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← The Enduring Life in Christ - Tim Conway

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Showing Revision 3 created 09/18/2017 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. You know the problem is, we make God out to be
  2. a very small god when we say we can
  3. lose our salvation.
  4. (in response to a comment)
  5. Yeah, He's not strong enough to keep us.
  6. But...
  7. He's not only strong enough to keep us,
  8. He's strong enough to keep us doing good to the end.
  9. He's strong enough to keep us persevering,
  10. all the way.
  11. You see, you make God weak either way.
  12. If you say, God can't keep us, you make Him weak.
  13. And if you say, we're going to make it,
  14. but we're not going to make it doing good works,
  15. you make Him weak too.
  16. Because you're saying basically, He's going to drop the ball.
  17. Those who bear fruit are the true deal.
  18. Those who don't bring forth fruit,
  19. aren't the real deal.
  20. And they fall out.
  21. Why do people fall out?
  22. We know it.
  23. This has been true of Christianity for 2000 years.
  24. People start the race and they fall out. Why?
  25. You've got Demas. What type of soil was he?
  26. I'd say he was a pretty good indicator of the third type.
  27. What happened? Cares and riches.
  28. What'd he do? He loved the world. He fell out.
  29. Paul talks about others that made shipwreck of the faith.
  30. Why do people make shipwreck?
  31. What about Judas?
  32. He made shipwreck.
  33. People right in Paul's own company made shipwreck.
  34. Brethren, it's been that way throughout history.
  35. People don't make it to the end.
  36. Christ says if you don't endure...
  37. So you have it from both standpoints.
  38. You have the truths that God gives to us
  39. that are meant to encourage us.
  40. Nothing can separate me from the love of Christ.
  41. My faith sinks its teeth in that.
  42. But you know what, there are some people
  43. that when the allurements of the world come along,
  44. they look at that, and they look at the world,
  45. and they'd rather have the world.
  46. It doesn't mean anything to them that the Bible says,
  47. nothing can separate them from the love of Christ.
  48. They don't care.
  49. They don't have faith to even lay hold on that.
  50. They're looking at the worldly things over here,
  51. and they weigh it out, and they go.
  52. You know why the true Christian doesn't bail out
  53. when the trails come?
  54. Because he wants Christ more than anything else.
  55. He wants Christ. He loves Christ.
  56. And when trial comes, He doesn't like the trial,
  57. any better than the other guy.
  58. But he wants Christ more than he wants ease.
  59. He wants Christ more than he wants money.
  60. He wants Christ more than he wants anything else.
  61. And so no matter how hard the trial gets,
  62. even Paul getting beat by the rods,
  63. and scourged, and in the sea, and false brethren,
  64. and all that came upon him,
  65. he never bailed out of the race, why?
  66. For him to live was Christ,
  67. and to die was gain to be with Christ.
  68. Be absent from the body and present with the Lord.
  69. Folks, when Christ is your all, you'll hold the line.
  70. No matter what comes, no matter what riches
  71. you're tempted with, no matter what trials come,
  72. no matter what persecutions come,
  73. no matter what pain, suffering, sorrows...
  74. you'll toe the line. Why?
  75. Because, it comes back to faith.
  76. Faith believes in a Christ we have never seen.
  77. Bottom line: the only way people will hang on to Christ
  78. at the expense of everything else
  79. is if they have a faith that really believes
  80. if somehow in their faith, they've seen in their mind's eye
  81. the beauties, and the glory, and the preciousness of Christ.
  82. That in their estimation outweighs everything.
  83. We love Him, folks, not having seen Him.
  84. We believe in an unseen Christ.
  85. You and I haven't seen Him.
  86. There was Thomas,
  87. "My Lord and my God."
  88. And Jesus said to him, "you believe - you've seen,
  89. blessed are those who believe and they haven't seen."
  90. Right?
  91. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Spirit.
  92. And if you read you see where that love's coming from;
  93. it's coming out of the cross.
  94. And I would say this, that bottom line,
  95. if somebody is truly saved,
  96. they love Christ,
  97. they believe Christ, they trust Christ,
  98. they look to the cross and they find hope in Christ,
  99. and the Spirit of God energizes that look to the cross
  100. and floods that person from one degree to another
  101. with assurance.
  102. And that Spirit is the Spirit of adoption that is
  103. bearing witness.
  104. And it's that Spirit of adoption that brings
  105. an inner compulsion now to look at God
  106. not as a far and a distant God,
  107. but as a God who is very close
  108. and who's a Father. We cry, "Abba, Father."
  109. And so, bottom line is, the Christian feeds
  110. and finds his strength in Christ.
  111. The Spirit of God - Christ said that He was
  112. going to send a Helper or a Comforter.
  113. And He said that "He's going to glorify Me."
  114. I guarantee this, no matter what operation
  115. the Spirit is involved with, Christ is the focus,
  116. Christ is always the focus, not the Spirit.
  117. Christ is the focus.
  118. The man doesn't exist who has true assurance
  119. from the Spirit and no works.
