24 December 2016

CHRISTMAS BECAME FLESH


Christmas is a story of grace coming down to earth. It’s a wonderful expression of God’s amazing grace as He walked among us. Grace is one of the precious words of our faith. The word originally meant “charm and beauty.” On one side of the coin its unmerited favor that God shows you and me. On the other side it’s beautiful and life givingThink about that tonight! Grace is not only sufficient for salvation; it brings beauty to life. And when grace enters our lives, death flees. As D L Moody said “You may read in the paper one day that D L Moody is dead, but don’t you believe it.” What D L Moody was saying was “The body dies, but the soul lives on.” When grace enters our lives, we are again able to breathe as we were created to breathe. That’s the grace that we receive from a holy God who came in the flesh to dwell among us. This is what makes Christmas so special for you and me! It’s about the Creator who spoke life into existence came in the form of a man to display what grace is all about. God became a man! Shouldn’t we pause for a moment and sit in awe of God. The perfect sinless, holy, just, self-sustaining, needed no one or anything. Yet He came, to His creation to show what grace looks like in the face of a broken, fallen and sinful world.
In the Gospel of John we see what Christmas is about! God, who is fully God becomes man; fully man who dwells among us to reveal who He is……. God (Incarnate Deity). God cannot get any more personal than that! It’s interesting to note that all 4 of the gospels speak about different characteristics of our Lord and Savior

The theme of Matthew’s gospel is.............Jesus the King 
Mark’s theme...............Jesus the Servant 
Luke’s account............Jesus the Perfect Man 
John expresses the most profound truth in the universe, that Jesus Christ is God in flesh!

The opening narrative of John’s letter is the clearest and most precise representation of God. Jesus is the “Word” who became flesh. George Whitefield spoke of this truth when he said "Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again." John penned this wonderful truth “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (v14)

For many this statement isn’t true. And for many at Christmas, most of the world sees Jesus as a baby in a manger and nothing more. I want to share with you some Christmas truths about this statement “Word became flesh” as we leave here tonight as we celebrate with our families tomorrow.

Jesus made Himself of no reputation. (v10-v11)

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.

We know this to be true, even today! Otherwise our churches would be full thought-out the year every week. What does that rejection that Jesus received looked like? Maybe it looks like this! “A poor family was farming some land during the depression. There was one son in the family and the parents wanted the best for him. They scrimped and saved so they could send him to college. After he has gone for a year or so, his parents, who loved him very much longed to see him again. They sold some things, saved their meager income and went to visit their boy. When they arrived on campus, poorly dressed in their simple and plain farm clothes they spotted their son with some other boys. The father ran to him and called out, “Son, son it’s your father.” The boy looked at his dad with no sign of recognition. The father repeated his words. “Son, it’s your father and mother. We’ve come to see you.” The boy no doubt embarrassed by his parents’ poverty turned to the other students and said, “I don’t know who this is. He must be crazy.” You and I may hear that story and think there could be nothing more horrible, but we just read the ultimate rejection. In (v11) we read these painful words, “He came to his own people, and even they rejected Him.” Jesus Christ is rejected on a daily basis then and still today! I read this passage and I’m reminded of what Jesus said in Mark’s gospel! Mark 12:1-11 “And he began to speak to them in parables.

" A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But those tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this Scripture: " The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"


Sadly this is continuing to happen even after what Jesus did accomplished [His death and resurrection]. Don’t you find it amazing that the angels went to common men to proclaim the good news and not the high priests, the religious leaders or the ruling government? Grace, God in flesh came down from Heaven and we continue to reject Him.
  
Jesus humbled Himself on behalf of you and me to redeem us. (v12-v13)

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

It’s the power of God unto salvation
It’s God who raises the dead to give new life
It’s God who calls you to this grace
It’s God who restores and makes new
It’s God who came to this earth to rescue sinners form the wrath of the Father.

 See there is nothing that we can do to in order to find or attain salvation! This is where we go “pew” or that sigh of relief. This is where grace came down from Heaven and glory filled my soul.

As the hymn song goes….. 
“Heaven came down and glory filled my soul
When at the cross my Savior made me whole
My sins were washed away and my night was turned to day
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul”

See!
It’s not about working our way to Heaven.
It’s not about growing up in a Christian home.
It’s not about your ability to attain salvation.
It’s only by the overflowing grace of God unto sinners that anyone of us is saved.

