The Priorities of Life _ Turning Point by David Jeremiah
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people will never forget a mark that though unseen physically will remain for eternity now here is your host dr. David Jeremiah today we examine the eternal imprint of stewardship when it becomes a priority in our lives there’s an old saying that you’ll never see a hearse with the luggage rack on top that’s saying illustrates the biblical truth that we came into this world with nothing and will leave this world with nothing as well it’s true that we’ll leave this world with nothing tangible but we will leave with something else the eternal results from our stewardship of the gifts of God the bottom line is the way we manage and prioritize the time treasure and talent that God gives us during our earthly life will greatly impact eternity so in today’s message the priorities of life I’ll share with you four priorities and four principles of stewardship that can change your life now and forever so please join me for today’s edition of turning point in 1970 with a small six hundred dollar loan David and Barbara Greene began making picture frames in their garage with hard work faith and an attitude of generosity the greens turned that grassroots beginning into the world’s largest privately owned Arts and Crafts retailer David Green says he owes their success to the radical but biblical principle of giving it all away this month on Turning Point dr.
Jeremiah wants to offer you david green’s book giving it all away inside you’ll find practical steps to successfully manage your finances to live out biblical generosity and stewardship and to leave a legacy using the resources God has given you because of his faith and generosity David Green has changed the war and his story of biblical stewardship will change your walk with God also great for group or personal study each chapter includes a readers guide which presents questions for reflection as well as discussion starters dr. Jeremiah will send you giving it all away by David Greene as a thank you when you give a gift of any amount in support of this program contact turning-point today also still available from dr. Jeremiah greater purpose 365-day devotional for 2018 yours for a gift of any amount as well as the greater purpose family set which includes both greater purpose and the airship Genesis mission quest devotional for kids yours for a gift of $80 or more or the greater purpose for PAC to share with others yours an appreciation for a gift of $120 or more contact turning-point today [Music] did you know that there are now nearly 50,000 self storage facilities in our nation offering over two billion square feet for people to store their stuff how much is that well that’s 20 feet of self storage space for every American household in the 1960s this industry was not even in existence it suddenly dawned on me the self storage industry has happened during my adult life we now spend 30 billion dollars a year just to pay someone to store our extra stuff it’s larger than the entire music industry and we have three times more self storage facilities than McDonald’s has restaurants here’s another statistic that might surprise you we just came through Christmas and the beginning about six months before Christmas we started getting all these catalogs in our in our mailbox dude how many mail-order catalogs were sent out in the United States this year thirteen billion you heard me right thirteen billion catalogs every one of these catalogs designed for one purpose to make you want stuff you don’t have and buy stuff you don’t need and the question that comes when you read statistics like this and there are many other ways to illustrate this it’s how can a follower of Jesus Christ stay alive spiritually in a climate like the one I have described and I believe it all begins with the realization that none of us can ever ever be owners we can only be managers and if you still struggle with that thought try taking the long view of it and he said naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I shall return there or first Timothy six seven which says for we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out we are stewards we are not owners any proper understanding of stewardship begins with the acknowledgement that God is the owner of everything and all that any of us have ever received comes from him and we are privileged to manage it in his behalf Deuteronomy 8:18 says and you shall remember the Lord your God for it is he who gives you power to get wealth that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your father’s as it is this day or first chronicles 29 verse 12 both riches and honor come from you and you reign over all in your hand his power and might in your hand his power to make great and to give strength proverbs 10:22 the blessing of the Lord makes one rich and he adds no sorrow with it or James 1:17 one of my favorite verses every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning in a bedroom overlooking the Pacific Ocean Bryan Peale was working up a sweat on a Stairmaster he didn’t need the exercise but the equipment did in his experience the battery would run down without frequent use Peale was keeping the machine in shape for its owners a wealthy family that hired him eight months earlier to manage their estate in Los Angeles as well as the beach house in Malibu so every two weeks far more than his employers Peale makes the 45-minute Drive to the beachfront home once he’s there he runs every faucet for 15 minutes flushes every toilet lights every fireplace so that the house comes maniacally alive he checks the coffeemaker the toaster the televisions in the laptop he inspects the exterior paint job he I bawled the pipes he advises the landscapers on how to bright the floral mix he consults with whatever workman is on the job and finally shortly before leaving he hits the Stairmaster peel is one of 1,000 or so estate managers who oversee properties and staff for some of the country’s wealthiest individuals in America he is a modern-day steward someone who manages and takes care of another person’s resources according to their desires and we are stewards you and I all that we have is from God and that includes far more than just our money and our possessions God has made us managers of truth