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Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Get Off The Throne

Get Off The Throne

Joshua 24:14-18; 1 Peter 3:13-17; Isaiah 14:13-14

Here we are, Sunday before Christmas starts. We’re focused on the arrival of the Savior in the Manger. But consider what the Savior LEFT: the Throne of Heaven! God is on His throne! PS 47:8; There is ALSO a throne in each of us. Who has the right to be THERE?

To Keep Your Throne Clear for Christ

* Install to Serve Him ~ Joshua 24:14-18

  • 14 respect AND serve are linked: can’t do one without the other
  • 15 CHOOSE: a **human** exercise of will
  • 16/18 they respond IN THE MOMENT: it’s possible to make a commitment one moment, but not count the cost of KEEPING it. Have you done this? What has been the cost of keeping your commitment? Of NOT keeping it?

* Invest to Assert Him ~ 1 Peter 3:13-17

  • 13/14 this is a follow up from verses 8 on; PEOPLE (not just Christians) suffer- SO do what’s right!
  • 15 Sanctify/make holy: INVEST; if you were on a ball team, and you never showed up for practice to learn necessary skills, would you be ready to play? Would you even be SELECTED to play? What are you “making holy” in your life?
  • 16 we are to respect God; we’re ALSO to respect people… as a means of showing God respect as well!
  • 17 not suffering is ideal; if that’s NOT what happens, at least don’t DRAW suffering to yourself by doing what is evil

* Abdicate to Affirm Him ~ Isaiah 14:13-14

Choosing evil isn’t possible when you’re submitted to God. Why? Because evil is that which is OPPOSED to God… and God cannot oppose Himself. But WE can:

  • 13: You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. 14I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
  • When WE kick God out of the driver’s seat, we do the SAME THING AS SATAN. Don’t DO that! GET OFF THE THRONE

Lord Jesus, I willingly relinquish the throne of my life and invite You to once again take control as Lord of my life.

Body Honor

Shaped By A Savior ~ Body Honor Sermon Audio Here


1 Sam. 3:1-10/1 Cor. 6:12-20
When a young person enlists in the military, they swear an oath. They agree to live by a standard BEFORE they know what that means, and are held accountable to do so.

Our Response To Our Experience Shows Our Allegiance

When God Speaks; who listens?

1 Sam. 3:1-10 How does Samuel respond?

  • v1/4 God calls specifically; Eli didn’t hear
  • v5/7 God calls repeatedly; Eli didn’t catch on right away
  • v8/9 Eli realizes God is calling Samuel; helps boy respond appropriately
  • v10 God calls personally; Samuel connects because of Eli’s instruction

TRANSITION: even though used to help Samuel, Eli is rebuked by God for not controlling his sons’ inappropriate behavior

When our Bodies speak, who’s in control?
1 Cor. 6:12-20 How do we respond to our own flesh?

  • v12/13 Corinthians had idea that all natural urges are fair game;
    While the urges may be real, they do not need to be in control
  • v14/15 We are connected to Christ; live accordingly!
  • v17 “is one spirit”; more than just affinity
  • v18/20 don’t let your flesh override God’s spirit

v19 you can listen to the Holy Spirit in you *over* your own flesh

Relax already! (from archive)

(DATE: December 5, 2007)

Ah! The holidays! The season of joy, the season of cheer, the season of…

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got WAY too much on my plate right now for me to even think about kicking back and enjoying the Christmas season. Isn’t this supposed to be the time where we have “PEACE on earth, goodwill toward humanity”?Well, the thing about peace is this: it only has meaning in the midst of conflict. Peace without war is meaningless; peace without strife is nothing.

In order for us to experience peace, we need to add patience to our peace. Not just putting up with stuff, but truly letting go of our attempts to control our own destiny.

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)

The stress that we so often experience isn’t from being too busy, or having too much to do near as much as it’s about trying to CONTROL what’s going on in our lives.

News flash: We’re not in control!

That’s what Jesus is reminding us in this verse. The yoke was a harness that hooked up a more experienced ox with a young ox who didn’t know what it was doing. Jesus knows what He’s doing; He’s in control. Really.

And us? Well, we’re dumb oxen. Sorry to put it to you like that, but there it is. We don’t know the way; we just like to THINK that we do.

So, RELAX. Let Jesus drive your life, and He’ll take the lead. He knows where He’s going. Let’s just do our best to follow Him.


Pastor Ed Backell

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