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2006-10-01 : I Come for the Sinners

2006-10-01 : I Come for the Sinners

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Sunday Message \u2013 Today Jesus 101
1/10/06
<Luke 15:1-10>
I CAME TO SEEK THE SINNERS
Read <Luke 15:1-10>
v1-2 Jesus Christ was among the tax collectors and sinners
\u2022
Jesus Christ told them the parables in a setting where there are sinners and
not righteous people
\u2022
He is looking for the sick and not the healthy
\u2022

We will be living in agony if we are always following the Lord yet do not receive a heart that knows that God had found us. We are in agony because we cannot see the love of God that is always showering on us

\u2022
Where is the evidence that God loves us and is looking for us? How do we
know that God loves us?
\u2022
In what state should our hearts and minds be in or what should we be
thinking if God really loves us?
\u2022

If a person can have joy, assurance, freedom in all things, not accursed; if a person can see God\u2019s mercy when he comes before the Lord even after he had sinned; this person really knows that Jesus Christ is looking for him.

\u2022
Do we always realise that Jesus Christ is looking for us or do we always feel
separated from God?
\u2022
It is evident that God is having mercy on us and loves us if we have a
sorrowful heart, a heart which knows that we need God
\u2022
If we know that our brothers and sisters are facing accusation when we see
them with a burdened heart, it shows that God had already found them
\u2022

A person who feels that he can still handle everything and he doesn\u2019t have any problems or a person who always worship the Lord but receive no convictions at all \u2013 these are the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law

\u2022

They are obviously full of unrighteousness and \u201cillnesses\u201d. They always envy or get jealous of others. Despite all these, they still feel that they are alright. Such persons are rejected by God

\u2022
Therefore, we must open our eyes to see the link between God\u2019s pleasure
with us and our hearts & minds.
\u2022
We are still very carnal if we are not able to see how God is loving us or if we
cannot see God\u2019s smiling face
\u2022
God wants to find the lost sheep. Who are the lost sheep?
1) God\u2019s chosen ones but has yet to return home
\u2022
They have yet to hear God\u2019s voice or know God but they are already
chosen by God
2) They have fallen in their beliefs and their hearts have left the Lord
\u2022
They are known as the \u201cLost Son\u201d. However, God has never left them.
He is waiting for them to come back
3) Though they are in the church, they receive no convictions from the
hymns and message at all
\u2022
Worship has become just a ritual for them. They continue to worry after
the worship because they have no desire to \u201cdie\u201d
1. The Lord wants to find the lost sheep today
\u2022

Those who want to find God were already found by God. However, God had already rejected people who are like the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law

\u2022
In fact, God has never left us. His love has never departed from us
\u2022

God created all things out of His love. However, some people has never seen or heard Him before, because they never think that they are sick or lost. The Pharisees and teachers of the law are such people

\u2022

Lost sheep refers those who do not know God. It could also be those whose interests are on the flesh, thus failing to see God. Or, it could be believers who only rely on themselves and are numb towards God. Those who are numb towards God will not obey God

\u2022
The Lord wants to find the following:
1) Those who are chosen but yet to be born again
\u2022

A person will receive his/her salvation unexpectedly. It is not dependent on his will or work. He receives salvation because he was chosen by God

\u2022

Some people live in agony. Their hearts are filled with emptiness and they always worry. All these are because they have yet to know God and did not entrust their lives to God

\u2022

There are some people who simply cannot die even if they wanted to. This is because God loves them and wants to preserve their lives on Earth.

\u2022
God loves them and God loves the eternal lives in them
\u2022

God allowed them go through a lot of problems and hardships because He loves them and wants to win over them. It is because of their hardships and problems; they will be easily attracted to God\u2019s message as soon as they have heard them.

\u2022
We who are loved by God will definitely have a yearning heart for God
\u2022
God has allowed our background, environment and problems. Thus, we
will come to know Him as soon as we have heard His voice
\u2022
<Romans 5:8> God loves us first. It does not depend on our will. This
is the grace that God wants to bestow upon us
2) The lost son
\u2022
God will definitely interfere with the lives of such people because He
will not let His beloved children continue to wander and suffer outside
\u2022
Some people are attracted by the World and succumb to peer pressure
\u2022

They face problems outside the church; but when they go to the church, they can only see the sick people and cannot receive any comfort. As a result, they left church and God

\u2022

God\u2019s grace is in the church no matter how weak that church may be. Thus, they will very quickly be like people of this world when they leave church.

\u2022
Sheep can never win the battle against wolves.
\u2022

No matter how hard they strive outside, they can never become successful. The reason is such that if they become successful by their own might, they will never want to return and rely on God.

\u2022

However, God will have greater mercy upon them when they turn back to God. After they\u2019d turned back to God, they will receive double blessings in return.

\u2022

God will give us a lot of chances and reminders, telling us to turn back to Him when we had left God to pursue the things of this world. However, God\u2019s discipline will come upon us if we continue to harden our hearts to go against Him

\u2022

God will use a longer period of time to discipline us in order to set us free from the things that bound our lives. He will make us willing to \u2018die\u2019 and be humbled

\u2022
We will never fall in love with the world completely again after we have
been disciplined and turned back to God
3) Believers who are lifeless (i.e. dried)
\u2022
God will make the believers who do not receive any convictions in the
church to turn back to him with a upright heart
\u2022
Many a times, we have also become lifeless. We\u2019ve taken worships and
our lives for granted
\u2022

Believers who have become lifeless for a prolong period of time will eventually be lost. We should turn back to God with a upright heart before we are really lost

\u2022

We should just let go of everything and take a rest when we realise that no matter what we do, we just feel \u201cdried-up\u201d and joyless. After we had taken a rest, get up and wrestle with God using His words, till we receive an answer from Him

\u2022

We should read <Matthew 6:25-34> if we always fail to have a contented heart and keep worrying for our financial needs. We can keep on asking God \u201cis this true?\u201d when we read

\u2022
We should read the promises from <John 14-17> if we know that we
are carnal and find it difficult to believe in God\u2019s covenant
\u2022
Only the Word and Spirit of God can get rid of our \u201cdryness\u201d
\u2022

However, some believers will only ask God to perform miracle when they feel \u201cdry\u201d. E.g. they will ask God for a pay increment when they are lacking of money. E.g. they will only ask God to heal them when they are sick. These people will be disheartened very easily

\u2022
God will only put His Word and Spirit into our lives to make us lively
again
\u2022
God wants us to have expectation on Him and not to be disheartened
\u2022

We must resolve the problem of lifelessness and restore Immanuel. If not, all sorts of problems will start appearing in our lives when we feel \u201cdry\u201d.

4) Love the souls and lives
\u2022
God will only come to us when we receive the life of Jesus Christ, which
is His love for the souls and lives of people

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