ADIDAS Part 3

Ephesians 1:3-10

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

Today we are going to close out our ADIDAS series, now don’t get the wrong idea, the series is coming to an end but ADIDAS will forevermore be the acronym for all day I’m delivered and saved. Every time you see a pair of Adidas or someone wearing a shirt  with the Adidas logo you will think to yourself.  All day I’m delivered and saved.  In the past couple of weeks I have shared with you my infatuation with Adidas tennis shoes while at the same time making it clear that no shoe or other material item is more important than the God that we serve. I’ve expressed to you that we would not even have any material possessions if it had not been for the Lord on our side. 

No shoes!

No clothes!

No cars!

No house!

No cars!

No boats!

No jewelry!

No hand bags!

No fishing rods!

No fancy appliances!

No name brand nothing… as a matter of fact I have always wondered why people get so caught up with the name on a product when the only name that matters is Jesus.  The Bible says, at the name of Jesus….

I mean Nike didn’t save you.

Adidas didn’t save you.

Prada didn’t save you.

Gucci didn’t save you.

Kate Spade didn’t save you.

Coach didn’t save you.

North Face didn’t save you.

Polo and Tommy Hillfigure didn’t save you, as a matter of fact, I remember hearing that they didn’t even design their clothes for people of color to purchase or wear.

Nautica didn’t save you.

Timberland didn’t save you.

Apple didn’t save you.

Samsung didn’t save you.

Tesla didn’t save you.

Ray ban… let me stop, I’m getting ahead of myself! 

The bottom line is we should be more concerned about the name of Jesus than a name brand.

But aren’t you glad that you don’t have to worry about a name brand or anything because of ADIDAS.  Not the shoe, but the acronym.  All day I’m Delivered and Saved!

But before we had ADIDAS I told you that we had a made up mind.  We made our mark.  And we made a mess.

But since ADIDAS….

We found out that we can make it.

We can make it through. 

We can make it happen.

We can make a difference.

Last week I shared with you that not only can we make it, but we can maintain it.  So many people make it only to lose it after they make it!

They reach the top only to fall.

They succeed only to fail.

They make all this money only to waste it.

They finally have it all only to lose it all. 

But because of ADIDAS we can maintain it.

We can maintain our sanity.

We can maintain our situations. 

We can maintain our sanctification. 

So as we close out this series today, I figured since we can make it because of ADIDAS,  and since we can maintain it because of ADIDAS.  We should have no problem giving the Master praise for ADIDAS.

I mean we praise everyone and everything else, we should have no problem praising the master.  Now don’t look at me in that tone of voice.

We praise our jobs. 

We praise our co-workers.

We praise our friends. 

We praise our family.

We praise our children. 

We praise our spouse.

We praise our pets.

We praise our houses.

We praise our cars.

We praise our sports teams.

We praise athletes. Come on now, some of y’all were just praising Lebrun James last night for making his 10th NBA finals.

We praise actors. 

We praise musicians.

We praise politicians.

We praise all these people and things so we should have no problem praising the master.

The ruler of heave and earth.

The king of kings. 

The lord of Lords.

The alpha and the omega.

The beginning and the end.

The giver of life.

This is what Paul was telling the church in Ephesus to do for all the Lord had done for all those that believe.  Shall we look at the text…

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.  

So basically Paul was telling the church that they should praise God because he had a plan for saving us.  But he didn’t just have a plan, he let us know about the plan.  That is why we have ADIDAS!  All day I’m Delivered and Saved!  All day we are delivered and saved because God sent his one only son to die so that we can live, and for that reason alone we need to give the master praise!

Since all day I’m delivered and saved, I can make it, 

And since all day I’m delivered and saved, I can maintain it. 

I’m going to give the Master praise because All day I’m delivered and saved.  And I’m going to praise him for the following three reasons.

First, we are going to praise him for being our salvation, 

He saved us. 

He took our place.

He took our sentence.

We were supposed to die.

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.

Jesus didn’t sin but He died.

Jesus didn’t mess up but He died.

Jesus didn’t lie, but He died.

Jesus didn’t cheat on His taxes, but He died. 

Jesus didn’t commit adultery, but He died.

Jesus didn’t fornicate, but He died.

Jesus didn’t abuse His body with drugs and alcohol, but He died.

Jesus didn’t sleep around, but He died.

Jesus didn’t spread the latest gossip, but He died. 

He died so that I could live, so that we could live.

We were granted a stay of execution. 

We were on death row.

But at last moment God said not today, my son’s got this. 

Is there anybody in the room excited about the fact that we’ve been redeemed.

We’ve been forgiven.

We’ve been set free.

We’ve been given a fresh start.

We’ve been given a clean slate.

We praise the master for our salvation.

Not only do we praise the master for being our salvation.  We praise the master for being our strength.  Now don’t get quiet on me now.  

The only reason we made it was because of Jesus. 

The only way we maintained it was because of Jesus.

The only reason we can stand up tall with our heads lifted high is  because of Jesus. 

The only reason we held it together was because of Jesus.

The only reason we didn’t fall apart was because of Jesus.

That’s why Paul says I can do all things through Christ that gives me strength.

