Sunday Service, December 10, 2017 : Rev. Philips Suwandi

I am Not That Bad Character and Having Mind of Our Own

Here is the message of the Word of God for us.

The moment God called us He had already had a plan for us. He never called us for uncertain purpose.

John 14:1-4 (NKJV) Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

God’s desire is that we will be with Him in His house. His purpose for every one of us is that every one of us will be with Him and meet Him. That is our ultimate purpose, to meet our Saviour in heaven.

But it is true? It is our way? Or are we walk farther away from heaven? Having a mind of own thought has taken us away from the way to heaven.

Galatians 3:3-4 (NKJV) Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

Having a mind of our own, and being strong with our own confident, actually is the trap of the devil, that caused us always see ourselves right and never wrong. We feel that “We are not that bad.” Or we might think that we have done so much in the ministry and also for others. We think that we didn’t much mistake. We treated sin not as it should be, made sin lesser than it is. We will get angry to others who warn and correct us. If we still have this character we will never change and will keep on sinning.
We always try to find out how to prove us right and not wrong. Actually it is impossible if we say we don’t know our mistake. The Holy Spirit will always let us know our mistakes.

People whose character like this tend to focus only for themselves and what they have done. They also think that they are always right and fully confident that they will definitely go the heaven.

We have already started our fight in the Lord, guarding our life in holiness, will it be all in vain? Keeping the mind of our own, thinking that “I am not that bad”, staying in comfort zone, be careful as those will take us to hell.

 

Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

This verse is about the minister of God who has already known God much, even was already used by God mightily, as they performed miracles and cast out demons. This is important and a real warning. Even for a minister of God who look so great as they are used by God greatly, but at the end God said that He didn’t know them, even rebuked as practicing lawlessness.

This is talking about them who feel I am not that bad. This kind of sin fatally brought us to death. This is not God’s plans.

Luke 18:9-14 (NKJV) Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

This is the example of someone who has the character of “I am not that bad.”

The first was a person who saw himself as a good person, but the second was a person that didn’t see himself as a good person but humbled himself and asked for God’s mercy as he was a sinner.

 

Luke 7:37-50 (NKJV)
And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped themwith the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Simon was an example of a person who always thought himself as a good person and nothing was wrong with him.
God really wants us to live holy. Don’t let ourselves be stubborn.
The time we finally find out our sin, just quickly come to Him at once. Or if we have problem with others we should right away come to that person, humble ourselves and say sorry.

How do we know that we are wrong? It is when the Holy Spirit tells us and convicts us of our sin. When the Holy Spirit speaks, don’t just stay still, but right away come to Him, repent like the sinful woman, humble ourselves before God. Take a handle on anything that we have deal with, don’t stay still.

Romans 12:2 (NKJV) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
If we listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, we can prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

When God sent Jesus to earth to redeem the sin of men, Jesus emptied Himself and also His mind but obeyed God.

God wants us to have the mind of Christ, be humble and do not conformed to this world.

Hebrews 10:36-39 (NKJV) For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
“For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

How long we have followed Him doesn’t guarantee us entering the heaven. Our greatness in our ministry won’t bring us to heaven either but how about our relationship with Jesus. Take time to evaluate ourselves.

The biggest problem is that often times a minister of God didn’t seriously deal with his sin. Be careful.

Come to Jesus with humble heart. Deal with Him in a repentance, humble yourself. Just like the sinful woman. No arguing with God and also with our brothers and sisters. Don’t say that they should say sorry first.

Things won’t be difficult if we humble ourselves. The Holy Spirit is always ready to help us and let us know our sin.