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What Moves You

Matthew 16:1-12

By Stuart Mains

May 7, 2023

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My name is Stuart, for those that don't know me. Along with my wife Ashley, we help lead this congregation in downtown Boston. We've been doing it for the last two years. We lived 25 years before that in Los Angeles and we have been loving being in Boston ever since we moved. Today's title is, "What moves you?" What moves you? What makes you feel something? What pushes the emotional buttons in your heart? What provokes you to change or do something? What stirs you? Whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that gets provoked in you? We get moved by different things. I don't know if you remember this, but Sarah McLaughlin had a song called In the Arms of the Angels.

And about 20 years ago there was a commercial for rescue dogs and cats and they would sing this song. I was going to show the song, but I thought it would put you in such a mood that I didn't want to do that so early in the sermon. But it has all of these like three-legged dogs and this one-eyed cat and this dog that can't walk super well. And it's like if you would just give sixty-seven cents a day you could rescue these animals. And you're listening to the song "In the Arms of the Angel".

I want to save these dogs! And maybe you get moved, music has a way of moving us, doesn't it? It's interesting, music has a way to make you feel light, happy. It makes you think pensive thoughts. Sometimes when you listen in your car to a good rap song, it gets you in a mood. You just got to lower your seat a little bit, right? You could be driving with your hands on ten and two. You listen to that good song you're like, "I'm going to one-hand this, I'm going to lean back a little lower, right? At 17 years old, I was about to go to college. I was driving my parent's van, a Mercury Villager. I felt like I was killing it. I had 50 Cent playing and I thought I was the business. And I was dipping in and out of traffic in L.A. on the 405, just listening to the 50 Cent, singing the words. It wasn't a good time in my life, it was not a spiritual time in my life. But that's the song I was singing at the moment. And low and behold, as I was weaving through traffic, I got pulled over and they clocked me at 98 mph in a Mercury Villager.

But I tell you what, 50 Cent got me in the mood to drive 98, so I had to pay a $500 ticket. Now, if you were here a couple of weeks ago when we talked about the ticket that I got taking my wife to prom when I ran a red light, that was within two months of each other, okay? So I drop $1,000 on tickets within two months I blame it on 50 Cent. That's what I blame it on, right? But music puts us in a mood. It changes the way you feel and think about things. Inspirational speeches, we all know the I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King, right? It changed the future of the nation a lot can look back to that one speech as a moment that turned many people's hearts toward what was going on in the US at that time. What moves you, what provokes you to change, what causes you to about-face, and the way you're going in your life in one direction to make a 180-degree turn? In Matthew 16 Jesus is speaking about this concept and is teaching about what moves you, what grows inside of you, and what makes you do certain things or think certain ways.

In Matthew 16, verse one, it reads the Pharisees and the Sadducees came to Jesus and tested Him by asking Him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, when evening comes, you say it will be fair weather for the sky is red and in the morning today it will be stormy for the sky is red in overcast. You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but no one will be given it except the sign of Jonah. Jesus then left them and went away. When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. Be careful, Jesus said to them. Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Now look at this again like last week. I just love the disciples and some of the stupid arguments that they have here. They discussed this among themselves and said it is because we didn't bring any bread. Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked "You of little faith, why are you talking amongst yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand?

Don't you remember the five loaves for the 5000 and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the 4000 and how many basketfuls you gathered? How is it that you don't understand that I was not talking to you about bread, but be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees in the Sadducees?" Then they understood what he was talking about. This is an interesting passage of scripture. Maybe you've read it before, or maybe this is the first time you've ever seen this before. But the Pharisees came and they were asking for a sign from Jesus. They were trying to ensnare him. They were trying to get Him to do certain things that would violate Jewish law. They were trying to trip him up and they demand another sign. But Jesus had done many, many miracles before this. And in fact, he references feeding the 4000 with only a few loaves of bread and fish or feeding the 5000 with the same ingredients. He was able to multiply it and feed thousands and thousands of people.