and time and talent and treasure and generally how we handle our money is an example of what we do with the rest of God’s gifts that he gives us as well so let’s cycle through some of those things that God gives us to manage and see what they say to each of our hearts first of all the Bible teaches us that we are called to be stewards of truth 1st Thessalonians 2:4 says but as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel the Bible says that Almighty God has given us the gospel and we are entrusted with it I know this is perhaps more meaningful to me than to some of the rest of you because what I do but in a real sense all of us have been trusted with the gospel think of it in this light what would you do if you were given truckloads of food an abundant supply and you were given the opportunity to distribute that food to hungry people well the truth of God has been given to us just like that and if we have no concern for those who do not know the truth we are not very good stewards we are to take the truth of the gospel and manage it and spread it and share the Bible says God has entrusted to us as followers of Christ the truth we are stewards of the truth we are also stewards of time the Bible says see then that you walk circumspectly not as fool’s redeeming the time the time we have been given on this earth is from God and he expects us to make the most of it here’s a couple passages to add to your notes in case you’re still wondering if this is true Psalm 39 for says Lord make me to know my end and what is the measure of my days that I may know how frail I am or Psalm 90 verse 12 teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom or Colossians 4:5 walk and wisdom toward those who are outside redeeming the time let me ask you a question what would you be like if you gave God your time I believe you would be a better Christian only because you would be investing good into your heart you know the Bible says in Matthew chapter 12 that a good man out of the goodness of his heart brings forth good things and an evil man out of the evil of his heart brings forth evil things so what ought to be true of us as Christians is we’re looking everywhere we can to find ways to put more good in our hearts to do more good for others to be a blessing to other people the more you put in your heart of goodness the more comes out of your heart of goodness it’s all a matter of how you manage your time and all of us struggle with that don’t we there are so many pressures on us from everywhere but when you give your time back to God you’re sowing good things in your heart and God promises that he will reward that time is a stewardship that God gives to us and then we are stewards of talent I know I already hear your pushback there are so many people who have been convinced of themselves that they have no time but I can promise you that is not possible because the Bible says that every single believer is given a gift a gift for ministry I know there’s a difference between the ministry gifts and talent but for the sake of clarity today let’s just talk about what it is that God has made you good at what do you do that can be useful to the body of Christ 1st Peter 4:10 says as each one has received a gift minister it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God it can’t get any clearer than that and Romans says having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us let us use them and so the question is are we using our gift oh you say my gift isn’t significant I don’t know any passage of scripture that talks about that the Lord never says well done good and famous servant he says well done good and faithful servant and in the use of our talent in the use of our gifts that’s what we long for to stand one day before Almighty God and hear him say I gave you this gift and I watched you use it for my honor and glory and that brings us all the way back to where we started and that’s the stewardship of our treasurer truth time talent and treasure now concerning the collection for the Saints as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia so you must do also on the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside storing up as he may prosper that there be no collection when I come please note that this instruction was given to the churches of Galatia and the letter was written to a local church in Corinth in these few words we learned four things about the stewardship of our treasure first of all New Testament giving is planned giving first corinthians 16:2 says on the first day of every week let each one of you lay something aside you know giving will never work if it’s random I love spontaneous things and sometimes we do give spontaneously to something that God lays on our heart but in the regular stewardship of our resources there needs to be a plan planned giving and so the Bible teaches us that if you’re going to be a good steward you get into a routine you develop a habit you do it week by week literally the text says Sunday by Sunday that suggests to us that our giving is reverent it is reverent to give to God on Sunday because you see sunday is the day we celebrate the lord’s resurrection up until the resurrection the day of worship for the Jewish people was Saturday but when Jesus came back from the grave all of a sudden everything switched to Sunday in honor of the resurrection here’s a couple of illustrations of that John chapter 20 verse 19 then the same day at evening being the first day of the week when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them peace be to you that was on Sunday Jesus appearance to the disciples acts 20 verse 7 now on the first day of the week when the disciples came together to break bread in other words that was the day they came together for community to break bread to celebrate Paul ready to depart the next day spoke to them and continued his message until midnight don’t ever complain about the length of my messages so when we bring our gifts to the Lord’s house on Sunday or we send them through the mail with the purpose of them being there for Sunday or through the electronic system I don’t know how you all do it but there’s a statement that we are honoring the Lord on this day it’s a reverent gift and it’s a regular gift not how we think about it or how we believe it should be done the new testament