A Sharper Focus

Judging Others

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Jill Morikone


Series Code: ASHF

Program Code: ASHF000167A

00:18 Hello, and welcome to 3ABN's, A Sharper Focus.
00:22 So glad that you have joined us this evening.
00:24 My name is Jill Morikone.
00:26 And it is a privilege to open up the Word of God
00:29 on Wednesday night, to be able to come to the Lord.
00:31 Both our family here; our 3ABN family here
00:34 at the Thompsonville Seventh-day Adventist church,
00:36 as well as you at home.
00:38 You are a part of our 3ABN family.
00:41 And we just welcome you to, A Sharper Focus.
00:44 As you can see, I'm not Pastor John Lomacang.
00:46 He is traveling actually.
00:48 He's going overseas and carrying on several
00:50 evangelistic campaigns.
00:52 So say a special prayer for him.
00:54 But I'm delighted to be here with you tonight.
00:57 If you want to go to the website, it's asf.3abn.org.
01:05 And there you can download the study guides,
01:08 you can check out the videos.
01:14 So before we get started and go to the Lord in prayer,
01:19 I want to read a scripture,
01:22 and then we'll jump into tonight's message.
01:24 And tonight's message is, to be honest with you,
01:27 something that I need in my own heart and life.
01:31 Something that I need God's working
01:34 in my own character, in my own life with.
01:37 And that has to do with judging other people.
01:41 So our title for our topic for tonight is, Judging Others.
01:46 The scripture is 2 Corinthians.
01:48 If you have your Bibles, open up with me to 2 Corinthians 10:12.
01:55 2 Corinthians 10:12
01:59 The Bible says, "For we dare not class ourselves
02:02 or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves.
02:08 But they, measuring themselves by themselves..."
02:12 You notice they didn't measure themselves against God,
02:15 or the standard of righteousness in His Word or His law.
02:19 They measure themselves by themselves.
02:21 "...and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise."
02:27 Let's pray.
02:29 Father, we come before You in the name of Jesus.
02:31 And I ask right now that You could hide me behind the cross,
02:38 that Jesus could be lifted up and honored and glorified.
02:42 We ask that, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, Your Word
02:47 would come alive to us, and we would not only be hearers
02:51 but we would be doers of what You have for us in Your Word.
02:55 And I thank You in the precious and the holy
02:59 name of Jesus, amen.
03:01 It was one of those wonderful mornings.
03:03 You are just getting up and spending time with Jesus.
03:07 You like those mornings?
03:08 Oh, I love those mornings.
03:10 So got up and I said, well I'm going to spend my time
03:13 having my devotions.
03:14 And I had spent time reading the Word of God
03:17 and spent time talking to Him in prayer.
03:20 And now I was just kind of sitting quietly.
03:23 Kind of saying, "Okay God, I want to hear You speak to me."
03:27 You know, the Bible says, Psalm 46:10,
03:29 "Be still and know that I am God."
03:32 So prayer is not only me talking to Jesus,
03:35 it's Him talking to me."
03:37 So I was just sitting there quietly.
03:39 And I began to pray Psalm 139:23-24 over my life.
03:44 You know that scripture?
03:46 "Search me, O God, and know my heart;
03:48 try me, and know my thoughts;
03:50 and see if there is any wicked way in me,
03:53 and lead me in the way everlasting."
03:56 Now when I pray that scripture, I don't just say,
03:58 "See if there is any wickedness in me."
04:00 Because I know it exists.
04:01 I just say, "God, show me the stuff inside
04:05 that's not like You."
04:06 Because I want to be like Jesus.
04:09 And so as I was praying that prayer, as I was praying
04:12 that scripture back to God, all of a sudden He showed me
04:17 a picture of my heart.
04:18 And I'm not saying it was a vision, nothing like that.
04:21 But it was almost as if I was sitting there and I could see
04:24 my heart laid out in my lap.
04:28 And it was very clean and fresh looking and nice in the middle.
04:32 And all the way around the edges were pockets of diseased tissue.
04:39 And I began to cry.
04:41 Because I know that those pockets represented sin.
04:46 Represented something in my life that was displeasing to Jesus.
04:50 But I didn't know what it was.
04:53 And so I said, "God, I don't know what those
04:56 pockets represent.
04:58 I don't know what's in them, but please would You show me?"
05:03 And so that day unfolded.
05:06 You know, you get ready for work and you run in.
05:09 That very day a situation arose.
05:12 And instantly my mind, my heart,
05:17 responded with a critical spirit.
05:20 Instantly.
05:21 And it was like I felt God tap me on the shoulder.
05:24 Not literally.
05:25 But you know how He impresses our hearts with something.
05:27 And He said, "Jill, My daughter, that is one of those pockets
05:33 I showed you this morning."
05:34 The pocket of a critical spirit.
05:37 When I grew up, and then we'll get into scripture,
05:40 when I grew up, I had wonderful parents.
05:43 Loving home.
05:45 Sometime about my teen years, later teen years,
05:49 I got involved in, I don't know how to say it
05:54 except for a better word,
05:57 performance based religion.
06:00 I don't know if that makes any sense to you,
06:02 or if that makes any sense to you at home.
06:04 Religion that would be based on what I do,
06:09 how I dress, how I behave.
06:15 And that somehow equated righteousness.
06:19 I don't know if any of you can relate to that.
06:23 I think initially rules became safe.
06:26 It felt something comfortable, something I could trust.
06:30 Something I could almost hide behind.
06:34 And then the next progression, rules began
06:37 to become my religion.
06:41 And then the final progression, rules became what I thought
06:46 was my salvation.
06:49 Instead of knowing Ephesians 2:8-10,
06:52 we are saved by grace through faith,
06:54 "and that not of ourselves; it is the gift of God,
06:57 not of works, lest anyone should boast."
06:59 And yes, works is part of that.
07:02 For we are created in Christ Jesus to perform
07:05 and to do those good works.
07:07 But that comes as a result of a relationship
07:10 born out of love to Jesus Christ.
07:13 That comes out of Him doing the work in me and through me
07:16 instead of me feeling like I had to do that.
07:19 So somewhere along the way I lost my way
07:23 and became critical.
07:26 I developed a judgmental spirit.
07:29 It reminds me of the Pharisees.
