Invitations from the Lord

An Invitation to Reason

  • Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
  • Some religions are generational.  Some people say my family is Catholic so I am Catholic.  God isn’t interested in a set of beliefs that you were simply born into and have never thought about.
  • Some belief systems are spread by the sword or terror; convert or die.  That isn’t the God of the Bible either.  He isn’t looking for professions.
  • Some belief systems are spread by consensus and reaction and money.  Much that passes for science today is simply an idiotic idea that a bunch of people said, OK, we’ll go with that.
  • The God of the Bible has an interest in convincing you of righteousness and judgment.
  • Reasonable means you don’t want to be fooled, you want to gather all the information.  And the Lord wants you to get all the information you need to make an honest decision.
  • Invitation to reason says there is nothing to hide.  Transparency.
  • It is reasonable to believe in a loving Creator
    • Stars organized in the same constellations and cyclically moving through the night sky are God’s invitation to come now, let us reason together
    • Seasons of time that allow growth to occur say come now, let us reason together
    • Seed bearing fruit after its kind year after year after year, not haphazard idiocy of evolution, seed yielding fruit after its own kind says of the Creator come now, let us reason together
    • Look down the microscope and see proteins organized together and cell structures more complicated than can even be understood that says come now, let us reason together
  • It is reasonable to believe in judgment
    • This isn’t the crook saying to the authority, Hey let’s just talk about this.
    • Sinful man didn’t open the conversation, it was a loving God that said to sinful man, Before you go on, let’s reason together.
    • Listen, everyone makes judgments.  The scoffers that hate the Bible have made a judgment.
      • What is it about thou shalt not kill that you have a problem with?
      • What is it about thou shalt not commit adultery that you have a problem with?
      • What is it about thou shalt not steal that you have a problem with?
    • Some say I can’t believe in a God who would send people to a flaming Hell.
      • You can’t because you don’t want to, but not because it’s unreasonable.
      • Try this, can you believe in a God who created a Hell for fallen angels and a wicked devil and provided a cross for you so you don’t have to pay for your own sins in Hell?
  • It is reasonable to believe in sin
    • you believe in other people’s sin
    • your condemnation of others condemns you as well
    • the law shows you your sin if you don’t want to admit it

An Invitation to Rest

  • Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest unto your soul.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
  • Sometimes the same scoffers who curse God say Jesus Christ brings a burden.  He makes demands on my life that makes my life hard.
  • Sometimes as Christians we are guilty of the same kind of thinking.
    • We see Jesus’ yoke as taking on MORE than you’re already doing.
    • If you’re finding the yoke of Christianity is heavy, it’s not because of Jesus Christ its because you’ve yoked yourself up to several other things that Jesus Christ never intended you to be yoked up.
    • You haven’t laid aside every weight, you’ve picked up weights.
    • His yoke is easy, his burden is light.
  • Rest is in Jesus Christ and it is not found anywhere else.
  • It’s strange how we forget about his rest.
    • I work so much I just want some time off and that’s why I don’t come to church.  Meaning let me deal with my rest first and then I’ll come to Jesus.
    • You must take Jesus’ yoke upon you.  You say, I don’t need MORE to do!  how can you take on more and get rest
      • The problem is that you’re still carrying around your old yoke.  People get the idea that they can carry their own yoke and then come to him to get rest from him.  It doesn’t work like that.
      • You get out of the hard yoke of bondage that you put yourself in and put on his easy yoke in its place, not on top of it.  This is the key!
    • Sometimes folks seek out more money, take up another job to gain more money in order to have some rest from worry about bills.
    • Why are you working?
    • Better question is for who are you laboring?  Some of us have a worldly philosophy of work and not a Biblical philosophy of work.  Our philosophy says I work more so I can get more.  And that is exactly why you may feel like Jesus Christ’s yoke is heavy burden.  But don’t blame him for a yoke you’ve put on yourself.
    • Sometimes you don’t see the opposition because its behind you.  Pushing you, ambition, covetousness, self will, driving you into the ground.
  • Bitterness has much to do with your own yoke and doing things in your own strength.
    • Why isn’t so and so doing more?  Well, does the Lord want you to do what you’re doing or not?  If He does, then it has nothing to do with what someone else is doing.
    • Jesus Christ said learn of me; meek, lowly, humble.  Not self willed, not greedy, not ambitious.  Just purposely obedient.
  • It’s about finishing! – The object of Christian living is to finish.
    • Anybody can get TOO MUCH going.  But show me the one that’s pacing themselves, show me the one that has balance, show me the Christian that has truly found rest in Jesus Christ’s yoke, that is running their race.
  • SIN – If you here and sin, your sin, is about to wear you out I have good news.  I know where you can find rest unto your soul.  I know the Son of God who came to take away your sin.

An Invitation to Relief

  • John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
  • Satisfying relief.  You know what happens when someone is satisfied?  They stop searching.  They stop looking for ways to be satisfied.
  • Let me testify to you if you’re here and you’re not saved.  I’ve stopped looking.  Not because I’ve given up, but because I’ve found him.  And many others here can say the same thing.

 

Satisfied

All my life I had a longing

For a drink from some clear spring,

That I hoped would quench the burning

Of the thirst I felt within.

 

Feeding on the husks around me,

Till my strength was almost gone,

Longed my soul for something better,

Only still to hunger on.

 

Poor I was, and sought for riches,

Something that would satisfy,

But the dust I gathered round me

Only mocked my soul’s sad cry.

 

Well of water, ever springing,

Bread of life so rich and free,

Untold wealth that never faileth,

My Redeemer is to me.

 

Hallelujah! I have found Him

Whom my soul so long has craved!

Jesus satisfies my longings,

Through His blood I now am saved.