And so he says, you obviously are missing the point. And He turns to His disciples and He says be careful of the teaching and what you're hearing from the Pharisees and the Sadducees. He likens it to yeast which grows and grows and permeates throughout the entire loaf and has a massive effect right before your very eyes. The very small amount of yeast that you put in, has a huge impact on the loaf of bread. Just be careful of that teaching, that leavening agent that can permeate your hearts, that can come into your soul, that's being taught by the Pharisees and the Sadducees because it's going to destroy your faith. In Matthew 13, verse 33, he also likens yeast to something else. It says He told them still another parable. The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about 60 pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough. Both analogies use this idea of something that's growing, something that starts to take effect. That's a catalyst, that has something that moves or changes the chemistry that's going on inside of this bread.

We see in Matthew 16, the yeast that he's talking about is unsound teaching, it's the teaching of the Pharisees. In Matthew 13, the yeast that He is talking about is liking the kingdom of God or the teachings about the kingdom of God. As we look at these two different ideas, I want you to consider, what are you more moved by, the yeast of the Pharisees, the teachings of the Pharisees, or the teachings of the kingdom of God? You know the first point, the yeast of the kingdom of God, that is talked about in Matthew 13 can be summed up in one phrase, Jesus is Lord, with that one phrase encapsulates the entire kingdom of God. The idea that he is the Lord above all lords, let's break down the phrase Jesus is Lord, Jesus, as we start out is the Messiah, the Savior of the world, the lover of your soul, the one who pursues you, the perfect representation of God in the flesh, the perfect representation of Jehovah Jairah, which God is referenced as the provider of all things who sustains you and provides for all your needs.

He's the perfect representation of El Shaddai, the God almighty. He's a perfect representation of Jehovah RA, the Lord is my shepherd, or Jehovah Rapha, the Lord that heals. Jesus, throughout his entire ministry, was constantly healing people with issues of their soul, spiritual realm, or physical realm. He is the perfect representation of Jehovah Siddha Canoe, the Lord of our righteousness. Or Jehovah Mikdish Kim. The Lord who sanctifies you. He ate with the sinners and the tax collectors. He made a way to heaven where there was no way. He pursues you and leaves the 99 to find you, who gave up everything, was beaten, and was crucified for your sins. He never committed a sin, but He was put on the cross because of your sins. The perfect sacrifice, the perfect lamb, the one who sacrificed everything for you. He is the one who intercedes for you. He is your lawyer before God as Satan is accusing you on a daily basis. He stands trial before you. He is the intercession between you and God and the impending doom and the judgment that you will face. And He says, I see the sin, but I'm the perfect sacrifice that stands in the way, that allows him to be covered by my blood and not face the things that he should have to face in judgment, He is still living, He is alive, He is active, He is seated at the throne with God. He's not 6ft under. They never found His bones because He ascended up to heaven and is currently a living being. He was and is and is to come. He is the same Jesus that was with God at the beginning of time, as John One describes, He is not a historical figure, He is a present tense, currently living figure. He is not fictional, He is real and Lord. He's the perfect representation of the everlasting God the Lord God Almighty, the King of King, the Lord of Lords, the most High God Adonai, the Lord the Master. He is one that we should submit to, we should kneel before the throne. We should have reverence and respect to submit to the word that He says. Whether it's in the spiritual world or the natural world, He has supremacy over all things, as Colossian once talked about, Jesus is Lord. There needs to be a recognition that with that phrase and with that understanding, you aren't just saved by merely saying the words. But if Jesus is truly Lord of your life, it is a yeast or a catalyst.

