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Summary: THIS MESSAE IS ABOUT THOSE SPECIAL MOMENTS IN OUR LIVES WHICH WE RECOGNIZE ARE FROM GOD AND DRAW US APART FROM THE CONCERNS OF THE WORLD AND CLOSER TO HIM

THE GOD MOMENT OF HOLY ATTRACTION

LUKE 15:11-32

INTRODUCTION:

I’VE BEEN TRYING OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS TO INTRODUCE YOU TO AN UNDERSTANDING OF SOME OF THE MANY WAYS THAT GOD HAS BEEN RADICALLY EFFECTING YOUR LIVES. THEY ARE CALLED GOD MOMENTS. THESE ARE MOMENTS WHEN GOD INTERVENES IN YOUR LIFE, IN SUPERNATURAL WAYS, THAT CAN ONLY BE EXPLAINED AS GOD ACTIONS.

IT DOES NOT STOP THERE THOUGH. NOT ONLY DOES GOD INTERVENE, BUT THE REST OF THE PERSON’S LIFE IS CHANGED AS A RESULT OF THAT INTERVENTION. THE CHOOSING OF A PARTICULAR OCCUPATION, OR PERSON TO HAVE A LIFELONG RELATIONSHIP WITH COULD BE A GOD MOMENT.

GOD MOMENTS OBVIOUSLY ARE ONLY RECOGNIZED BY BELIEVERS. NON-BELIEVERS WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM RECOGNIZING THE GOOD MOMENTS IN THEIR LIVES AS GOD MOMENTS, BUT I DARE SAY WOULD HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF DIFFICULTY NOT LOOKING ON GOD WITH JUDGEMENTAL EYES WHEN SOMETHING BAD OCCURS. BUT JUST LAST WEEK WE FOUND OUT THAT GOD CAN ACT IN POSITIVE WAYS THROUGH THE GOD MOMENT OF VALUABLE ADVERSITY.

TODAY WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT THE LAST OF FIVE TYPES OF GOD MOMENTS THAT I WANT TO FOCUS ON. THERE ARE PROBABLY OTHERS AS WELL BUT WE HAVE LOOKED AT FIVE. THEY ARE:

1. THE GOD MOMENT OF AMAZING RESCUE

2. THE GOD MOMENT OF UNEARNED BLESSING

3. THE GOD MOMENT OF REVEALED TRUTH

4. THE GOD MOMENT OF VALUABLE ADVERSITY

AND TODAY WE ARE LOOKING AT NO. 5: THE GOD MOMENT OF HOLY ATTRACTION

ATTRACTION HAS TO BE THE MOST UNEXPLAINABLE EMOTIONOR FEELING THERE IS. WHAT MAKES TWO THINGS ATTRACT? WHAT IS SO STRONG THAT IT CANNOT HELP BUT DRAW US TOGETHER? THERE ARE SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES THAT APPLY TO MAGNETISM THAT HELP US TO UNDERSTAND IT, BUT NOT SO WITH HUMANS. THERE IS NO EASY ANSWER, NO POTION, NO RHYME NOR REASON TO EXPLAIN WHAT DRAWS US CLOSER TO ONE AND NOT THE OTHER.

IF YOU TALK TO PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY DON’T LIKE A CERTAIN INDIVIDUAL, THE ANSWERS WE GET ARE MORE BASED ON INTUITION AND FEELING THAN ANYTHING OBJECTIVE. THERE IS A SERIES OF COMMERCIALS ON TELEVISION RIGHT NOW, I BELIEVE CAR COMMERCIALS, WHICH TALK ABOUT BAD DECISIONS AND GOOD DECISIONS. YOU HAVE AN UNRULY LOOKING CHARACTER COMING UP TO YOUR CAR WINDOW WITH A CHAIN SAW RUNNING. YOU STOP ROLL DOWN THE WINDOW, AND HE SAYS THANKS FOR PICKING HIM UP. THEN A SIGN WHICH SAYS BAD DECISION IS DISPLAYED. WELL THAT’S AN OBJECTIVE TRUTH THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND.

BUT CAN YOU EXPLAIN THIS:

1. A PERSON DECIDES NOT TO GO OUT WITH ANOTHER BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT THE OTHER PERSON IS TOO ANGRY. EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN THE TEMPER FLAIR UP, THEY CAN JUST SEE IT IN THEIR EYES. WHATS GOING ON HERE? DO MY EYES HAVE A SPECIAL MESSAGE WRITTEN ON THEM THAT SAYS ANGRY OR COLD PERSON, OR FUN-LOVING AND EASY-GOING?

2. A PERSON IS CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT. THEY HAVE ALL THE QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED FOR THE JOB, BUT SOMETHING HOLDS THEM BACK FROM HIRING. WHAT IS IT THAT HOLDS THEM BACK. “ I DIDN’T LIKE THE WAY THE MAN WAS SITTING, IT SPELLED TROUBLE.” I’M SURE IF YOU CHECKED THE CHAIR YOU WOULD NOT FIND ANY WORDS WRITTEN ON IT.

3. WHAT CAUSES ATTRACTION IN RELATIONSHIPS? THIS IS ENOUGH AND DOES CREATE MANY HEADACHES FOR PEOPLE, USUALLY PARENTS OF TEENAGERS, PARTICUALRLY FATHERS OVER DAUGHTERS. YOU CAN HAVE TWO GUYS, ONE VERY CLASSY, AN ATHELETE, TOP NOTCH SCHOLAR ON ONE SIDE, AND THEN JUST THE OPPOSITE TYPE OF INDIVIDUAL STANDING NEXT TO HIM, AND THE GIRL CHOOSES THE OTHER GUY OF COURSE.

4. OR YOU’RE TRYING TO WIN THE HEART OF A PERSON OF THE OPPOSITE SEX. YOU’RE GETTING ALONG FINE, TALKING, LAUGHING, UNTIL A FRIEND OF YOURS COMES ALONG. IT STARTS OUT INNOCENTLY ENOUGH, BUT PRETTY SOON YOU CAN SEE THE SPARKS FLYING BETWEEN THEM AS THE FIRES OF A RELATIONSHIP IS KINDLED, AND YOUR FLAME IS GOING OUT. THE INTERESTING THING HERE IS THAT NEITHER THE FRIEND NOR THE OTHER PERSON SEE THIS HAPPENING AND ARE SURPRISED WHEN OTHERS TELL THEM THAT THEY COULD SEE IT A MILE AWAY.

ATTRACTION, IS SOMETHING NO ONE CAN UNDERSTAND. WHY ARE WE ATTRACTED TO THOSE WHO HURT US? STUDIES OF SPOUSAL ABUSE CASES SHOW THAT MOST ABUSED PEOPLE DO NOT BLAME THE ABUSER BUT FEEL THEY HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG AND DESERVE THE ABUSE.

PEOPLE WHO ARE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF IN RELATIONSHIPS, SPOUSES WHO HAVE AFFAIRS, DRINK EXCESSIVELY, GAMBLE, AND ABUSE EMOTIONALLY, ARE USUALLY CHOSEN BY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE WITNESSED THIS IN THEIR OWN IMMEDIATE FAMILY, AND HAVE SUCH LOW ESTEEM THAT THEY FELL THAT THIS TYPE OF INDIVIDUAL IS ALL THAT THEY ARE WORTHY OF.

IT’S A SAD AND UNEXPLAINABLE FACT OF LIFE THAT PEOPLE ARE DRAWN TOWARD NEGATIVE AS WELL AS POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS.

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