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Sunday, November 6, 2016

This World Is Not My Home

“This World Is Not My Home”
by Pastor Mark Taylor

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalms 11: 3)

I am writing this sermon two weeks before our presidential election, so I don’t know what the results will be.  I do know that 50 percent of Americans are going to be happy with the results and 50 percent are going to be very unhappy.

The purpose of this sermon is to give the men and women who have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ to refocus and get a Christian perspective of where we are and what we should do now.  

Hopefully we have all prayed that “God’s Will” would be done.  Let me assure all of us that He is in control.  

“For promotion comes not from the east, nor the west, nor from the south.  But God is the judge: He puts down one, and sets up another.”  Psalms 75:6-7

“The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He wills, and sets over it the lowest of men.”  Daniel 4:17, 25, and 5:21

The question today is:  What do we do?  How should we respond to the results of the election whether our candidate won or lost?

The first thing we need to remember is that No matter who is President, Jesus is still Lord.

The second thing is to remember that as Christians this world is not our final home.

“ Jesus answered:  My kingdom is not of this world.”  (John 18:36)

“For our conversation (citizenship) is in Heaven from where also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Philippians 3:20).

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” (John 18:36).

How do we go forward if we are discouraged about the election or anything else?

Our Lord gave us five strategies to live the victorious Christian life regardless of external circumstances.

“Fear Not” - “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered, Fear not you are more valuable than many sparrows who are not forgotten by God.”  (Luke 12:6-8).

Fear is the opposite of Faith.  It can cause mental and physical diseases.  It can lead to anger and even hate.  Fear has it’s root in be afraid of not having enough or in not being enough.    “Set your affections on things above, and not on things on the Earth.”  (Colossians 3:2).  There are many good Christian books that can help you in overcoming fear.

“Worry Not” - “Therefore I say unto you.  Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, or for your body, what you shall wear…..” Matthew 6:25-34.

The main issue about worry is Do you believe God can take care of you?  Worry is about seeking things of tomorrow.  God wants you to seek Him today.  When you start to worry about tomorrow, begin to participate in God’s kingdom today.  There are things God needs for you to do for others today.

“Sin Not” - “I say unto you that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over 99 just persons which need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7).

 Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.  If God has shown you things that are wrong in your life, you need to stop.  God will forgive you of your past sins.  “And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.

“Judge Not” - “Judge not, that you will not be judged.”  (Matthew 7:1)

Two reasons that we judge other people are that we are either jealous or self righteous.
When we take the plank out of our eyes, we can see clearly to help others to be better to.

“Doubt Not” - “Have faith in God…and doubt not…” (Mark 11:22-23)  

You will never know what God would have done for and through you if you let doubt take you out.  Doubt asks: “Is it true?” and “Is it worth it?”  Those that know our Lord Jesus as their personal Savior should ask as Peter did: “Lord to whom can we go, You have the Words of Life?”. (John 6:68).

I hope this message will encourage you to focus your thoughts on your eternal future instead of the circumstances in our country or society.  We have little or no control over national or global events.  We do have however, control over our relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is our hope.

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the Lord”  (Psalm 31:24).