Relationship With God Sermon by Nate Herbst, Philippians - cypenv.info
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We must be like the Bereans in Paul's day, who searched the Scriptures daily Acts We must study the Bible to show ourselves approved unto God 2 Tim 2: We need to prove all things and stand fast to that which is good 1 Thes. How can we answer another person's question, even our children's or grandchildren's questions if we don't read and study the Bible?
Are we taking the time daily to let God talk to us? How many times have we heard a good sermon and one hour later we don't remember anything about it? It seems that people today are afraid to be alone with their thoughts. Usually as soon as we enter our house the TV gets turned on. It is easier to turn on the tube than turn on our minds. We live in the age of the paid entertainer and the hired specialist who can provide the services we are unable to perform for ourselves, but this is also the age in which we can even become accustomed to letting others do our thinking for us.
The most unfortunate part of our "no-think" environment is its effect on the mental outlook of many of us in God's Church. As a consequence, we don't spend the time or effort we should in active thought and meditation about God, His law's, His word, and how they all relate to our lives. We all need to learn the Art of Meditation.
How long can you meditate and stay focused on a subject without your mind wondering? For most of us, it is probably just a few seconds. When we meditate, we need to roll it over in our mind. We need to bounce it off of the ten commandments.
It takes real concentration and practice to stay focused on a certain topic. Meditation is simply taking a certain theme, problem or scripture and dwelling on it -- asking why, how, when, where and what is the end result -- then determining whether or not that is the result you want. It is a matter of looking at things from God's point of view. We need to ask, would God be pleased with our conclusion? We need to meditate on the things of God. The next time you are lying in bed and can't go to sleep, begin meditating on God.
Think about how great God is. He created the universe and all things that are within it. Think about John 3: Think about how loving and kind God is.
Think about how gracious and merciful God is. When we sin God doesn't zap us or step on us like a bug. Count your blessings that God has given you. Thank God for the talents that He has given you. We are to meditate on God's law. Notice in Joshua 1: For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Why should we meditate?
Meditation is used to convict ourselves of the need for personal change. Meditation internalizes God's way of life within us. Meditation helps to build a strong Relationship with God.
In order to have a good relationship with someone, we will want to spend premium time with them. We may invite them in for dinner and have some stimulating conversation. This way we can get to know them better. Sometimes we may give them gifts or send them a card to let them know that we really appreciate them.
How can we draw closer to God? One way is to FAST. God, in both the Old and New Testaments, commanded His people to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Make sure you comb your hair and brush you teeth.
Don't brag or tell others that you are fasting. The Pharisees did these things to appear religious. We are to appear as if we were not fasting and the Bible says that the Father will reward us openly.
God wants us to learn spiritual lessons from fasting. When we fast we become physically weak. This lesson teaches us that we are human and frail. Without food and water we would die. Spiritually the lesson to be learned is that without God we will die spiritually. We are very dependent on God's creation, the earth, with its soil and rain, to sustain our physical lives with food and water. If we will draw closer to God through fasting, He will help us to overcome and sustain our spiritual lives.
Fasting is one of the greatest tools God gives to help us think like Him and to act like Him. To humble yourself and draw closer to God.
The Holy Spirit is the common denominator of all of God's people. We have all heard the phrase: Blood is thicker that water.
This means that family ties are stronger than most friendships. With God, the Spirit is thicker than blood. It is the Spirit that makes us the children of God. If ye love me, keep my commandments. The last six of the commandments tell us how to get along with our neighbors. The first four of the commandments guides us in our relationship with God. The first four commandments are related in Exodus Both the husband and the wife must be faithful to each other.
Trust and faithfulness gives a marriage stability. It helps the love between a husband and wife to grow for a lifetime. The pharisees had rules, rules and more rules. The Church Corporations of today have rules, rules and more rules. Some Church Corporations tell their members that they can't visit congregations of other Church Corporations. Some Church Corporations tell their members where they must send their tithes and donations. Some Church Corporation ministers even tell their members that they can't chew gum during church.
