Sunday Morning Service 2/10/19
Take your Bibles and turn with me if you would to the book of Nehemiah chapter 13 Nehemiah chapter 13 and verse 24 Nehemiah chapter 13 and verse 24. What are you teaching your children? So we're in the book of Nehemiah. We are coming to the end of the book of Nehemiah you would think by now that everything was really working out.
The wall has been put together. They been worshipping God and Nehemiah leaves town for about a year. And goes back to where he where he used to work as the cupbearer and babbling. And while he's gone, the people rapidly return to their Wicked Ways and the next thing you know, they're intermarrying with people that worship false gods we've talked about that and when he gets back he says what in the world your children don't even speak Hebrew your spirit your children don't know how to talk about our God.
They're talking about another God you're half to half. Their speech is worldly speech I cannot. You have so quickly allowed. This happened you made big promises to God, but you hadn't been keeping them. You have turned back from where you were. I really think this is very relevant to you and me today.
I think we get in trouble. I think we need God and we make promises to God now. I think God begins to bless us. Based on us on his goodness and his desire to bless us when we're doing right, but it doesn't take long. For us to shift right back to where we were right back to what we were doing. We seem to go back to that.
So today I pray. God would deal with our hearts that we would say, I'm gonna do right. I'm going to lead my family. I'm going to honor God and I'm going to do the right thing. Let me read with you Nehemiah chapter 13 and verse 6 and I want to have a word of prayer and then we'll work our way through this chapter.
The Bible says in the Mi 13-6, but in all this time was I not at Jerusalem. For in the 32nd year of our talks. He's king of Babylon came. I unto the king and after certain days, I obtained leave of the king Father in Heaven. I desperately need you this morning. I want to explain your word. I want to help it be clear.
I want it to touch our hearts. I want to ask you to grow your people. I want to ask you to mature your. God I can't do it. They will not hear me. They'll not listen to me. They'll see it as my opinion versus their opinion. But if your Holy Spirit would work to spawning and convict people to work in their hearts then God they be changed.
So I come to you and I asked you to work ask you to help us to be Spirit-filled listeners. To open our hearts and to be ready to hear your word and I'll give you praise for all you do in Jesus name. Amen. What are you teaching your kids?
I seriously question as I know how to ask you. you skip church for the dumbest reasons. you leave your Bible at home on vacation. You don't honor God. with your money. you don't honor God with your time. You say you love Jesus you talk all the right language. You sound like a good Christian, but your kids know what's really going on.
They know you. You're not willing to honor God with money, but you're willing to honor a sport with it. You're not willing to honor God with your money, but you're willing to honor your past time with it. And your kids are learning from you. By the grace of God, this is a young Church by the grace of God.
Most of you are young families. Which is a great thing we can still save our families. If you're not careful, your children will not serve God. And if you're not careful your children will go. to the Devil Himself. almost every Church you go to around America. It's all a bunch of old white headed people.
I can say that I am one. I often go to churches preach and I'm a Young Man. in the 60s. and I look around the room. Like where are they? They lost their kids. Maybe wondering if their kids were in somebody else's church, but then somebody else's kids to be in their Church. Wouldn't he? They're gone.
So I want you to go through the book of Nehemiah Antonia my chapter 13 with me and I want you to pay honest attention to what's happening and bring it down to real in your life. The first thing that happens in this chapter is the leaders gone. The leader is gone. He's not even the pastor. By the way.
I think you need to know Nehemiah is not a preacher. The amount is not a pastor. He's more like a governor. He's more like the mayor. He's more like the county sheriff. He's more like a political leader than he is a priest or a preacher, but he is the most spiritual leader they seem to have in town.
I mean the preachers in this book. Or like willy-nilly cowards let about by whatever the lay people want them to do. And there's only one guy that spent stands up and says blessed God we're going to do the right thing. Is not name is Nehemiah and Nehemiah chapter 13 and verse 6. He's been gone from Jerusalem.
You ought to underline that verse 6 all this time was I not in Jerusalem the lack of spiritual leadership in the city of Jerusalem is very obvious. He spent 12 years there and while he was there for those 12 years things were flying along, but he's been going about a year and now the people ever nicked in their promises to God and without spiritual leadership.
