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Sacred Marriage – Week 3 Message

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Sacred Marriage – Week 1 Message

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The Mindset

Scripture passages: John 8:2-11; Romans 6:7; Romans 6:11; Romans 6:14; Romans 6:18; and Romans 6:22

You are either serving sin or serving a risen Savior.

There is no in between.

We used to serve sin, now we serve a risen savior!

We cannot live in sin if we have already died to it.

-jordan

The Clarity of Vision

vi·sion noun \ˈvi-zhən\

Definition of VISION

  1. A thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination or a manifestation to the senses of something immaterial.
  2. An unusual discernment or foresight (a person of vision).
  3. The act or power of seeing: sight.
  4. Something seen or a lovely or charming sight.

Be of one mind, united in thought and purpose (vision).” 1 Corinthians 1:10

Vision… a lovely or charming sight.

A vision seeks to keep us as a people united in our thoughts and purpose regardless of the organization, church, business, family, or friendship. Why even have a vision?

  • ONE: Vision Increases Morale and Reduces Frustration

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.” Proverbs 29:18

 Without vision people go crazy. However, with vision people are able to function properly because they know what to do, have higher morale and enjoy organization better when they know what is going on

  • TWO: Vision Attracts Cooperation

Take courage, for it is your duty to tell us how to proceed in setting things straight, and we will cooperate fully.” Ezra 10:4

When the world knows what we are doing, people will want to join in.

Vision is the ability to do few things with excellence.

Our church has a vision, “To make Christ known near and far”. We are seeing frustrations decrease and cooperation come in massive numbers. People are living to “make Christ known near an far” because they are going in one direction. Our vision gives us the ability to say no so that we don’t do a dozen things well but we do a few things with excellence. We unite ourselves under our vision and our people can easily communicate to others who also want to come aboard. We are concentrated and focused, not distracted. That’s because of vision.

I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Philippians 3:13

 “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” Lamentations 3:40

We must constantly evaluate the purpose of our all of our organizations, churches, business, families, friendships, etc. and trust the leadership casting that vision. If you’re not following a vision, you’re following a rabbit trail. Get vision whatever the cost. Seek out leaders that have clearly defined and measurable purpose (vision). The sooner you get vision, the sooner you get clarity. The sooner you get clarity, the sooner the frustration decreases. The sooner frustration decreases, the sooner cooperation comes.

-jordan

Weakness

My roommate in college got cancer, became weak and eventually died. My biological father also got cancer, became weak and eventually died. It’s inevitable. We all have a shelf life. Our body’s become weak and someday, we die. Death is a result of our weakness… our shortcomings… the inability to to fight off “the death blow”. Something takes over and causes the body to shut down.

When you die you are utterly helpless, without any power or strength.

That something, that weakness, is sin. Sin is shortcoming. Sin is a weakness we all have. Think about it. Weakness is a state of being utterly helpless, without power or strength. That’s death. When you die you are utterly helpless, without any power or strength.

In the book of Genesis (an account on how the world came to be), Adam and Eve choose to sin in the garden. Because of their sin, the consequences to breaking God’s laws were that they would eventually become sick (weak) with the disease of sin and die. They choose it by disobeying God’s security. Not only did they choose it, it was passed down from generation to generation to all their offspring (you and I).

Adam and Eve choose to sin, therefore… we all die (“As in Adam, all die…” 1 Corinthians 15:22).

In our weak condition (our sin) we are helpless because we have no one who will come to our rescue. Maybe in life we have the consequence of sin which is death. But wait… what if there is a cure for death. Don’t get me wrong, you still have to go through dying. However, what if there is a cure once death has been “diagnosed”? What if you have to take the medicine before the diagnosis?

The Apostle Paul says that God (the creator) gave His Son (Jesus) who we have a choose to believe in (trust – the remedy for death) to overcome the weakness which is our sin. In that belief, the antidote for the diagnosis that we know is coming, Jesus gives a gift (counselor and guide) on how to live, how overcoming the weakness that causes death and live in such a way that will prepare us to spend an eternity with Him.

What if you have to take the medicine before the diagnosis?

Loving this God for His gift of life after death gives us power over weakness that will come. We need not fear when the diagnosis comes because we know that we are already trusting in the remedy – Jesus Christ death and resurrection on the cross.

Are you feeling weak? Let me encourage you with what Jesus offers those who will call upon His name…

What Jesus offers to the weak.

  1. Protection and Support: To reject God means we welcome attacks and ultimately welcome death without a remedy for the disease. To accept Jesus means we welcome a support structure, a cure for death, that only God can provide to protect us when death comes. We often give into sin because we are not protected properly. You must go into the bunker to get away from the storm. “Petitioning your requests to the Lord” (Philippians 4:6). If Jesus is the only one who can die for creation, a perfect cure for an imperfect world, then He is the only one who can give protection to the weak in the ability to overcome death.
  2. The Ability to React Properly: Those without protection and support have no time to respond to an attack because the defenses are down. However, the one who trusts in the Lord wears the armor of God to fight everyday, real life, battles.  “You (Jesus) defend the weak and the fatherless; You (Jesus) uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” Psalm 82:3. Word it this way, “You (Jesus) cure the weak and fatherless; You (Jesus) uphold the cure for the poor and oppressed.”
  3. The Ability to be Controlled and Restrained:  A weak, defenseless person cannot respond properly to temptation and thus lives a life out of control. Again they openly welcome death. However, accessing God’s offering of redemption gives us more than a temporary moment of relief but an eternal standing before God. A cure that lasts an eternity.

