Kingdom Conversations with Randy Turpin

Rock Solid - Part 6

May 22, 2018 Season 1 Episode 23
Kingdom Conversations with Randy Turpin
Rock Solid - Part 6
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Kingdom Conversations with Randy Turpin
Rock Solid - Part 6
May 22, 2018 Season 1 Episode 23
Randy Turpin
Dr. Randy Turpin concludes his six-part series on the "rock solid" life.
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Kingdom Conversations - Episode 23. In this concluding teaching on the "rock solid" life, Dr. Randy Turpin talks about attitudes regarding prayer, material possessions, and the imperfections of others.
Speaker 1:
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Speaker 2:
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Hello everyone. This is Randy Turpin. Welcome once again to kingdom conversations. This is part six. The final part in a six part series I've been doing on the rock solid life. I'm talking about the teaching of Jesus, dealing with a life of stability as he presented it in the sermon on the Mount, Matthew Chapter Five, six and seven and in this sermon, just to jump right in, Jesus began it by talking about some essential attitudes in our life. You dealt with matters of the heart. He talked about our attitude regarding anger or attitude regarding sexual purity in marital fidelity. He talked about our attitude as it relates to truthfulness and our attitude toward our enemies. He talked about a humility and last week we covered what Jesus had to say about prayerfulness and certainly if we want a stable rock solid Christian life, we need to live a prayerful life.
Speaker 2:
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I'm not going to review all of that. Go back to last week's episode. You'll get the detailed teaching as it relates to prayerfulness. I'm going to fast forward a little bit in the sermon over to chapter seven verse seven. Matthew Chapter Seven verse seven and here is a short block of scripture that Jesus says a little bit more about prayer. Chapter Seven verse seven says, ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find knock and it will be open to you. Jesus is just simply saying here expecting answers to our prayers. It's, it's just a natural thing to expect that if you ask the expectation as you're going to receive, if you seek, you're going to find what it is you're looking for. If you knock while the expectation I'm knocking so that the door will be open and so it is in prayer.
Speaker 2:
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When we ask, we should ask with an expectation. When we seek, we should seek with an expectation. When we knock, wish it knock with an expectation that the thing we're asking for, the thing that we're looking for or seeking, the thing that we're persistent in even knocking the expectation is we're going to receive. That is the general expectation in prayer and Jesus seems to apply that we should have a persistence about it. So implied in the concept of knocking for everyone who asks, receives he who seeks, finds to him, who knocks it will be opened. Andrew Murray referred to this at this as the certainty of answered prayer and Jesus continues on in verse nine he says, what man is there among you? If his son asks for bread, will give him a stone or if he asks for a fish will give him a snake.
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If you then be an evil, know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more will your father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him, wow. Now Jesus has just trying to tap into the natural attitude of life that a father has toward his child, his son or his daughter. Now here's assuming that you've got a healthy father child relationship, but the general expectation is that a father is going to take care of a son or have a child who's asking of him and there's not any reluctance to give that which is good to the child. And a good father does not tease the child that if a son is asking for bread, I'm going to give him a rock or be asked for fish, going to give him a snake. No, the father in heaven, he's a much better father than any of us could ever be.
Speaker 2:
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Certainly he's going to give to his children that which is good for them. Now, how does this relate to what we just said about asking, seeking, and knocking? I sometimes run into this idea that, well, you know, if God doesn't answer your prayer right away, it might be a good indication that what you're asking for is not good for you. So you probably shouldn't, should not keep persisting on that because you know, eventually he may just give you what you're asking for and you may regret it as here Jesus is assuring us no, keep persisting in prayer. When God does answer what he gives you is going to be good. Now maybe the devil tries to throw in things at your life that are not good, but God is not going to bring into your life the things that steal from you. He is a good father.
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He loves his children. Okay. All right. I think that's a good way to wrap up this emphasis on prayer. We began it last week and I wanted to conclude it with that section out of Matthew seven verses seven through 12 today. Okay. Now we're going to rewind. Go back over into Matthew six or if you have your Bible open turn left and there's somewhere midway in the page or midway in the past in the passage land on verse 19 we're letting Matthew six verse 19 again, we're transitioning out of the topic of prayer and prayerfulness coming now to our attitude toward material things. This is essential to look at as it relates to the rock salted life. Isn't it true that a of what we're focused on in our lives, sometimes out of necessity is on material things we have to provide for our families.
