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[b]No Shame at all[/b]
[i]by Greg Gordon[/i]

[b]Jeremiah 8:4-12 (niv)[/b] - "Say to them, 'This is what the LORD says: "'When men fall down, do they not get up? When a man turns away, does he not return? Why then have these people turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse to return. I have listened attentively, but they do not say what is right. No one repents of his wickedness, saying, "What have I done?" Each pursues his own course like a horse charging into battle. Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the LORD. "'How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD ," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely? The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the LORD, what kind of wisdom do they have? Therefore I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners. From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. "Peace, peace," they say, when there is no peace. [u]Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when they are punished, says the LORD.[/u]

There is a sense of immediateness to this scripture that these very words are speaking some light into a Christian profession of religion we sadly find ourselves in that is veiled within a shroud of darkness and confusion. Many times we hear the prophet say words that are impressed upon his mind and heart by visions or images given in parables of sort, but here the prophet Jeremiah is spoken to by the LORD and is given words to say in directness of speech not in man's interpretation but speaking the very words of God in fear and trembling.

Do we reverence these words as the Words of the very living God that we must one day bring account to every deed done in these bodies? These words spoken by the LORD who is spirit and whose words are of spirit and truth which bring divine revelation to our spirits. Let those who are unregenerate and spiritually discerned stumble over them but let the child of God listen with a sense of expectency that the LORD is speaking to our situation in which we find ourselves.

[i]Why then have these people turned away?[/i] - You must ask yourself very pointedly have I turned away from God, have I ever gone through a duration of time in my life as a child of God that I did not redeem the time? Did I follow after a way contray to God's plan for my life? Did I ever neglect my quiet time with God? Did I ever willfully choose to sin while under the pressing conviction of a jealous God who inhabits you? Surely you must contend that you have turned away once, twice, possibly many times but as much as you have turned away you have returned, as the scripture says: 'When a man turns away, does he not return? By God's mercy he has restored you in a multiplicity of ways and your entire life exhibits the divine working of Gods forgiving grace in your experience of living in Christ. But surely you cannot keep on sinning against a grace which is abundantly extended to you again and again for it shall come a time when you will not return, your heavenly affections will be so calloused and the pleading of the Holy Spirit so muddled that you will be given into your sin, into your pleasures and wanton lusts, you will not return.

[i]No one repents of his wickedness[/i] - Have you need of repentance? If you were to come into the presence of the Living God would you know of a surety that your walk was blameless? God in His mercy shows times of repentance and gives us ample warning and with strong crying, pleading His heart through the prophets and calls us back to Himself. But what happens to a people that hear the message of repentance and don't repent? Not only a message of repentance from a mere man in the conjecture of his mind, but a man speaking words of repentance as speaking the very words of God that are heavenly and from above. If I would ask you dear church 'are you wicked?' You would quickly retort 'no we are righteous in Christ' and you are right in your answer but shall you continue to do wickedly and act as though you are wicked being righteous in Christ? Shall we who are born from above act and behave as those who are accursed of God and enemies of God. Do you feel shameful of your condition that you know mares the Holy name of Christ and our being joined in union with Him. Repent of your acts of wickedness allow God who is Spirit search your heart and convict you of chaff in your heart that must be consumed and burnt away. For there will be a day in which you cannot repent of your wicked acts, there will be a time that God calls all things into judgement and you will stand before Him with all the Holy angels and you will give account.

[i]But my people do not know the requirements of the LORD[/i] - Amongst many followers of Christ who are turning and returning constantly in a process of struggling with sin really don't know the requirements of God. There is a spiritual teaching and impartation of truth that the spirit of God gives regenerate men that allows them to overcome sin and glorify God. God is a Holy God who desires for a Holy people, and not only desires but has made the provisions through Christ that we are to be Holy. It is not a promise for you to be holy and filled with the Holy Spirit but it is a implicent command, 'Be ye Holy', 'Be filled with the Holy Spirit'. Did not Jesus said to Nicodemus 'you are the leader of Isreal yet you don't know these things?' So the cause of much wickedness and turning away is due to spiritual leaders teaching falsities or rather not teaching the full counsel of truth to a people. Pastors, Leaders who have been placed in leadership by Christ Himself, do you teach people the full requirements of God? Do you feel shame in bringing your people away from God and allowing them to practice all wickedness while mainting and calling on the name of Christ?

