Ye Are Gods Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

Sermon on Ye Are Gods 9/12/2002 is now available at
http://www.apostolic.biz/audio

Life isn't fair.

How many young people miss out with God and mess up their lives because
something unfair happened to them?

How many are sitting in prisons today because something unfair happened
to them so they felt justified in hurting or killing someone?

I guarantee you that whoever you are unfair things will happen to you. That
is not optional and will happen, period.

But, what you do and how you handle it will determine the severity and
longevity of the matter.

To many in prison for harming or killing someone, the original "unfair" issue 
would now seem so trivial.

Ecclesiastes 1:12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

Ecclesiastes 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 3:12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Guess what, there are "no excuses" with God. I have said before and I say
again, while I can find numerous accounts of God accepting apologies, even 
arguments, yea even negotiations from men, I have yet to find a single
example of God accepting an excuse from a man for violating His Word.
If you can find one please let me know.

My point is that everyone feels justified in anything that they ever do. So much
sin from adultery to murder is a result of someone having something they feel is unfair happen to them.

Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

I feel to mention that there is great power in thankfulness

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

I didn't mean to get into TV preachers and such like, but those verses cover a lot
of ground. How does this tangent relate to the topic of life not being fair? Note the "unthankful" part early on. It is hard to be thankful when you feel that God is "unfair" or that life is "unfair" to you. Unthankful people are easy prey for the devil. What unthankful person would be concerned with holiness?

When something "unfair" happens to you, and it will, you need to give thanks
to God for your blessings. When your mind is dwelling on the blessings of 
God the devil has a hard time. In time so many of the "unfair" things that
happen to us turn out to be very minor. How many fill prison cells because
of their overreaction to some trivial matter in their past?

Keep the Faith. Stay prayed up and thankful!

Pastor Winter