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Take Advantage

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Sermon shared by Jerry Shirley

September 2007
Summary: Can you believe it? God wants us to take advantage of Him and His Church! Usually when we think of ‘taking advantage’ it’s a bad thing, but not necessarily w/ the Lord. Link included to formatted text, audio & video, and PowerPoint Presentation.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Take Advantage
Ecc. 2:24, 3:13, 5:18-19

http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/TakeAdvantage.html

Can you believe it? God wants to be taken advantage of! Usually when we think of ‘taking advantage’ of someone it’s a bad thing, but not necessarily w/ the Lord. The book of Acts shows God moving among the church like a wind…we might as well tap into the power source and take advantage. God gives us many advantages, if only we’ll take them, and remember, anything good in our lives comes from God.

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father…
Psalms 103:2
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
1 Timothy 6:17
…the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

But the Bible says since much has been given to us, much is required. And what does God require? Simply for us to take advantage of all that has been given! Shop around, you won’t find a better deal anywhere!

Why not take advantage?

Why not take advantage of the promises of God?

If someone promised to buy you a house free and clear, would you accept it?
John 14:2-3
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

How about an endless buffet of food, groceries, and supplies? Would you take advantage?
Joel 2:26
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

It is beyond me how a thinking, rational person could not take advantage of the free gift of salvation offered to them by Christ.
1 John 2:25
And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
John 11:25-26
He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

If you could erase the mistakes of your lifetime, and have a second chance, wouldn’t you take advantage?
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

I’ll bet that if we had a phone here that you knew would put you thru to God, where you could actually talk to Him, you would use it!
Jeremiah 33:3
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Isaiah 58:9
Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am.
Isaiah 65:24
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

So, why don’t we take advantage of such a privilege of prayer?

If you were carrying a heavy bag of cement, and a strong man approached you and offered to carry it for you, would you avail yourself of the opportunity?
Psalms 55:22
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

If being filled w/ the powerful Spirit of God was as simple as flipping a switch, would you flip it?
Luke 11:13
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask
Comments and Shared Ideas
Stephen Enriquez
September 18, 2007
Im a fellow pastor & I really appreaciate pastors like you who are very generous to share their work with others!!! Keep up the good work!! enriquezstephen@yahoo.com
Stephen Enriquez
September 18, 2007
Keep up the good work pastor. Your ministry is a great blessing to others. God bless you
Ramon Dellosa
September 5, 2007
i dont understand why some people rated this good sermon "unhelpful". hope its not bcoz of our religious biases. im a pentecostal but i appreciate good sermon from a fellow Christian pastor. keep it up Ptr. Jerry!!! ur a blessing.. - rajidel@gmail.com

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