Without trust there can be no reconciliation between individuals or church corporations. God knows no corporation boundaries. He knows His people by their having His spirit.
Jesus Christ is our saviour and the head of the Church. Everyone knows the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. They would not bow down to the image that Nebuchadnezzar made even if punished with death in the fiery furnace. They had to make a stand and obey God even to the death. They had no guarantee that God would deliver them from the fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego put their trust in God.
He is our fortress, banner and our high tower. We must put God first in our lives. A synonym for trust is faith and the Bible says in: We must trust God and God must be able to trust us.
God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. God is faithful and will not change. Hebrews 11 is the faith chapter and lists many who placed their trust and faith in God. We can trust God, but can God trust us? He was stirred emotionally when he saw his son coming home.
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Jesus felt compassion for the widow of Nain who had lost her only son Luke 7: When Jesus saw the multitudes, He felt compassion for them Matt. On another occasion, Jesus and His disciples withdrew to a lonely place for some much needed rest. When they arrived by boat, they discovered that the crowd had arrived by land before them.
Jesus saw them, felt compassion for them and healed their sick. The disciples saw them and said as I would have said! Jesus saw the multitude and felt compassion because He saw that they were like sheep without a shepherd Mark 8: It all depends on your focus.
We should treat others with kindness. To be kind means to be free from all which is harsh, rough, and bitter. This word was used to describe wine that had mellowed Luke 5: A kind person is not demanding and pushy. He gives others room to be imperfect without crawling all over them. Joseph is a great example of kindness. His brothers had hated him and sold him into slavery.
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He easily could have taken vengeance on his brothers, but instead, he forgave them and was generous with them. After their father, Jacob, died, the brothers became afraid because they thought that perhaps Joseph would now pay them back for what they had done to him. But when Joseph heard it, he wept and spoke kindly to his brothers, assuring them of his continuing love and care for them and their children Gen. Jesus said that God Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men Luke 6: Paul said that the kindness of God leads us to repentance Rom.
We should treat others with humility. But I find that neither helpful nor correct. But then what does it mean? Biblically, there are three sides to it: First, a humble person is Christ-sufficient, not self-sufficient. A humble person consciously relies on the Lord and recognizes that God has given him all that he has 1 Pet. Second, a humble person has a proper evaluation of himself.
Third, a humble person esteems others more highly than himself. As Paul said Phil. He esteemed us more highly than himself. We should treat others with gentleness. It does not mean to be a mild-mannered, compliant milquetoast. Plato used the word of a gentle doctor who used only enough force as in setting a broken bone to bring healing.
So the gentle person will sometimes be strong to confront sin, but only strong enough to bring healing Gal. We should treat others with patience. Kindness, gentleness, and patience are listed in the fruit of the Spirit Gal.
It means being tolerant of imperfections, differences and faults in others. The patient person gives others time to change and room to make mistakes in the process. We should treat others with forbearance. We must never be forbearing when it comes to biblical moral absolutes.
We should treat others with forgiveness. Rather than holding a grudge or harboring bitterness and resentment, we must forgive those who wrong us. Did you notice that many of these qualities are needed only when you have a complaint against someone?
He never hauls out our past as leverage against us.
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His forgiveness means total acceptance and restored fellowship with us. While compassion involves our feelings, forgiveness is primarily a decision. You choose to absorb the wrong and not allow it to be a barrier between you and the other person.How to Start a Relationship with God (Foundations Truth #1)
The feelings may follow. While God never extends forgiveness until there is repentance, He showers those who have wronged Him with repeated kindnesses until they come to repentance. We must do the same, hard as it is to do. Conclusion So, because God graciously chose us in love to be set apart to Himself, we should treat others with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, and forgiveness.
His gracious, loving treatment of us is the basis for our treatment of others. Then, write these verses on a card and read them over every day. Take stock of which quality you most need to work on and put it on your prayer list: Act obediently, not on feelings. Application Questions Does the doctrine of election give you comfort or cause you grief?
Are some Christian couples so incompatible that they never can have a satisfying relationship?