Relationship With God Sermon by Nate Herbst, Philippians - senshido.info
All Christian relationships have this as their goal: to help each other stay time this year to the theme of love (especially the sermon series in the spring, You can show love to someone without having much of relationship. Sermon 1 of 4 in series called Building Relationships. Topical Sermons We hear a great deal about having a “personal relationship” with God, & of -When you are saved by the gospel, you know God, cf. 1 Cor.
Let us consider the words of John in 1 John 3: Paul pronounced the wrath of God upon children of disobedience in Ephesians 5: John taught this in 1 John 3: Walking in darkness is the opposite of walking in the light. Jesus had this to say about walking in darkness and light, " I am the light of the world: Those who claim to be in fellowship with God, but are not following after Jesus, walking in the light and living obediently, are not telling the truth. They do not have the fellowship with God they claim to have.
Therefore the Christians fellowship relationship with God is dependent completely upon their obedience to His will. Several Christians in the first century affirmed this in writing. Paul referred to himself as a bondservant in Romans 1: Paul referred to Epaphras as a bondservant in Colossians 4: Peter referred to himself as a bondservant in 2 Peter 1: Jude and James both did this in the first verses of the epistles written by them as well. Concerning the bondservant relationship we have with God, Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2: Paul, while giving instruction to earthly bondservants, had this to say concerning this relationship we are to have with God, "Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart" Ephesians 6: Our bondservice must come from our hearts, meaning it is our desire to have this relationship with God, and as such, we are obligated to conduct ourselves in the same manner towards God as an earthly bondservant is obligated to his master here on earth.
The word "bondservant" comes from the Greek word "doulos" which literally means either a slave or a bondservant. A bondservant is a person bound in servitude to another human being as an instrument of labor. Sometimes someone who owed a debt they could not pay would offer themselves as bondservants until such time as the debt was satisfied.
This is the relationship which several inspired writers claimed to be in towards Jesus Christ. In every case mentioned, the same Greek word, "doulos" was used.
Scripture teaches us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God Romans 3: Paul taught in Ephesians 2: This was accomplished through the atoning work of Jesus on the cross when He shed His blood for the sins of mankind.
With His death, Jesus Christ satisfied the death penalty each and ever accountable individual owes for their transgressions.
There is a penalty associated with sin. This penalty is death Romans 6: Jesus paid that penalty at great personal cost and thereby placed us in the position of owing Him our very lives. While Jesus paid this sin debt for all, Christians are not free to live their lives as they see fit. Because of what Jesus did on the cross for all mankind, a debt which we can never repay has been paid for us.
We owe our lives to Jesus Christ. This is a debt we can never repay. Christians are called to offer their bodies a living sacrifice to God in Romans Sacrifices are required to be of the free will nature. Therefore Christians are called to offer their lives as bondservants to Christ.
Being made free from the sin which enslaves us and kills us, we willingly offer ourselves as bondservants to Jesus Christ. This relationship of a bondservant to Christ is described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 7: Ye were bought with a price; become not bondservants of men. Either the debt is paid or the bondservant dies during the period of time required to satisfy the debt owed. Since it is the Christians' very life which is to be offered as a living sacrifice it is understood that the cost of salvation can never be fully repaid to Jesus by mankind.
There is simply nothing mankind can do, either collectively or individually that can repay what it cost Jesus to offer us salvation. There is no way we can take Jesus off the cross or make it unnecessary for Him to have been there. We cannot repay what Jesus gave up for us. The only thing we have to offer in return for Jesus' amazing gift is a lifetime of willing, grateful and obedient servitude.
Such is the bondservant aspect of our relationship with Jesus Christ. We are literally to be in voluntary bondage to Christ Jesus and as such, we are obligated to conduct ourselves as true bondservants.
True bondservants serve their master obediently and faithfully for the duration of their bondage. And call no man your father upon the earth: Neither be ye called masters: Another term in scripture for "Master" is the word "Lord". When we do not obey Jesus, He is not our master.
Jesus taught in Matthew 6: This means knowing His will, His love, His mercy and His nature. John wrote concerning this in 1 John 2: He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him". According to John, anyone who claims to know Christ but is not obedient to Him is a liar and has no truth in Him at all. John goes on to say starting in verse 5, "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked".
If we do not know God, then it is reasonable to conclude that He does not know us. Jesus wrote in Matthew 7: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: How is your relationship with God?
Is your relationship with God according to scripture? Are you an active participant in your relationship with God?
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You can answer that by asking whether or not you are obedient to Him. Is your relationship built on obedience or is it built on an emotional state? Do you love God the way God says He wants to be loved in scripture, or do you love God the way you want to love Him?
Are you an obedient friend of God, or is your friendship with God a one way friendship? Is your fellowship with God based on obedient service to Him?
Are you an obedient child of God or are you a disobedient and rebellious child? Are you a faithful and obedient bondservant of Christ or do you serve God your way? Do you know God, does God know you? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. We love Him so much for what He did for us.
We recognize that nothing we can ever do could earn us a relationship with Him. This relationship is offered because of God's favor, because of His grace.
