I am so very thankful you're all here today!
God is GOOD!
Bless your children as we gather to worship and exalt You!
Let us reject evil and sin in all forms that it presents itself in the power Your name.
We pray for Your grace so that we may do good works in Your name. Fill us with Your power and glory. Open the windows of heaven and rain from the storehouse Your blessings.
Let us be refreshed through You.
We look forward to each fellowship with enthusiasm because it is our chance to know and serve You.
Thank You for always being faithful to us, even when we fail to be faithful You.
In Jesus’ Precious and Holy Name
Well, unless God has other plans, and sometimes He does...
We'll be wrapping up this sermon series on
Understanding the Authority Of God..
I was beginning to feel like it was one of those Rocky movies
You know the one that just won't go away..
All jokes aside as you can see, as long as the Holy Spirit is giving you a message..
I don't care how many weeks, months and years it goes on..
YOU TEACH IT!
So let's start shall we?
God has always worked through men, but men are not to do as they please!
They must give account!
Man supervising God’s creation in harmony with his word. Worked great, until man blew it.
Our Final VictoryNow this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption."
1 Corinthians 15:47-50
Prayer RequestedPray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Benediction, Final Exhortation, FarewellNow may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words. Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly.
Greet all those who rule over you, and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.
Grace be with you all. Amen."
It is interesting to note that the specific authority to submit to here is the authority that watches out for your souls… Who is that in your life? Who are you submitted to?
Put a face to your submission!
you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel;
therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless
if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from
his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
“Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?”
Notice: A watchman warns but people must make up their own mind to obey!
"Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all."
1 Thessalonians 5:11-15
PEOPLE CAN CHOOSE TO CLOSE OUR EARS TO THE PULPIT!
Oh not me pastor… Really?
We close our ears by not obeying what is being taught, which is the Word of God through a man, which we don't want to hear what is being taught!
The result is: Our conscience no longer wrestles, we begin choose, for ourselves, what we like and what we dislike.. rather than obeying God's authority.
This is a very dangerous practice in the long, in fact, it's just damaging in the short also..
"For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin."
Church, it's time we face our carnal natures!
Paul said "I die daily"… We are tested by trials and frustrations around us
I MUST DIE DAILY AND SUBMIT TO HIS WORD, TO HIS AUTHORITY IN MY LIFE!
The battle against the carnal man is ongoing… You must submit yourself to His will daily!
My point is this: If you do not continuously crucify your stubborn desires for self rule you will not only destroy yourself but your entire household!
It will fail under the pressure!
Collapsing like a house of cards...
YOUR MARRIAGE WILL DESTRUCT
YOUR CHILDREN WILL REBEL
YOUR POSSESSIONS WILL ALL FALL AWAY…
My purpose is to teach the Word of God, and God's Authority
and there are some who won't listen, and some who won't listen to anyone but me..
Is a qualified Elder's council not good enough?
If not, then after a while, nor will mine be..
Because once you learn to ignore a delegated authority it becomes easier to ignore the next level up!
Here is a principle for a lifetime…
SUBMISSION IS ABSOLUTE, BUT OBEDIENCE IS RELATIVE!
To further clarify this, Submission is a matter of attitude - whereas obedience is a matter of conduct!
And give you peace.
Brian Monzon Ministries