Greetings: God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Psalm 100:5 – for the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. And I like to say when using this verse as long as there is God, there will be truth. One day error will come to an end along with those who persist in living their lives by error. Live your life by truth – the Bible says in John 14:6 –6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Deuteronomy 32:4 says – A God of truth,1 John 5:6 – Holy Ghost is truth. Father is truth – Son is truth -Spirit is truth: if we are children of Heaven, we must be children of truth
Mind your step – R. SkeeteDo not act as if you own the Sabbath
Challenge: Memorize – Exodus 20:1-17 – the 10 commandments
God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Psalm 100:5 – for the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. And I like to say when using this verse as long as there is God, there will be truth. One day error will come to an end along with those who persist in living their lives by error. Live your life by truth – the Bible says in John 14:6 –6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Deuteronomy 32:4 says – A God of truth,1 John 5:6 – Holy Ghost is truth. Father is truth – Son is truth -Spirit is truth: if we are children of Heaven, we must be children of truth
Dear God, thank you dear Father for freedom of worship in this country. It will not last forever Father, but let us do all we can while we have it. Thank you, dear God, that everyone made it safely, no accidents, no tragedies. Father as we bow in your presence, I ask you in the name of Jesus a name you always accept,forgive us where we have offended you. We need the Spirit of truth dear God, because left ourselves we will not understand spiritual things. In the name of Jesus Father, grant to us the Spirit of truth that according to the promise of John 16:13, He may guide us into all truth. If He does not know that Father, we will surely guide ourselves into error and we don’t want that. I humble myself before you dear God. I am dirt, I am clay, I am human, I am weak, I am a sinner, you must help me Father as I handle spiritual things. Take all the glory dear God, all of it. Your word says in Isaiah 42 verse 8, I am the Lord that is my name, my glory will I not give to another so, you take it Father, but give us what we need dear God and that is blessings. A very special blessing to all our guests and wherever else our guests are from, bless them dear God, so that they will always remember their experience with us tonight. Bless the leadership of the Churches because leadership is not easy. Grant wisdom to the pastors dear God the presence of churches in communities may be the reason why many will be ready to meet Christ. Hear this humble prayer, watch over my family I pray in Jesus name. Let God’s people say Amen and amen.
Genesis 1:26 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [a]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” What I want to stress is that God gave Adam and Eve what dominion – fish of the sea, birds of the air, cattle, everything that creep on the earth, over all the earth. 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that [h]moves on the earth.” What I want to stress is that God gave Adam and Eve dominion.
But let us read microscopically. Let us go back to verse 26 our subject “mind your step” And God said, let us make man in our image after our likeness and let them have dominion, over the fish of the sea – they were made on the fifth day and over the cattle on the sixth day and over the earth – took six days to make it and over very creeping that creeps on the earth.
You will observe that although the dominion given to Adam extended to everything made on the earth within the six days of creation. The sun was not made on the earth, are you with me? The moon was not made on the earth. The moon’s location is not the earth, the sun’s location is no the earth, the stars’ location is not the earth. Adam was given dominion over everything on the earth and so the bible says over the earth. He had dominion north, south, east and west.
But we know that Adam sinned. Let us go to – Genesis 2:16- 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you[f] shall surely die.” – There is no guesswork when God speaks thou shall surely die. The wages of sin have always been death. Chapter three, let us read from verse six. The woman has conversed with the enemy, she has been deceived – Genesis 3:6-7 – 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was [a]pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves [b]coverings.
Adam and Eve sinned – and sin ruined God’s creation. Sin got to such a place that God decided to send a flood. Let us look how bad the world was.
Genesis 6:1-3,5 -Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. 3 And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive[a] with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 5 Then [c]the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent[d] of the thoughts of his heart was only evil [e]continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. – God regretted having made humanity. By the way, let us so live our lives that when God sees us, He does not regret having given us life. I hope we live such a life today that God did not regret having let us live to today. There are some people I wish were never born – like Hitler, Idi Amin and Paul Pot. Let us so live that we do not drive God to regret. Let us so live, that when God looks at us, He smiles because He realizes that by our lives we are blessings to others. And so, sin came and ruined God’s creation.