God loved us enough to send His Son to die for our sins. Jesus loved us enough to willingly offer Himself as a sacrifice for us. He died at our hands so that we may be saved. We can't repay that debt. We don't deserve what He did for us. We can't do anything to merit such love and sacrifice in any way. But what we can do, is honor the sacrifice and love that God demonstrated on our behalf with the love and sacrifice of ourselves back to him. Paul wrote in Romans He is our Lord and master, let us be obedient bondservants.
God is our Father, let us be His obedient children. God loves us so very dearly, let us love Him both in heart and in service. It seems that people today are afraid to be alone with their thoughts. Usually as soon as we enter our house the TV gets turned on. It is easier to turn on the tube than turn on our minds. We live in the age of the paid entertainer and the hired specialist who can provide the services we are unable to perform for ourselves, but this is also the age in which we can even become accustomed to letting others do our thinking for us.
The most unfortunate part of our "no-think" environment is its effect on the mental outlook of many of us in God's Church. As a consequence, we don't spend the time or effort we should in active thought and meditation about God, His law's, His word, and how they all relate to our lives.
We all need to learn the Art of Meditation.
How long can you meditate and stay focused on a subject without your mind wondering? For most of us, it is probably just a few seconds. When we meditate, we need to roll it over in our mind.
We need to bounce it off of the ten commandments. It takes real concentration and practice to stay focused on a certain topic. Meditation is simply taking a certain theme, problem or scripture and dwelling on it -- asking why, how, when, where and what is the end result -- then determining whether or not that is the result you want.
It is a matter of looking at things from God's point of view. We need to ask, would God be pleased with our conclusion? We need to meditate on the things of God. The next time you are lying in bed and can't go to sleep, begin meditating on God. Think about how great God is. He created the universe and all things that are within it.
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Think about John 3: Think about how loving and kind God is. Think about how gracious and merciful God is. When we sin God doesn't zap us or step on us like a bug. Count your blessings that God has given you.
Thank God for the talents that He has given you. We are to meditate on God's law. Notice in Joshua 1: For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Why should we meditate? Meditation is used to convict ourselves of the need for personal change. Meditation internalizes God's way of life within us. Meditation helps to build a strong Relationship with God. In order to have a good relationship with someone, we will want to spend premium time with them.
We may invite them in for dinner and have some stimulating conversation. This way we can get to know them better. Sometimes we may give them gifts or send them a card to let them know that we really appreciate them. How can we draw closer to God? One way is to FAST. God, in both the Old and New Testaments, commanded His people to fast.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Make sure you comb your hair and brush you teeth. Don't brag or tell others that you are fasting.
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The Pharisees did these things to appear religious. We are to appear as if we were not fasting and the Bible says that the Father will reward us openly. God wants us to learn spiritual lessons from fasting. When we fast we become physically weak. This lesson teaches us that we are human and frail. Without food and water we would die. Spiritually the lesson to be learned is that without God we will die spiritually. We are very dependent on God's creation, the earth, with its soil and rain, to sustain our physical lives with food and water.
If we will draw closer to God through fasting, He will help us to overcome and sustain our spiritual lives. Fasting is one of the greatest tools God gives to help us think like Him and to act like Him. To humble yourself and draw closer to God.
The Holy Spirit is the common denominator of all of God's people. We have all heard the phrase: Blood is thicker that water. This means that family ties are stronger than most friendships. With God, the Spirit is thicker than blood. It is the Spirit that makes us the children of God. If ye love me, keep my commandments. The last six of the commandments tell us how to get along with our neighbors. The first four of the commandments guides us in our relationship with God.
The first four commandments are related in Exodus Both the husband and the wife must be faithful to each other. Trust and faithfulness gives a marriage stability. It helps the love between a husband and wife to grow for a lifetime. The pharisees had rules, rules and more rules. The Church Corporations of today have rules, rules and more rules. Some Church Corporations tell their members that they can't visit congregations of other Church Corporations. Some Church Corporations tell their members where they must send their tithes and donations.
Some Church Corporation ministers even tell their members that they can't chew gum during church. Without trust there can be no reconciliation between individuals or church corporations. God knows no corporation boundaries.Becoming One with God -- Pt 1 (Joyces Bootcamp: Knowing God -- Week 2)
He knows His people by their having His spirit. Jesus Christ is our saviour and the head of the Church. Everyone knows the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.
They would not bow down to the image that Nebuchadnezzar made even if punished with death in the fiery furnace. They had to make a stand and obey God even to the death. They had no guarantee that God would deliver them from the fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego put their trust in God.
He is our fortress, banner and our high tower. We must put God first in our lives. A synonym for trust is faith and the Bible says in: We must trust God and God must be able to trust us. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
God is faithful and will not change. Hebrews 11 is the faith chapter and lists many who placed their trust and faith in God. We can trust God, but can God trust us? Our relationship with God needs constant nurturing like a plant that needs watering. Communicate with God in prayer.
Let God communicate with you through Bible Study. Meditate on the spiritual things. Humble yourselves through fasting to draw closer to God. Stir up the spirit and live by the fruits of the spirit.