The God That Never Quits!

Genesis 6:1-9

Last week we looked at the fruit of sin. We were able to see where Cain’s offering was the beginning of the world’s attempt to please God. The giving of everything except self. Cain was willing to worship, but on his own terms.

We saw the difference between Cain and Abel, between the religious and the real. Is not in the person themselves but in the object they trust. The one provided for themselves. The other accepts what and how God provides for them

 When you talk about fruit we know when it becomes ripe. If it is not consumed it will continue to mature until it is over ripe, rotten. A process in most cases to preserve the species by putting seed back into the ground. 

The thought behind what we are observing today is not the preservation but perversion of the species. 

  •  The Godly gone. Where have all the Godly gone?
    • Seth had been born to Adam and Eve and was producing a people that feared the Lord and called upon His name. When we come here to the 6th chapter we see only one man mentioned as being righteous.
      • Sadly there are quite possibly more Christians interested in who the giants are, who the sons of God are, than the crux, or core of this story.
    • This is what I want you to notice: the Sethites were a godly people, the Caininites a worldly people.
      • As is such throughout the word of God, wherever we find the people of God compromising with the people of the world, we most often see the world’s ways rising to the top.
    • God has a tried and true plan for us to succeed in this life. 
      • What we find all too often is believers who are entrapped in a situation because they didn’t agree with God’s assessment or instruction. 
    • Paul tells the Corinthians, 2Co 6:14-17, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”
      • Whenever we allow the devil a little space he will take it. It might seem small, insignificant, nothing to be concerned with. 
      • Imagine your life as a hundred acre field. You give the devil one acre, he will take it right in the middle giving him access to it all
    • God warns us over and over, yet we feel it won’t happen to me.
      • How many here have compromised over the years and fell into this trap?
      • Now you’re finding every excuse why you can’t serve.  Why you can’t be faithful, why you can’t…
      • The going theme right now is a recurring one, “were so busy with things”.
      • One of the devil’s greatest tools is getting us busy with everything except what God has called us to, prepared us for, and placed us to do.
    • Remember, sin is a volitional act of disobedience against the revealed will of God. Therefore the dominion sin has over you is according to the delight you have in it.
  • The Godless activity. How far had sin taken God’s creation? How did one act of disobedience affect many?
    • Look what God saw: (V5) God saw: 
      • We are pretty good on getting approval from men but what is important is what God sees.
    • Man thought all was well. 
      • The Godly line that had been compromised probably was still feeling like they were making a difference. They might not be the old bible thumpers like in times past but felt they were standing out. 
    • God saw that wickedness was abundant and even man’s thought life was totally evil.
      • The old cliché’ sin takes you farther along the way, keeps you longer than you intended to stay, costs you more than you want to pay.
      • It is a reality!
    • Where it is talking of imagination and thoughts it points towards vain philosophies.
      • The word for imagination means to mold, shape as with pottery. Men fashioned ideas that supported their lust. 
      • Not much has changed.
      • The bible says: Pr 18:2, “A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.”
    • A period of 1,500 years lay between creation and the flood. Though the Godly had the truth the worldly fabricated a lie. How do we know this?
      •  Ro 1:20-23, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse :  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.
    • How far has it gone? To the point of breaking God’s heart.
      • The stench of sin was breathtaking. The fruit was going through its natural course. Maturing, rotting, and preserving the perversion of sin.  
  • The God that never quits. In verse 6 we understand it repented the Lord, grieved him in His heart.
    • Grieve is actually a love word. How’s that?
      •  We don’t grieve over things we don’t love.
      • This is the heart of what God is showing here, it is the continual thread that runs through from Genesis to Revelation.
    • God’s offer from the beginning of the curse.
      • God had not been silent, he had His witnesses. You look back over the record in the 5th chapter you see , Adam had lived 930 yrs, Seth 912. Enos (Seth’s son) was still alive even when Noah was born. Back to our Romans scripture. “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”
      •  God wanted them to know Him but they refused.
    • God’s offer before the flood.
      • 1Pe 3:20, “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”
    • What is meant by longsuffering?
      • God didn’t have to have Noah build an ark. He simply used this as a warning and an invitation to repent.
      • In 2nd Peter 2:5, he is called a preacher
    • You can almost see it. Noah would lay down his mallet and take off his tool belt as the crowds would gather to tease him. Then he would speak of the love of God and let them know they were welcomed to come aboard.
      • Sadly you know how that turned out.
    • Isn’t that the same thing happening today? Preachers, Godly people declaring God mercy and goodness inviting them to come aboard. 
      • Yet many choose to die in their sins. 
    • When you look at the world before the flood there are a lot of similarities today. 
      • What I see is just like in the days of Noah. God still is pursuing His creation.
      • Instead of a boat He has a cross.
    •  He still uses the same instrument as in the beginning, preachers. 
      • They are still doing the same as Noah, looking like a fool in the eyes of those who think they have a handle on it.
    • Sadly much of creation is still reacting the same way. 
      • Refusing to accept the truth and instead fashioning ideas to support their lust, their ways, politicking to gain support, all because they don’t want to repent, admit they’re wrong. Wrong enough to want to change.
  • God’s invitation.
    • The invitation is still the same.
      • It is still coming from the same kind of people in the same easy to understand way.
      •  Turn from your wicked ways and turn to Him. There are those here today and watching that need to come today. Will you?
    • Others, you have been serving and serving well. 
      • The devil has snuck in and convinced you, you’re doing too much.
      •  Can we ever do too much for the One who saved us from our sins?

