Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Is God on the Throne in Your Home?

Put on your creative thinking caps for a moment, and imagine something with me. Imagine God sitting on His throne in Heaven. Now I know that's a concept we have created so we can relate to Him, but I'm not sure if that's how we'll actually see Him. But for the purpose of my point, let's go with that.

He's seated on a throne, because it symbolizes His power and reign over everything; in Heaven and on Earth. The angels surround it glorifying Him, because He is God and is supreme over all. And those of us who will see Him there will bow down worshipping Him because He is God. Right?!

Ok, here's where I need you to kick your imagination into high gear.  Now imagine that God decided, perhaps for just one day, to pick up His throne, and move it to your home?

What if He threw your lazy boy out the door, and in its place, He sat divinely and majestically on His throne in your home?

So, at least for that day, it would be very apparant as to who was in charge in your house, right? There'd be no question as to who was the head and who made all the decisions. That is if God's throne was in your home.

So let me ask you think some things would change in your house? Would it make a difference in what you did and how you acted? Would you and your family interact differently with one another while God's throne was in your home? Are there shows you wouldn't watch? Is there certain music you wouldn't listen to? Would arguments cease? Would you read your Bible and pray more? Would your children be more respectful and obedient, if God's throne was in your home?

If it were a Sunday, would you still gripe in your heart about getting up to go to church? Would you get up to go to church at all? Wife would you be more submissive to your husband as the church submits to Christ; and husband would you be more sacrificially loving to your wife as Christ loves the church?  Would you pray more, obey more, give more, forgive more....if God's throne was in your home?

Well, my sister...if you are a Christian, then God's throne is already in your home. As a blood-bought believer in Christ, your home life, not just your church life, belongs to God. He is the true head of your household. It is His opinion that should matter to us. It is His leadership we must follow. It is His word that must guide us, even at especially at home.

So don't imagine, but rather think about what needs to change knowing that God's trone IS in your home.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Remember What I Taught You and Don't Forget How to Behave

I remember when I was a kid the feeling I had when we were heading out on a trip to an amusement park like Kings Dominion. That anxious excitement did roller coaster loops in my stomach all the way there. As a young child, I never traveled very great distances, so a trip that was only a couple of hours seemed like it took forever. Not to mention, I had that same condition that most kids have; you know..are-we-there-yetitis.

But then as we approached the exit, I could see that big "Kings Dominion" sign from the highway, and I'd really be about to bubble over then. So dad would drive through the line to pay for parking; we'd cruise up and down the lanes to find as close a park as we could, all the while momma telling us not to forget which section we were parking in so we could find the car.

Dad would pull up, put the car in park, and make his obvious but glorious proclamation.."We're here!". My smile would be about to eat my face off. I was so ready to jump out that car.

But momma would momentarily pop our jubilant bubble by calming us down to give us ..The Talk. You know The Talk. Something like this. "Alright now, don't yall get in here and forget how to act; remember what I taught you and don't forget how to behave." To which we would reply in loathsome unison "Yeeesss Maam."

Press Pause on this read this scripture passage.

"Never forget the day when you stood before the Lord your God at Mount Sinai, where he told me, ‘Summon the people before me, and I will personally instruct them. Then they will learn to fear me as long as they live, and they will teach their children to fear me also.’ " Deuteronomy 4:10 (NLT)

See, what my momma was doing with us then is basically what the Lord was doing with His people here in Deuteronomy chapter 4. His chosen children, the nation of Israel, had been traveling for about 40 years making their way from Egypt to the Promised Land. And now here they are on the banks of the river about to cross over to claim that promise. But just before God sent them over, He had to have "The Talk" with them.

He told them to never forget the commands that He had given them back at Mt. Sinai. Never to forget to respect and obey Him. Never to forget to teach their children to do the same.

They needed "The Talk" because they were about to cross over to a place filled with new and different things. A place swarming with cultures that were foreign from their own, and none who knew anything about worshiping the true and living God. They needed to be reminded, and so do we.
Maybe you're about to embark on a new place in your life. A new job, new home, new marriage, new friends, new school, or just a new phase. Whatever it might be, let me remind you...Don't forget what God has taught you.

Don't abandon your love, respect and obedience to the Lord. After all, He is the one who brought you to where you are, and He is the one who will take you to where you're going. So whether you knew my mother or not, let the sweet spirit of her voice be a friendly reminder..." Don't yall get in here and forget how to act".
God bless you!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Lord, Thank You for the Church - A Morning Prayer

Good morning Lord. Thank You for another day. This is the only March 4, 2020 I will ever get. I pray that I use it wisely.

Lord, I thank You for the gift of the church. You knew even before You left this world to go back to Heaven, that the believers You left here would face many tribulations simply because of what we believe. So out of Your love for us, You not only left us the Comforter which is the Holy Spirit, You also left us each other. Thank You so much for that.

I cannot imagine how tough it would be to not have others who understand my faith; to not have brothers and sisters in this world full of strangers. You knew what it felt like Jesus, because I believe You experienced that on the cross. And You didn't want me to feel that, so You blessed me with the church.

Lord You told Peter "Upon this rock I build my church". And from that time, You have been building Your church on that foundation of faith, stone by stone, believer by believer. I thank You that I am one of those, thoughtfully laid in my proper place, connected with all the others with the mortar of grace.

Lord, my flesh sometimes would like to be more than just another brick in the wall; it longs to be a stone standing unto itself to receive its own glory. But my spirit is now wise enough to know that fame is fleeting and loneliness can last a lifetime. So I am happy just to be counted among Your number. Happy to be, maybe a small part, but a part nonetheless...of Your Church.

Father, I pray for those today who have forsaken the gathering of the saints. Press upon their hearts and remind them that there is safety in numbers, and that even hot embers once scattered soon grow cold. Draw them to a gathering of Your children, and please make Your presence felt at my church so that its a place worth gathering.

Lord I love You. In Jesus name. Amen.