Heaven's Point of View

Blessings Disguised

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Frank Fournier


Series Code: HPOV

Program Code: HPOV000016A

00:01 Hello, my name is Frank Fournier
00:03 I want to invite you to Heaven's Point of View.
00:06 We're still studying the Parable of Prodigal Son.
00:09 Go get your Bible come and join us,
00:11 we are having a good time.
00:42 Welcome again, take hold of your Bible now
00:45 we're about to receive another blessing.
00:47 Turn with me to Luke Chapter 15
00:50 and now we are going to go to verse 13.
00:52 In the last two studies we did together,
00:54 we only got one verse done for each sermon
00:59 but now we're going to do three of them in this next one.
01:01 We're in verse 13 we're in the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
01:05 "And not many days
01:06 after the younger son gathered all together,
01:08 took his journey into a far country,
01:11 and there wasted his substance with riotous living."
01:16 Wow.
01:18 Jesus says that the young man went into a far country.
01:22 Do you know that we don't have to go very far
01:24 to go into a far country?
01:26 As a matter of fact I think we could accomplish
01:27 that in a very comforts of our own living rooms,
01:30 all we would have to do is turn our backs on God.
01:36 That's why Jesus said he was going too far.
01:39 Jesus himself never went that far it was too far.
01:43 Friends, don't turn your backs on God.
01:46 Now, Jesus as you know is our substitute,
01:51 He went to the cross on our behalf,
01:53 He paid for our sins,
01:55 He died our death and He gives us His life.
01:58 But do you know that Jesus is not just our substitute
02:02 that He is also our example.
02:04 Turn with me to Hebrews Chapter 4.
02:07 We're going to go to Hebrews Chapter 4 now
02:11 and we are going to see what Jesus experienced.
02:14 We're in verse 15, "For we have not an high priest
02:18 which cannot be touched
02:19 with the feeling of our infirmities
02:21 but was in all points tempted like as we are."
02:25 When Jesus came to this world
02:27 He came to live life as we have to live it.
02:30 He set aside His divinity,
02:31 He took up on himself our humanity and apparently
02:35 He was tempted in every respect
02:37 like you and I are tempted
02:38 and He met these temptations with the same equipment
02:42 that you and I have,
02:43 yet He met these temptations successfully.
02:47 Isn't that amazing?
02:48 Do you know why He was able to do that?
02:50 I will have you turn with me to John Chapter 5.
02:54 John Chapter 5, very interesting verses there.
02:58 We're gonna look at two verses in John Chapter 5
03:01 and we're going to see that Jesus says something
03:04 which is incredible to say.
03:06 Actually we are in John Chapter 5
03:09 and we are looking at verse 19.
03:13 Verse 19, John Chapter 5,
03:15 "Then answered Jesus and said to them,
03:18 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
03:20 The Son can do nothing of himself."
03:24 Really? How could Jesus say that?
03:28 He is God, He came down from heaven,
03:30 He came down to this world
03:32 don't tell me He can't do anything.
03:34 But Jesus says He can't.
03:36 Verse 30 He says the same thing.
03:38 "I can of mine own self do nothing."
03:41 Do you know why Jesus said that?
03:43 Because that's the position you and I are in.
03:46 In John Chapter 15, excuse me, yeah John 15:5,
03:50 Jesus said, without Me you can do what?
03:53 Well, you can do nothing.
03:54 Well, friends, if without God we can do nothing
03:58 then Jesus had to come down to this world,
04:00 take the position we're in, take the circumstances we're in,
04:03 take the equipment that we have
04:05 and He had to meet life just like we have to do.
04:09 He put Himself in the position
04:11 where He could do nothing of Himself.
04:15 And this is to teach us that we could live as He lived
04:20 because He accomplished great things by the way.
04:23 Turn with me to John Chapter 14.
04:26 John Chapter 14 and we are looking at verse 10.
04:32 Very interesting John 14:10,
04:35 Believest thou me Jesus speaking,
04:37 "Believest thou not that I am in the Father,
04:40 and the Father is in me?
04:41 The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself,
04:45 but the Father that dwelleth in me,
04:48 he doeth the works."
