A Mini-Sermon From Pastor Walker:
Great Things He Has Done
I Sam. 12:24 says, “Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things He hath done for you.” The word “consider” is a very important word that comes from a word that means “to take heed.” Consider implies that what is to be considered should not be missed or overlooked. How often we overlook what we should consider! We can all agree that no matter what comes our way in life, the Lord has done great things for us.
I. A Fear That Should Not Be Abandoned- In v.24 we see the words, “Only fear the Lord.” Fear has to do with a reverential awe in light of God’s holiness, power and authority. The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom(Ps.111:10). Fear the Lord to be wise. Noah feared the Lord and built an ark (Heb. 11:7). Abraham feared the Lord and was willing to take his son to Moriah to offer him as a sacrifice (Gen.22:12). The midwives of Egypt feared the Lord and refused to take the lives of the Hebrew babies (Ex.1:17,21). Obadiah feared the Lord and sheltered one hundred prophets against the wrath of Jezebel. Never abandon the fear of the Lord in your life.
II. A Service That Should Not Be Neglected- We should serve the Lord in two main ways given in our text. Serve him in truth. That means to serve him honestly with no deception or pretense. So many try to serve the Lord and fail to be honest in their dealings and in what they say. We are also to serve the Lord with all of our heart. Israel was accused of having “divided hearts” in Hosea 10:1,2. They could not seem to make up their mind whether they were going to be totally consecrated to the true and living God, or whether or not they were going to serve idol gods. Christians should serve the Lord, not the evil world system that is around us, the Devil or ourselves. If you fail to wholly serve the Lord in truth, you will one day regret it.
III. A Consideration That Should Not Be Avoided- We should think about the great things the Lord has done for us in many ways. Physically He has given us life, and the degree of health we have for daily living. Mentally he has given his children the capability to learn and retain knowledge. Socially he has blessed us with a family and with a good church family. Spiritually, he has blessed us with salvation, forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
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