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Sermon 141 – Don’t Tell me I’m the problem

So many people I’ve come across appear to be genuine, willing to help, and agreeable, but everything changes when you suggest they have an issue with their soul.

The average person doesn’t really do anything wrong; they just won’t do exactly what they’re told, and in so doing, they refuse to see that not doing it exactly as told, is wrong.

Modern man hates being told what to do

In 1 Samuel 15, King Saul did what he thought he was told to do, but not exactly as he was told. He did what was right in his own eyes because he couldn’t see that it was wrong, and he couldn’t see it was wrong because he was no longer little in his own eyes (v.17). His pride deduced what was right in his own eyes and he ended up with a stubborn and idolatrous soul (v.23).

This self-rightness spirit can’t be told that it’s wrong. Its pride is offended. Its feelings are hurt and it feels devalued in the eyes of others.

Conceit = fanciful thought about my own self-value

Conceit is the fruit of living in the wounds of, and responding to, my hurt pride.  Your hurt pride becomes your reality and your perspective towards others and the life around you.

The Hebrew interpretation of conceit indicates that it’s … how you see yourself in your own eyes (see Proverbs 28:11). The modern world mollycoddles this hurt pride and promotes its justification; whereas the Word of God confronts it and challenges it as evil.

One definition of Pride = I think I’m a good person. I don’t do anything deliberately wrong.

Whereas, Humility can be defined as = I’m wrong, whether I did it deliberately or not.

If you can’t be told that you’re the problem, then you can’t be told that you’re wrong, and if you can’t be told that you’re wrong, then you can’t be corrected, and if you can’t be corrected then in God’s eyes you’re a bastard and not a son (Hebrews 12:8). That is, despite how good you think you are, you’re not saved, because it’s you who is diagnosing and defining your own goodness; you’re not really open to God’s correction.

Most Christians believe they can be told that they’re wrong, they just hate being told they’re always the problem (pride objects to the ‘always’), but that’s the point; ‘always’ exposes the pride, and the real hidden situation is, that they believe they hold the right to make their own deductions according to how they see it.

The corrector should be the one who diagnoses the true condition of your spirit, not you. If you won’t allow someone else to tell you you’re out of balance, then you simply live in the rightness of your own eyes, and thus lost to heaven.

Pruning for fruit

Every gardener knows that if you want the best results from the tree, the tree must be pruned (John 15:2). If you let a tree grow whatever way it wants, it will not produce the best fruit or flowers, and even produce improperly. Most Christians refuse to be pruned. They want to grow their own way.

The real issue of sin = I don’t want to be told

I don’t want to be told … I’m always the problem

I don’t want to be told … I’m always wrong

I don’t want to be told … what to do all the time. I have the right to prove I can do it myself.

Pride believes it has the right to make its own decisions, and justifies its position with … “all I’m doing is helping”. Humility doesn’t defend that right or justify its position; it trusts God’s rightness and justice.

Any time you allow yourself to believe you’re good, you expose your vanity. Any time you allow yourself to not be told, you expose your conceit. Any time you defend your right, you expose your resistance to authority.

Another Jesus

Most Christians obviously think they know Jesus, but it’s not the true Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4); it’s another Jesus of their own making.  You can’t find the true Jesus Christ if you won’t be told you haven’t found Him.

The modern Christian thinking is “grace”.  To the modern thinker, that means, God’s favour towards ME because I’m good, and because I’m good I believe I can decide what’s right and wrong for me. But they conveniently ignore the Word of God that clearly states that grace is only given to the humble (1 Peter 5:5), and humility is only available to those who respectfully practice His laws (1 John 2:3,4).

And, that’s the point … laws restrict my freedom to do it the way I think is right, therefore, selfishness prefers to believe in grace, not law.

Sadly, the 10 Commandments have been devalued. Every Christian believes they keep them, but refuse to see they don’t exactly. They’re not really in their heart and loved as Christ’s laws, rather they’re observed as a restriction to our freedoms; so, we keep them, but not exactly. Rather we love to ultimately do what we think is right. We love what’s right in our own eyes, and when it comes to the crunch, we won’t be told otherwise, proof that we are really our own judge and therefore our own little god.

Voices

Pride listens to voices that tell you you’re right and good, and that everyone else is misjudging you and wrong. Those voices are the temptation of evil, and when you’re right in your own eyes, you fail to have self-control over them; you fail to rightly interpret the voices as satanic.

Exercise

Write down what someone is silently saying to you, then write down what you are silently saying back.

The laws of God need to be put back in their rightful place

You can never do what’s right in your own eyes and obey the law of God. You have to obey the law of God first and then you will do what’s right in the eyes of God, not you.

How can you love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, if you won’t do what’s right in the eyes of the Lord, but rather prefer to rely on your own judgment?

They feared the Lord and served their own gods 2 Kings 17:33

David, and those who followed his philosophy, did what was right in the eyes of God (1 Kings 15:5). King Saul, and those who followed his philosophy, served God and did what was right in their own eyes. The latter were deceived. The latter still appeared to worship the same god as David, but it was another god of their own thinking, not David’s God.

The Curse

Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight (Isaiah 5:21).

The counsel of the Word of God is clear … be NOT wise in your own eyes, but fear the Lord and depart from your own evil conceit (Proverbs 3:7); to do otherwise, is stupid (Proverbs 12:15, 26:12).

 

May God open our eyes to see how we’ve been sucked into fake grace, and then be willing to do whatever the Lord wants, whether we like it or not.

