Daily Archives: December 4, 2013

Deal or No Deal Part 2

Text: 1 Kings 21:1-4

No matter how reasonable the opportunity looks on the surface, take some time to look down the road and weigh out the consequences of your decision. Every decision you make has consequences, Gal. 6:7-8. Some are short-term. Some are life-long. Some are eternal. (Ask Eve today if she might make a different choice Genesis 3. Ask David today if he might have made a different choice 2 Samuel 11. Ask Judas today if he might have made a different choice, Matthew 26:49.

How much is your purity worth? What’s your price? Some have sold it cheap. They have given their purity to a pretty girl, or to some boy who said, “I love you.”Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!”
        
How much is your innocence worth? What’s your price? Some have sold it cheap. They have given their innocence away to the internet, to movies, to pornography, etc. Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!”

How much is your mind worth? What’s your price? Some have sold it for nearly nothing, they have filled it with the language and the images of the world. Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!”

How much is your testimony worth? What’s your price? Some have sold it at bargain prices. They have sold it to keep a friend. They have sold it to impress others. They have sold it to fit in. Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!”        

How much is your life worth? What’s your price? Some have sold theirs for nothing. They made stupid decisions when they were young that haunt them to the grave. Don’t sell you life for cheap thrills and wind up with an STD. Don’t sell your life for a few minutes of pleasure. Don’t give away your life and poison your years so that you can’t be used of God. Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!” 
       
How much is your soul worth? What’s your price? Some have sold theirs for perishable things. Some have traded eternity for sex, drugs, alcohol, pleasure, friendships or what they think is love. Those things will all perish! The only thing you have of any eternal value is your soul.

Nothing in this world is worth losing Mark 8:36-37. Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!”If you refuse to take the deals offered by those who would take what you have, you can expect to suffer because of it 2 Timothy 3:12.

You might be rejected by the crowd. You might be made fun of. You might be laughed at. You will miss out on a few of the experiences others around you are having. But, you will be the winner in the end.

So, who was the winner here? Naboth was the winner! How? In a number of ways; let me give you a couple.
First, he maintained his integrity. He lived and died knowing that he had done the right thing. That knowledge is priceless. It makes for a clean conscience and good night of sleep.
Second, Naboth may have died, but he went to be with the Lord. What good is any kind of life that leaves you lost when it ends? Where does this message find you today? Have you sold the farm? Have you taken the deal and lost some things? Bring that fact to the Lord. If you are lost, He will save you today. If you have walked away from Him, He will forgive you and restore you. Have you been thinking about taking the deal? Let me encourage you to come before the Lord and ask for the help you need to say “No deal!”

Do you have friends that are selling out cheap? You need to come and pray for them today. Do you need to step up and get to work in the vineyard? Maybe the Lord has been calling you to serve Him. If He has, come today. Will you obey Him today, whatever it is that He wants you to do? What is it going to be: Deal Or No Deal? 

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