Sunday, March 1, 2020 - GOD: The Key For Life Success
Pastor Roger C. Marcos
March 1, 2020
Experiencing the promises of God in life makes His provision a reality. The Bible gives answers for every need at the right time, every time He is always there for His own people.
“Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.” Whatever you are facing in your life journey His grace is enough so So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Greetings: Good morning Everyone!
Praise team I really appreciated each Sunday being in the altar of the Lord leading the singing in preparation of our heart to the message.
Remember Life is Action, It is not a hope, It is a happening, It is not tomorrow, it is TODAY. No matter what you want to achieve in life, your actions must back up your words. If not, you will never achieve anything.
Brethren, whatever we say and what we do. It’s called reality.
As I looked at Moses life story I consider to be the greatest person in term of service experience in the Lord. No one got permitted to receive the 10 Commandments from God except Moses.
He has a potential and gifted leader as He led the children of Israel out of 400 years of slavery in Egypt. One thing that I admire is he wrote the first five books of the Bible.
STAND UP PLEASE FOR THE READING OF OUR TEXT:
23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
Moses was the son of Amram and Yochebed of the tribe of Levi. Miriam and Aaron were his brother and sister. He was born in Egypt during the period in which the Israelites (Hebrews) had become a threat to the Egyptians simply because of their large population. The Pharaoh had ordered that all newborn male Hebrew children be cast into the Nile to drown. Amram and Yochebed took their newborn son and placed him in a waterproof basket and hid him in the tall grasses of the Nile. Meanwhile, his sister Miriam hid and watched over the baby from a distance. A group of women and servants were bathing nearby. The Pharaoh's daughter, hearing the baby cry, found and rescued him. She named him "Moses," meaning "drawn from the water." Her desire for a son fulfilled, she made certain that he had the best of everything, including education.
Moses was brought up in the splendor of the Egyptian court as the Pharaoh's daughter's adopted son. Grown to manhood.
QUESTION: Why did God choose Moses? Because Moses chose God.
Moses Settled Four Key Issues:
- Identity - Who am I? v.24
- Responsibility - What am I going to do with my life? v.25
- Priority - What is the most important thing in life? v.26
- Difficulty - How much am I willing to commit to what I'm going to give my life for? v.27
These are issues that every one of us has to deal with - Moses made the right choice in each instance and I want us to learn to make the same choices that he did.
God is the Right key for everything. how to make an impact with your life.
DO YOU HEAR ME CHURCH?
Our Personal Success in life, even in life ministry Is God. For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even unto death. Ps. 48:14
1. DISCOVER WHAT GOD MADE ME TO BE.-
- What is my purpose?
- Why did God create me?
- What should I do with my life?
According to Barna research, 60% of practicing Christians say they do not have a clear sense of God's calling on their lives. In a 2012 Barna Group study they found that 84% of Christians 18 to 29-year-olds admit that they have no idea how the Bible applies to their field or professional interests. This means that the great majority of us do not know our purpose.
Let’s look Moses: Hebrews 11:24 24 By Faith Moses, when he had Grown Up, Refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
Consider this word "refused" - It means to disown, reject, to leave no door open. - Moses insisted on being what God made him to be and no one could convince him otherwise.
Moses had an identity crisis - He had to decide: “Am I Jewish or am I Egyptian? Am I a slave or am I royalty?” The major consequences of his decision would affect the rest of his life.
If he chooses to say, "I'm Pharaoh's grandson,” he has fame, fortune, a life of luxury, a promising career, and is heir to the throne.
If he chooses to say, "I'm Jewish born of Jewish slaves," he'll be rejected, despised, thrown out, humiliated and will live the life of a slave forever.
But Moses refused to live a lie - He was a man of integrity, a man of character.
The Spirit of God has Made Me, and the Breath of the Almighty Gives Me Life. Job 33:4
Courage RISE when the CAUSE Is Greater than the CIRCUMSTANCES.
Courage FALLS when the Circumstances are greater than the CAUSE.
