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Trees in the Park

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Sermon shared by James May

May 2008
Summary: We will always see "men as trees walking" until we get close enough to Jesus to have a clear vision of others.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: Believer adults
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It is his great love for you and I that often allows those things to come upon us which will ultimately lead to our laying this old body down and going home to be with the Lord.

So, with that in mind, let us realize that sometimes God just simply chooses not to heal, not to deliver us from a dread disease, and not to make us whole again, because itís getting nearer to the time when we are appointed to make that final trip to our Heavenly home.
Itís is a fact that we all want to go to Heaven, but none of us wants to die to get there. There are only two people recorded in the Bible who bypassed the grave on their way to Heaven and even they will return again to fulfill Godís Word.

Paul tells us in Hebrews 9:27, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

For the Word of God to not fail, every man must die and then face the judgment. Since Enoch and Elijah were translated, or taken away bodily from this world into Heaven, I believe that they must return again to face death before the end of time. Thatís why I believe that they are going to be the two witnesses of the Book of Revelation. Otherís believe differently, and thatís okay with me. It wonít matter to me who they are because Iíll be in Heaven when they come back anyway.

Another reason that God may choose not to heal is that he knows our heart and our propensity to forget him. There are times when I am convinced that God allows afflictions to remain in our lives as a constant reminder that we need him. How many times have I seen people cry out to God for mercy and when mercy comes, they get back into their normal routine and forget him? That doesnít bring glory to God, but the blessing are consumed upon their on lusts. But for the mercy and longsuffering of our Lord, those same people would face the wrath of God for willful disobedience and perhaps even greater afflictions would come upon them. Itís an absolutely loving and merciful God that doesnít treat men the way that they treat him.

If God was as lackadaisical toward us as we sometimes are toward him, where would we be? If God were to forget to care for us, or to provide our needs as we are to forget to pray, or to worship him, I shudder to think of what would happen to us.

The third qualifier to see miracles in our midst is that we must live in obedience to Godís commandments. This isnít speaking of just the 10 Commandments, but every law of God found in the Word of God. Of course we cannot obey the law. We will always fall short of that goal. So the law must be fulfilled for us through the Blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, if we live in obedience to the call of God upon our lives and to the conviction power of the Holy Ghost, striving to allow the Word and the Spirit to cleanse us from all sin, and fully trusting only in the Blood of Jesus for our righteousness, then we can say that we are living in obedience.

That kind of obedience requires much more than just a quick glance or a surface knowledge of Jesus, but a deep, heartfelt commitment to serving Him as our Lord and Master.

All of these things must be in proper order: Believing in the power of God to heal; trusting in Godís mercy and grace; willing to give God all of the glory regardless of whether he heals or not; living in obedience to his Word; and then allowing Godí s will to be done.
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