I celebrate 66 years of life today. My life has been full and my years to come will be blessed. I am saved, sanctified and Holy Ghost filled with a mind to serve Him as I stand on His HOLINESS Standard; a wonderful ministry, fabulous husband and surrounded by 16 children with grandchildren and great grand children; a church family which is second to absolutely none, family, friends and a life beyond compare. I just wanted to begin this morning with praise to Him.

Jesus was at a dinner and began to tell parables to those who were invited to the dinner. The first parable was about those who are invited to a marriage feast and where they take their seats. It’s a lesson in humility. The next was about who one invites to a dinner and why. This is a lesson on being blessed.

(Luke 14)

And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

Excuse after excuse after excuse. When we want something and even if we have relatively no money, we will find some way of getting what we want, but giving to God’s work or God’s house or God’s ministry - we find excuses...NO FUNDS! When we want to go somewhere and have no car, we will find some way of getting where we want to go, but going to minister, putting ourselves out a bit to run an errand for someone, or even go to church - we find excuses...NO TRANSPORTATION. When we are at the mall, we someway get what we want, but when it’s Building Fund Sunday, we find excuses not to give. When it’s time to go to work, we are there, without fail and on time, but when it’s Sunday or Tuesday evening, or Thursday evening or Friday evening service—we find a good excuse to go to another’s church or meeting or gathering - or just not to go at all. We will make sure we do what we want to do, but what God has for us to do - we have excuses for. Just know that in God’s eyes, we are without an excuse. He has been there for us down through the years. He has been, and is, our secret place, our dwelling place, but do we truly abide there? Shelter is available to us, but do we take advantage of the covering? If we do, then we will find that we have no excuses - if we are truly abiding in Him.

(Genesis 3)

And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. Caught in the act by God, Adam yet made excuses.

And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. Eve was no different than Adam. Following his example, she made excuses. It’s one thing to make up excuses to man or to parents or to family or to friends or TO ME – we might buy it! But excuses to God! That looks as silly as – actually sillier than, a child making excuses to the parent. As parents, we don’t accept excuses in our homes and God is the same way, in the secret place. So we must learn to rest, stay, abide, dwell in that secret place. The problem is, we don’t know how to get from where we are - making these excuses - to where we really desire to be - in the secret place in Him.

How do we even enter in to that secret place? Just as if I am positioned on the right side of a hall, I wouldn’t enter in a room on the opposite side. So, the door that we spiritually enter through depends on our spiritual position. We might enter into the secret place by positioning ourselves before the Door of Prayer – a way of life - not just in cases of emergency or adversity. Prayer doesn’t always change circumstances but it should always change us - without excuse. Or, we might open the Door of Praise - meditation turned into communication. When you think of the goodness of Jesus – MEDITATION, and all He’s done, your soul cries out Hallelujah – COMMUNICATION. We need to realize that a drop of praise is not suitable acknowledgement for an ocean of mercy that he has bestowed upon us. It really is not. Another door – the Door of Obedience – not just compliance but obedience from the heart. My Pastor tells us of a little boy who was told by his mother to sit quietly in a chair. He grudgingly obliged but after taking his seat he then announced, “I may be sitting still on the outside, but on the inside I’m still running around.” He was compliant, but he was not obedient. We should never be like that little boy, only being compliant never being obedient to the will of God without back talk—without excuse. Then there’s also the Door of Faith. But even that door closes when we murmur, and when we complain, and when we continue to make excuses. Another important door is the Door of Worship – giving to God what He already owns – ourselves. Think of your daily schedules. Why is it that when the pressures of life forces us to cut something out of our busy schedules, why is it that the most expendable daily activity is personal devotion? There are many more doors – but one that we have easy access to is the Door of His Word - our road map. We don’t have to always have the actual physical book, the Holy Bible, to have His Word - the map, with us. It should always be in our hearts. Our map tells us in Galatians about ourselves being silly and thoughtless saints of the Most High God, yet being bewitched. Were we saved by doing works or by hearing God’s Word? Who has bewitched us? Who has deceived us? Who gave us all of these excuses? Who tricked us into believing our own excuses? In the book of Romans it says in essence that we are so wise that we are foolish! The excuse – “I didn’t know.” But the scripture goes on to say that God hath showed it unto them! We see as we read on in Romans that even the ungodly and unrighteous are without an excuse. We’re all guilty because excuses don’t work, and there are consequences of excuses.

Going back to Luke 14 where the third person was giving the excuse of a new wife, So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, You see, our excuses make God angry because He accepts NO excuse. Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. Looks like the poor and the disabled and the blind and the lame made excuses also and so there was yet room...

And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. The first guests were pre-invited and had accepted the advance invitation. Just as they RSVP’d, we who are saved have accepted God’s invitation to righteousness, to the kingdom. Now, will we follow through or will we make up some more excuses as to why we are procrastinating, why we are delaying and as to why we are just NOT doing the will of God. The Word says that not one of these who made excuses will God accept. Notice in the scripture that everyone had “a good excuse.”

Even if the poor and the disabled and the blind and the lame made excuses, I’m sure that they were good excuses. They didn’t have transportation, or they couldn’t see their way, or they didn’t have the strength. But notice that no one had an excuse which was acceptable unto God!

We have excuses too - good ones:

  • We say, “Sharing” – a good excuse,

But, God says, “Backbiting” – God says sin

  • We say, “Just too tired” – a good excuse,

But, God says,” Forsaking to assemble ourselves” – He says, “disobedience” and He says, “sin”

  • We say, “I borrowed” – another good excuse,

But, God says, “You didn’t pay back, you stole” - “you sinned”

  • We say, “Just a little exaggeration”

God says, “Lie” - “you sinned”

  • We say, “I slipped”

God says, “You fell and you sinned”

  • We say, “I was invited elsewhere and I’m an adult and don’t need to ask permission or to let him know where I’ll be”

God says, “I put a watchman over your souls.” God says, “Disobedience.” God says “sin.”

  • We say, “God knows”

God says, “Excuses, excuses” – God says, “the word is - sin.”

There is never an excuse for a sinning saint.

You know, it has long been time out for excuses and yet He gives grace and mercy. He has given us one more day to turn from the excuses of sin. The Bible tells us to turn from it. The Bible tells us to turn to God. The Bible tells us after we turn then to remain in the Lord and stand fast in the faith. The Bible tells us not to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage, of excuses, of sin. My Pastor spoke on the difference between God’s grace and mercy and God’s favor. He gave us the example of how we show grace and mercy to our children but their actions don’t have favor with us and how after a while, even our grace and mercy stops. We don’t want to be taking advantage of God’s grace and mercy...we want our actions to be in the perfect will of God.

(Ephesians 6:10)

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. The devil loves it when we make excuses so the Word goes on here to describe the complete armor. Know that we are all to be His ambassadors. We are to position ourselves in a stance of action to spread the Good News of the gospel and its doctrine. So this is also my prayer for the reader: “Each of you, pray also for me, that freedom of utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news, the Gospel, for which I am an ambassador. You pray that I may declare it boldly and courageously, as I ought to do.” Remember that man accepts excuses - at times. But when we are saved, sanctified, Holy Ghost filled, water baptized, called of God, and yet we are NOT ministering, yet we are NOT serving, yet we are NOT obeying - then we have NOT put ourselves in that proper position of action. Like the foolish virgins, we can offer NO excuses to Him. Never let it be said too late. God has blessed us with NOW to begin preparing for eternity -

The safest place in the whole wide world, is in that perfect will of God. That will of God is, without excuse, HOLINESS!

See you next Sunday morning, if the Lord says the same and delays His coming.

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