07:31 Let's take a look at Luke 18.
07:33 This is the Pharisee and the publican when they went up
07:36 to the temple to pray.
07:38 We're in Luke 18.
07:44 Luke 18 starting in verse 9.
07:51 "Also He," meaning Jesus, "spoke this parable to some
07:56 who trusted in themselves that they were righteous,
08:02 and despised others."
08:04 Now instantly, if we look at what are the qualities
08:07 of the Pharisee, the first quality I see,
08:10 they trust in themselves.
08:14 It's kind of interesting.
08:16 Kind of easy to trust in yourself.
08:19 We're taught from babyhood. Right?
08:21 Learn to put on your own shoes.
08:23 Don't always let mommy tie them for you. Right?
08:26 We're taught, learn to brush your own teeth,
08:28 and you learn to read your own stuff yourself.
08:31 Mommy can't always read for you.
08:33 We're taught, learn to ride a bike, and learn to drive a car,
08:36 and be self-sufficient.
08:39 And that almost goes counter intuitive to the gospel,
08:44 to how we are to be as God's children.
08:46 So the Pharisees trust in themselves.
08:50 But not just trust in themselves in the self-sufficient way,
08:53 but trust in themselves in a self-sufficient way
08:56 that they were righteous.
08:58 Almost trusting in their own righteousness.
09:01 The second quality I see, they trusted in themselves
09:05 that they were righteous, and despised...
09:09 You've got it, Yannick.
09:10 Despised others.
09:13 In the Greek, that word for, "despised,"
09:16 means, to reduce to nothing; to cast out as nothing;
09:22 to treat with utter contempt.
09:26 So they didn't just say, "Oh, who do you think you are?
09:29 I'm righteous and I can trust in myself."
09:31 But they had utter contempt for people who did not
09:36 follow their rules, who did not do what they thought
09:42 equated with righteousness.
09:44 Let's keep going.
09:46 "Two men went up to the temple to pray,
09:49 one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
09:55 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself,
09:59 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men:
10:04 extortioners, unjust, adulterers,
10:07 or even as this tax collector.'"
10:09 Now in the King James, it says, "even as this publican." Right?
10:12 We call it, the parable of the Pharisee and the publican.
10:15 Or the Pharisee and the tax collector.
10:17 "I thank You God that I'm not like other men."
10:22 What do I see there?
10:24 He is self-righteous.
10:27 Could we say that?
10:28 He trusted in his own righteousness.
10:30 Very self-righteous.
10:32 We could say, proud, even.
10:34 Seems prideful to me.
10:37 Then he goes on to say what he does.
10:39 He had just listed all the things that he does not do.
10:42 "I'm not an adulterer, I'm not an extortioner, I'm not unjust."
10:47 And then he goes on to what he does.
10:49 "I fast twice in a week; I give tithes of all I possess."
10:55 He's trusting in himself, in his own righteousness.
10:58 He's proud in who he is before God.
11:02 His, as I mentioned, his rules maybe were safe
11:07 and easy at the beginning.
11:09 Something to hide behind.
11:10 Maybe they became a religion.
11:12 You can see that for sure his rules are his religion.
11:15 But I think, beyond that his rules have become his salvation.
11:18 Because he thinks, "All I need is to accurately
11:22 obey all these rules and I will be saved."
11:25 It becomes about the rules.
11:27 Now let's contrast that with the tax collector, or the publican.
11:32 Verse 13, we're in Luke 13 verse 13.
11:35 Luke 18, I'm sorry. Luke 18:13.
11:38 "And the tax collector, standing afar off,
11:41 would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven,
11:45 but he beat his breast, saying,
11:47 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'"
11:52 Then Jesus says, "I tell you, this man,"
11:55 meaning the tax collector, the one who realized his need,
11:59 "went down to his house justified rather than the other;
12:04 for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
12:07 and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
12:11 Now what are the qualities of the tax collector?
12:14 I see a man or a woman who's humble,
12:17 who realizes their need of a Savior.
12:21 And he also asked, did you notice that,
12:24 he asked for help and pardon.
12:28 Now, why did the Pharisee not receive any pardon?
12:33 Jesus said, what did He say?
12:34 That the tax collector went down to his house justified.
12:38 He received pardon.
12:39 But it didn't say anything about the Pharisee
12:42 not receiving pardon.
12:43 So was God being unfair?
12:45 Was He being, "Okay, I'm going to pardon this person,
12:48 but I won't pardon this person."
12:49 No, not at all.
12:50 Look at James chapter 4.
12:54 James 4, we'll look at two verses there.
13:00 This is one of the saddest verses to me in the Bible.
13:04 James 4:2
13:07 The second part of verse 2.
13:09 "You do not have because you do not ask."
13:15 You think of all the things that God would want to give us.
13:19 Number one, He wants to give us salvation.
13:22 He wants to redeem us, and forgive us, and justify us,
13:26 and sanctify us, and call us as His sons and daughters.
13:31 But yet, we can't have any of that if we don't ask.
13:35 So you look at the Pharisee, he never asked, right?
13:40 He never asked, therefore he never received.
13:45 Having asked for nothing, he received nothing.
13:48 Verse 6, James 4:6 talks about, "God resists the proud,
13:52 but gives grace unto the humble."
13:56 They often say, "Rules without relationship lead to sin."
14:04 Rules without relationship lead to sin.
14:07 Or rules without relationship lead to rebellion
14:12 if we don't have Jesus.
14:13 So how do we see the critical heart manifested?
14:18 And then I want to spend the rest of our time,
14:20 what can God do in our life to change us
14:24 and to take out that critical spirit
14:27 and replace it with a heart of humility,
14:30 a heart of love toward other people?
14:33 So we'll spend the balance of our time on that.
14:34 But I just want to take a quick look at the critical spirit.
14:37 It destroys homes. Could you say that?
14:39 It separates friends, hurts innocent people.
14:44 And I believe the root of the critical spirit,
14:47 if you boil it all the way down, it comes down to pride.
14:52 Because the critical spirit, or the judgmental spirit,
14:55 puts other people down
14:58 because I want to make myself look better.
15:00 That verse we started out, 2 Corinthians 10,
15:03 they "comparing themselves among themselves are not wise."
