Summary: What really matters?

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God’s Priorities for You

1 Timothy 2:1-8

Sermon by: Rick Crandall

McClendon Baptist Church, West Monroe, LA

Jan. 16, 2005

*What really matters?

-This week I watched part of a documentary about the crash of a Concorde jet in France.

*Over 100 people died, and it all started because of a strip of metal that had fallen on the runway.

*It was only 16 inches long.

-I could hold it here in my hand.

*Sometimes it’s hard for us to see what really matters, but God knows.

-God knows what’s most important in your life & mine.

*So let’s look into the Word of God this morning & see some of the greatest priorities He has for our lives.

1. God wants you to be happy.

-(This is surely one of His priorities & we see this in vs. 1-3.)

*God wants you to be happy.

-I’m not talking about the surface, selfish happiness the world is grasping for, but deep, abiding joy.

*The world can’t give it & the world can’t take it away, but Jesus can give us joy, and God wants us to have it.

1-So He gives us a picture of a happy life in vs. 2:

*It’s a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

-A happy life is a quiet & peaceful life, not marked by storms & turbulence, but by tranquility.

*Peace in your heart & peace in your home...

-That’s what God wants for you.

*But a happy life is also Godly & honest...

-Not burdened with guilt, but blessed by goodness.

*A life where integrity blossoms, while our hypocrisy withers away.

-God wants us to be living in all godliness and honesty, so we don’t want to be half-hearted about our honesty.

*Like Dennis the Menace was when he gave some advice to his friend Joey.

-Dennis caught Joey trying to get a paper out of the machine without paying.

*And he said: -"Wait, Joey!

-First you have to put the money in...

-Then you can get all the papers you want." (1)

*We can do better than that!

-And if we do, we will be infinitely more happy in the long run.

2-God wants you to be happy.

*That’s why verses 1&2 give us one of the greatest helps to happiness you will ever find:

-And it’s prayer.

*Paul said:

"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."

*God gives us 4 words for prayer here, and the first 3 are similar, but each gives us a little more insight on prayer.

*Supplications: It’s the idea of having a need & asking for help, but the root word is "to bind"...

-So there is a great strength here, binding ourselves as with chains to our purpose in prayer.

--But also binding ourselves to God & His will, no matter how He chooses to answer.

*We offer our supplications, and our prayers.

-This is also asking, but this word was only used to describe asking God for help, so there is the idea of reverence & worship.

*And as Barclay said, the understanding that:

"There are certain needs which only God can satisfy. There is a strength which he alone can give; a forgiveness which he alone can grant; a certainty which he alone can bestow."

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