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Worship Like You Believe!
Ecclesiastes 51-7
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Worship
  • Much of Ecclesiastes consists of observations of
    life on the horizontal plane
  • Today were going to take a little break and look
    upward

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Two Key Characteristics
  • They were brilliant on the basics
  • And they were simple in a complex world

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People Hunger For Simple Answers
  • Especially in a world that focuses on the
    complex, the oblique, the fuzzy, the confusing,
    the ridiculous, the stupid, and the
    non-essential.
  • Perhaps we over complicate our worship.
  • Its covered with a veneer of the ritualistic,
    complicated ways of reaching God.

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Worship
  • The Bible is still in great demand because
  • It is both brilliant on the basics and,
  • Simple in a complex world

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Lets Look At Hebrews 412-13
For the word of God is living and active
and sharper than a two-edged sword, and
piercing as far as the division of soul and
spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to
judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
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Hebrews 412-13
And there is no creature hidden from His
sight, but all things are open and laid bare to
the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Gods
word is living and active
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What Gods Word Does
  • It cuts through the superficial garbage
  • It cuts through our phony fogs
  • It cuts through lame excuses
  • It cuts through intricate rationalizations
  • It cuts through a calloused heart
  • It cuts through blind eyes

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What Gods Word Does
  • It cuts to the core of any issue
  • It punctures and penetrates as far as the
    division of joints and marrow

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Gods Word Also Judges
  • Literally it means sift
  • It sifts our thoughts
  • It sifts our intentions
  • It reveals the truth
  • It exposes our motives that prompt our words and
    actions

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Why It Works
  • What is it about Gods word that, when its truths
    are declared and believed they work regardless
    of
  • Culture
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Maturity

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Why It Works
  • Circumstance
  • Era
  • Location

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Firstly
  • Gods word works because it is universal in
    scope. No one is hidden. No creature can hide
    from its truths. When an issue in our lives is
    addressed, nothing is left unexposed.

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Secondly
  • Gods word works because it is limitless in
    exposure.
  • The word open in verse means uncovered.
  • The term laid bare comes from the Greek word
    trachea.
  • What does trachea have to do with being laid bare?

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Laid Bare
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Gods Word Goes For The Jugular!
The Levite in charge of the sacrifice would
put his hand under the chin of the animal and
pull back. This would lay bare the throat.
This is a picture of what Gods word does to each
of us.
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Question???
  • Lets hear some examples of how Gods word works.

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Lets Hit It !!
  • Ecclesiastes 51-7
  • Lets start with a quote from J. Vernon McGee.

Read Ecclesiastes 51-7
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Guard Your Steps!!
  • The worship of God is the highest ministry of the
    church and must come from devoted hearts and
    yielded wills Warren Wiersbe

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What Are Our Sacrifices Today?
  • Our bodies (Rom. 121-2)
  • People won for the Lord (Rom. 1516
  • Money (Phil. 418)
  • Praise and good works (Heb. 1315-16)
  • A broken heart (Psalm 5117)
  • Our prayers of faith (Psalm 1411-2)

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Chuck Swindolls Airport Illustration
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The pew zone is for learning, listening
and changing only No Parking!
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1st Seven Verses Four Commands
  • Command
  • Draw near and listen well
  • Be quiet and stay calm
  • Reasons
  • Because God is communicating
  • Because God hears the inaudible and sees the
    invisible

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1st Seven Verses Four Commands
  • Command
  • Make a commitment and keep it
  • Dont decide now and deny later
  • Reasons
  • Because God believes it and doesnt forget it
  • Because God doesnt ignore our decisions

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Trite Worship
Re-read verse 1 Dont offer up foolish words.
Offerings without obedient faith become the
sacrifice of fools. Only a fool thinks he or
she can deceive God.
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Trite Worship
  • How would Solomons life example have lead his
    people into trite worship?
  • We are blessed with a church that holds Gods
    word in high esteem.
  • God is speaking to us, we need to listen!

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2nd Be Quiet And Stay Calm
  • If you were to go to the White House or
    Buckingham Palace to speak to the President or
    the Queen, wouldnt you prepare your words
    carefully and act respectfully?
  • Have a prepared heart because the mouth speaks
    what the heart contains.

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2nd Be Quiet And Stay Calm
  • In Pilgrims Progress, John Bunyan wrote, In
    prayer it is better to have a heart without
    words, than words without a heart.
  • Additionally were all vulnerable to verbal
    doodling.
  • Its all too easy to lose our focus when praying
    or listening to a sermon.