Now, God sent the flood and destroyed the whole world, except 8. Let us go Genesis Chapter 9 and read from verse 1. Genesis 9:1- So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. Does this remind you of anything? What He said to Adam? God is starting all over in a very real sense. When God destroyed the earth, He removed Noah by placing him above the highest waves, and the bible says, the waves covered the highest mountains. So, in that sense He removed Noah while He devastated the sinful earth. And when the devastation was complete, He brought Noah down. The eight-people exited the ark and bible says, and God blessed Noah and his sons. Now, let us look at the equivalent in Genesis 2:7 – 7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man, became a living being. 8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Let us go to verse 15 15 Then the LORD God took [d]the man and put him in the garden of Eden to [e]tend and keep it – all these is happening and Eve has not yet been made. God is dealing with Adam. Verse 16 and 17 : 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you[f] shall surely die.” – Eve does not exist. Then verse 18 –18 And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to [g]Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. – All of these is happening and there was no Eve.
Now, let go to God starting all over again. Go back to Genesis and let us read from verse 1: So, God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs Now, God is talking to Noah and his sons not the wives. As He spoke to Adam originally, now He is beginning again, He follows the same practice, He speaks to the leaders of the home. Let us see God repeating what He did when He first began. Let us look at verse 2 again of Genesis 9- And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea – We have the land animals, we have marine animals – They are given into your hand, what is that? Dominion. Now dominion with a catch, because there is sin. The catch is God puts a certain dread in the animals that the do not attack mankind. But God tells Noah and his sons and of course Noah and his sons had to inform their wives. We have dominion over the animal
Verse 3- 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. God is saying the same way I gave the green herb before sin, I am giving you living things now, animal life to eat. Now when God says every moving thing, we must understand every moving clean thing. Because in Chapter 7, God told Noah how many clean to bring in and how many unclean, so every moving thing does not mean pigs and slugs and snakes. Every moving clean thing. So, we have diet. God says the same way I gave you herbs I am giving you now clean meat. Read verse 4 – 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. God puts a restriction on the eating.
Question – Did God put a restriction on the eating before sin? Yes. Don’t eat of that tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This is a second beginning. But what I want to focus on is dominion.
Let me ask you a question – Over what did God give Adam and Eve dominion? – The whole earth and everything in it. Everything created from day one to day six. Which were the six days of creation. But there was something else that God did that creation week, of which He did not give Adam and Eve dominion. Let us go to Chapter 2 of Genesis and let us read from verse 1. He did not give them dominion over a very certain thing. He gave them dominion over everything else on the earth. Genesis 2:1 – Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Now, God made the Sabbath. But He did not make it during the six days of creation. Adam and Eve were given dominion over everything made on the earth during those six days. Notice I said on the earth, the Sun was not made on the earth, not the Moon or the Stars. The birds were, the fish were, the trees were, the land animals were, the creeping things were. The dominion given to Adam over the entire Earth. The Sabbath was instituted after all of these creating was done. Adam’s dominion did not extend to the Sabbath – put it differently, no man has power to tamper or tinkle with God’s Sabbath.
Now, this is youth week and I haven’t forgotten that. We like to think that no one has, particularly the young, I would imagine because that is where I was when I was young long times ago. No one could tell me anything. I knew everything at 14. I was smarter than my father and my mother combined. The only people who were smarter as I was, were my 14 years old friends. Everyone above was stupid. So, don’t tell me what to do. I have discovered my young friends and friends not so young, you may have dominion over trees and animals and your pets and your garden, but the law of God has dominion over you. So, many run around saying no one can tell me anything. You are in a contradiction to the way God set things up. You have dominion over the earth and I have a law that has dominion over you.
Let’s us go to Isaiah 58. God instituted laws for sinless people. When I say instituted, He gave them the Sabbath day. The Sabbath principle had always existed. Isaiah 58 really from verse 13 13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day Now, what does it mean to turn away your foot from doing your pleasure on My holy day? What does that mean turn away your foot? Let the bible gives us a clue. Let us go to Joshua 1 let’s read verse 3. Moses is dead and God is giving Joshua information and reassurance that as he was with Moses, so He will be with Joshua and He says — 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. Now, God is saying wherever you put your foot, that is yours. What clue do we get that putting the foot suggest – possession, dominion or ownership
Let’s go to Acts chapter 7. Stephen is about to deliver a very, very powerful message and in his opening remarks he rehearses the history of God’s people from Abraham in all the Chaldeans all the way down and in verse 5. Stephen is telling his audience that even though God had promised land to Abraham, Abraham never received it in his life. Verse 5 says 5 And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. – Here we have foot and possession again.