That is why Moses said in exodus the Lord is my strength. 

That’s why Isaiah said He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

That’s why the psalmist said my flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Paul also said it is in my weakness that God shows His strength.

He gives us strength. 

William Murphy has a song that goes like this.

You are my strength, strength like no other. Strength like no other reaches to me. [x4]

In the fullness of Your grace, in the power of Your name, you lift me up, you lift me up. [x2]

You are my strength, strength like no other. Strength like no other reaches to me. [x2]

In the fullness of Your grace, in the power of Your name, you lift me up, you lift me up. [x3]

You are my strength, strength like no other. Strength like no other reaches to me.

Has He given anyone in the room strength today.

Well give the master praise for being our strength!

So not only are we going to praise the master for being our salvation.  Not only are we going to give the master praise for being our strength.  We are going to give the master praise for being our source.  Now I know that strength and source seem like the same thing but they are quite different.  Your strength is your power, but the source is what creates and/or gives you the power. 

For example, the light won’t have power unless you plug it in.  Your phone will not work unless you charge it.  

Your car will not run unless you put gas in it.  

The plane will not take off without fuel.  

You will not operate properly unless you eat the right foods.  

And we can not live our lives the way God has called us to live our lives if we are not connected to the source.  

Look at your neighbor and say get connected to the source!   

Lord I will lift my eyes to the hills.

Knowing my help comes from you.

Your peace you give me.

In times of the storm.

You are strength of my life.

You are the source of my strength.

I lift my hands in total praise to you!

As I close out this series is there anybody in the room that wants to give God total praise for being the source of your strength!

He’s the source.

He’s the source. 

He’s the source.

I know you thought it was you, but it was the source.

I know you thought it was because of your personality. 

I know you thought it was because of your pedigree. 

I know you thought it was because of your degrees. 

I know you thought it was because of your last name.

I know you thought it was because of your socioeconomic status.

I know you thought it was because of who you know and who knows you.

I know you thought it was because of your political affiliation.

I know you thought it was because you’re cute.

But it was because of the source!

So I don’t know about you, but I am going to give the master praise because not only is He our source, He is the source!

He is the source of my joy.

He is the source of my peace. 

He is the source of my love.

He is the source of my healing.

He is the source of my success.

He is the source of my calling.

He is the source of my anointing.

He is the source of my all and all.

Give the master praise for being the source!

Driving God Crazy

A Hasidic story tells of a tailor who approaches his rabbi and says, “I have a problem with my praise. I am a tailor, and from time to time people compliment me on my skills. It is very satisfying to hear their praise. One kind word can keep me going for a week. But if people came to me all day every day saying, “Mendel, you are a wonderful tailor”, “Mendel, you are a wonderful tailor”, “Mendel, you are a wonderful tailor” it would drive me crazy. It would get to the point I wouldn’t want to hear another compliment ever again! I would tell everyone to go away and leave me to work in peace. And this is what bothers me about praise. If just once a week we told God how wonderful he is, and just a couple of us did this each week, that is all God would need, right?  Is God really so insecure that he needs us all to praise him morning, noon and night? Hundreds, thousands, millions of people all praising him. Surely this would drive God crazy?!”

The rabbi smiled and said, “Mendel, you are absolutely right. You have no idea how difficult it is for God to listen to all our praises, day in, day out, 24 hours a day. But God knows how important it is for us to offer our praise, and so, because of God’s great love God tolerates all of our praise.”

Now obviously our praise does not drive God crazy.  As a matter of fact, I believe that one of the reasons God created us in the first place was to give Him praise.  But if in some alternative reality or world our praise drives God crazy.

I guess I’m going to drive God crazy because I have to praise Him!

I believe that our praise may not drive God crazy, but it absolutely makes God happy.  In our text today Paul clearly states, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace.  Now when I think about pleasure I think of happiness, and the word pleasure, referring to God’s pleasure is in this text twice.  So it sounds to me that our praise makes God happy!  And I don’t know about you, but I want to make God happy.  

So I am going to give the master praise.

I can’t help myself.

It’s like fire shut up in my bones.

I don’t know about anyone else in the room, but God has been to good to me not to praise him.

God has done too much for me.

God has provided too much for me.

God has protected me from too much. 

God has look out for me too much. 

God has forgiven me for too much.

God has saved me from too much.

God had taken my place too many times.

God has loves me too much not to praise Him.

So I am going to make God happy with my praise.

Does anybody in the room want to make God happy today!

If so stand up on your feet.

Open up your mouth. 

And give God a ridiculous praise.

Clap your hands and make God happy.

Stomp your feet.

Do your dance.

Run your lap.

Give him glory.

Shout hallelujah. 

If He’s done anything for you.

If He’s healed your body.

If He’s made the impossible possible.

If He’s made ways out of no ways.

If He’s got you out of sticky situations.

If He’s never let you down.

If He’s never forsaken you.

If He’s been your wheel in the middle of a wheel.

Make God happy with your praise. 

Praise God for being our salvation.

Praise God for being our strength.

Praise God for being our source.

Praise God that you have ADIDAS.

Praise God that all day I am delivered and saved!


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