Summary: We can work so long for God that we tend to forget His benefits. As we build a hedge and stand in the gap we can release God’s restraining power to bring new victory to others.

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By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.


I do this part in two parts.

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

I start this sermon with a metal baseball bat.

I talk about how most of my life I have used the diplomacy of a ball bat.

I often used the mentally of the ball bat in my family.

In the church I have used a smaller ball bat, but how I would like at times to

forcefully swing my bat and make people be faithful and have good attitudes.

Then I pull out an old towel, well worn.

I talk about Jesus’ attitude was to wash the feet of people that had not caught

his message.

At the end of the service, I will give every one there a wash cloth, they have to grow

it into the towel of servanthood.

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Psalm 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Psalm 103:2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Psalm 116:12 What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?


an act of kindness, something that promotes well being, to be useful,

to make profitable, favorable, helpful, aid, do good,


A. There was a hard working young man. He was very poor.

He worked long and hard and saved his money.

He met a beautiful young woman and fell in love.

He later asked for her hand in marriage, and a few years later after saving and

working all the over time he could get, the young man purchased a modest house.

He worked hours remodeling and decorating the old house.

One day he and his beautiful bride moved in the home.

He worked so hard. He began saving money to take his wonderful wife on a cruise.

One day he went to the travel agency and booked their cruise.

They took several suitcases and a trunk.

In the trunk he packed hundreds of packages of crackers he had slipped out of the

restaurants, he had saved while the working in the restaurants.

He also purchased many cans of tuna over the months prior to their departure.

So every day at meal time, he and his lovely wife slipped back to their room and ate crackers and tuna.

One day they would eat tuna and crackers and drink water, the next day they would eat crackers and tuna.

They loved each other so dearly.

On the last day of their cruise a man said to them, we haven’t seen you eat in the dining room, go eat with us. The young man lowered his head and said, we have had limited funds after buying our tickets so we ate tuna and crackers in our room.

The man explained the meals were free, included in the price.

They could have ate lobster and steak? Instead for ten days they ate tuna and crackers.

What a shame, they paid for food, and never took advantage of what was rightfully


The man cheated his new wife as well as himself?


Psalm 103:1 A Psalm of David.

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