Today’s sermon was amazing as always. It’s funny how things I’ve read this past week ended up being relevant in both the actual sermon and our little prayer offering sermon.
I’m going to start with our prayer offering sermon. This was done by a guy I’ve known since I was 4 years old. Back then I never would have thought he would have been called to the ministry but I am sure glad he was! Hearing him speak today regarding waiting for the “WOW” moment was so enlightening. Often times we want things to be instant. It’s the world we live in today. We get our paychecks instantly deposited into our bank accounts on payday, we can instant download a movie and have it stream on our devices, we can just about instantly order a sandwich and have it delivered. We can get so caught up with these things that we expect God to be instant when we ask him for things. God is old school, plain and simple. He works on his own time because he knows his time is the best time for things to happen. When we take a step back and look at things when we do get our WOW moment we will realize, yes God this is what I want. Thank you for allowing me to have this! Not everything needs to be instant, sometimes old school can be a good thing.
The sermon our pastor did today had 4 key points of how we as believers basically mess up. This will make sense I promise you! The verse we started out with was Proverbs 9:6- Forsake the foolish and live; and go in the way of understanding.
1) Do not submit to fleshly desires
We as believers need to make sure we act as believers. There are many out there who are non believers who will “tempt” you. Tempt others by the way they dress and act making us want to think things are better on their side. We as believers need to remember we are here to serve God not to submitted to those fleshly desires. I located another verse that seemed to fit in with this point. Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
2)Listening to those who are unfamiliar with God.
We all come to a time of needing advice and guidance. When we choose to go to those who are non believers for advice the advice and guidance they are going to give is not of which will lead us down a holy path. They may not always mean to do this but without knowing the word of God and being a believer there is no way that they can help you understand what is the best path that will continue to take you down a path of righteousness. When you do receive advice and guidance from believers have them show you where their advice is coming from so you can refer back to it constantly to help keep you going down the right path. Proverbs 9:9 -Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a just man and he will increase his learning.
3)Blame others for things that we blame ourselves on.
We all make mistakes. When we make these mistakes we need to own up to them not blame others and try and make things seem like they are everyone else fault but our own. This one to me is just common sense but we don’t always remember this so its best to be reminded sometimes 🙂
4) Taking responsibility for those who make mistakes.
We by nature want to play mother hen to those we love even when they make mistakes. By doing these things we aren’t allowing them the ability to learn from what God is showing them. My instinct still to this day is to protect my younger siblings. I still have the want to take any blame for anything they do wrong just to try and protect them. Now that they are getting older though I need to take a few steps back and let them make mistakes and let them figure out the right path to head down. As much as I would like to mother hen them for the rest of their lives I know they need to see and do things with God themselves not with me in the middle.
Besides the WOW moment something to really remember which will help with all the points in the sermon is before we jump head first we need to stop and talk to God. He loves us and has a plan we just need to stop and consult him on what it is.