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February 2018

Lord Be Glorified

Charles Wesley, the famous English hymn writer, once wrote the following line in one of his hymns, "Gentle Jesus, meek and mild. look upon a little child. Pity my simplicity. Suffer me to come to Thee."

But Jesus hardly lives up to this description of being gentle, meek and mild when he drove out the money changers from the temple court (see Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19, Luke 19:45-48, and John 2:13-16).

And similarly, we cannot take a gentle, meek and mild approach to any sin that exists in the temples of these bodies of ours. As 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 asks, "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies".

For God longs for us to walk in perfect fellowship with Him, as the Holy Spirit works in our lives to point others to Jesus. Therefore, the same Spirit that compelled Jesus to have such zeal for the Holiness of His Father's House compels us to get rid of any un-confessed sin in our lives.

You see Jesus wasn't having a temper tantrum that day in the temple of c:ourts. He was sirnply doing His Father's business under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and demonstrating in a visible way how anything that interferes with our relationship with God needs to be gotten rid of.

Jesus is indeed a gentle, meek, mild, and compassionate! But just as He demonstrated his, zeal and intolerance towards the sin that was taking place in the temple courts, so HE! has a deep hatred and intolerance towards the sin in our lives. For He knows the deadly consequences of un-confessed sin in our lives, and the grave danger of being out of fellowship with God.

Through His sacrificial death of the unblemished lamb of God we can we be forgiven of our sins, and be at one with the Holy God. Hence, the Holy Spirit will convict us our sins not to drive us to despair, but to drive us to the Cross of Jesus, where we can receive forgiveness of alii our sins and be at peace with a Holy God.

And the same Spirit that compelled Jesus to be zealous against anything that would distract from God's presence in the Temple is just as zealous about driving out anything that would prevent God's presence from being fully seen in our lives today.

In fact, a sign that the Holy Spirit is working in your life is a deep sensitivity to sin and a longing for God's glory to be fully manifested in your life as you live before Him in righteousness and purity.

Hans Christian Anderson once wrote a fairy tale known as the Princess and the PE!a. And he tells how once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess, only she would have to be a real princess! He traveled all over the world to find her, but still he couldn't find a real princess. Sure, he found some that claimed to be princesses. But there was always something about them that wasn't as it should be. So, he would come home again and was sad, for he wanted very much to find a real princess!

One evening, there was a terrible storm, with thunder and lighting and pouring rain. And suddenly, there was a knocking at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.

It was a princess standing out there in front ofthe gate, or at least that's what she said ShE! was. For from all appearances, she didn't look like a real princess. Her clothes were sopping wet, her hair was a mess, and yet she insisted that she was a real princess.

Well, we'll soon find out, thought the old queen. But she said nothing went into the bed room and took all the beddings off the bed frame, and laid a pea on the bottom. Then she took 20 mattresses and laid them on the pea, along with 20 down feather beds on top of the mattresses.

The next day, the young lady was asked how she slept. "Oh, very badly", she saidl. "In fact I didn't sleep at all. I don't know what was on the bed, but I must have been lying on something hard, and I'm black and blue all over my body. It's horrible!"

Now they knew that she was a real princess, because she had felt the pea right through the 20 mattresses and 20 down feather beds. Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.

So, the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that she was a real princess.

As members of God's royal family, the Holy Spirit working in us will make us sensitive to sin, even what others might consider "pea-sized sins" and nothing to be concerned about. His zeal, however, will not let us be comfortable with any sin in our lives. As James 2:1.0 tells IJS, "For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it".

Christ desires that His bride, the Church, be pure and spotless, so that we might demonstrate to this peasant world what it is truly like to be a member of the royal family of God. For as 1 Peter 2:9 declares, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness in his wonderful light."

As we begin the Lenten season this month, let us strive with the help of the Holy Spirit to be zealous in our spirits, wills, attitudes, and desires in overcoming sin and doing good works, so that the glory of God can be seen among us!

let us pray together the lyrics of the words of the Maranatha hymn, "Lord Be Glorified":

In my life Lord
Be glorified
Be glorified
In my life Lord
Be glorified today
 
In my song Lord
Be glorified
Be glorified
In my song Lord
Be glorified today
 
In Your Church Lord
Be glorified
Be glorified
In Your Church Lord
Be glorified today

May God be glorified in our lives! May God be glorified in our church!

For in His tender mercy God the Holy Spirit is calling us to "Repent of all sin, and be cleansed by the blood of Jesus".

In His Mercy,
Pastor Wendt

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