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Deal Or No Deal: The Choice Is Yours - It's Not My Talent . . . It's His

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Sermon shared by Jonathan Falwell

May 2008
Summary: Today is a sermon about how talent alone can never bring eternal reward and it can never make an eternal impact, but with God empowering you to do His will with your talents, He can receive great glory in and through you!
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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ought not to feel inadequate…that God Himself was with him every step of the way!

As an aside: Isn’t it great that God, first, will always be with us and will prove that over and over to us? But, second, isn’t it great that God is patient and longsuffering with us when we need just a little more time to comprehend what God is teaching us? Once again, God took care of Moses’ needs and proved that God always provides the ‘talent:”

Exodus 4:14-16 So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and He said: "Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look, he is also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do. 16 So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God.

Even though Moses still debated God on these issues – God STILL used him…and Blessed Him! You see, my friend, it is not our talent, abilities or strengths that we rely on to build a great life, church, ministry, or family…it is always relying on what God can do through our talents, strengths, and abilities!

Over the last six weeks, we have been revealing case by case the points of each sermon to help us remember that it is not our Life, our Time, our Treasure, our Temple, our Testimony, our Talents…they’re His. They all belong to Him!

Now, I don’t know if you have paying attention to this, but we have opened and revealed all but TWO cases on this stage – CASE #13 and CASE #7. And, as we’ve discussed, week after week, we have been persuaded to pass by all other temptations – to choose God’s Way in every decision in how we use our life, time, treasure, temple, and testimony, and talent. It is usually NOW, after you have demonstrated a level of commitment, endurance, and perseverance in the faith, where temptation seems to always come in like a flood…to take one more opportunity to trip you up.

And if you watch the game (DEAL OR NO DEAL), this call is coming from the banker…whose job it is to get us to settle for less or quit the game early…let’s see what he has to offer us.

Well, the banker’s offer is for us to deviate from our INITIAL choice that we had held onto throughout the entire series (CASE #7)…and swap it for the unknown possibility in CASE #13 (we must decide before seeing the outcome!

a. DEAL OR NO DEAL!?

b. OUR RESPONSE: It has always been our INITIAL decision to follow God and live life God’s Way. With God’s Word, we KNOW that ANY DEVIATION from His way will cause destruction! The number #7 case represents “God’s Way” with our Time, Talent, Treasure, Testimony, and TemplE. “Plus, we don’t need to open that case in order to see what the result would be – because ANY deviation from God’s Word leads to destruction, right?” So, OUR RESPONSE is “No Deal!”

Well,
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