There's a chemical change that happens in the spiritual realm that allows it to unleash incredible power in your life. When you make Jesus Lord of your life, it determines everything about your life. It determines all of your next steps. It determines who you will marry. It determines what job you will take. It determines how you're going to use your money, your life, your energy, your time. Jesus is Lord means that you are no longer Lord of your life. The catalyst for the kingdom of God is to reign supreme in your life. Jesus is Lord, therefore you are not. You're not the Lord of your life. If Jesus is the Lord of your life, you can't take that seat. There's only one seat for the King, and it's Jesus that will sit at the right hand of the throne of God. That is the seat that you cannot preoccupy. He is Lord or he's not of your life, or he doesn't have that seat in your life. If Jesus is Lord, it informs every decision that you'll ever make. And the truth of the matter is that we have signs and see this everywhere around us. When I got married to Ashley, everything in my life changed. The reason that it changed is because now she and I have made a covenant together, that we're doing life together forever. We are making decisions together. We are talking about when we're starting a family together. We are putting our money together, it is us, it's no longer I. When I got married, my parents were tripped out when they came to dinner a couple of weeks after a honeymoon. They came over to our house and Ashley cooked an amazing meal. And I was there and she, throughout the entire dinner was saying, "Hey, Stu, can you go get some drinks? Hey, Stu, can you set the table? Hey, Stu, can you go and do this?" And my parents were sitting there watching me as I was doing it. And they were like, "Who is this kid?" And then she'd go, "Can you take out the trash?" And I go, "Yeah, absolutely." And then the dinner ended, and then I got up, and then I did dishes, and they were like, what is happening now? This makes no sense! when I got married to Ashley, everything in my life changed, and my parents were watching as I became a different person.

When you say Jesus is Lord, we're going to have two people get baptized today at the end of service, and they will profess Jesus is Lord. But when you profess Jesus is Lord, there has to be a cataclysmic change in your life. Jesus is Lord demands that of you. You see that Jesus is likening this idea of yeast worked into 60 pounds of flour is what it says. This kingdom mindset is ever-expanding. Have you ever put yeast into the dough? Have you ever made pizza dough? When you put yeast in there, you have this small little ball of flour, you let it sit, and you come back, and it's double, triple, or quadruple the size that you left it. That yeast that goes into your soul, the kingdom yeast that we're talking about, it's going to have an effect that expands into all reaches of your heart. You don't have the ability to say no to him anymore. Jesus is Lord, and it's really a good thing that he's the Lord of our lives because you're a pretty bad lord of your life. You're not great at being the lord of your life.

And the interesting thing is that we believe some lie somewhere that it's actually okay. God can be the lord of my life, satan could be the lord of my life, or I can be the lord of my life. And that's not what we see in scripture. There are not three versions of who's going to be the master, there's just two. In Romans 6, verse 16, the whole passage is powerful. The apostle Paul says, don't you know that when you offer yourself to someone as an obedient slave, you are slaves of the one you obey? Whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness. He doesn't give you option number three. He says you are either a slave to obedience, to righteousness, to Jesus, and to God. That is who you are a slave to. Or you are a slave to sin, to death, and to Satan, those are your alternatives. Those are your choices. We are not great at mastering this idea of lordship. As you look at this concept, who's the master of your life?

More recently than I'd like to say I was with one of my friends. He just turned 21 and I was a campus minister at the time, what he wanted to do is he wanted to rent a Hellcat. I got a picture of what a Hellcat looks like. This has 703 horsepower its top speed, is 203 mph that you can reach with this hellcat. So he rented it, and he brought it to his house, it's like a Friday night at about 10:00 and said, "Everybody come over we're going to take turns riding and driving the Hellcat." So I said, "All right, let's do it." Five of us pile into this car, this thing is wild. The brake system on it is a completely different brake system because of the speeds that you're reaching, it has to have an F-one kind of racing-type brake system, you hear it and it clicks, and it does all this intense stuff, and it has all these diagnostics on the screen there about the heat of your brakes, all of this stuff that you're like, I've never thought of this in my Toyota Siena van.

How hot are my brakes right now? That has never been a thought of mine. So we get in this car and one of the guys in the front goes, we've got to see how fast we can go. I'm in the back there, and I say let's go. A little fast. And needless to say, by the time we got off the on-ramp, as we entered the highway, we were going 100 miles an hour. It was 10:30, 11:00 in the evening on a Friday night. He starts flooring it, the car is like cheer, everybody's cheering in the car. And he keeps pushing it we're at 140, he pushes it more, we're at 150, he pushes it more. We're at 160. He pushes it more, and we're at 170, he pushes it a little bit further, and it's 175. I didn't show the video, but I have video evidence if you want to see it, of us looking at the speedometer. Going 175 mph on a normal street, cars that are really far away come very quickly at you. Things are flying by us, cars are flying by, they're going 80, 90 miles an hour, and we are doubling their speed and just zooming past these cars!

