PUTTING OFF AND PUTTING ON / BONDING AND LOOSING

SCRIPTURE: COLOSSIANS 3: 1-15

INTRO: WE ARE INSTRUCTED TO PUT OFF THE OLD MAN. SPECIFICALLY SIX THINGS: ANGER, WRATH, MALICE, BLASPHEMY, FILTHY COMMUNICATION OUT OF OUR MOUTHS AND WE ARE NOT TO LIE TO EACH OTHER. THESE SIX BAD HABITS PERMEATE OUR SOCIETY TODAY. LOOK AT THE ANGER INVOLVED IN ROAD RAGE. LOOK AT THE ANGER YOU YOURSELF EXPERIENCE WHEN THE I6TH TELEMARKETER HAS CALLED YOU DURING DINNER. WRATH IS THE ACTING OUT OF THAT ANGER. MALICE IS THE INTENTIONAL HARM WE CAUSE TO SOMEONE, BLASPHEMY IS THE SLANDEROUS REMARKS WE MAKE ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE. DIRTY LANGUAGE IS PROLIFANT EVEN AMONG YOUNG LADIES IN OUR SOCIETY. AND EVEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS ALLOWED TO BLANTENLY LIE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MAYBE ITS BECAUSE WE HAVENíT BEEN PREACHING AGAINST SPECIFIC SINS. WE ARE SO WORRIED ABOUT HURTING SOMEONEíS FEELING THAT WE PREACH REPENTANCE OF EVIL AS A WHOLE BUT NOBODY WAS EVER CONVICTED OF THE THEORY OF EVIL WHAT CONVICTS IS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT GOD IS NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS THE SIN YOU ARE COMMITTING. I BOUGHT A GUITAR LAST WEEK AND HAD TO BORROW MY WIVES MONEY THAT SHE HAS BEEN SAVING TO GO UP TO GEORGIA AT THE END OF THE MONTH. THE DEAL WAS THAT I WAS TO REPAY THE MONEY BEFORE I COULD PLAY THE GUITAR. WELL IF YOU KNOW ME I THOUGHT THAT PLAYING IT MEANT PLUGGING IT INTO AN AMP AT CHURCH AND PLAYING IT. SO THAT MET (IN MY OWN MIND THAT IT WAS OK FOR ME TO RUN THROUGH SOME FINGER EXERCISES ON IT AT HOME WITHOUT IT PLUGGED IN. IN MY MIND I WAS JUSTIFIED UNTIL DEBBIE WALKED INTO THE ROOM WHERE I WAS PLAYING. I FELT LIKE THE LITTLE BOY CAUGHT IN THE COOKIE JAR. YOU SEE WE CAN RATIONALIZE JUST ABOUT ANY OF OUR SINFUL BEHAVIORS. WE CAN BE JUSTIFIED IN OUR OWN MINDS BUT WHEN GOD CALLS SOMETHING A SIN IT IS A SIN AND NO AMOUNT OF OUR RATIONALIZING OR EXCUSE MAKING IS GOING TO REDEEM US FROM THE WRATH TO COME. ď FOR WHICH THINGS SAKE THE WRATH OF GOD COMETH ON THE SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE.Ē THERE WILL BE A PRICE TO PAY WE WILL REAP WHAT WE SOW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUT GOD WOULD NOT ASK YOU TO CAST OFF YOUR GARMENT

WITHOUT GIVING YOU A MUCH BETTER ONE TO PUT ON. IN THESE VERSES WE ARE TOLD TO PUT OFF SIX THINGS THEN WE ARE GIVEN SEVEN THINGS TO PUT ON. I KNOW THAT ANY ONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN THE USE OF NUMBERS IN THE BIBLE KNOWS THAT SIX IS THE NUMBER FOR MAN AND SEVEN IS THE NUMBER FOR PERFECTION. TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS. GOD IS TELLING US TO PUT AWAY THESE BAD HABITS WHICH LEAD TO THE WRATH OF GOD AND DESTRUCTION AND GOD WILL SHOW US A MORE EXCELLENT WAY.

