East, West And The True God

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Pastor Elio Marrocco's "East, West And The True God" sermon at New Life Christian Church on September 13, 2013. You can learn more about New Life Christian Church here: http://www.newlifecc.ca

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East, West And The True God

  1. 1. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD
  2. 2. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Numbers 16:22 He is "…the God of the spirits of all mankind"
  3. 3. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD He Is the God of the Bible
  4. 4. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD But if we use only these standards for finding out what God is like, we are left wondering which parts of nature and man show us God, and which parts show us something else.
  5. 5. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD He Is Not a God Made by Man.
  6. 6. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Then what will a person do if he is empty inside but does not want to change his selfish ways in order to find God?
  7. 7. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD When a man refuses to serve the true God and creates his own, that god will reflect his own sick mind.
  8. 8. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Romans 1:20-25 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities— his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God…
  9. 9. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Romans 1:20-25 … 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
  10. 10. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Romans 1:20-25 …22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired…
  11. 11. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Romans 1:20-25 … As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
  12. 12. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD No western civilization ever created a god which came up to the Bible picture of God— the wonderful, unselfishly loving, infinite Creator.
  13. 13. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD God became the "Infinite Everything, the Cosmic Ultimate, the Oneness of All."
  14. 14. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 Many years later King Belshazzar gave a great feast for 1,000 of his nobles, and he drank wine with them. 2 While Belshazzar was drinking the wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver cups that his predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar, had taken from the Temple in Jerusalem...
  15. 15. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 ... He wanted to drink from them with his nobles, his wives, and his concubines. 3 So they brought these gold cups taken from the Temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.4 While they drank from them they praised their idols made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone…
  16. 16. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 ... 5 Suddenly, they saw the fingers of a human hand writing on the plaster wall of the king’s palace, near the lampstand. The king himself saw the hand as it wrote, 6 and his face turned pale with fright. His knees knocked together in fear and his legs gave way beneath him…
  17. 17. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 ... 7 The king shouted for the enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers to be brought before him. He said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever can read this writing and tell me what it means will be dressed in purple robes of royal honor and will have a gold chain placed around his neck. He will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom!”
  18. 18. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 ... 8 But when all the king’s wise men had come in, none of them could read the writing or tell him what it meant. 9 So the king grew even more alarmed, and his face turned pale. His nobles, too, were shaken. 10 But when the queen mother heard what was happening, she hurried to the banquet hall…
  19. 19. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 … She said to Belshazzar, “Long live the king! Don’t be so pale and frightened. 11 There is a man in your kingdom who has within him the spirit of the holy gods. During Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, this man was found to have insight, understanding, and wisdom like that of the gods…
  20. 20. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 … Your predecessor, the king—your predecessor King Nebuchadnezzar— made him chief over all the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and fortune- tellers of Babylon.12 This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding…
  21. 21. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 …He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.” 13 So Daniel was brought in before the king. The king asked him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles brought from Judah by my predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar?...
  22. 22. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 …14 I have heard that you have the spirit of the gods within you and that you are filled with insight, understanding, and wisdom. 15 My wise men and enchanters have tried to read the words on the wall and tell me their meaning, but they cannot do it.16 I am told that you can give interpretations and solve difficult problems…
  23. 23. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 … If you can read these words and tell me their meaning, you will be clothed in purple robes of royal honor, and you will have a gold chain placed around your neck. You will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom.” 17 Daniel answered the king, “Keep your gifts or give them to someone else, but I will tell you what the writing means…
  24. 24. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 … 18 Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, majesty, glory, and honor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar. 19 He made him so great that people of all races and nations and languages trembled before him in fear. He killed those he wanted to kill and spared those he wanted to spare…
  25. 25. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 …He honored those he wanted to honor and disgraced those he wanted to disgrace. 20 But when his heart and mind were puffed up with arrogance, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. 21 He was driven from human society. He was given the mind of a wild animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys...
  26. 26. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 … He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone he desires to rule over them. 22 “You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself…
  27. 27. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 … 23 For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone— gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all…
  28. 28. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 … But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny!24 So God has sent this hand to write this message. 25 “This is the message that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. 26 This is what these words mean: Mene means ‘numbered’— God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end…
  29. 29. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 …27 Tekel means ‘weighed’—you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up. 28 Parsin means ‘divided’— your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” 29 Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was dressed in purple robes, a gold chain was hung around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom...
  30. 30. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD DANIEL 5 … 30 That very night Belshazzar, the Babylonianking, was killed, 31 And Darius the Mede took over the kingdom at the age of sixty-two.
  31. 31. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Mene means ‘numbered’—God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end.
  32. 32. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD 27 Tekel means ‘weighed’—you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up.
  33. 33. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD We depend upon God for our very breath. He is the one who sustains our life, and determines our days.
  34. 34. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Those muscles that are vital for continuation of life, God has left under His control.
  35. 35. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD 27 Tekel means ‘weighed’—you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up.
  36. 36. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Fair or not is not a judgment that you are privileged to make. That is the way it is.
  37. 37. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Jesus Christ is the only righteousness that the Father accepts!
  38. 38. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD That is the very reason that God made provision to assign/accredit to you the righteousness of Jesus Christ by your simple faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
  39. 39. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD "Those things that were gain for me (The things that I was putting on the scales.) I counted loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and do count them as refuse, that I may know Him and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but the righteousness which is by Christ through faith."
  40. 40. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD 28 Parsinmeans ‘divided’—your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
  41. 41. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD "You fool, this night your soul will be required of you, and then who shall possess your riches?"
  42. 42. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD He is not the finite, selfish tribe of western gods. He is not the impersonal, ultimate force of eastern ideas.
  43. 43. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Isaiah 40:9-31 ‘O Zion, messenger of good news, shout from the mountaintops! Shout it louder, O Jerusalem.Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, “Your God is coming!” 10 Yes, the Sovereign LORD is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes…
  44. 44. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Isaiah 40:9-31 …11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. The LORD Has No Equal 12 Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?..
  45. 45. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Isaiah 40:9-31 … 13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him? 14 Has the LORD ever needed anyone’s advice? Does he need instruction about what is good? Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice?15 No, for all the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket…
  46. 46. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Isaiah 40:9-31 … They are nothing more than dust on the scales. He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand. 16 All the wood in Lebanon’s forests and all Lebanon’s animals would not be enough to make a burnt offering worthy of our God. 17 The nations of the world are worth nothing to him. In his eyes they count for less than nothing— mere emptiness and froth…
  47. 47. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Isaiah 40:9-31 … 18 To whom can you compare God? What image can you find to resemble him? 19 Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains? 20 Or if people are too poor for that, they might at least choose wood that won’t decay and a skilled craftsman to carve an image that won’t fall down! …
  48. 48. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Isaiah 40:9-31 … 21 Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand? Are you deaf to the words of God— the words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant? 22 God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him! He spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them…
  49. 49. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Isaiah 40:9-31 … 23 He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing. 24 They hardly get started, barely taking root, when he blows on them and they wither. The wind carries them off like chaff. 25 “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. 26 Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? …
  50. 50. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Isaiah 40:9-31 … He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. 27 O Jacob, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? 28 Have you never heard? Have you never understood?...
  51. 51. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Isaiah 40:9-31 ... The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. 30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion…
  52. 52. EAST, WEST, AND THE TRUE GOD Isaiah 40:9-31 ... 31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

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