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Gods WorkWhy do so many people failto do the work of God?
God has work We sing: Work for the night is coming I will work, till Jesus comes Eph. 2:10 We are Gods workmanship.
Gods work is the most important work on earth. It takes men to preach the Gospel It takes men to serve as elders It takes men to serve as deacons It takes women to be behind these good men to do the work of God.
Jesus knew the importance of doing Gods work. John 9:4.
Paul knew the importance of it. Listen to him. I Cor. 15:58
John knew how important it is. Rev. 2:10; Rev. 14:13
Gods Work WILL be done!You may choose not to do it, but itwill get done. God will get someoneelse to do it if you wont..
Remember King Saul? I Sam. 15:1ff He was to kill the Amalekites everyone of them. Remember who killed Saul? An Amalekite! I Sam. 31:4 He fell on his own sword. (2 Sam. 1:13 An Amalekite)
If you wont serve as an Elder, someone else will.If you wont do the work of a deacon,someone else will.If you wont preach the truth, someone else will.If you wont be busy in the work of the Lord, someone will. (7,000 knees that have not bowed to Baal!)Elijah I Kings 19:18)
You can either choose to serve the LordOr reject and not use your talents in Hisservice. (Joshua 24:15) He wants youbut if you dont want Him, hell get someone else. Here am I Lord, Send me! (Isa. 6:8)You can be busy about your own things,and forget himyou wont really have anything to show for your life when its over. 2 Tim. 4:7,8
Last Sunday, we studied about one of the Answers to this question: Why? Why do people fail in doing Gods work?
Today: Procrastination6Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:7Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,8Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.9How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?10Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:11So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.12A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
Proverbs 6:6-12 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
Looking In the BibleWe find various examplesOf people who put off, procrastinated obeying God.
FelixActs 24:24 And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you."
Examples of Procrastination in the Bible!1. Felix . Acts 24:24-27 Go thy way, when I have a convenientTime, I will call for you.
Examples in the Bible#2 King Agrippa. Acts 26:28 Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
Examples in the Bible#3 Parable of Gods invitation to man to partake of His Blessings. Luke 14:15-24 Excuses 1. bought a piece of ground ..Lk.15:18 2. I have bought 5 yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them (v.19). 3. I have married a wife,and therefore I cannot come. (vs.20) They deferred actionprocrastinated!
Successful people in the Biblewere always people of immediacy!
1. They did not put it offdelay.2. Look at Cornelius. Acts 10:33, - immediately3. Saul. Acts 22:16 Arise and be baptized Acts 9:18 immediately.. arose and was baptized
Someone has said:Earths history is strewn with the wrecks of half-finished plans and unexpected resolutions. Tomorrow is the excuse of the lazy and refuge of the incompetent.
The Sluggard, the lazy person,The procrastinater!
Heb. 3:12,13Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. V. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Some people say they plan to quit their sinful waystomorrow..They procrastinate.
Dangers for Young People1. Shopliftingstealing.. a)Eph. 4:27, 29 Ill quit..someday.
What item in Wal-Mart is worth a lifetime of paying for your crime?
#2 Cell phone texting ofobscene material1. Sending obscene pictures on cell phoneOf 12,14,16that is considered childPornography. Abuse of children! When convicted: Registered as a Sex offender Cant live anywhere you want Stay on your record through life miss out on good jobs, and family afraid for you to date their daughter
Dont put it offDont procrastinate! Stop itSeek Gods forgiveness .
#3 Fornication1.Flee FornicationI Cor. 6:182.Sex out of marriage, unlawful sex Heb. 13:4 Gal. 5:19-21 I Cor. 6:9-11
a)Children born out of wedlock b)HIV ..life stained as being positive c)Death Quit NOWbefore it is too late!!
#4 LanguageMatt. 12:36,37 We will be judged bywhat we do and what we say. 2 Cor. 5:10 Watch your tongue!
Quit complaining & disputing!Philippians 2:14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
WHEN? Now..Dont procrastinate!
God speaks a lot about the sluggard ..a procrastinator!
Proverbs 15:19 The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway. Proverbs 19:24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.
Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
Proverbs 21:25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
Proverbs 13:4 - The soul of the sluggard desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. Proverbs 20:4 - The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; [therefore] shall he beg in harvest, and [have] nothing. Proverbs 27:1 - Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Proverbs 12:25 - Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. Luke 12:35 - Let your loins be girded about, and [your] lights burning;
Luke 12:40 - Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Matthew 25:2-13 - And five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 - For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. Matthew 25:26 - His lord answered and said unto him, [Thou] wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Ecclesiastes 9:10 - Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Psalms 23:1-6 - The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 Timothy 4:2 - Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. Hebrews 3:7-19 - Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 1 Peter 2:2 - As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
1 Thessalonians 5:3 - For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. Ezekiel 12:28 - Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD. Hebrews 1:1-14 - God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Ephesians 4:26 - Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Matthew 24:48-51 - But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
Matthew 5:23-24 - Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Hebrews 4:1-7 - Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left [us] of entering into his rest, any of you s