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January 4, 2022 7:00 am
Reset God wants us to go so I know what relationship Dr. Tony is Christ didn't come to just purchase but rather to bring us a brand-new life came to be the centerpiece and helps must revolve around Jesus. This is the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans other speaker, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative potholes in a roadway can be concealed for a season or two temporary patch or they can be eliminated altogether with the full depth roadway replacement today. Dr. Evans explains that when it comes to failures and imperfections in our spiritual path, God wants us to choose his lasting full replacement method rather than a quick but short-lived repair job. Let's join him as he elaborates chapter 5 Jesus called disciples to himself beginning in 20 party by Matthew the tax collector has a big reception for Jesus at his house, according to verse 29, and a great crowd shows up. I just want you to know about web conduction mind-body Jesus comes to the body of the crowd, but there's an interesting group at the party with all that there were tax collectors and sentence me this will not be approved crowd at the party by the religious beliefs of the day the Pharisees find out that there is jam going on, Jesus is on the and so they began complaining to the disciples what you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners verse 30. That's the problem to me why you got a party going on to what we may want divided tax collectors and some of the people that we don't have time for you eat and drink with that have to do with fellowship. You will hang out with them so they have a problem with this with the group that's showing up to the party. Jesus answers and tells them that if not those who are well positioned, but those were sick.
It's not well focal development sick folks who need help. I'm not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. He says the reason why Baptist body is I'm having what is this party because my party is designed to make a spiritual impact the party to step upon I have a party to make a spiritual impact, I'm not just calling the saints. I'm also after the service and so this is a spiritual purpose to it.
Even though Yala complained about that sets the scene for the reset God is going to take us on a journey on right now so the religious leaders. The Pharisees started three disciples of John, often passed and offer prayers disciples of the Pharisees also do the same, but yours eat and drink okay. That's the problem with fast fasting is giving up a craving of the physical for a need in the spiritual.
That's what best and that's what we do we do it the religious leaders.
Even John's disciples. Do remember John the Baptist disciples were designed to get ready for the coming of Jesus he sets out we do it they do it.
We fast in your body will be the spiritual ones. So what they are bringing up is our religious commitment is greater than your religious commitment because we fast we would be a party you would be out here praying about. I had given up food. Did you know that there was only one required fast in the Bible. Leviticus chapter 16 verses 29 and 31. That was the only required fast.
It was no required fast in the Bible, but that one young couple, the day of atonement in order for the people to get right with God to have their sins address.
There was this one last required every other fast in the Bible was voluntary not demand those fast happened on a voluntary basis because there was a great crisis great grief a great deed that you needed the additional presence of God to invade what the Pharisees had done was make fasting a requirement. They made a requirement to do twice a week. What the Pharisees did was create a mountain of requirements. Some of us were raising churches like that.
That gave us a mountain of requirements didn't come from God or maybe a principal came from God, but they kept adding stuff to it so that it was no longer of God. It was a man, but because God's name was attached to it. It sounded legitimate and so they made religion a big deal centered in this case in fasting. You know what we've done in American Christianity. We've created something God never had he never had in mind that our religious order would replace our spiritual intimacy in our spiritual relationship and that was the complaint that was their concern. They were into their ritual fasting.
We pray you folks upon Yala eating and drinking, and you're doing it with folk who are unacceptable to us so that's the problem. So Jesus now has to help a brother out.
He says when the bridegroom is there. You don't fast Jesus is the bridegroom. Why because his church is the bride. He says the bridegroom is so there's no need to fast the words you don't fast when you're celebrating 20 say with celebrating with celebrating with these Republican senators with celebrating because Jesus was right in their bits so we do have a party politics, but he says there's coming a time in verse 35, the day will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them. Then they will fast in those days, so he goes on to make a powerful point about the religion of my it is the presence or absence of Jesus that determines whether it's feast or famine.
The reset God is trying to do in our lives is to make it more about him that it is about church to make it more about him that it is about human personality. There are times the when life becomes overwhelming, but that's the time the drawing the reset.
God wants us to go through to all these conveniences that he has allowed us to face is to reset our spiritual priority to our relationship. That doesn't negate a program, but it puts the program.
Proper place. It puts it in the place where it belongs. Now here's the question, how do you do that how do you get this reset remodel church unity into biblical Christianity because we got Christians, divided foolishly.
Christians talking foolishly, acting foolishly, walking foolishly without any sense of Jesus Christ. But the carrying on the program as prescribed by the religious order while back to Luke chapter 5 Jesus throws a Hail Mary through to illustrations. One having to do a close and the other would have them do with why you will notice in verses 36 to 38. The word new new new new new new new new look at all the times the word new shows up so the focus is best. Jesus says I have come to bring you something new. I'm not just trying to get you to fix up some old K this is remodel I'm tearing up your religious order, not biblical truth all the stuff you stacked on top of it. I hope you know religion without Jesus can make you a slave can hold you hostage it can make you miserable serving Jesus Christ without a smile because you try to keep up with all the regulations never being able to satisfy because it is when you know you're in false religion because they keep adding new stuff they keep adding new stuff and is never barrage of religiosity of Pharisaism. Jesus says no one verse 36 carries a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. Otherwise he will bolt care of the new piece from the new will not match the old says you do take a new, old garment one when you wash it in the new priest shrinks this goal tear away from the old piece that's want and then is not match will be the exact color will be the exact fit. You can have lines that indicated someone in Outlook is not a batch so the first one is a garment you don't take a new piece of cloth to an old garment. It's not going to match. Dr. Evans will have more for us.
