No More Excuses – Part 2
- The excuse of not being fit for the job (Jeremiah 1:1-17)
- False pretense of humility
- The task is hard
- The time isn't right
- The topic is dangerous
- Excuses to keep you in failure
- Procrastination (Proverbs 6:3-9)
- Irritation (Proverbs 20:4)
- Exaggeration (Proverbs 22:13;26:13)
- Exhaustion (Proverbs 24:10)
- Frustration (Proverbs 24:16)
- Depression (Proverbs 24:19-22)
We are going to start in Luke chapter 14, and then we will be moving to the Old Testament, continuing our thoughts from last week. This is part two of 'No More Excuses.' There was a little girl and she had developed a bad habit like most little kids, she had a problem with lying. So once she was given a Saint Bernard dog for her birthday and she went out and told all of her neighbors that she had been given a lion. The mother took her aside and scolded her, told her not to lie, spanked her. And said, after she was done, you go upstairs and tell God you are sorry. Sorry for disappointing Him and for lying like that. Promise God you will not lie again. The little girl went upstairs and said her prayers and then came down. Her mother asked her, well, did God tell you that it was good that you were sorry. The little girl said, yes He did. And God said, sometimes he finds it hard to tell my dog from a lion too. We always seem to find excuses, always. A youngster brought home his report card with poor grades. And she asked him and said, well, what do you have to say about this, what do you have to say for yourself? And the boy said, well, one thing is for sure Mom, you know, I ain't cheating.
All right, Luke chapter 14 we always have an excuse. Luke chapter 14 starting in verse 15, we read this last week, it talks about a man that had a great supper. And in verse 17, "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, (this might be legitimate) I have married a wife, (she will not let me do anything) and therefore I cannot come. The first one, actually it is not the first one, there is some in the Old Testament. So that servant came and then he explained. So here are three excuses here in the Bible right away, and you have that word excuse. They are excuses and we seem to come up with excuses. And in verse 25 Jesus continues the thought and says, "And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethern, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." We need to stop coming up with excuses of why we can not do this and why we can not sacrifice, why we can not serve, why we can not do this or that. And actually, so what has God called you to do here on this earth? And I am even talking to younger folks that are in their teen years, little kids. What has God called you to do here on this earth? Why are you here? For your pleasure?
The Bible says, we were all created for His pleasure, and that is why we were created. Even some of you, you say, well, wait a minute. You know, I have a job now and I have to do this. I know, I am in the ministry, but I worked before I was in the ministry. This is what I can tell you as a young person when I got a job, I did not work on Sundays because it is His day. It is His day, that is set aside. Oh, you don't understand. I do not understand, you are right, and I do not think God will someday because you have excuses. You have excuses for why you do not serve God. You have excuses why it is not his day. It is your day. We have filled up our lives with excuses. Excuses why His word is not pre-eminent. Excuses why, well you do not understand. You know what, it is just a tough time I am in. It is just that I am going through a trial and you just do not understand all the hurt that is in me and on me in the trial and the tribulation. I know, probably the apostle Paul's never been there. Christ has never gone through what you have been through. Oh, he just died for your, sorry soul. That is what he did. You say, well, I don't know if He knows? I think He knows. And I think that someday you are going to hang your head because of your excuses. You are going to fall in line with some of these that made excuses. Through the Bible we find folks that made excuses.
