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Somehow out of all the things that you could be doing
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You are now watching a video about working for God
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Could it be that you are one of the few God is calling to work for him?
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One of the few
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Why is that
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Well, we live in a world where most people frankly don’t think about God that much
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Most people today don’t really even care about God
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We just go about our daily lives not thinking about him….many of us
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but you are one of those who has been led by God to seek Him and
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Now he has you watching this
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which is about working for him and
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The thing about working for God that’s amazing is that you don’t just have to be a pastor to do it
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You can be a janitor and work for God
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You can be a teacher and work on assignment for God
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You can be a student a physician a lawyer and work for God
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And it’s because God wants people working for him in
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Every sector of society and this is why he has been preparing you for
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Kingdom employment
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Notice what Jesus says the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few
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Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore to send out workers into his field
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Jesus was telling his followers that this world is like a field and God wants workers who represent him all
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throughout this world
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Now when Jesus was here almost
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2,000 years ago. He taught his followers many things about their identity
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He explained to them that they are now children of God, and therefore they were his family and a part of God’s kingdom
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But that’s not all he taught them about who they really are
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You see Jesus also taught his followers
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That God wants to use them to work for him
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Now some people got excited about that and they left everything
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To be of service to God
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But others they
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struggled with the concept
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because they weren’t really ready to be fully committed and were still looking back on their old life and
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look what Jesus said to those people in Luke chapter 9
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jesus replied
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no one who puts his hand to the plow and
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Looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God
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You see Jesus taught that following him is really not like joining a religion
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No, it’s not even about religion. Really. It’s about being used by God for the kingdom
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And to truly be used by God to work for God
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One has to be so willing to put God first
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That they don’t look back on their old life
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And not only did Jesus teach that his followers can work for him
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but the Apostle Paul also wrote about how believers work for God as
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He says in 1st Corinthians chapter 15
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Be steadfast
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immovable always abounding
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In the work of the Lord knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain
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Abounding in the work of the Lord
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he says and to Timothy he writes do your best to present yourself to God as one approved a
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Worker who has no need to be ashamed rightly
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handling the word of truth
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and so as we look at how the
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Earliest believers view themselves and how Jesus addressed his followers, it’s clear
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they saw themselves as not just
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Members of another religion. No, they knew that their life was really all about being on assignment
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working for a king
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now
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Paul
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Actually breaks it down even further and he gets deep and even more specific about how and why
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We can work for God when he was writing to the Corinthian believers
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Look at how he describes himself
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2nd Corinthians chapter 5
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We are therefore
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Christ’s ambassadors
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As though God we’re making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf. Be reconciled to God
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Wow
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Paul here describes himself and those who work with him as what
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Christ’s ambassadors
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And
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Again in his letter to the Ephesians he writes
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pray also for me that whenever I speak words may be given me so that I will
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Fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador
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in Chains
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Pray that I may declare it fearlessly as I should so
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Paul gets specific
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Yes, he knows that he is a worker for God. Yes. He knows that but here he gets specific
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he says that he is an
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ambassador so
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Why does Paul say that a worker for God is an ambassador
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Well before we can dive into that we first must discuss the kingdom
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All right
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Now in our video “the birth of Jesus foretold” we examine the kingdom of God thoroughly and we look at why
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Jesus is the king of the kingdom
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Yes, definitely see that episode but to explain the kingdom briefly here when Jesus came into the world
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He often spoke about the kingdom of God,
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It’s one of the main things he talked about and he taught that he was more than just some religious figure. No
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Jesus always proclaimed that he was a king
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and
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It’s it’s really unfortunate
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When you think about it because ….over the centuries the world
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Has began to really only look at Jesus as a religious figure
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The world only looks at Jesus through religious eyes, and we forget that he always claimed to be a king
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And so when you read the words of Jesus, what he said about himself,
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he always declared that he was actually a
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Government figure he was a ruler of a kingdom
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And what is a kingdom? a kingdom is a type of government..