Redemption is a gift! 
You can’t make yourself better.
You can’t raise yourself up from the dead.
You can’t save yourself from the wrath of God.
You can’t restore what you’ve broken eternally.

No matter how hard we try to be good enough, each of us has sinned and fallen short, when measured by God’s standard of perfection. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom 3:23. But be of good cheer! This is why He came in the first place to redeem us from ourselves.

Which leads me to my final point!
  
Jesus came to reveal the grace of God to man. (v14-v18)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'") For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

We also read in John 1:1,8,9. In Jesus we see God….in Jesus we see the glory of God and the plan He has providential put in place to save sinners like me. The Word became flesh to take on a human form to bear our sin on the cross. Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus is the only way for our sins to be forgiven. Heb 10:4-10 tells us this truth!For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, 'Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.'" When he said above, "You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law), then he added, "Behold, I have come to do your will." He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” A body to suffer for the weight of our sin. His hands, His feet, His side and the weight of sin and the wrath of God were placed upon His human body. Why? So that we could receive the gift of eternal life, find restoration and forgiveness in the shedding of His blood. He took on flesh so that we could see what grace looks and tastes like. “Full of grace” is the only way for us to receive grace. We are able to see and taste that grace through the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus came in flesh so that righteousness could only come through Him, the perfect sinless Lamb of God. When you go home tonight and wake up tomorrow remember this truth as you reflect on the Christmas narrative found in Luke!

Christmas is preparation for Good Friday.

Just as God provided a sacrifice for Abraham when he took his son up Mount Moriah. God has provided a sacrifice for you and me! “His only begotten Son of the Father.” As the angel said to Joseph "….Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us).” Matt 1:20-23. The Word, the Second person of the Trinity, became flesh and dwelt, lived among us. What a Christmas gift to give to people like us. God gave His Son……..the Son came willingly to this earth to save sinners from eternal judgement that burns for all eternity for those who deny this free gift of grace. God bless CBC Family & Guests…..Have Merry Christmas under His grace!



04 December 2016

THE CHRISTIAN'S LIFE [PART 2]





When you think of the game “Simon says” what comes to mind? Maybe playing in the playground during lunch hour at school when you were a little girl or boy. Maybe a birthday party or a group of friends over for a sleep over. Maybe an activity at a summer camp. Let me ask you! What was the premise of that game? Whatever Simon said? You did it, right? If Simon said pat your head, you did it, otherwise you’re out of the game. If Simon said jump up and down you did, it otherwise you’re out of the game. The game would go until there was ____? The last person standing because they obeyed Simon’s commands. Now flip this same principle to the Christian life! Does God say the same thing?

He tells us to……. 
Pick up our cross
Deny ourselves
Sell everything we have
Give to the poor
Proclaim the good news of the gospel
Flee from all forms of evil
Walk in holiness
Walk in serving others and especially the church that he has set apart for His glory. 

The question is..... Do we really obey Him as we did when you played Simon says as a child? We may study it, memorize it, work it out in our heads, and maybe even learn it in the Greek; but the sad reality is that we have a tendency to never really apply His truth to our lives. Why? Maybe because He’s too demanding and overwhelmingly hard to do. You’re not a good reader or understand instructions well. It requires too much change in my present lifestyle to fit His demands. But this is exactly what Jesus meant when He said in John 8:31-32 “….."If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.Listen to what Jesus says about the privilege and importance of His word! The truth of God’s Word sets you free from sin and death…from bondage to freedom in the gospel. And the world will know you belong to Christ!

Last week we saw that…..The word of God is a privilege that requires submission, to put of all filthiness and wickedness. The word of God is a privilege that requires meekness (humility), which is able to save your soul. Now James is about to give us some more clear instruction or a proper foundation about what we are to do with this truth that is a privilege.
  
Look what James writes in (v22)

We are to be "doers of the word” a person's life who is dedicated not only to learning God's Word, but also to be faithful and continual obedience to it. Someone who has received it with joy and has the desire to do what the Lord commands from His children. Someone who spiritually understand it; gladly receive it; and from a heart to obeys it. Someone who make a sincere and honest profession of it. Someone who submits to the rules it directs to. Someone who keeps them as they have been delivered; and live them, and walk by them. This is the foundation we have as Christians…...“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col 3:16-17
  
To put your life into Action, we must be doers of the word. Everything we do must be done in the name of our Lord Jesus, let your words be right, and your actions upright.


