Summary: "One thing I DO," "One thing I KNOW," "One thing thou LACKEST," "One thing is NEEDFUL." Link included to formatted text, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
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Only a few people can do more than one thing at a time, especially us men. It’s a proven fact that ladies are multi-tasking just as surely as they are multiple personality! [just kidding!] Most people never become proficient in more than one trade or occupation. They may be a "jack of all" but usually only "master of one."
The mind only thinks on one line of thought at a time. And by the time a person reaches their mid teens they are usually settled on one pattern of lifestyle. Ideally, we get on track, and we focus, and achieve much!
That’s what I want to preach about today: one thing. [That shouldn’t take long!]
I. ONE THING I DO- Overcoming the Past. Phil. 3:13-14
The past has passed, so let’s get past it.
Paul is looking back over his life as he is writing. His past is not worth taking time away from the present or the future.
I have reservations about people who get saved from a wicked past life and then immediately write their life story expounding over several hundred pages of their past sin. Then on the very last page they will bring it to the climax with a brief statement concerning their salvation experience. That’s good, but why not expound on salvation and the grace of God and let the past life be forgotten? That’s what Paul is applying to here. "Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new."
Defeat comes from dwelling on the past. You can’t live yesterday over again. I have heard that Dr. J. Harold Smith would say he never gives his life story because he would have to bring up his past sins. The Bible tells us that God has forgotten them, so why bring them up again.
Peter Marshall said, "Never let the past be so dear as to limit the future."
How Does One Overcome The Past?
Paul says, "Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before."
You must bury those past memories of the old life.
Heb 11:15 "And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned."
Abraham and Sarah did not discuss the old life prior to their encounter with the Lord. You and I must also adopt the same policy.
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
This is a race we are running, so we must focus on the goal or get tripped up!
Let’s move from thing 1 to thing 2...
II. ONE THING I KNOW- Overcoming Doubt. John 9:25
John 9:25 "He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see."
This is talking about settling your assurance of salvation.
Two Factors That Give This Man his Assurance of Salvation:
1. "I was blind" - He admitted his condition. A lost person must admit he is a sinner.
2. "Now I see." - He accepted the cure. A person must accept what Christ has done on the cross in redemption of man’s sin.
That’s what salvation is. But mankind attempts to make salvation too complicated.
There is always someone who comes to the new convert and questions his method of receiving Christ.
John 9:19 "And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?"
Many various religions associate certain happenings with salvation; a chilling feeling, or an uncontrollable situation that accompanies salvation. That is not a Bible teaching. Salvation is trusting Christ’s works on the cross.
Every Christian Must Settle This One Thing. Doubt is the one major reason for Christian failure.
Doubts can come from 2 sources:
From God-To provoke the salvation of a lost person.
From Satan-To paralyze the service of a believer.
Settle it in your heart today. Billy Sunday said, "With Christ you are saved; without Him you are lost." That’s the right approach. Do you have Him today? If so, you are saved. If not, you are lost.
III. ONE THING THOU LACKEST - Overcoming the World.
Mark 10:21 "Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me."
Mark 10:22 "And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions."
This man had great possessions. There Was "One Thing" Between Him And Jesus...no, MANY things!