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March 16, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews
I side with Christ about my sin. That is the transformation the renewing of my mind I now side with him. If he says it's wrong. I say it's wrong because I know I know him, not because someone told me to is very personal, very personal otherwise is not genuine and said God has no grandchildren. You either his child you not.
It has to be person. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston.
Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Hebrews.
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James 16 let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. In other words, don't help what's proven to doubt what is not worthy of doubt is faithlessness. God is established it with you. Don't look back. Is this a done deal should be. That's what they are encouraging when we all have dealt outcomes very easily to us without effort. We doubt pressure pushes down as we begin to doubt where is the Lord if he is God of he loves me.
We talked about this and other sessions that his delay in answering prayer is not because he doesn't care what he wants to show if you will cling to him and love matter what, so faith is a leap into the light out of the darkness.
Faithlessness remains in darkness because it doubt what it's been shown even though the evidence may be us down is astounding. That is the criteria Colossians 110 elections 111.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the son of his love. Will the ones that he was writing to an policy. City of policy they knew this and John writes in his first and his gospel in the first chapter in him was life, the life was the light of men.
So faith, and full assurance of faith. How many of us have full assurance of faith. How many of us get very weak when we hear the roar of Satan because he is a formidable opponent, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. Now he is addressing the inner life of the believer's still the imagery is Levitical. The people in the altar and the mercy CDs were sprinkled with blood by Moses at the very beginning so he says, having our hearts sprinkled because he is writing to Jews who understood this. In other words he's saying when he says, sprinkled from an evil conscience.
One's heart must experience the effects of this great salvation the sacrifice of Christ personal and so I go back to my own conversion, what was the deciding factor. The voice of Christ. I am one.
I am he. Each Christian may have a different experience. But Dollard Oro modification thereof, but still it comes back to you met him he saw him, the soul spiritually, not physically. You sense that part in that grace the truth. The divinity of Christ is love in an instant above everything is like everything else was drowned it out except him and what he was bringing that's what you turned your back on an old life, look forward to the new life, the fresh and living way that was before you or those who are in Christ, whatever impurities still exist, they will be washed away by the blood of the Lamb. Ultimately, our pardon would be thorough. He says in our bodies washed with pure water.
Now the outer life. While conversion is supposed to show up in the way we live. But it's a struggle because were still sinners in this lifetime.
We will always have this fallen nature and that is where of course the conflict goes on, but the thoroughness of God's cleansing process for all who surrender themselves free will. No other way, body, soul, mind and spirit for all who surrender to Christ, the cleansing processes begin to Romans 12 verse two. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable perfect will of God. Those are going to cries of come from outside the world and enterprise we know it we left behind.
We know it were reaching forward to.
We know what we have received and when he says be transformed. Problem is, the transformation is a very slow process in this lifetime you will be instant when we leave here. But for now it is quite difficult, and yet you look back and you say, but I've covered a lot of ground prices been far more patient with me than others far more patient with me than I been with myself and never leaves me nor forsakes me, but he does pull back for his purposes, and they are always right, pleasant or not. So the blood in the water together. They speak of our justification by the blood of Christ and our separation by the work of the Holy Spirit separation from the world and who we were, is a statement I side with Christ about my sin. That is the transformation the renewing of my mind I now side with him. If he says it's wrong. I say it's wrong because I know I know him, not because someone told me to is very personal, very personal otherwise is not genuine and said God has no grandchildren. You either his child you not.
It has to be personal and he has to be treated as God is. You've heard it said God is God is not applying for the job.
The other is to you or he is not.
So I side with Christ about my sin personally me my sin, my views must conform to his views. If I don't understand it. He will reveal it if I come to him in time he will reveal it but often a subprocess because he got a shave off so many influences that of the caked up on my life blinded me so he receives me as his own. My sin is washed away in his blood. Verse 23 then the second letter ceased after having used the first one in verse 22. Mary says let us draw near. Then he says let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. While this is the faith when he saying let us hold fast to the faith that they were considering abandoning or mixing leavening, weakening, destroying what should he have said, let us abandon our faith, let us accommodate anybody's view, even if it's contrary to what Christ is said of course he's not going to say that he says hold to it cling to it is no need to exhort to hold something unless there is a danger of releasing that something invests.
He says there's a risk of slipping away. But you have a say so in this matter.
Sin, it will dull the hard false teachings.
11 these things will cause you to slip away if you're not careful. Always reminding us the Scripture is of opposing forces appetites and cravings of corruptions of lies of attacks right in our face.
Often time is not a random state is very much connected. What I'm saying now. Well, he does exhort them now. What about the grip of his grace.
Why think it can be overplayed in this way we hear a lot. I'm in the grip of his grace. Well, I am too and I applaud that I grew but if that's all you got you overplayed it. You've missed something.