They have gone astray and you need to understand in Acts chapter 20 and verse 28 the Apostle. Paul warned the early church just like that. He said you guys need to be really careful Acts chapter 20 and verse 28 says take heed therefore unto yourselves and to all the flock over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers.
To feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood for I know this that after my departing shall Grievous wolves enter in among you not sparing the flock. He said as soon as I'm gone, you can mark it down some Wicked people going to come in here and get you away from serving Jesus and he said in verse 30 and some of them are going to be part of you guys some of your own people in this room are going to rise up and speak.
Perverse things and get people to quit following Jesus verse 31. He said watch. Keep your eyes open be on guard. Remember I have warned you for three years to do the right thing. And now I give you over to God a church needs spiritual leadership to keep everyone in the Bible. Our natural tendency is for Family Life Center.
Our natural tendency is Upward Basketball nothing wrong with either one of those are natural tendency is activity are least natural attend activity is get in the Bible find out what God has to say and obey the word of God a church needs spiritual leadership. A family needs spiritual leadership.
Dad. Why don't you grow up? Why don't you stand up and say to your family as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord it comes Sunday morning when they want to go to the ball game or come come weekday when they want to go out and get a party going you ought to say to them we chose to serve God and I will lead this home truth must be constantly repeated and meditate on that's the truth of this whole chapter.
First promise they broke was they wouldn't they didn't separate from sin look with me if you would in the Mi chapter 10 and verse 28 if you don't separate from sin, you're going right back to it. You can't just stop you got to get away from it. You can't just say I don't worship Devils. You got to get away from people that worship Devils.
You can't say I don't I don't do this wicked seeing you got to get away from that. We separate from people that don't love God. do you hear that we separate from people that don't love God and Nehemiah chapter 10 and verse 28 the Bible says. That they separated themselves from the people of the land.
You need to underline a verse 28. We talked about separation separations always from to. From to look if you would in chapter 10 and verse 28, they separated themselves from the people of the land unto the law of God. They said we want do what people think is right. We'll do what God says is right.
We won't go by public opinion or popular opinion will find out what God says and in chapter 10 and verse 28 three chapters ago. They made that choice verse 29, they entered into a curse if you've been going through the by we should have an underline. Said we'll do it or we won't God to punish us.
We give our word. We sign our name. We have made our choice We Will Serve God verse 30. They promised what they wouldn't do. They said we will not give our daughters. So these lost people I'm not going to let a devil worshipping lost man have my daughter. I say that very harshly, but let me explain to you.
They looked real good. They looked real good. These devil worshippers didn't have tails and horns. They look like a city councilman. They looked like a good Democrat. They look like a good Republican. They look like a good person in your community. They looked like somebody blond one of the Civic clubs.
They just didn't worship God. They didn't walk around going hits hits hits like a deep demon or a snake. They just didn't talk Jesus Jesus Jesus. And he said we won't give our daughters to them now go to chapter 13 and verse 1. Chapter 13 Nehemiah chapter 13 and verse 1 they have intentionally or unwittingly married ammonites and moabites.
In Chapter 13 and verse 1 they read in the book of Moses and the audience of the people and found written that the ammonites and the moabites shouldn't enter into the congregation of God. Now if you got your Bible open, I wish you'd underlying this. They read in the book. Would you design a line that you know how to keep yourself straight?
Read in the book, you know how to know. What's right read in the book underlying that in verse 1 they read in the book. They read in the book and how many of you are not having a habit a reading in the book. How many of you don't have a habit of opening this book and saying God I need to hear from you.
I need to know what you think and he'll say well read my book and you've been reading your book and I want you to underline that same verse he said and they found written. It's amazing. What you find when you read your like, I didn't know he said that well, you just hadn't been looking at the writing because when you look at the right and it's right there, he found written that they shouldn't marry them.
You'll find God's Will and God's truth in the Bible a mind and Moab were the children of lot and is incest with his daughters. So these are two cursed groups of people. It is a wicked daughter who went in and slept with her drunk daddy and the next night should the other the daughter did the exact same thing and that's where these people come from.