15:09 Even critical thoughts in my mind affect
15:15 my behavior toward other people.
15:17 Remember, the Jews believed that...
15:20 And we could say the Jews, and oh well the Jews believed that.
15:22 But you know what?
15:24 I've believed that.
15:25 And I'm sure we have too
15:26 as Seventh-day Adventist Christians.
15:29 Often it's so easy to believe that Christianity
15:32 is bound up in the outward form of the law,
15:34 the actual Ten Commandment law.
15:39 And to realize that God's standard goes so much deeper
15:45 and so much higher than we could ever imagine.
15:49 Think of the sermon on the mount.
15:50 Jesus gave some radical belief systems,
15:54 some radical beliefs that He was presenting to them.
15:57 And not only the beatitudes, but after the beatitudes
16:00 we have six antithetical statements.
16:02 Really, that's just six contrasting statements.
16:06 And they believed in the letter of the law,
16:09 or we could say outward obedience to the law,
16:14 where Jesus said it goes way deeper than that.
16:16 It goes into the spirit of the law,
16:19 or the inward condition of the heart.
16:22 Remember some of those six statements that Jesus made?
16:25 "You have heard that it was said,
16:27 'You should not commit adultery.'
16:29 But I say to you..." What?
16:31 "Even if you have lust in your heart, that's the same thing."
16:35 Wow, one is the outward letter of the law
16:39 and the other one goes so much deeper.
16:41 Remember, He said, "You have heard that it was said,
16:43 'Do not murder.'
16:45 But I say to you, even if you have hatred in your heart
16:50 it's the same thing as committing murder."
16:54 So with the critical spirit, with that spirit of judgment
16:59 toward others, it's not just what I say
17:01 to my sister here, Tracy.
17:03 Or not just how I act.
17:06 It goes deeper than that.
17:08 It goes to my heart.
17:10 The thoughts and intents of my heart and how I feel inside.
17:15 We see the example of a critical spirit
17:18 at the dinner table.
17:19 You ever seen that?
17:21 It pops out, the conversation turns to the pastor.
17:24 We have a great pastor here,
17:25 so we're not talking about our pastor.
17:26 But it could, right?
17:28 You're in a church and all of a sudden, boom, it pops out.
17:31 "Well you know what he just did?"
17:32 "You know who he failed to visit?"
17:34 What is that?
17:36 A critical spirit.
17:38 It comes up at nominating committee in churches.
17:41 Someone's nominated for a really important position.
17:45 And then, "Oh, but you know what?
17:47 I have a concern about so and so."
17:49 And we say it in such a self-righteous attitude.
17:53 Like the Pharisee believing that they had that righteousness.
17:58 What about, someone comes up and says, "You know what?
18:01 We really need to pray for sister so and so.
18:05 They're not getting along very well."
18:08 Well what is...
18:10 At first it seems harmless.
18:13 Oh we believe in prayer, we want to pray.
18:16 That's a good thing, to pray.
18:18 But underneath that is that insinuation.
18:22 "Sister so and so doesn't get along with
18:24 this other person there.
18:26 You and I are holier.
18:28 You and I get along with people."
18:30 That critical spirit jumps in when we don't even see it.
18:36 We see that example, let's look at the disciples,
18:38 a couple of examples of their critical spirit.
18:40 And then we'll take a look at what God can do
18:42 and how He can change our heart.
18:44 The first example is in John 12.
18:49 There's actually many examples we could give.
18:51 We'll just give three here tonight.
18:53 John 12:2-7
19:00 John 12:2-7
19:04 Actually, we'll start with verse 1.
19:05 John 12:1, let's start with verse 1.
19:08 "Six days before the Passover..."
19:10 Now we're coming right up to the time when
19:12 Jesus is going to be crucified.
19:15 "Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany,
19:19 where Lazarus was who had been dead,
19:21 whom He had raised from the dead."
19:23 Now I love it that when you read the Bible,
19:26 you can look at the different gospels
19:27 and you get a little more detail.
19:29 In Matthew, it talks about they're at the
19:32 house of Simon the leper.
19:33 So we know it's right before Jesus is crucified,
19:36 they're in Bethany, but they're at the house
19:38 of Simon the leper.
19:40 Verse 2, "There they made Him a supper; and Martha served,
19:43 but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him."
19:46 I imagine he had a high position.
19:48 He had just been raised from the dead, and everyone's,
19:50 "Oh, this is Lazarus.
19:52 And he's sitting at the table with us."
19:54 "Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard,
19:57 anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair.
20:01 And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil."
20:06 Now we know it was costly.
20:08 It had cost what? A year's wages.
20:10 Or something like that.
20:12 "But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son,
20:17 who would betray Him, said, 'Why was this fragrant oil
20:21 not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?'"
20:25 Now initially you'd say, "Wow, that's a critical spirit."
20:29 He's saying, "Why is she doing this for Jesus?
20:31 And why is it not going to the poor?"
20:33 But his critical spirit went even farther than that.
20:35 Because what does the Bible say?
20:37 The next verse, he said this, not because he had any
20:39 compassion, not because he cared for the poor,
20:42 but because he's a thief.
20:44 The man is a thief.
20:45 And he said, he wants to make it appear righteous,
20:49 and, "Oh, this money should really go for the poor."
20:52 But he wants to steal the money from the purse
20:55 that the disciples had,
20:56 and he wants to use it for his own gain.
20:59 So the critical spirit there.
21:01 Mary is doing an act of sacrifice.
21:04 An act of pouring her love, her heart, to her Master
21:10 who had saved her and redeemed her from so much pain.
21:14 And yet Judas is engaging in that judgmental critical spirit
21:21 and looking at what he sees is a fault,
21:24 which was not a fault at all but what he perceived as one.
21:26 The next example is in Mark 9.
21:31 Mark 9, and this is where James and John,
21:34 remember, they asked to sit on each side of Jesus.
21:38 Mark 9, we pick it up in verse 30...
21:43 Mark 9:35
21:49 Oh, verse 33. I'm sorry. I'm reading the wrong.
21:51 Mark 9:33, "He came to Capernaum.
21:53 And when He was in the house He asked them,
21:56 'What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?'
22:01 But they kept silent..."
22:03 Has that ever happened to you?
22:04 You know, when God wants to show you something in your heart,
22:07 and it's like, "Oh Jill, what's going on here?"
