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Summary: The only thing really worth talking about in our lives is our relationship with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

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THE ONLY THING WORTH BRAGGING ABOUT

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Philippians 3:3-11

INTRODUCTION:

ILL> Two boys bragging about their fathers.

gMy father makes more money. My dad can run faster.h

gMay dad ca beat up your dad.h

gThatfs nothing. My mom can beat up my dad.h

A. JER 9:23-24

1. God says that there is something worth bragging about

a. And itfs not your bank account, your position, your education degrees

2. God says that there is only one thing worth bragging about

a. Do you know Him?

3. Itfs amazing how we can brag about everything else

a. But God says that if you really want something to shout about, can you brag that you know Him?

b. Because if you canft brag about knowing God, if you canft talk about that, then it doesnft matter how much money is in you r account, what degrees are on your wall, or what position you have in your company.

4. Tony Evans says in his book, Time to Get Serious

gIf God is the all-consuming, all powerful, all knowing, loving, and infinite Creator, sustainer, and redeemer of this universe, then nothing else we can do matters quite as much as getting to know Him„Ÿand to know Him well.h

5. In order to know God„Ÿthere are three decisions that we have to make

II> LET GOD BE GOD

A. Sounds pretty basic

1. But many time we have a tendency to box God in

a. To trim him down to fit our thinking of who God is

2. But, personally, I donft want a God who is my size

a. I want a God who is bigger than me and bigger than my problems

b. A God that Jeremiah speaks about

c. JER 32:17

"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

3. I want a God who can handle my problems

a. Answer my prayers

b. Lift me up when Ifve fallen

c. I want a God who can save my soul.

4. I want a God worth bragging about

a. And, people, we have one

b. In all His infinite knowledge and power, God sent His Son

5. PSA 46:10

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

a. PSA 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

b. Must be still and know before He can be your refuge and strength

III> PRACTICE HIS PRESENCE

A. Itfs one thing to say that God is everywhere

1. Itfs quite another to realize that you are His child

a. Hefs with you everywhere you go.

b. PSA 139:7-10

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? [8] If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. [9] If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, [10] even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

ILL> Boy, I want someone with a face.

2. ISA 43:1-3

But now, this is what the LORD says--he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. [2] When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. [3] For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;


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