Overcoming Self-Deception

Malachi 2.10-16

  1. Take a Step Back

    1. Examine Your Heart/Affections (Malachi 1) (Be careful – The Theory Determines the Experience!)

    2. Reset Your Thinking (Malachi 2.1-9) (This is the Priest/Mediator’s Primary Job!)

    3. Judge Your Behavior (Malachi 2.10- 3.15)

      1. Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage (2.10-16)

      2. “Tolerating”/Condoning Bad Behavior (2.17-3.6)

      3. Financial Giving (3.7-12)

      4. Your Commitment to Ministry (3.13-15)

    4. Embrace God’s Intent (3.16-4.6)

  2. Seek Wisdom Regarding Marriage

  3. Fulfill the Covenant of Marriage

???? – Adam and Eve (Gen 1-2)

1800 BC – Isaac and Rebekah (Gen 24)

1400 BC – Moses authorizes divorce “for hardness of heart” (Deut 24; Ex 21)

710 BC – Israel Hardens Heart/Divorces. God grants certificate (Isa 50.1)

625 BC – Israel Divorces God through Adultery. God grants certificate (Jer 3.8)

430 BC – Malachi rebukes the One Who Divorces (Mal 2.10-16)

5 BC – Joseph almost divorces Mary (Matt 1)

30 AD – Jesus teaches on divorce (Matt 19)

55 AD – Paul teaches on divorce (1 Cor 7)

The Wisdom of God

Malachi 2.1-9

A Heart Healed (Malachi 2.1-9)

  1. Honor God’s Character (Heart/Affections) (1-6)

  2. Preserve Clear Instruction (Mind) (7-9)

  3. Gather . . .

Malachi’s Path to Clear Thinking: Who Doesn’t Want Life, Peace, Awe, Honesty, Uprightness, and Mentoring? (2.1-6)

  1. Guard Knowledge (2.7a)

  2. Seek Instruction (2.7b)

  3. Accept the Need for a Messenger/Mediator (2.7c)

  4. Avoid Stumbling People (2.8)

  5. Reject Partiality (2.9)

The Affections of God

Romans 11:33-12:21

Acquaint Ourselves with Malachi’s Situation
Trust God’s Affections (Heart) (Malachi 1.1-5)
Own Our Empty, Cheating Heart (1.6-14)
Honor God’s Character (2.1-6)
Preserve Knowledge and Instruction (Head) (2.7-9)

Resolute

Revelation 21.1-5; 22.1-7

  1. Don’t Minimize the Curse (Gen. 3.1-6; Isa. 1.5-6; 53.4-5)

  2. Do Maximize Grace (Gal. 4.1-7, 2 Tim. 2.1)

  3. Show People Light IN the Darkness (1 John 2.1-10)

    IF we don’t minimize the curse,

    IF we do maximize grace,

    IF we show people light IN the darkness, then we can

    Span the Agonizing Gap!

Shepherds of Joy

Luke 2.1-20

  1. Respect Joy’s Power (Nehemiah 8.8-12)

    1. Accept God’s Diagnosis of Our Core Problem (8-9)

    2. Nurture Joy by Celebrating Simple Things (10a)

    3. Affirm Joy’s STRENGTH to Transcend Grief (10b)

    4. Believe That Joy is Holy (11-12)

  2. Learn from the Original Temptation

  3. Shepherd Hearts to True Joy (Luke 2.1-20)

    1. Celebrate Good News (10)

    2. Identify Our Deepest Need (11)

    3. Seek God’s Favor (14)

    4. Act on the Message (15)

    5. Treasure the Incarnation (19)

    6. Ponder the Incarnation (19)

    7. Give God Glory (20)

    8. Give God Praise (20)

People of Faith

Hab. 1.12-2.4

  1. Address the foundation (Hab. 1.12-2.4)

    1. Our problem: we cross examine & judge God by our reason.

    2. His Response: trust in the prophecies.

    3. The needed bridges between our reasons and God's prophesies: faith.

  2. Prepare for the Advent. (Matt. 3.1-12)

    1. Be willing to be a little weird for Jesus. (3.4)

    2. Embrace change.

    3. Who you think you are is not enough compared to who you need to be.

  3. Fix their eyes on the unseen. (2 Cor. 4.16-18)

    1. Faith connects with a reality that reason cannot attain by itself.

    2. Faith is essential to all relationships. Relationships are gambled placed on the character of the one we choose to open up to.