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That’s right. The word Kingdom is not even a religious word. It’s a type of government
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But unlike democracy a
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Kingdom does not have a prime minister. It doesn’t have a president
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No, a kingdom is a type of government where it has a king as its ruler who
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oversees the
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citizens
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And so when Jesus came onto the scene and declared that he was a king
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, the first thing people would really say is okay. Well great. Where is your kingdom and
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He would say to them things like “well, my kingdom is not of this world”
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Now why do you think he said that
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Because Jesus knew that his kingdom was from heaven …the kingdom of heaven
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Yeah, see it’s all connecting. And this is where it gets deep. This is where it gets deep
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and so let’s track this and use our minds and think about this …so
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Jesus says that he is the king of heaven.. a different place than Earth. Okay. So if
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you are a
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citizen of that Kingdom and
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He has hired you to represent him on earth
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What would that make you?
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an
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ambassador!
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You see it all connects.
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God wants us to think about His Word and connect the dots. So it’s all very
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governmental, in fact an ambassador by definition is an
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official of highest rank who represents their head of state while in a foreign
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territory
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So who is our head of state who is our head of state now?
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I know some of you were about to say the president, but we’re talking about the kingdom now
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You know you have been born again into a new family into a new territory
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Therefore you have a new domain and so you have a new ruler and so who is our true head of
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state now?
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King Jesus… we are citizens of his government. He is our king and
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Where is our government?
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its from heaven and so that means that when you were born again something very
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serious and literal took place
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you
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became a
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citizen a literal citizen of God’s government as
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Paul says
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Consequently you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but here it is fellow
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Citizens with God’s people and also members of his household
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I love it and again in Colossians
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He says God has delivered us from the domain of darkness and has transferred us
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into the kingdom of his beloved son and so again you
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are now a
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citizen of heaven that
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Changes things
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this is why the scriptures say that we are no longer foreigners and aliens of
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Heaven now. We are foreigners on earth
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Come on
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Because this is no longer our true home. This is now the foreign territory for us
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and so when Jesus hires you to work for him you
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are automatically a literal ambassador of the kingdom of heaven because you are representing God’s
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Government, the kingdom, while in this foreign territory of Earth
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It’s deep
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When you get this it changes you it changes your entire world
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Especially when you study how ambassadors function
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Okay, for instance did you know
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when an
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Ambassador is in a foreign territory
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Representing their government. Did you know that the head of state gives that ambassador
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authority to represent them
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This is why Jesus says I have given you authority to trample on snakes
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scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy
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Nothing will harm you why
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because you are an
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Ambassador of his kingdom a worker for God he gives you authority and power to represent him
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Did you know that whenever an
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Ambassador is on assignment for their government that the government has Secret Service agents
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who are assigned to protect the
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Ambassador
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This is why when someone is on assignment for God, who do you think protects them?
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the
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angelic host
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Look at Paul. Do you know how many times people tried to kill Apostle Paul?