Thursday night, Pastor Armacost referenced Adoniram Judson, I found an interesting story about Adoniram Judson. He knew Ann Hasselton. This is for some of you, that use your dating relationship to get out of doing your service for the Lord. Adoniram Judson knew Ann Hasselton one month and proposed to her in 1810. He asked her to serve the Lord with him as a missionary. Ann knew that if she agreed to marry him, she might never see her family again. For weeks she prayed about and pondered on the proposal until she finally determined that she was willing to carry the gospel to the distant lands. Then at Ann's request Adoniram wrote to John and Rebecca Hasselton, asking for their daughter's hand in marriage. This is his letter, this is a portion of the letter that he wrote, mom and dad, future in-laws. "I have now to ask whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring to see her no more in this world. (Hear what he wrote,) whether you can consent to her departure to a heathen land and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life. Whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean, to the fatal influence of the Southern climate of India, to every kind of want and distress, to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all of this for the sake of Him who left His heavenly home and died for her and for you, for the sake of perishing immortal souls, for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God." That is the letter he wrote to his in laws -- and they consented. His daughter, he said, could make up her own mind. And she accepted and she went overseas. They were married, I believe in 1812. And I believe it was in 1826 that Ann was dead, 14 years later. What a waste. Was it? Though Adoniram offered Ann a life of labor and suffering. She accepted it for the sake of sharing the gospel where it would otherwise not be known? Her decision shortened both her life and her work. But the Judson's spiritual legacy lives on today and I am talking about it. And through it countless others have been inspired by their testimony to serve an unreached mission field. And through both of them, they helped translate a Bible, which today is still used. Fourteen years - and hundreds of years later they have a Bible. I do not think it is a waste, but somebody would have an excuse. May God help us to stop making excuses.
Heavenly Father, I pray this evening as we look at a couple of ideas from your word, I pray that we would stop making excuses. I pray that we would bow before a God that is all knowing and omnipotent. And before a Savior that is not like any other Savior because we have never sacrificed what you have sacrificed. Lord, help us to understand that our excuses will someday fall at your feet. And I think in shame we will hang our head for what we have not done for our Savior. Bless Lord, the message this evening and do that which I can not and that is speak to hearts. We ask and claim your power in Jesus name. Amen.
So the first thing we are going to do is look in Jeremiah chapter one. So we are going to consider excuses. Last week we considered as far as excuses, we looked at two Old Testament examples. We looked at Aaron and we looked at the 10 spies. And so with Aaron, it was an excuse of not worshiping the one true God. With the 10 spies it was an excuse of not going beyond and taking the land that we are supposed to possess. And in Jeremiah chapter one, it is an excuse of not being fit for the task. Look at Jeremiah chapter one it says, "The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah,..." And then in verse two, "To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah, the son of Amon and king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim..." Then look at verse four, "Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee, thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with the to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth." In verse 11, "Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot: and the face thereof is toward the north. Then the Lord, said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. For , lo, I will call all the families of the kingdom of the north, saith the Lord; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. And I will utter my judgements against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee:..."
Here in this passage, Jeremiah is giving an excuse, I'm a little boy. All right, it may seem like a nice little meek, mild thing saying, you know what, I just feel unworthy. And some of us have a false pretense of humility, but actually it is an excuse to get out of serving God. And that is what Jeremiah is doing here. It is a false pretense of humility. I just do not know if I am worthy. You bet you are not worthy and neither am I, but when God tells us to do something, stop the excuses and get His word, and get His voice, and get His power, and do something.
Then you have the excuse, the task is demanding. You see in Jeremiah's past, if you study a little bit, his family heritage was that of the priesthood. And he is not going into the priesthood. He is going to be a prophet. A prophet was a little advanced, and you will notice it in the text here because a priest would not do what this prophet was going to do. And so it was a step up and he is like, yeah, wait a minute, I was not called to do this. I am in the lineage to be priest. Don't you know that is my family heritage? And God says, no, I want you to be a prophet. Sometimes we come to God and say, it is just too much. You are asking a lot of me and he does. He asks everything because he beseeches you therefore brethern by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice. He wants all of it. That is what he wants. And that is what he desires. He wants us to lay it all on the line. That is what he demands of us. So it is an overwhelming task. But so what? The task is demanding.
My talent is inadequate. I am a child, a little boy. I would agree. Some of you, I'm telling you, yes, talent is inadequate, talent is overrated. But then come to God, sit at his feet, learn from him. Talent is inadequate.
