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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
January 6, 2019
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Keeping Things New

 

Think of something that you wanted and when you got it you were excited and so thankful to have it.

·        Did you feel just as excited and thankful about it a year later?

·        How about 10 years later?

 

We all like being fed from a relationship.

  • Can someone show you affection or love without you taking it for granted.

 

The key to not be coming self-absorbed and needing to be fed constantly is to give to that relationship. 

 

Deuteronomy 8:11-20 NKJV "Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest — when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end — then you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.'"

"And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God."

 

A spoiled kid does not take into account what he has and only wants more.

·        In 2 Timothy 3:2 in the last days men will be ungrateful.

 

Joshua 4:1-3 NKJV "And it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over the Jordan, that the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying: "Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from every tribe, and command them, saying, 'Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.'"

 

Joshua 4:19-24 NKJV "Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. And those twelve stones which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal. 21 Then he spoke to the children of Israel, saying: "When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What are these stones?' 22 then you shall let your children know, saying, 'Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry land'; 23 for the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over, 24 that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever."

 

Relationships are one of the easiest things to take for granted when the new wears off

A key to keep relationships new is what God told the COI to do - ceremonial things

·        Ceremonial Laws are to focus the adherent attention on God.

 

The key to not be coming self-absorbed and needing to be fed constantly is to give to that relationship. 

 

We all like being fed from a relationship.

Our Father is constantly giving and we must also.

It is usually sacrificial giving because it doesn't naturally flow from us.

Praise and intimacy naturally flows after we've been given something.

Broken people find it hard to give out because the insecurities from their Brokenness makes them feel like they are a slave.

To be healed it is necessary to push into the pain and give when you are screaming that you need someone to give to you.

The key to not becoming self-centered is to always give out.

Also, continue to take inventory with thankfulness of what you have so that you don't become presumptuous.

 

Stirring up our mind and our heart by remembrance and thankfulness of what has been given to us in the past is crucial.