Summary: We seemed to be governed by appointments. Appointments are good tools, but do we forget we have divine appointments. There must be more to life than "I WANT TO BE HAPPY."
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
HEAR THE CRY OF THE PEOPLE: ALL I WANT IS TO BE HAPPY! THERE COMES A LEADER THAT WILL BRING HAPPINESS FOR 3 ½ YEARS… BEWARE. I AM A WINNER! ARE YOU SURE? WE HAVE APPOINTMENTS MADE… WE MAKE CHOICES.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs 16:25 (MSG) There's a way that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell.
I CHALLENGE YOU: Go into any store that sells lottery tickets. Look into their garbage cans. You will find hundreds of losing tickets… Money, big money just garbage. I saw a lady spend $21.00 on tickets. She threw them all away except one, SHE HAD A WINNING TICKET. I heard a lady bragging she won $3.00. Wait a minute? I saw her cash the ticket in and she purchased $3.00 worth of tickets that she threw into the garbage can. I heard her as she going out the door, she told a friend she won $3.00. That $3.00 cost her $24.00.
ARE WE CHASING RAINBOWS AND BUTTERFLIES? PHYSICALLY ALIVE BUT, SPIRITUALLY DEAD…
Philippians 3:19 (Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
ARE WE SEARCHING FOR THE POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW? I heard an interview with GARTH BROOKS the famous country singer. The interviewer asked GARTH: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE MADE IT TO THE BIG TIMES? YOU HAVE FOUND OZ! Garth said: OZ IS ONLY OZ, TO THOSE THAT DON’T LIVE IN OZ. He went on to explain Nashville is just like any other city, the dream may drive you but the achievement of the dream can be so ELUSIVE. If you are not happy here, what makes you think you will be happy OVER THERE?
WE HAVE SO MANY SPIRITUAL ZOMBIES--- THEY APPEAR ALIVE, BUT THEY ARE WALKING DEAD…
1 Timothy 5:6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
Life is about perspective and mental thinking patterns. Life is much more than REACTION… Some never think and ACT BY FAITH, they are like a dead fish flowing down stream.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO ME? Ever heard Joey and Rory Feek’s song, What is important to me!
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Ephesians 2:1 (MSG) It wasn't so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. 2 You let the world, which doesn't know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience.
WE SERVE A TRIUNE GOD: the Father, the Son, Pthe Holy Spirit. WE ARE TRIUNE CREATURES… ASKED ANY WHERE AND YOU WILL BE TOLD BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT… WE PUT IN FIRST PLACE THE BODY… NOT SO IN THE WORD OF GOD, GOD LIST SPIRIT AS FIRST… LIFE IS ABOUT CHOICES AND APPOINTMENTS.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
ABRAHAM HAS AN APPOINTMENT, LEAVE HERE. Can you imagine Abe going to the local U-Haul to rent a truck? SARAH makes a mess, yet there is an appointment IN THE DELIVERY ROOM, 20 YEARS LATER. Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
NOAH WAS 500 YEARS OLD… NOAH’S NAME MEANS REST… NOAH HAD AND APPOINTMENT WITH GOD…
HE LIVED TO BE 950, HE LIVED 350 YEARS AFTER THE FLOOD…
Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
There is debate over how long it took to build the ark. Some say 95 years, others say 120…
Genesis 6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
One thing we know Noah had an appointment and he knew God.
JOSEPH WAS ON OF 12 SONS. JOSPEH HAD AN APPOINTMENT… 17 YEARS OF BAD STUFF…
Genesis 37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. 5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.