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Don’t Worry VS Manage Better

Don’t Worry VS Manage Better

January 30, 2016
Christian Responsibility VS the American Way.

Last week was Worry VS Work.  If you are not providing for yourself and your family, it is questionable if you are even a Christian. 
A Christian Command to work is in direct conflict of the Entitlement mind set.  
 
This Week is Worry VS Managing.  Increasing your Responsibility. 
The conflict is too many Christian especially men use Don’t Worry as an excuse to not manage better. 
A hap-hazard approach VS a well thought out plan. 

Seek First His Kingdom
[Mat 6:31-33 ESV] 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 
Matt 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
What does it look like to Seek God’s Kingdom and God’s Righteousness? 
It’s an issue of priority and practice. 
Which means the real issue is where your heart is?  Do you really care about the right things?
The God things!
Don’t Worry, does not mean Don’t Be Responsible. 
SEEK:   Does not mean sit around and wait.   
to seek in order to find
to seek a thing
to seek [in order to find out] by thinking, meditating, reasoning, to enquire into
to seek after, seek for, aim at, strive after
to seek i.e. require, demand
to crave, demand something from someone
It means Take time and energy to Chase God. 
His Kingdom:
royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom
of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah
of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah's kingdom
a kingdom, the territory subject to the rule of a king
used in the N.T. to refer to the reign of the Messiah

His Righteousness: 
in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God
the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God
integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting
in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due

What does that look like in a normal day?
Let’s look at Monday. 
Wake Up, 
Get your coffee, 
Before newspaper or Facebook.   
1. Bible, Just Read It
2.  Yield to King Jesus before you go about your business. 
     Tell Him you are His for His use and Glory
   Pray; Ask Him to bring fruit to your labor. 
Look at your 5 Orders: which one is in your plans for that day? What do you need to put there?
Which one of the following can you do that day?
Worship
Fellowship – is there another Christian that could use a visit from you?
Ministry – What can I do for our church this week?
Discipleship – 1. Today I will do a deeper Bible study.  2. Today, I will study with another Christian
Evangelism – Today someone needs to hear about Jesus. 

* A Christian is always looking for better/wiser ways to manage what God has given you. 
It’s your Christian duty to continue to mature/grow up/ get better.  
Celebrate Growth Points & Then keep on growing up. 

Gaining Wisdom
Being Sanctified. 
[Phl 1:6 ESV] And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
[Heb 10:14 ESV] For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

1. has perfected;  Past Tense.  It’s Done

2. Being Sanctified; Present Tense.  He is doing it right now. 

to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow
to separate from profane things and dedicate to God
consecrate things to God
dedicate people to God
to purify
to cleanse externally
to purify by expiation: free from the guilt of sin
to purify internally by renewing of the soul

Psalm of Moses. 
[Psa 90:12 ESV] So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
[Psa 90:13 ESV] Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!
[Psa 90:14 ESV] Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,  that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 
[Psa 90:15 ESV] Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.
[Psa 90:16 ESV] Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
[Psa 90:17 ESV] Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

Christians are to be looking to manage what they have well. 
WHY?  So, Then God will give us more to manage. 
Don’t Worry VS Be Responsible

Don’t Worry VS Be Responsible

January 24, 2016

January Sermon Series:    New Year, New You;  Be Responsible.

[Rom 12:1 ESV] I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

[Rom 12:2 ESV] Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

First Week: 

Do not Worry VS Be Responsible. 

There was a trending hashtag yesterday:  #ResistCapitalism 

Ignorant people blaming economics. Suggesting a form of socialism to provide equally for all. 

Isn’t that Godly, Love thy Neighbor to provide for their needs?

Not necessarily.  If you provide something for someone which robs them of their need to become responsible, you are hurting and hating them.  

If a grown up is not taking responsibility to provide their own food, shelter, clothing, etc. They are practicing evil. If you help them practice their evil, how are you loving them?

AA and Al Anon calls that Enabling. 

When a government enables people to be Irresponsible, it’s called Socialism. 

Do Not Worry. 

[Mat 6:25 ESV] "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

[Mat 6:25 ESV] "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

[Mat 6:26 ESV] Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

[Mat 6:27 ESV] And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

[Mat 6:28 ESV] And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,

[Mat 6:29 ESV] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

[Mat 6:30 ESV] But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

[Mat 6:31 ESV] Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'

[Mat 6:32 ESV] For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

[Mat 6:33 ESV] But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

[Mat 6:34 ESV] "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

The Key word here is Anxious/ Worry

to be anxious

to be troubled with cares

verb (used without object), worried, worrying.

to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.

Anxious:

full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous:

Think of what worry does to you.

You can’t work good

In a work environment worry makes you adopt the CYB mindset. 

