WEReveal

I Need It! Duped?

Ok, I have missed a cou­ple “It’s Monday” entries. Let me get you caught up real quick and then go into Sunday’s ser­mon. The pas­tors at Flatland Church have start­ed a new series of ser­mons called “Garage Sale” based on Ephesians 4–5 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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. The plat­form of our church now has the facade of a three car garage on it and our band is now a true garage band.  Our church is great!  Summary of the series so far: last week pas­tor preached on the fact that we have too much junk and went over what some of that junk is. We col­lect a lot of stuff in our lives that gunk up the works and slow our spir­i­tu­al growth down. This week, we saw that we are duped into think­ing we need all that junk.  Lets look at what Pastor Bart had to say about that and what our response should be.

Highlights of ser­mon first:

Eph. 4:17–19, 4 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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:22, and 5:13–14

We have been duped into think­ing we need all the junk in our lives.”   “Wake UP!”  “Not only did Jesus pay for our sins but he also wants to change us by His Spirit (a para­phrase).” “Be Enlightened!”

Main Point 1: We have been duped by deceit­ful desires (Eph. 4:22 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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)

Abraham Mazlo’s Needs — Satisfaction, Safety, Love, Respect, Meaning/Worth.  We are duped into think­ing that the fastest way to meet our needs is the right way.

Main Point 2: We have been duped by deceit­ful out­comes

You know its junk if its grat­i­fi­ca­tion  lasts only a short time.

Main Point 3: We have been duped by deceit­ful exam­ples

We can fol­low peo­ple who are bad exam­ples ( part­ners with them ), or we can fol­low and actu­al­ly be good exam­ples.  Not every­one has loads of junk in their life. If we can get rid of all the junk in our spir­i­tu­al lives, we can be great exam­ples to oth­ers.

Our Response (my response)

We first have to rec­og­nize that we are car­ry­ing junk that needs to be dumped. Our pas­tors at Flatland encour­aged us to write down the junk we are car­ry­ing with us and turn it over to God. Recognizing that we are car­ry­ing junk is so impor­tant.

The junk we need to get rid of as seen in Ephesians 4–5 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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include: anger, bit­ter­ness, false­hood, gos­sip, greed, obscen­i­ties, addic­tions, and immoral­i­ty.

Pastor said some­thing that hit me as very impor­tant, espe­cial­ly so we can respond well. We need to be able to match up the junk with the needs that we are try­ing to meet with that junk. For exam­ple, if we car­ry a lot of anger around with us, we need to see how car­ry­ing that anger is some­how try­ing to meet a need in our lives, be it self-worth, safe­ty, respect or what­ev­er. Once we are able to see how we are try­ing to meet a need with what real­ly is an inap­pro­pri­ate response, we can elim­i­nate the junk and find appro­pri­ate ways of meet­ing those needs.

We have to remem­ber first and fore­most, Christ wants to meet our needs Himself. He can fill our deep­est, emp­ti­est, hole of a need. It may not be ( most like­ly will not be ) the eas­i­est or fastest way of meet­ing that need but once we allow Christ to touch our lives and meet those needs, no mat­ter how long or dif­fi­cult it is to allow Him to do so, we will find grat­i­fi­ca­tion that is eter­nal (this goes back to an ear­li­er ser­mon… Jesus is liv­ing water and eter­nal bread that sat­is­fies for­ev­er).

Being a good exam­ple to oth­ers of not hav­ing a lot of junk hang­ing around our lives to me is an impor­tant way to meet one or more of those needs… self-worth and respect. I want to be a good exam­ple of a Christian life and hav­ing a lot of junk clut­ter up my life cer­tain­ly ruins the abil­i­ty to have those needs met.

I plan on look­ing very close­ly this week at those areas that are junked up in my life, see if I can match them up with what need I am attempt­ing to meet with that junk, and turn them over to God. I look for­ward to Pastor’s next two ser­mons where he is going to lead us through how to have a great Garage Sale!

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