22:09 "Oh, I don't know, God.
22:11 I have no idea. It's a really nice day.
22:13 Yeah, and I've really got to get to work.
22:14 And I'm not..." Right?
22:16 We want to avoid that because we don't want to
22:19 look at our own stuff.
22:21 Or what happens when maybe your spouse or a friend
22:24 says to you, "You know what?
22:25 What's going on with you, Tracy?"
22:27 And you're like, "Oh, I'm great. I'm doing really good."
22:29 So the disciples knew they had been in the wrong. Right?
22:32 They knew that, that they were arguing about
22:35 who was the greatest along the way.
22:37 So what does the Bible say?
22:38 They kept silent.
22:40 When Jesus says, "What are you arguing about?"
22:43 What's wrong with you?" they kept silent.
22:46 "For on the road they had disputed among themselves
22:51 who would be the greatest."
22:55 The third example from the disciples is in Matthew 15.
22:59 We won't turn there, but Matthew 15:21-28.
23:03 And think about the Canaanite woman.
23:05 Remember, Jesus led the disciples by this path,
23:07 and there was the Canaanite woman there.
23:09 And her daughter was demon-possessed.
23:11 And she came after Jesus and said,
23:14 "Please, will you come heal my daughter?
23:17 Will you cast the demons out?"
23:19 And Jesus, He did not have a critical spirit,
23:23 He loved everyone, but He wanted to teach the disciples a lesson.
23:26 And so He pretended like, "Oh, what do you
23:29 have to do with Me, woman?
23:30 I'm doing My own thing."
23:32 And so she came after Him again.
23:33 Remember? And again.
23:35 And then finally she said, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs,"
23:41 remember, "eat the crumbs from off the master's table."
23:47 What lesson is Jesus trying to teach His disciples?
23:50 In this sense they had a judgmental or a critical spirit
23:55 toward a different race, really.
23:58 They thought, "We are the chosen people.
24:01 This woman is a heathen.
24:03 She's a Canaanite.
24:05 We don't want anything to do with that.
24:07 God's mercy, God's forgiveness surely could not
24:11 extend to this person."
24:12 And Jesus wanted to teach them that grace, mercy, forgiveness
24:18 is for everyone.
24:20 And He does not call us to have that critical spirit.
24:23 So what can we do about the critical spirit?
24:27 You know, the interesting thing is,
24:30 the story I told you at the beginning about my heart
24:33 and how God showed me those pockets in my heart.
24:36 That happened years ago.
24:39 And I was so excited God showing me my heart,
24:42 and He can work in me to change me.
24:44 And then you know what happened?
24:47 I shouldn't be saying this on live television.
24:50 Just last week, okay, that's not a long time ago, is it?
24:54 So you could be saying, "Oh yeah, Jill got
24:56 victory over this years ago."
24:57 Just last week God showed me there's still a critical spirit.
25:05 Wow, just last week.
25:08 And I told Greg, "God just showed me something in my heart.
25:14 And I don't like it.
25:16 And I don't want it.
25:19 I want God to take that."
25:21 So I had to go back through the same steps.
25:24 And here I thought I got victory.
25:26 Praise God He gave me victory, but guess what happens?
25:29 Sin is insidious.
25:31 And you give your heart to God and give Him
25:34 everything, and He takes it.
25:36 And then all of a sudden something starts to
25:38 creep in the back door.
25:41 And so praise the Lord, He doesn't show us our heart
25:45 and then say, "Okay, Jill, you've just got to
25:47 grit your teeth and bear it.
25:48 You've got to try harder.
25:50 You've got to pull yourself up," what do we say,
25:52 "by your bootstraps and do it a little better."
25:55 Praise God, He doesn't leave us that way.
25:59 He never shows us our heart and then says,
26:02 "Okay, you're left to work it out yourself."
26:04 He only shows us stuff because He wants to change us.
26:09 He wants to redeem us.
26:11 He wants to make you and I into the image of Jesus.
26:15 And so praise the Lord for that.
26:17 So three R's. I love alliterations.
26:19 So they all start with "R".
26:21 These are the three steps of healing
26:23 from that critical spirit.
26:25 Number one is to realize we can't change ourselves.
26:30 To realize we can't change ourselves.
26:33 I could say that's half the battle, but to be honest
26:36 with you, I think it's three-quarters of the battle.
26:38 Because if I try, like we started with the Pharisee,
26:42 if I try to trust in myself, in my own righteousness,
26:45 if I try to do it my own way and try harder,
26:48 that is always doomed for failure.
26:52 We can fake it for a while, but eventually
26:56 we're going to find out that we can't do that.
26:58 So the first step is just to realize
27:01 we can't change ourselves.
27:02 Jeremiah 13, you all know this verse.
27:06 Jeremiah 13:23
27:12 "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?"
27:18 Of course not.
27:19 "Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil."
27:26 What could we say?
27:27 Could we change our heart?
27:29 When I have a judgmental or critical spirit,
27:31 when I'm struggling with some certain sin,
27:35 can I change my heart?
27:37 Of course not.
27:38 We who are accustomed to doing evil, we can't do good.
27:42 Number one is just to realize that we can't change ourselves.
27:46 Number two, repent and allow God, by the power of
27:51 His Holy Spirit, to change us.
27:54 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins," what's the Bible say,
27:58 "He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
28:02 and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
28:06 You know, I use to think, I need to...
28:10 Say you slip into sin.
28:12 You do something that you know God does not want you to do,
28:15 and you step over the line into something.
28:18 And then I would say, "Well, I have to be good
28:21 for maybe three weeks, maybe six weeks.
28:24 God would like it better if I was good for three months
28:26 before I finally come back to Him and repent."
28:30 Where does that come from?
28:31 Somehow it seemed like I had to become better
28:35 or I had to act good for a while before God would receive me.
28:40 And nothing is further from the truth.
28:42 The minute He shows us our heart, the minute He shows us
28:46 that junk and what's inside, what do we do?
28:49 Instantly we turn to Him, "Oh Father, I'm sorry.
28:53 Thank You for showing me my heart.
28:56 Thank You for showing me..."
28:58 In this case we're talking about a critical, judgmental spirit.