04:50 Now, did Jesus ever perform great miracles?
04:53 Why, no.
04:55 He says so Himself,
04:56 all the miracles that were performed,
04:58 were performed by his Father through Him.
05:02 Because Jesus came to this world
05:05 to live life as we have to live it.
05:07 Do you think that it is possible
05:09 that you and I could live life that way as Jesus did?
05:12 Why sure, this is what the Bible is trying to teach.
05:16 He came down set aside
05:18 His divinity took on our humanity
05:21 that we might put aside our divinity,
05:23 put aside our carnal natures, take up His divinity
05:26 and walk as Jesus walked.
05:30 It's a fantastic thought.
05:33 You might wonder well,
05:35 how is it that I can't perform miracles like He did?
05:39 Look at verse 12 we're still in John Chapter 14,
05:42 we're looking at verse 12.
05:44 "Verily, verily, I say to you, He that believes on me,
05:48 the works that I do shall he do also
05:52 and greater works than these shall he do" Isn't that amazing?
05:56 This is what Jesus is saying.
05:58 If you believe in Him,
06:01 when Jesus was here down here below
06:04 He lived life like we have to live it,
06:05 He lived it by faith.
06:08 When He met someone that had a need
06:10 He would reach up to His father
06:11 by faith and say, Father, I have need of help,
06:14 this lady needs this thing
06:16 or this man needs whatever he might need
06:18 and I need your help to perform this
06:20 and God would give Him the power to do it.
06:22 And then He said,
06:23 greater works than these shall you do
06:25 if you should exercise your faith as I did.
06:30 Isn't that amazing?
06:32 This is what God expects from us
06:35 and this is what we want to do, of course.
06:37 Let's go back to the Parable of the Prodigal Son, now
06:40 and we're going to go verse 14.
06:43 This is Luke Chapter 15
06:46 and now we're looking at verse 14.
06:50 "And when he had spent all," talking about the Prodigal Son,
06:54 he received his inheritance, he's gone out
06:57 and he's dissipated away his life and his money.
07:00 At this point he had spent it all,
07:02 so what it says, "And when he had spent all,
07:07 there arose a mighty famine in that land
07:10 and he began to be in want."
07:13 In other words, he began to feel a need.
07:17 Friends, from the soul that feels
07:19 his need nothing is withheld.
07:23 The Prodigal Son had been freely giving all things,
07:27 all things that he had been giving had meant to speak
07:29 to his heart of his Father's love,
07:31 it had meant to turn his heart toward home,
07:35 it meant to lead him to repentance.
07:37 But did it do it?
07:38 No, it didn't do it because he was said,
07:40 he was focused, he knew what he wanted.
07:42 He wanted his money and he wanted to go in sin
07:44 that's what he wanted to do.
07:46 And so the gift didn't speak to his heart that way.
07:49 Now here is the question,
07:51 if you were the father of that boy
07:53 what would you have done?
07:55 I mean after all you've given him everything
07:57 you've got, is there anything left to give?
08:00 But friends, listen God is never stumped.
08:03 God always has something more that He can do.
08:05 As a matter of fact
08:07 you and I could've something more to do in that circumstance
08:10 should we ever be in that circumstance.
08:12 And I want you to see something,
08:14 I'm going to read a little quotation here
08:18 from Patriarchs and Prophets page 470.
08:21 Watch, watch, God speaks
08:23 to His people in blessings bestowed.
08:26 We saw in our last study that with His son
08:29 He has freely given us all things.
08:32 Oh, He has bestowed upon us blessing upon blessing
08:35 all meant to turn our heats toward Him.
08:39 And it says God speaks to us that way,
08:42 now watch and when these are not appreciated
08:46 He speaks to them in blessings removed.
08:50 Oh, no not that. That's not what we want.
08:54 You know, even human beings know how to operate that way.
08:58 Supposing you are a grandfather or grandmother
09:01 you have only one grandson he's three years old,
09:04 you love him to death
09:05 and what are you naturally going to do?
09:07 Well, you are going to buy him a gift.