Now what application does this have for you and me?
God made you for a purpose - He wants you to be you.
Job 10:8 GNT Your Hands FORMED and Shape Me.
The first secret of success is to be yourself - Quit trying to be somebody else. Don’t compare yourself to anyone in this world, if you do you are insulting yourself.
Be yourself - Discover what God made you to be.
2. ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY OWN LIFE. Take responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, words and actions. To take responsibility for your life, is to take responsibility for your powers of thinking, feeling, speaking and acting, because this is the structure of all human experience.
What you do today does impact your future.
Look at yourself Now...
- Do you eat junk food? I’ll tell you this: In 5 years you’ll be fatter and unhealthier.
- Do you complain? I’ll tell you this: Your life’s situation will be exactly the same in 5 years.
- Do you spend more than you earn? I’ll tell you this: In 5years, you’ll worry about money every single day.
God has given you the freedom of choice and the choices that you make will determine your future.
(Moses) chose to share the oppression of God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. - Hebrews 11:25
If you want to make an impact with your life, it's your choice, not mine.
You're as close to God as you want to be - You read your Bible as much as you want to read it - You pray as much as you want to pray - It’s your choice.
God chose Moses as a baby but at some point Moses had to choose God.
It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up. - Hebrews 11:24a
A mark of maturity is when you start accepting responsibility for your own life.
But when he had grown up he had to make that decision on his own.
He had to go God's way because he wanted to go God's way.
Three facts of life:
1. I can’t live off of other people's spiritual commitment.
- You've heard people say, "My parents were Christians" or "My dad is an elder" or "My husband/wife is a believer."
So what? You need a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
- You need to quit living off the spiritual apron strings of your parents and get your own faith - When Moses grew up, he chose.
2. I can't blame others for the direction of my life.
- Society says the exact opposite - It says "It's not your fault, you're a product of your environment. Blame other people for your messed up life."
- But you can’t blame other people for the direction of your life - It's your life.
- You can't control all the circumstances but you can choose how you'll respond.
3. No one can ruin my life except me.
- I'm free to choose my response.
- You might have had the worst upbringing possible, you might have suffered through an abusive situation, there might have been a horrible tragedy that you’ve been through, and I’m very sympathetic to all that.
- But as real and tragic as these experiences are, they will not ruin your life.
- The only one who can do that is you, but you have a choice to do differently.
3. ESTABLISH A VALUE SYSTEM FOR MY LIFE
- If you're going to make your life count you need to settle the issue of what is really important - Clarify it in your life.
- Moses clarified his values and priorities:
- (Moses) thought it was better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him. - Hebrews 11:26
Moses thought this thing out and made a decision to do what was right.
He evaluated his options, considered them, and weighed them in the balance.
- It is the same thing that each of us must do.
- We need to establish whether we are going to accept God’s value system or not.
- You need to sit down and seriously consider What in the world am I living for?
- What are you living for today?
- They don't know why they are, they don't know what they want to accomplish in life, and they don't know what's really important.
- You need to establish values in life, things that you can build your life on, the things that will be important to you.
- Why? The fact is that if you don't decide what is important in your life, others will do it for you.
- The world is more than happy to pressure you into its mold and to promote its value system on you.
- We have a lot of Christians today who have bought into the world's value system.
- They're living that system without even thinking about it rationally.
- What is ironic is that Moses, by the world's standards, had it made.
- He already has everything the world had to offer:
- He had power - He was heir to the throne of the most powerful country of the world at that time.
He had pleasure - Every whim would be satisfied in the palace of Egypt.
He had possessions - The wealth of the world was concentrated in Egypt.
- Moses had it all but he walked away from it.
- Like Moses, we need to learn to say with conviction, "I'm not going to be sucked up into this world's system, the rat race, the hollow lifestyle that says life consists of pleasure, passions, possessions and prestige. I'm not going to buy into that.”
- That's the kind of person Moses was and that's why he made an impact with his life. - He went against the flow.