I mean, if any one of these cars gets in our way, we are all dead! If there is some screw on the road, we're dead! So we end up lowering the speed, and we get off. I'm pretty quiet, my life has been changed forever. I'm never getting in a car with you ever again. And we get home, there's Ashley, and she says, "How did it go?" I said, "I got to talk to you about something." She said "What?" I say, "We went fast in the car." She goes, "Okay, how fast?" "It was hazy, there's some videos, I think we were at 175." She said "175!" She basically gave me a lecture for about 20 minutes about that how I am a father, I am a husband, and I have a life to live for.

Founding this concept of worshipping Satan how disgusting. A lot of people said well, it wasn't Satan, it was this idea of atheism and it was more actually the anti-God than God. No, it was called Satan-Con. They were worshipping Satan, they were doing sacrifices. It was about Satan and the idea that we go, "Now that Satan worship over there." But living in an immoral relationship where you're having sex with your boyfriend or your girlfriend and going completely against what God's word says and going, no, Jesus is Lord of my life, or at least not Satan. And yet that is what he commands. Satan commands us to live the way we want to live. Jesus commands abstaining from running yourself into the ground. Jesus is the one that's going to constantly help you stay out of harm's way. And Satan is driving your life 175 mph down the highway and you're letting him run your life. And you continue to fall into looking at pornography, you continue to fall into these addictions he has full control. And so, yeah, you didn't go to Satan-con good job! Nonetheless, the standard is not going to Satan-con. The standard is making Jesus Lord of your life! What does it look like to make Satan the lord of your life? Your desires, your appetites, your addictions, they rule your life. You can't find contentment soul, you're constantly in bad relationships, and even in your relationship with God, there's a constant tension that you're feeling, and your life is unfulfilled. It gets boring quickly, doing the same thing over and over and over again. The parties, the people, the shallowness, it gets old fast. When Satan is lord of your life. The anxiety, the stress, and the emotional extremes of highs and lows. It is no fun to make Satan the lord of your life, it's a disaster for your life. The very opposite is true, you are self-controlled when Jesus is the Lord of your life. You're not ruled by your emotions or your heart, your feelings, not every whim, every day. Is the weather good today?

Well, okay, I can be happy, but if the weather's bad, I've got nothing going well in my life. That's not how we live. When Jesus is lord of our life. When the weather's bad, we go, I'm going to heaven. This is awesome. I'd love some sun, but this is still awesome. Your life has an eternal perspective. It's not just what you get here and now. It's not just if you're rich here and now. It's not just if you're all the pleasures of life here and now. Because you're living for something eternal. It's not a grind to do the things that Jesus calls you to do. It is a luxury to live like a Christian. Is Jesus the Lord of your life? Is Jesus your lord? If you're a disciple of Jesus Christ, if you've been baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, and you've gone on to live a life following Jesus, the answer must be yes. Jesus must be the Lord of your life. Jesus has to be the Lord of your life. And once he is the Lord of your life, watch out for the impact you're going to have.

Jesus also references this other yeast, though, the yeast of the Pharisees. The yeast of the Pharisees. And I was thinking if one phrase of the yeast of the kingdom is Jesus's Lord, what would sum up what Jesus is trying to communicate? If you look at the passage, the phrase that he brings up is this idea that ticks him off and makes him angrier than it seems like he should be, Give us a sign! Give us a sign would be if you sum up what the Pharisees were doing wrong. It's the spirit of giving us a sign. Look here in Matthew 16, verses three and four, it says, you know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. Jesus then left and went away. The same sentiment is shared in Matthew 12, verses 38 through 41, it says then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the Law said to him, Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.

He answered A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Isn't it interesting that he has exactly the same interaction here? For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah. And now something greater than Jonah is here. What is Jesus saying? Jesus is saying in so many words this idea of you keep asking for me to give you a sign, and all I have done for you is give you signs. All I've done my entire life is give you signs. I continue to fulfill the prophecy time after time after time after time again sign, after sign, after sign. In fact, I'm going to go to the cross and die. That's the sign of Jonah. The sign of Jonah, just like Jonah got eaten by a fish and then was in the belly of the fish for three days, then was spat out and preached and spoke to all of Nineveh, and they were all saved, and they repented because of Jonah's message.

