Out Of Control

OUT OF CONTROL 

WHO’S DRIVING YOUR CAR?

 

I LIKE TO WATCH RACING, PREFERABLY INDY CAR, FORMULA 1, TRANS AM AND RALLY. I ESPECIALLY FIND INDY CARS FASCINATING.

 

THE CHASSIS IS 32” HIGH, MADE OUT OF CARBON FIBER OR ALUMINUM. THE CARS CURB WEIGHT SITS AT ABOUT 1500 LBS. THE CARS CAN PRODUCE UP TO 800 HORSEPOWER AT 12,800 RPMs, WITH A TOP SPEED OF 240 MPH. THAT IS A 0-100 TIME IN LESS THAN 4 SECONDS.

THE STEERING WHEEL HAS BUTTONS ON IT THAT CONTROLS THE FUEL MIXTURE, RADIO COMMUNICATIONS, GEAR SHIFTING, AND SPEED PRESETS FOR CAUTION PERIODS AND PIT ROW APPROACHES. THE STEERING COLUMN IS ALSO DESIGNED TO BREAK AWAY IN A CRASH AS TO NOT INJURE THE DRIVER.

THE DRIVER HAS TO BE FOCUSED AT ALL TIMES ESPECIALLY AT SPEEDS UPWARDS OF 180 MPH. IF THE STEERING WHEEL IS TURNED TOO MUCH TO THE RIGHT OR TO THE LEFT, THE CAR CAN RUN INTO THE PROBLEM OF EXTRA AIR FLOW WHICH CAN SPIN OR FLIP THE CAR AND EVENTUALLY IT CRASHES INTO PIECES. DESPITE HOW WELL THE CAR IS MADE, THERE ARE SOME CRASHES THAT DRIVERS DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM.

 

OUR LIVES DESERVE THE SAME FOCUS AND DISCIPLINE. WHY IS IT THAT WE DO NOT FULLY LET GOD CONTROL OUR LIVES? WE KNOW THE VERSES, WE’VE HEARD THE STORIES BUT YET WE STILL LIVE LIFE OUR WAY THINKING THAT WE HAVE ULTIMATE CONTROL OVER EVERY SITUATION. MAYBE WE DON’T GIVE GOD CONTROL BECAUSE WE DON’T REALLY KNOW WHO HE IS. WE HAVE OPINIONS ABOUT GOD, WE HAVE OUR PRE-CONCEIVED IDEAS ABOUT GOD, AND THEY ARE ALL WRONG. BECAUSE IF THEY WERE CORRECT, GOD WOULD BE IN CONTROL AND NOT US.

 

MATTHEW 28:18-20.

 

AS A CHILD, WE DO NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND WHY OUR PARENTS DO EVERYTHING THEY DO. WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT TWO SONS AND THE VIEWS THEY HAVE ABOUT THEIR FATHER. AND WE CAN DRAW INCREDIBLE APPLICATION FOR OUR LIVES TODAY BY LOOKING AT THESE TWO SONS.

 

THE KIND OF LIFE YOU LEAD, THE KIND OF HUSBAND OR WIFE YOU WILL BE, THE OVERALL PERSON YOU WILL BECOME IS DELICATELY WOVEN, DIRECTLY CONNECTED INTO THE REVELATION OF HOW YOU SEE GOD AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

IS HE A TYRANT, ATM MACHINE, DICTATOR, DRILL SERGEANT, GRANDFATHER?

 

MATTHEW 7:11

 

THINK OF THE IMPACT OF THIS VERSE.

FRIENDS AND RELATIVES USUALLY ONLY GIVE GIFTS ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS LIKE YOUR BIRTHDAY OR CHRISTMAS. GOD DOES NOT NEED A SPECIAL OCCASION. GOD WILL BLESS YOU WHENEVER HE FEELS LIKE IT.

 

WE CAN’T FATHOM GOD BEING LIKE THIS. WHY? BECAUSE WE DON’T BELIEVE IT. WE ARE NOT IN THE POSITION TO RECEIVE WHAT GOD WANTS TO GIVE US. WE HAVE IT INGRAINED IN OUR MIND THAT IF ITS NOT A SPECIAL OCCASION, THAT IF YOU GET SOMETHING, PEOPLE MUST THINK WE ARE POOR OR THAT THEY FEEL SORRY FOR US.

 

GOD IS SAYING, “I JUST WANT TO BLESS YOU!”

 

THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE CAN’T ACTUALLY SEE GOD AS BEING THAT GOOD. GOD’S GOODNESS IS WAY BETTER THAN YOU THINK.

