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This Paper Is About Realizing That Everything That We Do Here On This Earth Will Count For Us Or Against Us In The Day Of Judgment...

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Every Act CountsGiven at: Date:It's good to see everyone that came out this morning to worship God in Spirit and in truth: and to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. The fact that you are here this morning speaks about your interest in the Gospel and your interest in reaching Heaven as your final destination. However, your being here this morning is just one action out of thousands or millions that you and I will perform in our lifetimes. When we are dissatisfies with what is going on in our lives, we are tempted to blame circumstances beyond our control. We tend to think that we'd be better off if life had dealt us a better hand. Yet, in all the most important ways, we are each the product of decisions that we have made while enjoying our freedom of choice. We certainly do have circumstances that we have to deal with, but the quality of our lives is primarily determined by our character, not our circumstances. Our problems and trials may not be judged: our responses to them will. Our character is within our control. Our text this morning comes from Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14.Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.Notice that the writer says "the conclusion of the whole matter". The "whole matter" can mean our entire lives, character, desires, traits, personality, etc. The whole is made up of many parts: our lives are made up of many actions, decisions, etc. Additionally, none of these things are too small to be taken into account by God on the Day of Judgment.Matthew 12:36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment.Romans 14:12So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.Today, we are going to look at how our characters are the accumulation of the decisions that we have made, how our character is either growing in a good direction or a bad direction, and realize that with every action, choice, or thought we are becoming more like God or more like the devil: and with these choices and actions we are influencing those around us. Then we will notice how sobering and encouraging it is to realize that every act does count.Romans 2: 5-115. But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;6. Who will render to every man according to his deeds:7. To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:8. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,9. Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;10.But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew...

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