a lot of stuff that God didn't like.
If you read not Nehemiah chapter 9 they're going to end up worshipping that's where we're going now. But let me just tell you what ends up happening to really worship God you got to say. You know, I'm going to have to choose God here and it might mean I lose her friendship with you, but I'm choosing God over bail.
I'm choosing God over some false Doctrine you believe I'm choosing God and I'm walking with God and if you don't like God, I probably won't like you. If you don't want to serve God, I probably don't want to hang around with you too much because I want God, by the way, I used to tell the previous.
I worked in Prue. You don't have to get rid of your friends. They'll get rid of you. If you talk enough about Jesus you talk about serving God you talk about doing right they'll walk away from you real quick. You don't have to be ugly just love Jesus and don't let me slow you down on that to really get to worship will have to see our sin our failure in our Rebellion.
That's what leads us to see our need for God. If we continue justifying her actions, we never really get to Victory. We have to stop making excuses and choose God and His word over our pride our family and our past. They had to see that the Captivity and everything was because of sin not just bad luck.
God doesn't God wasn't being mean to them. They brought the consequences of sin upon themselves, and they just need to stop justifying and excuse. Their past that's the confession. And then finally once I said man, my Barrett's messed up and I messed up I've separated myself from my friends. And now I realize I messed up I need God now they can get to worship.
As long as you're running down to the Temple of Baal and check it out how pretty the idol is as long as you're looking at the great Buddha lay in their boot of beer. He wouldn't fit in this building and you're looking at him and thinking how beautiful he is and how sweet the smell of incense is and how all the people are doing all the sweet little things to worship their false god, you got to get to a point where you say no, no, no.
No, there's only one God and only way to him is through Jesus separate. Then confess and say man, just to be honest. I haven't really been seeking God just to be honest. My parents got me kind of lazy and fat about this stuff and enjoying all God does but never get in the word and never seeking God and never doing what's right, and I don't want to be that person anymore God.
I'm tired of who I've been I'm tired of my like a hurt for you. I'm tired of liking the material Goods more not like you I want you so that brought him to worship. Toby the Nehemiah chapter 9 verse 3. I love this verse they stood up in their place and read in the book of The Law of the Lord their God 1/4 part of the day and then a fourth part, they confessed and worshipped but Allah and they worshipped they separated they confess and now they're worshiping verse 6.
They do that by recognizing there's only one true God you have to understand that. Listen to me you live in tolerant coexist Ville. You live in Well, everybody's alright and everybody's good and we're fine with everything but God's people have never been able to think that God's people don't look so.
Well, you have a nice God. I have a nice kind of like your got to like my God God's people got to say no. No, there's only one God sorry. Sorry. I know this offends you but Buddha can't get you anywhere and and Mohamed can't do you any good. There's only one way. And the exclusivity of Christ makes everybody upset with us.
But they recognize he was God Alone Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 6 you there look at it. That's how you God. Even you are Lord alone underline that in your Bible. You are God and God alone and you have made the heaven. And the heaven of the heavens will all the Angels at all the stuff up there and the Earth and all the things there in the seas and everything.
It's in the sea and you preserve them and even all the Unseen host the Angels worship you he is God. He is Creator God. Did you underline made in verse 6 you need to learn made? If you take away the crease right now even among popular Evangelical preachers, they're denying the first 11 chapters of the Bible there dotting of the word of God is true.
If you ever pull the creation of the Bible of a whole Bible falls apart because on every page they all found. It was really real. They said you made the heavens and the heavens of the heavens. Did you make it by with your in Colossians? You're going to read this verse just written another way. God made it and God preserved it you underline preserveth his god holds it together.
How in the world is this whole world stay together. There's a God who made it and holds it together. Next. You really want to worship him. You got no, he's the only one how many of you know, he's the only once a man if he's only one why don't you act like it? He's only one wants you brag on him won't you praise Him?
Secondly, you got to see him as right. You got to see him as right worship is seeing him is right. Look at Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 8. For the sake of time, we're going to jump to the end of verse it says in the Mi chapter 9 and verse 8 and it must be 8 because that's the wrong verse try seven try and get around there and find it.
He has performed his words. He is righteous Thou Art righteous. That's not it. I'm sorry. I messed up on that he is he has performed his words. It starts out in verse 9 of chapter 9 the verse says found his heart faithful found us his heart faithful. He has performed his words. He is righteous. I want you find that vert.
