A life worthy of The Lord

Colossians chapter 1 starting with verse

9

praise God

you know sometimes it is I don't

recommend it but if you're away for a

while and you come back and you just

hear the in worship you just close your

eyes and you just hear those songs of

praise and people crying out to the Lord

there's just nothing like it spirit of

god I just thank you for this house that

bears your name you are indeed the Lion

of the tribe of Judah you are our King

our beloved we are in all of you and we

love you may it always be so bless this

word breathe it into life in Jesus name

and while you're finding your text

Colossians chapter 1 i've been wanting

to a little background I've been wanting

to share this word for some time

actually for with this fellowship for

about a year and I've even I've preached

here on a couple of occasions since the

time that the Lord first awoke this word

in my spirit but it just wasn't the

opportunity you know the time wasn't

just the timing wasn't there but this is

the time praise the Lord this is the

sunday I get to share this word here

I've been looking forward to it and if

you see me depending on my notes an

awful lot I hope you got you know

I'll probably get a c-minus in someone's

homiletic class but that's okay if

you're out there if you're for

gordon-conwell and you're grading me so

sorry but I will be depending a lot on

my notes because I don't want to miss

anything Wow there was a riot in Ephesus

I here just last week I saw that on CNN

if you get no just kidding but the

sermon if you get nothing else from

pastor Greg's series on the book of Acts

its how willing people like peter and

paul and barnabas and silas were to risk

their lives I mean Paul the fool walks

in to Ephesus the next day and kept

coming back what is he thinking there

was something about this gospel that

compelled them to risk their lives and

if you read on and think in Scripture is

just giving us a bird's-eye view it's

amazing how quickly the gospel spread

like wildfire throughout their world I

mean what we're seeing in

the western United States these days is

giving us an idea what we mean by that

word wildfire it spreads in all

directions it's hard to contain you

don't know where it's going to RuPt

again and that's what's happening with

the gospel of Jesus Christ in fact I had

invited you to open to Colossians

chapter one we're going to focus on

verses 9 through 14 today but a little

earlier near the beginning of verse 6

that has come to you there's this

declaration of Paul writes them all over

the world this gospel is bearing fruit

and growing this is current events and

even as he's writing to the Colossians

there's nothing to stop the gospel of

Jesus Christ it's growing in all

directions in in a matter of a couple of

decades it went from a dozen souls in

Jerusalem throughout your throughout

their Europe and then it jumps sort of

the fire brigade into Asia and it's just

growing he says all over the world this

gospel is bearing fruit and growing just

as it has has been doing among you since

the day you heard it and understood

God's grace in all its truth you learned

of it from a Paris our dear fellow

servant who is a faithful minister of

Christ on our behalf and who also told

us of your love in the spirit in other

words it was not Paul who founded the

church in Colisee he didn't he didn't

start this church of the collisions it

was a fellow known as a Paris who

converted who received the gospel of

Jesus Christ probably in Ephesus they

were neighboring towns he gets saved and

goes back to his town just a little

further

the road and now you have the Church of

the collusions to whom Paul is sending

this letter it's spreading like fire

because there's this life transforming

power to the Gospel message they were

sharing it was important I'm going to

share that word again a life

transforming power wonderful now for the

next four for the rest of the service

the question is what does that mean to

you and we'll start with this little

survey why did you come to church this

morning why did you come to church today

and there are all kinds of reasons you

can you can you know and I don't think

there's any bad reason the church I mean

unless you're thinking I'm sorry was

this the mall this is in faneuil hall I

beg your pardon I'm completely mistaken

unless it's that there's no I don't

think there's a bad reason to come to

church today answers are plethora I'm a

Christian pastor sam i've been a

christian all my life I pretty much I've

been coming to this church for third

what else am I going to do on a Sunday

morning pastor Sam that's fine it's your

habit to come to church I can think of a

lot worse habits than coming to church

on Sunday morning praise the Lord others

have deeper you know reasons pastor Sam

I'm not well I'm not well physically I'm

not well emotionally mentally and I need

the Lord to heal me or it could be

pastor Sam my marriage my home is

weathering a storm and we want the Lord

to intervene there could be pastor sam i

am facing something I don't have

real solution to and I need an answer if

those are your reasons for coming to the

house of God praise the Lord you're

