So Is He

Posted on 01/28/2007 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Good morning, and welcome to ALM CyberChurch. I hope you've had a good week, and I know we've all had a blessed week. Every good and perfect gift comes from God, so if you've had a moment of joy and peace, a moment of comfort and rest, a moment of anything good in life, you've received a blessing from the Lord.

As the worship team comes to the front, let's all stand to our feet and open today's service with prayer.


Lord God, thank you once again for giving us the means to gather together in your name today.

Lord, you have a clear purpose for bringing every single one of us here today.

You have something you want to do in us, something you want to share with us, something you want to teach us, a direction in which you want us to go.

You want to heal the broken, awaken the sleeping, motivate the apathetic, comfort the hurting, bring sight to the blind, open deaf ears, and teach lame feet how to walk.

You want to breathe into us the breath of life, your Holy Spirit, for you said that "If that same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you, that Spirit will give life to your mortal bodies."

We know, Lord, that you came so we can have life in great abundance. Pour your Spirit and your life out upon us today, and have your way in us.

It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.


Click-touch the pulpit for a notecard, and let everything that has breath praise the Lord!


JOYFUL JOYFUL WE ADORE THEE

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee
     God of glory, Lord of love
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee
     opening to the sun above
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
     drive the dark of doubt away
Giver of immortal gladness
     fill us with the light of day

All thy works with joy surround thee
     earth and heaven reflect thy rays
Stars and angels sing around thee
     center of unbroken praise
Field and forest, vale and mountain
     flowery meadow, flashing sea
Chanting bird and flowing fountain
     call us to rejoice in thee

Thou art giving and forgiving
     ever blessing, ever blest
Well-spring of the joy of living
     ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our brother
     all who live in love are thine
Teach us how to love each other
     lift us to the joy divine

Mortals, join the mighty chorus
     which the morning stars began
Love divine is reigning o'er us
     binding all within its span
Ever singing, march we onward
     victors in the midst of strife
Joyful music leads us sunward
     in the triumph song of life!


BRINGING EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE

Bringing every thought captive
Bringing every thought captive
Bringing every thought captive to the Lord

Bringing every thought captive
Bringing every thought captive
Bringing every thought captive to the Lord

Purify me O Lord
Purify me O Lord
Let the meditations of my heart
be pleasing in your sight

Purify me O Lord
Purify me O Lord
As I meditate upon your Word
victorious in your might

Purify me


And with every thought brought captive to
 obedience to Christ
And your Word hid in my heart so I can
 live a holy life
Come and fill me with your Holy Spirit
 melt my heart with fire
'Til my mind becomes your mind and my heart
 burns with your desire

Purify me


CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART

Create in me a clean heart oh God,
And renew a right spirit within me.
Create in me a clean heart oh God,
And renew a right spirit within me.

And cast me not away from Thy presence oh Lord,
And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation,
And renew a right spirit within me.


Lord, cleanse us... Purify us... Let the wind of your Holy Spirit blow here today, blowing out the dust, bringing a fresh wind of change, a wind of awakening, a wind of direction, the same wind that hovered over the earth when it was formless and void.

Let the Spirit of revival and awakening sweep through this gathering. Have your way with us today Lord. And it's in Jesus' name we pray this. Amen.


You may be seated.

Let's open our Bibles this morning to the book of Proverbs, chapter twenty-three, and let's read together from verses six and seven.

6. Do not eat the bread of him who has an evil eye, and do not desire his dainty meats;
7. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink," he says to you, but his heart  is not with you.

In context, this verse is talking about accepting gifts from an evil, greedy person. But there is a principle in this verse which has been repeated so often, we tend to think it's a verse of Scripture: "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."

How many of you have thought this was a verse, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he?" I know I have... And yet this is just thrown out there, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he," as if it's something that was expected to be known.

In today's language, the writer might have said, "After all, you know that he is really what he thinks in his heart, not the outer mask he wears."

So while the phrase "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he," is not a verse in the Bible, the principle is very true, and is mentioned and demonstrated throughout Scripture.

Jesus stated this very plainly in many places, but today we're going to take a look at two.

First let's read from Matthew chapter 23, verses 25 through 28 where Jesus says,

25. "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you make clean the outside of the  cup and of the platter, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
26. "You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is inside the cup and platter, then the  outside of them may be clean also.
 
27. "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like white-washed tombs, which truly appear beautiful outward, but inside are full of dead men's bones, and of  everything unclean.
28. "Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

Certainly Jesus was pointing out their hypocracy here, but what I would like to talk about is what Jesus was telling us when he said, "Cleanse first that which is on the inside, then the outside will be clean also." He could just as well have said, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."

Perhaps this is why in Philippians 4:8 we are told, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things."

I would like for us to consider two people in bodies that look the same.

One is confident and assured, at peace with themselves and with God. This one has an attitude of intelligence, and has a can-do attitude.

The other is doubtful and recluse, in turmoil with themselves and far away from God. This one has an attitude of foolish stupidity, and has a "why bother" attitude.

Although the physical structure of their bodies is the same, don't you think the two will look and act quite differently?