They are the enemies of God. It's amazing what happens when they read the Bible look if you would at chapter 13 and verse 3 when they heard the law underlying that they heard the law. They separated. From all Israel from Israel all the mixed multitude. I wish you don't and they heard the law now you are hearing it this morning.
I'm reading it to you. And as you read the word of God and as you see it right there in front of you you ought to be saying I really don't care what Austin's got to say, but if it's in the book. It's for real. I don't care what Austin has to say, but if it's in the book, I will and they heard the law and they separated they realize this isn't what a man want to do.
This is what God wanted them to do. Got your name in there. We came here today. Not as lost people we came here. Today is Born Again people who want God's will we came here today to say open God's book. Let's see what God has to say because I love God and I want to serve God. God had forbidden this Union and Deuteronomy 23 and for this group of people that hired Balaam Wicked idolatrous.
Money-hungry preacher and he hired him to curse God's people and when he went up tried to curse God's people he said curses and out came blessings. Because God said you ain't messing with my people boy. And so Balaam said well, we can't I can't put the curse on them. But here's what we can do we can mix with.
We can mix with them and what a curse won't do mixing with them will do so if you'll just go marry their daughters and go to parties with them and hang out with them. You can teach them not to worship their God and then God won't bless them and so Balaam one in the long run unbelievers infiltrated with God's people.
And brought problems to God's people how many people in this room were falling for the president the balaam's curse how many of you are like, yeah, my best friend's are Hindus. My best friend's are Buddhist. You say well brother Austin should we witness to him? Yeah, but when you do they'll either get it, right or get mad.
You see real witness and doesn't say. Hey, I'll go to your church and will worship your God and you'll come to my church and I worship my God and we'll just be buddies. We will coexist you. Jesus doesn't coexist with anybody. He is the only one who exists and he expects it to be the way it works.
So they met the children of Nehemiah chapter 13 and verse 2. They hired Balaam. You can never imitate the world and hope for God's blessings. We can never imitate the world. So churches have the desire man. We need more people to come to our church. So let's get worldly. Well churches weren't meant to get worldly churches Were Meant to get the world out of people and get Jesus in the people.
We can't dumb down the church it up and dumb down the word of God enough that lost people will like it. Darkness always hates light evil always runs from right and good. Those who love sin and rebellion and Satan will always hate God and submission and righteousness until they are converted. We want people to come to know Jesus.
They had so mingled with the world that a wicked man was given logic in the very House of God. Look at Nehemiah chapter 13 and verse 4. Now, you got to understand once you start making friends with them. You got to be nice to her. And the priest India Sab. He's a buddy with 2y and 2y is the guy that all book Long's been causing trouble for Nehemiah and Nehemiah is out of town.
And so Alias have chapter 13 and verse for allies himself. He enter marries his family Mary's with the wicked guys family and he's in charge. He has the oversight look at it of the Chamber of the house of God, and he's allied with them. See when you make friends you make concessions. When you make friends, you make concessions if we're going to get along I won't say what offends you even if it's right and even if it's true and you won't say what offends me what are you teaching your children?
It was friendship over faithfulness. And so it got so bad and Nehemiah chapter 13 and verse 5 that they gave him the big room now down at the church. They did. You know nowadays are big room for the all the offerings at this church is done at the bank and now we do it all with paper, you know. Or just digits.
I don't even know if there's any real paper out there just all digits but in their day and time when you came to church on Sunday, you came in with a bunch of avocados. And some grapes and some watermelons and all the food. They had this big room set aside. And as the people of God came in they took that stuff.
They put it in this big room and that was going to meet the needs of the preachers and the Levites and the work of God. But in Chapter 13 and verse 5 Ali I said I've said we don't need that room anymore. We're so lined up with the world. We don't even give our money to this our money now goes to junk.
We've quit honoring God and we started on ourselves. So in verse 5 he prepared for him a great chamber a big room. That beforehand a for time they had put the meat offerings in the frankincense and the vessels and the ties and the new wine and the oil and that had been commanded to be given to the Levites and the singers and importers of the offerings of the priest.
He replaced obedience to God with friendship with the world. No more offerings. No more obedience, but we will be accepted and respected by the world. You know, I want my loss neighbor to just think I'm a great guy. I don't want him to think. I'm a fanatic. I don't want him to think I dedicate so much of my life and my time to God, I wouldn't want to come across as one and people gives God so much money.
