How to Live Your Last Day

 

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NOTES: For this sermon – the notes are only 50% (at the most) of what Jack teaches in the audio.
  
How to Live Your Last Day
How to Grow in Christ Series #18
11/21/10
 
If your doctor told you that you had only twenty four hours to live how would you choose to live the last day of your mortal existence?
 
Would you want to fly to Paris and have the best meal of your life? Perhaps you would want to go over how much money you have made in your life and gaze upon all of your assets?
 
Or would you want to spend your last hours watching your favorite movies?
Maybe you would call all of your family and friends to share the last few hours of your life with you. If you love wine would, you want to drink a few of the best bottles of wine and be high on the greatest wine before you die and thereby drown all of your fears?
 
We could continue this list of things that people might want to pursue before they died ad infinitum, however, the wise person that is a Christian should ask themselves, “How would my God want me to live the last day of my Christian life?”
 
I believe His answer would be that the Christian should live their last day the same way they should have been living their entire life, according to Scripture, for the glory of the Father (I Cor.10:31) through being, moment-by-moment, occupied with the life of the resurrected Christ (Gal.2:20) by means of the filling of the Holy Spirit (Ephs.5:18).
 
In other words, we should be living a Scriptural, Trinitarian Christian existence so that the world could witness what redeemed humanity looks like for the glory of God the Father.
 
Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone how a Christian should live the final day of their life.
 
1.    God has already determined, in eternity past, the last day of your life.
 Ps 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Job 14:5  Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.
Ecc 3:2  A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 
Dan 5:23  … and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.
2.    What is God the Father’s goal for your Christian life?
Rom 8:29  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Rom 11:36  For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
Eph 3:10  to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,
Eph 3:11  according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Rom 16:27  to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
1Co 10:31  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
2Co 1:20  For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 
2Co 4:6  For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Eph 1:11  In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
Eph 1:12  that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
Eph 3:21  to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

 

       1Pe 4:11  If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with

 the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong

 the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

       Rev 5:12  saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom,

 And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

       Rev 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea,

 and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne,

 And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

 

     Rev 21:23  The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.

 The Lamb is its light.

 

 

     God’s goal is to conform us to the image of His Son for His eternal glory.
 
 
 

      Rom 9:23  and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,

      Rom 9:24  even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

 
 

3.    The Father would have us live the last day of our lives by being occupied with the life

of His resurrected Son through the filling of the Holy Spirit for His glory.

 

         Php 1:21  For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

 

        Col 3:4  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

     2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed

 into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which

I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

Rom 6:4  Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead

by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

Rom 6:10  For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Rom 6:11  Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the

 bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

Joh 6:52  The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”

Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood,

 you have no life in you.

Joh 6:54  Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:55  For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

Joh 6:56  He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

Joh 6:57  As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

Joh 6:58  This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead.

He who eats this bread will live forever.”

 

2Co 4:11  For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be

manifested in our mortal flesh.

 

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

2Co 10:4  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

2Co 10:5  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,

bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

2Co 10:6  and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

 

Php 3:7  But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.

Php 3:8  Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord,

for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

Php 3:9  and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through

 faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

Php 3:10  that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings,

being conformed to His death,

Php 3:11  if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Php 3:12  Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that

for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

Php 3:13  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which

 are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

Php 3:14  I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Php 3:15  Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise,

God will reveal even this to you.

 

2Co 5:14  For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;

2Co 5:15  and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves,

but for Him who died for them and rose again.

 

Jas 4:3  You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Jas 4:4  Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?

Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Jas 4:5  Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

Jas 4:6  But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “GOD RESISTS THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”

Jas 4:7  Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Jas 4:8  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts,

 you double-minded.

Jas 4:9  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

 
 

4.    We need to pray that the Father change our motives to live for Christ and humble us for the glory

 of the Father and not for our own glory and to give us the belief to appropriate all that He has for us in His Word.

 

1Pe 2:9  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people,

that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

1Pe 2:10  who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

1Pe 2:11  Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,

1Pe 2:12  having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may,

by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

 

Gal 5:16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
 
 

5.    Let us begin living today as if it were the last day of our lives, because we are not promised tomorrow,

 and start living the life of the resurrected Christ through the filling of the Holy Spirit for the glory of the Father. 

 
 

1Co 8:6  yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ,

 through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

 

Heb 11:24  By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,

Heb 11:25  choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,

Heb 11:26  esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

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