Perhaps this is why Paul taught that a woman's beauty should not be merely one of outer appearances, but should be inner beauty of the person inside.

So what is your thought life? What do you tell yourself over and over again day after day?

Do you tell yourself, "I just can't do this, I'm not smart or talented enough," or do you tell yourself, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Do you tell yourself, "I'm just a failure, I just can't overcome," or do you tell yourself, "I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ my Lord!"

Do you tell yourself, "I'll always be sick," or do you tell yourself, "By Jesus' stripes, I am healed!"

Do you tell yourself, "This situation is going to be the death of me," or do you tell yourself, "All things work out to the good of those who Love God and are called according to his purpose."

Do you tell yourself, "These things that are happening are just too strong, and I don't stand a chance," or do you tell yourself, "No weapon formed against me will prosper!"

Do you tell yourself, "I'm just one bill away from being totally destroyed, and can't even feed my family," or do you tell yourself, "My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

Do you tell yourself, "I'm stupid and don't have any sense," or do you tell yourself, "I have the mind of Christ!"

Do you tell yourself, "God doesn't want me to have my desires or be fulfilled, I'm just predestined to live a miserable life," or do you tell yourself, "If I delight myself in the Lord, he will give me the desires of my heart!"


You know, God's ways are above our ways, and his thoughts are not our thoughts. And yet he has given us his Word and has told us, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God."

Notice all the responses to our negative thoughts above are taken from Scripture:

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

"And yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
Romans 8:37

"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
Isaiah 53:5

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28

"No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, says the LORD."
Isaiah 54:17

"But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:18

"For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ."
1 Corinthians 2:16

"Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart."
Psalm 37:4


Sometimes we are making progress, and then we seem to hit a brick wall. Sometimes it seems as though we can go so far, and no further.

This could be things from which we need deliverance. Or it could be the result of the way we think.

Remember, as you think in your heart, so are you.

You may picture yourself as incapable, unloveable, overweight, stupid, a failure, an embarrasment, a total waste. And the way you are comes from and is kept in place by how you think.

You may have unknowlingly sabotaged or avoided many friends and relationships because you believe you are unloveable and worthless.

You may have unknowingly kept yourself from losing weight or getting in shape because you see yourself a certain way, and you have not truly seen yourself as the person God has created you to be.

I would like to challenge you this week, starting right this moment, to start watching what you tell yourself, in words, feelings, attitudes, and actions. And whenever a thought comes to mind that is negative, critical, judgemental, and otherwise contrary to the Word of God, I challenge you to bring that thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

You may be overcome with impure thoughts, or with thoughts of hatred and unforgiveness, or with dwelling upon temptations, or with doubts and fears. But I want you to realize today that all these thoughts are in disobedience and opposition to the Word of God, and they have come to steal from you, kill the life God has for you, and ultimately destroy you.

In Matthew fifteen, verses ten through twenty, we read,

10. And (Jesus) called the multitude, and said to them, "Hear, and understand:
11. It is not that which goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but that which comes out of  the mouth, this is what defiles a man."
 
12. Then his disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended  when after they heard you say this?"
13. But he answered and said, "Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted will be  rooted up.
14. "Leave them alone. They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind,  both will fall into the ditch."
 
15. Then Peter said to him, "Explain this parable to us."
16. And Jesus said, "Are you also still without understanding?
17. "Do not you yet understand that whatever enters into the mouth goes into the belly, and  is cast out of the body?
18. "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile  the man.
19. "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts,  lies, blasphemies;
20. "These are the things which defile a man. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile  a man."

And when we read in Proverbs 4:23, "Keep watch over your heart with all diligence, for out of it flow the springs of life." we realize that not only is what's in our heart responsible for who we are and what we do, but we are to carefully guard what goes into our heart, because what we let inside becomes a part of our heart, it becomes a part of our thoughts, and it is then a part of who we are and what we say and do.


Some of us already know that our thoughts are not all in line with God's Word, and that we need to work on them.

Others of us haven't paid much attention to what goes on in our minds, so the realization of how destructive your own thinking is won't come to you until you've watched your thoughts for awhile.

Are you everything you want to be or think you should be? Remember, as you think in your heart, so are you.


The ministry team can come to the front now. And the call today is simple. It's a call we should all answer. And it is this: Will you commit to watching your thoughts, and when you see a thought that is not in line with the Word of God, will you bring it captive to the obedience of Christ?

Do you want to answer the call to obey God's Word which tells you to "watch over your heart dilligently?" And will you commit to reading God's Word every single day so your mind can start being transformed into the image of Christ?

If this call speaks to you in any way, come to the altar, saying by your action, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."

If you need prayer or ministry, please instant message one of the ministry team. As you feel as though your time of kneeling, standing, or sitting in the presence of the Lord has lifted, make your way to the fellowship room to your left for our time of fellowship.

Come, and let's bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, as we allow the Holy Spirit to blow into these vessels today, giving our hearts and minds completely to Jesus, so we can be pure and holy vessels God can use, as he makes us, molds us, and transforms us into his glorious image. Come.