Bless the Lord

The message was brought by Rev. Stuart Orr.

We bless the Lord by our attitudes, our service, and our day-to-day living.  We can bring shame to the name of the Lord if we don’t live a life that blesses the Lord.  People see it and say if that’s what being a Christian is about I don’t want anything to do with it.  That’s a shame.  People will judge us, our church, and our pastor by how they see us live.  Don’t bring shame to the Lord.

Micah 6: Hear ye now what the Lord saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice. Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord’s controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the Lord hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel. O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me. For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the Lord. Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Some messages make us want to shout; others put us where the rubber meets the road.  There is a right way and a wrong way to live.  People take God’s grace for granted by the way they live.  Some say they are Christians but live like the devil.  I believe in living in a way that pleases the Lord.  I don’t see where we can commit sin because we can ask forgiveness.  We’re not sin free but the Bible tells us that if we know to do good and don’t do it, it is a sin.  To knowingly sin is willfully sinning.  That’s a dangerous thing.  People treat the Word like a buffet thinking they can pass up what they don’t like.  God is not a short order cook.  You and the preacher follow the same rules.  There isn’t a separate book.  A preacher will be held in higher accountability but the direction is the same for all.  Who I am today is because of Jesus Christ.  Paul jailed and killed Christians before salvation yet he wrote most of the New Testament.  It was not Paul.  He was who he was because of Christ living in him.

If you have an account against God, stand up and testify.  That’s what Micah told them.  It won’t happen.  God has never failed.  It amazes me that God took on flesh and didn’t sin. We don’t pray to some God who doesn’t know how it feels to be human.  He does.  He overcame and we can.  He said we can be more than conquerors.  He never fails.  He never forsakes.  He sticks closer than a brother.

Balak means waster.  Baalam means not of my people.  Balak sent for Baalam but he told him he couldn’t help him.  God had told him not to do anything.  Balak sent more men to talk Baalam into coming.  Even though he had been told by God not to, he asked about it again.  God said go ahead.  That wasn’t what God wanted.  Here is one story where the donkey was smarter than the man.  Some in Israel had forsaken God.  They brought the curse of God.  We can be as close to God as we want.  They can pass laws that we can’t be a Christian or can’t do this or that, but it shouldn’t stop us.  Daniel said you say I can’t pray but I say I can.  The three Hebrews were thrown into a fiery furnace because they wouldn’t bow.  When the King spoke you did what he said, but not these three.  The light switch was quick to turn on for the King.  He threw three men in the fire but saw four in there.  He said that fourth man was like the Son of God.  We get wrapped up in the flesh.  God will take care of us.  Don’t worry.  Our responsibility is to bless the Lord.

We have a book of life in the Bible and a world of literate people who won’t read it.  How can there be a church on every corner and have people “raised” in church and they still don’t know what it means to be born again?   It’s not always the easy road.  We don’t know the end of a situation but we need to trust the Lord for the outcome.  We can’t wheel and deal with the Lord.  We must do it his way.  There will be a battle between our spirit and flesh.  Who will win?  The wellbeing of our life is in our hands.  We need to choose the right thing.  What will you give in exchange for your soul?  Obedience is better than sacrifice.  When we fail, God wants us to confess but he’d rather we obeyed first.

Look at verse 8.  If you want to know what God required, here it is.  Do justly—love your neighbor and do good.  Sometimes it takes sacrifice to do the right thing.  Mercy is not getting what we deserve.  God was kind and loving to give me more than I deserve.  Walk humbly.  God will exalt in due time.  Sometimes it is just saying “yes, Lord” instead of arguing with him.  Bless the Lord by the way we live.

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