welcome here those are X those are all

wonderful reasons for coming to the

house of God for coming here this

morning but for some of you some of you

are saying something different some of

you are simply saying I want to change

my life I want to change my life I pray

that this church be filled with people

without desire the first step to seeing

your life change is to want it to change

the Lord person's desire and you

congratulations but change it into what

and that's what we're going to focus on

change it in a wat as pastor Greg shared

muddin and I are back from vacation

fresh from vacation it's one of those

vacations where you drive hundreds of

miles you know to see beautiful places

that got created you know racking up

miles on your car and spending guys and

as you as you cross the Maine State Line

any of you who've ever been to Maine

which is beautiful it's awesome to have

a place like Maine just a you know an

hour from north of here as you cross the

Maine State Line I don't know if you've

noticed there's a sign that greets you

announcing main the way life should be

you know visions of vamoose and

eagles soaring and pine trees no visions

of like 12 feet of snow in March but in

fact I know lots of folks who live work

and minister in Maine and they think

that's pretty funny really you can't do

any you can't think any better than the

main that's the way life should be what

what is the way what is the way your

life should be what's the way what is

the way your life should be well pastor

Sam I I don't know but I do know I

wanted to be different I want it to be

better right well what is you know what

this different mean what this better

mean I want to change my life okay the

question today is change it into what

God's birth the desire to change your

life oh great change it into what and i

suggest i think the word suggests that

you if you're going to change your life

change it into the life that God meant

for you that God dreamt for you when he

created you what scripture calls a life

worthy of the Lord a life worthy of the

Lord who created you and put you on this

planet on purpose for a reason and meant

everything he meant when he created you

live a life worthy of

so we continued our reading in

Colossians chapter 1 starting with verse

9 for this reason since the day we heard

about you we have not stopped praying

for you and asking God to fill you fill

you with the knowledge of his will

through all spiritual wisdom and

understanding and we pray this in order

that you may live a life worthy of the

Lord and may please him in every way

bearing fruit in every good work growing

in the knowledge of God being

strengthened with all power according to

his glorious might so that you may have

great endurance and patience and

joyfully giving thanks to the father who

has qualified you to share in the

inheritance of the Saints of the kingdom

of light for he has rescued us from the

Dominion of darkness and brought us into

the kingdom of the son he loves in whom

we have Redemption the forgiveness of

sins in six verses in those six verses

this text gives us a sweeping vision of

a life worthy of the Lord how do you

live that way what should a life worthy

of the Lord look like we're going to

begin with a review of the life that God

rescued us from we're going to begin

with the end of mine verses 13 and 14

for he has rescued us why don't you tell

your neighbor I couldn't resist this

tell your neighbor he has rescued

tell your neighbor he has rescued us

there's a reason for calling response

and so that your lips confess it and so

that the house may be filled with the

confession of the word of God tell your

neighbor he has rescued us he's rescued

us from the Dominion of darkness and

brought us into the kingdom of the Sun

in loves in whom we have Redemption the

forgiveness of sons is the fundamental

assumption undergirding this passage is

this Paul assumes he's writing to a

people who have been rescued he's

writing to a people of who've been

rescued this is an amazing reality

through Jesus Christ God has rescued us

from and the text here uses the phrase

Dominion of darkness now your

translation may read power of Darkness

it's a way they're translating the greek

i prefer the Dominion of darkness

because they're it's not just some vague

power the Greek is talking about this is

organized structural darkness it is a

realm a play a spiritual place under the

command of who scripture describes as

the prince of this world imagine a dark

kingdom of many layers many levels many

strata it is a deceptive

darkness like a dark labyrinth you could

actually move up from one layer of

darkness to another that doesn't seem so

oppressive but you're still in darkness

do you get the idea the idea is for you

to be lost in there have you heard that

phrase before that's what it means you

can literally remain move from one level

of darkness to one that doesn't seem so

oppressive but you're still in darkness

and you we we have no power to escape

this Dominion this place on our own you

try I don't know if I if so some of

y'all remember well some of us I think

for most of us does the Holy Spirit give

you a vague memory of what this is like