Jesus is saying, similar to the sign of Jonah, I will go into the belly of the earth for three days and three nights. I will die for the sins of humanity. I will resurrect, and I will speak to you, and you will still be asking for a sign. There's nothing that I can do. He goes, you wicked adulterous generation. This idea of give us a sign, prove it, Jesus. Prove it again. Prove it again. I want to see it. Jesus, show us again. He's going, I'm not a circus monkey for your pleasure. Just zapping bread out of places, just healing people just so you can hear it again, see it again. It's not a party trick that I'm doing for you. I am doing these signs so you'll know I'm the Messiah. And then you will change your entire life as you think about your own walk with God. It's supposed to be, Jesus is Lord. But when you ask the question, Give me a sign over and over and over again, it's you asking for proof. And when you are asking for proof, you are an authority figure asking someone inferior to you to prove something, to get you to believe it.

A teacher asks, prove that I taught you, and you know what I taught you? When a cop pulls you over, what does he say? License and registration. Why? Prove that you're insured. Prove that you're licensed. He's the person in authority in that situation, a judge. The burden is on you to prove that you did not do what they're saying you did. You need to defend yourself. To who? To the authority. In every walk of life, this idea of when you say, Give us proof, that is the person in authority saying it to someone inferior to them. And Jesus is saying, who are you to ask me for a sign? Who do you think you are to ask me for a sign? I've given you sign after sign, and yet here you are, putting yourself in the driver's seat, in the authority's seat. You are not the one to ask for a sign. You know, my children, I love them with all my heart. But if they say to me prove to me you love me, I'm going to have a fit. I'm going to just go look at the rent that I'm paying for you.

Look at the house that you live in. Look at the Costco runs. Do you know how many diapers I have bought for you? And you like the wipes for sensitive skin which are a little bit more expensive with the aloe vera. Do you want that on your bum? I got that for you. The toys that you want. Oh, the new switch game, Zelda, okay, here we go. Happy birthday, Caden. I have shown you over and over and over again that I love you. When you wake up at 1:00a.m, and there's puke all over your face because you're sick, who's cleaning it up?

The idea that you as a child would have an audacity, the audacity say to your father or mother, prove it to me. Prove it to me, prove that you love me. That is ridiculous that they would say this to me. I have shown them so many times over that I love them. In fact, you can tell it infuriates Jesus. It ticks him off. He goes, "You adulterous and wicked generation." At first, I didn't understand why he was so angry with them for asking for a sign. But the more that I see this idea of him going, I've shown you so many signs. The problem is not that I'm not showing you enough signs. The problem is you will not choose to see them. You will not choose to look at what I'm doing for you. It's like a brat kid that says "I know you pay for this and that. I also know that you got me birthday presents, but I don't really feel your love. What? Who are you? They could reference the things that Jesus has done if he started rattling off, tell me the miracles I've done in your presence, Pharisees, tell me. They could rattle them off, but they chose not to see them. Matthew 13, verse 35, Jesus speaking. This is why I speak to them in parables. Though seeing, they do not see. Though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah. You will be ever hearing but never understanding. You will be ever seeing, but never perceiving. For this, people's hearts have become calloused. They hardly hear with their ears and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise, they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts and turn. And I would heal them. Jesus is saying, I have done so many things in your presence. Either one, you are asking me to prove it as someone in authority, which you have zero authority over Jesus. So who are you to ask me? But two, you don't really want to see, you don't really want to hear. The yeast that worked throughout the Pharisees was this idea that, no, I'm all set, I got it figured out.

No, I know what really is going to happen. No, this can't be Jesus. I know how Jesus is going to come. They thought that he was going to be a military leader that was going to come and was going to stop the oppression the Romans were doing against the Jews. So when Jesus came and it was a ministry of the heart, it confused them. And they said, no, this is not the Messiah. We know what he's going to look like. And therefore this isn't him. And to many of us in church, we look at Jesus, we see Him right before our very eyes. We see the church and the kingdom of God right before our very eyes. We understand and see the things and the miracles that are popping up everywhere around us. And Jesus is going, See, it's me. I'm here. This is where I live. That's not the Jesus I was looking for. And so I don't think that's the Jesus I'm going to follow. Jesus is preaching against the yeast, the teachings that go, I've got it all figured out of what Jesus is going to be like and do in my life.

