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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.

Lingering in Worship: Qualifying

Lingering in Worship: Qualifying Sermon Audio Here

Ezra 2:1ff; Col. 1:9-14; Rom. 8:26-30

There’s been a shift in the meaning “qualified”: originally, it meant “to invest with a quality”, as in “I qualified him fit for duty”. NOW it means “to be entitled by fulfilling a necessary position”, as in “you can’t race in the Boston Marathon until you’ve qualified for it.” We’ve heard the phrase “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.” But what does that mean for US?

God INVESTS in the Qualified; So…

WHO are the Qualified? ~ Ezra 2:1 and following

  • 1 from last week: God moved these people’s hearts; NOW their bodies have followed
  • 36-43 Priests: you’d expect priests, Levites, and temple workers to go rebuild the temple. Vested interest (The VESTED)
  • 55 “descendants of Solomon’s servants” people who have already been involved often keep going (The TESTED)
  • 59 “couldn’t show they were from Israel” SOMETIMES the vision to do something for God is so compelling, that the unexpected show up (The REST)
  • 68 The VESTED+TESTED+REST=The QUALIFIED

WHAT do the Qualified Receive? ~ Colossians 1:9-14

  • 9 knowledge, wisdom
  • 10 life, fruit, growth
  • 11 strength, power, endurance, patience, joy
  • 12 thankfulness, inheritance
  • 13 rescue, relationship
  • 14 The Qualified -> The Redeemed

WHY are we Qualified? ~ Romans 8:26-30

  • 26 we’re weak
  • 27 we’re spoken for
  • 28 we’re called to HIS purpose
  • 29 we’re IN PROCESS
  • 30 The Qualified -> The Redeemed -> The Glorified (to become like Jesus)

God has INVESTED you with what He wants you to have (the old meaning of qualified), and THAT makes you ELIGIBLE AND ABLE to participate in the race He’s set before you (like the newer meaning). The whole POINT of our faith is to become like Jesus. God started it; God will finish it!


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