If the Son of God could rise above anger and hatred, if he could find a way to forgive his enemies, then so can we.
We must change hearts if we want to see this country changed. So brothers and sisters, let’s be done with violence and anger, and with grateful hearts let’s keep following our Lord and keep believing in Jesus and keep lifting up his name. For Jesus is the one who said, “I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.” Let’s hold up Jesus and in his name bring life back to our dying nation.
It is not easy to raise children. Everything in the word fights against it. It is not easy to raise God’s children, who will hold to godly values. The Devil fights against us; the world, the flesh fight against us. It is easy to be frustrated. God gives you these little gifts and you do your best and you hope and pray that some day when the job is done, your children will still follow the Lord. There are many things that parents can do for their kids and many things they must do. But one thing is absolutely essential. You have to pray for your children.
We ought to be people of unquestioned integrity. We ought to be people of honesty, truthfulness, dependability, people of truly pure motives. That means telling the truth even when it hurts. That means keeping your promises when you’d rather not. That means confronting problems when it would be easier to walk away. That means forgiving others when you’d rather hold a grudge.
God, give us eyes to see your blessings. God, give us hands ready to reach out and help those in need. Lord, give us hearts to rejoice in you and lips to sing your praise. Help us to understand that whether we see it or not, whether we know it or not, whether we feel it or not, God is good all the time.
We all know people who struggle with sickness and weakness, yet when you go to see them, they cheer you up. On the other hand, we all know people who are sick and yet their spirit is crushed. When you go to see them, you feel worse when you leave than when you came, because they have sucked all the life out of you as well. There is a basic relationship between your mental attitude and your physical well-being. What is on the inside eventually manifests itself physically on the outside.
What is courage? It is facing and dealing with dangerous and difficult situations of life. I don’t want you to add courage. You already have courage. God put it in you the moment you came to Christ. Use the courage that God has given you. You already have victory in Jesus Christ. Now live in that victory. You already have power. Use the power that God has given you.
The Bible has a great deal to say about the subject of purity, but the greater part of what it has to say has to do with the whole area of sexual purity, morality vs. immorality. This sermon speaks as a brother to my brothers on the subject that every man here has thought greatly about—the subject of sexual purity.
Proverbs has a lot to say about what we say. In fact, the subject of the tongue and how we use our words is perhaps the preeminent theme of this book. One of the central issues of the Book of Proverbs is how you use your tongue. I think all of us remember reading in the book of James where it says “Though the tongue is small, it is set on fire of hell. With the same tongue we bless the Lord and curse our friends.”
It’s time for us to start making a difference as the people of God. Today we’re so far from the real American dream of liberty and justice for all. But we can make a difference. We can’t do everything, but we can do something. Get in there and make a difference. Stand up for what is right. Stand up for justice and when you do, God will be standing with you.
There is a world out there. Get in it. There is something going on out there. Don’t sit on the sidelines. God gave you two hands. Use them. God gave you a voice. Speak up. God gave you two feet. Go on a journey. Do something with the life that God gave you Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.
For a world that has lost its way, God wrote a book to bring us back. That book is called Proverbs. We will look at what God has said about what is right and wrong, how you ought to treat people, how you ought to live, and how your behavior ought to be different if you call yourself a believer in Jesus Christ.