SO GOD GIVES US THESE SEVEN THINGS TO PUT ON: FIRST TENDERHEARTED MERCY. MERCY IS NOT GIVING SOMEONE THE PUNISHMENT THAT THEY DESERVE. THERE ARE A LOT OF MISGUIDED PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD AND MOST OF THEM DRIVE ON US 19. RATHER THAN US GETTING ANGRY WITH THEM WE NEED TO PUT OFF THE ANGER AND PUT ON TENDERHEARTED MERCY. NOT ONLY WILL THIS GIVE THE OTHER PERSON A CHANCE TO COMPOSE THEMSELVES BUT IT WILL ALSO KEEP YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE IN TACT AND MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF. THE SECOND THING WE ARE TO PUT ON IS KINDNESS. NOW YOU WILL NOTICE THAT THESE SOMEWHAT GO RIGHT ALONG WITH THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. WHICH IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONG-SUFFERING, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FAITH, MEEKNESS AND SELF-CONTROL. IT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY FOR US TO BE KIND. SOMETIMES THAT OLD MAN CREEPS BACK IN AND WE GET A LITTLE GRUMPY. MY KIDS CALL IT MR. FRUMPY FACE. GOD IS TELLING US THAT RATHER THEN EXPRESS OUR ANGER WITH WRATH WE SHOULD EXPRESS HIS MERCY WITH KINDNESS. THE NEXT IS HUMBLENESS OF MIND; IT IS HUMILITY. THE WORD OF GOD TELLS US TO ESTEEM OTHERS BEFORE OURSELVES. IF WE DO THAT THEN WE HUMBLE OURSELVES AND IN THAT THERE IS NO MALICE. YOU WILL NOT PURPOSELY HARM SOMEONE WHO YOU ADMIRE. IN MEEKNESS WE GAIN STRENGTH. WHEN WE ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS SAKE WE ARE BLESSED BEING COUNTED WORTHY TO SUFFER WITH OUR LORD. JESUS WAS MEEK AND LOWLY OF HEART AND TO HIM EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT HE IS LORD. WE NEED NOT SLANDER OTHERS TO ATTEMPT APPEAR BETTER. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PUT SOMEONE DOWN FOR GOD TO LIFT YOU UP. IN FACT THE MORE YOU TRUST IN HIM AND PUT ON HIS MEEKNESS THE HEIGHT YOU WILL BE LIFTED BEFORE BOTH GOD AND MAN.

 

 

 

 

NOW WE MOVE TO LONG- SUFFERING, AS WE COMPARE LONG SUFFERING AGAINST THE FILTHY COMMUNICATION WHICH WE ARE TOLD TO PUT OFF WE SEE WHERE WE MOST OFTEN FAIL IN OUR COMMUNICATIONS. WHEN WE GET UPSET ABOUT SOMETHING IT IS THE CARNAL KNEE JERK REACTION FOR WORDS OF DISCONTENT TO PROCEED FROM OUR MOUTHS. I LIKE HEARING MISS GERRY WHEN SHE GETS UP SET. SHE USES THE NAME OF BANANAS IN VAIN. IF SHE STUBS HER TOE OR SOMETHING RATHER THAT FOUL COMMUNICATION COMING OUT OF HER MOUTH YOU WILL HEAR HER CURSE BANANAS. YOU KNOW THAT IS WHAT PEOPLE DO WHEN THE USE THE LORDS NAME IN VAIN THEY ARE CURSING GOD FOR SOMETHING THEY DID. LONG SUFFERING NOT ONLY CONTROLS THE KNEE JERK CURSING IT ALSO KEEPS US FROM BAD MOUTHING THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN GETTING ON OUR NERVES FOR YEARS. YOU KNOW THE ONEíS IíM TALKING ABOUT. THOSE PEOPLE WHO YOU KNOW HAVE BEEN DOING THINGS JUST TO GET YOUR GOAT. DID ANYONE EVER TELL WHERE THAT EXPRESSION CAME FROM. BACK IN THE BUSH LEAGUE HORSE RACING DAYS THE RACE HORSES WOULD BE SO HIGH STRUNG THAT IF THE OWNER DIDNíT KEEP THEM CALMED DOWN THEY WOULD BE ALL WORN OUT BEFORE THE RACE. SO THEY FOUND THAT BY PUTTING A GOAT IN WITH THE HORSES IT WOULD CALM THEM DOWN. SOMETIMES A NOT SO HONEST COMPETITOR WOULD SNEAK OVER AND GET YOUR GOAT. THAT WOULD UP SET THE HORSES AND YOUR HORS WOULD LOOSE THE RACE. WELL WE ARE RUNNING A RACE TODAY AND THE PRIZE IS A LOT MORE VALUABLE THAN WINNING THE TRIPLE CROWN. IT IS BY PUTTING ON LONG SUFFERING THAT WE WILL KEEP ON TRACK.