09:08 Maybe you'll buy him a tricycle
09:09 and he has such a blessing,
09:11 such a good time driving around on his tricycle
09:14 and everything is wonderful
09:17 but the little boy still has a carnal nature you understand
09:20 and one day he is being disrespectful.
09:23 So what are you going to do, go out and buy him a gift?
09:25 No, no that's not what you are going to do this time.
09:28 This time you're going to take the tricycle
09:29 hang it up in the rafter somewhere
09:31 and say to the little boy, listen,
09:33 you can have your tricycle back if you're smarten up.
09:36 See, this is how we operate.
09:38 Well, friends, that's how God operates also.
09:43 Yeah, I had a friend in Canada.
09:48 He was a principal of a school.
09:49 I had the opportunity
09:51 of preaching these very sermons there at his school.
09:53 It was an academy
09:55 and after I had preached the sermons similar to this,
10:00 he came to me and he says I have a story to tell you.
10:02 He says, I was born in Saskatchewan
10:04 now that's a province in Canada and its very big
10:08 and the farms there, the ranches there
10:10 were 5,000, 7,000, 10,000 acres
10:12 that's how it was and he said he had a huge family
10:15 many extended family lots of boys
10:18 but he was the strongest one.
10:19 He had the biggest arms that what he said.
10:23 And he said also that this was 1950.
10:26 Do you know what happened in 1950?
10:28 In 1950 there was a polio epidemic
10:31 and it swept through the land but it didn't take anyone
10:35 from his family, not from the extended family,
10:37 it didn't take anyone that he knows except him.
10:41 And it didn't take anything from him
10:43 but his two arms.
10:44 Can you imagine?
10:45 Now really I don't know how polio operates,
10:48 some doctors tell me that polio starts in the feet
10:51 and begins to go up and settles in the body somewhere.
10:54 You know, I spent 10 years in Africa
10:56 and I saw a lot of people who'd had polio
10:58 and when polio was done with the people
11:01 they were all twisted and all deformed
11:04 but this man was not twisted nor was he deformed at all,
11:07 he is very good looking individual
11:09 and but he had no strength in his arms.
11:13 All that he could lift was a pen or a chalk
11:18 and so he became a school teacher
11:20 because he could lift at least that much.
11:22 Do you know what the man said to me,
11:25 he wanted me to know
11:26 that he was extremely grateful for what God have done.
11:30 You see, he had strength it was a gift from God,
11:34 it's wonderful to have strength.
11:35 I wish I was stronger but to save the man's soul
11:42 God took away that in which he was taking the glory.
11:45 Instead of giving the glory to God
11:47 he was taking the glory to himself.
11:54 Jonah said to, excuse me, God said to Jonah,
11:59 I want you to go Nineveh
12:01 and I want you to cry against it.
12:03 And Jonah said, I don't think so.
12:06 As a matter of fact, I've got to take it to Tarshish.
12:09 I'm going to Tarshish.
12:11 And so on his way God sent a storm.
12:17 Why did God send a storm?
12:19 Was it to drown the recalcitrant?
12:22 Oh, no, no the storm was sent to save Jonah from himself.
12:28 And so in the Parable of the Prodigal of Son,
12:30 God sends a feminine the land.
12:32 Is it to starve the Prodigal of Son to death?
12:35 Why no?
12:36 No, this is what God is going to use to save His soul.
12:42 Turn with me to Psalms 119. Psalms 119.
12:51 We're going to start with verse 67 in Psalms 119.
12:57 "Before I was afflicted I went astray."
13:01 Now what is it feel like before you are afflicted?
13:05 Well, friends it feels great.
13:07 I hate to be afflicted
13:09 but when I'm not afflicted everything is well
13:12 but the tendency is to go astray.
13:15 Doesn't the Bible say,
13:17 all we like sheep have gone astray,
13:20 we've turned everyone to our own way.
13:22 Do you know that having our own way is very pleasant
13:25 but it tends to have us go astray.
13:29 Verse 71, "It is good for me that I have not been afflicted."
13:35 Really?
13:36 Its what he says, this is the Psalms
13:37 and he says "that I might learn thy statutes."
13:42 And look at verse 75 this is the punch line really,
13:46 "I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right,
13:49 and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me."
