2009-08-09 John - Obedience

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009 – Rick opened welcoming Ms Lyndee back (Lyndee had struggled with a serious bout of pneumonia for the last three weeks).  He asked the boys to think about letting the Lord touch their heart this morning.  Make an effort to take the focus off of you and think about your relationship with Jesus Christ.  He led the boy in opening prayer and then Lyndee invited two young men to read from God’s Word:

1 Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Psalm 103:1-5 (New Living Translation) 

 

 5 For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. 6 But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven’ (to bring Christ down to earth). 7 And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” 8 In fact, it says,

   “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.”

   And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: 9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:5-13 (New Living Translation)

Lyndee invited Michael and James to the platform to be honored for successfully completing the Pegasus program.  They will be going home during the next week. Each young man gave a few words of personal testimony and encouragement and Ken prayed a blessing on Michael and James.

Lyndee led the boys in singing; “Magnify the Lord”, “The Mountains Tremble”, “I am a Friend of God” and “Above All”.

Ben came on the platform and began playing a quiet melody, allowing his audience to become still.  After a few moments he began singing “Jesus, Your Everything to Me” and then moving to “It’s My Desire” closing with “Your More Wonderful”.  It was a sweet time of worship.

CJ Solis interjected a short message about the purpose of the Pegasus ministry and why we were ministering God’s word and why the boys were listening.  He told the boys that like it or not they are going to grow up with or without God and when and if they finish the Pegasus program they will return to where they came from … with or without God.  Their success will be determined by how they make that choice.  He pleaded with them to make this the morning they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.   

Our morning speaker was John Herrara whose subject was “Obedience and Disobedience”.  John outlined the results of doing things my way … disobedience and doing things God’s way … obedience.  He spoke of a tragedy that had touched his life recently.  His father’s home, a central meeting place for his whole family for 30 years, was burned to the ground.  It was his obedience that gave him the right spirit during that loss and it was his spirit that raised the spirits of others in his family.

He spoke of the disobedience of Israel’s first king, Saul.  How God had given him specific instruction and he decided on his own to only partially obey.  Greed and lust caused Saul to disobey God over 3000 years ago and it is greed and lust that causes us today to disobey that same God.  That disobedience destroyed Saul’s reign and if we continue to do the same it will destroy our lives.

We cannot continue to ignore God’s commands without the results affecting our lives.  We must be careful of who we are in Christ.  We are his light and like it or not others are watching us.  It is obedience to God that produces blessing and disobedience that removes those blessings.  Obedience provides security and peace where disobedience produces fear and chaos.  Now is the time to decide to obey the Word of God!

John talked of the misfortune of his own upbringing and how it drove him to repeat the same sin that surrounded him during his early years finally resulting in imprisonment.  It was only when he receive Jesus Christ that his life changed direction.  He spoke of how those early years would have been so much easier if he had been enrolled in a program like Pegasus. 

John spoke of his love for the bible and how it had become the guiding light in his life.  It was in that word that he found the answer to so many of the problems of life.  It is that word that he dwelled day and night and it the word that brought him from disobedience to obedience. 

The real fight in your life begins when you finish this program.  It is then that we will find out what drives your life, obedience or disobedience! 

He closed thanking the boys for listening.  He considered it an honor to speak to them.
 

Ken closed with the Lord’s Prayer.