Preacherís Pulpit              Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: Micah 6:8

SUB.: What Does The Lord Require?

Introduction:
The World is filled with requirements.

There are requirements for obtaining:

 Driver's license
 Getting a credit card
 Securing a loan
 Even for joining a church.

But the greatest question regarding requirements is often overlooked . . .

 ďWhat Does God require of a Person?Ē

Notice with me from our scripture today:

I. FAITHFULNESS IN OURSELVES

 (Micah 6:8)  "He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly,..."

 A. We are to do justly.

 B. This means to act honorably in all that we do.

 C. God expects us to be fair in relationship, honest in business, unwaverning in friendships and trustworthy in commitments.

 D. We live in a day that ALMOST no one can be TRUSTED!

 E. As a boy growing up in the West Texas a manís word was his BOND!

 F. In those days a manís word was as good or better than a written contract.

 G. But today more than likely a contract may have to be challenged in a court of law.

 H. God requires that we do what is ethical, just and honorable at ALL TIMES, no matter what!

II. FORGIVENESS TOWARD OTHERS

 (Micah 6:8)  "He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy,"

 A. We are to love mercy!

 B. Even though we should expect the highest standards in our own lives, we should show mercy to other when they fail.

 C. This is the opposite of what most of us do!

 D. We rigidly judge others according to a set of narrow standards, while excusing our own SINS!

  (Mat 6:14-15) "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: {15}But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."   (Mat 7:1-2)  "Judge not, that ye be not judged. {2}For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."

III. FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD

 (Micah 6:8)  "He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"

 A. Most importantly, we MUST walk humbly with our God.

 B. This cannot be done unless we know Jesus as our own personal Savior.

  (John 14:6) "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

 C. Jesus is the only way to the Father!

 D. So, if we are to walk with God, we must receive the Son as our Savior.

 E. In fact, without Jesus Christ our FAITHFULNESS and FORGIVENESS of others will come to nothing.

  (John 15:5)  "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

 F. Without Christ, we would be dead in our SINS!

 G. In Christ we have (present tense) eternal life!

 H. In Christ we have divine purpose.

 I. In Christ we have fellowship with God the Father and only through Him!

CONCLUSION: Do you meet Godís requirements for divine acceptance and approval? Remember: Accept Christ as Savior and you will be able to be faithful unto yourself

(2 Cor 5:17). Act with forgiveness toward others and God will approve you for greater service. Live faithfully unto God and one day you will hear:

(Mat 25:21)  "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

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