13:53 Did you notice in the verse,
13:54 who it is that's doing the afflicting here?
13:56 Why? It's God.
13:58 No, God wouldn't do that.
14:01 I mean are we not taught that if we become Christians
14:04 everything will be fine from here on now.
14:06 Well, friends, it isn't true. I think its Job that's said.
14:09 Job 14:1, "Man that is born of a woman
14:12 is a few days and full of trouble."
14:15 Why is there trouble in this in our lives?
14:18 Can I promise you anything?
14:20 Well, if I have anything to promise
14:22 is that you will have trouble.
14:25 Oh, it's a terrible promise but it is true.
14:28 Never mind we have a God in heaven,
14:30 He knows what to do with it
14:31 and He doesn't allow any trouble to go
14:33 one hare's breath beyond it, where it needs to go.
14:37 It is good for me
14:39 that I have been afflicted that I might learn.
14:45 Now the problem with that is that we are all different.
14:50 Some people learn their lessons gently, easily.
14:53 They read the Bible of God
14:54 and they say, oh, is that what God wants?
14:56 Why? I'll give it to Him.
14:59 Really? Yes.
15:00 There are people like that.
15:02 I suppose there are people like that.
15:03 Maybe we all take our Bibles
15:05 and just do that, read from cover to cover
15:07 and say 'yes' to God, 'yes' to God, all the time
15:10 and when we come to the end of the Bible
15:12 we will be like Jesus.
15:13 Well, it doesn't work quiet that way.
15:15 I understand we have a lot of struggles,
15:17 we have lot of temptations, the devil is not dead,
15:20 we are in a world of sin
15:21 and so we have to meet life as it is.
15:24 But friends, wouldn't it be better
15:26 if we learn the easy way?
15:29 Why is it that some people can't learn
15:32 but through the slow discipline of suffering?
15:40 Do you hear God's voice when He gives you a blessing?
15:45 Do you give Him the proper response?
15:48 Or does God have to go out of His way
15:50 to get your attention?
15:52 Do you know that God is serious?
15:55 He wants you. He wants your soul.
15:59 He wants you in the kingdom
16:01 and He is going to do whatever it takes
16:03 and if you are going to be stubborn
16:05 then He'll know what to do also.
16:08 Let's go back now to Luke Chapter 15
16:11 we are studying the Parable of the Prodigal Son
16:13 and we're going through it verse by verse.
16:16 We're in Luke Chapter 15.
16:20 And we are looking at verse 15 also.
16:23 "And he went," this is the Prodigal Son,
16:25 "he went and he joined himself to a citizen of that country
16:29 and that citizen sent him into the fields to feed swine."
16:35 Now you got to, you got to admire
16:38 Jesus Christ sense of humor.
16:43 Jewish people and pigs don't get along very well.
16:46 And this is who He is talking to
16:48 and He's giving them the parable
16:50 and before it's all over they are in the pig pen.
16:52 I can't imagine how they were relating to this thing
16:55 when He was giving it to them.
16:57 I just don't know
16:59 but in any case the Prodigal runs out of money,
17:01 he runs out of hope
17:03 I suppose we could say that, he needed help,
17:06 he tried the help himself that didn't work,
17:08 he went through a man of the far country
17:10 that didn't work, instead of turning to his father
17:13 he turned to that, to human beings.
17:16 Curse it is the man that trusts a man,
17:19 that's what the Bible says.
17:21 Now friends, why do we do that?
17:23 I mean, isn't that something we always do.
17:26 Do you know, when I was young the first car I bought cost $50.
17:31 How far do you go on with a $50 car?
17:35 Well, you know I don't know
17:38 today you wouldn't get down the block I guess
17:40 but six months after I bought that car
17:42 sold it for $150 it wasn't so was a bad deal really
17:46 but being that it was an old car
17:47 you can imagine I remember driving down the road
17:50 and all of a sudden my car begins to stutter
17:52 and sputter and to spit and of course it would stop.
17:55 Now what do you think it's the first thing I did
17:57 when my car would sputter and spit and stop?
18:00 Why?
18:01 I would open the hood of course.
18:02 Now I want you to know
18:04 I don't know anything about mechanizing a car.
