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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11


SI Moderator - brother Greg

 2013/2/1 15:45Profile

Joined: 2011/9/26
Posts: 731
Waterloo, Ontario


Brother Zac touched on some similar truths in one of his sermons. Here is some notes from that sermon that serve as follow up to this great article:

Our Lord's humility was seen in secret obedience to the Father in areas which we know nothing about, which are not even written in Scripture.

If you seek the Holy Spirit's light, the Lord will show you the areas in your life where you need to follow Jesus in secret obedience and then He will back you up publicly

Seek to live like that brothers and sisters. It will liberate you from the constant temptation to seek honor and approval from men for our holiness, our humility or getting a reputation for something or the other before men.

It will liberate you to truly serve the Lord.

Secret obedience before God in little things that others know nothing about, secret sacrifices that you made in private that others know nothing about. That alone is the proof of your humility.

And people will think you are a proud arrogant person because you whipped the money changers out of the temple--let them think what they like.

People can think you are an arrogant person because you speak about serpents and generations of vipers that will go to hell. Let them think what they like.

Isn't it enough that God thinks I'm humble?

Live before God's face and you will not seek the honor of men.

He humbled himself by becoming obedient.
Philippians 2:8

The origin of sin in the universe:

Isaiah 14:12-14
"How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."

There is something that should strike us immediately!

It is the origin of sin.

What is it?

I will

I will

I will

I will

I will

5 times!

I will

A created being has the audacity and the arrogance to say "I will"

I will do what I want to do

That is Satan: "I will"

Jesus is the opposite:

John 6:38
I have come not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.

Jesus: "Not to do my own will"

The opposite of Satan "I will."

"Not my will" not 5 times but a million times

In His 33 and a half years He never did His own will "but the will of Him Who sent me."

This is the meaning of the cross.

If you want to understand what it means to take up your cross everyday, here it is.

"Not my will but Your will be done."

The cross is where my will (horizontal) and God's will (vertical) cross.

I have to die to my will every single time.

That is how Jesus brought salvation.

It isn't easy.

We know how in the garden of Gethsemane Jesus struggled to give up His own will.

Jesus had to struggle to give up His own will just like we have to struggle to give up our own will every time.

Do you think it was easy for Jesus?

Do you think it will be easy for us?

Jesus didn't have a sinful flesh like we have inherited from Adam because He didn't have a human father.

But He did have a thing called "my own will."

Hebrews 4:15
Jesus in every way was tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Jesus said no to the temptation of choosing His own will every single time

He chose the Father's will every single time

And if it meant a struggle, ok it will be a struggle, but I'm still going to do the Father's will.

There is no spirituality without the cross

The one in this room who is taking up the cross most faithfully, a hundred times a day, every opportunity, is the most spiritual person in this room whether he can preach or not whether she can preach or not, whether or not others think he or she is spiritual or not.

That is the person who will have continuous victory over sin because that is the person God will give grace

The church is built by crucified people who walk the way of the cross.

Unbelievers are being blinded to the truth of Jesus dying on the cross

Believers are being blinded to the truth of their dying daily by the cross

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live.
Galatians 2:20

It is no longer "I will."

When you go to the graves and see, does anyone there do their own will?

He was stubborn as long as he was alive, she was stubborn, but not now. She's dead, she doesn't live, he doesn't live.

This is why the truth of submission is stressed so much in Scripture.

The secret of it all: obedience in the secret place, in the areas of our life, when nobody knows anything but God.

In my thoughts

In my attitudes towards people
(esteeming others more important than myself)

In my motives

If you guard your thoughts like you guard your actions and words in public you will be a godly person.

But if you are careless in your thoughts and careful in public you are a person who lives before the faces of men. You do not fear God. You want a reputation before men and not before God. You love people more than God.

Is it possible?

It was not possible under the old covenant.

It is a wonderful new covenant truth and privilege.

We can walk as Jesus walked

Arthur Roshkovski

 2013/2/1 22:09Profile

Joined: 2011/9/26
Posts: 731
Waterloo, Ontario


My friend, the choices that you make,
The many things you do
Decisions, though they may seem small,
End up defining you.

The books you read, the things you buy,
The places that you go
You face decisions every day;
You answer "yes" or "no."

Each choice you make is like a seed;
That seed will surely grow;
For what you plant within your heart
Takes root within your soul.

That angry word when caught off guard-
An accident?-Oh no!
It just exposed the heart's true state,
Laid out for all to know.

"But, that's not really me," you say.
Oh no? Then may I ask,
Where did it come from-truly, friend-
If not behind the mask?

Can words or thoughts or actions come
From where they've never been?
For what goes in comes surely out;
This is a proven thing.

The secret pleasures you delight in,
On which your spirit feeds,
Those things which occupy your thoughts
Will soon show forth in deeds.

What you will do when no one sees
Is who you really are;
And like a mirror actions will
Reflect the state of heart.

You make a choice-that choice makes you-
A law of life that stands.
So think about each choice, my friend,
When you are making plans.

And so that heart of yours, beware,
And diligently keep it.
For issues that pertain to life
Will flow from out of it!

Arthur Roshkovski

 2013/2/1 23:42Profile

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