God has so much in store for this congregation. The hard part is keeping us going together for Him.

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Buying In

Philippians 3:5-7 

We’ve been looking at what it takes to really be serious about the life God intends for His believers. In my time with my Lord this week, I was reminded as to why most never attain their God given potential or even learn to braek the different strongholds in their lives. They don’t want it. They are comfortable with the feelings of God they have.

Pr 25:28,  “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”

Many fail to build protective walls. Godly walls. We don’t mind erecting walls to keep people out, ideas at bay, feelings from being hurt, but won’t spend the time and effort to strengthen our life in Christ.

The book of proverbs makes it very plain as to what it takes to accomplish a close intimate relationship with the one we call Lord.

Pr 2:1-5, “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”

If we invest as much time and energy into the things of God as we do simply trying to survive life we could attain much more of a personal walk with Him

  • We understand the basic principle of the believer is that we cannot stay where we are and go with God.
  • This is true for the new babe in Christ as well as the mature one. If you’re not growing, you’re not going.
    •  If He convicts you and you’re not willing to make the adjustments in your life you backslide.
    • When you make the adjustments you start growing again.
  • You cannot continue to do things your way and accomplish God’s purposes in His ways. Our thinking cannot come close to God’s thoughts, our ways cannot even relate to His ways.
    • For you to do the will of God, you MUST adjust your life to him, His purposes, and His ways.
  • Now since most of us have an innate problem with authority this presents us with a choice.
    • All through the Gospels you will find example after example where Jesus will put people in a position where they must choose. 
  • Today Jesus is still presenting you with a choice. 
  • Obedience to God will cost you. It will also cost those around you. 
    • You cannot know and do the will of God without paying the price of adjustment and obedience. 
      • Willingness to pay the price and following His will is one of the major adjustments.
    • Remember when Jesus spoke to the many people who were following Him and shared “He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.”
      • This had spiritual meaning which He even brings out. Joh 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
    • But what does Jn.6:66 record?  “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
      • This is more than they bargained for. They didn’t want to have to engage their mind, just feed us and heal us.
    • This is where many who attend church fail to experience the fulfilling of God’s purpose through them because they are not willing to pay the price of obedience.
      • We say that God is Lord and He can interrupt us anytime He wants. We just don’t expect Him to do it.
      • We expect Him to affirm everything we are doing and never ask us to change anything we have planned.
  • I want to take a quick look at what it is to buy in.  Look at Saul whose very name was changed to Paul.
    • Saul was one of those who had built his self-esteem on his family name, his prestigious position, even on his bullying ways.
      • Then in (V7) we notice not a subtle shift but a major adjustment.
    • This was very costly to Paul.
      •  It was his very way of life, it was his raising, what he believed in and was proud of.
      • It put his very life at stake, the lives of his friends at stake. If he was a member of the shine he would have been black-balled as Jimmy Stafford would say.
    • Sometimes obedience to God’s will leads to opposition and misunderstanding.
      • Things were a little different then, than now. Because of his stand for Christ he was beaten by his used to be friends, imprisoned, hung out to dry so to speak.
      • Today you still find opposition when you follow God’s plan. Sometime with family, friends, with the church body.
    • For Paul there was no other way. He made it clear when he told the Corinthians; 1Co 9:19, “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.”
      • (V22) “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
      • When serving God there will be major adjustment.
    • Is God, the God of the bible, worth you adjusting your life to Him?
      • You just made a choice.