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But they couldn’t do it. They couldn’t kill him until it was time for him to go because God looked after him
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Same thing with Jesus
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do you know how many times people tried to kill Jesus but every time they would try to kill him or stone him he was
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Protected because it wasn’t yet time for him to go
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When you become someone who is on assignment for God
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Nobody can take you out. Not until God says your work is done
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you become unstoppable and
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Jesus knew this when he was arrested Peter pulled out his sword to try and defend him remember that and
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Jesus looked at Peter. He looked at Peter and he says put that thing away
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He said don’t you know that if I wanted I could call 12 legions of angels to come to my rescue
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You see Jesus knew that the Angels protect those who are on assignment for the kingdom
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But Jesus also knew that part of his assignment was to die for us and so he went willingly
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This is why we have to remember that his life wasn’t taken no he chose to lay it down at any point
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He could have called angels to come to his rescue, but he also knew his assignment
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And
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So as a worker for God as a literal
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Ambassador of God’s kingdom you become different because you began to realize that you don’t
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Have to fear anything
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Angels protect you they are encamped around you they protect those who live on assignment for God
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Another thing about ambassadors when you study the way they work
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ambassadors reflect the nature of their government
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Study how ambassadors function it’s very interesting and you will see that an ambassador
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Always looks like and acts like where they are from
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When they go on assignment into a foreign territory, they are very careful with how they present themselves
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right
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because they know that they don’t just represent themselves an
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Ambassador knows that they have to be careful with how they carry themselves because they are representing an entire nation
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nation…..Let’s make the connection here
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And so if scripture says that God wants you to work for him as an ambassador of his kingdom
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You begin to see why
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He has called us to a very high standard of living
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Okay, for example
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We know the scripture says that we as people of God should not be getting drunk
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Okay, I’m sure you know that and there are many reasons. Why we shouldn’t get drunk
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Of course, you know there are health reasons there are addiction reasons
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but one reason why we are not to be drunk is because we work for God and even
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Practically it makes sense when you think about it
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I mean if you go to work drunk
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It doesn’t matter if your boss is a Christian or an atheist if they see you drunk
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On the job you will likely get fired
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And so in the same way if God has literally hired you to work for him
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You don’t get drunk on the job and the thing about being an ambassador of Christ. Is that
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you clock in all day every day…. every
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Moment you are representing him every moment you are a reflection of his kingdom
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and so when you start to see that you are an
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Ambassador of Christ and that you work for him and that you represent him to this world
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You start to see why you have to be very careful with how you carry yourself
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You represent more than you.. you are representing an entire kingdom
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When people see you they should see a reflection of heaven when people see you at your job
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They should see what Jesus would act like and be like if he were on that job..you are a reflection of your government
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And so blessed is the one who hears and receives this message
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because what an honor to work for God
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God is taking you from just being informed about his kingdom to being involved in his kingdom
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Working for God is amazing
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Because rather than just learning about God and just watching the Jesus movies you get a chance to be in
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The story and his holy spirit begins to use you in a new way because you are a part of his workforce
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And so it’s exciting it’s fun
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And are you surprised
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You had to know this was coming
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Because when God takes you from milk to solid food
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When you really start seeking him and learning about him, you are inevitably led to work for him
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That’s just the way it works… you start off as a seeker and then you become a worker
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And
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so now when you go to school
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Realize that God has you there in that specific room because there is a purpose in your presence
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Listen to his Holy Spirit and he will give you orders on how to represent him
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when you comment on You Tube videos remember that as a
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Diplomat for Christ His Spirit is typing through you to minister to others
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When you are treating your patients
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they are blessed because an ambassador of Christ has just walked into that room and
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So when you go to any job be prepared for the Holy Spirit to lead you in a kingdom
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objective
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When you volunteer at your church do it with more zeal
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More enthusiasm than ever before because you really aren’t just volunteering at a church
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You are on assignment working for your king
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As Paul says whatever you do work heartily as for the Lord and not for men
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Because the facts are…. when you are an ambassador of Christ
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He becomes your true boss and every job on earth is just another assignment
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Another fact about ambassadors. This is a good one
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whenever an ambassador is
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Dispatched on assignment for their government all of their needs are covered
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not by the government they are visiting but by the government they are from
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When you
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Realize who and what you are in Christ and you start to live on assignment
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You can stop worrying about the things that worldly people worry about
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for example
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Jesus was speaking to his followers and you know, they were worried about their finances
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they were worrying about their clothing and you know, really all the things that people worry about and
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Jesus looks at them and he says do not worry about such things
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he said
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Seek first the kingdom of God and the righteousness of God and all these things that you need
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Will be added to you
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Matthew 6:33
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You see when you come into God’s kingdom
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And what is the kingdom?