Let’s go to Genesis 13. We are trying to understand if “you turn away your foot from the Sabbath” Let’s read from verse 14 – 14 And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your [c]descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so, that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” God is telling Abraham, put your foot over all these land as an act of faith and my promise that one day you will literally possess it – walk all over it
Now, let’s go to chapter 1. Job 1, Job. The patience of Job, the suffering of Job. The bible has one Job. So, if you are suffering a lot, you need to take closer look at yourself. There is only one Job in the bible. Some Christians think all Christians should be Job, no, no, there is only one. If all Christians would be Job, who would want to be a Christian. Ok, Job 1 reading from verse 6 – Job 1:6 – 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and [e]Satan also came among them. 7 And the LORD said to [f]Satan, “From where do you come?” So, Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” – Wasn’t that what God told Abraham to do? What is the devil saying? – I came from the place that is mine.
Now, let’s go back to Isaiah 58 verse 13 – 13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, – STOP acting as if it is yours and that you have dominion, you have control over my Sabbath, it is mine – From doing your pleasure on My holy day, – God said, stop acting as if you possess this day, it is your day, you have dominion , you do not.
The day, the 4th commandment, a representative of all ten, has dominion over us. What I am trying to say, when God made a sinless earth, His arrangement was, sinless people, would live under the dominion of a divine law to guide their lives. So, when we say, no one can tell me what to do, that goes contrary to the will and the arrangement of God. Anyone who lives contrary to God’s law is out of harmony with the entire universe.
And so, God place Adam and Eve under law, without that there could be no existence for them.
Patriarchs and Prophets 49,1, Ellen White writes God placed man under law, as an indispensable condition of his very existence. He was a subject of the divine government, and there can be no government without law. God might have created man without the power to transgress His law; He might have withheld the hand of Adam from touching the forbidden fruit; but in that case man would have been, not a free moral agent, but a mere automaton. Without freedom of choice, his obedience would not have been voluntary, but forced. There could have been no development of character. Such a course would have been contrary to God’s plan in dealing with the inhabitants of other worlds. It would have been unworthy of man as an intelligent being, and would have sustained Satan’s charge of God’s arbitrary rule.
God placed man under law, as an indispensable condition of his very existence – there is a difference between existence and life. This plastic or transparent desk is existing. You and I are living. What God is saying, what Ellen White is telling us – even to exist, you must come under law. This is Youth week, but I have never seen a Youth gospel. There is no Youth Heaven and there is no Youth, there is no Youth hell. The wages of sin, is death, for what age group? All ages. The soul that sins it shall die. For which age group> All ages. Hence, I speak to my young brothers and my young sisters, the most blessed life we can live, is a life lived in harmony with God’s requirements for your lives. This was the arrangement before sin. This is the arrangement after sin, because if you go back to Genesis 9 from verse 5 onwards, God pronounces judgement for anyone who commits murder. One law represents all ten – as a Sabbath in Eden represented all ten, commandment 6 when he came out of the ark represented all 10. When there is an animal or a man who takes the life, that person or that beast must die because laws must be present wherever there are created beings. Now, that include angels – then we have to mind our steps, as we walk through life.
In this life, my friends, you must mind your step. Do not step on God’s law, do not step particularly on God’s Sabbath. Remove your foot, mind your step – watch where you walk, keep of the grass. At any age, you live that way, you will live a blessed life.
And so, God says to us today, let me give you these words better said than I can give them. In the words of Ellen White:
In the writing of Ellen White – It is the prerogative of God’s alone to prescribe the duty of men and angels. The will of God is a perfect will and must be obeyed as it is set forth in His holy law because every requirement is just and is set forth by infinite wisdom. The highest interest of men and angel are conserved in obeying the law of God. God’s law or God’s will as express in the law is the supreme will and no invention or device of men can take its place. Obedience to the commandments of men instead of the commandments of God will be as an abomination in the sight of God.