29:01 "Thank You for showing me the critical spirit,
29:04 the critical nature in my heart.
29:07 And God, I give You permission to change me."
29:09 We can't change ourselves, but He can change us.
29:14 Ezekiel.
29:16 We were in Jeremiah there, let's jump over to Ezekiel.
29:21 This is one of my favorite scriptures.
29:23 Ezekiel chapter 36.
29:26 Remember, the children of Israel were God's chosen people.
29:29 And He had called them to be set as a city on a hill.
29:33 He had called them to be a light to the heathen,
29:36 to be a light to the Gentiles, to those who were around.
29:40 And yet, at the same time they had miserably
29:44 failed in their mission.
29:45 They had followed after other idols.
29:50 They had left God and done their own thing.
29:55 And yet, this verse comes in the midst of all that apostasy,
29:59 in the midst of all them turning from God.
30:03 Verse 25.
30:06 "I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean;
30:12 I will cleanse you from all your filthiness
30:15 and from all your idols.
30:17 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;
30:22 I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh
30:25 and give you a heart of flesh.
30:29 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk
30:33 in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them."
30:38 My favorite verse, "Then you shall dwell in
30:39 the land that I gave to your fathers;
30:41 you shall be My people, and I will be your God."
30:47 You know, God knows we have a stony heart, a hard heart.
30:53 I think about, I've shared this before,
30:56 Greg and my first year of marriage,
30:59 and we had some sort of argument.
31:02 And to this day...
31:03 It was a discussion. We could say a discussion.
31:05 Maybe we'll sanitize it.
31:07 It was a discussion.
31:08 And to this day I can't tell you what we argued about,
31:12 what we discussed.
31:13 All I can tell you is that I was right.
31:17 And I knew that.
31:19 And so I had, what does this talk about?
31:21 A hard heart, Right? A heart of stone.
31:23 I had a heart of stone.
31:26 And I remember thinking, it's his job to apologize.
31:32 His job to come say, "Jilly, you know, I was wrong."
31:37 His job to do all that stuff.
31:38 And my job is to wear the cold shoulder,
31:42 as women are very good at wearing.
31:45 And I will give him a little bit of...
31:49 "Yeah, I'm fine. Nothing's wrong."
31:52 You know, that ugly attitude that we can be good at.
31:55 So this went on for a couple of hours.
31:58 Whoof!
32:00 And then all of a sudden Greg said,
32:01 "Jilly, I think we should pray."
32:03 And I thought, "I don't want to pray."
32:05 Because God is going to say, "Jill, you heart is hard.
32:09 Would you let Me take out the hardness
32:12 and give you a heart of flesh?"
32:14 And I thought, "No, I don't want to be softened."
32:19 Whoo!
32:21 So I knew when Greg said, "Jilly, we need to pray,"
32:25 that really we ought to pray, because I've been raised
32:28 a Christian, and you're suppose to do that, right?
32:32 So I thought, "Well, I don't want to do it,
32:33 but God, please help my husband to pray first.
32:36 Because I'm not going to be the one showing weakness.
32:38 And I'm not going to be the one who prays first."
32:40 So we knelt down by our little couch.
32:44 And he prayed first.
32:46 And the first words out of his mouth
32:48 God used to soften my heart of stone.
32:55 The first words.
32:57 And he said, "God, forgive me for not being the wife..."
33:03 I mean, the husband. Whoof!
33:04 "...forgive me for not being the husband to Jilly
33:10 that I should be."
33:12 And as soon as he prayed that, God, by the power of His Spirit,
33:17 used that prayer to soften my stony heart.
33:23 You know, I think in the Christian walk we can think,
33:26 "Okay, I give my life to Jesus.
33:29 I choose to follow Him.
33:32 I want to serve Him. I want a soft heart."
33:35 And God gives that to us.
33:36 But you know what happens?
33:38 Life gets in the way.
33:39 Stuff gets in the way.
33:41 Trials and temptations come.
33:43 And all of a sudden, I realize things in my heart
33:46 I did not know before.
33:48 I realize pride, and junk, and a critical spirit
33:54 like God just showed me last week.
33:56 These things all of a sudden crop up
33:59 I did not know were there.
34:00 And at that time I have a choice.
34:03 My heart at that time can go hard or it can go soft again.
34:09 And at that moment I have to say, "God, I want to allow You,
34:14 by the power of Your Spirit, come into my heart.
34:17 Take out that heart of stone,
34:20 replace it anew with a heart of flesh."
34:23 You know, Hebrews 8:10 talks about God writing His law
34:30 in the tablets of our heart.
34:33 Not just with His finger on stone.
34:37 And it was put in what? The ark of the covenant.
34:39 But God writes His law in our hearts.
34:44 What does that mean?
34:45 We obey Him from the inside out.
34:47 It's not something external, as we talked about in Matthew 5,
34:51 it's not something external I put on because I have to.
34:55 I obey Him because I love Him.
34:58 Because life without Jesus is unthinkable.
35:02 So back to God's solution to the judgmental spirit.
35:05 Number one, realize we can't change ourselves.
35:09 Number two, repent and allow God, by the power of
35:12 His Holy Spirit, to change you.
35:14 And number three, replace superiority with servanthood.
35:22 I'll say that again.
35:23 Replace superiority with servanthood.
35:28 Replace pride with the mind of Christ.
35:32 I want to look at two scriptures in reference to that.
35:34 John 13
35:38 This is just before the last supper.
35:40 John 13
35:46 What's incredible to me about this passage,
35:50 we have the whole footwashing experience.
35:52 And we won't read all of that now.
35:53 But the part that's incredible to me
35:55 is the first couple of verses.
35:57 It says, "Now before the Feast of the Passover,
35:59 when Jesus knew that His hour had come
36:02 that He should depart from this world to the Father,
36:06 having loved His own who were in the world,
36:09 He loved them to the end."
36:12 Verse 2, "And supper being ended, the devil having already
36:16 put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son,
36:20 to betray Him..."
36:22 So Judas has already made up his mind.
36:25 He already made the pact with the priest
36:28 that he's going to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver,
36:31 which is the price of a common slave.
36:34 He's already made that decision.
36:36 Verse 3, "Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things
36:42 into His hands, and that He had come from God
36:45 and was going to God, rose from supper
36:49 laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself."
