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Summary: We all have been given certain gifts by god. We are all giving a calling by him, but ultimately we use these to complete his plan for himself, but where we also find and develop ourselves, to his glory. Read on!

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This sermon was delivered to St Oswald’s in Maybole,

Ayrshire, Scotland on the 10th August 2014

(a Scottish Episcopal Church in the Dioceses of Glasgow and Dumfries).

Summary: We all have been given certain gifts by god. We are all giving a calling by him, but ultimately we use these to complete his plan for himself, but where we also find and develop ourselves, to his glory. Read on!

Genesis 45:1-15 Psalm 133 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

“Please join me in my prayer.” Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength, and our redeemer. Amen. (Ps. 19:14)

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

Introduction:

My sermon last week as your know was on Salvation, and today we continue knowing that in God’s eyes, we are saved. But do you know what the best thing about being saved is? … That no one can take it away from us!

It doesn’t matter if in the world’s eyes, we are the world’s biggest failure; in God’s eyes we are still saved; because we now belong to him, because of what Jesus achieved on the cross; ... he died to save us, and so our salvation is permanent.

The book of Job.

Today we start with a trivia question, what is the oldest book in the bible? … It is the book of Job of course, although no one knows for sure who wrote it ... or when. In that book, Satan afflicts Job with many terrible disasters, and diseases ... and also the death of his loved ones; all in the attempt to get Job to renounce God and worship him.

I mean it was absolutely horrendous what Job had to endure, and during his suffering, his friends advised him what to do. It was a bit like what happened to us when we were saved, everything seemed to go wrong, and I for one did blame God at some stages, not realising it was it was Satan attacking me; that may have happened to you as well.

We are also being developed and changed by God into something that he wants us to be, but what I remember is that like Job, I too had friends advising me what to do ... friends who had never had a hard day in their lives ... and who were suddenly an expert on my troubles.

... And I am sure that we all have friends like that ... they are expects on everything, yet have you noticed that the first time they received a minor blow or trial they receive, their world crumbles, not, having answers to their own problems. … But it wasn’t any different in Job’s time; as a matter of fact, Job’s wife told him in Job 2:9, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Why don’t you simply curse God and die!” How is that for advice? “Curse God and die!”


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