The time is not right. You know what, just wait a few years, I think we will be ready. And some of you, you have been waiting for decades and you are an old geezer now, man, come on, get at it. The time is not right. So when is it going to be right? Oh, I will serve God. And let me park right here for college students that are coming in. And what you are going to say is, wait a minute. You know when I get out, that is when I am going to go soul winning - bologna. If you can not win a soul now, you can not go out and say, well, I do not know anybody. You are not going to know anybody on the mission field either. You are not going to know anybody in that town you are sent to, so then get at it. You think it is a shock, you think all of a sudden that God is surprised that you are here. He was like, oh, I sent them there and they got, Hoosier your Bible days. Oh, and they believe in witnessing. Oh my word. I thought it was another college. Oops, I had a liberal one in mind. No, He knew it, He called you here. Get at it, do something for the Lord. Witness for Him. Oh, the time is not right. It will never be right then.
The topic is dangerous. It is toxic. Oh yeah it is, in this day and age it is toxic. What you are telling them is that they are a sinner. Yeah, that is really popular. You are telling them that their self esteem will never be enough because actually within yourself there is no good thing, that is toxic. And Jeremiah, guess what he was supposed to tell the people of Israel. Guess what? Because of your wickedness, because you turned your back on God, and because you have forsaken Him, and you burn incence unto other gods, and worship the works of their own hands. Gird up your loins boy, speak the truth because guess what is coming -- judgement! I am a child. I do not know but that is a toxic message. Get at it. Jeremiah, he had a little pause there of excuse making. Praise the Lord, God got through to him didn't he. We got a whole bunch of chapters later on and Jeremiah thumps it out. He does the task because he realized the excuses are pretty lame.
So I want to look at the book of Proverbs for the rest of the message. So turn to Proverbs six. I said we would be in the Old Testament. So now, thinking of last week we gave you three examples in the Old Testament and there are more, I mean you can go with some of the classics. You can go with Adam and Eve and you can do even Cain, and there is King Saul. There ares a whole bunch of people in the Bible that came up with excuses. But we looked at Aaron, we looked at the 10 spies and now you see it with Jeremiah. But as I looked at the book of Proverbs, I found seven excuses that will keep you in failure. Look at Proverbs 6:3, it says, "Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hands of thy friend; go humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler." That is the context right there, and then it continues and look at verse six. "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?" One excuse that will keep you in failure is procrastination, - tomorrow. And some of you tomorrow, you are going to get right with God. You have not got right for weeks and months because you are living in excuse land. Procrastination, putting it off, saying maybe tomorrow. You will always have a tomorrow then. You will always be able to say, well, you know what, I am going to do that in the morning. And some of you, you are scared to death to walk down this aisle because you know the pressure that it will put on you to do it now. Quit making excuses. Quit procrastinating. Quit putting it off. Get right. Procrastination is an excuse that will lead to failure.
Proverbs chapter 20 is another passage. So we see procrastination. Look at Proverbs 20:4, "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore, shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing." Nada. Zilch. What is it saying there? It is an excuse, isn't it? It is an excuse. So procrastination, that will keep you in failure, that is an excuse. You know what else is an excuse -- Irritation, irritation. You know, it will never be comfortable enough to go soulwinning. It will always be a little warm. Oh, I felt a bead of sweat go down my back. Oh, I don't know, maybe tomorrow. I am looking at the app here. Ooh, nice day. You know what? That app is lying to you. All right. You know because I have studied it too. All right? Because last Sunday night and Monday it was not supposed to rain and guess what teenagers, it rained nonstop on a camp out. It was ridiculous! Lying app! But guess what, guess what you have to do? Yeah, it is a little irritating. But if it always has to be perfect weather, if it always has to be perfect circumstances. Guess what you will never do? You will never serve God. You will never serve God because somebody is going to have some depressing news. You are going to have some relatives somewhere. I do not know. I mean, it could be like a great, great, great aunt, that has a nephew, that has a son. I mean, it is so lost in the family tree, who knows where it is at. But that little, that little guy, I think he is sick. So I think I need to go visit him. I was going to go soul winning and I just, I need to be there for him. You will always be able to find some long lost relative that needs your sympathy. You will be able to find some excuse to stop you from doing that, which God wants you to do. Irritation.
