Summary: There are many external problems that are a manifestation of a deep internal problem. We must get to the root of the problems to correct them.
WHITEWASHED OR WASHED WHITE?
GIVE THE OFFERING OF EXCUSES?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I. THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE IN WHITEWASHING AND WASHING WHITE. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUTWARD RIGHTEOUSNESS AND INWARD CORRUPTION, AND REAL RIGHTEOUSNESS!
AN EXTERNAL SIGN OF AND INTERNAL PROBLEM.
A. When I was a little boy there was a common practice in the yards of people that had big trees. They would whitewash the tree truck from about three feet
high down to the ground. Over time this whitewash would fade, and it would not be as pretty.
Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full
of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
B. WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE THERE WAS A HANDSOME, TALENTED MAN FROM DAYTON, OHIO.
We had a hard Physical Education class. Our coach ran us very hard, and we perspired so much that I would call it sweat!
After class we all took showers, except this young man from Dayton.
He would run in and change into his street clothes, he would cover himself with cologne or after shave lotion, and head off for class.
After a few days of not showering this young man had terrible body odor.
The cologne or shave lotion could not cover the smell.
You cannot cover up stink, you have to wash it off.
C. LET’S TRY TO SAY IT ANOTHER WAY? Paint the pump?
Let us pretend we have a well of water. It is a deep well and there is water even during the droughts.
While we pretend, the owner of the well has a family and they all get sick.
The county agent discovers that there are bacteria by the millions per part in the water.
So the farmer buys some pretty paint, and he sands the pump and paints it a shinny silver color.
The family stays very sick, the county agent finds their well is still dangerous from the bacteria in the well.
But the farmer says, This can’t be, I painted the pump?
Well, the water will not improve until they get the dead dog out of the well?
D. THE PROBLEM OF THE HEART IS THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM.
***to try to remove the blame *** To get out of ***To exempt
***To disregard as of trivial import ***Expression of regret for failure
***To grant exemption *** To release from responsibility ***To justify
***To give an explanation for a situation that had appeared dubious.
***To make light of
***TO COVER BY APOLOGIES AND EXCUSES
***To reduce the violence
*** To moderate the intensity of
***To cover up or conceal
***To cause to have a less harsh effect ***To soften the blow
***To sugar coat, whitewash or gloss over
C. Seems man has the great ability to make excuses to deny his problems.
Can man correct a problem without acknowledging it?
How long will the drunk say, I am not an alcoholic?
How long will a liar keep stretching the truth? He soon gets where he is the only one that believes his lies?
D. IS IT POSSIBLE TO BELIEVE A LIE AND BE DAMNED?
III. IS YOUR BEST OFFERING AN EXCUSE?
A. God has a plan for you and for your church.
B.God wants to grow you and to stretch your faith.
C. You can, if you want to.
D.IF GOD BRINGS YOU TO IT,
GOD CAN BRING YOU THROUGH IT.
E. ADAM SAID, GOD I WAS AFRAID? ---
THAT WOMAN THAT YOU GAVE ME? ---
SHE GAVE ME TO EAT? ---
F. EVE SAID: THE SERPENT BEGUILED ME? ---
OFFERING EXCUSES AND NOT REPENTANCE?
G. God wants to get us out of our bubble into the realm of His purpose.
Some see the little picture, some see the bigger picture. We need the total picture in a balanced way.
We can stay here if we want to, or we can reach to His higher plan.
We need to speak to our Divine Possibilities.
May we launch into what God desires for us, in us, and through us?
H. IF WE DESIRE CHANGE, WE MUST GET OUT OF THE DEATH RUT OF OFFERING EXCUSES AND STAYING THE SAME!
Do you see? Do you hear? Do you understand?
Divine Possibilities can never be known where there is spiritual blindness and spiritual deafness.
Don’t be afraid to see! Don’t be afraid to hear!
Then we can correct what is wrong and healing will come to the camp of believers!
May we quit pretending and playing church?
DO WE CORRECT PROBLEMS, OR DO WE DRIFT IN TROUBLED