Message recorded 19 January 2014
John Dugas – Grace Bible Church Tulsa
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If you would turn within your Bibles to Hebrews chapter 12 Hebrews 12 and will be looking this morning in verse 15, when we were in Russia that 11 years ago our translator also was sort of true guy taking us around showing us the countryside around the city from the city in which her daughters were born in one place. She took God's was a very somber solemn place. It was a memorial to 12,000 people who had been murdered under the regime of Joseph Stalin was a mass murderer. We hear about a different places in the world and their brains were. It was at the place where a middle of nowhere they had just married them alone the biggest three different mass graves and were walking through his moral and everything about it was symbolic, and she was explaining to us what the various symbols meant and what the things they had a common shrub growing around in this kind of a park type area and it was a rather pretty shrub is similar to something, we might have like a sumac or something. I had these gorgeous orange red berries were beautiful and she walks over to the shrub and she tells us that these berries symbolize the Russians life because sometimes it life can look beautiful on the outside and she picked up was berries off she said, but when he tasted. She ate he tasted her Russian accent. She said life is Peter life is better to right. It's full of bitterness our lives are filled with relationships with sinners can avoid we have expectations for each other. They going man we heard each other. We let each other down. We bite and devour each other our hopes and dreams get bashed pieces why oh why would we harbor such a nasty evil in her heart when we cherish bitterness. The weighted week will the reason we do is that we learn from Romans seven that we have within us. Still, even though we are redeemed. We have this principle, assume that still exists in us that principle sin once it's what it demands that everything goes our way. What happens when it doesn't when things don't go our way. Boils and bubbles on the surface. If it's not dealt with it can and very often does lead to apostasy. This is a form of sinful anger it infects others like a contagious disease that can spread from one person to another and was so sad is that bitterness can even spread among those people who were supposed to be no for loving one another follow with misery Hebrews 12 and will back up to verse 12. The writer says, after talking about God's discipline and in training of his people, his children because he loves them in knowing the effects of that those things will have those serious trials in life, he says. Therefore strengthen the hands that are weak in the knees that are feeble and make straight paths for your feet so that the land which is weighing may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed pursue peace with all men and pursue the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord to do that no one come short of the grace of God and the root of bitterness springing up causes trouble in yet many be defiled that there be no immoral are godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal for you know that even afterwards, when he desire to inherit a blessing is rejected for he found no place for repentance that we sought for it to verse 15 is actually a continuation of the sentence that began in verse 14. And so the the verb in verse 14 pursue that that intense action. We talked about last week is exited the main verb here in the participles that we find in verses 15 1617 are 1516 in the explanation 17 that those three verbal elements those actions serve they modify. They tell us how to carry out this pursuing work in verse 14 so he's basically saying pursue peace pursue holiness seeing to it that many gives us three. That's the norm come short of the grace of God and the root of bitterness grows up that there be no immoral are godless person like Esau look at the first two of those today I was save verse 1617 that last one because of the issues with it and the seriousness of it will save it for next time
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