 

I MIGHT BE THE BEST DAD THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. THE BIBLE SAYS AT MY BEST, IT IS EVIL COMPARED TO GOD.

 

WHERE DOES THAT COME FROM?

 

FOR SOME OF US, BECAUSE WE CAN’T SEE GOD, WE ARE VIEWING GOD OUR HEAVENLY FATHER THE SAME WAY WE VIEW OUR EARTHLY FATHER. YOUR EARTHLY FATHER HAS DISAPPOINTED YOU AND FAILED YOU TIME AND AGAIN. SOME OF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR EARTHLY FATHER OR MAY NOT HAVE THE EXACT RELATIONSHIP THAT YOU WANT WITH YOUR EARTHLY FATHER AND THEN WE CREATE THIS FALSE VIEW OF GOD AND WE THROW GOD INTO THE SAME BASKET THAT CARRIES OUR VIEWS OF OUR EARTHLY FATHER.

 

SO WE END UP LIVING OUT OUR LIVES WITH THIS WRONG VIEW OF WHO GOD IS. IT HURTS GOD TO KNOW WE HAVE A WRONG VIEW OF HIM. IT ULTIMATELY HURTS OUR DESTINY OR BETTER YET, WE WILL NEVER FULLY BE ABLE TO LIVE OUT OUR CALLING BECAUSE WE HAVE A MIS-CONSTRUED VIEW OF GOD. WHAT WE DON’T UNDERSTAND IS THAT GOD’S GOODNESS IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO HOW WE LIVE OUR LIFE.

 

THE TWO SONS THAT WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT BOTH MADE MISTAKES. THEY BOTH HAD THE WRONG REVELATION OF HOW GOOD THEIR FATHER IS.

 

WHAT IS GOING TO DEFINE THIS YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY IS ULTIMATELY THE REVELATION WE HAVE OF WHO GOD REALLY IS.

 

WHEN I BECOME A DAD, I WILL BRING IDENTITY TO THE HOME. MY CHILD WILL GET MORE OF THEIR IDENTITY FROM ME THAN THEIR MOM BECAUSE THE FATHER IS IN CHARGE OF BEING THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE HOME AND TRAINING THE CHILD IN THE FEAR AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD. AS A FATHER, I WILL INSTILL IN MY CHILDREN THAT I AM PROUD OF THEM, I LOVE THEM, AND I AM FOR THEM AND ALWAYS HERE FOR THEM. THAT GIVES THEM VALUE AND SELF-ESTEEM.

 

ISN’T IT AMAZING, THAT WHEN THE DISCIPLES WENT TO JESUS AND SAID, “TEACH US TO PRAY.” JESUS SAID, “WHEN YOU ADDRESS GOD, CALL HIM DADDY.”

 

THE DISCIPLES WENT TO JESUS AND SAID, “WE WANT TO TALK TO GOD THE WAY YOU TALK TO GOD.” JESUS SAID, “THE FIRST STEP IS TO CALL HIM DADDY.” THIS IS IMPORTANT. IF CHILDREN DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT VIEW OF THEIR FATHER, THEY WILL NEVER HAVE THE RIGHT VIEW OF THEMSELVES.

 

THAT IS WHY WE HAVE A GENERATION TRYING TO FIND IDENTITY THROUGH OTHER PEOPLE, MAGAZINES, TV, SEX, WHATEVER…BECAUSE THEY HAVE LOST THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR FATHER. THE FATHER PACKED UP AND WENT AWOL AND NEVER SHOWED HIS CHILDREN WHO THEY REALLY ARE.

 

WOULD A REAL DAD WANT HIS CHILDREN TO BECOME DRUG DEALERS, BE A GANG MEMBER, ABUSE THEIR GIRLFRIEND, BECOME AN ALCOHOLIC, SEDUCE COLLEGE WOMEN INTO THINKING IT IS OK TO WORK IN PORNOGRAPHY?

 

MATTHEW 28:18-20

 

GOD KNOWS ABOUT HOW WE FEEL TOWARD OUR EARTHLY FATHERS. HE KNOWS ABOUT BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS. HE KNOWS OUR REAL SITUATION AND GOD SAYS, “I LOVE YOU! BEHOLD, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS.”

 

WHEN YOU TRULY SEE GOD AS YOUR FATHER, YOU WILL HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO LIVE OUT WHAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO DO. YOU HAVE GOT TO HAVE A REVELATION OF GOD AS YOUR FATHER.

