Sermon Archive

Christlikeness/holiness will cost you! It will cost you the expense of laziness because now there is no more coasting through life! You will now need to be aware everyday of where your heart is going and what you are allowing in. It will cost you precious idols and false comforters as you begin to give those up and put Jesus back on the throne. It may cost you relationships as you get looked at as odd because you won’t watch the same movies, listen to the same music, or engage in the same forms of entertainment as others. It may cost you sleepless nights, not because you’re up worrying, but because you are up praying for the salvation of the lost, for strength for believers, for strongholds to be broken, and a host of other things! It may cause you the degree of loneliness that Jesus experienced because few people want to give what it takes to truly be like Jesus!

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In John Eldredge’s book "The Utter Relief of Holiness" he describes how when a surfer catches a wave there is a little effort on his part to get into the barrel through paddling but once in that barrel you simply go with it. You don’t create the wave; that is entirely beyond you. Once you are in the wave your part is to cooperate.

Holiness and Christlikeness work in the same way! We cannot muster any holiness on our own, we can simply cooperate with the work Christ is doing in us. Read Philippians 2:12-13

Did you catch that? God is the one who enables you to desire and live out holiness... Our job is to simply cooperate with what He wants to do in us! So how do I cooperate with what God is wanting to do in me?

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Jesus has a way of compelling people to change at the soul level that no amount of behavior modification could ever do. There are numerous examples in Scripture from the prostitute in Luke 7 who went through a radical change in lifestyle to the woman at the well in John 4 who also went through a radical lifestyle change. Now I want to look at another radical change in lifestyle in a guy by the name of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10.

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Sin has plagued mankind since it first entered the world as recorded in Genesis 3. It has caused a relational breakdown between man and God and between man and man. In Genesis 3 God made clear that man would die when they sinned. The word "die" has to mean something more than just a physical death since the day Adam and Eve sinned they didn't physically die. Given the context it means "separation" between man and God and man and man, which includes both physical and spiritual death, or separation. Look at the words Moses records here. Read Genesis 3:16-24

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