36:53 And He began the process of servanthood,
36:56 which was a servants job,
36:57 washing the feet of the disciples.
37:01 But what I love is verse 3.
37:04 It shows us John clearly understood that Jesus
37:08 was not doing the part of a servant because He somehow
37:11 forgot He's the Messiah.
37:13 He wasn't doing it because somehow He thought,
37:15 "Well, I'm just an ordinary man."
37:17 It says, with full knowledge that He came from God,
37:21 that after this time, the sojourn on earth,
37:24 He's going back to God,
37:27 full knowledge of His divinity, He still chose to serve.
37:32 That is the opposite of a critical spirit.
37:37 Would you say, the opposite of pride.
37:38 That is the heart of humility, of esteeming others,
37:43 as better than Himself.
37:44 We see that... I call it the mind of Christ.
37:47 But we see that in Philippians 2.
37:51 Philippians 2, that's the second scripture for this.
37:54 Philippians 2
37:59 If I can find Philippians.
38:00 Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians.
38:03 I went too far. Philippians 2:1.
38:06 "Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ,
38:09 if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit,
38:13 if any affection and mercy,"
38:16 verse 2, "fulfill my joy by being like-minded,
38:23 having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind."
38:29 It reminds me of Romans 15.
38:32 I received a letter once from someone.
38:37 Well I've received many letters, but this particular letter
38:39 that I received was someone who addressed some issues
38:43 that they saw in my life.
38:44 And you could say my heart rose up with a critical spirit.
38:49 Really, to be honest with you.
38:50 Like, what business do they have to write me this letter!
38:53 And who are they!
38:54 And instantly you start getting defensive inside.
38:58 Not having the mind of Jesus.
39:00 Not having a mind of servanthood or being
39:02 like-minded toward my brothers and sisters.
39:04 And one morning I'm having my devotions,
39:07 God led me, I was just reading Romans 15.
39:12 And it talks about, verse 5, the same thing that
39:15 Philippians 2 talks about.
39:16 "May the God of patience and comfort grant you
39:19 to be like-minded toward one another..."
39:22 There is the same phrase.
39:24 God calls us to be like-minded toward one another.
39:28 And Romans goes on to say, "Receive one another..."
39:31 This is in verse 7.
39:33 "Receive one another, just as Christ also received us,
39:37 to the glory of God."
39:38 "Therefore, receive one another..."
39:41 And when I read that, when I was having my worship,
39:43 God instantly said, "Jill, why can't you receive your sister?
39:49 You know, the one who sent you that letter.
39:51 You're holding a barrier or a bridge,
39:53 you're looking in condensation.
39:55 But she is your sister.
39:56 I have received her as My daughter.
39:59 Do you not think you can receive her as your sister?"
40:03 And so I realized at that point, "Wow, look at the bitterness,
40:08 the critical spirit I'm harboring toward someone else.
40:11 God, would you take that away?
40:13 Would you replace it with the spirit of Jesus?"
40:16 And He lead me, in that case, to write
40:18 this precious woman a letter.
40:20 And she became my friend.
40:21 And you know what?
40:23 Everything she said in the letter was probably true.
40:25 There was a lot of good things to learn in there.
40:28 So back to Philippians 2.
40:30 God calls us to be like-minded.
40:34 We fulfill His joy "by being like-minded,
40:37 having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind."
40:42 How much division and strife
40:45 would we avoid in the family, in the church,
40:49 at our place of work if we followed this scripture,
40:55 if we considered each other as brothers and sisters,
40:59 instead of thinking, "I'm going to scramble on my way
41:04 to whatever position," and I just push my
41:07 brothers and sisters out of the way.
41:09 Or instead of picking up little pebbles and throwing them
41:13 at them, saying, "Oh, you do this wrong."
41:15 and, "Oh, you do that wrong."
41:17 That's not being like-minded.
41:19 How much division and strife could we avoid
41:23 if that really happened?
41:27 I heard from a woman, she said,
41:30 "I joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church,
41:36 and I was brand new.
41:39 I didn't know anything, didn't know much.
41:42 Just brand new baby Christian.
41:45 Excited to be in the church.
41:48 And the elder sat me down and said,
41:54 'You wear your hair the wrong way.
41:58 You don't dress the right way.'"
42:00 Or whatever. "You don't..."
42:02 You could replace it with whatever.
42:06 And so she said, "I struggled, and they would call me names.
42:12 But yet I'm a baby Christian, and brand new,
42:15 and just coming into the church."
42:19 Then she said, "I left the church."
42:23 Because people did not follow that principle
42:28 we're talking about in Philippians chapter 2.
42:30 Because people harbored a critical, judgmental spirit
42:38 toward someone else.
42:41 She said, "I've been out of the church for years.
42:44 But I watch 3ABN.
42:48 I watch 3ABN."
42:50 And so, I think in many churches we have people that come in
42:57 that are hurting, people who are broken.
43:05 And often we don't display the character of Jesus.
43:12 Could we say that?
43:14 We don't show His humility and His servanthood.
43:18 We don't show His desire that we would be like-minded
43:22 toward each other.
43:24 Instead we just say, "Who are you?
43:26 Whatever. You do your thing.
43:28 I'm in my clique over here."
43:30 And we ignore people.
43:32 Or we criticize people.
43:36 Or we act very kind to them.
43:38 "Oh Cynthia, it's so good to see you.
43:40 You know you're my good friend.
43:42 We're friends."
43:43 And then I go over here to Tracy and I say,
43:45 "You know what Cynthia just did?
43:47 And she's a terrible person."
43:49 Well what is that all about?
43:50 Now we laugh, but you know what? That happens.
43:53 It's that spirit of criticism.
43:57 That spirit of judgment.
44:01 You know, Satan, the Bible says, is the accuser of the brethren.
44:06 Remember in Zechariah 3, Joshua stood before...
44:11 Let's look at that real quick. I think we have time.
44:13 And then we'll keep going back to Philippians.
44:15 Keep your finger in Philippians 2.
44:17 Because we will be coming back there, Philippians 2.
44:22 But go to Zechariah.
44:24 Zechariah is almost the last book in the Old Testament.
44:26 Almost to Malachi.
44:28 Zechariah 3:1
44:32 "Then he showed me Joshua the high priest
44:34 standing before the Angel of the LORD,
44:36 and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him."
