PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

6/20/18

 

2 Chronicles 7:14   “. . . .and turn from their wicked ways. . . .”

Blame, we like to blame others or something for America’s problems. ‘If it weren’t for a particular political party, if we had more tolerance,’ etc. things would be much better fiscally and morally.

But to whom is God speaking? Not the unbeliever, but those called by His name. Christian or not there is sin in our lives we need to abandon and turn away from. There are no exceptions. If you think you know of one, remember the apostle Paul who wrote most of the N.T. said, he considers himself the worst of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). I’m far from being a “Paul” and I suspect you are too.

We can’t grasp how sinful we are until there is a comparison, and what should the standard be, none other than God himself. That’s what Isaiah experienced in his vision of God in Isaiah 6. He declared he is a man of unclean lips, aren’t we all? This is the point. The church (true believers) must turn from sin and continually turn to God in prayer, humility, seeking his truth through his word, obeying his word and becoming more God focused and less me and this world focused.

Focus is what’s necessary to achieve at work, sports or at anything we want to excel. God is saying we must focus on him in all we do. It is so easy to be distracted and forget or set aside God in our daily lives. That’s why Moses warned the Israelites in Dt. 8:10-11 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.

That is so easily done. Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal any sin you need to turn away from and rely on His power to abandon sin and seek his face.

Pr. Bob

By The Way:

 Sunday 24, 9:00 AM Morning Worship.  Sermon: The LORD Speaks