or what it was like you think you're

free you want to be free and then you

realize wait a minute I've been here

before this is this is just as dark as

where I was before you can't get out of

there we need we have no power to escape

the Dominion of darkness on our own

we're just going to be moving laterally

and vertically from one layer of

darkness of the next we need to be

rescued we need to be rescued we need

the Lord to sweep in like a spiritual

SEAL team and the word says and he

brought us the Greek there is

interesting it's and he bring he bring

thus he translates us or transports us

or beings us into the kingdom of the son

he loves the word used here is the same

word used for giving a passport back

then or citizenship papers giving us

access to a very different Kingdom a

totally different reality one of the

magical places that we visited just just

on our leg home was a is this island

about four miles four hours north of you

four or five hours or north of your

Campobello Island beautiful place in New

Brunswick just across it's a border it's

a border place just across from Lubec

Maine beautiful place the Roosevelts had

a home there etc lots of history lots of

fog just about every morning good mayne

fog in the morning in a beautiful

lighthouse and from the lighthouse the

mulholland lighthouse you're standing in

Canada and across the way is the United

States it's really really cool and at

one point we're standing at the

Lighthouse shrouded in fog the post

model was plasma I can't up to thoughts

what how did these Mainers get get these

names plasma press makwa day i'll stick

to spanish bay we're shrouded in fog and

from where we're standing we could hear

kids children playing in america in the

united states we couldn't see them

because of the fog the fog was that

thick but we're close enough that we're

good we can hear them and that's at

honey we're hearing people we're hearing

folk in America and we're standing here

in Canada I mean nakiya it's so close in

a kayak you can

from the Canada to America in about if

you're you know if you're if you're an

amateur kayak like me not exactly ready

for the Olympics you could get there in

four minutes you can barely push off by

the time you push off I'm in Canada

that's how close it is shrouded in fog

but you're in a different country you're

close but you're in a whole different

nation on our last trip on our last week

we crossed in and out of the Canadian

border and the American Board or maybe

four times on this lovely journey over

the last couple weeks on our last time

over Border Patrol decides geez you wait

right here let's check your you know so

what did you bring and of course I you

know I need to preach tomorrow morning I

need to cross it's a great cook kill me

if I get deported or something so so

this guy has all the power to determine

you just crossed something I mean

literally it feels like you know jumping

this pew and yet here's this these

officers who have the authority whether

to keep you in or out you know at

marinas you know we discovered before we

left at marinas passport had actually

expired by about three weeks so I had

sweet talked my way into Canada back

into the US back into Canada you know

and now in our leg home

like what could possibly go wrong since

its can we you mind pulling over so we

could check out your you know vehicle

what do you have in there and I'm

ticking off maple syrup from candy what

have you how relieved we were when the

fellow finally takes off his gloves

after examining our car and going

through God knows wat and says welcome

to the United States in a different

country this is like the Lord walking us

up to Border Patrol with the biggest

demon you've ever seen at the door and

showing his passport and saying he's

with me out of our way he's coming home

he's coming home coming no questions

come with me he had to rescue us he had

to get us past that dark Dominion into

the kingdom of light through the power

of his blood we have the forgiveness of

sin he neutralizes the hold of the power

that the power of darkness has over us

the thing that separates us from his

from God's presence his revelation his

goodness is glory by redeem

seeing us redemption to give value to

something that has none it's what you do

two bottles and cans you rescue from the

trash this thing that you just threw

away has value it may not even know it

has value but the Lord rescued us it

gave us value and now you are part of

God's kingdom now you are free now you

are home now you have crossed from the

Dominion of darkness to God's kingdom

for what for what purpose so that you

may be free to live the good life that

God meant that you should live when he

created you a life worthy of this Lord

who rescued you who rescued us from the

Dominion of darkness and brought us into

the kingdom of light a life worthy of

the Lord what does that look like verse

9 for this reason since the day we heard

about you we have not stopped praying

for you and asking God to fill you with

the knowledge of his will through all

spiritual wisdom and understanding news

flash we don't know how to live this

life worthy of the Lord instinctively we

do not know how to live a life worthy of