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It’s a government… this is not a religion…. when you come into a kingdom a government his kingdom
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Provides what you need and so you don’t worry
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Look when you really get this, especially when you realize that you are working for him…
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Okay, let me put it a different way
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What father would not provide for his child
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right
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Let me ask you this. What boss does not provide for
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his workers? and
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The thing about God is.. God is both.. he is your father and your boss
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It’s beautiful,,, from this day forward my friend. Don’t ever worry about finances. Don’t worry about all these things
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Jesus said seek first the kingdom
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Get into the kingdom of God be on assignment for God. I’m telling you you will see the provision of God
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It’s as simple as That. I mean look at Paul. He was not wealthy by worldly standards
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But he did write that he lacked nothing
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He did write that he was content
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Look at what, he says in second corinthians 9:8 and God is able to bless you abundantly
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So that in all things
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At all times having all that you need you will abound in every good work
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That says it all God blesses you he gives you what you need
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Underline that word need and for what purpose so that you can work
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You see how can you work for God effectively if you can barely eat and feed yourself
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So don’t worry the same God who knows how to feed the birds of the air
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Knows how to feed you. I
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When you are on assignment for God things change
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I am a witness to this… the right people will come into your life at the right time
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Doors will open without you having to try and force them open
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I mean sometimes things will work out in such a way that you know
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It was God who did it… when you are determined to live on assignment for your King
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I tell you… you may not have any connections. You may not know anybody
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but your connection to the kingdom will be all the connection you need… a
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Worker for God need not worry
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So we’re not done yet
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Another fact about ambassadors. This is interesting… when you look at ambassadors
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They don’t choose to go on assignment for their government
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Rather, it’s the king or the president who will choose them and appoint them for service….. it
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Is the king who does the choosing!
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I think some of you already know where this is gonna go… notice what Jesus says in John 15:16
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you did not choose me, but I
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Chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit
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What is fruit? that refers to your works for God and fruit that will last and so that here it is
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Whatever you ask in my name
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the father
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will give you
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so right here Jesus who is a king says that he has chosen you he has appointed you to
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Work for him and what happens when you work and bear fruit he?
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says
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Whatever you ask in my name the father
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Will give you even your prayers become more powerful. I
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Don’t think it’s a coincidence that you are hearing this there are billions of people
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Who are doing god-knows-what right now, but God has you
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Listening to a message about working for him
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Don’t take that lightly
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You are one of the few
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And so for someone out there, this is a big moment because
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You know that God has been pulling you closer to him
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you know that you have been seeking God, but you may not have even known why you were seeking him, but you know now
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God hasn’t been teaching you just so you can be smart
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No, he is teaching you to prepare you for service
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Now of course someone is thinking how can God choose me
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Why would God choose me to work for him? I’m a nobody
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My friend that’s precisely the point
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God chooses the low things in the eyes of the world to shame the wise
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listen
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when God starts doing what he wants to do with you.. people will look at you and say
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How did they do that?
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She is not even that smart. He doesn’t even have any connections. How did that happen?
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And so what will happen is God will end up getting the glory
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Because what he would do in your life is going to be so much bigger than your ability
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You see God
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Demonstrates his way of turning nobody’s into somebody’s with how he chooses the people of the Bible. I
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Mean look at Peter Peter was a struggling hot-headed fisherman
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He chose Matthew a tax collector. Someone who everybody hated
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He chose Paul a man who had Christians killed
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He chose David who was an adulterer
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Samson a womanizer
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Rahab a prostitute. Moses a stutterer
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Jacob a liar
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Mary a young nobody and if God could use them my friend don’t have a doubt about what he can do
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with you
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He chooses who the world would least expect
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to reveal his glory
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And so remember who you are remember who God has chosen you to become
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Remember you are on assignment
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For the king, and so it’s time
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It’s time to start living like who and what we are
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Who we are…are Children of God
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what we are… are Ambassadors of Christ
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