Summary: WE HAVE HEARD MUCH ABOUT GOVERNMENT BAIL OUT PLANS, BUT GOD HAS HAD A SPIRITUAL BAIL OUT PLAN SINCE THE FALL OF MAN,THAT IS 100% EFFECTIVE AND FAIL PROOF.
GOD’S SPIRITUAL “BAIL OUT PLAN” 2/22/09
2 Chron 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
INTRODUCTION: WE HAVE HEARD MUCH ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT “BAIL OUT” PROGRAMS LATELY. THE GREAT STIMULUS PROGRAM THAT PROMISES TO PUT US ALL BACK ON ECONOMIC STABILITY. *
NEWSPAPERS AND NEWS PROGRAMS HAVE HAD MUCH TO REPORT ON THE VARIOUS PLANS TO “BAIL OUT” DIFFERENT COMPANIES THAT HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES FLOUNDERING IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CRISIS.
LET ME SHARE THIS WITH YOU TODAY, GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A SPIRITUAL “BAIL OUT” PLAN FOR HIS PEOPLE WHO ARE FLOUNDERING IN SIN, AND IT HAS PROVEN EFFECTIVELY FOR MORE YEARS THAN OUR GOVERNMENT HAS EXISTED.
IT CONSISTS OF REPENTANCE OF SIN AND FULL RESTORATION OF GOD’S GRACE.
I. GOD HAD A PLAN FOR MAN’S INITIAL SIN.
8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou was naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
(EXPLAIN THEIR PERFECT LIFE AND PERFECT ENVIRONMENT)
(A)GOD HAD GIVEN ADAM SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS NOT TO EAT OF THE TREE IN THE MIDST OF THE GARDEN.
1. HE HAD PROVIDED ADAM AND EVE WITH ALL THAT THEY WOULD EVER NEED TO SURVIVE. YET MAN FOUND A WAY TO GET GREEDY AND DISOBEY GOD.
1. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM MANKIND HAS TODAY IS DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD.
2. WE GET IN TROUBLE WITH GOD BECAUSE WE DISOBEY HIM
(B) EVE WAS DECEIVED BY SATAN, AND PARTOOK OF THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT.
1. INVITE THE DEVIL TO LUNCH AND YOU WILL GET STUCK WITH THE BILL.
2. SHE LISTENED, SHE LOOKED, SHE LUSTED, SHE LINGERED, And SHE SINNED.
3. LOOK AT THE ATTACK SATAN USED. LUST OF THE EYE, LUST OF THE FLESH, PRIDE OF LIFE.**
4. THE SAME OLD TOOLS HE USES TODAY. WHY? BECAUSE THEY HAVE PROVEN EFFECTIVE FOR HIM.
(C ) GOD HAD A BAIL-OUT PLAN FOR THEIR SIN.
1. HE MADE COATS OF SKIN TO COVER THEIR NAKEDNESS.
2.WAS IT COSTLY? VERY!!!! MOST COSTLY WARDROBE EVER CREATED.**
LOOK AT WHAT THEY HAD--------PARADISE
3. THEY TRADED THEIR SELF-SUFFICIENT HOME** FOR THE TOILS OF LIFE WITH LABOR AND SWEAT AND THORNS AND THISTLES. PAIN AND DISCOMFORT.(HAD TO LEAVE THAT HOME OF PERFECTION)
4. THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN WOULD FOREVER BE A PART OF THEIR LIVES
5. GOD TRULY “BAILED THEM OUT” OF SIN BUT THE PRICE WAS GREAT.
SIN TAKES YOU FARTHER THAN YOU WANT TO GO. KEEPS YOU LONGER THAN YOU WANT TO STAY AND COST MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD TO PAY.
6. IT WILL COST YOU YOUR SELF RESPECT, HAPPINESS, JOY IN THE LORD.
II. GOD HAD A BAIL OUT PLAN FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
GOD’S CHILDREN HAD BEEN IN BONDAGE FOR MANY YEARS.
(A) GOD CHOSE MOSES TO DELIVER THEM FROM BONDAGE.