I wouldn't want to come across as one in better than now Cass. I need to hang out with the drunkard and he likes to need he needs to like me. I need to hang out with the god hater and he needs to like me. That's what ends up happening in Nehemiah. There's a great lesson here. You have to choose to please your family or God, but you can't choose both.
You see the whole Christian Life is take up your cross and taking up your cross means saying no to you. And no to your family and yes to God, I will not do what regular American people do. I will not do what regular people on this planet. Do I will honor God. I know this morning. They're all over the city.
This is not even a day for God. There's they don't care about worship. They don't care about honoring God. They're out doing all their games and and they even mock us they drive by and say the people wasted our money of people got attacks freed up there. Look at all the people this up there doing dumb stuff and your body into it.
hmm. the priest throwaways Ministry by marrying the wrong person Nehemiah wasn't are providing spiritual leadership. Churches fail when men and women in leadership do not walk with God. Families fail when parents do not step up and Lead their home in the word of God and obedience. Listen to me your kids going to walk away from God because you need to stand up and say we will serve God we will read the Bible.
We will honor God we will do what's right. If you don't do that, you're teaching them another lesson. So Nehemiah takes a Biblical stand Nehemiah chapter 13 and verse 7 you're mad at me yet. I mean, I've really you don't know it but I'm really at the first Sunday in all the years. I've been preached.
I'm struggling to junk. I had no normally struggle with so I know the devil don't like me being here. So what I'm saying to you, I just hope you take it. And they are my chapter 13 and verse 7 Nehemiah gets back to Jerusalem. I love is verse you got understand old Nehemiah. He's had the money. He's had the position.
He's worn the nice clothes. He stood next to the king. He's been a cupbearer to the king and he chose the cross over the cup. And he's been leading these people for 12 years. He's been back in Babylon and now he's come back to Jerusalem. And when he gets back to Jerusalem says in verse 7, I came to Jerusalem and I understood.
I figured it out. I understood the evil that Elia Seb did for tomorrow. He says he has have wants to be the friend of lost people. He's more concerned about what lost people feel then what God feels and he's made a compromise with them. And he gave him that room. He recognizes the evil. The man of God has committed.
He sees a wicked man has been put in God's house in place of the offerings and it breaks his heart. Look at 13:8 in 1380 says men. It grieved me sore, Tennessee hillbilly is boy that burnt my backside. I went what in the world this is where God stuff supposed to be. What's this Pagan do it in God's house.
That's what only am I thinking you saw don't think he was that violent. Hang on Baby. He going to be slapping him around in a minute. I mean, this is like the meanest spiritual leader you ever met. He said that he said that look at it. He said I cast forth. I don't really know how that works. Yeah, Jesus turn the tables over I desist mean the mm.
I just walked in there and just walk over said kicked us out of here that what it means. It's kind of its kind of what I read their John just took a duck.
Look at it is that I want to die cast forth. That's pretty strong talk. He said I went in there big grieve me. So I threw his junk out. Oh to buy a comes walking up and he's like here comes his underwear. Boom Here Comes his bed room. I don't to bi is probably what no world and they look up there's the man of God.
Look at verse 9. He said I commanded and they cleaned. Get that guy out of here and go in there and wash it down with soap and water and bleach and get the filth out of that room. That's God's room. He said then I went and said go find all God's vessels and bring them back. He said you know what? I noticed chapter 13 and verse 10.
He's quit taking care of the men of God. Look at it verse 10. I perceived that the portions of the Levites hadn't been given them and they all ran for home. See what ended up happening was. The Levites were supposed to live off those offerings, but now Tobias living in the room where their offerings come from.
So they've all left nobody's doing the preaching work anymore. Nobody sitting up the auditorium. Nobody's getting everything ready anymore. They ran. You see they didn't keep their promise to separate from sin. And now they didn't keep their promise to support the work of God. Look at verse 11.
Then contended I why is the house of God forsaken? Why aren't y'all taking care of God's house what he says. He said y'all promised you would look back to Nehemiah chapter 10 and verse 39. The children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering unto the chambers and look at the last phrase of that verse we will not forsake the house of our God.