Here are some examples of being a doer of the Word:
  
Noah did what the Lord commanded him to do when it came to building the Ark

Gen 6:22 “thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did”
  
Josiah when he became king at such a young age.

2 Kings 22:2 “Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem…....And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.”
  
Joseph after finding out about future bride Mary.

Matt 1:21-24 “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:  "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,”
  
Another great example:

Two men John & David, who sold themselves into slavery. These men were not going on a nice short term mission to the Caribbean, or even Africa or China but they sold themselves into slavery to answer the call ‘come and minister the gospel to us’. They became slaves in order to have the opportunity to reach the slaves of the West Indies for their Lord. Their life’s purpose was to follow the Lamb who had given His life for them and for all the souls of the world. Their mission statement was “Our Lamb has conquered, let us follow Him.” One of the men left his wife and children begging on the wharf for him to reconsider and stay. But the call and heart of God for these slaves in the West Indies was even greater than the pull of home. As the ship pulled away from the docks the men lifted a cry, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering” which became the echoing heartbeat of the Moravian Missions movement.
  
Listen to what being doers of the word brings in the end for the Christian! “A blessed Life” Jesus said "And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book." Rev 22:7. These are the blessings that flow when we are to be doers of the word! Without excuse or questioning His authority over our lives. James calls all professing believers to be doers rather than: simply keep it to yourself! James calls this deceiving yourself!“Deceiving” means:  to reckon wrong, miscount, to cheat by false reckoning, to deceive by false reasoning,  to deceive, delude, circumvent, to misreckon, beguile which means: to seduce or to lure away. Rom 2:12-13 “For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.” This regards the inward as well as the outward man, it requires internal holiness, as well as external obedience.

Our Great God sees the heartSo is Christian life out of adoration and obedience? Or Am I being deceived by my own heart by not putting the word of God to practice, thinking I have favor with God? Do not be a person who is an observer and deceives himself, for they do not have the liberty in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus said in Matt 7:26-27 “And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." The floods are wearing away there sandy foundation, soon one tremendous storm shall beat upon them and their hopes shall fall, forever fall out of Christ. Perhaps having "heard" His words from very childhood; or grew up in a Christian home. Perhaps having taught them to others in the Sunday school; from the pulpit. There end results in a great storm that leads to eternal destruction, without a proper foundation they either refused or denied the truth that was before them. A person who pretend to make their peace with God by their own works; A person who hope for pardon on the foot of the mercy of God, by their own repentance; seeking for justification by their own righteousness. This person expects salvation in any other way, other than by Christ.


This goes for the same person that James is speaking of! This same person who looks in mirror and forgets what they see!


Ezekiel 33:31-32 speaks of this in the Old testament “And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain.  And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it.”
  
This is a person who sees his sin portrayed for the horrible evil that it is and does nothing or cares about it. He also sees God's gracious provision in Christ for a remedy, yet this person goes on his or her merry way as if they were never exposed to those realities. If you do not apply the truths of scripture to your life…… you are like a person who looks at himself in the mirror walks away and forgets what he was looking at. James said we are to “look intently into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres..” (v25) The phrase “look intently” can be used to refer to stooping down and looking closely at something. It’s like a child who sees a bug, and he stops in his tracks and bends down to put his face inches from the ground to at it. The child gazes and observes it with get interest and excitement. Likewise, the busyness of our lives, we need to stop for some time during the day and look at God’s word with the same intent as the child does when he spots a bug.

Do we value the Word of God as much as we do TV shows, electronic devices, sports, sewing & knitting, I Tunes or our Facebook accounts? We have called to greater things then these! We need to intently read His Word, study His Word, memorize His word  and preach His Word to ourselves. Never be content with “a little word from God for the day.” We are called by His grace to “Dive in Deep” it carries the idea of looking “with penetrating absorption.” What James is saying…..The man or woman who preservers by absorbing the perfect law that gives freedom will not forget what he or she hears. This portion of James letter is calling us clearly to be doers of the word! We have been called to bear fruit and display the glories of His grace. We have been called to grow and mature though the all sufficient word of God. We have been called to an active faith which responds to the written word. We have been called to be doers! Not hearers only. As the Moravian missionaries said “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering”

The greatest reward we can do for our King is to obey His every word and be doers of that word. The fruit of my life should always display the glorious truth of the gospel at all times, because He is worth my devotion for the Gospel saved my wretched soul. May the word of God mirror my life as He grows me into His Son’s likeness! 