DOWNLOAD THIS TO YOUR HARD DRIVE. THIS HAS GOT TO SINK IN. YOU WILL KNOW THAT YOU GET IT WHEN YOU CAN WALK IN CONFIDENCE WITH YOUR SHOULDERS BACK AND REALIZE THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD. YOU CAN SAY, “MY DADDY LOVES ME, MY DADDY IS PROUD OF ME, HE IS FOR ME, NOT AGAINST ME.”

GOD IS NOT MAD AT ME.

 

YOU CAN’T WALK AROUND THINKING GOD IS MAD AT YOU.

I DIDN’T HAVE A QUIET TIME TODAY OR I ONLY PRAYED THREE TIMES LAST WEEK SO GOD IS MAD AT ME.

 

NO, GOD IS A GOOD DADDY.

 

SOME OF YOU WILL NOT INVITE PEOPLE TO CHURCH OR TALK TO ANYONE ABOUT GOD BECAUSE YOU STILL HAVE THE WRONG VIEW OF GOD. YOU FEEL LIKE GOD IS MORE LIKE DARTH VADER, OR BECAUSE OF YOUR WRONG VIEW OF GOD, YOU DON’T REALLY KNOW WHO GOD IS. YES, YOU’RE A CHRISTIAN AND YES YOU ARE SAVED BUT YOU DON’T KNOW GOD.

 

THE DEVIL’S GOAL IS TO PLANT THE WRONG VIEW OF GOD IN YOUR HEAD AND THEN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE BECOMES DULL AND BORING AND YOU WANT TO ABANDON IT ALL TOGETHER.

 

GOD IS NOT A SLAVE DRIVER. GOD IS YOUR DAD. THIS IS WHY YOUR AGE GROUP DROPS OUT OF CHURCH AFTER GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL, THEY GET A JOB OR GO OFF TO SCHOOL AND THEY ARE NOT MOTIVATED TO READ THEIR BIBLE OR GO TO CHURCH BECAUSE THEIR REVELATION OF GOD WAS NEVER WHAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

 

GOD DOES NOT WANT YOU TO LIVE YOUR LIFE OUT OF GUILT. WHERE IN THE BIBLE DOES IT SAY GOD IS MAD AT YOU? SHOW ME ONE SCRIPTURE WHERE IT SAYS GOD IS MAD AT YOU. WHO TOLD YOU THAT GOD WAS MAD AT YOU? WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA?

 

MATTHEW 28:18-20

THIS IS THE MISSION STATEMENT OF CHRISTIANITY. I BELIEVE IT, PASTORS, MISSIONARIES, AND EVANGELISTS TEACH IT. BUT THEY EMPHASIZE THE GO WITHOUT THE BEHOLD. IT IS THE BEHOLD THAT MOTIVATES THE GO.

 

THE BEHOLD IS WHAT MAKES YOUR RADICAL LIFE MORE RADICAL. IT IS WHAT CAN CHANGE YOUR MEDIOCRE LIFE TO RADICAL.

 

JESUS DOES NOT JUST EMPHASIZE THE GO. HE ENDS IT WITH A BEHOLD.

 

LUKE 15:11-34

 

UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND THE BEHOLD YOU WILL NEVER GO AND ACCOMPLISH EVERYTHING THAT GOD WANTS YOU TO ACCOMPLISH.

 

THE BEHOLD, IS GOD’S LOVE, GRACE, MERCY, PEACE, AND COMPASSION. IT IS A REVELATION.

 

WHEN I REALIZE THIS, I CAN GO AND DO WHATEVER GOD HAS CALLED ME TO DO BECAUSE GOD LOVES ME, IS FOR ME, AND IS NOT MAD AT ME. GOD IS NOT AGAINST ME.

 

YOU HAVE TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE REALIZE WE ARE WORTHY. NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING WE DID OR BECAUSE WE OBEY RELIGIOUS RULES. IT IS BECAUSE WE ARE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE FATHER.

 

LOOK AT THIS SON. HE WASTES ALL HIS FATHER’S MONEY AND THEN IN THE MIDDLE OF FEEDING PIGS, HE GETS THIS IDEA. “I AM GOING TO GO HOME AND TELL MY FATHER THAT I AM NOT WORTHY TO BE CALLED YOUR SON. MAKE ME LIKE A HIRED SERVANT AND I WILL WORK FOR YOU.”

 

WHAT MADE YOU WORTHY BEFORE YOU USELESS JOKER?

WAS IT BECAUSE YOU WERE BORN INTO THE FAMILY?

 

WHAT MAKES US WORTHY IS THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST. THE DONE STUFF. JESUS HAS ALREADY DONE IT SO THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE HAVE DO ON OUR PART TO BE WORTHY.

