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What Am I Going to do While I am where I am. "NOW WHAT"

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Sermon shared by Melvin Maughmer, Jr.

November 2002
Summary: Ever gone through so much that the only thing you can say is Lord Now What. Ask God the question What am I going to do while I am where I am?
Denomination: Apostolic
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
What Am I Going To Do While I Am Where I Am

!!NOW WHAT!!

Philippians 3:13-14 ďBrethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ JesusĒ.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: The Etymology of the word apprehended:- literally, to seize from, to seize, to become aware of, to have perceived, to grasp with the understanding,

but this one thing I do, forgetting. The word forgetting: - to lose the remembrance of, to be unable to think of or recall, to cease from doing, to treat with inattention or disregard, to fail to become mindful at the proper time. It is a verb, which is an action word. To forget something means that at some point we had to have made a mental decision to let it go.

those things, which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. The word reaching: - means to stretch out toward, to extend or thrust, to strain after something, it too is a verb, which is an action word. The suffix ing on the end of the words means that it is something that is being done and has not yet been completed.

I want to talk about that place between realizing what God has promised and apprehending that that He has promised. I have stepped to God like I should, Iím in the church, but I have not yet apprehended that which I have stepped to God for. I have given up some things expecting and believing God for some things but I have not yet received those things and I canít go back to the things, I am forgetting those things that are behind and I am reaching forth unto those things that are before, but I have not grasped hold to those things yet and I canít go back to the things, I am not where I used to be and I am not where I am going or where I am even destined to be I am here in this place, so then the question I ask is What am I going to do while I am where I am. In other words Lord I am in this place, NOW WHAT.

There are those of us that are in the Christian walk that have it going on, we really have it all together. We have everything we need and everything we desire. We can come to church enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise, skipping, smiling, and happy singing the song God is great and greatly to be praised, because everything in our life is ok. Financially I am free, Emotionally elated, Physically fine, Relationally relaxed, everything is ok and you are able to say like the Shummanite woman ďIt is well with my soulĒ. And for those that are like that God bless you and heaven smile upon you. However there are those of us that are going through some mess, everything in our life isnít fine. Iím not financially free, but financially frustrated, emotionally emasculated, physically debilitated, relationally ruined, mentally messed-up and instead of saying Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me, we say Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me?




Understand that this is not an implication that I have gone back on God, this does not mean that I donít believe that God can and will make a way, this in no way compromises my salvation at all, it is saying that I have not come to the place in
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