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Summary: Show the importance of looking on the inside.

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An Inside Job

Theme: Show the importance of looking on the inside.

Text: Romans 12:2

with help from "Ordering Your Private World" by Gordon McDonald

Rom 12:2 NKJV And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

In other words Paul is saying, If we, “Fix our attention on God we will be changed from the inside out."

Introduction

Spray paint won’t fix rust.

A Band-Aid won’t remove a tumor.

Wax on the hood won’t cure the cough of a motor.

If it is an inside job it is an inside job.

It didn’t take us long to learn this lesson when we got the new alarm system at the parsonage. It was close to a week that we had had the alarm. We were sleeping cozy late one night. I was probably getting the best sleep of my life. Then suddenly, out of the blue, I heard this loud siren. Over and over again. Talking about getting scared out of your wits. I hate being woke up in the middle of the night. Even more I hate it being to a loud noise.

So quickly I got out of bed and went to the alarm to disarm it. If the alarm wasn’t enough noise the phone rings. Just to make sure that that last child who was still sound asleep woke up. On the other end was the operator asking if there was problem and for my pass code.

To be honest I didn’t know. As far as I knew there was a thief in the house. Downstairs we have a motion detector that automatically sounds the alarm when it senses and intruder. Thoughts rushed through my mind. Someone had came into the basement door. Someone had broken a window and was coming up stairs.

The lady on the phone called the police. The police arrived. I let them know that someone could be downstairs. They searched the basement to no avail. This was not the only time either. It happened at least twice more. Have you ever been woken to the deafening sound of a siren. Boy it is a sound you won’t quickly forget.

Finally after three startled nights and one with no alarm on. It is amazing how peaceful you slept with no alarm before. Yet when you get a system and have to turn it off for one night then you have these terrible thoughts.

Well come to find out when the technician came it was a simple wiring problem. One of the contacts downstairs was loose. He replaced it and went on.

There was not intruder. It was an inside problem. At the times many things crossed my mind as I listen to the blaring alarm expect that it could be an inside problem.

Inside problem blamed on outside source

Yet am I the only one who has been mistaken by this? Am I the only one who blames the inside problem on an outside source?

Alarms has probably sounded in your world as well. Maybe not the blaring sirens or the calling operator, but problems and pain. The purpose is to signal imminent danger. As a warning sign warning of the bridge out, so in the alarms in our lives that signal danger up ahead.

A fit of anger is a red flare. Uncontrolled debt is a flashing light. A guilty conscience is a warning signs indicating trouble within. Icy relationships are posted notices announcing anything from neglect to abuse.


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