01 December 2016

THE CHRISTIAN’S LIFE [Pt1]


James 1:21-25

Charles Spurgeon once told of sitting in a nice restaurant. As he ate he kept noticing a rather angry looking man across the dining room who scowled at him every time he looked his way. Finally Spurgeon decided to go over and speak to the man to see what his problem was. However, as he stood he realized that what he had been seeing was his own reflection in mirrors that lined the walls across the room. We may not always like what we see in the mirror of God’s Word but what we see there is always the truth and always the best!” God’s word is a mirror that displays and shows in us what needs to change in our lives. God’s word is to help and guide us in His righteousness. The biblical truth is that when we are in right relationship with God the things of this world don’t seem to be so pleasing to our sight anymore. Why? Because Christ is precious to us. As J C Ryle said “Look to the cross, think of the cross, meditate on the cross, and then go and set your affections on the world if you can."

How does one come to that position in life and say “I’m completely satisfied in Christ” 
It comes through…… 
Reading and memorizing the Holy Scriptures.
Rightly dividing the word of truth from error and opinions.
The supernatural power of God’s sanctifying grace and having a teachable spirit.
The harvest of fruit that you bare as He grows you daily.

I think we can easily forget how powerful and relevant this book truly is in our generation? This isn’t some fairy-tale story about a fictitious needy God looking for His princess. This is a love letter in detail to how AWESOME GOD truly is, whether it’s through His creation, His redemptive plan or the glories of His majesty. This is a book is not filled with a bunch of maybe’s and hopeless promises; but a book that will transform your life….it will literally gut you from the inside out and make you a new creation. That’s why Paul said “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” 2 Cor 5:17.As we continue in this letter we are going to be challenged, stretched to examine his or hers life as it lines up with scripture

Again this letter can be called “Practical applications for the Christian life” or as the Company Nike says “Just do it!” James tells us in this passage and the passage that follows how we can grow in our Christian life. And it begins with this utmost important foundational and fundamental truth. (v21a) “put off” 
This phrase “put off” implies “a rupture from a former association” We are too literally “to put or take something away from its normal location and thus to put it out of the way (way out of the way!).” The Apostle Paul said “The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Rom 13:12-14
  
“Putting off” is like getting ready for a physical activity by putting on the proper attire. It was used literally of runners who participated in the Olympic Games who stripped off and cast aside their clothes and then ran almost completely naked in the stadium. James saw the human heart as a garden; if left to itself……the soil only produces weeds.
What is James telling us to “put aside” or “pull out the weeds?” “all filthiness” means “depravity, any sort of moral defilement or dirty garments” This is a vivid word picture. James is saying take off your filthy attitudes and actions (moral defilement) just as you would soiled, smelly clothes! As a snake sheds its skin to make ready for the new one that is underneath the old skin. 2 Cor 7:1 says “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” One Writer explains this way...We all bring baggage from our old way of life over into the Christian life. Usually, we’re blind and  don’t realize that we’re displeasing God by our thoughts, words, or actions. As we begin to read God’s word, it convicts us of areas that we didn’t even know were sin. When this happens, the receptive heart cleans out the crud of sin and puts on the clean clothes of new life in Christ. If you don’t do this, the crud will prevent you from growing as a Christian.

What else are we to put off? “overflow [abundance] of wickedness” this is speaking of “evil desires or intent” Signifies: moral evil and it pertains to sin that is deliberate and determined. Albert Barnes in his commentary of this word said “the particular reference in these passages is to the reception of the truth; and the doctrine taught is, that a corrupt mind, a mind full of sensuality and wickedness, is not favorable to the reception of the truth. It is not fitted to see its beauty, to appreciate its value, to understand it’s just claims, or to welcome it to the soul.” All you’re left with is an unteachable spirit that is more interested in what they desire over what God desires. As the Apostle Paul said “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” Eph 4:31. He also wrote in Gal 5:19-21 that “….those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Filthiness is a serious barrier to us. It hinders our ability to clearly hear and comprehend the Word of God. So we must put off the works of darkness and put off the works of the flesh!
  
