Don't Take God for Granted

Posted on 09/16/2018 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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IN HIS HANDS
Original Music and Lyrics by Obie Philpot
Edits and Additions by Benjamin R. Faust

He has the whole world in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands

So why should we worry
and why should we fear
When our Heavenly Daddy
is always so near
He is near
He's so near
He's right here!

He has my brothers and my sisters in His hands
He has my brothers and my sisters in His hands
He has my brothers and my sisters in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands

He has the little bitty baby in His hands
He has the widow and the orphan in His hands
He has the business man and beggar in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands

He has the rivers and the mountains in His hands
He has the oceans and the valleys in His hands
He has the seasons and the ages in His hands
He has the whole world in His hands


REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS
by Anonymous
addition lyrics by Benjamin Faust

Rejoice in the Lord always
and again I say rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always
and again I say rejoice!

Rejoice, rejoice
and again I say rejoice!
Rejoice, rejoice
and again I say rejoice!

This is the day that the Lord has made
I will rejoice and be glad today
In His Presence is the fullness of His Joy complete
so I come and I lay my troubles and cares at the Master's feet

Not height, not depth, not the shadow of death
can ever separate me from how He Loves me with
His Joy that's overflowing as it's bubbling up
Rejoicing is the wine of God that's filling my cup


FAIREST LORD JESUS
lyrics by Munster Gesangbuch
music by Schlesische Volkslieder

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.


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Father God, thank You for this wonderful day because You made it. You brought us here to this place to be in Your presence. It isn’t about the songs that are sung or even the words I say, but ALL about You. I ask that we place our trust, our hope, our faith in You. I ask that we focus all our attention on You as we continue this service. I ask this in the name that is above every name, the name of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world. In His name I pray, Amen!

Today I am doing a fireside chat. I have titled it “Don’t Take God For Granted.” I did a google search and found that one definition of the phrase “take for granted” means to use, accept, or treat in a careless or indifferent manner.

I don’t know about you all, but there have been times that I have taken people or things for granted. I will give examples.

When you go to turn the water on in the kitchen sink, you take for granted that water will come out. Yesterday, water did not come out of our facets for most of the day. It made me think about what I take for granted or things I could take for granted.

What about when you turn on a light switch? You take for granted the electricity will turn on the light.
How about seeing the sun in the sky...or the birds...or clouds...being able to see.We take that for granted.

Being able to hear. We take that for granted.

Being able to touch. We take that for granted.

Being able to smell. We take that for granted.

Being able to taste. We take that for granted.

Having someone with us always. We believe they will always be there. Then, something happens. They moved. They can no longer contact us. They passed away. We take people for granted. Don’t do that! Spend time with those you hold dear. They may not be there tomorrow.

Each breath we take. Each heartbeat that our hearts pump. All the different functions our bodies do to keep us alive. We take for granted that our bodies will work properly. There will come a time for even our bodies to be worn down.

And then the main one. We take God for granted. We say “God will take care of me” and we sin or we are careless. We walk into danger without asking God if we should. We are careless with God and all His ways. We don’t fully understand what it means for Him to love and care for us. We have forgotten what happened thousands of years ago. Was His sacrifice so small that we are careless with the life He gave us because He gave us eternal life? Did His blood mean so little we treat it like dirt?

Let us not take things for granted. Let us not take people for granted. Let us not take Jesus and His sacrifice for granted. Let us not take anything for granted.

God holds out Life to us all. We either take it or leave it. We can not stand in the middle thinking about it for eternity. There will come a time that we will have to choose. What will you choose?

Before we have the altar call, I want to share something. I saw a post on Facebook about how Jesus’ sacrifice wasn’t His all or that important because He knew He would rise from the dead. I did not reply, but I do have a reply for that post. If that is true, that Jesus’ sacrifice wasn’t His all….His everything or not very important, then why did He do it? It wasn’t like He held anything back. He DIED. ALL of His blood was shed. He kept nothing back. So what if He knew He would rise. It did not negate His sacrifice in my eyes.

This is the reason I am doing this fireside chat. It seems that the person who posted that comment on Facebook, has possibly taken Jesus for granted. How can one say that Jesus’ sacrifice was this or that if they see Jesus for Who He is. I see Jesus as Messiah, the Savior of the world. He defeated Hell and the grave with His death on the cross. There is no other way to God, but to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

I tell you, my friends, Jesus is real. Jesus has indeed died for us. He did rise from the dead. He is alive. He is coming back. Are you ready?

Now, we will do the altar call. I want you to think about what you take for granted. Do you need to ask God forgiveness for taking Him for granted? Don’t wait. Do it now. If you want, you can come to the altar or stay at your seat. Talk to Him. He’s waiting.

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After this time at the altar, you are free to leave.

You are all invited to join us for a time of fellowship in the room up the stairs to your left.

May God Bless You this week.
May He bring about all of us being more mindful of those things and people in which we take them for granted, and show us how to cherish them all.