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Autumn Thoughts: Let Go Of Lording It

Let Go Of Lording It

Luke 22:24-38

On my trip this week, I shared my name with many people that I met. I shared my bank information with far fewer people. I mentioned my hometown, but I didn’t give my exact address. There are lots of ways to identify yourself. Did you know about IP addresses? Unique identifiers to the whole of the internet, so that each individual computer can talk to all the others.

I’ve come up with four I.P. instructions that might help us in living our faith in ways that Jesus wants us to live.

What Are My Spiritual I.P. Instructions?

* Invert Power ~ Luke 22:24-27

We are not to exercise power like the world; instead we serve one another. I asked you two weeks ago: WHO DO YOU UNCOMFORTABLY SERVE? Let me follow up on that question: WHY do you serve THOSE YOU CHOOSE?

* Inherit Position ~ Luke 22:28-30

Jesus places us into His Kingdom; it’s all about WHO you know. Ask yourself: do I know Jesus? Or do I just know **about** the Christ? What steps do you need to take to grow deeper in your relationship with the Lord?

* Invoke Protection ~ Luke 22:31-34

.Jesus prays for Peter. Did you know that Jesus prays for YOU? NOW? Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” And Romans 8:34 reads, “Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died– more than that, who was raised to life– is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU KNEW THAT JESUS WAS PRAYING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW?

* Immediate Promise ~ Luke 22:35-38

Jesus reminds His followers that God provides for what God requires of them. WHAT MAKES US THINK HE’S STOPPED THIS PROCESS? DO YOU TRUST HIM OR NOT? WHY?

Haggai 2:5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’

We try to usurp Christ as Lord out of fear: fear that we won’t get what we want if we surrender to what HE wants.

We Persist To Perceive It – God Completes His Promise

We Persist To Perceive It – God Completes His Promise

Hebrews 6:9-20

There’s a “new-ish” way to make money. Called cryptocurrency, it’s the idea that you can make something of tangible value out of a mere idea. If you’re the first to guess the exact huge random number, you “mine” Bitcoin, for example. It’s all based on a promise: that being the first to discover something is valuable. But the target number to guess always changes, so mining the “value” is tough. Compare that to gold: a naturally occurring finite resource which has been valuable for thousands of years. Permanence has value.

God promised His people thousands of years ago that He would send a Savior. Why should we believe Him? What’s the point of Christmas?

Why Is God’s Promise Worth Trusting?

The Basis of the Promise ~ Hebrews 6:9-12

  • 9 “better things”: better than the idea of falling away from God
  • 10/11 we don’t work to earn hope from God; rather, we eagerly desire to fully live IN hope
  • 12 “not sluggish” but actively hold onto God’s promises

The Bedrock of the Promise ~ Hebrews 6:13-20

  • 13/14 God’s promises are based on HIMSELF, not our response
  • 15/17 God’s promise doesn’t change because God HIMSELF never changes
  • 18 two unchangable things: God’s nature, and God’s oath
  • 19 this is OUR hope: God keeps His promise to us, because His promise is based in His unchanging self
  • 20 The promise: God saves us! NOW (through the first coming of Christ as our savior) and FOREVER (though His second coming as Jesus our King)

Why hit this point over and over? Because we don’t often believe it. It’s much more common to think that God gives us what we deserve, and when we hit a rough patch, we conclude that God is punishing us. That’s NOT how faith is intended to be used, as a bat with which you beat yourself. Faith is a GIFT. Enjoy it, and thank the Giver!

Advent: Preparing for the Promise

Advent: Preparing for the Promise Sermon Audio Here

Isa.11:1-10; Rom.15:4-13

Have you ever noticed the emphasis children place on promises? “You PROMISE?” is asked with emphasis on the word. “Pinky swear” has been around since at least 1860. Consider Jepthah’s vow in Judges 11:29-40, and the seriousness with which a vow is considered. Why is a promise given so powerful to us?

Promises are both Given and Received:

God’s Promised Person Will Be… ~ Isaiah 11:1-10

  • v1 a Descendant of David, a fulfillment of God’s promise (2 Sam. 7)
  • v2/5 Judge of Justice, God’s righteousness his foundation (the BELT)
  • v6/10 a Provider of Peace, our reaction to His teaching

Our Part of the Promise Will Be… ~ Romans 15:4-13

  • v4/7 that We Glorify God Together
  • v8/12 that We Receive an Old Promise for New Mercy

CLOSE: Rom.15:13 The Point of the Promise for which we Prepare: to be filled with joy and peace of the Lord, so the Spirit will fill us with His hope.


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