Summary: It is not wrong to ask the Lord questions, it is wrong to assume the answer has to be what you always want.
Lord I got Questions
It is great to be in God’s house today! I believe He wants to speak to us through His word.
Wither you are listening to this message by the internet or you are in the service, everyone has questions about the bible and a lot of times the questions that need to be asked are not the questions answered by the preacher.
It is a good reason that we need to be studying the bible ourselves and digging for answers to questions we have.
I have titled this message- Lord I have questions! A lot of times, the questions we have are based upon what we are going through and what we are feeling- not always the best way to find truth because feelings change and what we are going through can cloud our minds.
This morning I want to ask you this question- what question(s) do you have for the Lord and how bad do you want an answer?
Let me give you a disclaimer- There are some answers to some of your questions that the Lord is not going to give you! Are you okay with that?
I mean the God of the universe has a right to say to anyone of us;
This is not for you to know
You cannot handle the answer to that question right now.
It is none of your business! When of course you are asking for a friend!
I have lots of questions! Some I understand the Lords thinking- the problem at times is making His thinking my thinking!
Like loving your enemies- I understand Jesus loves us and what He did for us- the only way to be Christ-like is to love unconditionally. It is easier for me to buy into eye for an eye- How do I love like Jesus when I feel like you mess with me or my family and the wrath of Wyatt Earp comes down.
The cost of following Jesus- All in or all out! No in between.
Luke warm Christians are a dime a dozen and their testimony is often tarnished by their own behavior and words
We tell Jesus-“I will follow you wherever you go”- Jesus says… good, we leave right now and don’t take anything with you!
Don’t get me started on Faith!-
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because he who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Here is what I wish someone would have explained and told me about God much earlier in my life-
You will never get all your questions answered- repeat. You have to be okay with that!
There are some things that you will never know or never be told- you take it by faith.
There are truths that are hard to swallow and you must surrender to the fact that you are not God and you don’t always get what you want.
God does not have to tell us or get our permission for anything He chooses to do or not do before He does it.
Our best way to get answers is to surrender to the God who has all the answers-
Realizing that by us surrendering, He reveals His truths to us.
In His Word
In a message
By another believer
By spending time with Him in prayer and communication.
Our past does not define our future! Here is our text this morning-
Philippians 3:12-16 Read from Bible
As the Apostle Paul states his goal for his life and who has guided his life. We see that whatever state he is in he realizes it is because of God’s help.
I am not 100% there but my goal is take hold of what Christ has shown me.
I desire to lean into Jesus with everything I got so that I might attain my goal and please the Lord.
I press into Jesus and put the past in the past so that I might have a future.
It is going to be tough, Jesus never promises easy- the goal is to win the prize that Jesus Christ has offered and that is abundant life while living here and eternal life for eternity because of the cross.
Many questions asked and only some answered! Realizing the questions not answered are for my benefit and are not a punishment.
Getting past the past is getting some questions answered.
2 Cor. 5:14-
“For Christ love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”