The Main Thing Part 5: Manifesting the Main Thing
The Christian life is a supernatural life. The way we begin life in God is the same way life continues in God. God tells how it all happened.
“We love Him because He first loved us.” I John 4:19
God took the initial step. He loved us first. He came looking for us. He spoke to our heart through a variety of ways.
Ill. He sent what we thought were weird people to share the gospel to us, but there was something about them that drew us; it was God Himself.
Many people believe God must hate them, much less even like them. This is a perverted view of God that the enemy suggests to people through religion and man’s perverted view of what God is really like. For example look at what God Himself said about backslidden Jerusalem in the midst of their backsliding sin since His love never changes, He loves you the same way right now:
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a Mighty One, who will save. He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will renew you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
If it is hard to believe it is because you have been messed with by the enemy planting wrong ideas of God into your mind. You need to meditate on this scripture until you see God doing this over you in your own mind.
Note who is active and who is passive. Who is singing, and who is resting? Who is rejoicing over his loved one, and who is being rejoiced over?
We tend to think we are the singers but not here. Apparently, there are times when God wishes we would just be still and (what a stunning thought!) let Him love and sing over us.
I can see you squirming. Your mind says you aren’t worthy of such affection? Neither was Judas, but Jesus washed his feet. Neither was Peter, but Jesus fixed him breakfast. Neither were the Emmaus-bound disciples, but Jesus took time to sit at their table.
Who told you that you were unworthy? Not God.
Besides, who are we to determine if we are worthy? Our job is simply to be still long enough to let Him have us and let Him love us.
Many of you need to come to this altar at the end of this service and just be still before Him and hear Him say to you, “Child I love you, how I love you.”
It will be a healing moment deep inside your heart!
Everything He wants from us He gives to us! We first must receive from Him what He wants us to give to Him.
Ill. When our children were growing up and our birthday was approaching, we gave them some money to buy us a present. God is the same way. He gives to us the very thing He wants from us.
We first receive love from God in order to give love to God. Everything He wants from us He give to us first.
“The tragedy of modern Christianity is much of it is performance oriented and driven.”
We think we have to do something to get something from God. “God can’t use me because my life is not right. I am so unworthy because I don’t pray enough, I don’t read enough!” But how much is enough?
Study is not enough – commitment is not enough - because study and commitment can be done without the heart being touched.
Ill. Present day Xns fall into the same trap as Martha in Luke 10, thinking we have to prove ourselves and work hard for Jesus. You can run on adrenaline for a while, but for every adrenaline high there is an adrenaline low.
Jesus said the one thing needful is first receiving from Jesus. Learning to cohabit with God, receiving love from Him takes time but it is vital as the main thing.
I personally discern today there are many of you who need to come and be still and let God sing over you and hear Him loving you. That’s it. There is a stronghold of feeling unworthy in you!
God never told you this!
Many of you are in a backslidden condition as a Xn and are stuck in addictions you can’t break and this one thing can heal your heart. It may take more than one time – it probably will take some time every day to bring yourself to His feet and let His words or some Xn music sing His love back into your heart again until the tears flow.
“I will heal their backsliding; I will love them freely, for My anger is turned away from him.” Hosea 14:4
If you keep backsliding it is a sign you need healing on the inside!
You need the right mental picture of God loving you!
You need to be strengthened on the inside first!
Paul prayed a prayer that God recorded in the Bible. I have cut out some of the words just to simplify and get to the point.
“I bow my knees to the Father . . . that He would give you power to be
1. Strengthened in INNER MAN . . . How?
2. by ROOTED AND GROUNDED in His love . . . How?
3. by CHRIST DWELLING in heart by faith . . . How?
4. being Full of God. Eph. 3:14-18
The world is throwing a thousand pounds of pressure at you from the outside. WE must learn how to receive from God internally so that we have at least a thousand and one pounds of His peace inside to resist the pressure from the outside. As His peace increases in me then then anxiety decreases. We minister His Spirit from a place of great peace inside us.
Picture of a balloon: :
This is a picture of burn out – let go of balloon and it blows out air and drops. You have not kept the main thing the main thing.
I am under pressure all the time. I get tired. It’s okay to get tired from the work, but it’s not okay to get tired of the ministry God has called you to do.
When this happens it is a signal “doing” has become more important to you than “being”.
Don’t let “doing” become more important than “being”.
Yes, it is important to serve the Lord, but learning to live as a much-loved son and receive from God, is the most important thing you can do.
We grow stronger spiritually by receiving the ever-unfolding revelation of His love for us.
Ill. When first saved we believed His love for us say, 10% back then. The next year maybe we grew and believed 40% more of His perfect love for us. We grow in the revelation of God’s unfailing love for us. One day we will believe all of it and be so rooted and grounded in His love and are filled with the fullness of God (wall to wall HS) here on earth.
What does that look like to be: strengthened inner man, rooted and grounded in love, Christ dwelling in heart by faith, and filled with the fullness of God? It looks like this:
“There is no fear in love, but perfect (mature) love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. Whoever fears is not made perfect (mature) in love.” I John 4:18
You no longer fear feelings of unworthiness or punishment from God or hell or judgment because you received the revelation of God’s love for you in Jesus. Now you have boldness for the coming day of judgment.
This is why God tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16). God tore the veil in the temple for your bold access to Him.
One of the signs you are maturing or being perfected by Love is manifesting an uncommon boldness in worship and witnessing.
Uncommon boldness in worship = Mary and alabaster box anointing Jesus. Your expression of worship will become freer! Lose your fear of man – audience of One. Criticism from others won’t bother you.
Uncommon boldness in witnessing =
Ill. Peter and John had been called in to the Sanhedrin, rulers, elders of Israel and high priests being questioned about the lame man healed at the gate.
Peter in the faces of the religious leaders boldly preached “Repent and be converted (faith towards God) that your sins may be wiped out, then the times of refreshing will come from the Presence of the Lord.”
“When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived they were ignorant and uneducated men, they marveled and then recognized they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
What creates this kind of boldness in the face of opposition?
Paul’s prayer in Eph. 3:
1. Strengthened inner man = receiving from God
2. Rooted/grounded in love = resting in God’s love.
3. Christ dwelling in heart = recognize God is in me.
4. Filled to Fullness of God = releasing God through me.
Concl: Now their lives were manifesting the Main thing.
Some you are stuck spiritually and need to get unstuck.
Some need to start just receiving from God – blockage unbelief
Some start resting love from God – blockage unworthiness
Some start recognizing God is in you – blockage doubt
Some start releasing God through you – surrender, let go and let Him have his way with you in worship – be free – in witnessing without fear.
I have not arrived but at least I have left 16 years ago the traditional church and am on my way to more and more freedom in Him. Manifesting the Main thing is letting Him be Lord and glorified in my life and no longer letting myself be dominated by fear of man.