And so many of us are wrong. You are dead wrong. do you think that Jesus is going to stand before you and God on Judgment Day when you had zero relationships with him? Or a very small time of your life? Maybe a little bit of relationship, but not really denying yourself or making the Lord of your life. And then he's going to stand there and go, I mean, you didn't worship me at all, but all right, buddy, get on in heaven awaits. That's not the Jesus that you read in the Scriptures. Is he gracious? Yes. Is he loving? Yes. But grace has conditions. Love is unconditional. Grace is not unconditional. And therefore, we cannot try to put Jesus in the box. The Pharisees were putting Him in a box that appeased their version of what they wanted to see happen. Where are you doing that? Where are you putting Jesus? In a box? Where are you placing him? In a box that feels more like the Jesus, you want to worship? We can't do that. We've got to look at them and we've got to see them. I am often losing things all the time in my house.

I shared this a little while ago about I'm losing stuff all the time. And I will say a disclaimer for me is that I lose things. But part of what happens to me is my wife, every three to six months, decides the shoe area that she had them at previously, it makes no sense. And so she should move it to the other side of the house. And so there's a new shoe area every three to six months. There's a new hat area every three to six months. There's a new a lot of things areas every three to six months. And so I've been looking for stuff, and it takes me about three to six months to find where that is and to make sure that I know where my hat is and that I'm going to consistently go back to that place because I'm ADD and I can't ever figure that out. So she does it three to six months later, I finally got it, and then she moves it again, right? And I can't find my shoes or I can't find my hat. And so what I started to say, was okay, I'm going to buy these air tags.

Have you heard of these air tags? What you do is put an air tag on anything. I even bought a wallet for it so that it fits in the wallet perfectly, right? And it will then be on your phone. You can go to find my phone. And this is a video kind of showing us what it does, what it looks like when you're trying to find your phone.

Once you got it, it's like perfect, right? You put it in anything, and then you look on your phone and you can find it, and it's like that game, hot and cold and then 1ft away, and they can make a sound if you still can't find it, if it's in the couch or something like that, they're on their way, and I'll let you know how they go. They're shipping right now. But Jesus is right before some of us, and we can't even see him. We need a messiah tracker. We need an air tag for Jesus. Some of you are so dull in your spiritual vision that you can't even see what's right in front of you. And I want to call you to actually open your eyes, perceive what's going on in this room, and recognize what's happening. I'm so fired up that one of the guys getting baptized today, you're never going to believe his name. His name is, Praise God, one word. That's his name. How do you not get baptized with that name?

But when we see these two people, open your eyes to what's happening. This is not some ceremonial thing. This is not some outward sign of inward grace. This is the moment that they are going from lost to saved. This is the moment that everything in their life is changing. When they say, Jesus is Lord, it's an outward proclamation that he now is running their life. Don't miss it. If you're sitting in the audience and you're studying the Bible or you're wrestling in your spiritual life, don't miss what's happening here. There is something different that's happening here. It's obvious what's taking place here, don't miss it. Are you perceiving what God is doing? Are you seeing the miracles or are you always hearing, always seeing, but never really truly perceiving what God is doing? It's happening right in front of you as we end out. What yeast is activated in you? Is it the kingdom? Or is it the pharisaical? Is it the one that says, give me a sign, I got to see it? Okay, that was a good sign, but I need another sign. Okay, that was a good sign, but that wasn't what I was looking for.

Give me another sign. Or are you just willing to say, Jesus, you're Lord, I worship you, I praise you, I will give you all! You are the King of my life. And the life that follows must reflect that statement. The life that follows must be that idea, that concept that he rules today. Let us allow the teaching of the kingdom of God to reign in our hearts. Let it move you, let it morph you, let it change you. Do not be a pharisee. Do not allow this teaching of give me a sign to keep you out of the gates of heaven. Let's say a word of prayer as we endow.


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