the Lord is instinctively when the

Apostle Paul learned that the Lord was

doing this work of redemption among the

collisions he lifted up this prayer for

them and we should we should model this

prayer for one another start with the

people who know

you the most gotta fill them with all

knowledge of your view of your will why

the Lord should fill us the knowledge of

his will through all spiritual wisdom

and understanding because we're all in

this sense this is the reason we're all

you've heard this phrase born again what

does that mean we're all new to the

kingdom of God we're all new to the

kingdom of light we are free but we come

with the same notions that we carried as

we navigated the Dominion of darkness in

the Dominion of darkness you got to do

what you gotta do right in the Dominion

of darkness you did things that you have

to do to navigate right the Dominion of

darkness but you discover that wheat

when you try to employ that thinking of

those standards and those corrupt values

it doesn't work in the kingdom of life

it just doesn't work too well for

instance perhaps in the Dominion of

darkness you learn to lie cheat and

manipulate others you know to have your

way and get by but that doesn't work

very well in the kingdom of lying you'll

discover that quickly perhaps you had a

test the attitude and thin skin and

found yourself in one conflict or

another but who could I be talking about

pastor grade but that doesn't work very

well pastor Sam in the kingdom of light

we have to unlearn some things in fact

you don't even we don't have to unlearn

some things we need to be completely

rewired we have to ask that the Lord

fill us with the knowledge of his will

what do we mean by this that is the

knowledge that does not stop at our

hearts why Phil

it doesn't stop at our hearts it doesn't

stop at our emotions it sinks into our

brains into our synapses and there it

rewires us we have to ask that this

knowledge the knowledge of the will of

God invade our stewardship of our bodies

our stewardship of our minds the conduct

of a workplace our businesses our

marriages or ambitions that we become so

conversant in the knowledge of god and

his will that it actually perforates our

dreams and goes beyond our conscious

thought and becomes who we are we become

so conversant in the knowledge of his

will that we don't even think about it

it becomes us and this requires God's

full tool bag as it reads here all

spiritual wisdom and understanding all

spiritual wisdom and understanding

imagine that God here becomes our coach

our spiritual trainer what do we mean by

this understanding is how we manage data

it's how we manage data information

understanding is how we what we read in

our study of the word what we learn in

discipleship class what we hear in a

sermon that's why it's awesome if you

have an opportunity to take the

discipleship class do so open your mind

to that I see some of you taking notes

in class in a sermon awesome

understanding is you opening your mind

to this other word how the how to of a

life worthy of the Lord that's

understanding wisdom wisdom on the other

hand is obtained by hard experience we

obtain wisdom

by viewing the hardships that we go

through as training understanding we get

that in discipleship class we hear it in

sermons wisdom that happens the hard way

and as we go through this training we

see hardships as training we ask what

does what does this teach me about God's

will for me about my role in the kingdom

what does this teach me about his vision

for me because ultimately a little

further down in verse 10 we pray this in

order that you may live a life worthy of

the Lord it may please him in every way

ultimately it's God's will that we live

a life worthy of the Lord and what does

that mean that reina valera by the way

in the spanish version translates the

greek here literally in the greek in

essence this is how it's written on days

the word Greek word there's parapet to

say on base Gomez diagonal insane y'all

to walk the earth in a manner worthy of

the Lord who rescued you in other words

if you imagine let your let your bearing

be look worthy of the one who rescued

you that you that you carry yourself in

a manner worthy of the one who rescued

you and so many settle for less you know

that so many Christians settle for less

they're an automatic pilot but we don't

it's not something that we think about

this but this is the life you were born

for if we're being honest this is the

life we really want to live the life

that you truly long for what does that

life look like for one thing it's a life

that

Jesus God a life that pleases god i love

the image here the image here in the

greek is very humbling actually in the

greek in the classical Greek it's a

pejorative put down it's a pejorative

term it meant a servant or a slave

really so complacent and survial but he

didn't just wait for his master to ask

for things but would anticipate his

wants and desires and have them waiting

for him a good word for that in english

i guess a best translation is a

brown-nose God's brown-nose you know the

fellow who's there waiting for God in

the morning with his newspaper in