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Great, great food and I'm looking forward to meeting you on our QA Alaskan cruise registering to be there. Can't wait to be with you more about this unforgettable Alaskan cruise, visit Tony Evans.org today Tony Evans.org second of no one puts new wine skins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out and the skins will be ruined.
But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
Wineskins were most of the time goat skins over time.
However, the skin became old and brittle. So if you put new wine in skin that was now old and brittle and new wine is fermenting, which means it's releasing gas into this old wineskin the old wineskin is going to crack and therefore the new wine is going to spell when you try to put new into the worn-out old unite or make something better, you will make it worse. What is Jesus saying his career to do patch work on your religion. I can't hear to put my new message in your old church in. I didn't come here to be added to to your faith I bring in new stuff all wine what's the all. Why must the old cloth. It's the traditions of men that have been stacked on to our faith that's turned it into old stale Christianity, no matter how good the choir sings how good the preacher may be how awesome the ministries.
If you're simply asking Jesus to be an admission to come on top of we not going change anything when I cannot amend our priorities.
Become Jesus. We want the new just the committee and make it nice because you know you can sound good when you spring Jesus's name. Also, you can sound like you really spiritual. Jesus did not come to be an add on. He came to be the assets. The centerpiece, the new this and every thing else must revolve around Jesus, don't go to church because a Sunday go to church to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ just happens to be Donelson don't have devotions, because a birth day keeps the devil away because you were told to pack about you because you want to let the Lord know you are devoted to him today.
You want to spend time with him is not just an add-on. Jesus spent time with publicans and sinners because they would be more responsive while they had been beaten to death with religion. A lot of folks leave the church because they been beat up by religion, because it never run in the Jesus so that we leave church never go back because they were beat up or abused by religion.
He says he spoke to don't know about you, I can work with the plow through all this religious nonsense that job accumulated over the years so religion without Christ is like putting BenGay on a broken leg. It may make you feel better, but you haven't fixed the thing and a lot of the things we offer people is more and more and more religion you must reject anyone who compromises the centrality of Jesus Christ, even to get to heaven or to get heaven help you wander the centerpiece has to be Jesus Christ and would not serve your church to church and when church is making about the relationship of Christ and the program surrounds that now will be time for Beatles times of fasting because we got pandemics in our personal lives and debits of the culture but when we get the relationship right there will be rules were forced to do will do the legitimate rules because we want to review will remember the story of the woman was married to Bob and Bob was a taskmaster with they were married. They gave her a list of 25 rules to follow to be a good wife.
She did her best to keep the 25 rules to be a good wife, and hated. She hated the institution of marriage. While she tried to keep up with Bob's 25 rules because to make herself acceptable to Bob just to keep all the rules and the rules were just beaten heard some years later Bob died. Bob died. She was free from Bob but then a little time later.
She met John. She met John on a trip they got to know each other and she thought fell in love with John. John said, will you marry me.
She married John some time later, she was cleaning out one of her bureau drawers and noticed something. Bob's list your 25 three that she had to do to make herself acceptable to Bob when she saw the last she left. She grinned she broke out in joy and celebration know why she was so happy because it dawned on her. She was doing all 25 things that Bob required she was doing all 25 things required John and loving every moment of it. You know why because she was keeping rules out of a relationship not keeping rules out of religion not keeping rules to make herself acceptable keeping rules because she was already acceptable when you and I know how much Jesus loves us. We do not know. We already accepted the Bible says in the beloved. When you and I know he already cares for you.
You have to earn his acceptance. You do what you do because you have his acceptance but you know you're not just adding religion you're responding to a relationship. Dr. Tony Evans will come back to share the ultimate divine reset in just a moment. The lesson you been hearing today is the final installment in Tony's latest audio compilation the best of Tony Evans, 20, 21, as I mentioned earlier, this giant collection is available as our gift to you. When you help support Tony's ministry with a generous contribution and if you do that today than in addition to the 20 audio messages will also include a special bonus choose from the powerful kingdom and rising devotional made by God book for children or Tony's newest release kingdom race theology. Just visit Tony Evans.org today to get the details and make the arrangements or color resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 team members are ready to help you day and night. Again, that's 1-800-800-3222. You know the atmosphere in our contemporary culture has become contaminated with hatred, crime, disrespect and other expressions of insensitivity were in desperate need of reclaiming the civility needed to experience a peaceful environment in which to live, working to raise our kids what to that end, Dr. Evans encourages each of us at least once a week to find a deliberate deed of kindness we can do for a friend, neighbor, coworker, or even a stranger who has a need. He believes that doing so will greatly contribute to changing the atmosphere of our culture for good and for God will tomorrow. Dr. Evans will present a very honest answer to a question every one of us is asked at one time or another, God, do you really care.
Right now though his back to share this closing thought so here is the divine reset the divine reset is a spend this year pursuing a relationship. And yes, keeping the rules, but keeping his rules, not man's rules because you want to please the one who already lunch. You have to earn his love is a reset spiritually. If you have accepted Christ do that right now you can do that you can acknowledge your sinfulness and your need for sake by placing your faith in Christ to look to Christ alone.
You can express in prayer.
Jesus, I look to you alone. I will send and I want to be forgiven not one eternal life because I believe he died on the cross and place the alternative with Dr. Tony made possible by the generous contributions listeners like