Summary: God’s Word calls the believer to live a life of holiness and purity. This can only be possible when one is willing to spend time with Jesus. The results is you will not be the same.
July 18, 2004
When You’ve Been With Jesus
Intro.: (# 2a) Every once and a while my wife will say something like, “You’re acting like your brother.” What she really means is stop acting like a jerk. Sometimes when our kids have been away with their friends we blame their friends for the way our children act. Again, what we’re saying is when our kids are hanging around other kids they start acting like them. Some of that behavior is good and some is bad.
People tend to act a lot like the people they hang out with. My mother taught me this principle way early in life. There can be a positive in this though.
Many of these young people and their sponsors have been at Falls Creek this week. As they have returned their countenance and spirit has changed. Hopefully it will stay that way for a long time. What made the difference? We might say the place, maybe the preaching or teaching, perhaps leaving Cherokee.
The truth is what made the difference is being in the presence with Jesus literally 24/6. (# 2ab) When you’ve been with Jesus people can tell the difference. Likewise, when you’ve not been with Jesus people can tell the difference.
The Bible teaches that believers should naturally want to spend time with Jesus. It ought to be a part of our daytimer. What happens when people spend time with Jesus?
I. Sin Is Acknowledged and Confessed. (# 3a)
A. The Bible calls believers to live a life of purity and holiness.
1. There’s a reason for that - God and sin cannot exist in the same realm.
2. God who is holy will not allow sin in His presence.
3. That’s why sinful people cannot go to heaven.
4. Only those who have been forgiven of their sin are allowed into God’s kingdom.
5. Illus.: Isaiah 6 – Upward, Inward, and Outward. (# 3b)
6. When you and I encounter the living God and recognize His holiness we will acknowledge our sin and want to confess it.
B. John 4:15-19 (*18b). (# 3c)
1. Let me translate what this woman was saying in one sentence – “Lord I’m sorry for my sin of adultery.”
2. A prophet was to speak truth on behalf of God – the woman perceived that Jesus Himself was a prophet.
3. Jesus helped her to intensely discern the sin in her life.
4. She was acknowledging the sin in her life so that she could receive forgiveness.
C. When was the last time you stood in the presence of Jesus and intensely discerned the sin in your life?
1. If it’s been longer than a day it’s been too long.
2. When was the last time you agreed with God that your sin is an insult to His amazing and abundant grace?
3. When was the last time you stood in the presence of a holy God and literally trembled over your sin?
4. If it’s been longer than a day it’s been too long.
5. “Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the wickedness of their fathers. They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and worshipping the Lord their God.” Nehemiah 9:2-3. (# 3d)