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It seems as though money is essential thing. I'm not saying that riches are necessarily an essential thing, but money is an essential thing. We've got to have it for exchange for be able to function as we should in society. You know, issues of food and shelter and clothing are all things that we are focused upon to some degree. What Jesus talks about, our attitude toward these things. Jesus said in chapter six verse 19 do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break through and steal. Verse 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in nor steal for where your treasure is there where your heart be. Also, when I was a teenager, just before I graduated from high school, I cried out to God and as it, Oh God, what do you want me to do with my life?
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By all means, I do not want to give my best energies and life to those pursuits that terminate here in this life. I want to give my life to that which is eternal. I believe that is a desire that God put into my heart and I believe it is a desire that he has honored through the years and through out the years. No matter what I'm doing, whether it's working a job or doing something in ministry or the way that I go about building my family, whatever it is with an eternal perspective that what I'm laboring for is not just for the here and now. I am laying up treasure in heaven. Now, laying up treasure in heaven is not just about living our life in such a way that we get everything after we die. It's not just about dying and going to heaven and then getting our reward.
Speaker 2:
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No, heaven is a present reality. If we will live our lives and pursue things in life where the things that are on God's heart, on Heaven's heart are the priority in our lives, then we are laying up treasure in heaven and I believe we even draw upon that account from time to time as we live in a way that puts God first the things of heaven first. It just has a way of releasing to us what we need here in this life when we need it. Now if you are wondering, well, where is my heart? I want to make sure my heart truly is in the right place. We'll then give some focus to where you are laying your treasurer up. If you're constantly just focused on laboring for things that terminate here in this life, why not shift the focus? I'm going to start doing some things now sacrificially without any concern for what it's going to gain me in this world, and I'm going to do it in such a way that I'm laying up my treasure in heaven and not just on earth.
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Just watch and see the shift that would begin to happen in your life. Jesus taught us that our affection is to be up on heavenly things, not on earthly things, so your heart is going to follow your treasure as some have said it, your heart will follow your treasure if you're having a difficult time with the whole concept of tithing in the local church. It's a good example of what I'm talking about. Sometimes people, they all they'll, they'll just praise God and say Amen to all kinds of things preached in church. But the moment somebody starts talking about tithing or giving an offerings, they put up a wall. They resist that message. If you would just begin to obey God and maybe you don't even think it is a new testament commandment, at least hell of a sense of generosity, would you start releasing your earthly treasure to the Lord and begin to see what happens?
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Your heart will follow your treasure for where your treasure is there will your heart be also after all, as Jesus taught us here, the other things that we are pursuing, they are temporary. If it's clothing, hey moth eats up clothing. If it's, if it's to get a fancy car, rust will one day destroy that car. If it's to have a nice house, eight thieves can break through and still in your house, God forbid that happened than that happens to any of you. But that's the point. Jesus is making so many of the pursuits in life end up in loss and does not end up being of the substance that we thought it would be, but not so with heavenly treasure. Okay, let's move on and again, we can't cover every verse. Look at Matthew six verse 29 he continues with this thought, this attitude toward material things.
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He said no one can serve two masters for either he will hate one and love the other or else or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon or money. You cannot serve both God and money. I want to encourage you, do not serve money. Make money, serve you as you serve God. I want you to get that. You know so many people are in bondage to money. Usually it's to debt. You know what? I don't have a lot of money, but I'm sure have lots of debt. Well, hey, you're in bondage to mammon. You're still in bondage to money. Here's the thing I've found in life that the rich can have the attitude of if only I had more, the poor can have the attitude of if only I had it. Well, in either case you're serving money.
Speaker 2:
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If that's your attitude, serve God, and then with whatever resources you've got, make those resources. Serve God as well so you cannot serve both God and money, but make money serve you as you serve God. Does that make sense? I hope it does and he continues on this attitude toward material things. In verse 25 Jesus said, therefore I say to you, take no thought about your life, what you will eat or what you would drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. He's saying, don't worry about these things is not life more than food and the body than clothing. Look at the birds of the air. They do not sow nor do they reap nor gather into barns. Yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much better than day? Who among you by taking thought can add a cubit to his stature?
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I'm going to pause here just to say that it's almost like you don't even have to ask God to meet your natural needs because God, your father cares for you more than even cares for the birds and look at the birds he's always providing for them. Certainly he'll provide for you. Reading on in Verse 28 why take thought about clothing. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither work, nor do they spin. Yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. Therefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is here and tomorrow's thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you? Oh you of little faith. Therefore take no thought saying, what shall we eat or what shall we drink or what shall we wear for the gentiles seek after all these things.
