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Synopsis of What we Think the Bible Tells Us.
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s many slices will come from the many of our thoughts of the Bible’s teachings.
The title of today’s message is: What we Think the Bible Tells Us.
I will give each of these “Thinks,” or should I say “Thoughts,” both a verse and how or what it is teaching us. We’ll begin with:
Joshua 1:7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.
I name this “think,” or “thought,” In-The-Zone. You see In sports, there is a term known as “in the zone.” It is a description of a person executing his skills so well that total concentration is taking place, and the athlete is performing flawlessly. It is a wonderful feeling. Performance seems effortless because it comes so easily. For the tennis player, it is hitting every shot right where he wants. For the baseball pitcher, it is throwing to a strike zone that seems big as a house. For the golfer, the fairways are wide, and the hole is big. Everything is flowing just right.
Obedience in the Christian life is being in the zone. Let me repeat that. Obedience in the Christian life is being in the zone When we live a life of obedience, we begin to experience the reality of God like never before. Wisdom grows in our life. Meaning and purpose are accelerated.
In the early Church, the Hebrews gained wisdom through obedience. Later, however, the Greeks were characterized as gaining wisdom through reason and analysis. Today, we live in a very Greek-influenced world. Many Americans, and perhaps some Christians, determine if they will obey based on whether the outcome will be beneficial to them. Imagine if the early Church had adopted this philosophy. No walls would have fallen down at Jericho. No Red Sea would have parted. No one would have been healed. No coins would have been found in the mouth of a fish. Reason and analysis would not have led to making the obedient decision. Trust and obey. Leave the outcome to God.
Remember the song: “Trust and obey, there is no other way. Then to listen to Jesus and trust and obey.
Question is…. Where in your life are you in the zone? Or, maybe, I should ask where in your life are you out of the zone? Remember now, in asking yourself this question that the topic is “the Bible” and “obedience.”
My next “think-thought” is: In-The-Black Hole. For it we’ll go to another slice; … Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you….” –
If you are older than 35, you may recall the early days of the space program. I remember the early spacecraft launch with John Glenn. One of the most exciting and tense moments of his return to earth was his reentry to the earth’s atmosphere. I recall the diagram on television of the heat shield on the capsule that had to withstand incredible temperatures to avoid complete destruction. There was a blackout period for several minutes in which mission control had no radio contact. He was in the “black hole.” It was a tense time. Either he would make it through, or the spacecraft would burn up in the atmosphere. There were several minutes of silence that seemed like an eternity. Then, mission control shouted with joy when they reestablished contact with the spacecraft. It was a time of rejoicing.
Have you ever had a time when you were in a spiritual black hole in your life? I have. The pressure was unpleasant. No sense of God’s presence. No sense of anything going on around me. God was about as far away as the man in the moon – at least from my perspective. I think every Christian who is called to make a significant difference in his world experiences times like these.
The synopsis will end here, but these are the other “think/thoughts” that will follow:
• Seeing Grater A Purpose in Adversity
• Decision Making
• Obedience-Based Decisions vs Skill and Ability
• Finding the Will of God
• Seeing the Big Picture.
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