slippers God's brown-nose pastor Greg

actually introduced me to sushi about

you know 50 years or so ago and it's

lovely place just up the street one of

our favorite places is down the street

here in Washington Street say oh there

was a waitress there who had me down I

would show up sit down before but I I

think even before we had menus she would

walk out with not just with the menu but

with a cup of green tea that was not

that's that wasn't the custom there she

just knew I liked it we would you know

we would open the menu to order and she

would say you want the bento box don't

you teriyaki chicken teriyaki salmon

know you feel like salmon today right I

said Julie how do you do that how do you

do it she had like some weird sort of

you know you know transcend that she

knew and in a way I mean that's what

that's what it means it's to the secret

there is to please God just think of it

living a life worthy of the Lord is

living living intentionally to please

him

think think of has that gone through

your head you can please God what do I

mean by that I mean it is possible for

us to give God pleasure in fact you were

created for his pleasure you were

created for his joy I don't know if some

of y'all you know upset or something

I've ever asked God God why did you

create me and he'll probably say

something like I just thought it was a

good idea why did I create you I mean

why do you why do you plant tulips and

roses what do you get out of that why do

you drive a thousand miles of watch you

know waves crashing against craggy rocks

why do you do that it gives you joy he

loved just looking at it God created you

for his pleasure for you have made us

for thyself st. Augustine said in his

confessions and our hearts are restless

until we find our rest in you you want

to live a life worthy of the Lord a life

that matters let's start with this

survey what is your life's chief

ambition or worry to be noticed or well

thought up to succeed in your career and

earn a promotion or a raise to be

surrounded by friends and family to

retire early and comfortably there's

nothing wrong with that it's just not

going to fulfill you it's not a life

worthy of the Lord you're better than

that God has better plans for you the

secret of your life's full filming the

key to old joy to all significance is

this

to please him make that your obsession

to live to please him make it your North

Star your constant preoccupation for

whatever time you have left on earth it

doesn't matter how old you are or what

you have done good or bad to live to

please him I met the Lord I surrendered

a guy I prayed the sinner's prayer at

the age of 12 I threw out that was what

you know 40 years ago and I'd say it's

been a decade of that that the Lord in

His mercy has taught me to live this way

because this isn't about what this

happens in your heart somewhere the

compass of your heart points to him and

say your life obsession becomes Lord do

I please you does my life please you and

when you find yourself obsessing over

something else or worrying over

something else or something else

occupying that place in your life enjoy

beginning to vanish I I find that most

of the time the joy begins to vanish

it's because some other obsession has

taken the place and I go back to asking

you know Lord do I please you and it's

amazing the minute you make that shift

things begin to change all kinds of

things begin achieved over time as you

begin to live a life worthy of God

pleasing to him it should begin like

this and in the scripture there are four

different aspects over time your life

should look like this for different

things that should be happening pastor

Sam what does a life like that look like

how do I know I'm doing this right how

do I know whether I'm on the right track

how do I know whether I living a life

pleasing to the Lord there's at least

these four things next verse or the next

phrase over bearing fruit in every good

work a life worthy of the Lord a life

lived on purpose to please him should

bear fruit in every good work in other

words there's not a soul that the Lord

has created that's not capable of

bearing fruit not one there's not a soul

that the Lord has created that is barren

of purpose you're part of God's kingdom

now you're part of his garden he may

have to prune us a little bit but locked

inside you is fruit locked inside you

there's a powerful purpose why he he's

created you and the promise here is that

the work that you do for the kingdom

will bear fruit because it's now what

you do so much as why it's not why you

do so much is why whether it's ushering

people or caring for children upstairs

or or you know mentoring a child or

teaching esol or or straightening out

the chairs in the morning or taking out

the garbage if you do it to please the

father Lord you're taking out the trash

and you're asking Lord does this please

you did I please you you walk someone to

their chair and saying God receive this

of worship daddy does this please you it

will bring him joy just like when I you

know when your child does something for

you that you're perfectly capable of

doing yourself but just because this

two-year-old did it you gotta

it brings him joy and it does more than