You can hear it. Can't you it was Revival meeting. There are people at the altar I'll separate from sin. I'll take care of the men of God. I'll do what I'm supposed to do. I will do right three chapters later. They have forgotten all that. Sonia my got things back in order and chapter 13 and verse 12.
They started bringing their tithes back. Then they set up the budget. At the church to make sure it wasn't a church. It was a nation of Israel to make sure the men of God were taking care of 1313. I made treasurer's over the treasures. I found men were counted faithful and would give the money out distribute under their Brethren y'all to underline.
Nehemiah wants God to remember him. Well, it's really beautiful in this whole chapter is nehemiah's like God, you know, these people don't even like me. I've been slapping people around I've been making people do right, and I'm not sure they like me, but I need to know you like me read the verse of me and that all about way Dad.
You don't need your kids to like you unique God to like you and when God likes you your kids will love you. So you're you being a yes man to a bunch of brats is not manhood. You want to say to them we're going to church. We don't miss doors open. We're there. You say well, what about this? What about it?
Huh you mad yet? Chapter 13 verse 14 read this remember me. Oh my God. Concerning this and wipe not out. My good deeds. I have done for the house of my God. If the officers are of God, please remember me when it's all said and done God. I want to know this that you think I have shown my love for you and I have done the right thing.
Don't forget because I'm not making decisions based on what's popular. I'm making decisions based on what you want. I get an amen right there. God remembers you what will he remember about you? Well, he remember you is faithful. Will he remember you as obedient? Will he remember you as taking care of his work or taking care of yourself?
I remind you not to get too mad right here. We're in Nehemiah 13. We was in 12 last week. And so if you think boy he's picking on me. Well actually 13 just came after 12. You see what a coincidence your preached on is not really we've been on this course a long time. They also didn't keep their promise about honoring God's day the Sabbath and chapter 13 and verse 7.
I contended with the Nobles and I said, what evil is this that you do? And profaning the saddle now the Sabbath's not our day. That's Saturday. But the Jewish people to honor their God were to not do stuff on that day. It was God's day. They promised that Nehemiah chapter 10 verse 31 that they wouldn't buy.
They wouldn't do business that they would set that side of that day aside for God just like he told him to they made that promise, but they forgot. You know like you did. Oh God. I love you. I'll do whatever you want to do a lot. Are you I'll serve you out be there. Oh, sorry God I forgot. I got other activities.
Check you later. You hang tight. I'll be back.
Nehemiah chapter 13 and verse 15. Oh Nehemiah shows up. He says I saw in Judah some people are treading on the wine presses. On the Sabbath and they were bringing stuff in the sale on the Sabbath and I testified against him that's on verse 15. He said they were selling food. They were just going about life.
Like God's day wasn't God's day. He said so I said, hey, I need to explain to y'all what the Bible says and he's talking to Jewish people in his Old Testament, but he preached to him and then he says something really interested.
Which teaching your children verse 18 He said did not your father's do the same thing and did not our God bring evil upon us and upon our city. Yet ye bring more wrath. He said got stopped did we not figure out in Nehemiah chapters 1 through 12 that the reason we're suffering is our parents did not honor God.
And we're suffering the consequences. The reason we were in Babylon for 70 years is our Parish didn't obey God for 490 years and we've been slaves boy. It's been rough and it was mom and dad that brought it on us and now you're trying to bring it on your own kids. Can't you learn anything?
It all suffer from the consequences of their parents sins. And now they're fall into the same trap. How quickly we forget our promises to God. How easily we slip back into the old way of life. That's the old me and my he stands back up just down to take another stand here comes another one Nehemiah chapter 13 verse 19.
It came to pass that when the Gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the Sabbath. I commanded the gates be shut and they will not be open again. And he said I set by the gates and I made sure nobody was about business on that day. Read the verse Sonia my went down. He said shut the gates gates on running said he shut the gates that are not coming in.
You're not doing business. We're going to honor God we made that promise and we're going to keep it what he said. And then what happened was all the merchants just came and camped out right outside the gate they just said well if he won't let us him will be ready for first light, but he will be in there.
So then he said chapter 13 and verse 20. Nope. You're leaving no camping next to the walls. He said if you do verse 21, I'll lay hands on you.