That is why when we keep Sunday as the Sabbath we offend God, because there is no biblical justification for it. It is the seventh day. Will be as an abomination in the sight of God – for what God requires is essential to the highest good of His subjects, and is therefore essential for the glory of God
What she is doing, she is connecting our obedience to God’s glory. An obedient person is an opportunity for God to demonstrate to the world, that a divine law can be expressed in a fallen human being. That is one of the reason Christ came, that is why Paul tells us that the righteousness might be fulfilled in us when we walk not after the flesh but after the spirit – We have to mind our steps
There are 10 commandments
- You have gods before God? What about your career? That academic degree that leads you take exams on Sabbath. Is money your God? Is a false doctrine your God? The servant of God says, it is as easy to make a false doctrine a god or an idol a false doctrine and theories as to fashion an idol of wood and stone. A false doctrine can be an Idol. This fanatical desire to get a man can be an idol or a woman
- What about taking God’s name in vain? Do we claim one thing and live another way? Where we talked a Sabbath.
- What about the Sabbath – Mind your step
- What about honor your father and your mother? Do you know it includes the older members of the church? Do you respect the older members of the church? Do you respect the conference President? He is a father. Do you respect the Union President? Honor thy father and mother, those are religious authority over us? Mind your step.
- Do you kill? Well you all say no. Have you ever back bitten somebody? Have you ever tried to cut someone in order to get to that office during election time? Have you ruined someone’s character by gossip? That is killing.
- Though shalt not commit adultery. Well you know that one. But by aligning ourselves with error, we are serving another god that is spiritual adultery. You don’t have to do it physically. You can’t keep your eyes off the head deaconesses.
- What about eight, though shall not steal? – Is a tithe faithfully returned? You go to work early and leave late to make sure to ensure you give the same amount of time the employer or do you go late and leave early and still get a full check? If you do that give your employer a refund
- Commandment nine, do you bear false witness against your neighbor? The person living next you who is not a Christian, is the person misled by the way you and I live.
- Do we covet? – if commandment ten were obeyed, there will be almost no debt among God’s people. A lot of us get into debt because we want things we do not need. Other people have them, we want them, we get into debt. If we would avoid coveting, few of us will be in debt
God placed humanity under the dominion of the law. Young people you learning to be an individual you are to demonstrate to your parents, you can make decisions of course they are standing right there as a safety net to catch you when you mess up and God bless them for that. You are learning, but remember you have been place under the dominion of God’s holy blessed law for the benefit of your life. Let me tell you something, as I told the church was it last night or the night before, never rush into adulthood. The day as well years are three score and 10, 18 as child, 52 as an adult. Why are you rushing out of the 18 to start paying taxes and going to jail without having consultation with your parents. No, enjoy your childhood but enjoy it with consciousness, I am accountable to my God. Josiah was 8 years already became King. The bible says he never turned to the right or left. He obeyed God. Christ was 12, He obeyed His Father.
Young and old, mind your step. Young people if you want to get into adulthood with no regrets, mind your step. Obey God. Acknowledge God’s commandments in your life. Every decision you have to make large or small. Let me repeat, if you want to enter into adulthood without a backpack of regrets, mind your step now
How many of you will say with me Father, thank you for opening my eyes, give me a willingness dear God to mind my step by living in harmony with your requirements, may is see your right-hand side or any hand at all. We need divine power to obey God. You know why the carnal mind is enmity against God, we are born naturally opposed to obedience. With our parents, the police, whomever. We are naturally opposed to obedience. That is why we have to ask God, help me. How does God do that, He writes His law on our hearts. Now, what is in the heart is what comes out if God puts the law out comes obedience and since He doesn’t put the commandments in your spleen or on your liver but in the heart, it comes out joyfully. It comes out willingly. It comes out gladly.
Father in Heaven, thank you for your word. Thank you for this warning day God that we should mind our step. Father I pray that the Spirit of truth will simplify what I have said. Now those who heard me leave with a message for them as individuals dear God and that we may go through this life minding our step. The Bible says that we should guard the avenues of the soul. That is minding our step. Please Father give us the very mind of Christ who minded His step without one slip. Help us to understand that a life lived in harmony with your law, a life lived according to your requirements of your direction is the safest life to live because it is blessed now and that blessings continues in the life to come in the name of Jesus Christ dear God give us a love for compliance with your law. A special blessing to all present young or old and a special blessing on our guests as we leave tonight dear God let us reflect on what we have heard I pray from my heart in Jesus name and for His sake, let God’s people say amen and amen