Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
God's purpose for you
by Erik Momsen
Life is not a Monopoly game in which you go around the board month by month getting your salary and buying things as you go around. We need to design a new lifestyle game. In this game you do have to work and buy some stuff but many other things happen along the way. People get sick, starve, die and cause each other much pain. Part of your task in the game is to find faith in God, apply obedience to your life and teach others to do the same. In this game there is an earthly bank but also a heavenly one.
SIX PURPOSES OF GOD FOR YOU
The Lord's prayer has six pillars for us to build our lives upon. The first three relate to the nature and will of God. The second three relate to our lives, attitudes and actions.
FAITH - THE ULTIMATE THING
"OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN" - God exists, He is over all and our personal Father. Without belief in the existence of God we are little creatures who believe they are the centre of the universe and live as if the universe exists for them. We have little Hitlers in the making.
OBEY - A DIRTY WORD
"LET YOUR NAME BE HALLOWED" - God and His name must be honoured, respected, obeyed and worshipped. A belief in God is not enough. A submission is required. Belief in God will not benefit us if we continue to live according to our old selfish standards.
There is a new four letter word even among believers in Jesus. The word is "OBEY". Jesus said, "if you love me you will obey me."
GOD'S WILL BE DONE - NOT MINE
"LET YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN" - God's rule and God's will need to be established on earth as they are already established in heaven. Life is not Monopoly. The one who gets to the end with the most things does not win. The one who gets to the end with faith and a good few disciples, wins.
DAILY BREAD - A SIMPLE LIFESTYLE
"GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD" - Men and women of God should have the implicit trust that God will provide for our needs. However, we often worry about our greeds.
The problem of a sinful world is that it is out of balance. Many have too little, some have too much. Many have too little work and too little pay. Some have too much work and too much pay.
Jesus, speaking about the growth of faith, warned us of "the worries of this life and the deceptiveness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful" (Matthew 13:22). Many believers live a frustrated and fruitless life because of the trapping of the world. There is a call upon our society to live much more simply. Each of us needs the wisdom of the Spirit to untangle us from the state we are in.
FORGIVENESS IS CONDITIONAL
"FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS" - Our lives as followers of Jesus must be marked by a great humility coming from the fact that we are forgiven sinners. One of the greats of the church called us "justified sinners", forgiven sinners. That is a present continuous condition. I live with sinful attitudes that God is continuously forgiving. I am living in His forgiveness.
Yet at the same time many believers live with hard hearts and judge others continuously. This one area Jesus is particularly critical of. The forgiveness we have received has to be passed on or we could very well lose it as the Unmerciful Servant did. "In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart." (Matthew 18:34,35)
PROTECTION FROM THE TEMPTER
"AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT, DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE" - An important fact we must face is that we are all still sinners who are able to be tempted. That is not an excuse to sin but a warning that we may fall. Many years of good work may be undone by one sinful act. Know that any sin is possible in your life but that you can have protection from it. Know that others also battle with sin but we do not have to be enslaved by it.
FAITH - OBEDIENCE - YOUR WAY, LORD - SIMPLE LIFESTYLE - FORGIVENESS - PROTECTION FROM SIN & TEMPTATION.
Date Added: 2010-03-02
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