Notes for FaithPoint

FaithPoint Logo 1The text for this sermon is Psalm 42. The title of this sermon is: Desperate.

Desperate: feeling, showing or involving hopelessness. A situation has become so bad as it seems impossible to deal with.

Have you ever felt desperate?

Psalm 42:1-5

We have lost what it means to be desperate for God. Let’s be clear, the psalmist is desperate for God and God alone, not what God can do for him.

Being desperate for God means being dependent on God. We don’t want to be dependent. We don’t like feeling helpless. We don’t like asking for help. We want to be independent. We want to be strong in our strength, not in the strength that God gives. We want to do it ourselves.

When life throws us a curveball, the last place we want to run to is God. We have so many other things that we can do before we go to God for help.

 

  • Books
  • Google
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • TV
  • YouTube
  • Apps

 

We are extremely dependent on technology. Have we traded our dependence on God for all of these things?

Do these things deserve our trust more than God does?

We don’t want to be obedient. We don’t want to fully trust that God can take care of our needs.

Do you see the problem with this?

 

  • We don’t want God to satisfy our needs as much as we want God to satisfy our wants.
  • We don’t want to read the Bible to hear from Him because we have better things to do. We feel like sitting down to read anything, let alone the Bible, is a waste of time.
  • We don’t want to put on the full armor of God and prepare for battle because we don’t really believe that we are living in wartime.
  • We don’t want to wait on God because we are so used to having what we want when we want it.
  • We don’t want to give up our sin and our selfish desires because we think managing them is better than total freedom and deliverance from Jesus.
  • We don’t want to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. We like how we think and believe just fine. We don’t need God going in and jacking up how we think.
  • We don’t want to endure. We don’t believe that there is anything going on that would cause us to have to endure.
  • We don’t want to persevere. We are not doing anything to make us believe that we have to persevere.
  • We live in the United States. Christians don’t get persecuted here.

We have voluntarily removed ourselves from how the Bible has called us to be disciples and we wonder why we have such a hard time hearing from God.

 

We don’t like being uncomfortable.

 

We have to realign our focus.

We have to get our focus off of ourselves and back on to Jesus. Hebrews 12:2

We need to realize that we need God like we need to breathe. In fact, if you don’t believe that Jesus is the reason that you are breathing right now, it is going to be hard for us to move on. Colossians 2:16-17

We have to get back to the basics.

A disciple is dependent upon his master. Master is used in the same way as lord.

We like Jesus as Savior. We have to trust him as Lord.

When you were saved, a transfer of ownership took place. You were once owned by the devil. You served sin and your selfishness. When Jesus saved you, He redeemed you. Jesus bought you. You left sin as your master and you went to Jesus as your new master. You serve Jesus now. Stop trying to go back to your old master.

God has perfectly laid out for us how to obey Him. It’s not rocket science. It does require heart surgery.

God has told us to love Him with all of our heart, soul and mind. Nothing and no one can come before God. By loving God, we learn how to love others.

God has called us to love Him like a child loves their Daddy and obey His Word.

Everything in our lives comes after that.