This week we’ve been looking at Jeremiah 32: 1-15; 36-44, and I’ll have to admit it’s been very poignant for me. Everyone (or almost everyone) here at St. Matthew’s knows that we are in the midst of a Captial Campaign to … Continue reading
This week we are going deeper into Psalm 1. Each week of our readings has a different theme. As you know, or have noticed, the concept of “taking root” is a big theme here at St. Matthew’s. And, you may or … Continue reading
Holly and I will have interesting conversations when we are driving somewhere, especially if it is a place that we have both driven to before. I’ll see something interesting and say, hey, did you see that? And Holly will always, without fail, say no, I was looking at the road. What are you looking at?
I always joke that I survey the entire field of vision while I’m driving and she looks at just the road. And honestly, I think we know who is probably both right and safer!
But what we are looking at so often determines where we are going and where we will wind up. What we are looking at is so very, very, very important. Listen to what happens today in 1 Samuel 18: 6-9:
6 As they were coming home, when David returned from killing the Philistine, the women came out of all the towns of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments. 7 And the women sang to one another as they made merry,
“Saul has killed his thousands,
and David his ten thousands.”
8 Saul was very angry, for this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands; what more can he have but the kingdom?” 9 So Saul eyed David from that day on.
What is Saul looking at? He’s looking at David. And what happens? He gets incredibly jealous. He was already jealous of David, but it gets worse and worse and worse. The more he looked at David, the more jealous he became. The more that he wanted to destroy David. The more that he wanted to preserve his kingdom and his power. The more that he was led down the road of his own destruction.
So is it for me and your today. What are we looking at? Are we looking first to our faith, to our God, to our Saviour? Or are we looking at others? At what they have? Their success? Their stuff?
What are we looking at?
If we are looking to others first, we will never be happy and content. Never. We will never, ever, ever be happy.
If we look to God first, we will find our purpose and life in Him. And we will find that happiness and contentment, because we will find ourselves in Him. That’s where life is found. Not in ourselves, not in others, but in God.
What we are looking at determines so very much in life. Today, what are we looking at?
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The sermon podcast for January 2, 2011 is up on Asbury Church’s website. It is entitled “Vision’ and it talks about setting a vision for 2011. The text is Proverbs 29:18. You can listen to it by clicking here, or you can listen to it here on this blog by clicking below. And, as always, you can subscribe to my sermon podcasts through iTunes.
I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite Christian Artists is Rich Mullins. He did a song we all know and we’ve sung a million times, “Awesome God.” In worship Sunday at Asbury Church we sang a song “He Reigns” which takes Awesome God and adds to it these words:
There ain’t no stopping us (naw)
Devil there ain’t no blocking us (naw)
I was thinking about that song this morning as I read this passage from Acts:
34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. 35 Then he said to them, “Fellow Israelites, consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and disappeared. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them-in that case you may even be found fighting against God!”
Their ain’t no stopping God. There’s nothing that can stop God. Their’s nothing that can stop God’s people from doing what He wants to accomplish.
There’s nothing in front of you this morning that can’t be worked out by God’s plan and God’s grace. Nothing.
As Jesus told Peter, even the Gates of Hell will not stop the Church!
If God is for us, who can be against us.
You don’t have to live a life of defeat this morning. You don’t have to live a life as it’s always been this morning. This is a new day. This is a new beginning. This is a new gift from God!
Live in it. Live this day to the fullest. Live this life to the fullest. There’s nothing that God can’t accomplish.
If it’s of God, nothing will stop it. Or stop you. You can live with courage and boldness today.
Don’t live defeated. Live victorious. There ain’t no stopping us! Though God.