Luke 7:18-35

Luke 7:18-35

This Book means everything. It's not the paper and the ink that it's made of, but it is the Word that this Book contains. Do you believe God's Word?So often I find in our lives that we do not recognize the authority of God. We see His power working all around us. We see His creation. We see His handiwork. But yet, when we get into trouble, how do we handle it? When we have need, how do we handle it? We take matters into our own hands so many times because we don’t recognize the authority of God, and we don’t recognize the name of Jesus as being that authority…

Do you believe that Jesus cares for you whether you know it our not? Whether you understand it or not? Jesus cares for you! I’m telling you, Jesus cares for you! And you know what? I don’t care if you believe it. You’ve heard it. Jesus will respond because Jesus loves those that He’s created…

Let me tell you something. God is not impressed with our faith. God loves us. God is not impressed with our works. God loves us. God is not impressed with the things that we do. God loves us. He loves us because we need to be loved. We are separated from Him. Our sin condition has made us unworthy. We do not deserve anything. But yet He has blessed us tremendously…

Is knowing Jesus good news to you? Knowing that God loves you — is that good news to you? Knowing that you do not have to earn your salvation, you do not have to do good works, you do not have to do the things that the world tells you makes you worthy — is that good news to you? There is nothing we can do to earn that…

We so often approach God with expectation. We want to see something good happen in our life, we want to see God bless us, and we pray, “God bless me. God bless me. God bless me. But this is how I want You to do it… But I believe You, God. I believe You.” And then we get disappointed when He doesn’t do for us the things that we are demanding and expecting of Him…

What do you expect God to do for you? What do you think is going to happen in your life? How do you believe God is supposed to respond to you? When you came to church this morning, what did you expect you were going to find here today? It’s just a question. One, I think, that we all need to answer… What are your expectations? What do you think you are going to get out of today? What do you believe God owes you today?… [Jesus is] dealing with expectations, and it doesn’t mean that our expectations are always His will or His desire…

It is the Word that is in this Book that is alive, that is directed by the Holy Spirit, that means everything. And in reading and understanding what God has to say to you and what it can do to your heart, is where the change begins to happen. This Book means everything. It’s not the paper and the ink that it’s made of, but it is the Word that this Book contains. Do you believe God’s Word? Do you believe the purpose that God has for you? Do you know the purpose that God has for you? If you don’t know that purpose, let me tell you, it is to be with Him for all eternity. To receive His Son. To be married in a love relationship that will bring us into eternity, cleanse us from our sin, and make us right with God. That is His purpose…

You know what? If you’re taking matters into your own hands, you are dishonoring God and showing how little you believe that God’s Word is for you. What is your expectation? What did you come out to hear today? What did you think was going to happen in your life when you got out of bed, put on your clothes, and came to church? I would hope that every one of us came expecting to meet the power and the love of God, to hear the truth of His Word, and be affected and changed by it…

God has a greater plan for us, but that greater plan does not exclude trials, temptations, struggles. But what it does, is it offers us the truth. First and foremost, that Jesus loves us, and that He was willing to do what He needed to do, in obedience to His Father, to see that we were saved…

[Jesus said], I am your way, I am the reason that you live, and I will be the only way you will find through your hard times. If you’re expecting something else, you will be disappointed, but understand, it is not God Who is disappointing you. You are the one who is the author of your disappointment because you don’t take time to study and read God’s Word to know what God has to say to you. And He does say that in this life you will have tribulation, in this life you will have struggle, in this life you will have challenge. And the only way to meet that challenge, to meet that struggle, is to walk with Jesus. To believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Dave Elkins

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