I like this preacher. I mean I picture young. He's not a preacher. He's a he's a businessman. I mean he goes on and says, huh? No, no, you don't park next to my gate. You're not waiting to do wrong soon. Nope, not happening leave and if you don't I'm going to be swap out of you. That's that's King Austin's translation of your King James right there.
I will lay hands on you. I don't think he meant God bless these people as I pray over there. I think he meant I've I'll prove it in a minute. He goes slap them around. He said to the men of God time y'all woke up start doing your job you bunch of lazy preachers. You bunch of lazy preachers chapter 13 and verse 22 I commanded.
I bet I hate to think that some businessmen had to walk in and say get out of bed you bunch of lazy preachers and get about doing your job. But that's pretty much what I read here. He said I command it. I said y'all take a bath and get holy cleanup and sanctify make holy God's holy day is a man's thing.
You said I'm a little offended I bet you are. You ran into a real man of God told me am I good night and him I didn't have a backbone. He had a railroad beam back at everybody else might bend and bow only am I said, I don't bend and I don't bow. He wanted God to know he'd been doing right here. He comes again.
He loves to say God God. I'm out here fighting with her buddy. Good me all by myself fighting a lot and people please don't forget me. Look at me in my 1322. Remember me? Oh my God concerning this also, you know, I've been fighting with them a lot spare me. According to the greatness of our Mercy I go out there and get ready to whoop them them out.
I'll try to gang up on me. So God, just remember. I'm your guy give me power to whoop them. Whooping that's Tennessee. Hillbilly for beat them up. Whip them. So now he says we talked about the fact y'all been married the wrong people.
13:23. In those days. So I Jews that had married wives of ashdod amnesty Ammon and Moab. Y'all have married women from people that don't love God. Let's change that for you. You have married women of Hinduism Buddhism. Islam. And you marry them. You married? And he said your children have learned from your wives how to speak talk about other gods and not the real God.
Look at chapter 13 verse 24. You got it. This is all Bible. Come on. Are you mad? I'm just reading the Bible 13:24 and their children speak half the speech of ashdod. And could not speak in the Jews language. You understand what he said I go in and talk to your kid. He understands how to prey on Muhammad.
He understands how to pray to Allah, but he doesn't know how to pray to God. Because your wife spends more time with the kids anyway, and he wiped out even love the god of Heaven.
What you teaching the kids? What are you teaching your kids? I know you're not going here this a normal church because they're not going to get into the Bible, but we're just reading the Bible. In church is supposed to read the Bible. Amen.
They couldn't speak the Jews language 1324. They could speak the juice language. Now. What's the Jews language? What's Hebrew? Its Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers and Deuteronomy. It's Joshua. And judges and Ruth and first and second second first second Keys First Chronicles Ezra Nehemiah Esther job and Psalms and all the way to Malachi 39 books.
That's God's talk and your kids are becoming more familiar with football terms and basketball terms and that's not wrong with any of that. They're more familiar than they are with the his words. That's your leadership, sir. I know how to race this car. On how to play this golf game. I know how to fly this airplane and I don't worry about that.
And I know about God you get to talk to Jill about flying an airplane. They're going to get excited you tons about loving Jesus. They're going to get real depressed boards the word. God stuff bores me. Well, that's because you got the wrong mama in this chapter. Because she doesn't love God in our context.
It might be you got the wrong, Mom and Dad. Not teaching you. Y'all mad yet if you think your med hang on because Nia my is fixing to show his colors and him I 1325 you have your Bibles open? I'm going to go a little over today. I don't do it normally so charge me next week. Verse 25 I contended.
That means I got in a fight with them. Argument with them I cursed now that's not like he didn't say blankety-blank words. He said God will not put up with this. God will bring judgment on you. That's what that kind of curse means. You can't play this game and get away with it. That's what the curse means.
And then he said and then I slapped a few of them, but I can you imagine that meat. I just walk right over and grab John and punch him one. I get through punch him get over you get Jeff. Just whooping right that it's easier to whip your you're shorter your next Josh your small. He's too big. He might be too.
I whup you I'm looking for the shortest guy in the room. He smote him then he plucked her hair out. I mean, I want you to be goes our but here it is drinking across the room and obviously he looks down and there's no but nobody's are just got hair in his hand. This is a deacons meeting say man.
