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Pharaoh, Pharaoh

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Sermon shared by Jerry Shirley

May 2008
Summary: Itís Satanís old, deceptive trickery: Mingling truth with error...meeting us halfway...desiring that we be compromisers! Link inc. to formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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out. This crowd loves to quote the OT verse that says ĎGod looketh on the heartí. But they forget the first part of the verse which states that Ďman looketh on the outward appearance!í If weíre going to affect the world the world is going to have to see a difference in us. The truth is that both the inside and outside both need to be affected by God. So make some inner decisions and allow those to affect you outwardly if that applies.

Now, how are we going to decide in questionable areas, whether they are right or wrong? What about things the Bible doesnít mention directly like gambling, the lottery, or certain movies.
Ill.óin his later years Dr. John R. Rice was known to say, ďHBO...itís hellís box office! Cinemax? Itís sin to the max! So donít be looking at a TV, be looking up, for the Lord will soon return and itís gonna be Showtime!Ē

Hereís 5 questions to ask about questionable areas:
[these guidelines only work for those w/ a heart to do right, not for the worldly Christian looking for an excuse]
1. What would Jesus do?
1 Peter 2:21
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Would Jesus do this activity? Would He watch this? Would He talk this way?

2. Is God your top priority?
Does He take the back seat to anything else? What are you more committed to? Am I in conflict between God and the world? Why am I torn? As Jesus asked Peter, ĎLovest thou me more than these?í

3. Will this help or hinder my Christian walk?
We should not only consider whatís wrong w/ something, but what is right with it? Is it of any lasting value in eternity? Would my time and efforts be better spent on something more profitable?

4. What is the atmosphere around this?
The context is important. Itís not just about what are you doing, but what are others doing in this place. It is guilt by association.
Ephesians 5:11
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Romans 13:12
...let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
5. How will this affect others?
No man is an island. We have a responsibility to consider how we affect others around us. Paul said thereís some things I could do that are ok, but if they offend my brother, I wonít do them for his sake.

Serve God, but stay in Egypt...

2nd Compromiseó
8:28
Worship God, but donít go very far away. Donít go overboard w/ this Jesus stuff. Be a borderline Christian / a compartment Christian Ė have a life Ė have a work life, a home life, a recreation life, and a church life.
But we cannot put God in a box...donít lock Him into one room...allow Him to roam freely and permeate every area of your life. Not just another spoke in the wheel, but the hub out of which all the other areas are firmly rooted and revolve around!

What little word do we get from the word Ďfanaticí? ĎFaní! Itís ok to be a sports fan, but if you are a Jesus fan thatís bad?

"Iíll go where you want me to go, Dear Lord,
Real service is what I desire;
Iíll say what you want me to say, Dear Lord,
But donít ask me to sing in the choir.
Iíll say what you want me to say, Dear Lord,
Iíd like to see things come to pass;
But donít ask me to teach girls and boys, Dear Lord;
Iíd rather just stay in my class.
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