The Story of a LifeBro. Ron Rupé
2/18/2007 6:00 PM
[Note – I could not take notes well enough to do justice to this message. To get a better sense of it, please order the tape. It was almost one of those, "you just had to be there" services, but I think the tape will help to give a better picture of the message than these notes.]
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
What does the story of your life tell?
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
The devil would steal the good things from people. He tries to find an opening and he keeps trying until he breaks through and steals and kills and destroys.
What are your intentions for your life? What are your hopes and dreams? Make the Lord the center of those plans. If you’re not saved, you’re not safe. You need the right man (Christ) on your side.
(Acts 14:15) All of us are subject to passions – good and bad. All of us love, care, and have hopes and dreams for those we care about.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
Satan is your enemy. He likes to sow tares in anything that is good. You need protection from this enemy. Build your house on the Lord. Don’t let tares be sown in your life and relationships. Ask God to root out any that would try to grow.
Isaiah 9:2; Psalm 40:2-3; Colossians 1:12-13
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: