Pastor Shane Ham : ri-lij-ee-os-i-tee

Unhealthy Faith · 43:03 · Recorded June 26, 2016

ri-lij-ee-os-i-tee

1 Timothy 4:16 (ESV) Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Matthew 7:15-17, 19-29 (ESV) 15“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16You will recognize them by their fruits…17So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. 21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ 24“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” 28And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

What is true about religion?

You can have information without transformation.

James 2:19 (NIV) You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.

Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord’…”

Isaiah 29:13 (ESV) The Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men…”

You can have emotion without devotion.

Matthew 7:21-22 (ESV) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’… On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord’…”

You can have activity without intimacy.

Matthew 7:22-23 (ESV) “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

How do I know it’s more than just religion?

2 Peter 1:10 (NRSV) Be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble.

1. I’m fully surrendered to Him.

Matthew 7:21 (ESV) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

1 Samuel 15:3, 8-9, 13, 16, 18-23 (NLT) 3“Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.”…8He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else. 9Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality…13Saul greeted him cheerfully. “May the LORD bless you,” he said. “I have carried out the LORD’s command!” 16Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! Listen to what the LORD told me last night!” “What did he tell you?” Saul asked. 18And the LORD sent you on a mission and told you, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.’ 19Why haven’t you obeyed the LORD? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the LORD’s sight?” 20“But I did obey the LORD,” Saul insisted. “I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else. 21Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.” 22But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. 23Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

2. I’m sincerely teachable by Him.

Matthew 7:24 (ESV) “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

3. I’m comfortably accountable to Him.

Matthew 7:22 (ESV) “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord…”

4. I’m naturally drawing life from Him.

Matthew 7:17, 20 (ESV) “So, every healthy tree bears good fruit…Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”

  • When has been a time or season of your life when you felt disconnected from God? Can you identify that you had information, emotion, or activity without true transformation, devotion, or intimacy? How did you move through this into relationship? What would you tell someone struggling today?

  • When you read the Matthew 7 passage for the first time were you shocked? Astounded? Did you have fear or concern that you might be one of those who Christ will say he never knew? How do you know today that when you enter heaven you will be greeted with a great welcome from him?

  • Are there issues in your life that you are battling but may be fearful of asking for God’s help because you know he won’t “let sleeping dogs lie” and will start to deal with you on other issues as well? Take a powerful step in your relationship with God and share that with him and a person you trust. Bring what is in the darkness into the light and begin to experience real transformation in your life!

  • Matthew 7:20 says that we are recognized by our fruit. What is the fruit in your life that others can see that show you are a Christ-follower? What fruit can they see that might make them question your relationship with Christ? Specifically identify one of each and take those to prayer this week asking God to multiply the good fruit you produce in your life and to prune the branches producing bad fruit. The pruning may hurt, but as you are naturally drawing life from him, he’s giving you the ability to grow from and through this time of change.

  • Talk with your children about what it means to be “teachable.” Help them understand that is it really about our attitude or approach to who is doing the teaching and what is being taught. The Bible has many very important lessons for us but we have to be willing to hear and learn; we have to agree that Jesus is a good teacher and want to learn from him. Pray together that they will be open to learn what he has for them and that they will remain teachable their whole lives.

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