Look at Proverbs chapter 22. I love this one. So not only procrastination and irritation, but look at Proverbs 22:13, "The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, (that is a Saint Bernard, now we know it from our story.) I shall be slain in the streets. It is repeated for us. So I guess it's important. Look at chapter 26:13, "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets." So you know what I call that? What is an excuse? That is an excuse, that is keeping you from doing that which God has called you to do. Procrastination. Irritation. I call this exaggeration. For real, a lion in the street. There is a lion (lying) in your mouth and it is jumping out. It is lion (lying) everywhere. It is exaggeration, that is what it is. There no lion in the street stopping you, and you will exaggerate everything to get out of serving God. Oh man. Oh my word. Oh my back. I do not even know if it is there. Oh, they offered you over time. Oh man. You know what? I will just pay for therapy with the extra money. Well, really? Yeah. It is just amazing, isn't it? All of a sudden, yeah, the pain needs to be gone for soul winning, but the pain, I will endure it for a lotta cash. Be careful. Be careful. Your heart is being revealed by your treasure isn't it? Exaggeration, do not exaggerate the circumstances. Do not exaggerate what has happened. Oh, you do not understand all the heartache and all the need. You do not understand. You do not understand, I just need this money. Really, explain that to the guys over there in Kenya. Explain that to the folks in Zambia who are coming out and they make, I don't know, a couple bucks a day and they set aside their afternoon to go knock on doors. But oh, you understand? I mean, you have to get two vehicles. Oh, my roof is leaking, stop that, they do not have a roof, it is thatched but they can do it. But you can't. Maybe we should pray that God make you poor enough that you do not exaggerate and lie about the circumstances. Exaggeration, irritation, procrastination.
Oh, look at Proverbs chapter 24. In Proverbs 24, I found a whole bunch of them. Proverbs chapter 24:10 says, "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." So what is an excuse that will keep you in failure? Exhaustion. Ah, I am, so tired. Welcome to old age. Yeah, welcome to old age. I am telling you, man, I do not know what is going to happen when I hit 60. Because all I think about, is like, oh, where is that pillow? I am tired. I have to hit it, man. I want it again. I mean, it can be like at 10 in the morning, and I am like, aw, if I just endure to the end man, endure, keep going. Exhaustion, but you know what? If thou faint in the day of adversity, they strength is small. Sometimes we use the idea of exhaustion and adversity. We say, well, you know, you do not understand what I have been through. I get tired. In fact this past week Pastor Ross was passing through and so he texted me, and I had just been through the campout thing. And it was Monday, I am driving Monday and hear, ring, ring, ring. So I get there and the teens are doing disc golf and I am looking at the phone. He was like, Hey, you in town, and I am like yeah (crabby). Sitting on a bus, dude. Watching disc golf with 9 -12th graders. And so he is like, do you want to have lunch. I'm like, oh, when? So Tuesday I met the teens and then I shot out there, and we were sitting there eating and he comes walking over to where we were going to meet. So, he looks at me and I said, I am telling you, man, I just ended up on a camp out. It rained for two nights and I was sleeping on a sleeping pad. And he looked, and he goes that is what is wrong with you. He was like, I was going to mention, man, that you look bad, he said you need some rest man. Later he text me and said go to bed. Exhaustion.
And he and I were talking about it, we were joking about it because you know, there is some people you just feel bad for them when you are in the ministry beause it is just always whining. It does not matter what is happening. They are always, whining. I go to try to encourage them and have lunch or dinner or whatever. And it's just like,
Well you know, I don't know, I mean, are you going to pay?
I am like, you know what, fine. You know what? Have whatever you want. All right. Feel free. Eat it all. Do you want to order the whole menu? I mean, every time it is like that.
I just don't know. It is just so hard and it is tough.
They are always in some adversity and they always need another vacation.
Oh man, if I could just have a couple of days,
Well, what did you do last week?
Oh yeah, I had a couple of days.
What did you do the week before?
Well, you do not understand my Sunday. My Sunday is so bad. I mean, I have got to have Monday and then I have got to have Friday and then Saturday afternoon. I mean, I just do not want anybody at all during the week to see me.
