Summary: Part 3 and final of the series "God's Expiry Date" learn how to get rid of anger
Has God passed His own expiry date? Is religion just for weak people? Is civilization passed the time for us to believe in God? Today we will learn about secularism. What it means to be a Godly person in a secular world.
14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
Start by extending a construction measuring tape and compare the length to years. Have go to 90 years and then press the safety pin to roll it back. One day your life will roll backwards before your eyes and you will understand how small you are. We try to ignore death and our prejudice about God and religion may hinder us to pass to the next level of existence. You cannot cheat death. One day just like the measuring tape rolled quickly to the inside you will see a flashback of events that marked your existence and things will finally make sense.
This passage of Scripture clearly indicates that God reveals things to the "mature". I believe is not speaking of age but of spiritual maturity. You can only be mature in something that you experienced. As we come to Church this morning we have people here with different levels of Spiritual growth. Some are mature and some are not.
Modern philosophy tries to deny the very existence of God. Millions of people rely on experimentation and since they have never experienced God it is impossible for them to understand that we are really small and that God is immense. I was able to experience God because of near-death experience. God used this moment of my existence to reveal Himself to me in a personal and intimate way. When I resurrected from my brief passage to the other side I realized that I am just small, tiny like a grain of sand in the ocean but that inspire of that God cared for me enough to give me attention. His love is beyond comprehension.
How can we find God? The answer is easy! You just need to receive Him
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
This said I want to tell you two easy things we have to do in order to receive God. Just give some attention to this message because it can radically change your life. God is real and he will reveal himself to all who receive him.
Let me just give you the translation of the word "receive". The original greek word "paralambanō"; means ; to receive near, i.e. associate with oneself (in any familiar or intimate act or relation); by analogy, to assume an office; figuratively, to learn: — receive, take (unto, with).
To receive Jesus doesn't mean that you are joining a church, a religion or a doctrine. To receive him means that you decide to voluntarily associate, become familiar and learn from Jesus Christ Himself. In order to do so let me give you two very simple steps in that direction.
1. Do not live in anger
Anger is the attitude we allow to surface in our lives from not getting something that we want or, more important, something that we think we deserve.
We live in Canada so we want it all and we want it now! People think that they deserve a lot of things in life. People will come to you and say "you deserve a break today!" In other words a break is owed to you. Anger is initiated when we don't get what we want or something that we think we deserve. The process is initiated when someone says something like "you deserve a break today". You think about it and you get mad because you don't get what you think you deserve.
Anger is the emotion that we experience when we feel that somebody owes us something.
You get a job and you have a position and suddenly you think you deserve a promotion and you become angry because you don't get your promotion. Suddenly you start to think bad things about your boss or your manager because you think they owe you this. You are working so hard and the promotion doesn't come and now anger rises up. Anger is a part of life and we will all get to feel it.
Some of you went through hard situations and you got a divorce because your husband was cheating on you. You feel violated because your husband took the best days of your life and because you feel betrayed and thinking that something was stollen from you. You were betrayed and now you start to feel really angry because he owes you. Most people walk through life with anger because they grew in a home where the father was taken away from the house or the mother left to live with another man and they feel their parents owe them something.