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Summary: Have we walked away from our first love? Absalom knew how to get Joab's attention: SET A FIRE!

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GET EXCITED? I AM BUT A PENCIL... GET EXCITED?

WILL I MAKE A DIFFERENCE? VS. WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL I MAKE?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

TEXT:

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Revelation 2:4 (MSG) "But you walked away from your first love—why? What's going on with

you, anyway?

YOU MUST GET EXCITED TO ACCOMPLISH MUCH WRITING?

DO YOU WANT TO GET SOMEONE'S ATTENTION...

A LITTLE FIRE WILL GET SOME ATTENTION ---

APATHY WILL BRING DEFEAT.

YEARS MAY WRINKLE THE SKIN,

BUT THE LACK OF ZEAL AND ENTHUSIAM WILL WRINKLE ONE'S SPIRIT.

DAVID HAD A FRIEND HE LISTENED TO ...

ABSALOM HAD NOT SEEN HIS DAD IN 5 LONG YEARS...

Absalom knew Joab had favor with David...

Absalom asked Joab on several occasions to talk to his Dad.

Joab was always too busy or he forgot, or maybe he did not want to bring this subject

up before King David.

2 Samuel 14:30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab's field is near mine, and he

hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom's servants set the field on fire.

31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, Wherefore have

thy servants set my field on fire? 32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee,

saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from

Geshur? it had been good for me to have been there still: now therefore let me see the king's

face; and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me. 33 So Joab came to the king, and told

him: and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his

face to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.

ABSALOM DECIDED I WILL GET JOAB'S ATTENTION...

I WILL SET HIS FIELDS ON FIRE...

Now he will get excited.

HAVE YOU EVER DESIRED TO BE NOT ORDINARY OR NOT COMMON?

ENTHUSIASM IS CONTAGEOUS AND SO IS THE LACK OF IT.

A cold heart is kind of like butter, --- it does not spread easily?

HE WHO HAS NO FIRE WITHIN CAN NOT WARM OTHERS?

You can not have heat without light?

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy

first love.

Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

DIFFERENCE:

The quality that makes a person or thing unlike another.

Fact that distinguishes one from another.

Not the same, not ordinary or common...

One of my sincere GOALS IN LIFE IS: I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE...

1 Peter 3:8-12 (NKJV) Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another;

love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling,

but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.

10 For "He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his

lips from speaking deceit. 11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and

pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers;

But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

I WOULD LOVE TO OPERATE IN:

1. UNITY --- agreeable, one mind, belong together, harmony

2. COMPASSION-LOVE --- wanting to help someone in need, feel like I CARE

3. TENDERHEARTED--- easily moved

4. COURTEOUS---very polite, giving respect, being considerate

5. NOT VENGEFUL--- quick to forgive, never want to hurt, not get even, not desiring punishment,

mercy, kindness, forbearance

6. GIVE BLESSINGS--- approval, help, encourage, bring joy, to give hope and confidence.

7. TO CONTROL YOUR TONGUE

8. NOT DO EVIL

9. TO DO GOOD

10. BE A PEACE MAKER AS WELL AS A PEACE KEEPER

11. PRAY

MANY ASK THE QUESTION --- WILL I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

A BETTER QUESTION TO ASK MAYBE --- WHAT DIFFERENCE AM I MAKING?

OR WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL I MAKE?

Each day is a gift from God what we do with that day is a gift back to Him.

We pray God encourage and refresh you daily.

May we be excited to be alive, and the abundant life that will live forever.

We will just move away and be with the Lord.

Until then God help me be quick to forgive and to be kind to the unkind.

COMPASSION THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE MUST SHINE BRIGHT EVEN IN THE DARKNESS.

WE MUST TRUST THE UNSEEN HAND.

Have we learned that it is EASY to trust God when LIFE IS EASY?

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