At the right time Christ died for the ungodly… rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.” Romans 5:7

Few people might possibly be willing to die to save the lives of the weak… Jesus went beyond that, Jesus died in the place of the weak, for the ungodly, while we were in our sin and weakness and for His enemies. What kind of God does that? Name one other God that does that for His followers?

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Where you are weak, God makes you strong through the power of Jesus remedy for those diagnosed with death. Will you take the cure in an act of faith and rely on it’ power to daily guide you in the ways you need to go?

-jordan

The Proposal

A friend of mine asked me a month back to let him propose at church. We sat down over dumbbells to plan the scenario. With little interference from his soon to be bride we were ready for action.  Yesterday he popped the question using great form and perfect timing. Not only did she say “yes”, he got a standing ovation.

ovation

The Proposal

Standing ovations are awesome.

The standing “O” makes you feel like you’re doing the right thing. While a human audience’s applause only last a moment, God’s glorious applause for His people lasts an eternity.

As my friend asked his soon to be bride for her hand, the congregation saw an outward action of an internal change. God was on “His feet” because he is in the process of learning what Scripture teaches, living it out realistically, and giving the credit back to God.

Many times we will try and live out what we think we know is best and then go back after a downfall to learn what God’s work teaches on the subject. To make matters worse, if we did consult the scriptures, we will often give ourselves the credit! Double fault! Living out what we think is best and giving credit to ourselves for victories limits God’s favor and silence His applause.

Give Credit and Achieve Impossible

In short, we must learn to give credit where credits due.

As John said, “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30) That means I learn the truths in the Bible, I live it them out and I give credit to the Lord. In order to truly believe that God will step to help us, His people who believe in Him through faith by the blood of Jesus on the cross, remember that our outward actions are symbolic of what is going on inside, and when we are overcome for Christ, we give God the glory He rightly deserves.

This is how you mature in a relationship with your creator.

Have you ever received a standing ovation? Would you like to get one everyday? Learn God’s Word, live it out and give credit to him for letting you have access to His glorious plan. After all, a heavenly ovation trumps human applause any day of the week!

-jordan

A Better Balance

Abraham and David were great men in the Old Testament. Many New Testament authors reference their leadership frequently. While their guidance was exceptional, both leaders found themselves vindicated not because of the work they exhibited, but more through believing that the impossible could be done when one knew God’s favor was in their possession.

In other words, they walked a road of faith and let God do the heavy lifting through being spiritually disciplined.

A road walked in faith means God does the heavy lifting.

What have you deemed “impossible”? Are you working through your own effort to obtain it? Human thinking places self-belief higher than faith. Self labor and personal belief claims that when one works hard enough (physical labor), great things will happen. While hard work has it’s place, what about the spiritual disciplines that connect to Christ in a supernatural way, allowing us to understand His will? Where is the balance between actions and understanding?

If one were to base a life of obtainment simply off physical labor, then where is their room for prayer, fasting, solitude, rest, etc.?

Much work (labor) has been placed in many relationships and other efforts. However, the greatest growth has come when there is a balance of toil (heavy lifting) and spiritual labor (spiritual disciplines listed above). Abraham and David both dominated for the Lord because they walked with God in the spiritual disciplines while actively doing His will. Think about it like this…

If one were to base a life of obtainment simply off physical labor, then where is their room the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, solitude, rest, etc.?

  • There may be an internal desire to see one come to know the Lord but instead of just preaching constantly have you tried praying for this individual? Fasting over them? Listening to the Lord about how He wants you to communicate God’s truth?
  • You may want the promotion so you’re working endless days and nights trying to obtain it but have you sought out the Lord’s voice in solitude and rest? Have you paused to see if what your doing is really worth it?
  • Your family might be in complete disarray, so you find yourself in constant toil trying to make everyone happy but where are you in your relationship with the Lord? If you are unhealthy, how does that affect others? Are you asking people to do what you are unable to do yourself? Maybe it’s time to slow down instead of accelerate.

Remember, God aligns us to His image when we embrace the beautiful balance of spiritual disciplines and good old fashion hard work. It’s in our nature to work and it’s in our nature to pause. Abraham did it, David did it and even God did it in the creation of the world. We are created in HIS image, maybe it’s time we seek a better balance.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:5

-jordan


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  • “Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” Ovid 5 hours ago
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  • “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw #hmmm 11 hours ago
  • “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein 1 day ago
  • "...whoever is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:50 1 day ago
  • "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17 2 days ago
  • "...A man's wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed." Ecclesiastes 8:1 2 days ago
  • “Change is the end result of all true learning.” Leo Buscaglia 3 days ago

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