There it is that it look at 9/8 at the last part. He is righteous Thou Art righteous o go down to verse 33 if you would you see you don't get to make God like you want God God Made You. You don't get to make a God in your image. And the idea is you have God Made You God is keeping you alive Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 33.
This is worship Worship Is God. You're the only one worship is in got the owner you the only ones you're right. I love his first look at 33 Thou Art just. in all that is brought upon us you have done right? Look at that you have done right? We have done wickedly. We've been in Babylon for 70 years as captives and we don't think you're right God.
Why did you do that to us? That's what have been their attitude before this. But now they have separated from false gods and thrown away all the worldly thinking and what philosophers that our land might say, and now they're saying what's God say they have separated themselves. They had confessed and now they look at God and say God everything's going on in my life.
You were right. I'm the one that's wrong. We did Wicked our people did wickedly. After 9 and verse 13, it is recognizing that God's word is good. You will worship is worship is to say man. I know God's word is good. I can trust God's word. Look at Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 13. You came down from the Mount Sinai you speak from Heaven you gave them under on its right judgments.
Would you underline that how many of you just get a little upset with the Bible? Can we be honest right there? You're like, I don't like the Bible. Sometimes I think about was and acquitted. Sometimes I think about was wrong. I just don't like the Bible very much. Not any worse. That's Rebellion.
I get a mentor out there. How come on he said you gave us right judgments true laws good statutes and Commandments you ought to just under light in that verse right true and good. Sometimes don't like read the Bible is kind of boring to me and I don't like what it says is I kind of think that Old Testament out of date and that's come on.
But when you worship you said no, no, no. You gave us that I want to know it because it's right it's good and it's true. I want to know what it says chapter 9 and verse 19. Then you see God's mercy his character. Did you know that God's a cat his characters great Mercy Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 30 19 yet thou in thy manifold Mercies.
I want you online manifold mercies. And you say what in the world is many manifold like many fold. It's like a whole bunch of them. It's like God has Mercy that works this way and this way and this way and this way he has a multitude of mercies. He has an abundance of Mercy. He has Mercy for when you're dying and merciful when you're living and mercy when you're hungry and he's just a good God.
It's manifold Mercy. Oh God, you are good. You are right. I know you're right. That's worship. Say man manifold chapter 9 verse 27, you delivered them out of the hands of their enemies skip on down according to your manifold Mercy like every time we did wrong God did right every time we should have been punished.
God had much Mercy verse 28 they did Evil again before you but when they returned and cried you heard him. Many times leave the last words according to thy Mercy's you realize you realize who God is all through the history of Israel. They kept doing wrong and any normal God like you invent would just of obliterated them.
They just fact is he told Moses? Well, then I'm just going to obliterate them and Moses said you can't do that goes against your character. Because it okay. You're right. I won't do it and every time they did wrong every time the Kid Rock God just kept on loving them. Aren't you happy about that.
He loves you. You been messing up a whole bunch. You've been doing wrong. You been getting off track you and messing up and he just keeps on loving you according to his mercies chapter 9 and verse 31. Hang on Bill you need other on this they are great mercies says nevertheless for thy great.
Mercy's sake well, you should have killed him God you should have consumed them, but you're too sweet. What a God you thought he was sweet in the New Testament. You just need to read the Old Testament you find that's great. Then look at the last part of that verse 31 thou art a gracious and merciful.
God God you are gracious. You are full of grace. You have so much grace and you are so merciful verse 32. He keeps home. He keeps Covenant and mercy hurry up. Let's go on we got we're in a hurry here Nehemiah chapter 9 and verse 30 ready. He's a merciful but he's also patient. Thank God he's patient look at chapter 9 and verse 30 look at it yet many years didst thou forbear them God.
I've taken all of Nehemiah chapter on told you all the junk they did and all the wickedness was going on and I'll take it and shown you all of that and God you shut up. You should have destroyed him. You should have killed him, but you just kept on putting up with it. for Bears. You put up with it.
We want to worship will see him as merciful and gracious. We want to worship will seem as patient. You know, sometimes we look at God like God you ought to be doing more for mean God's like I look I put up on a junk a lot of junk right now. Your Rebellion is sickening, but I keep putting up with it your Disobedience your lack of getting in my book your lack of worshiping me.
You're like a recognizing me for who I am, but I just keep on being sweet to you anyway. Well, he's good. Now let me show you how he is go to chapter 9 and verse 17. How is he chapter 9 and verse 17. I would just skip down to the but because we've already looked at first part. Now. Look at this.