Speaker 2:
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In other words, he's saying, if you're just caught up in worry worrying about all of these needs being met, then you're acting just like a heathen. The gentiles. Act like that for your heavenly father knows that you have need of all these things. Now, here's a key, verse 33 but seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be given to you. Therefore, take no thought or don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow would take thought about the things that itself. I'm going to back up to verse 33 seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things. All these things you need. All these material things you need will be given to you seeking first the kingdom. Hey, I think this comes down to something very practical. What's the first thing that you think about in the morning when you wake up? Seek first his kingdom.
Speaker 2:
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Why not begin your day even before you get out of bed at the moment your eyes open with a thank you Jesus for another day to live today. I want to live for your glory, for the sake of your kingdom. What are we going to do today? Holy Spirit to bring glory to Jesus, the son into God the father, and live your day with an expectation that God is going to make a way for you to fulfill your kingdom purpose in every day that you live making the Kingdom of Heaven your priority. Here's what I found. Whenever I make his kingdom I priority in my life. Whenever I make right living a priority in my life, he sees to it that all things that I need are given to me. Generally speaking, if the provision does not fall in line with my life, then I have to stop and take inventory because more likely than not, I have missed it somewhere.
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It's not that God has missed it, it's that somewhere my priority is off. So what we've seen here at the conclusion of chapter six is a one summary teaching, dealing with our attitude toward material things and I know I rushed through that. I want to encourage you as you're in pursuit of a life of stability. Go back through those verses there in chapter six and see what more the Lord will want to say to you as it relates to your attitude toward material things. Now as we move into chapter seven verse one Jesus deals with our attitudes toward the imperfections of others. Jesus said in Matthew seven one judge, not that you be not judged for with what judgment you judge, you will be judged. In other words, if you're using a measuring stick to measure other people, that same measuring stick is going to be used on your life and with the measure you use, it will be measured again for you first three and why do you see the Spec or gaze upon the Spec that is in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank that is in your own eye.
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Wow, those are some pretty heavy stuff. Stay with me here or how will you say to your brother, let me pull the Spec out of your eye. When a log is in your own eye, you hypocrite. First, take the plank out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the spec out of your brother's eye. Now, I have taught on this extensively in a previous teaching, so I'm a little reluctant to get into it in great detail, but I don't want you to miss it if you haven't heard me deliver a teaching on this before they, this whole issue of specs in the eyes of other people. Now, any of us, if we get a piece of Sawdust or something like that in our eye, it is going to impair our vision. We're going to be totally distracted by that Spec until somehow we get it out.
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Now, if you see another brother or sister in Christ with a metaphorical Spec in their eyes, something that is hindering their spiritual vision, it is an imperfection in their life. It is something that's gone wrong in their life. Maybe it's a sin, maybe it's something they've done. Maybe it's something someone has done to them, but yet it has placed them in this lessened capacity to live a life that pleases God. Whatever it is, it's called a SPEC and their eye. First of all, we need to know it is God's will for us to help one another to get out of our lives. Those things that are impairing our spiritual vision. It is God's will first, I help one another to get the specs out of one another's eyes, but there is a preparation needed in our own heart before we attempt to do that. You see, I do believe this is what Jesus is saying here.
Speaker 2:
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You have to really meditate on this a bit to really grasp that message, but here's the thing, before we are qualified to help someone else remove those impairments from their life or more specifically those impairments out of their spiritual vision, we first need to take care of the things in our own life that may be impairing our spiritual vision and we need to treat those things in our life as though they are bigger and more severe than whatever our brother or sister's dealing with. Here's the thing. As we attempt to remove the log, as Jesus said, the beam, the plank out of our own eye. We will then recognize how difficult it is to remove those problems, to remove those sins, to remove those imperfections, to remove what the whatever it is that's pairing our spiritual vision. It's as we try to improve ourselves, sanctify ourselves in these areas that we recognize.
Speaker 2:
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We can't do this alone. We need help. We need mercy. When we recognize our own need for help, when we recognize our own need for mercy and sometimes even weep over our own sins and faults in hindrances, it's then through the tears of that realization that our eyes are opened enough to be able to see clearly to help someone else. In other words, it's not until we recognize our own need for mercy that we are ready to minister with mercy into the lives of others. Have you ever thought about that before? That that is a powerful concept. I want you to reread this passage in Matthew seven verses one through five. With that in mind that Jesus is really saying to us, take care of the plank. That's in your own eye and then you'll see clearly to help someone else get the speck out of their eye.