giving is not unregulated Paul teaches us that we are to come Sunday by Sunday each week these early Christians put aside so much money for the Lord they gave in spite of their circumstances what they had they gave in spite of their maturity where they were and they gave in spite of their emotional attitude how they felt the New Testament believers developed priorities in their life for honoring God sometimes we think that worshiping honoring God has to be like a moment when we’re inspired the best worship we ever give to God as the faithful steady regular routine discipline worship that we offer him in our lives New Testament giving his plan the giving very quickly New Testament giving his personal giving let me just point out two words in verse 2 on the first day of the week let each one of you let each of you this is not a group project except when it’s a family this is each of us coming before God and asking him show us what we need to do it’s for single people and married people and young people and old people this is for you everybody has to help everybody has to hear the word of the Lord with regard to stewardship all of us together hearing the word of the Lord and responding each one of us individually before the Lord it’s plan that’s personal now notice here’s something new in the New Testament there’s this thing called proportional giving it says in verse 2 on the first day of the week let each of you lay something aside storing up as he may prosper later on in Paul’s second letter he describes proportion and giving again what Paul is doing here is saying okay you you got started the tithe that’s kind of the Old Testament starting place when you become a Christian and you’re a new believer you should never get stuck with the tithe Paul took giving to an entirely new level in the Old Testament giving was based on a percentage but now Paul introduces something new and even more powerful and that is giving based on proportion the tithe is based on a percentage one tenth of all you possess and that percentage was at the heart of giving in the Old Testament but we find a loftier principle in the New Testament Illustrated here in 1st Corinthians chapter 16 Paul says that the Corinthians were to lay aside something as they prosper here’s the thought if God blesses you it is not necessarily that you may increase your standard of living it is so that you can increase your standard of giving and the more you give the more he will bless you and the more you’ll have to deal with that I told you one time that when God really blesses you it’s both a blessing and if you’re not careful it can be a burden you know you look at it all this and thinking so I remember one time man told me that he he was able to give his his tithe until he started making $100,000 a year and then the number was just so great he couldn’t do it anymore dr.
Criswell had a guy come to him one day with that question and dr. Criswell said let’s get on our knees he said what do you mean he says I’m gonna get on my knees with you and I’m gonna pray that God will reduce your income until you can be faithful to him again now let me give you a careful warning without a strong commitment to tithing and beyond more income does not encourage greater giving but less giving and I am more and more convinced that the only real safeguard against materialism in our lives today is this principle of tithing and beyond there’s one last thought here that I am sure you have considered each April we are required to give a large portion of our income to the government have you ever thought of the opportunity you have to give more to the work of God instead of to the government I mean certainly you should pay your taxes but the more you give to the work of God the less you’ll have to give to the government we’re to render Caesar what is Caesar’s unto the Lord what is the Lord’s and let me just tell you what I figured out I trust the church more than I trust the government I want the church to have as much money as they can have so that we can share the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world I don’t know if that’s a legitimate motivation or not but it’s certainly one that I use let’s give as much as we can so we don’t have to pay so many taxes let’s give to God it’s a higher priority finally the New Testament giving that you read about in 1st Corinthians 16 is purposeful giving notice what he says that there be no collections when I come now we can say a lot about that and I know these people were laying aside money because they weren’t meeting and but they were doing it on a regular here’s here’s the principle I think that comes from that if you do it regularly you don’t have to do it in a special way I know some churches that live from one special offering to the next when you do the regular thing you don’t have to do the special thing giving is a discipline of life it is a habit of holiness it is a ritual of righteousness and God honors it and when we give in a regular way we don’t have to keep doing special things we can concentrate our energy on the ministry to which God has called us so as we close I want to ask you three questions are you tithing and if not where you begin are you serving and if not go look at all the opportunities they’re out there to do something for the Lord are you doing these things and God is blessing you let me tell you why he blesses us he blesses us so that we can do more he blesses us so that we can make a greater impact there’s there’s one stewardship that I didn’t put in my outline I must confess to you I couldn’t figure out tea or an s that worked no I’m kidding you I’ve never seen this on a list of stewardship but I’ve discovered in recent days and I wanted to tell you what it is and it’s true for our church as a whole it’s true for every one of us in this room there’s also a stewardship of influence did you know that God gives to each one of us some influence and we are to steward that influence for his glory and his honor I have some you have some all of us you say well I don’t have any influence yes you do you have children you have grandchildren your parents grandparents you have neighbors you have people that you work with all of us have influence and God wants us to steward that influence for his honor and glory and part of that is what we’ve talked about today dr.
