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Can God Depend On You

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Sermon shared by Juan Lane

May 2005
Summary: Can God depend on you to be where you are supposed to be and doing what you are supposed to be doing
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Can God Depend On You

Scripture Reference: Jeremiah 18:1-3 (KJV)
Jeremiah 18:1-3 1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potterís house, and there will I cause thee to hear my words. 3 Then I went down to the potterís house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.


INTRODUCTION
I received an email the other day as I do so often and it contained a story that I found quit interesting and I would like to share it with you. Notice in this story the major problem lies in the obedience.

Look Beyond The Package
A young man was getting ready to graduate from college.
For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealerís
showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all
he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his
father had purchased the car.
Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into
his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine
son, and told him how much he loved him.
He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat
disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young manís name embossed in gold.
Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your
money you give me a Bible? and stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He
had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very
old, and thought perhaps he should go to him.
He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make
arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed
away, and willed all of his possessions to his son.
He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.
When he arrived at his fatherís house, sudden sadness and regret filled
his heart. He began to search through his fatherís important papers and saw
the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago.
With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father
had carefully underlined a verse,
Matt 7:11, "And if ye, being evil know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more shall your Heavenly father which is in heaven,
give to those who ask Him?"
As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible.
It had a tag with the dealerís name, the same dealer who had the sports car he
had desired.
On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words...PAID IN
FULL.
How many times do we miss Godís blessings because they are not packaged
as we expected?


I pray that you enjoyed this passage as much as I did. I also pray that you saw how the lack of total trust and obedience can hold us back from some great gifts. We have to be more than just able to do the will of God we have to be willing to do what God desires for us to do. No matter what it looks like if God said it and you believe it then you have to stick with it. If this young man had only had the obedience to move forward on what looked to be nothing out of the ordinary he would have been blessed with an extraordinary gift.

MAIN BODY
Normally when we look at todayís passage of scripture we look at how God ministered to Jeremiah. We see how God was able to
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