Jesus desires for us to exhibit a desperate humility towards Him.
Our culture tells us that we are to pull ourselves up by our own boot straps, not seeking help from others. We are supposed to be put together and have it all figured out. If we are honest, we often find ourselves in need and feeling weak. We are told to put on an act that tells the world that we are “alright”. When we approach Jesus we often feel the same way. We want to appear righteous by our own efforts. Do you find yourself trying to put on a mask when you approach Jesus?
Do you ever feel as if you can't approach Jesus? Maybe our sin seems to large, our guilt to strong, or that we are not significant enough for God to be concerned with us. In Sunday’s sermon Pastor Andy said we feel this way because we are often not desperate enough for Jesus to do what we desire for him to do. Maybe your sin brings you a false sense of satisfaction. You know that it’s wrong but you are not quite ready to let go of it. Or you feel so guilty that you wallow in your guilt instead of clinging to the promises found in Christ. Are you believing the lie that you cannot approach Jesus because He’s to busy, or that your sin is to deep? How desperate are you to get to Jesus this week?
The opposite of humility is pride and often we approach Jesus with lofty speech and impressive language. This is another cultural habit that has found its way into our relationship with Jesus. We want people to think what we have to say is important. Sunday Pastor Andy stated, “God is not impressed with the size of your theological vocabulary. He is impressed by the desperate humility of your faith.” For some of us, we may let a lack of theological knowledge prevent us from approaching Jesus. What does it look like to approach God with humility? Do you feel like you need to be able to impress God with lofty and impressive language or do you feel like you cannot approach God because you don’t know enough? Jesus wants us to come to him with desperation and humility.
Father we are needy people. We confess our weakness to you. We ask that you give us strength and relief from trying to appear righteous by our own efforts. Lord, forgive us for believing that we can hide who we are from you. You are all knowing. Lord, we ask that the deepness of our sin reveals our need for you. You are mighty to save us.
"Before The Throne Of God Above"
Sovereign Grace Music
Jesus desires for us to express a determined hope in Him.
It’s no question that the concerns of this life can weigh us down. When we feel burdened by our struggles, it is always a good thing to bring our requests before the Lord in hopes that He will answer us according to His wisdom. Oftentimes, though, we grow impatient with God and cease bringing our requests before Him because our prayers have yet to be answered as we hoped they would be. Is this true for you? Have you given up praying for a specific need in your life because you think God isn’t interested in your request?
In our culture, we tend to stop asking others for help when we think they are uninterested in helping us. We tend to keep our concerns to ourselves and try to resolve whatever problem we’re facing without the help of others. Unfortunately, we often do this with God as well. When we do this, we fail to understand that God desires to give good gifts to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:11). Because we have access to the Father on behalf of what Christ has done for us, we now have the privilege of being able to go to God daily with whatever need we have knowing that God will answer us according to His will.
On Sunday, Pastor Andy said that Jesus wants our faith to be marked by a determined hope in Him. Our faith ought to resemble the faith of the Gentile woman from Mark 7. Rather than giving up on her request to Jesus, she was determined to have Jesus heal her daughter. She knew that Jesus could heal her daughter and had a hopeful confidence that He would. Do you have a similar faith? Do you have a determined hope in Jesus?
Father thank you for caring for our each and every need. We know that we are not worthy to even bring our requests before you, Yet you choose to listen to us and answer us despite our sinfulness. Lord, help us to have a faith marked by a determined hope in You. Help us to have the confidence to bring our needs before You, knowing that You will answer us according to Your wisdom. And help us to rest knowing that You will give us exactly what we need.
"Lord I Need You"
Jesus desires us to experience divine healing from Him.
We all have things to be healed from. Health issues, loneliness, depression, financial struggles just to name a few. These struggles can prevents us from enjoying life to its fullest. It is in these hard and desperate moments that Jesus desires for us to draw close to him and find our rest there. It is in these moments that we can worship Jesus because he is sovereign over the suffering of our lives. Do you believe that Jesus wants to heal you from the trials you may be experiencing this week?
The assuring hope we have in Jesus is that healing us is not hard for him. It’s not a burden to heavy for him to bear. Because our suffering is to much for us to bear we must find something that can bear it. We find that relief in Christ. We no longer have to carry the weight of our suffering by ourselves. Are you weighed down this week by your sin, sickness and suffering? Do you desire to experience divine healing from Jesus? Do you trust that he is powerful enough to bear your suffering and redeem your life?
Some of us may not experience divine healing in this life. Remember the words of the hymn “It is well with my soul”, and Lord haste the day when my faith shall be sight. The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend. Even so, it is well with my soul." Believer, your healing is coming and it will be glorious. We have hope that one day we will look upon the face of Jesus and he will wipe every tear from our eyes. We have assurance than one day there will be no more suffering. He is coming! He is coming to make all thing right and new
Lord we ask in faith that you heal us. We know we are undeserving of your grace. You know the depths of our hearts and the greatness of our sin. We know that healing us is not difficult for you. God, you are all powerful. We know that healing us is not a burden for you. God, you are all loving. We look forward to the day when you come to restore all things to yourself. We wait and anticipate that glorious day.
"Jesus Is Better"
Austin Stone Worship