I am like, man, you are just a flat out wuss. That's what you are. I mean, what is wrong with you?
And we stopped forgetting that adversity in a little bit of struggle makes us a spiritual being. A spiritual man. A good man. That is why it says in II Timothy, "endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." It does not say find the easy way. He said, Paul said at the end of his life, "I have fought a good fight." Do you know that fight means that somehow he was engaged in some type of battle. He fought it. It was a good fight. He endured hardness. Stop using your exhaustion. Stop using the circumstances, the adversity that many times God brings in to your life to toughen you up. Exhaustion will keep you in failure.
Look later in this text, I believe we were in verse 10. If thou faint in the day of adversity. Look at verse 11, "If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it?..." And so what does he tell you? He tells you to get wisdom. That is what the whole book of Proverbs is. So you know what, some of you not only what is going to keep you in failure: your excuses, procrastination, irritation, exaggeration, exhaustion, and a lack of education. I didn't know. I mean, you study the word of God all the time? You get paid for it. You know what? Stay up late. Quit your job then. Get in the word of God. Do something. You got a Book. Get the Bible app and listen to it at work. Download some sermons. Get in this Book and study it. If you come hungry to the word of God, if you come, the Bible says in Matthew, "if you hunger and thirst after righteousness, you know what He will do. He will fill your soul. Maybe get hungry enough, get hungry enough for the word of God and stop using the excuse that I don't know. Yes you do. Doesn't he that pondereth the heart. He knows your silly excuse, that it is just that. There are people that 500 years ago knew more about this book and they did not have it, and you have it in your hands. People died to get this in your hands and you do not have the guts, you do not have strength enough to get out of bed and read it. Okay. This is in our hands. Lack of education. You would just rather have the world's books. You just would rather be educated in the philosophy of this, sorry, world. And so you know everything. Take a test. Do you know every Avenger? Name the disciples. How much do you know about television? How much do you know about this worldly music? Oh, I just don't know. Yeah. You found out that the world has an education system and you are eating it up, but when it comes to God's Word, it takes a little effort, doesn't it? Because your flesh is weak. It is weak. It is an excuse. It is an excuse.
Look at chapter 24 we are there still in chapter 24:16, "For a just man falleth seven times,..." he cries and whines. Oh, that is not there, "...and riseth up again:" you know what will keep you in failure? Frustration, frustration. We will, never make it. We will, never do it. I just don't know. I am so glad that Jeremiah kicked that out of his system - because I am just a little child. Moses had the same thing, remember, I can not speak. I can not do this. How are they going to listen to me? What? Stay frustrated. And some of you, this is what you are going to find out. This old flesh frustrates me and it will frustrate you. That is why you read that. Remember Paul, was he frustrated in Romans chapter seven it is so frustrating in Romans seven sometimes I can not even figure out what he is saying. Alright, he is frustrated, but then at the end, what does he say? He says, but in Christ, in the spirit, that is why Romans eight is there. Romans seven do not stop there in your life. Do not be a Roman seven Christian. Romans seven is not the end. Romans eight is there. Why? Because we are more than conquerors through him. You will be frustrated in your flesh and you should be. Be frustrated all the time, but put it under and rise up again. Because a just man falls seven times and he gets up again.
Proverbs 24 again, this is my last one. Look at verse 19, "Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out." Then notice what he says, "My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?" You know what will also keep you in that failure land as far as excuses, depression. Some of you, you forgot that there is a God, Oh, if only America would understand their founding fathers and that there is a constitution. I understand all that malarkey and it is not malarkey. I understand that and get it, I am sorry, getting the right politician in, is not going to change our nation. It is not going to do it. There have been other nations used by God and they were not, guess what, a Republic. Did you know that? Did you know England was the place? The Bible did not come from America? The King James version, it came from England. They were not a Republic, they were a Monarchy. So I guess, that has got to be it. Quit banking on government to do that, which God can do. Yeah, you will always be depressed. Get out of depression, right? Depression will shut you down. You are focused on the wrong thing. The wrong person gets your eyes off of the wicked, and on He that can overcome and help you to overcome. It is very common, but if you keep it up, what it will do is it will stop you from doing God's work. It will.