Less productive, which increases the very risk of the very thing you are worried about. 

It messes with your relationships. w/ spouse, children, family. 

When family challenges come, worry makes you mean, impatient and unstable with the people closest to you. 

[Pro 12:25 ESV] Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Jesus did not say, Do not Work, He said, Do not worry. 

When we worry, we are demonstrating we are NOT trusting in God to provide. 

[Psa 20:7 ESV] Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

The Phrase: 

God helps those who help themselves popularized by Ben Franklin, which is not a Bible Verse. 

Now concerning Salvation: This is very Untrue. It does not apply.  God helps the helpless. 

Salvation is 100% work of God. 

Concerning one’s Daily needs. Food, Clothing, Shelter. 

I believe this Truth falls into General Grace & God’s Universal Truths. 

[Mat 5:45 ESV] so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

That is why there are many wealthy and affluent God haters. 

For Christians Especially, We are Commanded to Work! 

[2Th 3:6-15 ESV] 6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 

7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 

10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 

11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 

12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living

13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. 

14 If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.     

[1Ti 5:8 ESV] 8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

[1Th 4:11-12 ESV] 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 

Aspire:   to strive earnestly, make it one's aim

12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

A Christian is Synonymous with Becoming Responsible. 

Young Adult Books, Chapter 8; Call and Purpose

Young Adult Books, Chapter 8; Call and Purpose

January 2, 2016
The Meta Narrative for the Christian is an Amazing Story!

1. The Daily Grind of life
[Ecc 2:22 NIV] What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun?
[Ecc 2:23 NIV] All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.

[Ecc 12:13 ESV] The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
[Ecc 12:14 ESV] For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.


The Invitation; “You just can’t say no.”
[Eph 1:3 ESV] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
[Eph 1:4 ESV] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. 
In love
[Eph 1:5 ESV] he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
WHY? 
[Eph 1:6 ESV] to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
How Did He Do It?
[Eph 1:7 ESV] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
[Eph 1:8 ESV] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
[Eph 1:9 ESV] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
[Eph 1:10 ESV] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
CAN’T Lose It!
1. God planned it. 
[Eph 1:11 ESV] In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
[Eph 1:12 ESV] so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.


Discovering a spiritual world very few even know about. 

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit is Real. 
[Luk 3:21 ESV] Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened,
[Luk 3:22 ESV] and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."

Discovering the Great War and realizing one is part of it. 

[Eph 6:12 KJV] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

 [1Pe 2:9 ESV] But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
[1Pe 2:10 ESV] Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
[1Pe 2:11 ESV] Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
[1Pe 2:12 ESV] Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

You are special and have a special call. 
[2Co 5:17 ESV] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
[2Co 5:18 ESV] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
[2Co 5:19 ESV] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
[2Co 5:20 ESV] Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
[2Co 5:21 ESV] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Old friends begin to separate.
[1Pe 4:1 ESV] Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
[1Pe 4:2 ESV] so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
[1Pe 4:3 ESV] For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.
[1Pe 4:4 ESV] With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you;
[1Pe 4:5 ESV] but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

Discover new friends who are special too.
[Heb 10:24 ESV] And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

[Heb 10:25 ESV] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Finding God’s People at the local Church; 
[Act 2:42 ESV] And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

[Act 2:43 ESV] And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.

[Act 2:44 ESV] And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

Embrace purpose & call.

What about you?
Do you identify with the any of these chapters?
What chapter are you in right now?

[Jhn 6:43 ESV] Jesus answered them, "Do not grumble among yourselves.
[Jhn 6:44 ESV] No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
[Jhn 6:45 ESV] It is written in the Prophets, 'And they will all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me--
[Jhn 6:46 ESV] not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father.
[Jhn 6:47 ESV] Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

Are you more interested in what God wants or what you want?
Everything that keeps you busy on your schedule is in God’s creation, not yours. 
Are the very things God has given you are the things you use to hate God. 
Hate God?  Well sure, if God is not part of your daily life, for any reason.
In God’s Universe, In God’s Solar System, On God’s Planet, In God’s Country, In the Body God gave you, . . what part your daily schedule is set aside for God’s Will? 

[Jhn 3:16 ESV] "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
[Jhn 3:17 ESV] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

I can’t make you a Christian, 
I can’t make you love God. 
I can trick you into thinking you’re a Christian, but I can’t make you true Christian.  
The Purpose & 5 Disciplines.  
If this is bothering you that I bring this up every week? Something is wrong. Every week I give you New Bible verses, but the conclusion is always the same. 
Love God, Love People.
And this is what it looks like.  5 Disciplines. 
Every Sunday we get a chance to make course corrections our lives. 
We are reminded where true North is on our God compass. 
What changes do you need to make in your life, to live even more of God’s Commands?

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