Monday, November 10 2008
This was the sermon preached on Sunday, November 9 at Cornerstone Chapel...
Habakkuk 3:19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.
Status Quo is a Latin term meaning the current, or existing state of affairs. It was Ronald Reagan that stated…
Status quo, you know, that is Latin for the mess we're in.
Each of has a status quo. It is our habits, lifestyle and routine existence. We breathe and eat our status quo and each time that we look in the mirror, we stare at what we currently are.
For many people, they are satisfied with their current state of affairs. They have no dreams and ambitions to be more than what they are at any one moment. In their minds, they have achieved all that life has for them. Their rhythm of life has flat lined.
It is the dreams of an individual that pushes them passed the status quo so that they can achieve the greatness that is hidden within them…
- The dream of two brothers and bicycle mechanics, named Orville and Wilbur, that gave us flight
- The passion of a man that failed fourth grade, named Thomas Edison, that gave us the light bulb
- The ambition of Abraham Lincoln, allowed him to overcome his many failures to become our greatest president.
The approval of our current situation or status quo is an attitude that precludes us from achieving the greatness for which we are destined. It is what causes us to remain in a rut without the hope of change. Living in a constant state of affairs without a change of scenery.
I have introduced this sermon using concepts of the physical man. I believe that we should set our goals in this world at high levels and work to achieve them. It is important to gain education and reach for our career goals, but it was Jesus that stated…
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
As we live our lives, we are presented with choices that destine us to what we are to become. These choices include…
• Where do I go to school?
• Who will I marry?
• How many children will I have?
• Where will I work?
• When do I retire?
But, I stand before you today and can tell you with full confidence that these are not the most important decisions that you make in your life. The most important decision that you will make in your life is a fork in the road literally between heaven and hell. Matthew 7…
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Each of must make a decision whether we will serve God. This decision constitutes a change in our status quo. Matthew 6:24 states…
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
If I can for a moment, tell you about Moses. Moses was a prince of Egypt. He had all that he wanted including the best education, but his situation was complicated because he was a Jew living in the house of Pharaoh as Pharaoh held Moses’ people as slaves.
Moses had to make a decision. There is no doubt that this decision was not easy and Moses probably lay in bed at night debating the pros and cons, but the Bible documents what Moses decided. Hebrews 11 states…
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Moses came to understand that his status quo needed to change. His life was not what it should be and although he had accomplished a lot in the physical… there was something missing.
He did not have a relationship with God.
A relationship with God is something that each of us should strive to achieve. We know from the scripture, that a relationship with Jesus Christ brings…
1 Peter 1:8 Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy.
Psalms 71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
If you are in need of a change in your status quo, then Jesus is here to meet you. Habakkuk 3:19 gives us the promise to walk in mine high places. We can move to higher levels in Jesus saying no to status quo. In shedding the shadow of our status quo, we must look to Jesus. We need to seek Him and He can fill you with His wonderful Spirit.
The Psalmists wrote in Psalms 139…
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.