that it advances the kingdom of God

that's the reason it advances the

kingdom of God and it's together we

press against the Dominion of darkness

and other souls break free you will know

your life has purpose you will know your

life has meaning and is in sync with

God's will you'll bear fruit the next

thing you should start seeing the the

second characteristic is this growing in

the knowledge of God growing in the

knowledge of God interesting the word

here is not gnosis you've heard that you

probably have heard that Greek word

before it's the word at the end of

prognosis diagnosis it basically means

knowledge a cursory understanding of

something that's not the word that Paul

uses here he's using a different word

here FB gnosis then it's only using a

couple places and it means this a deeper

fuller intimate no wing it's not just a

scholarly knowledge of the Bible or

knowledge of books or a secondhand

knowing about God a secondhand knowledge

of god its if you want to live a life

worthy of God we need to grow in the

knowledge of him of him personally a

knowledge of God Paul writes elsewhere I

want to know Christ I want to know him

and the power of his resurrection you

know the true adventure in Scripture is

that we can grow and how deeply we know

god there's this a Christian euros

neuroscientist dr. carolyn leaf once

read

once said there's no lid to God there's

no end to him and we do as we grow in

the Lord we discover different faces to

God and and we see ourselves reflected

in those faces we discover from one

trial after the next one challenge after

the next one near-death experience after

the next that there's so much more to

this God who pulled us out of the

Dominion of darkness so much more to

this God who rescued us he's also the

God who anoints us he's the God who

heals us he's the god who provides for

us he's the God who has mercy on us he's

the God who shields us he's the God who

fights for us he's the God who loves us

as job discovered he says I had heard of

you by hearing of the year but after job

goes through hell he says but now my

eyes see you so you bear fruit of

righteousness and you grow in knowing

this God you become friends he becomes

your mentor he's your part of the family

and through our trials as we grow in our

knowledge of God we discover something

else verse 11 being strengthened with

all power according to his glorious

might so that you may have great

endurance and patience those keywords

there are strengthened endurance

patience I love how the i love the

meaning here when you say strengthened

imagine and the greek this being clothed

God clothes us in a strength that we

never knew we had the idea here is being

strengthened with all power is that the

Lord

covers us with his glory he covers us

with his glory as if it was some sort of

spiritual body armor so spiritual body

armor I don't know if this is good news

or bad but it's important and it's an

important aspect of a life worthy of the

Lord will never discover the depth of

the power of God you cannot become an

effective conduit of a glorious might a

lesson until you test it a lesson until

you endure something unless until your

patience is tested now when you're

tested you have every right to ask the

Lord God heal me God provide for me God

pass this cup from me you have when

you're tested you have every right to

pray that way but realize this God may

choose to heal you in that moment or

provide for you or allow you to escape

the cup or or he may instead decide that

there's a glory hidden in this thing

there's a glory hidden in enduring this

thing instead of healing you or

providing you or passing the cub this

time he decides to close you in his

strength the clothes you in his glorious

power making you impervious to the very

thing you fear the most so the thing you

fear the most no longer has power over

you you go from thinking god this thing

is going to destroy me to saying what

can separate me from the love of God I

know I'm carrying this cancer I know I'm

raising these kids alone I know I can't

stop that foreclosure but I've never

felt the love of God more deeply than I

feel him now I've never felt closer to

God then I feel him now I've never known

his nearness more than I know it now you

become indestructible what can separate

us from the love of God you know Paul

uses that same language in Philippians

when he says I can endure I can the

Greek word there is a poner mean I can

apana mean I can endure all things

through Christ who same idea same idea

take that idea out of collisions in the

Philippians it's the dad is one of God's

options sometimes he's not doing us a

favor when he heals us right away or

provides for us right away and

ironically he's a crazy thing about this

living a life worthy of the Lord you

experienced joy

he experienced joy and joyfully than

verse 12 giving thanks to the father who

has qualified you to share in the

inheritance of the Saints in the kingdom

of light a life worthy of the lord is

punctuated by joy and thanksgiving a

life worthy of joy of the Lord is

punctuated by drawing thanksgiving along

the way as you one bear fruit of

righteousness to as you grow in your

