"WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES AND FOUND WANTING"
Reading: Isaiah 26:1-9
(a) This morning we also had the weight problem in mind, when we used the same text, reminding ourselves amongst other things, that we must continually weigh ourselves in a spiritual sense, to make sure we are not becoming light spiritually!!
(b) My mother had for many years been rather tubby, and time and time again, my father had stood beside her as she was weighed with two things, an angelic look, and one un-noticed foot on the scale!! That always gave her a shock, until it dawned on her what is happening.
(c) Have we endeavoured to weigh our SANCTIFICATION against GOD'S STANDARDS!!
(d) God's Word is a little like the WEIGHTS AND MEASURES DEPARTMENT: It shows us exactly where the scales must tip.
(a) What do we WEIGH SIN AGAINST??
(b) I hear people all the time, who say, "Yes but times have changed!! It's not looked upon as bad now!! After all, everyone's doing it!"
(c) Because of their so called normality, and popularity, such things as LIES, HYPOCRISY, PROMISCUITY, WORLDLINESS, ARE DRAINING MANY OF THE LITTLE SPIRITUAL LIFE THEY HAD!!
(d) They've been BRAINWASHED into believing that somehow SIN HAS CHANGED!!
(e) Let me tell you plainly, that no matter how NORMAL or USUAL it may seem, SIN IS STLL THE TRANSGRESSION OF GOD'S LAW AND STILL DEMANDS THE SAME PUNISHMENT
(f) The Bible or it's teachings have in NO WAY BECOME OUTDATED!!
(g) The fact that today, even many so called Christians, no longer believe in hell, doesn't mean it isn't there. IT IS AS REAL TODAY AS WHEN JESUS TAUGHT ABOUT IT 2000 YEARS AGO!! He spoke much more about HELL than He ever did about Heaven - HE WARNED BECAUSE HE LOVED - SO TOO MUST WE!!
(h) One night, I spoke to a self-confessed atheist in one of the pubs. He said, "Oh I'll just go on believing this until I die". I looked at him, and then quietly said, "AND WHAT THEN ??". HE LOOKED RATHER UNCOMFORTABLE, AND HAD NO ANSWER!!
(a) The PENETRATION of sin has not changed. It still enters EVERY COMPARTMENT OF OUR LIVES, and if not checked, can eventually CONTROL ALL WE DO!!
Our 5th doctrine states that man is totally depraved. This does not mean totally bad, as some think, but rather that sin has to a greater of lesser degree, entered every part of our lives.
(b) The POWER OF SIN has not changed!! It still destroys a persons life, their work, their home, their marriage, and their family!!
It still has the ability to bind with chains of steel, so that those in it's grasp see no hope of breaking free.
THANK GOD, AS CHRISTIANS, WE HAVE FOUND THE ANSWER IN CHRIST!!
(c) The PENALTY OF SIN has not changed.
God says, "THE SOUL THAT SINNETH, IT SHALL DIE".
As we know, this is speaking of ETERNAL DEATH - THE DEATH OF THE ETERNAL SOUL - as distinct from our physical bodies.
In the New Testament, we find the problem linked with the answer.
" For the wages of sin is death, But the gift of God is eternal life Through Jesus Christ our Lord "
(a) Against what do we MEASURE OUR SALVATION??
(b) God says, " If any man be in Christ, he is a NEW CREATURE " and then it goes on to say, " Old things are passed away & behold all things are become new "
(c) So many today, have not allowed "old things to pass away", and you sometimes wonder what change Christ has been allowed to make in their lives, if any!!
(d) Because, someone professes Christ, doesn’t make them a Christian!
Because someone wears Salvation Army uniform, or even sprouts Officers Trimmings doesn't make them a Christian!!
(e) Because a person is BAPTISED, or partakes in HOLY COMMUNION, or is CONFIRMED, or JOINS A CHURCH DOES NOT MAKE THEM A CHRISTIAN .
(f) A man in a pub once said to me, "I'M A CHRISTIAN, I WAS BORN IN A CHURCH"! " WONDERFUL I SAID, AND I SUPPOSE IF YOU'D BEEN BORN IN A STABLE, YOU'D BE A HORSE? "- I think he got the point!!
(g) At pubs one week, someone said to me, "SURELY IF SOMEONE BELIEVES IN SOMETHING, THEY MUST BE ALL RIGHT."
I told him that the Bible teaches very clearly, THAT THERE IS ONE WAY OF SALVATION, AND THAT IS THROUGH CHRIST ALONE!!
(a) Well, as we have thought of these things today, I wonder if you have realised that you perhaps have a SPIRITUAL WEIGHT PROBLEM??
(b) When God's standards are placed on the other end of the scale, HOW DO WE WEIGH UP??
(c) The Bible says, "LET A MAN EXAMINE HIMSELF".
(d) Are we tonight, what God wants us to be?
(e)"Search me Oh God, and know my heart I pray".
SHEET - SEARCH ME OH GOD
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