Turn or Burn (2 of 2) by Jeff Strite
This content is part of a series.Turn or Burn (2 of 2)
Series: How To Become A Christian
OPEN: "Johnnie," asked the kindergarten teacher, "is the world round?"
"No, ma'am," was the reply.
"It isn't!" Exclaimed the teacher. "Then I suppose it's flat?"
"Well," said the teacher with a smile, "if the world isn't round and it isn't flat, then what is it?"
"My dad says it's crooked," said Johnnie matter-of-factly.
APPLICATION That boy assumed he knew what the world was like because of something his dad said.
I know what the world is like because of some things my Heavenly Father has said:
The Bible tells me that God knows us:
Ps 103:8-14 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in
love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust
The Bible also tells me God knows my heart:
Jesus said in Matthew 15:19 "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander."
Jeremiah declared in 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things…"
I. What does it mean that my heart is deceitful???
My heart is deceitful, because (as the Bible tells me) I'm pretty fond of myself - and you are of yourselves as well.
For example: we're told to "Love one another as… (have the audience complete the phrase: 'you love yourself')."
Eph 5:28-29 A husband is to love his wife as he does his own body… After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church.
WE LOVE OURSELVES. The Bible tells me we do.
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