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    'A Working Faith' by Pastor Vern

    June 23, 2016

    Psalm 139: 17-24                                                                                                                                                     

    Living in troubled times make each of us think about faith issues and how we process information, then walk consistently with the Lord. Sometimes it feels like our faith life is not just out of sync with, but somehow, out of touch with modern life.

     How can the world seem to be going so fast the other direction?

    We face issues like the breakdown of the family, assisted suicide, LGBTQ, addictions, government policies and economics that put us on a course we are opposed to.

    So many things that distract or weigh us down and attack or put pressure on our faith lives.

    Does our faith shape our world view or is our spiritual walk a side bar that doesn’t mix with real life?

    ‘What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us’                                   A W Tozer – The Knowledge of The Holy – pg 9

    Daily challenge is to focus more on God than the issues of the world

    Psalm 139 – a practical theology lesson for daily life

    1 God’s thoughts should have priority in my life – vrs 17-18

    • ·         Omniscient – God is all knowing
    • ·         God’s instruction gives counsel and guidance to my life
    • ·         When I dwell on God’s insight I find help for today’s issues
    • ·         God has insight for each and every need of my life
    • ·         God’s insight could help our world if it was wanted

     

    2 The world is programed to oppose God – vrs 19-22

    • ·         Satan – the prince of this world – John 12:31
      • o   Hates the things of God - Influences people to rebel against God
      • o   Is the master planner behind our modern corruption and evil
    • ·         Sincere people (sincerely wrong) have their minds made up about God
      • o   Have had a bad experience
      • o   Don’t have a perspective of God as helpful, useful or necessary
    • ·         Our worldly reaction would be to ostracize or get rid of those who think differently
      • o   See as enemy or opposition
      • o   Nothing good about them

    3 We need God to search our hearts – vrs 23-24

    • ·         Our natural inclination in not God honouring
    • ·         God test my motives and thoughts
    • ·         Help me get rid of thoughts, actions, attitudes that are spiritually offensive
      • o   Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit;                                               sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.

    Application – a working faith in troubled times:

    • ·         God’s ways are higher than our ways
    • ·         God has something to say through us to people who think differently
    • ·         God blesses our lives with refining love

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