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May 24, 2022 8:00 am
Welcome to this edition of PowerPoint with Jack Graham a little later in the program will tell you how you can get a copy of Dr. Graham's book man of God first hears the message a life well lived Psalm 78 Would You Hold Your Pl. there and then find acts in the New Testament, the book of acts chapter 13 and their two sentences regarding David and his leadership that truly define his life. What is in the passage of the Psalms is a a description of the definition really his life and the other is true is really an epitaph at the close of his life, how he lived his life and the legacy that he lived in so we look at both of these passages and apply them to us. Look at verse 70 of Psalm 78.
I'm reading from the new living translation and the number quoted from the King James in just a moment.
Verse 17 says he chose his servant David calling him from the sheet pans member that he did look the part that he had the heart. He was a man after God's own heart and God and set aside. Saul and chose David to lead the nation. He took David pretending the use of lands and made him the shepherd of Jacob send. He cared for them to watch this verse 70. He shepherded them or he cared for them with a true heart.
Your Bible probably set uses the word integrity.
He shepherded them. He cared for them with the integrity of his heart, so he had integrity in this speaks of his character. Every leader, whether you're leaving your family are leaving in the church are leading in the community leading in your office.
Every leader must ultimately be a man of in integrity, character is the issue and credibility more important than competence. Though competence is certainly important. More important than education more important than preparation. All these things are good, but without the energy without the integrity to put it all together at the core, then leadership fails, it is character that brings a man to his moment, and to the opportunity of a lifetime.
So he cared for them with a true heart.
The heart of integrity and he led them with skillful hands with the integrity of his heart and the skill fullness of his hands. That would be a wonderful thing for your life. It would be a powerful theme for your business, that what we do we do with character and we do with confidence, character is the integrity of heart. Competence is the skill fullness of our hands now hold your place there and let's look at the book of acts chapter 13.
Maybe you been wondering why is David called a man after God's own heart.
He was a man who made mistakes. We saw that last time did he certainly was a perfect man, but he was God's man. He was a man who had a heart for him, heart for the Lord and the sinners, we just read in Psalm 78, and the sinners that were about to read in acts chapter 13 really shows us why God called him a man after my own heart.
Verse 36 says no this is not a reference to David for David had served his generation. Note that word served, had served his generation. According to the will of God and he died and was buried in his body became the King James puts it this way, David served his generation. According to the purpose of God, and he fell asleep and sleep is often used in the Scripture to describe the death of the follower of Christ, the believer is like going to sleep and waking up in the presence of God is nothing to fear about death. When you walk with Christ and that David was a man who served his generation. According to the purposes of God. And when it came time to exit the checked out and went on to his reward, and this is forever stamp to the life of this great man David dedicated his life to serving God. All of his days as a young boy as a teenager I champion with Goliath through his days as a fugitive running on fleeing from Saul and when he was exalted to the kingdom. All of his day. He expressed his love for God by serving people and doing God's will. This is the legacy that lives. A lot of talk today about legacy, but that's a good thing because more and more we are realizing that the life we live is not within the span of 70 years plus for my but the life that we live influences generations to come.
You know, I really can't change. You can't change the past generation. Nor can you really change what happens in the future though. You can influence, but what you can do is what David did and that is to serve God in your generation. This generation. This 21st century world in which we live.
What a great time to be alive. What a great time to serve God. What a wonderful time to be alive in Christ and to make a difference in this world. In spite of the challenges fry the crisis in our world this there's never been a better time to live for Jesus than right now.
There's never been a better time to serve our generation in following Christ and today you know there are three important days in every man's life. The first important day is the day you were born in God me that day and planned that day and put you in this world for his purpose. The second great day in your life is when you are born again. When you are born again.
Amen. I mean, when you come to know faith in Jesus Christ and personal way. When your life is transformed by the grace of God. When Jesus comes to live in you when he becomes more than a religious experience but rather a relational experience, and you know God. Jesus is not someone we simply know about. He is someone we know he has changed us and he is changing us by his love and by the power of his spirit and the second day, the most important day in your life is the day you work born again but the third most important day in your life is the day you begin understanding why you were born and why you were born again why you are here. Why didn't God just save you and take you straight to heaven. Why didn't God save you and why doesn't he just go ahead and rapture his church well. God has a purpose and God has a plan is called his will and justice David served the will. The purpose of God in his life what God wants you to do is to discover and then do the will of God for your life. This will develop a great heart. The heart of a champion that you can do the eternal serve God in this generation. In a practical way that you can make a difference, which is in time and which is timeless and that the impact of your life can truly affect eternity. These two sentences define a life well lived that you know you can live your life with a small heart you know when you live your life with with a small heart to close off your heart, it minimizes struggles and sorrows in your life but you would never know if you have a small heart joy in the greatness of doing something significant with your life with your heart so you can live your entire life with a small heart scribbling heart, or you can live your life like David with the service heart and it is the service heart that is a great heart for God you can be vulnerable and available and usable to God, you can cultivate and nurture your heart and that is what we would call a champion man find your heart for God.
