Posted on 08/29/2010 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust
TRANSCRIPT: (does not contain everything found in the audio above)
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THE HAPPY SONG
Oh I could sing unending songs
Of how You saved my soul
Well I could dance a thousand miles
Because of Your great love
My heart is bursting Lord
To tell of all You've done
Of how You've changed my life, and wiped away the past
Oh I wanna shout it out
From every roof top sing
For now I know that God is for me not against me
Oh everybody dance!
Oh everybody dance!
Everybody's singin' now....cause we're so happy!
Everybody's dancin' now....cause we're so free!
If only we could see His face
And see Hin smilin' over us
As unseen Angels celebrate, cause joy's in this place!
Over and over and over again
You turned my mourning into dancing
Over and over
Over and over and over again
CAN'T STOP PRAISING HIM
by Ron Kenoly
Sung by Lee University Campus Choir
Can't stop praising His name
I just can't stop praising His name
I just can't stop praising His name
TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
I SURRENDER ALL
All to Jesus I surrender;
all to him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust him,
in his presence daily live.
I surrender all, I surrender all,
all to thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.
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Father God, we come before You to give ourselves to You. We ask that our hearts and minds would be open to what You have for us today. Let nothing distract us from this place in time that You have brought us to. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
You may be seated.
Again, I stand before you to share what God has put on my heart. Ben is in fact alive and well. Our funds for Second Life fees have not come yet so I am here on behalf of Ben and God.
Before I even knew I was going to stand before you, I had an idea for a sermon. It was sometime this past week. And the title for this sermon is “Whatsoever.” We are going to dig deep into the verses in Philippians that are sometimes called the “whatever verse.” Get ready, we are about to jump in. I hope you'll come with me for this journey.
Before I take us any farther, let's read this Philippians 4:8, and it says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Now, I'm going to take apart this verse, bit by bit. First, we'll start with the phrase “whatsoever things are true.” What does the word true mean? It can mean authentic, real, something that isn't false or fake. What is true about God? About the Bible? If the Bible is the Word of God, is it not all true? Can God lie? Of course not. It we think of things that are true it means they aren't fake or false. Something that we can think on that is true is God's Word, His promises, for He is Truth after all.
The second phrase in the verse is “whatsoever things are honest.” Someone who is honest is fair, honorable, does no deceit or does not lie. They are humble, chaste, and virtuous. It not God these things? Do we not strive to have friend who are honest and true? We can find such a friend in Jesus, for He is both true and honest.
The third phrase in the verse is “whatsoever things are just.” When our actions are guided or directed by truth, reason, justice and fairness we are just. A just king is someone who will bring about truth and justice to all. They will reward people correctly when someone is truthfully and fair. God is a just judge, His judgments are fair and correct even though at times we think otherwise.
The fourth phrase is “whatsoever things are pure.” A gem that is free from blemishes is pure. A woman who is chaste and a virgin is pure. It is a linen sheet or other fabric that has no spot or stain. It is like our garments that were once stained with sin, which have now been washed in the blood of Jesus that are pure, without spot or blemish. Jesus alone who was the pure, spotless Lamb is able to give us garments white as snow. Jesus, God's Son and God Himself, is the only pure, just, true, honest One.
The fifth phrase is “whatsoever things are lovely.” Lovely things are those that catch our eye. They are beautiful. All people are beautiful for they are made in the image of God, though all hearts of mankind are not. Jesus is indeed lovely for He showed us what love is all about when He died on the cross for us.
The sixth phrase is “whatsoever things are of good report.” This one is a bit tricky. If I take the words alone and then put them together, that might help. Well something that is good is something that is wanted. It makes people feel good. A good thing is also something that is honest, true. A report is like a written investigation. So, getting a good report from the doctor would need you are in good health. Maybe this phrase is telling us to think on the good announcements or statements or things people tell us. Does God give us good reports? Just think about that question.
The last part I'll put together. It says “if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” The word virtue reminds me of the word pure. And we are to praise God and not give praise to anything, but Him. That doesn't mean we shouldn't encourage or give people praise. We are not to put people or things before God is all. And the phrase “think on these things” makes me wonder if we are to think on all of these things and not just one. For if we think on them all, some do coincide with others. It would make sense to think on the all since they intertwine.
Now, how do we think of these things? How do we get our minds to think on these things? And what happens if our minds are filled with negative thinking rather than these things?
Let's tackle all these questions. How do we think of these things? Well, if we are reading the Bible and memorizing scripture and think on those things, aren't we thinking of God? Aren't we then also thinking of the things God does for us and what He is? I think that will hep us to begin the thinking of the “whatsoever verse.” When we pray and worship God, it helps also. We have our minds on God, the Author and Finisher of our Faith, and we can see His goodness and what He is. God is truly all of these attributes in Philippians 4:8. We just need to move forward from where we are to get ourselves thinking of God and not the negative. But we need to remember even good thinking needs to be in moderation.
How do we get our minds to think on these things? Like I said, we focus on God. We put on minds on something else. Pray to God to help you.
And what happens if our minds are filled with negative thinking rather than these things? This took some research. Ben told me about this and I thought if I would share it, it might us all to see how awesome God's creation truly is! I want to share this so we know what happens when negative thinking gets to be an addiction to us. It's really enlightening.
Let's say, that I have an addiction to the emotion fear. Everywhere I go and whatever I do, I feel fear overwhelming me. I let it 'live' because I am used to it and I don't know how life would be without it. As I let fear consume me, my body starts to react. Our bodies are connected in a way by electrical currents. And once a negative emotion flows through each electrical current that is connected to the cells of the body, the cells start to fill up. Soon, whole organs start to shut down. This is way we sometimes see people we know who are afraid all the time or angry all the time look as if they are pale, losing weight, and are dying. In a way, they are, from a lack of happy emotions or a way to get out of their slump.
It is healthy to have a moderate balance of happy and sad emotions in your body. People can get addicted to happy or positive emotions. Just think, everything in moderation.
Remember, only the help from God can get us through all things, and one way to help do that is if we allow God's Word to flow through our minds. Let's all vow to apply the “whatsoever verse” to our lives.
I'm going to read the verse again. As I do that, remember what each phrase means. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” May God bring this verse to you so that your mind isn't overthrown by negative thoughts, but by God's Word!
This altar is open for a time of prayer and worship. If you need to spend some time with God today, come to the altar. If you need prayer, IM me or someone on the staff and we'll do that with you. Let God's love overflow into your life. He wants you to know how much He cares. He can only do that if you open your heart to Him. Won't you do that today?
Lord Jesus, I thank you for each person here. I ask that these words would give them things to think about, not because I spoke them, but because You spoke through me. I ask that each one here would have a wonderful week and that they would draw closer to You, Lord. In Your name I pray, Amen.
The rest of you are dismissed. May God go with you and speak to you. We'll meet in the fellowship room to your left after this time at the altar. Go with God's blessing.