Summary: Jesus wants complete control of our lives.
The Secret of Spiritual Hunger
October 27, 2010
A Wednesday night we talked about being possessed by Jesus.
1 He wants to totally take complete control of our lives.
a Actions, thoughts, hands, etc.
b If He’s “inside” me, I’m embarrassed of the way things look.
aa (IL) Do you let someone in your house when it looks like Katrina just hit?
bb Phyllis Diller quote
2 I know what things are like in there...it ain’t pretty.
a Wallpapered with fear/guilt
aa I’ve got anger & disbelief all over the floor.
bb Holes in the wall of argument & distrust
cc Smells like envy, greed, lust in the air
dd The electrical work needs attention because it’s been overloaded with me trying to hold onto past grudges, pain, & hurt.
b Now Jesus wants to live in me.
3 Jesus knew all about the problems this ol’ heart had when He bought me.
a If you ask me, He paid too much!
b I wasn’t worth it!
aa ...that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9-10 (NASB)
bb He paid the asking price & moved in.
cc I can’t pick the place up, fix the holes, change the wiring...He’s already here.
B What I hear Him say is, “Let me worry about changing you. You give yourself to changing the world.”
1 Then He said to me, "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. Rev 21:6 (NASB)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matt 5:6 (NASB)
2 I like to entertain, it’s the preparing to receive guests that I don’t like.
a Jesus is telling me, “I’ll clean up the place, you entertain the guests I send your way.”
b Side thought...do you pick up more for mom/dad/ kids or guests?
aa I clean/pick up more for guests.
bb We don’t have to impress God, prove ourselves to Him.
cc He’s already proven us through His Son!
3 Instead of worrying about being Super Baptist, biggest giver in this/that, numbers...we just chill/relax in His presence.
a Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; the upright will dwell in Your presence. Psalms 140:13 (NASB)
b "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and You will find rest for your souls.30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matt 11:28-30 (NASB) God hasn’t put a heavy weight on us...chill out!
4 My voice reminds me of my past; He reminds me of my future.
a My voice-mistakes, failures; His-blessed choice
b My voice-impossible; His voice-everything with Him is possible, doesn’t need 12 steps, doesn’t need blue and yellow to make green.
c My voice-what will people think of me; He reminds me that He’ll take care of my reputation.