Final over emphasize something. In other words, if I'm in the grip of his grace, and that's it does nothing for me to do. I do not have to take up my cross and die daily. There's no holding on my part was that what is says here he says let us hold and if you don't have that in your head as a believer you going to just think the Christ does it all and you just do the receiving. He does the dying you do the getting blessed and that's it and you will be a dangling Christian all your days. You know how you doing oh I'm hanging in there. Well if something heavy is it you.
I understand that with the best your whole life story. If all you've got is hanging in there.
You are a dangling or I don't say that to insult you. I say that to offer you an alternative is more available to you.
If you can't fire a musket you can haul water to those who do because they will get thirsty. There's something for you to do other than just hang in there. This something that you can do to inflict damage on the enemy's ability to wage war which you gonna want to do it and you gotta believe it got a hold when you feel like you're slipping away. You've gotta tighten your grip, no matter what bind yourself to it if necessary. You think do you think you honestly think there is a Christian you hold in high esteem that that Christian does not have to do battle that that that Christian does not have times when they feel like I'm done with this. I cannot fight anymore.
I just want to go away for instance, those thoughts hit a mature Christian that other sword comes out that's supposed to be.
That's how it is been ever since the days of you think the apostle Paul was never sick and tired of the junk he got from Christians you think he was never sick and tired of going through the process of healing after his stoning's and his beatings, but he had a righteous indignation that burned him.
He understood what it was all about and it was worth it. He said I saw the risen Lord.
I saw the light I heard the voice you not taking that for me so I try not to hang in there. Wherever there may be I want to be useful. I want to help I want to wage war. I don't really want to but I know that the alternative is worse. So if you want to learn how to pray. You have to pray and that is one way to haul water. Listen, it wouldn't.
We would need prayer.
If we just submitted a request to God and God. It prayer is something that has to break through and it can take decades.
I would not be standing here right now if it wasn't for other people praying for me. I gave up on God. They did not give up on God. They interceded for me and in time and I never I don't know that I've ever really gotten to say to them, think one is with the Lord.
I cannot tell her thank yet the other. I guess I should make a call I got there number well if you want to learn how to pray.
You want to stop dangling and pray, no matter what have that sword cleaved to your hand. He says without wavering wavering here is not getting rocked. It means leaving the Greek word and this is what they wanted to do. They wanted to leave the faith.
He says don't leave don't crave anything above Christ.
No care for anything against him because everything against Jesus is false.
We know that because we have seen him.
We you've heard him. We agree been transforming this for he who promised is faithful.
We do not trust faith. We trust the person in whom we have faith we trust Christ Jesus. Faith is not a magic wand is not a power we have in the closet. Christ is the power and we say we access that through faith and trust in him.
I trust Jesus.
I do not trust, trust. I do not have faith in faith. I have faith in a person who loves me died for me and not me only in others before me and others after me and he is died for some that I am better them as men measure men and then for those who are better than me.
As men measure men is died for all who come when we leave our faith.
We leave strength behind every single time without exception. Call again. He goes to Thessalonica, having left Philippi for being beaten for Christ. The wounds are still fresh on his back. He and Silas both of them beaten and he doesn't say the Silas. I'm sorry I got you into this Mohammed you know it's I'm so I was a star has been preached from the pulpit like Rick Gaston does not have the dignity, beatings he never does when he writes to the Thessalonians about their their faith is.
But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi.
What an understatement. As you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. We preached it in the midst of trouble in the mists of those who hated out God's we preach love to them.
We did not back down from our terms we boldly preached, in spite of consequences need not preached recklessly working the ball they were hunting him and Thessalonica. He moved on to Berea and then finally ending up in current when he found they were tracking him was that reckless with his faith but he was bold. Nonetheless, we are left to overcome that which is questionable with that which is unquestionable. In other words, if you have enough light you can see enough in the dark you cannot see everything that you can see enough to make your decisions to overcome the unsettled with what is settled is the walk of Christians.
Deuteronomy 29 the secret things belong to Yahweh our God, but to those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. So here's how Kenneth Wiest was a great Greek scholar Wiest word studies. He translates the verses that he comments of the way he sees the Greek and in his heart. He translates verse 23.
Let us constantly be holding fast our confession of hope doing so without being moved or faithful is he who promised faith is and he promised verse 24.
Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. We fail here so often so often we fail to consider one another. Every time you make the other person wait for you because you didn't put your turn signal on and you turn any goals not considerate. I'm telling you I'm W make resentment here. I'm dealing with. But again we sell turn signal floored in the chapel store for those of you in need. The emphasis here is not on what the believer gets from church is what the believer gives church to catch it again.
