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And again He entered Capernaum and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.  Mark 2:1-4

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Revival changes our life

 

There are so many renovation shows on tv at the moment – mitre 10 dream home, house rules, the block is coming back and if you flick through the tv guide there are probably a trillion more on a trillion other channels… this week tony and I watched house rules and there are 6 teams and they’re competing while renovated one of the other teams houses. So they’re renovating jemma and bens house and one by one each team who have all being assigned different rooms, or zones, are pulling up the floors to lay this gorgeous dark stained wooden floor…. Only to discover the house doesn’t have a concrete foundation but is laid on sand.

When Jesus is in the house sometimes things get pulled up and exposed, renovated and rearranged.

The paralytics friends ripped the roof of the house to get their friend in. They did a bit of DIY to make a new entrance. They uncovered the ceiling to allow miracles and forgiveness to flow.

 

Our God does not simply point to our sordid past and say “don’t live that way anymore.” No, our God cups our face in His nail scarred hands and says “my child, you don’t have to live that way anymore. You are free.” // Lori Wilhite

A changed life is a RESPONSE to the grace of God given to us. God doesn’t expect us to clean our life up first before He’ll accept us. We don’t whack up some new paint, get a fancy new makeover and then open the door welcoming Him in.

 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

 

But our response to that is that we say YES to life change, that we say YES to His renovations, to things being rearranged and exposed and uncovered. We can rest in the fact that God not only won’t quit, but He’s holding our lives together & making us more like Jesus through it all.

There are times in our life when God supernaturally and sovereignly readjusts things in our lives – it can happen on an altar call, or in our bedroom, or at housegroup, wherever where BOOM you encounter God and know you walk away altered. And sometimes you have those altar moments or those times – actually every time you make time with God – and you don’t know how God is changing you but believe you me when you’re encountering God He is at work! But there are other times when we partner with God in the renovating. When we’re agreeing with Him and as Caleb said this morning, making intentional choices for change.

About 4 years ago Tony and I decided to renovate our toilet room. The wall paper had been peeling off and little fingers had helped it and it looked a mess. So we ripped all the paper off and that was about it. Since then we’ve done nothing. No sanding. No colour choosing. No painting. Every now and then I look at it and think, must do something about that. Sometimes its like that in our lives… God is putting His finger on something, stirring us, sometimes uncomfortably, towards change. But until we say YES and make intentional changes we’ve just got blank ugly walls…

 

King Josiah, in 2 Kings 23, is a man serious about revival and renovating. Chapter 23 is the most verb packed chapter I think I’ve ever read. He is serious about rearranging things in Israel so that God is followed and glorified.

He brought out

Removed

Burned

Ground idols to ashes

Threw the ashes into graveyards

Tore down

Broke down

Threw their dust into the desert

Defiled high places

Pulverised

Broke into pieces

Filled the idols places with bones

Put away

Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him. 2 Kings 23:25

Josiah was a man of revival.

There are things that God will uncover in your life that are uncomfortable. Trust issues. Stinking thinking. We might not have altars to false gods in the backyard or idols in the wardrobe but we do have to deal with what the bible describes as our old ways, with all its fears, anger, hostility, lying, lust, hate. Old ways. Old habits. The Old self.

But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:8-10

He is calling you to change, to put on the new self. It would be like the paralysed man, now healed, able to walk, set free to dance, to experience life, to be well and to live life to the max, to carry round his stretcher all the time, or to remain lying on the mat.

There are things that God might be saying Pulverise that and scatter it to the wind. You don’t need to live that way anymore, you’re free. There are things that God might be saying rip out and remove, put away the thoughts of the past and the destructive behaviours – replace them with a new way of thinking, His way.

Our mind is conditioned by the world to respond and react in certain ways. In a way our mind is conditioned to look else where for the answer to every question we have in any other place than God.

YOLO.

If it feels good, do it.

It’s just a white lie.

It’s the way I’m wired.

