Summary: We have been studying there is more than what man can do. God has a plan. Pretending and playing church will hinder God’s Possibilities. Don’t be hypocritical!
SPEAK TO THE DIVINE POSSIBILITIES:
#12--- DIVINE POSSIBILITIES: THE GREAT PRETENDER!
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
We are studying Divine Possibilities:
1. Climb into God’s Envelope; 2. Accept the Mantle;
3. Starving at a feast; 4. Let God! 5. Dying in a Rut: When an unforgiving preacher preaches
forgiveness; 6. Rising above the Minimum; 7. Rising above the scars; 8. Every miracle starts with a problem! 9. Walking in Divine blessings;
10. Cheese with your whine? Importunity/Determination
11. KILL THE SACRED COW? Leaving your comfort zone
12. The Great pretender?
We are in part #12 of a 12 part series, Divine Possibilities.
God has a plan for you and for your church.
God wants to grow you and to stretch your faith.
You can, if you want to.
God wants to get us out of our bubble into the realm of His purpose.
Some see the little picture, some see the bigger picture. We need the total picture in a balanced way. We can stay here if we want to, or we can reach
to His higher plan. We need to speak to our Divine Possibilities.
May we launch into what God desires for us, in us, and through us?
IF WE DESIRE CHANGE, WE MUST GET OUT OF THE DEATH RUT
OF THE SAMENESS!
Do you see? Do you hear? Do you understand?
Divine Possibilities can never be known where there is spiritual blindness and spiritual deafness.
Don’t be afraid to see! Don’t be afraid to hear! Then we can correct what is wrong and healing will come to the camp of believers!
May we quit pretending in the church?
DO WE CORRECT PROBLEMS, OR DO WE DRIFT IN TROUBLED
I. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING?
A. Recently I heard a wonderful story, Doctor Billy Graham was invited to a meeting of the leaders of Charlotte, NC.
They wanted to honor Graham for all of his wonderful achievements.
Billy was 86 and has Parkinson’s Disease and he thought he might not go.
The group said Billy did not have to speak, they just wanted to honor their native son. Dr. Graham was honored greatly at the meeting.
B. There was an opportunity for Dr. Graham to speak. He rose to the podium and looked over the crowd.
C. Doctor Graham told a story about Albert Einstein, one of the greatest physicist of all time.
Albert Einstein had been voted the Man of the Century by Time magazine.
The story goes that Albert Einstein was traveling from Princeton by train.
The conductor started around punching the passengers tickets.
Mr. Einstein had lost his ticket and could not find it.
The conductor was very polite to his famous passenger, and told him he was sure that Mr. Einstein had his ticket, and it was not needed.
The conductor trusted him.
Albert dug around looking for his ticket, and could not find it.
The ticket was not in his luggage, pockets, or anywhere to be found.
Again the conductor told Albert it was OK, because everyone on the train knew who he was, so the conductor reassured the famous rider not to worry.
Long after the conductor was gone, Albert was looking on his hands and knees for his train ticket.
Doctor Albert Einstein said, "I know who I am, but I don’t remember where I am going?"
E. Doctor Graham went on with the story, that he was wearing a brand new suit,he had purchased it to wear in the casket at his burial as well as to this wonderful meeting of honor.
Doctor Graham went further with his words, Thank you for this honor, but don’t just remember me for my new suit I wear today. But I want you to remember,
I NOT ONLY KNOW WHO I AM, AND I KNOW WHERE I AM GOING!
II. MAN HAS DEVELOPED THIS GREAT ABILITY TO PRETEND AND ACT.
*** to give a false appearance of being
*** to act or perform
*** to make believe
*** one that lays a false claim
*** one who makes a false or hypocritical show
C. WE TEND TO THINK GREED IS A RICH PEOPLE PROBLEM?
BUT GREED CAN INFECT POOR PEOPLE JUST AS RICH PEOPLE.
Greed stops Divine Possibilities. God loves a cheerful giver.
D. WHAT IS THE INTENTION OF YOUR HEART?
E. SIN IS MORE THAN DOING WRONG!
TWO KINDS OF SIN:
COMMISSION Acting, doing, performing
OMISSION The things that we do not do that we should do.
James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to DO GOOD,
and DOETH IT NOT, to him it is sin!
F. WE HAVE GROWN AND DEVELOPED THIS GREAT ABILITY TO DENY THERE IS A PROBLEM AND THEN AFTER WE DENY, WE PRETEND EVERYTHING IS OK!