They were they were they refuse to obey in all that. We looked at that but now it but thou art a god. ready to forgive. Oh God, you're ready to forgive. You are gracious full of grace and mercy, you don't get angry quickly. You are of great kindness and you never walked away from your people. Wow, you are good.
You are good. They're worshiping now. They're worshiping now. now take you back to chapter 9 verse 5 because it's kind of all this works together, but in chapter 9 and verse 5. Get all those levite stand up there and he said stand up. And bless the Lord. Look at it. Y'all stand up and say wow, he's good.
He is merciful. He is kind he is patient God you are good Egypt on verse 5 stand up and bless the Lord your God forever and ever and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted. Above all blessing and praise he made you he will save you. It's time to decide to honor and follow him Lord willing next Sunday.
We'll start here in Nehemiah chapter 9 verse 30 it but she'd look at it. Anyway, they got through praising him and them I said, all right boys were going to sign a promise right now that we're going to keep on loving God y'all come on up look at me in my chapter 9 verse. 38 because of all this we make a sure Covenant and write it and seal it.
They're coming up her single. We're going to Worship You No, More false gods no more Rebellion. No more hard necks no more proud, and we're proud nobody lifting ourselves up against you no more throwing your word behind our backs. We're here to serve you. I
have a question for you. Are you worshipping God?
Are you worshipping God? Do you still love those that hate God? My best friends don't really love God. Well, then you must have been talking about God very much and you must been putting up with a lot of junk out of their mouth.
You become politically correct. So you want to offend them? You are quiet about your love for God. You're a secret agent oo7 worshiper of God.
Back in the old days when people started getting saved in I to keep a Peru where we were missionaries. They started coming to church and they would stick their Bible all the way down into their pants. And I'd say they come walking towards church because it when they didn't drive they walked and when they walk they walk right by the bar and the people that used to drink with and get drunk with they laughing.
Hey brother, brother you going up at a worship God? And they just laugh at him every week they walk by and so I saw a lot of me keep their Bible hidden and we get church just for they came in the door that whip it out. Like I'm here now. I want anybody see me Karen what these books? You live in Alpharetta.
You can pray everywhere you go you go open the Bible because everybody run maybe I'll go out to eat breakfast and I'm having my meeting with my men there's over there and there's over there. It's going on there for work. Are you oo7 Christian? Nobody even knows you're saved? You choose your friends over God and His word.
That's not worship. I don't like what you're saying. I'll see. I know you didn't get right. Do you continue to make excuses for what you do instead of a believing God and obeying him, you know, we'll get and second. I will give an invitation give you opportunity to say God I Choose You I Will separate for those that don't love you.
I will talk about you. I will confess my failure. I will worship you.
You continue making excuses? You say this is the way it is. You can't really follow the Bible in this world today. Everyone else is doing just what I do. You have plenty of justifications and excuses for your Rebellion. You just want to get along in life.
You don't like my wife. I don't like you.
I really don't you want to abide by my wife you will one time around me. Then after I chew you out you probably won't want to come around because I'm going to let you know. I choose her over you. By the way, you don't like Jesus. I'm gonna let you know about that, too. I'm going to let you know about that too.
You start acting like Jesus is just like Mohammed and wheel. Oh, no, he's not. You start acting like it. All religions are alike. I was saying, oh, no, they're not. You obviously haven't read the word of God and you obviously don't even know what they believe because there's only one God like our God like this is only one.
God Rest them are all false fake imposters. counterfeits. your worship God when you see God for who he is. You need to know him love him and seek him. Some of you came today and you're not really saved you're not really going to heaven and and you're like, I don't know. If God could love me if you heard about the God.
I just talked to you about he loves you. You're still breathing. He's loving you even walking kind of crazy doing junkie shouldn't do and you wonder could God love me. He's patient you say but I don't know. I might have gone too far. He's full of grace. He's full of Mercy. He loves you right where you are.
No matter what you've done. He loves you. You worshipped other gods you fall into sin. You committed adultery. You became a drunkard you had an abortion. I don't care what you've done. He's a merciful and good and kind God we read about it today. I didn't say that the Bible said it you read it.
You got a Bible you read it is on I made one mistake on a verse. I don't think I didn't rest of them. But it's in there. Huh? He loves you some of you Christians. You've been away from God a long time. You haven't really been seeking them. Last time. You read your Bible. Come on. You're not reading your Bible.
You're not seeking God. You're not faithful to church not honoring God. He loves you. Won't you worship? Why don't you get to worship separate yourself from anything? That would keep you from worshipping God. Confess your failure and come talk to him.