Feeling lonely? Get a boyfriend / girlfriend / new husband / new wife

A lot of people turn to food or alcohol for comfort. Others spend all their time and energy pursuing romantic love. We can spin our lives around sex or physical pleasure or escapism. Money, fame and accomplishment call to us. They look like a pathway to our best life, but when we let them displace God, they stop being good things, and become our master. An idol in Josiah’s day was a physical altar or statue or “thing” but really an idol is anything that calls to us so strongly, that we’d rather respond to that call than to God. An idol is anything that replaces the authority and position that God wants in your life. It’s the thing your life revolves around. Those are the things we’ve got to knock down and get change in.

 

The bible calls it renewing your mind: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

 

Romans 12 goes on to give us some blueprints of what that renewed renovated life may look like:

V 3 – what do you think of yourself? Do you like yourself? Do you like yourself too much? The bible says that you were paid for by the life of Jesus – that’s the price tag on your life. That the creator of the universe, the sinless perfect amazing Son of God chose to come and live and die, for you.

V 4-5 we’re in a team, we belong. We’re no longer alone but in a family with a common mission

V 6-8 we have a purpose – you are not here by accident, but you’re here by design.

V9 – choose what is good. The NKJV which entitles this passage “behave like a christian” tells us to let go of the crappy behaviour.

V 10 – love each other like family. Be kind to each other. Treat each other like we’d like to be treated. It goes on to say be humble, listen and care, be authentic and stop stirring. Your feelings are indicators, not dictators, you have a choice to be renewed and renovated or to carry on living with a hole in the floor and a leak in the roof.

V 11 – stoke the fire: Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord. CEV. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. NIV.

 

Sometimes the renovation occurs when we find ourselves in situations we can’t control, or where people are difficult, or situations require a ramping up of our trust levels… the rubber meets the road when tensions are high and you cant see where to put your next step.

Or when we’re convicted to live counter culture – not following the pattern of the world when it comes to dating, to marriage, to parenting, to honesty, to whatever.

 

Where we have to CHOOSE trust, CHOOSE purity, CHOOSE peace, CHOOSE kindness, CHOOSE compassion, CHOOSE peace, CHOOSE humility, CHOOSE understanding.

 

God has been working on me a long time. I am totally different to who I was when I was 16 and got saved. But I am still a work in progress and am grateful for the grace of God, and the grace of each of you.

 

Personal revival comes with a personal awareness of things that need to be changed – greater conviction, greater sensitivity to the world around us and the things that please or don’t please Jesus. And with that comes the awareness that we cannot change ourselves but that Jesus has done it all, that as we continue to say YES we’re allowing Him and more into our lives, to action that which He has made provision for. Remember, Jesus forgave the man’s sin FIRST. Before he could pick his mat up and walk and do anything, before he could change anything. Grace came first.

 

Jesus died for your sin. Your guilt. Your shame. Your crappy behaviour. Your bad attitude. Your indifference. Your control. Your hopelessness. Your anger. Change comes with when I say YES to God.

The paralytics friends knew they had to remove the roof to encounter Jesus.

What do you need to remove or renovate so that you are more open and close to Him? What is standing in your way?

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THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  Romans 5:1 AMP

 

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7

 

God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son. And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God. You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. Colossians 1:19-22

 

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice fort our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  1 john 4:9-11

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God will eventually test you in all areas of your life, but He will not let your trials become greater than you can bear. Let God use trails to help you grow. Do not try to measure your progress, your strength, or what God is doing. His work is not less efficient because what He is doing is invisible. God does not transform you on a bed of light, life and grace. His transformation is done on the cross in darkness, poverty and death. Francis Fenelon in 100 days in the secret place

I think what strikes me most about this is the call to NOT BE DISCOURAGED that rings behind the words.

Growing as a Christian can sometimes be hard. We think we should be “past” this, and are surprised we still react with anger/fear/insecurity/envy/pride etc.

We can struggle against the work of God to refine us and make as us pure gold.

Proverbs 17:3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but God tries the hearts.