Then he made them swear and say we won't do it anymore. We're sorry. And when I was a kid, you used to play Uncle y'all don't be it would be bad to do this today in the old days. You'd grab your hands like this and he grabbed his hands and whoever could twist them and the kid had to go out go when you whooped them bad enough.
Now, they shall couldn't do that. You hear kids get in trouble for manly stuff like that. But anyway,
he said you will say you're not going to do wrong anymore. Y'all going to get it right today. Then he says can I remind you that the smartest King we ever had a king like no other king. He married wrong kind of women in it messed up his life. Nehemiah chapter 13 verse 26 did not Solomon king of Israel sinned by these things.
He married outlandish women, you know, what outlandish means don't you out of this land? Ruth just means he married those women that worshipped Islam. He married those women that worshipped Hinduism. He married those women who worshipped other gods and when you do that you bring compromise.
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He knows that they knew. They could fall into the same trap. He said shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, you know, it's a big evil for you to want to hang out and be friends with people who don't love God. When your buddies are beer-guzzling sex fiends and you're hanging out birds of a feather flock together sweetie.
That's why some of us are in church this morning. We're in church does we're looking for our own kind. Great evil to transgress against our God and marrying strange women verse 32 1328 one of the smart alec stood up and said something and he just chased him other room. You can see this right here.
I'm talking to all you people and somehow I stood up right there and the amount of takes off running some kick your rear if I can catch you the guys headed for the door. He said you don't see me snatching hair out of heads. Watch this. I'm fixing to kick you in the guys to book it out the door. And then he said I hope God punishes you chapter 29 a Chapter 13 Verse 29.
Remember them? Oh my God, they defile the priesthood. They broke the Covenant. And so I cleaned it up verse 30. In verse 31. He said so remember me God. Remember me God.
Here's some major lessons to be learned from the of my chapter 13. You need to choose spiritual blessings over material ones. Making money is it as important as your walk with God? And yet you'll move to another town when there's no church that preaches the book and you'll skip church for a dollar.
That's cheap prostitution.
You're not careful. You will choose comfort and convenience. Over the cross. you're called to a cross. You will choose what makes you feel good over obedience. You should hunger for the approval of God like Nehemiah does Nehemiah 13 Nehemiah? Kept saying? Hey remember me? Remember me? May God remember me?
I'm taking a stand remember me. We're like I got time to up care what God thinks I do what I like this week. I'll get around to God when I'm dying on my deathbed, but you kids won't be praying for you buddy. They'll have learned not to pray from you.
I'm old enough to retire if y'all need that. This is what the book says. Be careful what you teach your children. Be careful what you teach your children. If you learn the language of the world and do not be surprised when they choose the world. over Jesus.
if you learn the language of the world that do not be surprised if they choose the world. over Jesus. I don't mean to be ugly but I don't mind being ugly just to be blunt honesty. I'm in hit my I mean, I'm not the nicest guy you ever met. I ain't hit a one of. I'd snatch any of your hair out and chasing by the other room, but just just take what Nehemiah saying Nehemiah is saying stand for God.
Yeah your kids going to want to go to that. Activity. Yeah, your wife's going to want to yeah, you're going to want to but somewhere along the way you stand and say God first. God first. If you show a little respect for God in his worship than your children probably will not serve God.
Are your children learning to do what lost kids do? or what God's kids do.
You do not know how much I want you to love me. It's one of my biggest weaknesses. I want people to love me, but the truth is in this chapter. In anybody in this church, that knows the Bible knows and stretched it a bit.
Be careful who you children date and marry has long-lasting consequences.
How do you handle your money? Are you honoring God with your money? See, they didn't honor God with their money. That's why they could put Tobin treasure room.
Are you taking care of the things of God? Or are you forsaken the house of God?
Well, you teaching your children? most important thing in my life is this. God let me have four children. And I want them to serve Jesus. And when I'm laying in a casket in a few years, I hope my kids walk by and say Daddy loves Jesus and we do too. I hope my kids walk by and say he put Jesus first and we will too.
I don't need a trophy. I don't need a lot of money. I do Jesus. Where are you? What are you teaching? For children.