Spiritual Satisfaction

THE PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

The early Christians grew to understand the meaning of Christ’s resurrection as they experienced the Risen Lord. We seek the Holy Spirit to guide us to new understandings of faith as we hear the recorded Word. Join your hearts with mine in prayer.

 

With many voices we praise You, O God.  In different ways we serve You.  As we assemble before you today we pray that you would send your Spirit upon us and that you would help us see your powerful Spirit active in our life.  We pray that you would instruct us to live faithful lives proclaiming your love to others. Living Lord,  dwell within our worship and our hearts that we may bless you and bring everlasting praise to your name.  Amen.

 

THE FIRST SCRIPTURE                  Romans 8:9-17                                  Life in the Spirit

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.  For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

May the Lord bless this Holy Word to our understanding.

 

A TIME WITH GOD’S CHILDREN#333                            (v.1)   “Seek Ye First” 

 

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING          John 14 :8-13      Jesus the Way to the Father

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified.

THE SERMON           “Spiritual Satisfaction”

Let me set the stage for you… Lin-Manuel Miranda stars in the hottest ticket in NYC, Hamilton. The play he wrote traces the life of Alexander Hamilton, orphan, Revolutionary Hero, and the first Secretary of the Treasury who was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. The show based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton. Currently, if you order you may get tickets in January 2017.

Alexander was born out of wedlock in the West Indies, then abandoned by his father and orphaned at the age of 13 when his mother died. He became a clerk in trading company and his benefactors paid for his passage to NYC and schooling at King’s College (now Columbia University). During the Revolutionary War he becomes the aide–de-camp for General Washington. During the winter 1779-80, he met a young lady Angelica Schuyler who introduces him to her sister Elizabeth whom he married the following December.

In the song “Satisfied” Angelica gives the toast at their wedding, to the bride and to the groom. She encourages them to be satisfied with life and each other. As the song concludes, Angelica claims that she will not be satisfied, because she laments that for social reasons she did not pursue her own relationship with Hamilton. She also explains that as Alexander attempts to prove himself, he will never be satisfied; he will live a driven life trying to succeed.

So, as I contemplated the Scripture this week. I wondered if you are spiritually satisfied or will you never be satisfied.  Our relationship with Jesus Christ develops at different levels over time. We may be very satisfied with our current relationship, then something will happen to develop a new hunger for knowing Christ more deeply.

I believe others get content and then become stagnant in their faith. They develop a comatose feeling of faith doesn’t really matter anymore. They go through the motions but don’t feel spiritually connected to the ultimate power of life. Skip Moen in a web-based article asks, “Are you hungry for God? Do you have a gnawing malnutrition about His righteousness?”  His blog explores how we fill our spiritual needs.

In our fast food world, people load up on poor nutrition want fast answers to complicated faith issues. We don’t want to take time to explore God’s written Word. We don’t want to take time to seek God’s will through prayer. We want someone to spoon feed us simple Yes/No answers. Unfortunately, God desires our relationship to percolate over time so that we trust the Lord in all things. Our Lord wants to be consulted both in monumental decisions and ordinary living by faith in a secular world. 

John Evertson, in his article, offers three necessary ingredients for a Spiritually Satisfied Christian life. He begins with the will of God. Like Jesus who prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “not my will, but yours be done.” We need to seek God’s will and then attempt to follow that path Christ forged. We need to yield our desires for God’s every time.

This can be only accomplished when we daily nurture our relationship with our Creator. When we love the Lord, we want to spend time with Jesus in worship, prayer, and daily living. We desire to experience the presence of Christ, every day. When we seek and follow God’s will, we will move into the work of God.

Evertson describes the work of God by quoting Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt stated, “There has never been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.” Not that we promote ourselves and our agenda, but we seek to work for Christ’s name that is worth remembering.  When we look for where God is working, we will find a lot of work to do. Both in the church and in our community, Christ’s work is everywhere.

In Luke’s Gospel, He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Luke 10:2 The Lord asks us to be laborers in the vineyard. The Lord’s work cannot be accomplished unless Christians serve the Risen Christ in everything we do. Yesterday’s Open House required over half our congregation using their gifts to glorify God. Many church activities need willing workers for Christ.

Evertson’s final ingredient of satisfaction expresses that a deep desire of Christ to save the lost. He describes the satisfaction for Children of God who obedient fulfill the Great Commission. He contrasts our obedience to witnessing to others against the disobedience to this mandate. Evertson explains that either obedience or disobedience becomes contagious and encourages Christians to start an epidemic of Biblical proportions to share the Love of God to fulfill God’s will in your life.

On this Pentecost Sunday, I pray that the Holy Spirit will stir dissatisfaction with your faith. I hope the Spirit will inspire you to seek the Spirit of God to dwell within you. The Spirit of Truth will empower you to serve the Lord and spread the joy of Jesus to everyone you meet. I pray that Spiritual satisfaction comes when you rest from your earthly labors to spend eternity with Christ. TGBTG. Amen

 

Spiritually Satisfied  http://fannersoftheflame.org/2014/09/10/spiritually-satisfied/

http://ministry127.com/christian-living/how-to-be-spiritually-satisfied

http://skipmoen.com/2006/09/13/spiritually-satisfied/

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