1 Kings 10:1-11:43

1 Kings 10:1-11:43

1 Kings 11:38Vintage message from January 16, 2000.

Sometimes…in our lives we begin to experience hardships. We begin to experience anger and mistrust of people around us. It’s always a good idea at that point in your life — when you begin to feel the heat of struggle in that way — to say, “Lord, have I done something to offend You? Am I out of Your will in some way?” because, understand, God does not mind using the things world and the enemies that are in the world to buffet our flesh, to get our attention…

We need to be serious in our hearts about how we feel about God; what our relationship with God is… We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. People are looking on… Our lives — your life and my life — mean something to God, and it means something to those that are around us and people are watching what we do. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith, Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” [Hebrews 12:1-3] Do you know how not to grow weary? Do you know how not to lose heart in running the race that’s laid before you?… We need to look at Jesus. We need, everyday, to take time to gaze at Him, to gaze at what He did in His Word, to gaze at the power of His Spirit that He’s given us. If we’ll look at Him, if we will consider Him Who endured such opposition, Jesus took His faith to the cross. He lived His life for the Father perfectly, and now we can look at Him. No matter what men are doing around us, no matter how much fun they’re having, or we think they’re having, if we will simply look at Jesus then we will not grow weary and we will not lose heart…

Have you ever found yourself asking, “God, what must I do for You?” It’s simple! Keep His commands. Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor. Simple! God’ll do everything else!… Fear God, keep His commandments. This is my duty… No matter how great we think we are, no matter how far we’ve come from, no matter what we’ve accomplished, we must fear God and obey His commandments… We fulfill the commands of God simply by loving and fearing God. Very simple.

Pastor Dave Elkins