It’s an inside job by Pastor Don
Pastor Don talked about his visit to Florida. He went to the Everglades, and told us that at one point the Everglades purified the water. In an attempt to play god people built roadways over the water that stopped the water flow. The water began to get foul and undrinkable. The roadway builders did not follow God’s plan so they had to destroy what they built to restore the water system.
Jesus Christ is the bulldozer that breaks up the stuff that you built, destroys the old foundation. Jesus Christ brings fresh clean water (the Word) to purify us all over again. We want to stay in line with God’s design.
As a believer we do what our “Doctor” says, whereas non believers only rely on physical doctors. We follow God’s plans as believers regarding church, finances, health, sickness, and relationships. When nonbelievers ask why, they don’t see things the way we see them. We have to answer, “It’s an inside job.”
When you are committed to a marriage in spite of trouble, and follow God’s plan, people do not understand, and they don’t realize that its an inside job.
We know that God will never leave us or forsake us. That God did something inside of us that sets us apart, something that no one can take away. He did an inside job.
The stuff we used to worry about, we now know where to deposit it, in the hands of our Savior. We can’t sell, bottle up, the testing of a life. When we get in trouble, when we get sick, we know where to turn. It is an inside job.
We’ve got something they don’t have. They won’t have it until God does the work and they are prepared to commit themselves to God.
No one can cause me to say I want to go back to the way it used to be. I’m not going back to that old garbage like a dog goes back to his own vomit. God will get us through.
We may not properly discern our mistake, but Jesus is walking with us and we may not recognize Him. We want to play god, and act as god, but we are not God. So often we feel God is not there if God is not doing what we want Him to do, working the way we want Him to work. We do not know what is best. But God knows.
Isaiah 54:11-12 “ O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones.
Life will not always be peaceful, but God can build real beauty on a foundation set by Him. When our situation looks like chaos we know there are eternal rewards in Heaven. There is a permanent place of peace in Him when everything else is falling apart.
Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.
As parents we worry about whether or not our kids are getting it. We think it is the test of our parenting if our kids come to Jesus or not and stay true in His Word. God has our children and He teaches them. Some worry that, if we came to Christ later in life (Heather’s note: like me), and our kids saw us sinning before we came to Christ (BC – before Christ), and they saw us do the jive half step, the abuse we did to our lives, and the sins we did. Then we come to Christ, and now we have the mind of Christ. Our kids observe that, AC – after Christ, they will see that our lives are better. That the Word becomes your foundation. Your “no” becomes NO. And your “yes” becomes yes. Your household is no longer dysfunctional. We do not replicate the dysfunctional households we grew up with, and no longer pass the blame onto our past.
We need to live Godly lives and that will draw a person to you.
Pastor Don said, if your husband does not come to church, don’t go home and preach at him. Shut up. As his father taught him, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” He asked us if we go home and complain about the church service, complain about the songs, the sermon, the other people, the pastor, how attractive will it be for that person to come to church? And if they do come to church, then they will look around to see who was being complained about, it won’t be about worshipping God.
Instead of complaining, let your spouse see you just came from a love feast with the Lord. Love on them. And God Himself will teach your children. The promise of God is that your whole house will be saved. By osmosis people will get stuff from you.
Isaiah 54:14 In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
In righteousness we will be established. God knows that oppression will come, but this is a wonderful promise from God to stand on.
Isaiah 54:15 Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.
God is not running around oppressing and terrorizing his own children. But there is something from God that looks like oppression and terror to the enemy.
Isaiah 54:16 “ Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the spoiler to destroy.
God is Sovereign. All powerful, and he knows what is needed, what weapon to make, what spoiler to destroy the enemy’s plans.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.
We will all go through stuff. If we don’t have discernment we may yell at the devil, yell at God, or blame someone, but the reality is NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU SHALL PROSPER. We can trust in that.
Not all the stuff we go through comes from the enemy. We create some of our own stuff. And when we are out of order, Jesus made it perfectly clear that a loving parent will chasten his child. At times God will permit satan to challenge us to test us, so we know where we are in our spiritual walk or so that we can be strengthened in an area that needs strengthening or to correct us and make us realize where we have missed the mark.
Pastor Don talked about how God refines us like gold. The impurities are burnt out by putting heat under the metal, the impurities are skimmed off until the refiner can see His reflection. The pure stuff is revealed through the application of heat. God will permit situations in our life to produce that heat so we can grow spiritually.
Pastor Don pretended to be a bull fighter, and shouted ole’. He said God is like the bullfighter. Hidden in the cape is a sword to kill the bull, but for a while the bullfighter allows the bull to attack the cape, but when God has deemed it time to stop, He will destroy the bull, and protect us. The bull will be allowed to attack us as long as God deems it is for our good, but not one moment more.
Some people are under the misunderstanding that once you become a Christian nothing bad will happen. That is not true. We live on a fallen world and bad happens to Christians and non-Christians. (Heather’s comment, and some of the bad stuff we bring on ourselves.) But God will let us deal with the bad things so He can get us to a place of repentance, or spiritual growth.
But God will ultimately go ole’, and control the bull. There is nothing that is too strong for God to take out.
We can say, “I ain’t much, but my God is everything.” God will permit things to make us stronger.
Remind yourself: I AM IN TRAINING FOR A GREATER VICTORY. If it looks like oppression, know God will use it for our victory.
Praying that we all flex our spiritual muscles after our workout in God’s gym. (Heather’s note, sorry, couldn’t resist this line.) And know we will have victory because it’s an inside job.
Have a blessed night.
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