The work of God in our hearts is in secret. He uses all types of situations good and bad to shape us. He uses all types of people to give us life experiences that will form the character of His Son Jesus within our hearts. He roots out our secret desires (sins…) and plants good things instead. He forms new habits and new characteristics that resemble Jesus.

This all takes time.

We have a lifetime ahead of us.

Most of us (ME) want it done NOW… we want to be perfect NOW… but experience and life lessons take time to LIVE and learn… I love how Romans 5 in my bible says the word EXPERIENCE instead of perseverance or endurance. Life is lived in experience. If you breathe you are experiencing. If you are experiencing you are been shaped by God.

Romans 5:3-4 And not only this, but we glory in afflictions also, knowing that afflictions work out patience, and patience works out experience, and experience works out hope.

We can have hope that God “knows what he is doing”. He knows us inside and out, how many hairs we have on our head and how many hairs we have on our toes. We can rest completely in the security that even though we face hard times and are refined in the FIRE that God is with us and working in our lives. Hard times are NOT in vain, they have a purpose. Good times are not in vain, they have a purpose. 

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

Trust God in good times and hard times, and pray and let Him have His way. Surrender and let him work his beauty through your life. Ask Him to shape and mould. Do not be discouraged. God is changing you! He is the Creator of the Universe, God Almighty. His love is everlasting and his mercy stretches our sins from the east to the west, just as the arms of His perfect Son stretched on the cross for our salvation.

Do not be discouraged. Take courage in the knowledge that God is a good God, all the time He is good.

Do not add to the cross in your life by becoming so busy that you have no time to sit quietly before God. Do not resist what God brings into your life. Be willing to suffer if that is what is needed. Over-activity and stubbornness will only increase your anguish. God prepares a cross for you that you must embrace without thought of self-preservation. The cross is painful. Accept the cross and you will find peace even in the middle of turmoil. Fenelon – from 100 days in the secret place

In this modern age busy busy busyness is one of those things we just accept. Busy traffic. Busy lives. Busy schedules. Yet we have dishwashers. Microwaves. Even OVENS are much faster and more efficient than the technology of Fenelon who warned against busyness shutting out God… or he rather that when we are busy we “forget” to make time for God.

God brings things in our lives to shape us and change us. His purpose is to make us like Jesus. ( Romans 8:28-30 ) His purpose is to use us as ambassadors ( 2 Corinthians 5:20 ) to reflect His own glory ( 2 Corinthians 3:18

But most of us are selfish creatures living by our own agenda, giving God a slot on Sunday morning. God wants us to know him all week and to be used by Him all week.

He wants to shape us and transform us. We are renewed and changed by the transforming power of the Word of God which challenges our thoughts and actions, changing our minds and attitudes and flowing into the way we act. ( Romans 12:1-2 )

We are changed through the experiences we go through. Experiences that are hard teach us to have hope and faith in God and strengthen us. They are HARD to experience but they outwork good and glorious things in our lives. ( Romans 5:2-5 ) The hard times shape our character to look more like Jesus.

Often we find ourselves hitting the same wall over and over again. Look up – is it a mountain? Are we like the israelites going round and round the mountain again and again due to their unbelief and stubbornness? Lets be people of FAITH and HOPE and in whatever experience let us look up and see GOD and trust Him and let him work JOY and LOVE and the heart of Jesus into our lives.

Embrace the work of God. It sounds contray to what we could do in a hard time – stamp our feet and moan. And that response is okay, when followed by a “BUT I WILL WORSHIP AND TRUST YOU” – david was a stomp ya feet and moan kind of guy in the psalms, but he then would remember WHO God is and worship him and surrender to the work of God in his life.

Imagine with me.  It is a hot dusty day in a hot dusty land.  The wind rises, blowing hair into the eyes of a young man.  All around him are the noises and smells of the market and temple.  The air is filled with the bleating of sheep, the lowing of oxen and the shouting of people.  Each step he takes he is bustled and pushed by those around him.  They all are heading to the same destination.  The temple.

The young man presents his lamb to the levite priest before him.