18:06 I don't know what to do,
18:08 I don't know what I'm looking at but it just bigger than I am,
18:12 when I have a problem
18:13 I have to exhaust all my resources before I turn
18:17 for help outside of myself you understand.
18:19 So I would lift the hood, I would jiggle some wires
18:22 I would knock on the block or on the starter
18:24 or whatever it might be
18:25 and I would try too get the, the car started.
18:30 It doesn't work.
18:31 In 1997, when I was leaving Africa
18:36 I had one more assignment
18:37 I was asked to go up to the top of the mountain somewhere
18:40 and share a series of meetings with a group of people.
18:43 I don't remember who they were,
18:44 I don't even remember where it is,
18:46 all I remember is that this road was terrible.
18:49 It was a terrible road.
18:51 I did make it in with my four wheel drive to this village
18:53 and I did accomplish what I was sent to accomplish.
18:57 On my way out I ran into a bog,
19:01 I don't know the road disappeared
19:03 and I was up to my eye bruising mud as it were.
19:06 Well, anyway, what do you think I did?
19:08 Well, of course, the thing is to do jack up
19:11 the pickup put logs and put logs
19:13 and put whatever you can under it
19:15 and when you've got the pickup standing out of the water
19:17 then you crank it up and you drive out right?
19:20 Well, we did this over and over again
19:22 because every time we cranked it,
19:24 it went about six inches fell off the logs
19:26 and we were in the mud again.
19:28 Finally a young man came to me and he says,
19:30 don't you think we ought to pray?
19:32 Oh, I said as it come to that.
19:35 Well, I was kidding of course.
19:37 Why didn't we start with that?
19:38 Isn't that the way to go?
19:40 And so of course, we gathered the people
19:41 that were there, we had a word of prayer.
19:43 I jumped into the pickup, turn the key
19:46 and drove right out of the mud.
19:48 Isn't that amazing?
19:50 There is a God in heaven who hears our prayer.
19:52 It's amazing that we are so secular,
19:55 we are so scientific,
19:57 we understand cause to the effect
19:59 and if there's any effect there must be a cause
20:01 and so we try to solve problems with what we know.
20:05 But friends, the problems are bigger than we are
20:08 because the devil exists, you understand.
20:10 Do you remember Moses?
20:12 Now Moses was an admirable character of course,
20:16 and what's amazing to me in studying his life
20:19 is that, every time Moses had a problem,
20:24 he would go to the sanctuary
20:26 to the temple there in the wilderness
20:27 and he would throw himself on his face.
20:32 Now, if I was God I think
20:34 how to hit him by the side of the head.
20:35 Moses lived to be 120 years old
20:38 at 110 if he would have a problem he,
20:40 God could say, now wait a minute.
20:42 Didn't you face a problem
20:43 similar to this some time in the past?
20:45 Hey, do what you can.
20:46 But you know Moses never did that.
20:48 Do you know why he never did that?
20:51 Its because he knew that the devil, Satan
20:54 is far more intelligent than he is
20:56 and even if it's a problem he's had before
20:59 nothing is exactly the same
21:01 and the devil would've put a twist in it
21:04 and Moses did not waste his time trying this or that
21:08 to solve a problem.
21:09 He went straight to God threw himself on his face
21:12 and he said, Lord, I need your wisdom,
21:14 I need your help.
21:16 And Moses is known to be
21:17 the greatest human leader this world has ever known
21:21 and I believe that's the reason.
21:23 I do and I think that is the reason.
21:26 Turn with me to Jonah,
21:28 the Book of Jonah is not easy to find.
21:30 It's in the Minor Prophets.
21:31 We're gonna go to the Book of Jonah Chapter 1.
21:36 In Jonah Chapter 1,
21:38 we've already, we've already said if I can find Jonah,
21:43 there he is,
21:44 that God asked Jonah to go and cry against Ninevites.
21:48 Jonah refused and then there came a storm at sea
21:51 so unnatural, supernatural storm
21:56 that even the mariners knew something was different.
21:59 And so the captain went from mariner, sailor to sailor
22:02 and he said to them, do you know why the storm is here.
22:06 I mean, have you offended your God or what?
