Buying In

Philippians 3:5-7 

We’ve been looking at what it takes to really be serious about the life God intends for His believers. In my time with my Lord this week, I was reminded as to why most never attain their God given potential or even learn to braek the different strongholds in their lives. They don’t want it. They are comfortable with the feelings of God they have.

Pr 25:28,  “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”

Many fail to build protective walls. Godly walls. We don’t mind erecting walls to keep people out, ideas at bay, feelings from being hurt, but won’t spend the time and effort to strengthen our life in Christ.

The book of proverbs makes it very plain as to what it takes to accomplish a close intimate relationship with the one we call Lord.

Pr 2:1-5, “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”

If we invest as much time and energy into the things of God as we do simply trying to survive life we could attain much more of a personal walk with Him

  • We understand the basic principle of the believer is that we cannot stay where we are and go with God.
  • This is true for the new babe in Christ as well as the mature one. If you’re not growing, you’re not going.
    •  If He convicts you and you’re not willing to make the adjustments in your life you backslide.
    • When you make the adjustments you start growing again.
  • You cannot continue to do things your way and accomplish God’s purposes in His ways. Our thinking cannot come close to God’s thoughts, our ways cannot even relate to His ways.
    • For you to do the will of God, you MUST adjust your life to him, His purposes, and His ways.
  • Now since most of us have an innate problem with authority this presents us with a choice.
    • All through the Gospels you will find example after example where Jesus will put people in a position where they must choose. 
  • Today Jesus is still presenting you with a choice. 
  • Obedience to God will cost you. It will also cost those around you. 
    • You cannot know and do the will of God without paying the price of adjustment and obedience. 
      • Willingness to pay the price and following His will is one of the major adjustments.
    • Remember when Jesus spoke to the many people who were following Him and shared “He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.”
      • This had spiritual meaning which He even brings out. Joh 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
    • But what does Jn.6:66 record?  “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
      • This is more than they bargained for. They didn’t want to have to engage their mind, just feed us and heal us.
    • This is where many who attend church fail to experience the fulfilling of God’s purpose through them because they are not willing to pay the price of obedience.
      • We say that God is Lord and He can interrupt us anytime He wants. We just don’t expect Him to do it.
      • We expect Him to affirm everything we are doing and never ask us to change anything we have planned.
  • I want to take a quick look at what it is to buy in.  Look at Saul whose very name was changed to Paul.
    • Saul was one of those who had built his self-esteem on his family name, his prestigious position, even on his bullying ways.
      • Then in (V7) we notice not a subtle shift but a major adjustment.
    • This was very costly to Paul.
      •  It was his very way of life, it was his raising, what he believed in and was proud of.
      • It put his very life at stake, the lives of his friends at stake. If he was a member of the shine he would have been black-balled as Jimmy Stafford would say.
    • Sometimes obedience to God’s will leads to opposition and misunderstanding.
      • Things were a little different then, than now. Because of his stand for Christ he was beaten by his used to be friends, imprisoned, hung out to dry so to speak.
      • Today you still find opposition when you follow God’s plan. Sometime with family, friends, with the church body.
    • For Paul there was no other way. He made it clear when he told the Corinthians; 1Co 9:19, “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.”
      • (V22) “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
      • When serving God there will be major adjustment.
    • Is God, the God of the bible, worth you adjusting your life to Him?
      • You just made a choice.

The Trip

Wednesday 4/15/2020                                                                      

(Matt.7:7-11)

Are we there yet? That whiny, whimpering question.

How much farther? The last nerve fixing to stop the car question.

Most of us have dealt with these questions as we take our children on trips more than a city block.

We tend to look at these questions as childish, immature, and impatient, coming from a childlike mental capacity.

Truth bomb! Many of us are asking these questions today.

How much longer? Can I go places yet? What’s going to happen next?

In what we refer to as “The Sermon on the Mount”, Jesus is laying out some Godly principles that rocked the then known world. Like many today, they had a Wizard of Oz mentality of God.

Here Jesus is opening their eyes to the fact that God really loves His creation and desires the best for it. Because He is Holy and Just, He will not lower the standard to appease a wicked hearted people, but instead empowers them to live righteous.

  • Ask!
    •  In the original language, according to scholars, Jesus is talking about persistent asking. Continuous seeking. Relentless knocking.
      • Jesus is telling us to be a heavenly pest. Like a child on a trip.
    • The reason behind such action is that it reveals a real desire to contact, know, understand what God is about and doing.
      • This is not a doubting, pessimistic, “why me Lord”, attitude. On the contrary.
      • Jesus is referring to the Proverbs 2 attitude.( Pr 2:1-5) My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; (2 )So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; (3 )Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; (4) If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; (5) Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
    • You must do everything in your power to know and understand God’s will.
      • He wants you to persevere, to finish what you begun.
      • Remember what Paul told the Christians in Philippi? (Php 2:12) Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
    • This is a major deficiency in the modern church that Satan uses very well.
      • Few willing to incline their ear to Godly wisdom. To apply their heart to understanding. To cry after knowledge and lift up their voice for understanding.
      • The reason many inside the church don’t know the fear of the Lord, continue to fall short of God’s will, is until God means as much to them as lining their pockets, cleaning their house, entertaining friends, investing in their hobbies, fulfilling their fleeting pleasures; they will always find themselves fighting against His truth.
      • Would to God that those who claim allegiance to Him, was as excited about His coming back as they are about seeing the stimulus checks. (btw that few will tithe on.)
    • To ask, seek, knock, is imperative in searching for clarity of call and direction of the Lord.
      • Here in lies the reason why all too often there is division in the body.
      • Well meaning, sold out, but impatient believers catching wind instead of wisdom.
  • In Jerimiah. God gives the prophet a promise.
    • (Jer 33:3) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
      • This is what Jesus is telling us here in the Gospel of Matthew. That His Father is wanting us to call out to Him. He is waiting to pour out great and mighty things.
      • Note this. It is not that God will give you every detail, but will give you enough to know it is Him and you can trust Him.
  • Now in unprecedented times for us.
    • God is not asking us to be mindless zombies like followers. He is not looking for unintelligent morons.
      • In the context of those who seek to defame you. To ridicule you. Peter says: (1Pe 3:15) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
    • This is not the time to get religious, to get churchy. It is the time to shed ourselves of religious pride. Of shameless self-serving superiorities.
      •  We need to be persistent asking. Continuous seeking, and relentless knocking.
      • This is not a time of plague for us, as much as it is a time for parley.
    • This is an awakening, a revival, for many the light has been turned on. Sadly still for others, when this subsides it will business as usual.

Which one are you?