Ps Clinton Phillips 9th February 2019 ()Clinton Phillips, February 9, 2020
Part of the Jesus series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Psalm 139:13 - You created my innermost being. This God is so big and vast, but also so interested in each one of us. God has thoughts about you! He took time in forming who you are. 12 systems in your body, meshed together to make you who you are. Fearfully and wonderfully made - we might not feel this, but this is God talking about us! All my days were written in your book. Fearfully and wonderfully puts us together, intentional about this. Even before we took our first breath, God had recorded a book about you!
Vs 17,18 How precious are your thoughts to me. The creator of heaven and earth is with you. Not going to forsake you, leave you in the circumstances. He’s already written a book of your life. In the midst of trial, God is with you! When you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious, He’s still there! He leads me to sit at the table, the same shepherd who leads me through the valley of the shadow of death. Even when you sleep, I’m there. When you’re awake, I’m there. God’s word is to remind us how big and infinite He us, but also that He is for us!
Story. God’s promises are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Prov 23:7. Whatever your ‘now’ is. God is going to breathe into your now, to help you for your next. The New of God he wants to breathe into you. God wants to breathe a new thought into your life, to move you from now to your next.
Story. Heart. What you think in your heart will really determine your action and affect your outcome. Tim Keller quote on the heart. Mind over matter, greeks believed mind over how I feel. Modern thought reverses that - look into your deepest feelings and desires, and you fulfil them. When you come to that place, ‘my feelings are the true me’ - the bible says the heart is the foundation, not your feelings. What you are committed to, what you trust in, the most. Then the emotions are built on this. The heart in scripture is the thing you most trust in, hope in, captures your attention. What you think in your heart, so you are. Whatever you trust the most, will affect not only your emotions, but also affects your thinking. When you trust in Jesus, it affects your emotions, but it also affects your thinking. When you trust in Jesus, that’s the thing that will keep you, affect the way that you think. Jesus will you be the center of it all?
Luke 15:11- Story of the prodigal son. There’s our now, the New God wants to breathe into us. The son says “Hey dad! I’m out...” goes off to parties etc. blows his inheritance. Commentary says going to father for inheritance is high level of disrespect. Dad sell 2/3 of land, give son money. “Dad, you’re dead to me, I want to leave”. Wants to cut himself off from his family. Affects economy of the place. Shame back on the dad “have you heard about your son...”. Purpose of parables, Jesus trying to speak to crowds, pharisees.
Vs 14-16. When he had spent all, there was a famine. Feed pigs, considered unclean. Part of family, cuts himself off, then there’s famine, but no-one’s given him anything. That’s his now - what’s your now? What are you facing now, what are you going through? God wants to breathe the new into you.
Vs 17 When he came to his senses... That’s the first part of our now. “What are we doing here?” Even the servants have more than I have. I can either stay here, or I can return to the Father. Prayer: whatever our now is, there is something new that God wants to breathe in. Where does his heart go? Not to his friends, he thinks about his father. Can your heart go back to your father?
Vs 18. I will arise. Step 1 - God, I begin to think about you again. I will arise. Not about having it all together. About coming to that place with God, getting up from where we are.
vs 20. The father came running to his son. Unheard of in the day. The father doesn’t care - he runs to the son! No matter how bad it is, God comes to us! The son starts his rehearsed speech, but He ignores it.
What you’re facing right now isn’t the end of the story. It’s not the end of the book. In this moment I’m coming back to you. As long as I am around your house. But God says “no, I restore you right back into sonship!” God is about to breathe something new. Your mind, your actions are going to move back to him. Authority, direction!
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