Are You Dead Yet?
- Date: May 24, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "...the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21)
- From Friends
Are we really what we think we are? Are we judging ourselves based upon the pureness of our doctrine--and it is pure--our knowledge of the Word of God? Who is still sitting on the throne in your daily decisions? Where truly is your treasure? Is your treasure the presence of God and the will of God? If it is, then you praise Him at midnight, in the prison, and when your reputation is gone and everyone that used to stand and admire you at the gates now mocks you and runs from you. Your wealth is gone. Your family is dead. Your health is broken. You say, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21). Is God sovereign in our eyes?
I don't struggle as much with the sovereignty of God as I do with the love of God. I really struggle with the belief that God loves me because I know how unlovely I am, and in the midst of all of that, He says, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Hebrews 13:5). In the midst of all the warfare He says, "I will not allow you to be tempted past that that you're able to stand but with every temptation I'll make the way of escape" (1 Corinthians 10:13). Do you know what it is? It is embracing death to self. Embracing that opportunity. Is He Lord? Love not the world. The world is independence. The world is in rebellion to the lordship of Jesus. The world sets its own schedules and does what it pleases when it pleases. And we're able to do that to different degrees. Some of the independently wealthy are able to move a little more freely than those of us that have 9 to 5 jobs. But in every area of our lives where we are not being lorded over, we are lord. We set our own value systems.
Do we really believe that we're free from this spirit of independence? The worldly don't pray about whether they should go to such and such a city and stay for so many days and buy and sell. They just set a course. Ambition drives it. Opportunity drives it. Do we submit every aspect of our lives, every decision to His will? Are we amendable to the will of God in our life? Are we able to embrace His sovereignty and, by His grace when things aren't going our way, to say, "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right" (Genesis 18:25)? How do you deal with the sovereignty of God? Do you expect Him to answer to you? "Well, I don't expect Him to answer. I just want to know why." He's not going to tell you why. Now what are you going to do? Are you going to grudgingly, through your teeth quote Romans 8:28? "And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
What I'm trying to get us to see when we talk about the world is that we're not talking about drugs and sex and alcohol and tattoos and short skirts and pornography and leisure time in this abundance. We are talking about the spirit of independence, controlling your own life, being your own god. Are you dead yet?