Sharing Sunday Service 12/30/12

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Sharing Sunday Service  is a series where I share the Word of God in a relaxed atmosphere, open to questions.  We have a wonderful pastor that inspires my thought processes, and leaves me eager and encouraged to further my knowledge as a child of Christ.  King James Bible is recommended, but if you don’t have one, don’t fret.  Use what you have and follow along.

With the New Year quickly approaching, this morning’s service gave me quite a bit to think about.  It focused on unbelief and disobedience, and where this leads us to, and what we need to do as a child of God to correct ourselves.  I found that I , myself, needs time of reflection to examine my heart and to look at exactly what direction I am headed.  It’s always seems easier for us to hide deep secrets than to confess them and come clean.  Self evaluation is one of the hardest tasks we need to complete in order to draw nearer to God.

Sometimes, it is difficult to re-word what our Pastor has said and many of my writing in this post is ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’ so to speak.

In Hebrews 3:9-10Hebrews 3:9-10
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9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.  

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 There your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw my miracles for forty years.  So I was angry with them, and I said, “Their hearts always turn away from me.  They refuse to do what I tell them.”

The tendency to ‘not believe’ what we can’t see is not new to our culture, and has dated way back in time.  We see it in our every day life, for example, when someone says they are sick but shows no symptoms we may question if they are truly sick or just avoiding something.  Why is that?  Why do we often question with doubt?

Many witness God’s miracles in this world and yet choose not to believe, or obey, his Word.  There are people who don’t seem to be interested in knowing God’s ways, but in order to grow and gain knowledge, we must first understand God’s ways and what He expects from us.

Our Pastor made this comparison:  many people know ‘of’ a person but do not actually know ‘the’ person.  It is basically the difference between infatuation and intimacy.  You can be infatuated with someone without knowing the mannerisms, character, or ways of the person.  Ask yourself this:  is your relationship with God an intimate relationship?  Do you know God’s ways?  Do you know what God expects of you?

One can know a great deal about God without much knowledge of God.  There are many who read their Bible faithfully every day, attend Church and Sunday School, and research other books about the Bible yet they hardly know God.  Quoting J.I Packer, “A little knowledge of God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge about Him”.

So, what must we do to know God; to have an intimate relationship with God?

we need to recognize and admit how much we lack knowledge of God.
we must take an inventory of our thoughts; what do we think about?
we must measure ourselves in respect to how we pray and what is in our hearts
we must seek the Savior to know His ways

Isaiah 55:6-9Isaiah 55:6-9
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6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. the unrighteous...: Heb. the man of iniquity abundantly...: Heb. multiply to pardon 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  

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 Seek the Lord while you can find him.  Call on him now while he is near.  Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong.  Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.  Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.

Have you ever questioned why you are here and what our aim in life should be?  I certainly have.  The answer is so simple…to know God!  Once we know Him, everything else will fall into place!

Jeremiah 9:23-24Jeremiah 9:23-24
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23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.  

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 This is what the Lord says:  “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.  But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and the I delight in these things.  I, the Lord, have spoken!

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ and seek to know Him intimately, we must listen to His Word and receive it as the Holy Spirit interprets it in reference to ourselves.  We must take note of God’s nature and character as His Word and works reveal it to us.  We must respond to His invitations and do what He commands us to do in our life.  Lastly, we must recognize and rejoice in His love that He has shown to us in drawing us to Himself.  Knowing Him involves going with Him.

John 10:27John 10:27
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27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  

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 My sheep listen to my voice: I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.  No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else.  No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.

 

 

 

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

4 thoughts on “Sharing Sunday Service 12/30/12

  1. Martha Orlando

    Love, love, love this, Mary!!! Do we know our Lord or just have knowledge of Him? Wow! That’s THE question we should all ask of ourselves each and every day.
    You have created a marvelous blog here, dear friend, and I hope you will continue to publish these each week. I know I was inspired in reading this and am sure others will be, too.
    Blessings and congratulations of this new and exciting series! <3

    1. mhudakcollins Post author

      Martha, thank you! I heard someone use the analogy yesterday of a vase of flowers. Day after day, he passed this beautiful vase of flowers that were full of color every day. One day, he stopped to smell them, imagining how wonderful their fragrance would be. But, when he did, they had no fragrance. They were artificial! So many Christians know of God, but do they have a real relationship with Him? That was his point in his story. It really hit me hard and fell right in place with this post. I felt compelled to get this out last night and even though the site is not exactly where ‘I’ wanted it to be, God said it was time ♥ God Bless Martha and thank you for stopping by 🙂

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