If you Love the Flowers...

If you Love the Flowers...

[FONT=&quot]If you Love the Flowers,[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]You Hate the Weeds[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Psalm 97:10

[FONT=&quot]There are certain things which are principals of life. This is one of those principals. Our love for certain things must generate a serious distaste for that which would destroy what we love. This principal is a natural one as well as a spiritual one. Life is full of opposites which work against each other. For example:[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Peace War[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Good Evil[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Love Hate[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Flowers Weeds[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Clean Filth[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Smooth Rough[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Light Darkness[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]and on and on the list goes... Today I want to focus on the desire that each of you have inside you to Love God. You want to Love God and have a relationship with Him, but there is an opposite which we must contest with in order for this love to be true... Evil.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Read Ps 97:10[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]I. Love the Lord[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] A. The desire to Love the Lord[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 1. Put there by God in our creation[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 2. Often miss applied to others or other[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] things[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] B. Although natural in desire, often difficult[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] to apply in a confused world[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 1. Everybody says their religion is right[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 2. Most say they go by the Bible[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 3. If you want to do something evil, some church will teach its ok[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 4. It’s not easy to Love a God you don’t [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] know or understand[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 5. Many don’t know who to call God or how to worship Him (or some say her)[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 6. Where does one go to get the truth? [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] a. To the Bible[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] b. To the Bible[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] c. To the Bible[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 7. Believe the Bible over what others say[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] a. One God[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] b. Jesus is the Everlasting Father[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] c. Salvation is more than just a simple easy believism[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] d. Baptism is more than just an[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] outward sign of an inward faith[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] e. God is still pouring out the Holy [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Ghost with the evidence of [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] speaking with other tongues[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] f. It does matter what you believe[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] as well as what you do and say[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] C. Loving Flowers involves Time and Effort[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 1. Cultivation - Making them Grow[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] a. Plant the Seeds[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] b. Water the Seeds[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] c. Protect the plant[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] d. Make sure it gets plenty of sun[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] 2. Planting - To Keep them Growing[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] a. Right Atmosphere and Location[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] b. Continued effort and time spent[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] c. Water and Feed the growing plant[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] d. Tender plants must be treated carefully[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] e. Watch out of for the WEEDS![/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 1. Choke out the light[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 2. Steal the nutrients[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 3. Producing Flowers and Fruit[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] a. Keep paying attention to them[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] b. Still need water and food[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] c. Still need weeding to produce[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]II. Hate Evil[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] A. Evil is clearly portrayed in the Bible[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] B. The works of the flesh are manifest or[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] made known: Galatians 5:19-21[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] a. Adultery[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] b. Fornication[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] c. Uncleanness- Phy & in a moral sense: the impurity of lustful living[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] d. Lasciviousness -[/FONT][FONT=&quot] unbridled lust, excess, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] e. Idolatry[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] f. Witchcraft[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] g. Hatred[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] h. Variance -[/FONT][FONT=&quot]contention, strife, wrangling[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] I. Emulations - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] J. Wrath -[/FONT][FONT=&quot]passion, angry, heat, anger boiling up and soon subsiding again[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] k. Strife - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]putting ones self forward or being selfish[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] l. Seditions [/FONT][FONT=&quot]- [/FONT][FONT=&quot]dissension, division[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] m. Heresies [/FONT][FONT=&quot]- [/FONT][FONT=&quot]dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] n. Envying [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] o. Murders[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] p. Drunkenness - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]intoxication[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] q. Revel lings - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]feasts and drinking parties that are protracted till late at night and indulge in revelry[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] r. Such like (any of the above) - [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] general rule, - if it looks like evil, it[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] probably is[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]III. The contrast of God and Evil[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] A. Easy to see - Light and Dark[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] B. Can not be combined or mixed[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] C. Only one can be in Control in our lives[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Paul said in Romans 6:16[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]D. Which one will we serve and love[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] God or Evil [/FONT]
i see you have been affected.me too.there are good people here to help.dont be afraid to open up here.