knowledge of all that is god three as he

closed you with the power to endure

whatever hell throws at you you

experience joy that comes out of your

pores now you may say maybe this is more

than spanish side but i have a lot of

folks that say pastor sam i have no

problem with the bearing fruit I

understand that I you know I am I'm a

busy bee in this church I I've grown in

the knowledge of god you have no idea of

all the things that I've been doing but

joy I have a problem I you know I just I

don't understand that can I give you

them a little bit of advice as we close

this word is joy a struggle for you this

last bit of walking worthy of the Lord

let me give you some advice try

celebrating your God I mean really

celebrating your God I mean thanking God

for every silly thing but you profusely

for every evidence of his presence I'm

talking about a functioning brain hands

that grasp feet that carry your weight

even those five lobsters I shouldn't

have but God and His mercy allows these

feet to carry me or cut finding a

parking space in the south end now I

have you ever thought stopped it really

thank you lord make every time you pull

into a parking lot within half a mile of

your appointment turn that into it turn

that into a worship service thank you

lord or your pass on the bus thank you

God this is saying I don't know if it's

just going to translate in English as

well as it has it doesn't Spanish if God

provides salt for your egg and a table

to serve it on thank the Lord thank the

Lord what you're looking for is evidence

of his favor in your life what you're

looking for or his footprints and it may

just be this hearing his voice is

telling you I'm here that was me that

was me who helped you find that parking

space that was me who helped help your

brain thing through that issue that was

me that was me I'm with you I love you

you please me I'm pleased with you your

life pleases me you know what I've

discovered that's enough that's enough

when you start living a life worthy of

the Lord it doesn't matter the kind of

day you had you could have good days and

at the end of the good day you wonder

will you worry because G that was a good

day what's to know what the bar gonna

look like the next day is not so good

with it all I see if at the end of the

day you asked the Lord Lord did I please

you and they're going to be times of

reckoning and learning and mentoring and

tired going to be times where the Lord

will say he sentence him you know the

answer to that and there will be things

that we straighten with him but you're

shrouded in his love you shrouded in his

strength and as the word says here he

already qualified us because of his

great mercy because of his grace it was

he who qualified us to cherylee inherit

into the Saints in the kingdom of God by

the way those Saints each of those

Saints was flawed living a life worthy

of the Lord doesn't mean that you're

going to be perfect living a life worthy

of the Lord means that your aim your

objective is to please him he makes you

perfect he rescues us it is that's the

irony none of us are truly worthy were

made worthy by this God who rescued us

if we choose to live a life that pleases

him

let's bow your heads for a moment

he rescued us from the Dominion of

darkness into his kingdom of light

through his redemption through forgiving

sins so we may be filled with the

knowledge of his will with all

understanding and wisdom so that we may

live a life worthy Overlord and that

pleases him in every way so your life

may bear fruit so that you may grow in

the knowledge of this God who rescued

you so you may have the strength to

endure whatever hell throws your way the

patient's the endurance

enjoy if your life does not look like

that please know that I'm not talking

about somebody else's life that is

supposed to be your life if you get

nothing else from this message realize

the life I just described is supposed to

be your life not somebody else's life

this is basic christianity it starts

with a life like that you were meant to

live like that your life is supposed to

look like that and the first thing I'm

going to employ you is don't let Satan

tell you any difference that someone

else we're talking about somebody else

we're talking about somebody else's life

somebody else's experience well that's

fine for pastor sam or fine for pastor

greg or if I'm fine for the folks in the

choir but I'm just so you know I'm happy

standing on the on this Shore in the

Dominion of the rate of the darkness and

I'm content listening to the voices in

the fog knowing that over there someone

is having is joyful and over

someone is free but I'm standing over

here you were meant you were meant to

listen to all this from the fog that's

not his purpose I don't even know I

don't even need to know all the details

of your life to say with confidence it

was not what he had in mind when he

created you without exception God has

called you I don't it doesn't mean it

doesn't matter how long ago you prayed

the sinner's prayer and it doesn't

matter what your resume says it's never

too late to live a life that's worthy of

this God that rescued you and God that

is my prayer this morning

you