44:41 Look at that.
44:43 Standing there, and instantly Satan is the accuser
44:45 of the brethren standing at his right hand to oppose him.
44:48 "And the LORD said to Satan, 'The LORD rebuke you, Satan!'"
44:52 Praise the Lord for that.
44:54 I love that verse.
44:55 "The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!
44:58 Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?"
45:01 So my question to you tonight is,
45:03 why don't we look at other people that way?
45:05 When people walk into your life, when people walk into
45:08 your place of work, when people walk into your church,
45:11 why don't we say, "This is a brand plucked from the fire.
45:15 Thank You, Jesus, that this person is here.
45:18 I'm so excited."
45:19 And whatever Satan's coming in the form of his saints with
45:26 criticism, with that accusation,
45:30 we just don't even listen to that.
45:32 Push that aside.
45:34 "Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments..."
45:37 So you could say Satan had a leg to stand on.
45:40 There was some dirt going on here, right?
45:42 "...and he was standing before the Angel."
45:44 Verse 4, "Then He answered and spoke to those
45:47 who stood before Him, saying,
45:48 'Take away the filthy garments from him.'
45:51 And to him He said, 'See, I have removed
45:54 your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you
45:57 with rich robes.'
45:59 And he said, 'Let them put a clean turban on his head.'
46:03 So they put a clean turban on his head,
46:05 and they put the clothes on him."
46:06 So he was clothed in these filthy garments,
46:08 the Lord rebuked Satan for the accusations
46:12 that he was bringing against Joshua,
46:14 and then clothed him and covered him with His
46:19 righteous white robe and took away all of that iniquity.
46:23 Now back to Philippians 2.
46:25 We read Philippians 2:1-2, now we're on verse 3.
46:30 "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit,
46:37 but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others
46:41 better than themselves."
46:44 How in the world are we to esteem someone else
46:46 better than ourselves?
46:47 Now we can read that and say, "Oh, I definitely esteem
46:50 my sister Celestine as better than myself."
46:52 But how are we to do that practically?
46:55 What does that look like?
46:58 I think it means we treat other people as though
47:01 they were our superior.
47:04 Right? The Bible says treat them as better than ourselves.
47:08 So we treat them as if they were our superior.
47:11 Now how do we do that?
47:13 Number one, I think we listen to others.
47:17 That's a way to esteem someone as better than ourselves.
47:21 Listen to them instead of always having to speak.
47:24 If someone is sharing a story, maybe Tracy is telling me
47:26 a story about her dogs, and what's going on in her life,
47:29 and the people she's just been witnessing to...
47:31 Because Tracy is a great witness.
47:33 ...and the people you've just been witnessing to,
47:35 and I'm thinking the whole time Tracy's talking,
47:37 "Man, I can't wait to tell her the story about what just
47:40 happened to me and the person I got to witness to on the plane."
47:43 Now is that esteeming Tracy as better than myself?
47:49 No, because I'm thinking, while she's talking
47:51 I'm thinking, "I'm going to say this."
47:54 "Oh, I could top the story in that fashion."
47:56 "Oh, I can do this."
47:57 What is that?
47:59 It becomes all about myself instead of esteeming my sister.
48:05 So we listen to others instead of always speaking.
48:09 Maybe someone is excited about something that happened at work.
48:12 And we rejoice with them instead of feeling sorry for ourselves.
48:16 "Boy, I wish I had that happen to me."
48:18 "I wish I got that check in the mail."
48:20 "I wish someone had bought me that."
48:22 I wish, instead of that, to rejoice with them
48:26 and not to do with my own self-pity.
48:28 What's that? Esteeming someone else as better than myself.
48:34 Not only do we listen to others, I think another practical
48:37 way to esteem others as better than ourselves
48:39 is to pay attention to their needs.
48:43 Is someone sick?
48:45 We could bring them food.
48:47 We could pray with them.
48:49 Is someone lonely?
48:52 We could be a friend.
48:53 Take time and go visit them.
48:55 Is someone discouraged?
48:58 We could go and offer to pray with them,
49:02 and pray for them.
49:05 And the third thing...
49:06 We listen to others, we pay attention to their needs.
49:09 The third is to give of yourself.
49:12 Sacrifice if need be.
49:14 You know, J. D. Quinn, we all know him here,
49:18 he always says, "It was the right thing to do."
49:21 I don't know if any of you have heard him say that.
49:23 You've heard it.
49:24 He'll say, "It was the right thing to do."
49:26 He'll say, it's late at night, I remember this happening once,
49:29 it was a Friday night, it was late.
49:31 You're ready for bed, you know.
49:32 It's Sabbath, and we don't have work, and all that stuff.
49:36 It was maybe eight, I don't remember.
49:37 Maybe even nine o'clock.
49:39 And someone calls and says,
49:40 "Boy, we really need to do this anointing."
49:43 It's in Carbondale.
49:45 We're going to get there at ten.
49:47 Right? It's 45 minutes to Carbondale.
49:49 By the time you get there and then you pray with the person,
49:52 and then you come home and,
49:54 "Oh God, I was so tired this weekend."
49:56 What does J. D. say? And this happened.
49:58 And I remember J. D. and Greg talking about it.
50:00 "It is the right thing to do."
50:04 Get out of yourself, focus on someone else.
50:08 It's the right thing to do.
50:09 Sometimes esteeming someone as better than ourselves
50:12 takes sacrifice.
50:15 Does someone need a ride and it's out of your way?
50:17 Drive the distance anyway.
50:19 Is someone lonely and discouraged, but you feel tired?
50:23 Go and visit them anyway.
50:25 Is someone obnoxious and likes to talk about themselves?
50:31 Listen anyway.
50:34 Verse 4.
50:37 Verse 4 we should have read in conjunction with verse 3
50:40 because it really goes along with three.
50:42 "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests,
50:46 but also for the interests of others."
50:48 And I think a point here well taken would be that
50:52 we can take this to an extreme.
50:54 And I'm not trying to advocate some sort of extreme.
50:57 We can say, "I'm supposed to look out for my sisters interests,"
51:01 and totally ignore, run my heath into the ground,
51:05 and not only spend all my money, now I would take loans out
51:10 so I can give money to help other people.
