Summary: To Dance with the Father is to engage in an intimate relationship with the Creator. This series addresses how to relate with God by focusing on the Father instead of on the steps of the dance.
Salvation and Solitude
March 3, 2013
Video: 40 Million Minutes
Wow! The average person will spend less than 6 hours per month, 3 days per year and 7 mo. in their lifetime seeking God. I wonder – does your life blow the curve? How much time do you spend in a week seeking, serving and sharing about Jesus?
This AM, I want to embark on a new journey w/ you. It is a journey into intimacy. It is a journey where some of us might need to be untaught what it means to be Christian and then taught what it means to have a relationship w/ God. And if I were honest – this is my story; but through this series, I want to teach us all how to spiritually dance w/ the Creator.
Several years ago, John Fischer wrote a book entitled, Real Christians Dance. His book caused quite a stir among the more conservative ranks of the faith who allowed the title to cause them to miss the point. For some, the word dance is a 4-letter word that causes the masses to rent their clothes and breakout in the weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Yet dancing is a great analogy for this thing we call the Christian life. Now I’m not referring to slam dancing or dirty dancing but to spiritual movement that seeks to be intimate w/ the Father.
Intimacy is refers to sharing in a close relationship marked by familiarity and transparency w/ others.
Intimacy is into me you see. Josh McDowell
Truth is it’s impossible to have a quality relationship w/ anyone, including God, w/out intimacy/transparency.
Unfortunately, too many believers have a mistaken impression of what it means to have an intimate walk w/ God. Too many believers think God exists to respond to their wants and whims – and when He doesn’t they surrender their faith to the next best offer. As a result, they walk through life impoverished and angry b/c they’ve missed out on the abundant life.
I can’t speak for you, but I’ve experienced this battle ever since the day I invited Christ into my life; then one day, when at a crossroad in my faith when I was confused and frustrated. I found myself longing for the abundant life but only knowing Pharisee-ism.
You’d think it’d be an easy decision, but it wasn’t. All I’d ever known about Christianity I’d learned from people who knew the law inside and out, but didn’t understand how to have a relationship w/ Jesus. I knew the pomp and circumstance, and how to sing Just as I am, but I didn’t know the blessing of an intimate relationship w/ God.
In the summer of 1993, God took me out for a spin. It began w/ a book entitled The Performance Illusion…
I MEET the Lord of the Dance
To begin to enjoy the Christian dance one must first be introduced and enter into a relationship w/ Christ.
A PROMISE—God loves you
God loves all people and desires that each of us have an unbroken fellowship w/ Him. (John 3:16)
B PROBLEM—You are a sinner
All have sinned and made mistakes contrary to the heart will of God. To sin is to choose your own way and do things you know God wouldn’t approve. (Rm. 3:10)
C PENALTY—Sin separates you from God
Sin forms a barrier that prevents people from entering into a relationship w/ God. It taints everyone and separates them from the holiness of God. As a result, our sin condemns us, separates us from God, and destines us for a Christ-less eternity. (Rm. 6:23)
D PREDICAMENT—You cannot save yourself
People think their good deeds can overcome the sin barrier b/w themselves and God, but according to the Bible it can not. In fact, there’s nothing you can do to restore the broken relationship w/ God and earn God’s forgiveness other than receive His free gift of grace in Jesus. (Is. 64:6; Ep. 2:8-9)
E PROVISION—God sent Jesus to pay for sin
The death of Jesus on the cross removed the sin barrier b/w us and God. Jesus died for our sins by taking our punishment on Himself. Simply put, God did for you and me in Jesus what we couldn’t do for ourselves—offer forgiveness and salvation. (Rm. 5:8; 2 Cr. 5:21)
F PLEA – The H.S. must draw you
No man comes to the Father unless the Spirit draws them. Jn. 8:44
It’s the job of the H.S. to convict, convince, confront and convert us to Christ. Our only responsibility is to respond when He calls. This requires His movement.
G PRAYER—You can receive Jesus by faith
Faith is to believe and receive what Jesus did for us on the cross. It is trusting in His death on the cross rather than in your own efforts. Faith requires complete reliance on Jesus to put us in a right relationship w/ God. It involves repentance, sorrow for sin, and a willingness to turn from sin to God. (Rm. 10:9-10, 13)