Are you going to let the lost out run you? – Tim Conway

25 01 2010

If you really believe that this is all true. If this is indeed. You know, when it says over Revelation 14 (v. 13). It says that when we are entering into our rest; our deeds follow us. I tell you this, through all eternity, the things you do in this life and the service of Christ are going to follow you there. And yet, you are giving yourself to the trivialities and the vanities of this life. Amazing!

You know what? Your professing child of God. You say you believe in eternal rewards. You say there is treasure to be had in heaven but then you compare yourself to a lost man and he is out-running you. He is investing all his stuff in this life because he believes that it is going to bring him pleasure. You say, you believe the greatest treasure is at His right hand in the world to come and yet, by your life, you are not proving it and he is outrunning you and his objective [is] what he wants to accomplish than what you are running in. We speak one way brethren, we live another way and we ought to hang our heads that this world should be out-runners.

Jesus Christ said, “I would that you would show yourself in or out, hot or cold. And it you are going to be lukewarm, if you are going to serve Me with a half heart. It sickens Me. I’ll vomit you out of My mouth.” He is not speaking to some turks over there in Esmer bowing down there to their Allah. No! He is speaking to a church just like I am speaking to you now. Not to the lost hordes down there! He is speaking to the Church and He is saying, “If you are going to serve Me with a half heart, divided heart. I hate it, It sickens Me!” Go one way or the other but get off the middle. And if you are not ready, listen and I say this as far as membership to this church. If you are not willing to commit to be hot and to be commit to go all the way, I am not saying God may not move you, God may not take you to another place, that may happen. But when you come, you need to be committed to serve the Living Christ with some heat, with some fervency, with some passion, with some commitment. If you want to play games, there’s a lot of other places that you can go play games. But, we want to do it according to the Word do we not? And it says do it with fervency. It say, don’t be slothful in this.

Zeal matters, passion matters, over, over, over, over, over, over again in the Bible we find, intensity matters, zeal matters, whole heartiness matters, don’t settle for anything less. Too many lazy Christians or at least ‘professing’ lazy Christians. Make no mistake about it, the LORD Christ is calling you to put away your idleness, put away your slothfulness, all your laziness, all your half heartiness. Serve Him as a slave with a boiling spirit. That’s what we are called to do.

BRETHREN, DON’T BE SLOTHFUL. DON’T BE IDLE. There are too much sloth, and sluggishness, and slowness in Christians today.

I am serving the One who died for me. I am serving the One who gave Himself for me. I am serving Him who gave Himself up a fragment offering to His Father on my behalf. Now, let that sink in!

Beloved, we don’t just want to serve Christ, we want to love Christ. We’re not like those pagans. Oh, I’ve got pictures in my mind. Hindus in their yard, in their little doll house looking altars bowing really fast. It is almost you are looking at it and that thing can’t be real. We are not like them. We don’t serve our Christ like the pagans all full of fear, all full of terror. Brethren, If Christ would have to stand here right now, you know, He would speak with authority and yet, with compassion. If He had spoken that way, and He said “Look at My wounds, I’ve done this for you. What have you done for Me?” IS THAT NOT WORTH YOUR FERVENCY?

Are you going to let the lost out run you? by Tim Conway

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Do you desire God – Paul Washer

10 10 2009

I don’t believe Love is just doing the right thing. I don’t believe love is just keeping commandments and I don’t believe love is just being patient and kind and … that’s what love looks like when it walks and talks but that’s not love.
Love is Passion.

Let me ask you a question, “Do You Have A Passion For God?”, “Do You Desire Him?”, “Do You Long For Him?” Yes, we all go through times in which our hearts are dull. Yes, we go through times when we need to be encourage. Yes, we all go through times when our eyes are mesmerize by things they should not be. Yes, we all struggle in that but if someone would look at your life would they say, “This person has a passion, not for ministry, not for missions, not for evangelism, but for God.”

The sign of a genuine work of God in the heart is that you began to hate the sin you once loved and to love the righteousness you once ignored. The question is not, “Do you agree with that?”, or “Are you challenged?” The question is, “Is that a reality in your life?” Is it young lady, young man, elderly woman, elderly man, middle age man in the prime of life? Is it a reality in your life? Are you continuing to grow in your hatred of sin and your love for righteousness? That’s the question.

So it’s not a question, “Do you want to do the right thing?” or “Do you want to be moral?” or “Do you want to have a good life?” It is this, “Do you desire Him?”
I hate preaching that goes something like this, “You know you got a wonderful life there, yuppie. You got a really nice house, a really nice job and you got a really beautiful wife and you got 1.2-5 children. And you got three cars, and Subaru’s and Suburbans and you just have a great job. You got a great life. Everything fits perfectly in place. You just lack one thing: you lack Jesus.”
That is the most disgusting thing that you could ever say. What would be more appropriate to say is “Sir, your life is nothing. It has no value at all apart from Jesus Christ.” He is not some little accessory that a yuppie puts on top of his life as though it were cherry on top of ice cream. You have Jesus and Jesus has you or you are barren and wasted and lost.

So it’s not a question of “Do you want a better life?”, “Do you want to go to heaven?”, “Do you want to fix your marriage?”, “Do you want all these things? No.
Do you want God? Do you desire Him?

Everyone knows they are a sinner, they just don’t realize how heinous and terrible that is, nor do they want to let go of the very thing that they choose to drink down as though it was water. You see the question is not, “Do you recognize you are a sinner?” The question is, “Sir, as I was speaking to you, or maybe it’s long term discipleship over a period of time, Sir as I was sharing with you and discipling you, “What has God done to your heart?””

People come to me all the time, “I have a new relationship with God” But I say, “Do you have a new relationship with sin because if you do not have a new relationship with sin, you don’t have a relationship with God.”

Has God done such a supernatural work in your heart through the Holy Spirit that although prior to that you lived a life of ignoring God; of hating God. You now see Him as esteemed above all things and you desire Him above all things.

God is infinite. Heaven will be an infinite chase, an infinite tracking down of the glories of God. But most don’t want that even most who attend evangelical churches don’t really want that and I can prove it: they don’t want it now. If you don’t want it now, you won’t want it then because eternal life doesn’t begin with dying and going to heaven. He says, this is eternal life that they may know You, know You and that begins the moment He regenerates your heart and reveals to you… this place ought to be a contradiction. First Baptist Church a muscle shows ought to be a contradiction in every sense of the term. Our theology should be high and even it should be called academic into some degree. People should think that the only thing we think about is theology and truth and yet, when the worship leader gets up here This Place Ought To Go Wild!

Do you desire Him?

Do You Desire God? by Paul Washer