51:12 That's not what the Bible is talking about.
51:14 It says what?
51:15 Verse 4, "Let each of you look out not only for his
51:19 own interests, but also for the interests of others."
51:21 So I don't think the Bible is saying we be
51:23 impractical about it.
51:24 But to be honest with you, in my own heart
51:26 if I'm to error on one side of that ditch,
51:29 it's much easier for me to error on the side of not giving,
51:34 not sharing, not going out of my way,
51:38 than it would be for me to error on the side of
51:41 going into debt for giving and helping someone else.
51:44 So whatever your battle is, I mean, God knows that
51:47 and He can help us adjust that.
51:48 Verse 5 is really the crux of the whole thing we've been
51:52 talking about; esteeming other people as better than ourselves.
51:56 It says, "Let this mind be in you
51:59 which was also in Christ Jesus..."
52:03 And what's the mind of Christ?
52:05 He was in the form of God.
52:06 Remember we read in John 13 how, with full knowledge of His
52:09 divinity, that He came from God and that He's going back
52:12 to God, He chose to serve.
52:14 And that is the mind of Christ.
52:16 "He was in the form of God,
52:18 He didn't consider it robbery to be equal with God,
52:21 but He made Himself of no reputation,
52:23 and took upon Him the form of a servant,
52:27 and was made in the likeness of men.
52:29 Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself..."
52:32 So He didn't just say, "I'm going to be a man,
52:35 and I will be a prince or a king."
52:38 And then He didn't say, "Well, I'm going to humble Myself
52:42 down here and become a servant."
52:44 Not only that, He humbled Himself to death on the cross.
52:49 And in their culture, especially in the Jewish culture,
52:53 what does it say in Galatians 3,
52:54 "Cursed is everyone who dies on a tree."
52:57 So they believed if you died in that fashion,
53:01 it was a sign of divine displeasure, a curse.
53:03 So He not only humbled Himself as a human,
53:06 and as a servant, but He died the worse death possible
53:10 in their mind.
53:12 The sign of divine displeasure, separation from God,
53:15 because He loved us.
53:17 That is the mind of Christ.
53:21 "He became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.
53:25 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him
53:28 and given Him the name which is above every name,
53:31 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
53:33 of those in heaven, and those on earth,
53:35 and those under the earth, and that every tongue
53:38 should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
53:42 to the glory of God the Father."
53:46 Now you may be watching tonight,
53:51 and you may be saying...
53:52 I just got an email from someone else saying,
53:55 "I was in the church, newly baptized."
53:57 This is another country.
53:59 Newly baptized in the church.
54:01 "And then people started saying things, and I started
54:05 feeling like they didn't accept me or want me in the church.
54:09 And now I'm hurt. I'm hurt."
54:14 So I don't know where you are tonight in your walk with God.
54:19 You might be saying, "I'm one of those people
54:23 who's hurting other people."
54:26 "I'm one of those people that has a critical,
54:29 a judgmental spirit toward other people."
54:33 God, by the power of His Holy Spirit, says, "I can change you.
54:38 Once you've realized your need of Jesus,
54:41 I can take out that heart of stone,
54:44 I can replace it with a heart of flesh."
54:48 God says, "I can put in you the mind of Christ,
54:53 that servant's heart that esteems other people
54:56 as better than yourself."
54:57 So if that's where you are tonight,
54:59 go to God and say, "God, will You change me?
55:02 Would You take out this critical spirit?
55:05 I don't want it anymore."
55:06 And sometimes, you know, in my own life
55:08 I've found maybe I do want it.
55:11 Right? I want to hang on to something.
55:14 And if that's the case, we just claim Philippians 2:13.
55:17 "It is God who works in us both to will and to do
55:20 of His good pleasure."
55:22 That means God not only gives us the desire,
55:24 He gives us the power.
55:26 So if you don't even have a desire
55:28 to have a spirit of humility, God knows that too.
55:30 Just go to Him and say, "God, will You give me
55:34 a desire to have You change me?"
55:37 And God will do that.
55:38 Maybe tonight you're in the other camp, and you're saying,
55:42 "I'm new in the church, or in my family, or my place of work,
55:45 and people have trampled all over my life.
55:50 People have hurt me.
55:51 People have been critical to me, and I just feel
55:54 crushed and beaten down."
55:56 Know that the Lord Jesus loves you.
56:00 You are His son and daughter.
56:02 And He says, "You are My purchased possession."
56:05 We are worth, Shelley always says this,
56:07 nothing less than the price Christ paid for us on Calvary.
56:11 We are worth an infinite cost to the Son of God.
56:15 And He loves us, and He can restore those broken places.
56:19 He came to set at liberty those who are bound.
56:23 He came to heal the broken-hearted
56:26 and to bind up our wounds.
56:28 So that's the beautiful thing about God.
56:31 No matter what side we're on, He says, "I can change you."
56:35 If we're critical, He can make us humble and He can make us
56:40 esteem other people better than ourselves.
56:43 And if we are beaten down and crushed and have been
56:46 criticized, what does He do?
56:49 He lifts us up, pulls our feet out of that miry clay,
56:53 and sets us up upon a rock.
56:57 So let's pray as we close here tonight.
56:59 Father, we come before You in the name of Jesus
57:01 and we thank You, God, that You love us.
57:05 We thank You for the gift of salvation.
57:08 We thank You that even now, right now,
57:12 You can renew in us the spirit of Jesus.
57:16 You can take out from our hearts the stony heart
57:21 and you can replace it with a heart of flesh.
57:25 We thank You, God, that You are the one who's working in us
57:29 and through us both to will and to do of Your good pleasure.
57:32 And right now I just pray for my brothers and sisters
57:35 not only here in our church, but those at home, those watching,
57:40 those who are hurt and battered, those who are crushed.
57:44 And I ask, Lord Jesus, that You would speak peace,
57:47 that You would bring the comfort,
57:49 the oil of Your Holy Spirit, and You would do a new thing
57:53 and cause rivers to flow where once there was desert.
57:57 Lord, we ask that You would guard our minds,
57:59 that You would guard our hearts, that You would change us
58:02 into the image of Jesus.
58:04 And we thank You.
58:05 In the precious and the Holy name of Jesus, amen.


Revised 2018-01-23