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?

Are you FAT?

Wednesday Evening 4/8/2020

Luke 18:8

We have to understand that what we are facing today is a serious matter. At the same time we face serious matters everyday of our life. There are those who feel we should not make light of serious situations but in truth, it is most difficult for me not to see humor in almost everything.

One of my favorite things to do in hospital visitation is express to the nurse how much the patient is desiring an enema. Or for the male patient as they are waking up, tell them the tubal tying was a success. Except for with Judyann’s brother-n-law that was true.(Just kidding!)

With this quarantine (hopefully before it is over I will learn how to spell it) I seen this little picture. It was of a gal who was in good athletic shape, looking in the fridge on day 1. Well the next pic was later, say day 30 or 40 and she had, lets say enlarged her boundaries per say.

That is what I want to talk to you about today. Are you FAT!

 Not speaking about your physic but, rather your relationship with the Almighty God!

Are you Faithful? Are you Available? Are you Teachable?

  • Faithful
    • When you’re faithful, you are on time for work, you meet your deadlines or goals, and you give more than expected.
      • What does that look like in our relationship with God?
      • Well, you are on time for work, you meet your deadlines or goals and you give more than expected.
    • What we expect in the world from good character is for the most part what God expects out of us.
      •  Isn’t He worth that much?
    • In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus shared a principle through a parable about a persistent widow and a hard judge. He brings it to this conclusion.
      • (Lu 18:7-8) And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? (8) I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth.
  • Available.
    • Meaning being open to new opportunities. Willing to get out of your comfort zone.
      • You become available right where you are, understanding nobody’s job is done until everybody’s job is done.
    • When you look in scripture you most find God calling those who are available.
      •  They are not always the most talented, wise, or charismatic. Moses stuttered and got tired of dealing with people.
      •  David, well David had a lot of issues but yet really wanted to please the Lord.
      • Look at the disciples. Luke I reckon was the most educated but none was what you would look for to operate a world changing business.
      • But they all made themselves available!
    • Today, I believe that is one of our major hindrances. Finding folks who are available, or willing to be available. They have too many other more important interest.
      • Time and time again I hear, well God hasn’t called me to….
      •  My thought is when do you have time to hear?
  • Teachable.
    • (Proverbs 1:5) A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
      • Can we be honest? Remember humility is taking an honest estimation of ourselves.
    • We all want to feel like we are teachable. I bet the religious leaders of Jesus’ day thought the same.
      • But when they had the light before them they chose to remain in darkness, because what Jesus was teaching was foreign, though ought not to have been, but was foreign to their ears.
      • They stuck to what they believed in. Themselves.
    • Being teachable in no wise means that you fall for everything that sounds good or new.
      • It simply means you are willing to examine what you hear to see what truth there is, if any, in it.
    • Sadly for many of us, when God brings to light through someone or something an area where we have difficulty, we fall to our old nature.
      • We either defend our stance or argue our point but never really allow ourselves a look inside to see if there is something to it.
      • Don’t know how many times I have heard, “You just want to change me.” NO!  God is.
  • So, are you FAT?
    • Too often when it comes to being faithful, available, teachable we hang on to the,
      • You don’t know who I live with, what I go through. You don’t understand my work place, my upbringing.
      • If I had different circumstances or new opportunities.
    • You want some heavy truth!
      • I have realized if you are married, you have issues. If you have been through hard times, easy times any times, you have issues.
      • If you go to work, stay at home you have issues. If you have been raise by parents, cousins, kin or a pack of wolves, you have issues.
      • I suppose what I am saying is WE ALL HAVE ISSUES!
    • God can use the circumstances you find yourself in right now. The question is do you really want Him to?
      • We tend to look for new or different opportunities to open up.
      • What about the opportunity you are not faithfully fulfilling now?
    • In the parable of the talents, (things we have been given to use) Jesus told those who used them:
      • (Mt 25:23) His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. (Luke 18:8)