22:09 And everyone could just shrug and say, well, I don't know.
22:12 And he couldn't find anyone
22:14 who could explain why the storm was so ravaging.
22:18 So finally the captain goes down to the bottom of the ship
22:21 and there he finds Jonah and he calls him the sleeper.
22:25 Can you imagine the whole world is convulsing
22:28 and the symbol of Christianity here,
22:31 Jonah himself a prophet
22:33 is in the bottom of the ship sleeping?
22:37 Isn't that what Christianity is like?
22:39 The whole world is convulsing.
22:41 All the kinds of storms, all kinds of crimes,
22:44 all kinds of disease, all kinds of whatever,
22:48 and what are Christians doing?
22:49 Oh, friends, we are asleep.
22:54 We think we are increase with good in need of nothing.
22:56 We don't know the situation that we are in.
23:00 And so the captain takes Jonah up on deck
23:05 and he says to Jonah, do you have any idea
23:08 why this storm is so fierce?
23:10 And Jonah said, why sure, I do have an idea.
23:13 As a matter of fact it's on my account.
23:15 Now listen, I'm a prophet.
23:18 God speaks through me, now you do what I say
23:21 because God is telling you
23:22 what to do and everything will be all right.
23:26 Now, if these men had done what Jesus said,
23:29 what Jonah said to do they would've been all right
23:32 but I wanted you to notice what they did.
23:33 We're looking at verse 12 this is Jonah Chapter 1.
23:37 "And he said unto them, Take me up,
23:40 and cast me forth into the sea
23:42 so the shall be calm unto you,
23:44 for I know that for my sake
23:46 this great tempest is come upon you."
23:48 Now, did they do it?
23:50 Why no, verse 13,
23:53 "Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land
23:56 but they could not for the sea was wrought,
23:59 and was tempestuous against them."
24:03 Isn't that amazing?
24:04 But somebody will says but how unreasonable is it,
24:07 I mean this command from God
24:09 that they throw man overboard is just not reasonable.
24:13 Well, friends, is it less reasonable
24:15 then for God to ask Abraham to sacrifice his own son?
24:19 How unreasonable is that?
24:22 And what about for a man to give his inheritance
24:25 to a boy that's too immature
24:27 or what about Elijah going to widow in Sarepta
24:30 and saying give me your last piece of breath
24:32 that I may eat
24:33 and the widow is about to die of starvation with her son.
24:37 How unreasonable is that?
24:39 But friends, when the command comes from God
24:43 it is no longer unreasonable.
24:47 It really is and so the Prodigal went to a man
24:52 of a far country looking, hoping to find help.
24:57 Do you think he found it? No, no.
25:01 Do you think he got any fatter?
25:03 No.
25:04 Did he get any richer? No, no.
25:08 Cursed is the man that trusts a man.
25:14 I remember going swimming with my father.
25:18 I was, this was the first
25:21 my first recollection of going swimming.
25:23 I was probably four years old.
25:25 We are at a beach, I assume we are in Canada,
25:27 I don't think my father ever left Canada.
25:30 You can imagine there are beaches in Canada
25:32 but anyway there are
25:33 and we were walking into the water
25:36 hand in hand with my father
25:37 and when we hit the water I said to my father,
25:40 dad, let me go I can do it myself.
25:44 I assume I don't remember this
25:46 but I assume he said to me, no, no, no, no
25:49 you've never done this before, you don't know
25:50 what you are facing come with me
25:52 and so when we had water up to our waist,
25:54 my waist not his, I said, dad let me go,
25:57 I can do it myself.
25:59 And we kept on going until I had water to my chin
26:03 and I said dad, let me go.
26:05 I can do this myself.
26:07 And do you know what he did,
26:09 why, he let me go.
26:11 Do you know what I learned?
26:13 I learned that my head was heavier than my feet.
26:16 As soon as he let me go my,
26:18 I remember my feet leaving the ground and my head going in
26:23 and my dad pick me up spitting and sputtering and coughing
26:26 and I learned something.
26:28 I still needed my dad.
26:32 For a month or two I don't know how long yet
26:34 but I needed him that day.


Revised 2014-12-17