Jeremiah will return to close today’s program right after this this month on Turning Point dr. Jeremiah wants to offer you giving it all away by David Greene inside you’ll find practical steps to successfully manage your finances to live out biblical generosity and stewardship and to leave a legacy using the resources God has given you also great for group or personal study each chapter includes a reader’s guide which presents questions for reflection as well as discussion starters dr.
Jeremiah will send you giving it all away as a thank-you this month when you give a gift of any amount in support of this program called turning-point today or go online to david jeremiah org slash TV also still available from dr. jeremiah greater purpose 365-day devotional for 2018 yours for a gift of any amount as well as the greater purpose family set which includes both greater purpose and the airship Genesis mission quest devotional for kids yours for a gift of $80 or more for the greater purpose for PAC to share with others yours an appreciation for a gift of $120 or more contact Turning Point today [Music] and now with one last word for today’s program here is dr.
Jeremiah truth time talent and treasure those four words sum up the priorities of the Christian steward God has given us all four gifts to use for his glory for the gospel and for the good of others in other words the Christian stewards life is all about serving and sharing Jesus Christ with other people and that begins with knowing Christ in a life-changing way so if you need to be introduced to Christ or to grow in your relationship with him I hope you’ll allow me to send you two free gifts from Turning Point one is a booklet called your greatest turning point and the other is our monthly devotional magazine called turning points we’ll gladly send both of these gifts to you without any cost or obligation if you’ll just contact us here at Turning Point today in addition to these free study resources nothing is as profound as the Word of God and now dr.
Jeremiah has a Bible for every member of the family there are numerous versions of the Jeremiah Study Bible perfect for adults and teens and the airship Genesis kids Study Bible will bring the truth of God’s Word to the young ones in your life contact turning-point for more information or to order today this Christmas planning was God’s on the very first when God sent his son to earth the ultimate present to his children this season celebrate Jesus who came down to us with the vast majority of the nations celebrating Christmas you might think that we know what it means but the truth is that many of us don’t even if we can tell the story of Jesus born in Bethlehem we often don’t stop to think about what it means Christmas is about so much more than shopping and parties and endless loops of jingle bells emanating from the mall speakers who is the baby in the manger where did he come from and most importantly why did he come I’m David Jeremiah and in today’s message why Jesus came down I want to give you the answers to all of these questions because the answers have the power to change your life forever so please join me today for this special Christmas message right here on Turning Point each of us is uniquely created and gifted to fulfill a special place in this world no one else has the exact same calling pursuing that is our greater purpose introducing dr.
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Jeremiah will send both devotionals to you in appreciation when you support turning-point with a gift of $80 or more or you can share greater purpose with others your Bible study group Sunday School class or give as gifts with the greater purpose four-pack request yours when you support the ministry with a generous year-end gift of $120 or more three great ways to pursue greater purpose in the coming year for you your family and others contact turning-point today [Music] you know at Christmastime there’s something more to this season than all of this activity all of this activities going on in and you try to find the center of it and you look for it and and we know where it is but the people in the world who don’t know Jesus Christ they don’t know where it is yet they participate anyway they celebrate Christmas which is a mute testimony to the reality of the gospel of Jesus Christ even though they don’t know who he is they celebrate a birthday of someone they don’t even know it’s the power of the gospel it’s the power of Christmas it’s the power of this story that is a true story an historical fact reminds me of a line that’s in the Grinch who stole Christmas the famous revelation in dr.