David did and he laid it all out, he was unwilling to play it safe in the shepherd field. He came out of the shepherd field called by God and became a great champion in King.
You can call them many things you can describe David in many ways, he was a he was a shepherd. He was a senior Islamist.
He was a a a soldier. He was a statesman but ultimately when it came time to define his life.
He was a serve serve God in his generation. According to the purpose of God's small hearted people play the same God hearted people, the God heart. The giant hearted man for him. You are listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham and today's message life well written. Our world desperately needs men of God strong man who model gentleness lead with humility and speak the truth in love, we want to help you identify the traits of a real man of God by sending you Dr. Jack Graham's insightful book man of God. Our thanks for your gift today Internet Dr. Graham gives you biblical insights to what a true man of God looks like. To his spouse, his family and the world. This is the last week of this office a call today: 800-7954 627-1800 795-4627. You can also text PowerPoint to 59789 and don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org where you can shop our E store.
Give a gift online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotional our website again is Jack Graham.Archie a life well lived. David become a great hearted man. He served according to the will of the purposes of God, you, we need you. We were put on earth to invest in eternity. I don't miss that statement you were placed here to invest in eternity to live and give your life for God's purpose for a higher purpose for a holy purpose no way to get the most out of life is to give and to put the most into life are two kinds of people in the world. There the givers and the takers and if you spend your life being a taker reading God's air and taking up God's face and not fulfilling God's purpose. You have missed the meaning of life. If you're just taking and taking and taking it as a sign of immaturity know my dad was a very common man. He was born in 1914 and he came through course the great generation became through the depression years when he was a young man he went to work for the CCC, the civilian conservation Corps.
He was such a great man like my father eat my dad never made. I'm sure he never made more for $500 a month in his life during the war to the second war war. He was to be was a little too old to go to battle so he volunteered and he was. He worked for the fire department in Little Rock for the Air Force Base. There is a fireman. He gave so much to my brother and I he was a Christian man who love the Lord and and he taught us that life was about serving.
What about yourself. It's about serving God and serving others and would you know when your little kid, you want everything my dad. He would sing these crazy songs that he made up a song he wrote it on a yellow pad when they call gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme dedicated it to me and it was it was spotty and he would laugh every time I get will be tugging on his coat and the in the Western auto store in Conway Arkansas.
He said gimme gimme gimme and he was that he was a big man. When we got to eat. He figured out how to how to how to beat me down on this thing we would go once a week to watch. For that we moved over there.
He actually came up with a game he knew I was competitive so he figured out again and he said what we can do today we go to the cafeteria line as we go see who can can have the lowest check I decide to have the lowest check but too many people live their lives with that attitude. Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme got there hand held out and say give me serve me, touch me, love me as a small hearted self hearted person.
God didn't put us here to take God put us here to give a person with David's heart.
A person with a heart for God person with a great are the champions heart has learned to give something back to put more into life and you take out you were saved to serve you were saved to serve God and why do we serve out of compulsion, no out of gratitude for what Christ has done for us. We have been gloriously delivered from sinful death and certain death and eternal dad is why Paul said in Romans 12 verses one into said after describing our great salvation and all those great chapters early on in Romans he says therefore present your bodies as a living sacrifice wholly acceptable in the God which is your reasonable service. No be transformed by the world, but be transformed. Don't conform right into the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind in Jesus Christ.
He said do all this. Why, he said, I beseech you, I beg you, brothers, because of the mercies of God, because of God's mercy on your life because of what God is given you because of the cross because of his live because of the price that is paid out of deep gratitude, we serve him save heart wants to serve the one who made life possible, and eternal life possible. Now I think many guys misunderstand service and ministry.
We talk about being called in the ministry. You know that Tyson said that David was called out of the shepherd's field. He was called out on the shepherds field. The shepherd Israel well David, he was a preacher he wasn't a prophet. He was a shepherd. He smelled like she was an agricultural guy, but he had a great heart and God used them. So what I want to say is that you are called, even as David was called every Christian has a ministry for Jesus Christ, you are called to the ministry and what ever your career is whatever you do to earn a living. What you do to earn a living is simply in support of what God has called you to do and that is serve him served by the will of God means that God has a will for every life he wants you to know it and find it and fulfill it and regardless of your chosen path in life. Your chosen call in life is to serve God.
God has a mission for you. So why I can't do much I I'm not really prepared to be a servant of God. Don't insult God by saying you can't use you. The Bible tells us that we are all members of the body of Christ and every member of the body has a function summer are seeing some are unseen summer public summer personal and private, but every man has a ministry in Christ. Every member of the body as a function in the church. There are no small jobs in the service of the key.
