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Lingering in Worship: Enacting

Lingering in Worship: Enacting

Ezra 10:1-6; Hebrews 13:7-16

If we’re going to linger in worship, that means we’re planning on being in God’s presence. THAT means we have to deal with sin, because God will not tolerate sin in His presence.

Can We Surrender Our Sin In God’s Presence?

Learn the Previous Pattern for Repentance  ~ Ezra 10:1-6

  • 1 Serious Remorse in the face of sin
  • 2/4 Costly Repentance to align with the Law
  • 5/6 Solemn Recognition to deal with consequences

=> remember, OT narratives do NOT need to be reenacted exactly the same way today (cf. 1Cor 7:12-16); our responsibility is to find what will thoroughly equip us (2Tim 3.16)

Trust the Permanent Partnership For Redemption  ~ Hebrews 13:7-16

  • 7 Our task today: CONSIDER & IMITATE FAITH (not method)
  • 8 God does not change; our circumstances do- so should our responses
  • 9 GRACE not LAW for growth
  • 10/14 go beyond the Law to the Lord
  • 15/16 we still sacrifice! Not paganism, but praise; not sanctions, but SELFishness

SIN is two things: 1) our broken nature, which we can’t fix (but Jesus already has); and 2) the choices we make based on our nature, which we CAN FIX. Ask yourself: what choices am I making to cope with God’s presence?

Blowing Out The Dust Within

The Backell family suffered a tragic, yet completely preventable loss this last week…

a very dusty computer

a very dusty computer

Our living room media server died. It was a slow, lingering, complication-filled battle that led to its demise.
Why am I bringing this up here? Because when I opened up the computer box, I discovered that it was full of dust. Such a simple, small thing… but left unchecked, it choked the life out of our computer. The fix would have been simple – take the computer outside, blow it clean with fresh air, and make sure that all its parts are well-connected.

Are you seeing the correlation between my media server and our spiritual lives yet?

All too often, we let little things, small things, pile up. We think, “oh, that’s not that important, I’ll deal with that later”… and then, before we know it, we’re getting clogged with the little things and we’re unable to breathe.

Please note – I don’t have anyone specifically in mind, but the warning is sound: if we allow little things, small sins, to accumulate in our lives, they cause more and more complications. Those little things can grow to have devastating consequences.

I was reading the Desiring God blog, when I came across this quote:

“We sin because we forget God’s steadfast love and abundant mercy. When we are not ravished by him, we forget the superior pleasures that there are in God and give ourselves to the inferior pleasures of sin. And this is why David says, “Against you God, you only have I sinned.” He goes deep with his confession because he knows repentance is the way back to fellowship with God.” (Rick Gamache, from his sermon “Whiter Than Snow”)

As we wrap up the summer of 2014, please take the time to deal with the simple things, the small things that might be accumulating in your heart. Bring them to God and ask the Spirit to blow fresh air through your life so that you’re renewed and ready for however the Lord calls you.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ~ Psalm 51:10-12

Keep Following Jesus,

Pastor Ed

Thinking about thinking… about “dead to sin”

λογίζομαι,v {log-id’-zom-ahee}
1) to reckon, count, compute, calculate, count over 1a) to take into account, to make an account of 1a1) metaph. to pass to one’s account, to impute 1a2) a thing is reckoned as or to be something, i.e. as availing for or equivalent to something, as having the like force and weight 1b) to number among, reckon with 1c) to reckon or account 2) to reckon inward, count up or weigh the reasons, to deliberate 3) by reckoning up all the reasons, to gather or infer 3a) to consider, take into account, weigh, meditate on 3b) to suppose, deem, judge 3c) to determine, purpose, decide – {{from greekbible.com}}

I’ve been processing through the idea in Romans 6:11-12 for the last few weeks. I’ve really been trying to chew through the meaning of “consider yourselves dead to sin”.

I find it somewhat interesting that I’m spending so mental thought on the process of mental thought itself – what does it mean to “consider” something? Especially when that something that I’m considering is my own death to sin.

Does anyone else see the inherent contradiction? If’ I’m considering myself as dead to sin, that means I’m mulling over my own sin in my mind, right? How can one who is truly dead be mulling over anything? Wouldn’t that person just be decomposing (if they’re truly dead)?

Ah, but that’s the whole of it… The process doesn’t just stop with the thinking phase; how you put that thinking (about being dead to sin) into action makes a big difference. I found that the Message translation by Peterson really put it into interesting perspective for me:

From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.
That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time–remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!–into God’s way of doing things.
Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.

(the Message, Romans 6:11-14)

I loved the phrase “don’t even run little errands” that are connected with sin! So, as you’re walking through the day today (this week, this month, etc.), remember to be conscious of the little “errands” that might be tempting you to sin. Instead, say to yourself “I’m dead to sin… and alive in Christ”. Then consider what life-related thing you’re to be doing instead.

It’s made a huge difference in my quality of life!


Pastor Ed Backell

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