Summary: "Don’t Miss the Shift!" is a message about the Judaizers of Pauls day and how they miss the shift into the Kingdom of God. God is doing a new thing will you know it?
Title: Don’t miss the Shift!
Scripture: Philippians 3:1-16
Intro: There is unrest in the body of Christ across denomination and styles God is calling us all up hirer. When the woman said that her people worship in the mountain and the Jews in Jerusalem but the hour cometh and now is. We all have to come up.
I. When a Move of God is conceived in the life of an individual soon after structure accompanies. The earth was with out form and void, until God began to bring order. The purpose of Structure is to house the glory of God. Individuals in their prayer lives develop routines. The early church was birth in a great Pentecostal explosion but order accompanied with the deacons, and eventually Bishop’s.
II. Structure is Good. In the book of Ezekiel the story is told about an army coming back to life but before that could happen the bones had to come together. Before God blesses your finance or any part of you life it must be brought into order. "Let all things be done decently and in order." I Cor. 14:40
III. However structure alone and aside from God will not due. Remember the purpose of Structure is to house the glory of God. Structure is like a glass filled with water. Allow me to make some observations.
A. Observation number one over time the water can evaporate. We must experience new mercies every morning, we sing unto the Lord a new song. That’s why churches and individuals must receive real revivals in their lives. " 2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Rev. 22:2
B. Observation number two the glass has a certain capacity. If I’m trying to hold a gallon of water in an eight-ounce cup or glass this will not do. In order to hold it I’ve got to forsake the glass for a jug. " 17Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved." Matt. 9:17
C. Observation number three the glass is not the water. We can become very focus on the glass. We can drink out of the finest crystal but when your thirst fine crystal will not save nor satisfy. " 27Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness." Matt 23:27
Explanation Missing the shift is not understanding when it’s time to experience something new. Or when we need to pursue God. It’s when we are more concerned with the cup then the water.
IIII. The Wrong Goal
A. Paul is combating the false teaching of the Judaizers and Legalists. These Jewish believers in Christ demanded that Gentile fall under the ordinances of the law. Which included Circumcision. God was doing a new thing but the flesh caused them to miss it.
B. The Problem is the Flesh becomes involved. "Confidence in the Flesh" The Greek word is the word Sarx. It means humanity in its weakness. It denotes what is physical, external, visible, and temporal. Flesh alone isn’t bad but it’s prone to sin.