Seuss’s classic line goes like this the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before what if Christmas he thought doesn’t come from a store what if Christmas perhaps means a little bit more indeed the meaning of Christmas runs so much deeper than the festivities that engulf it it it’s something amazing that did happen and if I could summarize it in a few words it would be simply it’s the celebration of God coming down from heaven to be one of us and in the book of Hebrews there are some wonderful truths that help us understand why he did it and I want to ask three questions of this passage as we unpack it first of all who is he who has come down who is he Hebrews 2 verse 9 says but we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the Angels for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor that he by the grace of God might taste death for everyone the book of Hebrews tells us the one we see is Jesus and it describes him as one who was made a little lower than the Angels in the verses that precede this text that I’ve just read it talks about how human beings you and I we have been lifted up to be just a little bit lower than the Angels we were exalted in being made a little lower than the Angels but when Jesus came he didn’t go up to become a little lower than the Angels he came down our exultation was his humiliation he came down to be one of us Jesus the god of glory came down to be just a little lower than the Angels where we are and to identify with us and in every announcement concerning his coming his name is given to us to Mary we are told that she was to call his name Jesus and the Joseph the word was she shall bring forth the son and you will call his name Jesus and through the Shepherd’s for there is born to you this day in the City of David a savior who is Christ the Lord this one who is to come down is Jesus who was made a little lower than the Angels to be like us he is the one whose to save us from our sins he is Jesus the Christ it is his coming to us at Christmas that we celebrate I heard a story about a little child who was asked one day by a friend if she got everything she had wanted for Christmas and she said no I sure didn’t but it doesn’t matter because it’s not my birthday anyway and that’s the right way to look at it through the eyes of that child we worry so much about what we give to each other but this is not a celebration about us it’s a celebration about him it’s a celebration about Jesus who is he he is Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels where we are to identify with us and become our Savior the second question is where did he come from in verses 14 and verse 17 we get that answer that’s an interesting question to ask where did Jesus come from where do babies come from verse 14 says in as much then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood he Jesus himself likewise shared in the same in all things he had to be made like his brethren here the writer of Hebrews communicates that Jesus wasn’t just born have you ever heard of this listen to this word he wasn’t just born he took part of flesh and blood that’s what the text says what a strange way to describe the birth of any person he took part of flesh and blood Jesus birth you see was unlike any other birth you have ever heard of because he existed as God from before time he did not begin to exist in Bethlehem he began to be human at Bethlehem at his birth he added flesh and blood to his existence what happened at Bethlehem was that Jesus who had existed forever as God that Jesus became a man though he dwelt in the splendor of light he entered into a world of darkness though he had reigned over the Angels throughout heaven yet he took upon himself the form of a servant though he was the son of God he willingly became the son of man and the son of Mary though his throne was at the right hand of the Father he chose the prickly straw of a manger in which to be born he is the everlasting God with neither beginning nor ending and yet he grew within a Virgin’s womb and was born on a winter’s day the Bible teaches that he became a man through the agency of the Holy Spirit who brought conception to marry so that Mary became pregnant without ever having known sexual contact with a man where did he come from the best way we can say it is he came down in the 6th chapter of John Jesus is in contest with his detractors and he’s tried to explain to them who he is and where he came from and I noticed one time when I was reading through this passage that in just a few verses several times he uses this expression John 6 32 and 33 jesus said to them for the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven John 6:38 I have come down from heaven John 6 51 this is the bread which comes down from heaven that one may eat of it and not die I am The Living bread which came down from heaven who is this one that is born he is Jesus who was made a little lower than the Angels and where did he come from he came down from heaven and that makes his birth different than any birth in the history of universe no wonder we celebrate the mystery of this season he was the only birth that was not the beginning of the life that was born he had existed long before he was born into humanity that is what separates the Christian gospel from every other philosophy or religion that you’ve ever heard of every religion and every philosophy apart from the Christian gospel is a religion or a philosophy not about God coming down to us but about us somehow trying to reach up to God I’m here to tell you that Christmas is the good news that we could never reach up to God but we don’t have to because he’s reached down to us he sent his son into this world so that we might know him and that we might spend eternity with him it’s the most important fact of Christmas he didn’t begin but he came down and entered into a human body so that he is just like us in every way men and women when Jesus was on this earth he was God walking around in a body he was the son of God and the son of man together in one person who is