Summary: We could be one heartbeat from eternity? Life is a TEST? We come to seasons of testing and we must learn to thrive and grow in those seasons. Have we defined our priority system and what we value the most?
DID YOU FILL YOUR PRESCRIPTION?
YOU COULD BE ONE HEARTBEAT FROM ETERNITY...
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
INTRODUCTION: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT SEASONS OF TESTING?
How can your attitude and thinking process effect//affect how you do when tested?
**TRAIN: to teach skills that are needed, to instruct, to be taught or to learn, to cause one to
improve or develop, to direct growth, to be prepared, drill
**DISCIPLINE: control that is gained by requiring rules and orders to obey and punishing bad behavior,
a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules and order,
behavior that is judged by how well one follows orders...
training that corrects, molds, or perfects one mentally and morally,
I. LIFE AT BEST CARRIES MANY ISSUES:
1. WHAT WILL OUR VALUE SYSTEM /// PRIORITY SYSTEM BE... ???
2. WHAT WILL I DO WITH THE TIME ALLOTTED TO ME?
3. DO WE REALIZE LIFE IS ABOUT TEST?
4. DO I REALLY UNDERSTAND MY DAYS ARE NUMBERED?
Psalm 90:12 (KJV) So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 (NLT) Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 (NIV) Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 (MSG) Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well!
A. Our society does not like to speak of death... WHY?
You can only ignore death so long...
B. You ever read the ROLL CALL OF LIFE FROM GENESIS 5?
1. The first death was not in God's original plans --- ABEL lived --- and HE DIED
2. Adam lived 930 years and HE DIED...
3. SETH lived 905 years and HE DIED...
4. ENOS lived 905 years and HE DIED...
5. THE LONGEST LIVING MAN WAS METHSELAH AT 969 YEARS ---but history records
AND HE DIED...
6. History records a day when EVERYONE on earth died but 8 people...
7. In ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S TOMB in Springfield, Illinois is recorded on the wall behind
his grave: HE BELONGS TO THE AGES...
C. Man makes CHOICES? CHOICES HAVE CONQUENCES...!!!
Because man CHOOSE SIN THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST HAD TO MAKE A CHANGE
OF PLANS... instead of nearly 1,000 years --- TIME WOULD BE REDUCED TO THE AVERAGE OF
70 YEARS --- Yet man still never changed his attitudes and behavior?
Psalm 90:10 (KJV) The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength
they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Psalm 90:10 (NLT) Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years
are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.
D. Ponder this thought long and hard...
YOU COULD BE ONE HEARTBEAT FROM HELL?
YOU COULD BE ONE HEARTBEAT FROM HEAVEN?
Consider YOUR WAYS...
Haggai 1:5 (KJV) Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
Haggai 1:7 (KJV) Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
Haggai 1:5 (MSG) And then a little later, God-of-the-Angel-Armies spoke out again: "Take a good,
hard look at your life. Think it over.
Haggai 1:7 (MSG) That's why God-of-the-Angel-Armies said: "Take a good, hard look at your life.
Think it over."
E. You do not know how to live until you know how to die?
II. SEASONS OF TESTING ARE PART OF BEING ABOVE THE GROUND...
CONTRARY TO SOME MODERNING TEACHINGS, NO ONE IS EXEMPT FROM
THE TESTINGS OF DAILY LIVING...
A. Any honest study of Bible characters will reveal they were tested, tried, and buffeted all
their days. Christians and sinners will all be tested.
Job 14:1 (KJV) Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
B. our enemy knows to TEST US IN OUR WEAK AREAS, when we are TIRED & WEAK.
Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
C. THE SEASON OF TESTING DOES NOT STOP AT ONE...
1. You hungry? Turn the ROCKS TO BREAD? Abuse of power?
Jesus counters with IT IS WRITTEN...The word of God.
2. The enemy takes him to a high place and says: JUMP?
THE ENEMY EVEN KNOWS THE WORD and abuses it... Not the right context.
Jesus uses the WORD... proper context...
3. The enemy makes an INVALID PROMISE: I WILL GIVE YOU THE WORLD?
Satan never GIVES, he only takes.
Jesus knows who the RIGHTFUL OWNER really is...
D. GOD LIMITS THE DURATION OF THE SEASONS OF TESTING...