F.B. Meyer said this, "let there be no thought of what you can do for God, but all the thought of what God can do through you." That is where to park your thoughts. Think on He which saved your soul. Think on Him that not only can save your soul, but He can make it to where you can get up when you fall down. You know how a just man gets up seven times after falling, he gets up because he realizes I was resting on myself and I am grabbing back onto Christ, and you get back up. Those are seven things in the book of Proverbs that will basically keep you, they are excuses that will keep you in failure. What are they: procrastination, irritation, exaggeration, exhaustion, a lack of education, frustration, depression. Man all those things, they will keep you down. There is so much that the devil throws at us to give us excuses, but we are left here to serve God. That is what we are here for. So get at that business.
You know, I love stories. So I found another one. There was a man early in the late 1700s named Peter Francisco. You can look him up. Peter Francisco was dropped off by a ship on the dock of Hopewell, Virginia, in June of 1765. In June of 1765, he was dropped off some ship. He was five years old, dropped off. He should have been homeless and helpless. But Patrick Henry's uncle, judge Anthony Winston found the boy and brought him into his house. Yes, and he grew up in colonial Virginia. Early on it became obvious that Peter Francisco was not like any other boy, because at 15 years old he was 6'6" and 260 pounds. The War of Independence broke out, at 16 years of age, 6'6" and 260 pounds, you are in. So he joined the 10th Virginia regiment. At the battle of Brandywine Creek, he was wounded in the leg, but soon recovered. He spent the winter at Valley Forge, with George Washington. He was wounded again at Monmouth Courthouse, again recovering and he had a permanent slash on his right thigh. Later he took a bayonet slash to the abdomen while helping conquer the British Fort on Stony Point. One time, this was a funny story, there was a colonial retreat from Camden, New Jersey. Francisco killed a Dragoon trying to capture him and took his horse. He came upon his commanding officer who had been taken prisoner. He killed the guard that had took his commanding officer and then he hopped off the horse that he had and told his commanding officer get on it and go. By that time the red coats, had passed him. They had gone way passed the commanding officer who also made it. So now he was behind enemy lines. Peter Francisco saw another red coat coming up. He grabbed him, killed him, mounted his horse, and then he impersonated a Tori. And I don't know what it meant, but they had a certain lingo and he said, my brave boys, we have conquered the rebels. And he charged off. And they were like, yeah. And he just took off and went back to the American lines. Love this guy. With his third enlistment finished, he returned home to Virginia. He re-enlisted in William Washington's light dragoons. On March 15th, 1781, Francisco killed 11 red coats during the battle of Guilford courthouse in North Carolina. He received a bayonet wound to his leg and another more grievous wound to the same leg. Months later, he was a scout. He was surrounded by nine of a Calvary. He killed two, drove off the others and rode off with all their horses. Just an animal. When the war ended, Peter Francisco was in his twenties he returned home. He did not know how to read, so guess what he did? That was another battle. He went to school and he learned how to read. He enrolled himself in school and learned to read and he died about 50 years late. He lived to be be 70, wounds and all. Peter Francisco, hey, nobody cared about you. They just dropped you off. Look what people did to you. Who cares? George Washington, you can look it up. George Washington said this about Peter Francisco. 'Without him, we would have lost at least two crucial battles, perhaps the war and with it, he helped us win our freedom.' He truly was, this is George Washington, 'he was a one man army.' At 6'6", 260 lbs you bet, an animal. But guess what he did not find excuses.
And some of you, you have been finding every excuse to stop serving the Lord. But I would just ask you start using those for the devil. Excuse him to death, saying, you know what, devil? What have you done? What have you given me? What good have you caused in this nation in the last 10 years? Nothing! I am not giving you another minute. I am not giving you another dollar. I am not giving you another thought. Stop the excuses. Let's get at the business of our Savior, our great King, and let's serve Him with the gusto He deserves. Serve Him with the endurance that He demands of us. And you know what you will find, His service it is not too harsh. He is a great commander.