  120. It's a strawman.
  121. The man who in the end falls out,
  122. was a man maybe who in self-righteousness
  123. was striving to please God in his own merits;
  124. he's a man who maybe was a Pharisee
  125. and he put up a good outer shell show;
  126. he had confidence in a lot of things,
  127. maybe in his church going, maybe in his efforts,
  128. but like Demas, he ends up falling out.
  129. But I guarantee you,
  130. whatever confidence he had was a vain confidence,
  131. and it wasn't a Spirit of God wrought thing.
  132. And so, no I would adamantly say that's not true.
  133. The true Christian doesn't all of a sudden
  134. find out at the end of the race that he's true.
  135. The true Christian had that Spirit of God indwelling,
  136. and there was true, living manifestations of His presence
  137. that gave the believer confidence.
  138. And where the Spirit gives confidence,
  139. the Spirit also works love and works the fruits of the Spirit
  140. and works these works in us, giving us the desires,
  141. giving us the compulsion, giving us a love for God
  142. that compels us and constrains us by the love of Christ
  143. to carry this out.
  144. And the two go hand in hand.
  145. Where men and women fall out of the race,
  146. they didn't have that.
  147. They had confidence and they believed certain things,
  148. but in the end it was a vain confidence.
  149. And I believe the truth is the flags were always there,
  150. because Jesus Christ says this in Matthew 7,
  151. "Depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness."
  152. And bottom line, it was there.
  153. There was lawlessness.
  154. The Spirit of God was not communicating with them
  155. the way the Spirit of God does.
  156. Because they weren't children.
  157. And in the end, it wasn't true.
  158. We have a lot of people with vain confidence.
  159. A lot of people believing that everything is ok,
  160. but it's vain.
  161. The Bible never is going to give confidence
  162. to a person who's walking a wicked life
  163. to believe that the power of God has ever transformed them.
  164. They shouldn't expect to have any hope.
  165. Think about 1 John.
  166. What are the proofs in 1 John that we're true believers?
  167. We keep His commandments.
  168. We walk as He walked.
  169. We have answer to prayer.
  170. We love the brethren.
  171. Basically, you go through all these proofs,
  172. and you get to the last chapter and he says
  173. I write things things that you might have assurance.
  174. And there's no question about it.
  175. Folks, I don't know how it is with you...
  176. I look at the cross, and the Spirit of God assures me
  177. I am His child.
  178. Then I look at my life and I see,
  179. I'm not what I used to be,
  180. and that gives me assurance.
  181. And then I find out that when I stray,
  182. the Spirit of God - my Father comes for me.
  183. And He lays the rod on my back.
  184. And He brings me back.
  185. I have found that the corrections of God in my life
  186. they give me assurance like few other things do,
  187. that I see as faithfulness to me,
  188. that if ever I begin to stray, bang, He's there.
  189. He's on me, and He pulls me back.
  190. I mean, sometimes that has caused me to go to tears
  191. more than anything - He is so faithful.
  192. That gives me such confidence.
  193. He's not going to let me go.
  194. I'm in my Father's hand.
  195. I mean, if I start drifting, He puts the clamps down.
  196. This thing is real, it's living.
  197. I look at this thing and realize,
  198. I need to make it to the end.
  199. I pray, "God, get me to the end!"
  200. "Help me to the end!"
  201. Because I feel that if God let me go,
  202. I would run away.
  203. I mean, that's just prone to wander,
  204. Lord, I feel it. I feel it!
  205. If You let me go, I'm going.
  206. Not that I want to, but I feel that.
  207. I feel the battle.
  208. But at the same time, I feel this confidence.
  209. Do I expect that God's going to take me to the end?
  210. Yes, I don't feel like I have to wait to the end
  211. to figure out whether I'm truly saved.
  212. I believe with all my heart that God has truly saved me.
  213. And I've seen a massive transformation in my life.
  214. And I think that's exactly what the Bible tells us we should see.
  215. And on top of that, I've known repeatedly
  216. the floodings and the sheddings abroad
  217. of the love of God in my heart
  218. at sights of the cross.
  219. I know that He has caused me to will
  220. in a way that I never willed before.
  221. I have wills and I have a desire now to do things
  222. that I never had a desire for before.
  223. I know I don't love the brethren perfectly,
  224. but I love the brethren.
  225. I want to be around Christians.
  226. I want to be where they are. I want to talk with them.
  227. I love the same Christ they love.
  228. I love being at church with them.
  229. I love hearing preaching. I love hearing about Christ.
  230. I mean the simple Gospel still...
  231. there are times when I'm studying for a message
  232. and I'm looking at the old truths,
  233. and they flood over me again,
  234. and I find myself falling out of my chair on the floor.
  235. Can you guys relate to this?
  236. This is Christianity.
  237. This is the living reality.
  238. This is life in Christ.
  239. This isn't make-believe.