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2nd Be Quiet And Stay Calm
  • Psalm 4610 Cease striving and know that I am
    God.
  • We can get so pre-occupied with the pressures of
    life that we go through the motions and miss
    Gods communications to us.

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Back To Solomon
  • Verse 2, For God is in heaven and you are on the
    earth therefore let your words be few.
  • Beloved What does Solomon mean here?

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Its Perspective Not Distance
  • He lives in the infinite.
  • He hears the inaudible.
  • He sees the invisible.
  • Thats why we listen carefully.
  • Read John White quote

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2nd Be Quiet And Stay Calm
  • We all come as fellow strugglers to hear Gods
    basic and simple answers to life in all its
    complexity.
  • Yet if were not careful we drag into the scene
    all the tumult and turmoil of our problems.
  • We dont need to dump all that on our worship.Be
    Still

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3rd Make A Commitment And Keep It
  • These days a vow is little more than a casual
    hope.
  • Whether you pay back your mortgage.
  • Or stay faithful in marriage.
  • The idea of sticking to a vow is almost unheard
    of (Oath of office maybe).
  • God doesnt see it that way...

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You Vowed It You Keep It!
  • Brothers and Sisters what kind of vows do we
    make?

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Types Of Jewish Vows
  • The most notable was the Nazirite Vow.
  • One could make vow not to shave his hair.
  • Touch a dead body.
  • Or drink any intoxicating drink.

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Types Of Jewish Vows
  • No one was required to make such a vow.
  • One did so out of a sense of love and gratitude
    towards God.
  • One could voluntarily assume the deprivation
    associated with being a Nazirite.

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Types Of Jewish Vows
  • If you violated the vow you could start your time
    period over after you made suitable offerings for
    cleansing.
  • Who were some of the better known Nazirites in
    the bible?

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Samuel
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Samson
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John the Baptist
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Types Of Jewish Vows
  • There were other types of vows in which objects,
    lands, and persons could be dedicated to Yahweh
    for various lengths of time.
  • Again vows were purely voluntary.
  • However once undertaken they were to be carried
    through.
  • Failure to do so was an act of sin (Deut. 2321).

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3rd Make A Commitment And Keep It
  • God does not require vows from His people to be
    accepted by Him today.
  • But we can make a vow if felt led to do so.
  • We live in times when certain authorities, both
    religious and secular, feel it is their calling
    to relieve us of any and all guilt Period!

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3rd Make A Commitment And Keep It
  • Now there is false guilt, and that is not
    healthy.
  • What are some examples of false guilt?
  • However, authentic guilt is healthy.
  • It is the work of the Holy Spirit convicting us.
  • Conviction may be subtle or bold

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3rd Make A Commitment And Keep It
  • What is a commitment without accountability?
  • When we commit to God and others it is saying
    I will carry this out, painful and difficult
    though it may be.
  • Be careful about relieving all commitments so you
    can be free, its dangerous and unbiblical.

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Remember Jonah?
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What Made Jonah Change His Mind?
  • God said, Go to Nineveh, and suddenly his
    political zeal outstripped his vow.
  • We all know what happened Jonah finally obeyed
    God and one of mankind's greatest revivals took
    place.
  • Would some one read Jonah 22-9 for us?
  • Please?

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3rd Make A Commitment And Keep It
  • Sometimes we have to go through painful
    experiences to bring us back to our basic
    commitments to God.
  • God doesnt forget!

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4th Dont Decide Now And Deny Later
  • Lets read verse 6.
  • Dont allow yourself to worm out of something you
    once took seriously before God.

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Examples
  • You know what, that commitment I made back then
    was a mistake.
  • I made a mistake, I married the wrong person.
  • I shouldnt have said that Id rearrange my
    priorities and spend more time with such and
    such.

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Examples
  • I didnt think that one through. It was a
    mistake to commit myself to that project since
    its so time consuming and exhausting.
  • I made a mistake in saying Id stay morally pure.
    I mean God Knows Im only human.
  • I was pretty young back then. Ill call it a
    youthful mistake.

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4th Dont Decide Now And Deny Later
  • God does not ignore or overlook our decisions.
  • Keep Short accounts.
  • Keep your promise.
  • Keep your vows.

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4th Dont Decide Now And Deny Later
  • Read Verse 7.
  • Dont live in a religious dream world.
  • Words are not the same as deeds.
  • Worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 424).
  • Fear God Or, take Him seriously.
  • Read 3rd quote.

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Take Him Seriously
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Change Of Subject Oppression
  • Read verses 8-9.
  • In a nut shell, the rich tend to take charge and
    their power intimidates the poor.
  • Oppression should not surprise us.
  • Never-the-less government is better than anarchy.

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