he he is Jesus where did he come from he came down and the third question that Hebrews answers in this Christmas text is why did he come if his birth is the unique and most important birth in the history of the world why did he come down to this earth why did he do this and here in the text are the answers not all of them I’m sure but at least three of the most important ones perhaps a couple that we would not think of had we not read this passage Jesus first of all came down to rescue us from our enemy notice what it says in verse 14 inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood Jesus himself likewise shared in the same now why did he do that that through death he might destroy him who had the power of death that is the devil Jesus became a man and he accepted flesh and blood so that he could do what we could never do he confronted Satan and he destroyed him ladies and gentlemen Satan is a defeated and disarmed enemy he has already been pronounced in his judgment and we’re just waiting for it to be carried out and it’s going to happen in the near future first John 3:8 says this for this is the son of God’s purpose this is why he was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil Jesus had to come down in order that we could be rescued from our enemy at the cross Satan sin and death were judged now we’re just waiting for the execution to take place in the meantime Satan has been granted freedom for a while but he can only have victory over us when we submit to him instead of to the Holy Spirit we are no longer bound to do what he says we have been set free from his dominion over us because of the power of Jesus Christ the second reason he came down is again in verse 15 he came down to release us from our captain here’s an interesting word and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage this verse says that there are some people who are so afraid of death that they spend all their life in bondage to the fear of death it has imprisoned them have you ever known anybody like that I know people like that I can give you some illustrations but I won’t there are people who are so afraid of dying they don’t have any time left to live now let’s just get comfortable with all this today let me just help you with this are you ready for this listen everybody dies I mean so you can worry about it if you want to you can stress out about it if you want to but you’re not going to change it if you don’t believe me ask me this question 150 years from now did you see death is one of the few things that is 100% certain in this world but there are some people who die while they’re still alive and that’ll get to live the life they have the Bible says that Jesus has freed us from the fear of death and here’s how he did it listen up you guys Jesus went into death he went through death he came out on the other side of death and he conquered death so we don’t have to be afraid of it anymore that’s why he says because I live you too shall live death is not the end physical death is not the end and he took the sting out of it now the sorrow and gravity of death is still there I mean that that’s gonna be a human thing that’s part of it I remember when my mother died I was think about this this week my mother was very very sick she had Alzheimer’s disease and and we expected her not to be here for very long and she lingered for a while so I was I was prepared for her death but when she died I wasn’t prepared for how hard it was that she was gone close to chapter in my life it closed a time in my life there’s a sense of human permanency to when that happens we don’t pick the phone up and call those anymore so I’m not trying to say that death doesn’t have its propensity ‘he’s that we have to deal with but what i’m saying is when we understand it the way it’s presented in the Bible and that the Lord Jesus Christ came into this world so that he could take the sting out of it we don’t have to fear it anymore I always tell people I’m not afraid to die but I don’t want to die I’m not afraid to die and I face death a little bit as you know earlier in my life and it’s wonderful to know when you face death that you don’t want to die but you’re you’re not afraid of what’s on the other side you have a confidence in your heart so I can just relax if Jesus doesn’t come before I die one of these days I will face that but I’m not afraid Max Lucado has a wonderful little thing about this he said in all my travels I’ve never seen one passenger weep when the plane landed he said never he said no one clings to the armrest and begs don’t make me leave let me stay and eat some more peanuts he says we’re willing to exit the plane because the plane has no permanent mailing address and this world doesn’t have one either the Bible says we are citizens of heaven where the Lord Jesus Christ lives so we’re just traveling through here on our way home and when it’s time to get off this plane we’re not going to cling to the armrest and say I want some more peanuts we’re gonna be ready to be home with the Lord that’s the gift of Christmas from the coming of Jesus Christ to be one of us and then there’s a third reason and the final one is that Jesus came down to relate to us in our frailty this is the present most encouraging message of Christmas in my estimation and this is the reason why I love the term a man well God with us here in Hebrews 2 we read for indeed he does not give aid to the Angels but he does give aid to the seed of Abraham or to humanity therefore in all things he had to be made like his brethren that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God to make propitiation for the sins of the people for in that he himself had suffered being tempted he’s able to aid those who are tempted now listen if you don’t hear anything else that I’ve said today please grab hold of this because you’re gonna need this sometime between now and the 25th of December the writer of Hebrews tells us that one of the reasons Jesus became a man is so that he would be able to identify with us in our problems he’s not giving aid to the