 

WE HAVE SCHIZOPHRENIC CHRISTIANS RUNNING AROUND BECAUSE THEIR IDENTITY IS NOT BASED UPON THE CROSS AND JESUS CHRIST. IT IS BASED ON THEIR ALWAYS CHANGING PERSONALITY AND UNPREDICTABLE LIFESTYLE.

 

THE PEOPLE THAT ARE CHANGING THE WORLD ARE NOT THE ONES WHO COME TO CHURCH ONCE A WEEK AND GET THEIR FIX AND GO HOME TO SIT ON THEIR BUTTS AND LIVE LIFE THE WAY THEY WANT TO.

 

THE PEOPLE CHANGING THE WORLD ARE THE ONES WITH THE AWESOME REVELATION OF WHO GOD REALLY IS THAT EVEN IN MY WEAKNESS…

2 CORINTHIANS 12:9 SAYS, HIS POWER IS MADE PERFECT IN MY WEAKNESS.

 

AND WHEN I WAS BORN AGAIN, JESUS DEEMED ME WORTHY AND IF I WAS WORTHY THEN, I AM DEFINITELY WORTHY NOW.

WHAT MAKES ME WORTHY IS NOT MY WORKS.

WHAT MAKES ME WORTHY IS THE BLOOD OF JESUS.

 

WE WILL NEVER GO THE DISTANCE AND FINISH OUR RACE IF WE DON’T GET THE REVELATION OF HOW GOOD GOD REALLY IS.

 

YOU DIDN’T CHOOSE JESUS! JESUS CHOSE YOU!

 

JESUS SEARCHED YOU OUT. YOU DIDN’T SEARCH FOR JESUS. AND IF JESUS THOUGHT US WORTHY ENOUGH TO BE SAVED, HE STILL SEES US AS WORTHY NOW.

 

GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS. THAT IS HUGE.

 

AND BEHOLD (NLT – BE ASSURED OF)

 

I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS.

 

GOD’S GOODNESS KNOWS NO LIMITS.

 

THE SON DECIDES TO GO HOME.

HIS PREPARED SPEECH NEVER GETS OUT OF HIS MOUTH.

 

THE FATHER LOOKS AT HIS SERVANT – GO GET THE ROBE, RING AND SANDALS.

 

THE BOY DID NOT EARN ANY OF THAT. WHAT KIND OF FATHER WOULD JUST GIVE STUFF TO HIS SON AFTER THE LIFE HE LIVED?

 

JESUS IS SAYING, “THAT IS ME!”

 

AT THE START OF THE PARABLE, BOTH SONS GET THEIR INHERITANCE. ONE WASTES IT AND THE OTHER ONE DOES NOTHING WITH IT. THERE ARE TWO EXTREMES HERE.

 

ONE GETS ANGRY AND LEAVES HIS FATHER TO LIVE LIFE HIS OWN WAY AND JUMPS HEAD FIRST INTO SIN. THE OTHER SON DOES NOTHING. IN FACT, THE SECOND SON GOES TO TALK TO THE FATHER.

THE FATHER SAYS ALL THAT I HAVE IS YOURS.

WHEN THE SON MADE THAT STATEMENT, HE HAD A TON OF MONEY.

 

2 CHOICES – TAKE DAD’S OR GO BUY YOUR OWN. DON’T WHINE AND COMPLAIN. USE WHAT YOUR FATHER GAVE YOU.

 

HIS PROBLEM IS THAT HE TOO HAS THE WRONG VIEW OF HIS FATHER. HE IS WAITING FOR THE FATHER TO SERVE HIM ON A SILVER PLATTER. WHAT? THE FATHER DOESN’T OWE YOU ANYTHING.

UNLESS WE GET THE REAL REVELATION OF GOD, WE WILL EITHER LEAVE GOD AND TRY TO LIVE LIFE ON OUR OWN OR WE WILL BE LIKE A FEW OTHER MILLION PEOPLE WHO DO NOTHING!

 

BOTH ARE WRONG.

BOTH HAVE A FALSE CONCEPT OF WHO GOD REALLY IS.

 

GOD’S GOODNESS IS AWESOME. GOD LOVES US, HE IS NOT AGAINST US.

 

GOD IS SAYING, “GIVE ME THE CAR. I WILL DRIVE AND I WILL TAKE YOU WHERE I WANT YOU TO GO.”

 

JUST STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. SEE GOD FOR WHO HE REALLY IS AND GET IN THE CAR.

 

 

 

 

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