Sermon:
Evangelist Herman E. Wesley III
I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FOSAKE YOU
Hebrews 13:5-6

INTRODUCTION

As has already been stated by the many preachers who have mounted this pulpit before me, the Book of Hebrews could be titled, "The Preeminence of Jesus Christ," for indeed, Jesus Christ is superior to and preeminent over everyone and everything. And one of the key words in this Book is the word "better": Thats a good word, because...

He is better than anything that was before.
He is better than any Old Testament person.
He is better than any Old Testament ritual.
He is better than any Old Testament sacrifice.
He is better than anyone and everything else.

Having Christ, having a relationship with Christ, is just better, and thats really the foundation of my text...

If yall have your personal copies of the Word of God handy, go to Hebrews 13:5,6, where out of the King James Version it reads as follows:

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with
such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake
thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear
what man shall do unto me.

The subject that the Lectureship Committee has assigned to me this evening is:

I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU, NOR FORSAKE YOU.

There is a comfort in knowing Jesus. A comfort zone that is indescribable and satisfying, fulfilling and complete. In this 13th chapter of Hebrews, the writer is dealing with our ethics, Christian ethics, and he focuses on sexual purity, satisfaction with what we have, and steadfastness in the faith. In dealing with the second leg of his ethical presentations, I want to suggest that when we really know and believe that Christ "will never leave us nor forsake us," three things ought to be affected in our daily walk:

I. IT OUGHT TO AFFECT OUR CONVERSATION.
II. IT OUGHT TO AFFECT OUR CONTENTMENT.
III. IT OUGHT TO AFFECT OUR CONFIDENCE.

I. IT OUGHT TO AFFECT OUR CONVERSATION.

Knowing that Christ "will never leave you nor forsake you" should affect our conversation. Now, I think I ought to tell you that the passage is not talking about the way we talk, in practical terms, but rather it places emphasis on our character. The New American Standard Bible reads this way:

"Let your character be free from the love of money..."

Love of money is one of the most common forms of covetousness, partly because money can be used to secure so many other things that we want. But Im here to tell you tonight that whether its the dog track in Shreveport, the gambling houses in Biloxi, or the lottery ticket down at the corner store, loving money is lusting after material riches, whatever the form is! A Christian should be free from such love of material things. Now, recognize that I said "should."
I am not so naive to think that all those slot machines, black jack tables and scratch off cards have been