Angels the text says he didn’t come to help the Angels he came to help us when we have problems when we face challenges it is so encouraging to know that there’s someone to whom we can go who’s been where we are understands what we’re facing and has taken our testing all the way through the Bible says he did never yield to any of this so that means he felt the full force of it and when we pray to him with our challenges when we go to Jesus in our prayers and our hearts we can hear him saying back to us I understand everything you’ve experienced I’ve been through it all Jesus became flesh and blood because the problems we have are flesh and blood problems Jesus became human because the problems we have are human problems Jesus put himself into the time-warp because the problems we have take place in the here and now he became everything that we are so that when we come to him as the perfect son of God we know he understands us and that’s why we pray in Jesus name we take our prayers and we offer them to God through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ he understands us in our frailty for Jesus to meet our need he had to be both God and man at Christmastime we celebrate the coming together of deity and humanity God becoming flesh and in his earthly life he lived and suffered and experienced all that but the Bible says apart from sin so that one day he went to a Roman cross as the sinless son of God and they’re hanging between heaven and earth I like to think of it this way he reached up one hand and took hold of deity and he reached down another hand and took hold of humanity and he brought us together at the cross people will never forget people will never forget a mark that though unseen physically will remain for eternity now here is your host dr.
David Jeremiah today we examine the eternal imprint of stewardship when it becomes a priority in our lives there’s an old saying that you’ll never see a hearse with the luggage rack on top that saying illustrates the biblical truth that we came into this world with nothing and will leave this world with nothing as well it’s true that we’ll leave this world with nothing tangible but we will leave with something else the eternal results from our stewardship of the gifts of God the bottom line is the way we manage and prioritize the time treasure and talent that God gives us during our earthly life will greatly and packed eternity so in today’s message the priorities of life I’ll share with you four priorities and four principles of stewardship that can change your life now and forever so please join me for today’s edition of turning point in 1970 with a small six hundred dollar loan David and Barbara Greene began making picture frames in their garage with hard work faith and an attitude of generosity the greens turned that grassroots beginning into the world’s largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer David Green says he owes their success to the radical but biblical principle of giving it all away this month on Turning Point dr.
Jeremiah wants to offer you david green’s book giving it all away inside you’ll find practical steps to successfully manage your finances to live out biblical generosity and stewardship and to leave a legacy using the resources God has given you because of his faith and generosity David Green has changed the world and his story of biblical stewardship will change your walk with God also great for group or personal study each chapter includes a readers guide which presents questions for reflection as well as discussion starters dr. Jeremiah will send you giving it all away by David Greene as a thank you when you give a gift of any amount in support of this program contact turning-point today also still available from dr. Jeremiah greater purpose 365-day devotional for 2018 yours for a gift of any amount as well as the greater purpose family set which includes both greater purpose and the airship Genesis mission quest devotional for kids yours for a gift of $80 or more or the greater purpose for PAC to share with others yours an appreciation work you can share greater purpose with others your Bible study group Sunday School class or give as gifts with the greater purpose for PAC requests yours when you support the ministry with a generous year-end gift of $120 or more your gift helps Turning Point and the year financially strong plus you’ll receive these Bible strong resources in appreciation of your support contact turning-point today and now with one last word for today’s program here is dr.
Jeremiah in today’s message I pointed out a major difference between Christianity and other religions the difference is that the God of the Bible does not wait for us to reach up to him instead he reached down to us through Jesus Christ in the Incarnation that’s what Christmas is all about God’s gift to us that we need only to receive and you might be wondering how exactly to do that if so I have just the thing for you your greatest turning point is a booklet that explains how to receive this unsurpassable gift and I’d like to send it to you free of charge we’ll also send a copy of turning points our monthly devotional magazine to encourage you in your walk with Christ so all you need to do is contact us here at Turning Point today in addition to these free study resources.
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We are now living in the absolute End Times as per biblical prophecy.
Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENINT!.
Please do not waist another a minute.
No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.
If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilous times that will befall you.
Irrespective, of what sins you may have committed at any time of your life. If you humble yourself and ask for God’s forgiveness. He will forgive you and wash them all away and welcome you as his beloved son or daughter with open arms.
If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?
I implore you to do this without delay.
Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.