The priest examines the lamb thoroughly.  He opens his mouth.  Checks the lambs hooves.  Runs his hands up and down each leg.  He checks for flaws, defects.

The priest nods solemnly.  Relief floods the young man’s heart.   His offering was perfect.  Acceptable.  A weight lifts off his shoulders.  He is forgiven.

Did you notice?

Did you  see?

The priest didn’t look the young man up and down.  He didn’t glance his shoes, look in his eyes, or ask for a record of how he spent his time in the last week.  There is no third degree or scrutiny of the mans heart and character.  The young man did not have to be perfect or acceptable to be forgiven.

The sacrifice needed to be perfect and acceptable.  The sacrifice needed to be blemish free.

The Bible says “you must bring to the Lord as the penalty for your sin a female from the flock, either a sheep or a goat. This is a sin offering with which the priest will purify you from your sin, making you right with the Lord.” Leviticus 5:6

The Old Testament sacrificial code is a shadow and a foreshadowing.  It shows us how we are forgiven.  It shows us how we become acceptable with God.

Just as the young man had his sin covered by the blood of the acceptable lamb so too we come before God covered and made acceptable by an offering.  The offering of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

1 Peter 1:1-19   And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

And just as the priest didn’t examine the young man to see if he was blemish free God doesn’t look at us, he only looks at the Lamb of God who takes away our sins.  The blood of Jesus, the Lamb, covers us and makes us acceptable.
Did you see that?

Did you feel that?

We don’t need to be perfect to come to God.  The perfect sacrifice was given in Jesus.  When we first come to God (pre-Christian) we are totally blemished and defective because of sin.  The Bible says we are dead to God.  We are made acceptable by trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus.  This is what faith is.

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” Romans 5:1

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Ephesians 3:12

Our life as Christians and right standing with God continues to depend upon this sacrifice.  It is not by our own effort or goodness that we can know God.  We can never measure up or become unblemished by working for it.   When God looks at us He sees the righteous record of His Son.  We are right now acceptable to God.

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7

We are instructed and encouraged to walk out our faith by living lives that are pleasing to God but this is a process that takes a lifetime.  As we “clean our lives up” though we don’t need to feel far away from God or not good enough to know Him. .  If we are a Christian there is no limitation or separation between God and us. Jesus gave His life so that we can know God and be called a child of God. We can know God.

This should give us freedom and joy and gratitude and a sense of awe – the WOW response. Let’s live like this. Let’s live in this freedom and forgiveness.   Lets live responding to the grace of God.

The sacrifice has been paid.  We are forgiven.

“Thoughts become action (2 Corinthians 10:5 – Take every thought captive)

Action becomes habits (James 1:24 – Be doers of the word)
Habits become character (Psalm 11:7 For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness)
Character becomes destiny” (Romans 5:4 Perseverance works character & character works hope)

Be encouraged – you’re not just forming new habits, you’re impacting your destiny!!

God’s way accomplishes His purpose quicker than anything you could think of. God is able to seek out and destroy the roots of self-love. God is able to seek out and destroy the roots of self-love. You, on your own, could never find those hidden roots. God can see the entrie path of self-love within your heart. Let Him attack self-love at its strongest point. Pray for strengtth and faith enough to trust yourself completely to God. Follow Him simply wherever He may lead you and you will not have to think up big plans to bring about your perfetion… Fenelon from 100 days in the secret place

So what is so wrong with self love you may ask?

I think it is because sin has a root in selfishness – its all about “me” and what i can get and is “good” for me and protects ME. it puts me before God and others. i make choices that are sinful to make me happy or “safe”.

Galatians 5:13 says we are “called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love.”

Galatians 5:16-21 instructs us to “let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.”

Our self-love is often fighting against the best/pure actions that glorify God.

