Cleaning Gods House
In yesterday’s sermon, I talked about four life lessons that Jesus’ cleansing of the temple demonstrated to us.
The first life lesson is that Faith Takes time. The story of the fig tree is not a rabbit trail by Mark as Jesus is headed into the temple. Mark is setting up a moment that is going to be revealed in the next section, and that moment is that FAITH can move mountains!
The second life lesson is that we must Keep God’s House clean!
Our local church must be a place of protection, reflection, and injection of God’s word.
We are the church! The presence of God dwells in us!
- 1 Corinthians 6:15,19-20
15 “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?”
19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
The third life lesson is that we need to be A house of Pray-ers. We must pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. We must be people of God who are constantly praying on behalf of our friends and loved ones.
Finally, the religious people of Jesus’ day wanted to Kill HIM!
They didn’t like Jesus upsetting their religions applecart. They didn’t like Jesus was taking away their power. They wanted things done their way, not God’s. They wanted convenience instead of the true worship of God.
Examine yourself to make sure you are keeping God’s house clean. 2 Corinthians 7:1Since 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.
The King on His Donkey
In yesterday’s sermon, I talked about 3 life lessons demonstrated in Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem.
The first life lesson was that of keeping the Word of God in your life. Jesus entered Jerusalem this time on a donkey. He had been to Jerusalem many times before this, but this time was different. This time, Jesus was entering as the “lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.” Jesus sent a couple of the disciples to get a donkey, because He had to keep Zachariah 9:9. He had to come into Jerusalem as their “King” the way it had been prophesied. Jesus chose to keep God’s Word. Yes, He chose to.
We must do the same.
The second life lesson we see is that the people interpreted this event incorrectly. He was not coming to establish a physical kingdom at this time. During His trial, Jesus told Pilate that His kingdom is not of this world.
The people wanted a worldly kingdom. God wanted a heavenly one.
Finally, in Luke 19 the Bible tells us that Jesus wept over Jerusalem as He came near it because they “did not recognize the time of God’s visitation. (Luke 19:44) God was physically entering Jerusalem and the people did not see it or recognize it. The people were wanting and waiting for God to come to them, and now He was here, but only seven days later they will want Him dead.
Do you recognize God’s moving in your life? Do you see Him in the midst of your life? Are you making a place for Him and His Word Daily?
Let’s anchor ourselves (keep ourselves moored) to these truths. 1. Keep God’s Word. 2. Be about building God’s kingdom (it’s a spiritual one.) and 3. Recognize God’s visitation.
Monday Mooring 2.13.17
Yesterday we examined Mark chapter 10:35-45 and we focused on the importance of serving. In this passage of Scripture, we see two of the disciples requesting to sit at Jesus’ right and left hands when He came into His glory. Jesus told them that this is not something that He would award, but those positions would go to those appointed, presumably by His Father.
What is interesting to see is how the disciple equated greatness with position while Jesus equated it with an attitude of the heart and actions that matched. According to Jesus, greatness is not found in position or lording over people, but greatness is found in how you are willing to serve them. Jesus even said that He came not to be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.
We as children of God must adopt this same attitude that Jesus adopted. Nowhere was Jesus espousing that we as Christians should let people walk all over us. Neither was Jesus saying that we should not seek to better ourselves, be it on the job or in life. What Jesus was saying was that it should not come at the expense of others. We should never get to the top, or to positions of authority by stepping on or lording it over others.
Jesus gave us the example to follow when He washed His disciple’s feet, and laid His life down for all.
Anchor to this my friends. If you want to be the greatest Jesus said you must serve.
Monday Mooring #1
Yesterday I shared a rather large section of scripture in my sermon. (If you could not be there you can hear it in the sermons tab of our web page. www.whitewaterworship.org ) I want to use “Monday Moorings” as a way to expound a little more than the Sunday teaching time would allow.
We examined Mark 10:13-34. There are three great sections in this territory that could easily be separated and discussed at length by themselves. The theme of this section is on “complete and total surrender to God.” We see Jesus saying that children must be allowed to come to him, because it is their simple faith that must be emulated by others who come to Christ.
The second section (Mark 10:17-31) is that of the “rich young man.” This story is key to this section. (Mark 10:13-34) This young man was doing the right “Things” but his heart was on doing and keeping, not on giving everything over to God. Jesus said in verse 21, “One thing you lack,” Total Surrender. This Rich Young Man was possessed by his possessions, and was desirous of keeping the rules. His lack was that he was not trusting in God, he was trusting in his things, and in his ability to keep the rules. God wants us to follow His will and His ways, but it must first come from a place of complete and total surrender to God. Jesus demonstrated this as He gave a preview of His passion in the next section. (Mark 10:31-34) Jesus left everything He had and come to earth to follow God’s will. He prayed it in the garden of Gethsemane and demonstrated it again as He laid his life down at Calvary.
The question then: Are you moored (anchored) in the will of God by being completely and totally surrendered to Him? Have you released your possessions into God’s hands for Him to use His way? Have you come to Jesus with a childlike faith?
A solid and corrected mooring can hold your ship safe in any storm