Pastor Dave Sarsons
March 24, 2019
SERMON: March 24th, 2019 “That Old Thinking Has Got to Go!!”
Ephesians 4:20-24 (The Message) “But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to Him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything – and I do mean everything – connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life – a God fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces His character in you.” “The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17) “Do not call to mind the former things; pay no attention to things of old” (Isaiah 43:18)
Man has decided today in the world what is truth. The world has defined what is life and what is death and the ten Commandments have been expanded into million of documents of right and wrong. It is the interpretation of the world of what is right and therefore the law. There is an eternal difference between what the world can find and what Jesus teaches us to do. Jesus is the truth and we can no longer define life as it should be or what has always been. God wants to reproduce His character in us. And once we humble ourselves and reproduce God’s character then that is what the world sees in us.
There are two ways at looking at the truth – through motivation or inspiration. Motivation is the external force of man and inspiration is the internal move of God. If we are being motivated to accomplish something great for God, there will never be peace and contentment. Our own selfish desires come forth through reasoning as to “I want to be successful”, “I want to be recognized”, “I want to be appreciated”. On the other hand, inspiration is a move of God in a person’s life. The goal of inspiration is not to bring honor to self, but to bring honor to God; our only desire is for God to be glorified.
Oneof the greatest mysteries of life is the mystery of pain and suffering. There are three popular approaches to suffering in the world today: secular, Buddhist, and Christian approaches. The secular approach assumes that there is no God and therefore suffering is control by the self and ‘it is what it is’. The Buddhist approach says that suffering is caused by our own unfulfille desires and therefore in order to not suffer, expectations are to be lowered. The Christian, however, sees suffering as real and knows that God is in control. Suffering is understood to teach us and to trust God. Evil is conquered by God and God’s power and love will carry us through suffering.