God is shaping us to conform to the character and heart of Jesus. ( Romans 8:28-30 )

He is calling us and MAKING us holy – not only in spirit/soul but in EXPRESSION and DEMONSTRATION – in outworking that holiness in REAL LIFE… its not just a spiritual thing but a real life expression of how we interact in teh real world…

God knows how to deal with the sinfulness in our lvies. Apart from Jesus’ death on the cross which paid for our sin, God also knows how to deal with the sin we STILL do – he exposes teh causes and works on our character, drawing us to him… He brings us continually to the cross, where we find forgiveness daily/minute-ly, bringing us to His throne of grace…

David prays often for God to teach Him to walk a life pleasing to Him…

Psalm 25:3-5
4 Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; 5 guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,

Psalm 51:5-7
6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts [a] ; you teach [b] me wisdom in the inmost place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

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10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. 11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. and my hope is in you all day long.

We must remember that God is our loving Father and he corrects and teachs us because he loves us and for his glory… Job says “Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.” (Job 5:17-18) Surrender to that teaching will make the road easier, only by our attitude working with God instead of against it. Working with God to shape us goes against self love often. Self love often trys to preserve us from hurt and change, but change is a good thing that often comes through hurts and experience. These experiences which may be painful teach us hope and peace and faith.

Romans 5:3-4 says “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (NIV)

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” (NLT)

Francis Fenelon says, “pray for strength and faith enough to trust yourself compeletly to God. Follow Him simply wherever He may lead you and you will not have to think up big plans to bring about your perfection.”

We often think of ways that we can WORK on ourselves, give more, do more, go to church more – t hat might make it look like we are working on our heart character… but may feed the self-love more. God knows the perfect road to “perfection” for each of us. It involves death, fire and flames. But He has promised to be with us THROUGH the fire and flames ( Isaiah 43:2). God knows the limits of our strength to resist tempataion and gives us strategies to succeed in the midst of hard times, ( 1 Corinthians 10:13) so that we form character and holiness… not fall and fail. As Fenelon says we need to pray for strength and faith in the God who loves us and leads us.

Do not add to the cross in your life by becoming so busy that you have no time to sit quietly before God. Do not resist what God brings into your life. Be willing to suffer if that is what is needed. Over-activity and stubbornness will only increase your anguish. God prepares a cross for you that you must embrace without thought of self-preservation. The cross is painful. Accept the cross and you will find peace even in the middle of turmoil. Fenelon – from 100 days in the secret place

In this modern age busy busy busyness is one of those things we just accept. Busy traffic. Busy lives. Busy schedules. Yet we have dishwashers. Microwaves. Even OVENS are much faster and more efficient than the technology of Fenelon who warned against busyness shutting out God… or he rather that when we are busy we “forget” to make time for God.

God brings things in our lives to shape us and change us. His purpose is to make us like Jesus. ( Romans 8:28-30 ) His purpose is to use us as ambassadors ( 2 Corinthians 5:20 ) to reflect His own glory ( 2 Corinthians 3:18

But most of us are selfish creatures living by our own agenda, giving God a slot on Sunday morning. God wants us to know him all week and to be used by Him all week.

He wants to shape us and transform us. We are renewed and changed by the transforming power of the Word of God which challenges our thoughts and actions, changing our minds and attitudes and flowing into the way we act. ( Romans 12:1-2 )

We are changed through the experiences we go through. Experiences that are hard teach us to have hope and faith in God and strengthen us. They are HARD to experience but they outwork good and glorious things in our lives. ( Romans 5:2-5 ) The hard times shape our character to look more like Jesus.

Often we find ourselves hitting the same wall over and over again. Look up – is it a mountain? Are we like the israelites going round and round the mountain again and again due to their unbelief and stubbornness? Lets be people of FAITH and HOPE and in whatever experience let us look up and see GOD and trust Him and let him work JOY and LOVE and the heart of Jesus into our lives.

Embrace the work of God. It sounds contray to what we could do in a hard time – stamp our feet and moan. And that response is okay, when followed by a “BUT I WILL WORSHIP AND TRUST YOU” – david was a stomp ya feet and moan kind of guy in the psalms, but he then would remember WHO God is and worship him and surrender to the work of God in his life.

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