The Life Worth Living (8 Of 10) by James Merritt

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PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7
JAMES MERRITT

"THE LIFE WORTH LIVING"

INTRODUCTION

1.[MANY PEOPLE ASK IS LIFE REALLY WORTH LIVING?
[ORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO ANSWER THAT
QUESTION WITH A RESOUNDING NO. THERE ARE MORE
SUICIDES IN AMERICA THAN THERE ARE MURDERS. M\ORE
PEOPLE ARE KILLING THEMSELVES THAN ARE KILLING
OTHERS. PSYCHIATRISTS TELL US THAT THERE ARE AT
LEAST 12 MILLION PEOPLE IN AMERICA WHO ARE IN SUCH
DEEP DEPRESSION THEY HAVE LOST ALL DESIRE TO LIVE.

2. ERNEST HEMINGWAY, THE AUTHOR WHO COMMITTED
SUICIDE, SAID 'LIFE IS JUST A DIRTY TRICK. A SHORT
TRIP FROM NOTHINGNESS TO NOTHINGNESS. THERE IS NO
REMEDY FOR ANYTHING IN LIFE, MAN'S DESTINY IN THE
UNIVERSE IS LIKE A COLONY OF ANTS LIVING ON THE END
OF A BURNING LOG.11 H. G. WELLS, A BRILLIANT MAN,
SAID THIS: 'UNLESS THERE IS A MORE ABUNDANT LIFE
BEFORE MANKIND THIS SCHEME OF SPACE AND TIME IS A
BAD JOKE, AN EMPTY LAUGH BRAYING ACROSS THE MYSTERY
THE PHILOSOPHER, SCHOEPENHAUER SAID THIS: "LIFE IS,,
A CURSE OF ENDLESS CRAVING AND ENDLESS UNHAPPINESS,
SOMEONE ELSE HAS PUT IT THIS WAY:

A CRUST OF BREAD AND A CORNER TO SLEEP IN
A MINUTE TO SMILE AND AN HOUR TO WEEP IN
A PINT OF JOY AND A PECK OF TROUBLE
AND NEVER A LAUGH BUT THE MOAN COMES DOUBLE
AND THIS IS LIFE

3. MANY PEOPLE ARE LIKE THAT SHIPWRECKED SAILOR
1 READ ABOUT WHO HAD SPENT 3 YEARS ON A DESERTED
ISLAND AND WAS OVERJOYED ONE DAY TO SEE A SHIP DROP
ANCHOR IN THE BAY. A SMALL BOAT CAME ASHORE AND
AN OFFICER HANDED THIS SHIPWRECKED SAILOR SOME
NEWSPAPERS. THIS OFFICER SAID., "THE CAPTAIN SUGGESTS
THAT YOU READ WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AND THEN
LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO BE RESCUED." SO , ANY
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PEOPLE SEE SUICIDE AND DEATH AS A RESCUE FROM THIS
THING CALLED LIFE.

4. WHAT A TRAGEDY. JESUS SAID IN JOHN 10:10,
"I HAVE COME THAT YOU FRIGHT HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT
MORE ABUNDANTLY." NOW I AM SPEAKING ON THE LIFE
WORTH LIVING. FOR NOT JUST ANY LIFE IS-WORTH LIVING
THE ONLY LIFE WORTH LIVING IS THE LIFE LIVED IN
THROUGH FOR AND BY THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. PAUL WAC
LIVING THAT KIND OF LIFE. AS YOU READ THESE WORDS
YOU CAN FEEL THE PULSE BEAT OF HIS HEART. HE WAS
EXCITED. HE WAS ENTHUSED,. HE WAS EFFERVESCENT,
BUBBLING OVER WITH THE JOY OF JESUS FOR PAUL LIFE
WAS NOT AN EXISTENCE TO BE ENDURED. IT WAS AN
0/EVENT TO BE ENJOYED.

I. THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS LIFE--VERSES 4-6

THREE INGREDIENTS ARE ALWAYS FOUND IN THE LIFE
WORTH LIVING:

A. PRAISE--VERSE 4

1. PRAISE OUGHT TO BE THE BEAT OF OUR
HEART. JOY OUGHT TO BE THE BREATH IN OUR LUNGS.
IT IS AMAZING HOW MANY CHRISTIANS WALK AROUND AS
IF THEY WERE WEANED ON A DILL PICKLE. VANCE HAVNER
SAID, "I HAVE SEEN MORE CHEERFUL FACES ON IODINE
BOTTLES THAN ON SOME CHRISTIANS." FRIEND, IF JESUS
IS IN YOUR HEART, JOY SHOULD BE ON YOUR FACE.

SINEW AND BLOOD ARE A THIN VEIL OF LACE'
CHAT YOU WEAR IN YOUR HEART
YOU WEAR ON YOUR FACE,

AS THE OLD COUNTRY FARMER PUT IT:,, "WHAT'S DOWN IN
THE WELL, COMES UP IN THE BUCKET.

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