It was a youth Sunday here in the church I attend in Chandigarh. I was asked to preach that Sunday. I have shared the journey I was on to and i laid it the same here for you. Hope you find some interesting stuff down here. God bless.
Before I start sharing from today’s subject, let me share with you – with what attitude this morning I am standing here. The reason is when you know why I am doing what I am doing; it is easy for you to bring all your undivided attention.
Here it goes on why I am doing what I am doing:
It is the dusk and the American troops are engaged in the intense battle against their enemies on Afghanistan fields. The battle is so intense the American troops on the ground have lost many of their soldiers. Now back at the base camp, a few troop members are getting ready to go to the ground and support their brothers who are fighting against the enemies. All is set, the troops are about to leave. But the troop in-charge call for a quick briefing on the strategy which they are going to execute. He briefs about the enemy and the strategy to face their enemies. He then ends with a call – is everything is clear? They say yes sir. After this, the troop in-charge says a quick prayer and the troop go to fight their battles.
Bible tells we Christians are soldiers. We fight our own battles and the battles of the church as a corporate body of Christ.
People standing from this pulpit here brings the word/advise/direction/correction from this Institution of Commander-in-Chief-of the armies of the Heaven (the BIBLE).
Let say if we miss it or if we didn’t bother what the pastor or what this brother is trying to share. We effect our own battles and the battle of the church. This morning the word is coming from the Commander-in-Chief-of the armies of the Heaven. Don’t dare to miss it. All I need from you this morning is your undivided attention and your effort to imagine – “say imagine” imagine what you hear from my words. You can only bend down your heads to take down your notes.
He who has ears to hear say with me – I am ready with my full attention. Say with me – I am ready with my full attention.
My subject for today is Celebrate God – Celebrate His Creation – so come with me to this journey.
Is there anyone in this room who has not seen a pet dog?
Well, we all have seen a pet dog. What he does when he sees his master reaching home?
He expresses all his love to his master. First thing, his face shines bright, he smiles, he waves his tail and express his affection. He jumps over him, he licks all his face. This is what we see when a pet dog sees its master coming home. YES?? He won’t think of his dignity or shame or things like someone out there is watching me.
My question to you this morning is – How are we behaving when we come to our Master’s house? What is our heart we when we come to our Fathers’ house?
The pet dog knows how to express its love and affection.
My friends you know why the pet express its love? Because it remembers/acknowledges His Master’s kindness, goodness, affection, how he/she fed him, how he/she pampered him, or how his master showed his/her love to him. He remembers and he celebrates when he sees His master.
How are we when we come to our Master’s house? What is our heart we when we come to our Fathers’ house? Are we acknowledging as our Master? or do we have anything to learn from this pet?
We often miss celebrating our master with all our lives. Because we do not have an inclination towards the kind of God/Master/Healer/Commander-in-Chief-of the armies of Heaven whom we serve?
Hosea 4: 6 My People are destroyed for lack of knowledge of God.
Know your God, acknowledge Him. Every morning, the birds gets up and sings thanks to Him, the rivers acknowledges him. The Heavens roar with His Praise. Earth and all its fullness give glory to Him. The elders take out their crowns and says to God you are the King of Kings, worthy of all Glory. Know your God and celebrate him. The God before whom you sat this morning is the commander-in-chief-of the armies-of Heaven. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Give Him what He deserve. Give Him the reverence.
Most of the time we don’t not freely lift our hands, clap or sing praises to God. I am not asking to change your life style. I am giving a call – let us change “our attitudes” towards our Master. I am asking come let us renew our mind. Let us fill with the knowledge of God, whom we serve and let us give the due respect and due love what He deserves.
You may say something like this. Hey Brother, I already know who the God is, you don’t need to teach me. Oh yes, you’re right. Bible says, For God so loved the world and He gave his only begotten son. Love comes with Action. God is true to His side. What about you and me? Express your love to him with “sincere hearts”. Oh as the command of the Living God comes; I pray may the Lord open your eyes of understanding. May the Spirit of God convicts you this morning as we sing this song. Let us all stand.
Yeshu Masi Tera Jasi Koi Nahi.
Part-II Celebrate God – Celebrate His Creation.
In Genesis, Bible says God created man and woman in His image in His likeness and we humans bear His image. Those who accepted this good good Father bears His signature on their lives. If that is the case, how dare to you to bully or make fun of your fellow friends – Who bear this image of God and His signature. How dare? The enemy is injecting the ways of the world and lies in Christendom and in our families. He is there to steal the principles of God and deceive God’s peoples with worldly ways.
(Story of Five friends – Paralyzed man)
Look Jesus – how he conducted himself with poor, weak and sinners. He spoke peace to the prostitute, He brought celebration to the sinners’ house. But He condemned the Hypocrites. My young friends sitting and listening to me; May you understand this morning the ways of this institution of the commander-in-chief-of the armies of heaven.
Let me talk to the men/women sitting and listening here – how do you talk or treat your partners or children?
The chair you see here is an object, it has no feelings – Your partners have spirit, they have feelings. They are humans, like you and me. Again I am asking – How do you talk or treat your partners or children in your homes? Is it grace, wisdom, knowledge and blessing on your lips? May you understand the ways of the institution of the commander-in-chief-of the armies of heaven.
The world out there comes up with its own ways and say look it is impossible to have grace on your lips, or impossible to celebrate your partner or your children. It’s a lie, it’s a way of the world. I believe this – It is the creator God who has created this Institution of marriage but we make mess having with lack of knowledge of this institution. People have entered marriage without learning this Institute’s principles and they face it.
Hosea 4: 6 My People are destroyed for having lack of knowledge of God.
Before I end. Let me leave one advice to the young people listening to me.
One of my friends taught me this – “Joe, how you treat your mother will decide how you treat a woman in public and how you treat your wife.”
Dear people of God give attention to this God whom we serve and His institutions and His ways. Don’t throw blame on anyone. Be Kind.
Let your words do damage control than adding more damage.