Moses’ Value System:
1. God's purpose is more valuable than popularity.
“God has a plan for my life. I'm going to lead these people to freedom.” He refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He said, “I'm going to give up the prestige, the power, the popularity because it doesn’t last.”
- Moses said, “I'd rather fulfill God's purpose and do what He's told me to do than be in this place of power and prestige.” He wasn't impressed by popularity.
2. People are more valuable than pleasures.
(Moses) chose to share the oppression of God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. - Hebrews 11:25
I like this verse - The Bible always tells the truth.
It says there is pleasure in sin - The Bible says sin is fun.
Of course it's fun; if it were a bummer nobody would do it!
But it's only fun for a season, for a short time - It doesn't last.
Moses could have temporary pleasure being the next Pharaoh of Egypt or he could go do what God had called him to do and help the people who were in pain, who needed to be set free.
- He could have stayed there in pleasure and today no one would even have known Moses' name - He'd be some mummy in some tomb in Egypt.
- But he chose the right thing, and we are called to choose the right thing to.
3. God's peace is more valuable than possessions.
(Moses) thought it was better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him. - Hebrews 11:26
- A couple verses back he rejects the world's measure of success.
- Then he rejects the world's pleasure - Now, he rejects the world's treasure.
- He does what is right because God's peace is more important than possessions.
- He could have stayed in the palace of Egypt and had every possession he ever wanted - wine, women, and song.
- But he knew that no possession could give him inner peace.
He would have been miserable not doing what God wanted him to do.
- Peace comes not from the things you own; peace comes from being in the center of God's will, being what God made you to be, and doing what God made you to do. - That's where peace comes from.
- What motivated this guy? What made him live this way?
- (Moses) was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him. - Hebrews 11:26b
- Moses had perspective - he had the willingness to look at life through the perspective of eternity - he was not just living for the moment.
-What motivates you to reject the world's value system and accept God's value system for your life? It's your perspective.
- Are you looking at the here and now or at eternity?
- Your values are determined by your vision - Whatever you're looking at is what becomes most important in your life.
- What are you focusing on? What are you looking at? What is most important?
- Are you focusing on things that are going to last, or things that won't last even 10 years much less for eternity?
- Moses was a man of vision - He had eyes of faith.
4. NEVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE GOAL
- Moses kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. - Hebrews 11:27
- You must visualize your goal, and focus on it - You constantly keep it before you. - Why is vision so important? Because the secret of success is persistence.
- And the secret of persistence is vision.
Vision draws you on so that when you want to give up, you don't.
You have your eyes on the ultimate reward.
You know that Moses spent most of his life waiting?
- From the time that God gave Moses the vision, the dream of setting free an entire nation after 400 years of slavery to the time it was fulfilled and they were ready to go into the Promised Land was 80 years.
- Could you wait that long and not give up?
- Moses spent 40 years in Midian just waiting for God to say "Start!"
- Do you ever get tired of waiting on God? Do delays ever tempt you to give up?
- Have you learned the difference between "No" and "Not yet"?
- Have you learned that God's delays are not God's denials?
- One of the tests of faith is "How long can you wait?"
- You must keep your eye on the vision, the goal, on what counts in life so you don't get discouraged.
- I saw a poster with a picture of the sun shining through a rock that has a hole in it. - It says "Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal."
- What are you looking at - the obstacles or the opportunities? The problems or the One who overcomes the problems?
- It's all a matter of vision, what you focus on with your life.
What I’ve given you this morning are the key for life success:
- DISCOVER WHAT GOD MADE ME TO BE
- ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY OWN LIFE
- ESTABLISH A VALUE SYSTEM FOR MY LIFE
- NEVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE GOAL
Now I don’t give you these this morning just so you can have a neat outline to take home - I give you these because I want you to be successful in your life and I know that if you implement these key into your life then you will be a success.
- Please take this home and consider what we’ve talked about this morning.
- See if there is some area where you need to grow, and then seek God’s help.
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