THE LAST TWO FORBEARING ONE ANTHER AND FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER ARE PERHAPS THE MOST DIFFICULT AT TIMES YET UNLESS WE TAKE HOLD OF THEM WE WILL NOT GET THE BLESSINGS THAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR US. FORBEARING ONE ANOTHER IS PUTTING UP WITH THEM. SOMETIMES WE JUST HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THE WAY SOMEONE IS. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE TO TOLERATE SIN IN SOMEONEíS LIFE BUT IT DOES MEAN THAT YOU ARE TO LOVE THE PERSON WHO IS SINNING. THERE ARE NO PERFECT PEOPLE. THERE ARE NO PERFECT CHURCHES BECAUSE THERE ARE NO PERFECT PEOPLE. WE NEED TO ASK GOD TO HELP US TO FORBEAR ONE ANTHER SO THAT HIS CHURCH CAN BE BUILT IN SPITE OF BOTH US THAN THEM. THEN WE NEED TO BE FORGIVING. I CANíT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE POWER IN FORGIVENESS. IF YOU ARE HOLDING ANYTHING AGAINST ANYONE IT IS HINDERING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. GOD TELLS US TO FORGIVE SO THAT WE CAN BE FORGIVEN. DO NOT LET ANOTHER DAY GO BY WITH UNFORGIVENESS IN YOUR HEART TOWARDS ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD. NOW ABOVE ALL THESE THINGS PUT ON LOVE WHICH IS THE BOND OF PERFECTION.

LOVE IS WHAT BINDS US TOGETHER IN PERFECT HARMONY. IN MATTHEW 18:18 WE LEARN THAT WHATSOEVER WE BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN; AND WHATSOEVER WE LOOSE ON EARTH SHALL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN. ARE YOU LOOKING FOR PEACE THEN BIND THE CONFLICT HERE ON EARTH AND LOOSE THE PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING. ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SECURITY THAT BIND THE SPIRIT OF FEAR AND LOOSE THE SPIRIT OF A SOUND MIND. ARE YOU LOOKING FOR LOVE THEN BIND THE HATEFUL SPIRIT AND LOOSE THE SPIRIT OF LOVE WHICH IS CHRIST JESUS THE LORD. WE ARE TOLD TO PUT OFF THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD THAT BRING DESTRUCTION AND PUT ON THE THINGS THAT BRING ETERNAL LIFE. WE ARE TOLD THAT WHATEVER WE BIND ON EARTH IS BOUND IN HEAVEN AND WHAT EVER IS LOOSED ON EARTH IS LOOSED IN HEAVEN. IF YOU ANYTHING THAT IS BINDING YOU IN SIN THAN NOW IS THE TIME TO SHAKE FREE FROM IT. WHETHER IT BE ANGER OR WRATH OR MALICE OR SLANDER AND BACKBIGHTING OR A FOUL MOUTH AND UNRIGHTEOUS COMMUNICATION SHAKE FREE FROM IT AND LOOSE THE THINGS OF GOD; TENDER MERCY, KINDNESS, HUMBLENESS OF MIND, MEEKNESS, LONGSUFFERING, FORBEARANCE AND FORGIVENESS AND MOST OF ALL LOVE. FOR GOD IS LOVE. PUT ON CHRIST. GALLATIN 2:20 SAYS I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST NEVER THE LESS I LIVE YET NOT I BUT CHRIST WITHIN ME AND THE LIFE I LIVE IN THE FLESH I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD WHO LOVED ME AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME. LET US PRAY