Sharing Sunday Service 01/13/13

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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.

Do you readily accept change, or do you allow the past to hold you back from growing?

If we take a look at what is written in the Book of Ezra 3:1-3Ezra 3:1-3
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

3 1 And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem. 2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God. Jeshua: also called, Joshua Zerubbabel: Gr. Zorobabel Shealtiel: Gr. Salathiel 3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt offerings morning and evening.  

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, the Isrealites began to rebuild the altar.  Their priorities were in the right place, but their foundation of worship was weak.

Sometimes in life, we allow our past to hold us back from growing spiritually.  When we hang on to the past, we are denying God’s plan for our future.

Ezra 3:12Ezra 3:12
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12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:  

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 But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation.  The others, however, were shouting for joy.

Why would some weep?  Because they had had the prettiest Temple.  But having even the prettiest Temple didn’t keep their hearts right.  Our relationship with God is what defines us, not the building we worship in.

We are deeply in need of a spiritual revival.  When we drift from God, we need to re-establish our altar.  We must lay a strong foundation, that no man can destroy.  An altar is for yielding ourselves to God.

Repentance– commit to changing your ways.

Confession– list one by one.

Prayer– taking everything to God, and make it a daily part of your life.

Obedience– proves our surrender, our love of God, and our faith in God.

Reset the Foundation of Love- our love for God and Jesus, our love for others.

 

Psalm 11:3-7Psalm 11:3-7
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3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? 4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. 5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. 6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. an horrible...: or, a burning tempest 7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.  

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 The foundations of law and order have collapsed.

What can the righteous do?”

But the Lord is in his holy Temple;

the Lord still rules from heaven.

He watches everyone closely,

examining every person on earth.

The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked.

He hates those who love violence.

He will rain down blazing coals and 

burning sulfur on the wicked,

punishing them with scorching

winds.

For the righteous Lord loves justice.

The virtuous will see his face.

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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