I would like to encourage you with the words of Charles Spurgeon speaking about Jesus,
As a perfect man the Father’s delight was upon Him. He stood accepted by the Most High. O believer, God’s acceptance of Christ is your acceptance; for the love that the Father set on a perfect Christ, He sets on you now. For all that Christ did is yours. That perfect righteousness which Jesus worked out, when through His stainless life He kept the law and made it honorable, is yours and is imputed to you.
May that be a blessing to you today.
Here are the notes from the sermon Sunday:
The main text for this sermon comes from Proverbs 28. The title of this sermon is: Sabotaging Your Prayers.
Everyone that has been in a relationship with a friend, parent, co-worker, sibling, or spouse knows what it feels like when the person you want to talk to does not want to talk to you.
If you are a parent, you know how it feels when you tell your child to do something and they rebel. They tell you no, they throw down in a tantrum, or they decide to play instead of clean their room because they don’t believe that you will do anything about it. They might not be convinced that there are consequences for disobeying.
Maybe your kid just tunes you out. They are watching cartoons or playing video games and they are in their zone. It’s not that you are not talking. It is the fact that they are not listening.
The sad thing is that we do the exact same thing to God. Maybe it is because we have heard for so long that God is love and we don’t believe that there are real consequences for disobedience. The Bible says that God is holy, sovereign, righteous, and majestic. If you are a Christian, God is your Heavenly Father.
Proverbs 3:11-12, “My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”
When you disobey, God does not discipline you out of anger. Your disobedience breaks His heart. Your Heavenly Father disciplines you because He loves you and is conforming you to the image of Jesus.
Proverbs 28:14 Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
Hardening your heart is the spiritual version of throwing a tantrum or rebelling. The part about calamity is not a maybe. It is not a may or may not happen. Hardening your heart is digging your own hole. You are working at digging this hole and then when you think you have dug deep enough you look up and realize that you are in your own hole. You have fallen into calamity.
This is a surefire way of sabotaging yourself. You are sabotaging your own sanctification progression.
Let’s go up a few verses.
Feel the tension here.
If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
Google says that the definition of Abomination – a thing that causes disgust or hatred, something repulsive, an abhorrence, or hostility.
So if you hear the word of God, and do nothing with it…you hear the word of God and then decide to not obey it. Your prayers make God want to throw up in his mouth.
Solomon could have ended the chapter right here. Boom! Drops the mic. Walks out.
Let’s park here.
As the dots are connected, feel the weight of these verses.
Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
James 4:17 says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
Disobedience is the key to not getting your prayers answered.
You cannot blame doubt here. You cannot say that you don’t have enough faith for your prayers to be answered. That is something completely different.
Your faith is not growing because you have chosen to ignore what it takes to grow it.
Every time you hear the Bible preached, a response is demanded. An appropriate response would be to hear the Bible and then obey the Scripture, repent from where you failed to obey, or both. However, rebellion is also a response. Rebellion comes with consequences that you do not want.
I am a big believer in taking notes. This time next week, you will only remember a remnant of this sermon. You cannot blame your disobedience on the fact that you forgot. So, take notes, buy a notebook or a journal and a pen. Use your phone or tablet. Whatever it takes to help you be obedient to the Scriptures is what you should do.
This sermon is no different from any other. We want God to answer our prayers so we need to see what is in us that is keeping that from happening.
Confess and repent of known sin.
Confess and repent of disobedience.
Review the Scriptures that you heard. What is in the Scriptures that you can apply and obey?