 

Pastor Rick McIntyre

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2019 in Conceit

 

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Sermon 113 – Obey or be killed

On a recent trip to Thailand I noticed a sign on the passport control booth stating that any defamatory remarks about Buddha were unacceptable and that it was prohibited to have a tattoo of Buddha or create any item that represented Buddha. This country was standing up for a god made of stone. I asked myself why the western Christian countries didn’t have the same respect for Jesus Christ.

At the same time, by no coincidence, God put a book by David Wilkerson “Set the trumpet to your mouth”, into my hands. God was clearly getting my attention about the compromises in my life.

God first

In Exodus 4 we read the story of Moses being called by God to return to Egypt and confront Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go. In the middle of this passage in verse 24 all of a sudden God says He’s going to kill Moses. I suspect the problem was that Moses had become complacent whilst dwelling in ungodly Midian, had thus listened to the voice of his Midianite wife and compromised the principles of God’s instructions to circumcise their son. So, even though Moses was called and empowered for the task, the task could not be carried out until he first stood up for the principle that was required by the true God, face the ridicule of his family, and be obedient.

Why doesn’t the church have the same respect for the name of Christ as the Buddhists for Buddha?

I think David Wilkerson is right. The problem is TV. In years past, blaspheming the name of Christ was socially unacceptable. Now we don’t squirm at all when we hear God’s name taken in vain and used as a swear word. We don’t squirm when we hear the “F” word. We accept it as normal behaviour. The demonic influence of TV has softened the spirit of Christian resistance and deceived us into believing that it’s love to let people be themselves and say and do what they like.

Supporters of Allah won’t tolerate what we Christians tolerate

The Christian governor of Jakarta was recently voted out of office and jailed for simply making a comment about the Koran. It’s pretty obvious from all the terrorism that’s stalking the western world that supporters of Allah aren’t going to let anyone defile the name of their god. Yet, when the true God is defamed, we frightened and wishy-washy Christians stay silent and make excuses. The truth is, it’s not tolerance, it’s fear. We’re afraid to stand up. We’re worried what the world thinks. The compromises in our own lives have weakened our resolve. We no longer consider the stuff we watch on TV as evil. We’ve accepted it as normal.

Love

Love is not tolerance of other’s sin; it’s intolerance of it … 1 John 5:3

The church is dying

Australia is about to vote on the issue of homosexual equality. The current census revealed that those who regarded themselves as Christian had plummeted from 75% to around 50%. Atheism is the fastest growing religion in Australia. People are giving up on God because He isn’t playing the game the way they want him to. No one is stopping to blame themselves for their disobedience of His principles; it’s God’s fault.

God’s principles

  1. No other Gods
  2. Don’t take My Name in vain
  3. No nudity; no fornication; no adultery; no divorce
  4. Keep the Sabbath day holy and separate from the world … sport and shopping on Sabbath is not holiness
  5. No false witness … silently condoning “F” and “Jesus Christ” is a false witness
  6. No abortions (murder)
  7. Respect authority … Romans 1:30
  8. Don’t covet your neighbour’s wife or anything that is your neighbour’s
  9. No homosexuality … Romans 1

Like Moses, we think we’re walking with God and doing the right thing, but the truth is, by silently condoning these worldly attitudes into our homes via the ungodly spirit of TV, we’re being disobedient to the living God. Combine that with the lie that the we’re dead to the law and can interpret the law based on our own feelings, and you have a recipe for disaster.

You’re only dead to the punishment of the law when your heart honours the law because you love Jesus with all your heart … Matthew 5: 17-19

So, what’s the problem, I think I’m ok?

The problem is, disobedience brings the curse. If you stop and have a look, the western world is no longer the head, but the tail. Family disintegration is the new norm.

Joshua 7:13 … you can’t stand before your enemies until you remove the accursed thing

Deuteronomy 7:26 … don’t bring an abomination into your house

Colossians 3:8 … remove all malice, blasphemy and filthy communication out of your mouth

2 Corinthians 6:16 … God is holy, and you are His temple

Philippians 4:8 … evil pollutes righteous thoughts

It’s our sin, so stop blaming God.

5 Rules to get back on track

If you want to really walk with God, then you have no alternative but to obey these rules. Failure to do so will end in your spirit’s death. TV is designed to appeal to our fleshly appetites and soften our Godly resolves. It will affect your mouth and it will affect your sex-life. Any time a TV program dishonours any one of these rules, that program should be immediately switched off (without hesitation) and never be watched again. This is not a game; you’re up against a powerful enemy. Your spirit will lose its authority unless you comply with God’s principles. The real issue is whose authority do you want to live under, God or Satan.

  1. No “F” word ever
  2. No “Jesus Christ” deformation
  3. No sex acts, nudity, condoning of divorce, condoning of extra-marital relations
  4. No homosexual condoning
  5. No macabre violence

‘Condoning’ means implying that it’s ok.

If you can’t comply with these rules then you have no alternative, for your spirit’s sake, but to remove your TV set from your house. You won’t survive the spirit behind it.

Let’s face it, you’ll probably have to give up watching 90% of movies, and you’ll have to screen cinema programs very well or you’ll face the embarrassment of having to walk out. It’s your call, but in your heart of hearts, you know I’m right; the problem is you like its drug.

No Christian will survive this world unless, in his heart, he separates himself from it and from anyone who condones the world.

Love not the world neither anything that is in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but of the world, and the world passes away and the lusts thereof; but he that does the will of the father shall abide forever.

 

May the Lord give you the courage to stand for righteousness.

 

Pastor Stephen Paulof

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2017 in TV

 

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