I leave it to you dear saint. Read and re-read that passage of scripture as the Words of the very God Himself. Hear the echo of divine truth throughout the ages that calls you to Himself and out of falsehood and deceit that we find ourselves in.


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 Re: No Shame at all by Greg Gordon

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Each pursues his own course like a horse charging into battle.



This particular verse really strikes me. As I read it I'm reminded of the passage "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4) When people go charging headlong into this world it is as though they are charging into battle against God Himself!

Hardness of heart? Missing the opportunity to repent? I am already seeing this. People are getting hardened to the message of repentance from months of hearing it. It boils down to this, "Either they want God or they don't." I asked the question just last Sunday; "Are we better off than before the message of repentance began?"

The Lord said concerning Jezebel in Revelation, "I gave her a space to repent and she repented not." The word 'space' here is GK 'chronos' and it means 'time.' "I gave her TIME to repent" said the Lord.


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No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush.




No shame. No fear of the Lord. No fear period. They will ride their horses through the gates of hell if they don't repent- strait off the cliff into the bottomless pit. And in their unrepentance, they, as those of the book of Revelation will only blaspheme God for the grievious plagues upon them. As Dave Wilkerson said in his sermon "Vexing the Holy Ghost,"... "Their nights become a foretaste of hell." I'm reminded of Matthew Henry who once commented, "God is never at a loss to punish a wicked people- His quiver is always FULL." What shall come of them but wailing and gnashing of teeth?


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I just thought this was outstanding and at the first read thought I was reading an excerpt from Ravenhill or E.M.Bounds. Our brother Greg has a wide aray of influences that have affected his life, the same that have become near and dear to me as well.

But this is born out of the heart and I thought it was quite remarkable. This really jumped out at me:

""'[i][b]How can you say[/b], "We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD ," when actually the lying pen of the scribes[/i] [color=666666]has handled it falsely?[/color][i]The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the LORD[/i], [color=666666]what kind of wisdom do they have?"[/color]

This really harkens back to some rather painful memories of preaching I had heard in the past. Much boasting of their supposed greatness...[i]"because I have kept myself pure, I have the favor of the Lord..."[/i] and with a flippancy and audacity to proclaim [i]"and when the Holy Spirit arrives here in about 20 minutes from now..."[/i] All I could think of was...it's not worth repeating, likely just as flippant. It only got worse from there. I got up and walked out, much to the chagrin of those around me who would rather that I partake of this 'man of...'

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But my people do not know the requirements of the LORD - Amongst many followers of Christ who are turning and returning constantly in a process of struggling with sin really don't know the requirements of God.



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There is a spiritual teaching and impartation of truth that the spirit of God gives regenerate men that allows them to overcome sin and glorify God.



Yes!

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God is a Holy God who desires for a Holy people, and not only desires[b] but has made the provisions through Christ that we are to be Holy[/b]. It is not a promise for you to be holy and filled with the Holy Spirit but it is a [b]implicent command,[/b] 'Be ye Holy', 'Be filled with the Holy Spirit'. Did not Jesus said to Nicodemus 'you are the leader of Isreal yet you don't know these things?' So the cause of much wickedness and turning away is due to spiritual leaders teaching falsities or rather not teaching the full counsel of truth to a people



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Hardness of heart? Missing the opportunity to repent? I am already seeing this. People are getting hardened to the message of repentance from months of hearing it. It boils down to this, "Either they want God or they don't." I asked the question just last Sunday; "Are we better off than before the message of repentance began?"



Praise God a contradiction!
[url=http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=2013&post_id=13562&order=1&viewmode=flat&pid=13556&forum=35#13562]Re: Something I deffinately wasn't ready for[/url]
Read Matthews response from today! (6/1/04)


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 Re: Praise God! Thx for sharing Greg!

I was greatly challenged and blessed by that message you shared. Please continue to share as the Lord leads you. I have been studying about the enpowerment ofthe Holy Ghost and that part Mike quoted also jumped out at me. The call to be Holy can only be done by the provision which God gave to each of us.

p.s. hey mike when you gonna visit our church in san jose? 8-)

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In trouble now! :-P

Hey Brother...just popped in real quick and have to run, but the short answer is soon!

Talk to you soon


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