Come Apart or Come Apart Part 2
Mark Balmer - Sunday, June 2nd 2019 - James 4:8
Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.
- No person can do life right apart from God and His Word.
- Key #1 - God created us to really know Him (not just about Him)
- When we choose to disobey God and go our own way life begins to come a-p-a-r-t
- Coming a-p-a-r-t = confusion, lack of peace, conviction, pain, regret, and God’s discipline
- Today God speaks primarily through the written Word – the Bible
- Key #2 - God wants us to know His will – HOW to do life together
James 4:8 (NLT) Come close to God, and God will come close to you
- Key #3 - Knowing God and His will requires: desire, discipline, dependence, time, solitude, obedience, faith, and prayer
- Hurry sickness is a disease that attacks our solitude (ALONE) time with God
- If we want to follow Jesus, we have to FOLLOW Jesus
Genesis 12:10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.
- Pride causes us to be overconfident thinking that WE have the answer
Genesis 12:11-16 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you." 14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
Genesis 12:17-20 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
- There are NO quick fixes to spiritual growth. It is a life-long process of meeting with God
- Journaling is the daily discipline of examining and evaluating our life in written form
Jeremiah 30:2 (NLT) “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah.
Psalms 26:2 Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;
- Evaluate your yesterday: people you met, decisions you made (good and bad), how well you lived like Jesus, did you use your time well, did you acknowledge the Holy Spirit who lives in you 24/7?
Genesis 13:3-4 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier 4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord.
- Abraham confesses and discovers 2 truths
- God is always willing to forgive and forget our sins BUT 1st we must confess to God
- No one can go forward without letting go of the past
Philippians 3:13 (NLT) No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.
1 Corinthians 11:28 (NLT) That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.
Romans 10:9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
All Bible references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. NLT = New Living Translation.