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God's Name in everything you do and say"
(And an apology by Alpheus Mdlalose and Stella Hlongwane)
Summary of sermon by Arno
Stegen, 31 May 2015
|Jer 31:31 33 31 "The days are
coming," declares the Lord,
"when I will make a new
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
32 It will not be like the
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
though I was a husband to
declares the Lord.
33 "This is the covenant I
will make with the people of Israel
after that time," declares
"I will put my law in their
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
4 But when the set time had fully
come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the
law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
6 Because you are his sons, God
sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father
God gave His people the best constitution one can have to live by.
But He saw how man struggles to keep His laws. So when the time had fully come, God put
His plan into action. That which is better than what anyone can plan or imagine, God wrote
His laws into our hearts. The Lord Jesus was born, came into this world, as the Saviour.
The one who will save us from our sin. That our sins might be forgiven and that we are
saved from the power of sin. That were no longer slaves of sin.
These last few months weve celebrated His birth,
Crucifixion, Resurrection and Pentecost. God exalted Him to His own right hand on the
throne. That is a challenge to us that God had put Him on the throne in Heaven. Have you
done it in your own life?
2Cor 6:16 18
16 I will live with them
and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they will be my people."
"Come out from them
and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
and I will receive you.
"I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and
says the Lord Almighty."
Can we grasp the depth of what weve just read! If one thinks
that these words are spoken by the Lord Almighty. This is not an earthly king, or
president or another leader, but God Himself, the Almighty. He who created the Heavens and
the earth. Just look at the stars, and to think that the God who created all this, speaks
these words to us!
Consider Gods holiness; who God is. One cannot imagine that
He has such thoughts about us. If you would get a call from an earthly king to become part
of his close family, how would you react and live? Now here, the King of kings is
speaking, and we have an invitation from Him, "I want you to be My people, My sons
and daughters". Maybe youve never had earthly parents that care for you and had
your best interests at heart. Or perhaps you did have such parents who love and cared for
you, but you rejected their love and care and disappointed them and broken their heart.
But here God invites you to become part of His royal family!
But when he, the Spirit of truth,
comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak
only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
We desperately need God to lead us in His truth. Theres so
much confusion these days what truth is. Its even worse than in Pilates time,
who asked "what is truth?"
Its sad when a leader doesnt know and cannot discern
the truth. How can he lead others when he doesnt know where to go? But its
even worse today. Everywhere you go people are claiming to know the truth, with their new
ideas. Across the world governments are changing laws and claiming that theyve now
discovered the right way. Just recently theyve had a referendum in Ireland that
homosexuality is acceptable. Here in South Africa its been accepted long ago
already. People now claim to know the truth, but they dont know the truth. There is
one truth and that is what Gods Word teaches us. And we need Gods Spirit to
teach us the truth. Without His Spirit leading us in the truth we will go lost. If we
dont follow Gods truth we follow our own mind and will be led astray.
Its so easy to be just next to the truth. It sounds so
logical. It sounds so right. But its not the truth according to Gods Word. We
need Gods Spirit to guide us into all the truth. And He promised that the Helper,
the Holy Spirit wont speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will
speak. Do we know that fellowship with God that we only speak what is on Gods mind
and not our own things? We speak on our own authority, because we think we know what is
right. We feel that our opinion is so important, and we speak of that. But the Holy Spirit
speaks what God the Father speaks, and that He imparts to us if we walk with Him and He
Even you fathers, when you speak to your children, on whose
authority do you speak? You will find that if you speak on your own authority it
wont be Godly authority.
14 He will glorify me because it
is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the
Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known
Gal 5:25, "Since we live by
the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit"
If you are a child of God then live as a child of God. Live a life
according to your calling. Be in step with Gods Spirit, in what you do, say, or
think. Do you know that life? God has made it possible by sending His Spirit to dwell in
us. We must be in step with Him, as the Spirit is in step with the Father and the Lord
Jesus. And as the Lord Jesus is in step with the Father, where He said that He only spoke
what the Father said.
That you only speak what you hear Him speak, and your sole aim is
to bring glory to Gods Name in everything you do and say. Then we will truly live as
sons and daughters of God. That we wont bring shame on His Name.
May we not be children that are unruly that brings dishonor to our
parents. But rather that one can see by your conduct that you belong to God. Because the
sons of God are different to others. Even in Matthew we read that "blessed are the
peacemakers. They shall be called the sons of God". When Gods children comes
into a situation thats full of turmoil and disunity, when they come the situation
changes. Are you peacemakers? Or are you of those that disturb the peace?
God wants to dwell in you and me. He says He wants to walk among
us, and have sweet fellowship with us. And He says that He wants to be our God. Is that
true with you? Are you really His son or daughter? Have you allowed Him? He says that if
you want that, then come out from among the unbelievers, those who dont follow the
Lord with a perfect heart. You cannot be one with someone who is not one with God. Today
so often you find that people call themselves Christians, but they are one with those who
have other interests and are not of one heart and soul with God. But God says that if you
want to be part of Gods people then you need to come out and be separate, different,
from the world. You cannot be one with the world and think that you can be one with Him,
because the world hates God and are His enemy.
He also says that if you want to be His son and daughter then you
must not touch that which is unclean. Have you touched what is unclean through what
youve done or looked at? You cannot be His son and daughter if you have part of the
world, which defiles you.
We werent just born into Gods family. We were sinners,
separate from God. Then God put this plan in action that He will adopt us! As one of His
children. What a privilege! What a God we serve! Have you responded to this unbelievable
Because you are his sons, God sent
the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
Have you experienced that that you know God has adopted you and
cried out "Abba Father". Have you made God to be your God and Father? Do you
honour Him as God and Father in your life? How it wont change your life? That
youre not just part of a royal family but part of Gods family. That we would
never disappoint our heavenly Father, but live as true sons and daughters of Him.