Usually when you take off or remove something…you have to replace it with something else! This is where our foundation begins and continues. (v21b) “receive with meekness the implanted word” which is a teachable heart to act upon His word. A teachable spirit that will grow and take hold of through the truth of God’s word. See in order to receive……. you must be ready to receive the foundation which is God’s instruction as He carries you through His righteousness. Paul said in 1Thess 2:13 “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” It’s the same truth that Jeremiah said For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jer 31:33 “Receive with meekness the implanted word.” That’s what happened in (v18) “He brought us forth by the word of truth.”

See, before this happened! We were dead. We had no place for the word of God in us. We did not desire it or love it. Example of this is when Jesus said of the leaders who were trying to kill him: “You seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you” John 8:37. As John Piper explained this passage “These leaders knew their Bibles better than anyone. But the word of God “found no place in them.” It was not implanted in them. Before we are born again, our hearts are full of other things that push out the word of God. We are like people who are so stuffed with candy between meals that when the feast is offered we are not hungry. In fact, our stomach turns at the thought of eating. This is how unregenerate people feel about the real meaning of God’s word. They feel no need for it. So it has no place. It’s not implanted in them.”
  
The word of truth was not implanted in them and in this fallen world, but for us it has been implanted. For the purpose of trusting in Him and baring fruit of His righteousness…… because He knows what’s best for His children! (v20) Without His implanted Word all we are doing are living for the flesh, doing things in our strength and exalting our self-righteousness. God’s implanting of the word in your life, is His desire for you and me. 
It’s a righteousness that God gives
It’s a righteousness that God requires
It’s a righteousness that God does
  
Matt 18:2-4 says “And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” We are to receive the word with joy; not with opposition and resistance. We are to receive the word as a privilege; not as an interruption into my day. We are to receive the word for wisdom; not to contradict and debate everything to fit my ideas. We are to receive the word as instruction; not to de-construct to fit our life-styles. We are to receive the word to grow to His likeness; not to stay in ours. When you receive something we are required to do something! And that is? Act upon it! God must be glorified and I must be sanctified and purified into the image of His Son.
  
Why are we to receive the word with meekness? It’s the only possible way for you to see the kingdom. (v21c) “which is able to save your soul” which simple means to “keep alive, rescue, deliver from bondage. The word of God is “implanted” in us, and “is at work” in us, and “abides” in us, and as James 1:21 says “saves us.” We cannot overstate how overwhelmingly powerful and important the word of God is for our lives. Think about it! If the word of God does not rank with your most cherished possessions, you need to do a reality check on your life. Nothing apart from God himself is more important and powerful than His word. It’s the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit through the written word that brings a person to foot of the Cross in repentance and faith. Our souls depend on the implanted word, and our souls depend on receiving the word. If you decide that you don’t need to receive the external word, you are like a person who decides he doesn’t need to breathe. The word of God is so powerful it has the power to save the vilest of sinners. YOU! That’s why you’re here today.

Expressing your love for saving you from yourself. As Heb 4:12-13 says “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Just as the word brought salvation….the word will continue in your sanctification as you await glorification. Put off the works of the flesh and the devil and put on Christ and grow deeper in love with Him. The word of God is the greatest prevention against sin of the flesh. As one Scottish preacher said “sin will keep you the bible, or the bible will keep you from sin.” William Gurnall said "He that loves the Word and the purity of its precepts cannot turn traitor." My life should be evident to a life that has and is continuing to be transformed by the power of God’s word. When you put off self……you’re putting something far greater and more powerful that anything you could imagine…its ChristBut for that to take place, we must put off what is crippling our relationship with the Triune God. As Ps 137:7 says “Remember, O LORD, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem, how they said, "Lay it bare, lay it bare, down to its foundations!" Lay aside everything that hinders my life from the intimate relationship that have with Christ Jesus. Strip it all away and leave nothing but the foundation so that I can be clothed in His righteousness. So that I can receive with joy the implanted word which will save you, keep you and glorify you in to the arms of Jesus Christ my Lord.