Speaker 2:
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What he's saying here is embrace the mercy of God that you need in your life as a preparation for ministry and His mercy to others. Wow. Wow. Wow. When that first hit me a number of years ago, I thought, wow, Jesus. Is that what you're really saying here? I believe it is. Okay. We're going to start bringing this in for a landing. Now. Moving on in Chapter Seven of Matthew to verse 13 Jesus said, enter at the narrow gate. I believe he's talking about entering into the things of the Kingdom of heaven. Enter it. The narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction. There are many who are going through it through that wide and broad way. Many are going that direction because small is the gate and narrows the way which leads to life and there are few who find it.
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In other words, don't go with the crowd in life you want. Not only is it an unstable life, but it's a path that leads to destruction. If you're just going with the crowd, if you're going with popular opinion, if it's all a majority rules and everything in life, when most people in survey say this, so that must be true. That is not true. The way of the cross is the, is the way that is seldom taken. It is the chosen few. It's a narrow gate. Okay? I believe the Lord wants a multitude of people to be saved, but for some reason many people reject this gospel and do not go that way. Be sure to follow Jesus, my friends, Jesus is the way. He is the truth. He is the life. No Man comes to the father, but by him. So we gotta think of it that narrow is the gate.
Speaker 2:
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Okay? Narrows the gate and narrows the way that leads to life, eternal life. And there are a few that find it. Now, the way I look at it, it really simplifies life a lot. It simplifies life a lot if we're taking the narrow path. Why do you say that Dr Turpin? Well, the broad path there a kazillion different ways to live that life, but then narrow path. It's a path of following Jesus one step at a time. In fact, the only way you can get to that they're very narrow passage in front of you is by getting right behind Jesus Christ in walking with him a step at a time. This life does not need to be complicated. Just simply follow Jesus. The final teaching or the final two teachings that Jesus gets into here related to the Kingdom of Heaven. In the sermon on the mount, verse 15 he said, beware of false prophets.
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Beware of false prophets who come to you looking, they're good people. They're in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they're ravenous, ravenous wolves. He said, you will know them by their fruit and skipping on down to verse 20 says, by their fruit, you will know them. You know they'll buy maybe many people calming with I claim to have a gospel, but my friends look at the fruit of their lives. What are they producing out of their lives? It is by looking at their fruit that you will know them. Look in the book of Galatians or what it has to say about the fruit of the spirit. If you do not see the fruit of the spirit in the life of someone that claims to be a teacher of truth, then you need to run away from that person. That is not someone you need to follow. But if you see the fruit of the spirit in their life and the declaring the truth contained in this Gospel, then that is somebody that you can follow.
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You can heed their teaching. Okay, so we move on to verse 21 and we're coming in toward a landing here. Jesus said, not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, done many wonderful works in your name, but then I will declare to them, I never knew you depart from me you who practice evil. Now, those of you who follow my ministry long enough, you'd know that I'm, I strongly teach that Jesus taught that we are to expect signs, wonders, and miracles in our ministries and in our lives, and Jesus is not here condemning the miraculous. No, he very much encourages that inner life, the supernatural in other places in the Gospel.
Speaker 2:
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But here he is saying that not everyone who comes claiming to have signs, wonders and miracles as necessarily from me. Some have claimed to prophesize my name, some have claimed that cast out demons and do all kinds of wonderful works in my name, but are they doing my will? Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom, but he who does the will of my father who is in heaven. That's the defining characteristic. Are they doing the will of the father? Is the fruit of their life good? Are they living their life on the straight and narrow way or are they on the broad way? Are they teaching a Gospel, a perverted gospel of grace that claims, well, everybody's going to get through eventually. Well, that's not so. It's not what Jesus taught my friends. We've got to heed in these last days the words of Jesus that keep us on the straight and narrow way.
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The words of Jesus that keep us bearing fruit, that are in keeping with his personality, his character, his spirit. Okay, so just because somebody says, Lord, Lord, or claims that Jesus is Lord is not, does not necessarily mean that there's someone that where the heat, all right, well and then Jesus closes all of this and he says, whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them of, I liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock and the rain descended. The floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house and it did not fall for it was founded on a rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does not do them will be likened to a foolish man who built his house on the sand and the rain descended. The floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house and it fell and its fall was great. And chapter seven closes with these words. When Jesus finished these sayings, the people were astonished at his teaching for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. Well, my friends, thanks
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good for joining me for this six part series on the rock solid life. Join me next week here on kingdom conversations when we will continue to ponder the wonderful truths of God's kingdom. God bless you.
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