If the king as she to do it. I guarantee you it's important, and is a big job and what we'll be doing instead of worrying about well I don't have a big job. What we need to do is little jobs in a big way for God to do it with all our hearts. Why because members of the body. Members of the church.
We are not spectators.
We are servants of God.
Too many sit around in churches.
They minister to me, serve me, bless me, touch me, love me, visit me. Help me. Too often churches are audiences rather than armies for God. David serve God in his own generation, the heart of the Christian. The heart of a champion is to share and show the love of God and also you don't have time to get itů Is given you as much time is given the president of the United States is watch works just like yours and we can all serve as a David guy.
He did the will of God he died he left a legacy behind other living thing and at the end of our lives. Every one of us are going to stand before God in our lives are going to be evaluated to be evaluated on the basis of what did you do with the life I gave you what did you do with the salvation that I graced to you and you we will be rewarded on the basis of what our service are ministry that's clear in the Scripture. And when we are evaluated.
This is not our evaluation as to whether we are saved or not, but it is the evaluation of our service.
What you have done for Christ. Why you have done and how you've done it, and what you did what you may not have done your David had in his heart to do something he wanted to build the temple he really wanted to build this great and glorious temple to the glory of God. They live in this tabernacle and worship in the tabernacle for the centuries. David wanted to build this great temple he had he desired to do it dominate his thinking, but God came to David and said David because you been a man of war you not go to build a temple and what God was saying to David was best not been your assignment you been a warrior king and you don't have enough time now build the temple but your son is doing. You know that's what happened. Solomon ended up building the temple and that became the legacy of David's life. Solomon's Temple as it was known was really in the heart of David first, there is a passage which says, but because it was in your heart to do, you're going to be blessed. Did you know that God even will reward us for the things that are in our hearts to do that, maybe, for whatever reason we didn't get done and that a blessing to me that there some things in your heart right now. If your man of God that you want to do for the glory of God. It might not happen.
Somebody else may get to do it.
It made me after you're gone.
It maybe your children or your children's children, but it is in your heart if you have a heart for God to do something great and glorious for God to get credit when you stand before the eternal going to be rewarded. So what's in your heart and is it full of selfishness or is it overflowing with service and compassion mean the way to be fully alive.
The way to live an abundant life is to is to get your focus off yourself and into get your eyes on Jesus, and to get your eyes on the people that Jesus loves and start serving with compassion that this is so important that five times in the Gospels, Jesus said if you want to save your life, what you do, you lose it giveaway the fastest way to failure is to try to hang on to your heart.
Hold on. The fastest way to life is to give life listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham and today's method of blank number. Today's culture has so distorted the concept of masculinity that some even rejected as toxic better world doesn't need less manly men. We need more men of God. Men who lent Jesus make loving husbands and fathers and lead as servants we'd like to help you uncover what God says about true masculinity by sending you Dr. Graham's book man of God yielding difficult insight into how you with an ending your life can live with purpose and passion putting Christ first in living radically for him. Men of God is our thanks for your gift to help proclaim God's word to PowerPoint. This is the last week at this office a call today: 800-7954 627-2000 795-4627 can also text PowerPoint 259789 and don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org where you can shop our E store.
Give a gift online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotional our website again is Jack Graham.Archie pastor. What is your PowerPoint for today you will be leaving a legacy good or for bad weather you like it or not, so it falls to us to decide what kind of legacy will we live. We want our legacy to be one of harmony or discordance service or selfishness leadership or laziness. Love or indifference. The theme of David's life was servant leadership.
He managed to see beyond his own challenges and he's always sought the good of his people.
He by no means was a perfect man and we are all too familiar with the story of his failure but he was a man after God's own heart, and when the Bible plays back his story we find that David is primarily known for his repentance, not his sin. He is remembered for his leadership, not his failures.
What about you after you passed away and when everyone is standing around your grave. What's the conversation going to be like, will they be talking about your acts of service, your ministry, your love for the church how you sacrifice how you were great friend, a great parent a great son or daughter will you be known for your love and your passion for the things of God. While these are important questions, but if you want to have a heart of a champion. If you want to live and then leave a legacy of servant hood for generations to come is important to begin laying the groundwork right now.
Jesus said if you want to be great in God's kingdom. Learn to be the servant of all let me challenge you to live your life with a heart for God and a heart for people and always live with the end in mind with eternity in mind.
Small hearted little hearted people always play it safe but great hearted God hearted and that is today's PowerPoint. Remember when you give a gift PowerPoint will send you Dr. Graham's book man of God is our thanks. Call one 800-7954 627-1800 795627. You can also text the word PowerPoint to 5978 on the next PowerPoint. Dr. Graham brings a message, how Jesus will meet you at the end of your broken road that's next time on PowerPoint with Jack PowerPoint with Jack Graham is sponsored by PowerPoint ministries