    3. Sooner or later your decisions will reveal whether you value faith enough to gamble on God's character.

  4. Overcome their egos. (1 John 1.19-27, 3.22-36; Matt 3.13-15)

    1. Reject pride and the need for your name to be known.

    2. Push through insecurity.

    3. Reject false humility. Who are you to shrink back from who God has called you to be and what He has told you to do?

  5. Accept that faith requires faith. (Luke 7.18-28)

    1. Doubt by itself is not the problem. Even John the Baptist doubted.

    2. Doubt is a problem when we require more evidence then we really need to step out and trust God, even with our lives.

The Prophet's Hope

Luke 2.25-35

  1. Intro: Renounce Lies That Kill Hope (Prov. 13.12)

    1. Lie #1: Something new, naughty, nice, or ‘needed’ will restore my energy

    2. Lie #2: My world is inevitably, inexorably getting better.

    3. Lie #3: “Identity Politics” Will Save Me

    4. Lie #4: The flawed coping mechanism of “Safety-ism”

  2. Apply a Prophet’s Insight (Simeon) (Luke 2.25-35)

    1. waiting for the consolation

    2. a light for revelation to the Gentiles

    3. for glory to your people Israel

    4. this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many

    5. a sword will pierce through your (Mary’s) soul also

    6. so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed

  3. Follow a Prophet’s Process (Paul) (Rom. 5.1-5)

    1. Choose to rejoice in suffering (remember Simeon’s insights)
      (The fight for your attitude is the first fight you must win. If you have a bad attitude, you are fighting yourself and whatever the actual challenge is)

    2. Suffering produces endurance

      (“Suffering “ is meager rations, hardships, restrictions, anxieties)
      (Safety-ism weakens our constitution)

    3. Endurance produces character

      (validation, dependability)

    4. Character produces hope

  4. Gain a Prophet’s Hope (John) (Rev. 19.9-10)

    A Prophet’s Hope Changes Attitude and Perspective

Stewardship and Passing the Baton

2 Timothy 2.1-13

  1. Understand the Generational Dynamic (1 John 2.12-14) “I am writing - I have written”

    1. Children: Know forgiveness - Know the Father

    2. Fathers (Old): Know the Father - Know the Father

    3. Young Men (Young): Overcome the Devil (Flesh, Eyes, Pride) - Be strong. Remain in the Word

  2. Pass the Baton (1 Tim. 2.1-13)

    1. Be strong in grace

    2. Commit to faithful men

    3. Endure hardness as a good soldier (Athlete) (Farmer)

    4. Affirm the Uniqueness of the Apostolic Writings

  3. Find a Way to Pass the Baton (Sinek Video)

    As in any trial, ask for wisdom (James 1)

    1. ProVision & Culture – Challenges for Millennials

    2. Housing

      1. 58% increase since 2012

      2. 450% increase 1950-2005

    3. Health Insurance – 125% increase since 1999

    4. Education - 213% Increase 1988-2018

    5. Discipleship/Transformation – the True, the Good, and the Beautiful

    6. Strategy – What is the Strategy?

  4. Control Your Own Attitude

    Be Willing to Be a Slave for Jesus

    Philippians 2.1-11

    1 Corinthians 9.19-23

    1 Peter 2.11-21

    FAULT versus

    RESPONSIBILITY

Stewardship and Giving

Matthew 6.19-34

1. Jesus’ concession to our warped hearts (19-21)
2. A single eye/simple heart is a generous heart (22-23)
3. The binary choice is God or money. Why? (24)
4. We overthink things because of anxiety (25-31)
5. We do have basic physical needs, but only humans stress so much when our basic needs are already met. Why? (32)
6. Learn the manna principle (33-34)
Summary:
Give 10%, Attack Your Debt, Save 10% Long Term
and See God Heal Your Heart!