Today, we are going to talk about the different dispensations.
At the beginning,
Genesis 1:1 KJV In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
At the end,
Revelation 22:21 KJV The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
The first age concerning the beginning of Dispensations. We are in the worst age of Christians, so to speak, because we are in Laodicea. We are in the age of immediate gratification. Isn’t it hard to discipline yourself to drag yourself to church earlier, to pray early in the morning? We always say “If only … ” then we can easily serve God. We can make as many excuses as we want.
Adam and Eve lived in an age where they talked with God every day. They lived without temptation, imperfection and they only understood holiness and righteousness. God has proved that man has failed God in the age of innocence. Even if you had everything perfect around you, you would still sin against God.
Genesis 6:3 KJV And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
A lot of people have been lied to so many times. “Because I am sincere, it’s not fair if I’m being punished for not carrying out the works since I have these legitimate reasons.” The Bible says
Genesis 6:5 KJV And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
We want God to overlook certain parts but that’s not the way it works. “If I had another Bible believer around me, If I’m married … So God, I’m sure you can understand why I’m not going to a Bible believing church.”
Imagine if you had the entire country supporting you like in this case in the tower of Babel. “So you can only serve God when you have pastor revival, summer camp, bible believing families around you?” You only serve God if you have people? You are dependent on people.
Sometimes we slow down and backslide because our prayers go unanswered for a long time.
Genesis 12:1-3 KJV Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
God told Abraham to separate himself from the world, and a promise would be given. But when Abraham had trouble, he went to Egypt!
“If only there were rules and there were stricter people forcing me to follow them, then I will serve God better.”
Exodus 20:3-4,7-8,12-17 KJV Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:  Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.  Thou shalt not kill.  Thou shalt not commit adultery.  Thou shalt not steal.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
The 10 commandments were very specific and with consequences that were specific too. Would you serve God better if there was stricter laws?
The Davidic covenant
David was one person who got an exception – when he committed adultery and murder.
2 Samuel 12:13 KJV And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
Even when David got the exception of death, did he serve God better? Once God pulled you out of the situation, did you serve God better?
2 Samuel 24:10 And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
God understands and knows what you’re thinking and feeling and going through. Jesus conquered everything. Did you bleed or suffer on the cross? “This is my limit. This is too hard,” but no, this is the age of grace.
“if I truly saw the evil in the apostate church, then I will come to a Bible believing church.”
During tribulation, God showed how evil Satan’s world is and what did the world do?
Revelation 13:4 KJV And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
They repenteth not of their evil.
This was a perfect world – everything was restored back to the garden of Eden and it still came back to sin.
Revelation 20:9 KJV And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
The conclusion of this sermon is no matter what God provides for you, we will continue sinning and messing up. Stop blaming God but looking at ourselves. Stop giving excuses and start serving God. There is no excuse.
It is hard. But even if you got everything you asked for, you still will sin. Don’t go for excuses – start serving God.