Verse 24. Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. Verse 25 hotels he's talking about the business goals into the assembly. But just so that we are we are clear on this. What do you contribute Jesus asked what you do more than everybody else and inconsiderate people. They disturb the peace now that doesn't stop some from just writing for you a script on what consideration is when they're wrong, but you know reassured when you are being rude. Verse 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Again, these Jewish believers begin to avoid church because they were beginning to want to go back to the temple. They were succumbing to the community.
The cultural pressures which are all all of us. The cultural pressures that sake be like us conform to us to what we do think how we think, like what we think we said no we go do what Jesus said and then we are attacked will bring the attack on but we love him. Nothing personal against you, but something very personal for him. And Jesus promise these things would come so we shouldn't be surprised that doesn't make them less difficult to avoid their their and so going to one's local church. That is what Christians do the assembling of ourselves is not a universal trip to the local church that is a local church whose doctrine is sufficient. If you have all of you is I got have all my objections answered then you're never going to do anything life of sell them all the objections answered. You have to know what are the major ones, and one of the minor ones and don't major in the minors, which we do very easily. I wish I could say would you do, but I'm guilty to being friends with you so tragically doctrine is so low on the list they want the music they want. You know I haven't fielding all the kids miss you would progress but the doctrine is down at the bottom. They have all those other thing about the doll don't fall for that. The assembly Psalm 2122 this is a song of a sense when they would go up to the temple at the feast days. David is as written by Davies. I was glad when they said to me let us go into the house of the Lord, are you part of the process that makes people unjustly say I don't want to go there or are you part of the process that makes you say I do want to go there some 26 verse eight Yahweh I have loved the habitation of your house in the place where your glory dwells in so that Jews understood this and we ask ourselves, are we quick to say Lord never leaves over saves me.
What about you, do you ever leave or forsake him I advise against forsaking a doctrinally sound church on the grounds of gossip bad mouthing hearsay unproven accusations, lies, Christians do it all the time. You remember the caviar. If you are foolish enough to believe one side of the story. You get what you deserve.
I have as a pastor he gets back. Usually years later someone's EM. They were saying this neighbor saying that none of those dry thing of a pastor edited out out West his own children turned on him and then years later after so much. They came back and said what was all a lie, but how many people believed turned on without evidence, watch out. Be careful. Don't believe anything you are told prove all things, be gentle, be merciful, be wise not asking you to put up with a moral sin or doctrinal heresy, but don't be so thin or weak that you your Bender breeze director fees. John third John verse nine and 10 dpt fees, who loves to have preeminence. John wrote this is what he says, treading against us with malicious words. He was he was up to confess Christie was pastoring up Falls Church and he forbade Christians to even have any association with the apostle John and then with others who agreed with the apostle having against us with malicious words. Why so he was a corrupters so be careful that you do not forsake the assembly because of some diopter fees years ago. I know I'm over time.
What you don't want to arrive at up years ago. Christian was beginning to sour me against the church and I was falling for a dozen raises kids right way doesn't do this the right way to disarm.
He just repeats himself and doesn't start and just and I was beginning to see yeah you're right I'm ashamed to this day that I even entertained it without growth, even as someone of Ingersoll Patty, I couldn't dismiss them when I was a new impressionable revenue was three years into the faith and I'm still ashamed of and I'm sorry I told you anyway God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints.
Psalm 89 verse seven and to be held in reverence by all those around him. Acts chapter 20 verse 28 therefore take heed to yourselves and to the flocking speaking to the pastors, among which the Holy Spirit is made you overseers to shepherd the church of God which he purchased with his blood. He died for the church is telling the pastors. This is the assembly, the local assembly X 20 verse seven now on the first day of the week when the disciples came together to break bread first Corinthians 1118. First of all, when you come together as a church. I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it in the course. He dealt with these divisions. First Corinthians 1120 therefore, when you come together in one place so you see the emphasis of the New Testament the church is a local assembly assembly and those who hide behind. While I believe the church is anyone up the good anything you're wrong you are contradicting Scripture, the Bible does not side with you. It rebukes you is that I don't want to go to churches is a bunch of problems there that you got that right so wanted to just come and admit you're one of them and it is we know what happens when the church goes away. I'd rather have a church struggling to do right and failing in the process, then no church or church does not even struggle or church is been conformed to the world really says that they approach increases as you see the end coming. This is all going. That's how he closes the sections you see the date approaches you know what's coming crisis, move you've been listening to cross reference radio the daily radio ministry of pastor Rick asked Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia. As we mentioned at the beginning of today's broadcast. Today's teaching is available free of charge at our website. Simply log on to cross reference radio.com that's cross reference radio.com would also like to encourage you to subscribe to the cross reference radio podcast subscribing ensures that you stay current with all the latest teachings from pastor Rick, you can subscribe cross reference radio.com or simply search for cross reference radio your favorite podcast to the next time as Pastor Rick continues teaching through the book of Hebrews right here on cross reference radio