Monday, October 3, 2011

Clearing Up the Mix Up

I can get mixed up and messed up without help from anyone. It seems to be in my DNA.

I have been known to believe lies, trust traitors and swallow the devils bait hook, line and sinker. Honestly, there have been times when bad looked good, right seemed wrong and “the boogie man” pulled the wool over my eyes.

This should not be a fact that is wrapped in a shroud of mystery. Paul sounded the alarm in II Corinthians 11:14. “Satan,” he said, “transforms himself into an angel of light.”

It is one of the oldest tricks in the Book. Eve fell for it. She believed that a bad thing looked good and acceptable even if God told her differently. (Genesis 3:1-6)

As a result, she got mixed up and messed up big time, and we have inherited those genes.

We see it all the time. A good marriage begins to look like a piece of dried up, stale, molded bread, and in the mix up we toss it carelessly into the garbage can.

Judas got so mixed up and messed up that he questioned if his Boss recognized his worth and was convinced that he was underpaid and under appreciated and took matters into his own hands and made a shady deal under the table. The story ended at the end of a rope tied around his neck.

It all starts with the same cancerous cell that we will label discontentment. Tattoo this in your memory. Discontentment may originate from different venues, but it almost always leads to the same tragic end….being mixed up and messed up.

A wealthy father decided to take his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. After spending a night or two on the farm of what he considered to be a poor family, they packed up and headed back home in the city.

As they rolled down the highway, dad turned to his son and asked, “How was the trip? Did you see how poor people live?” The son replied, “I sure did.”

Inspired by the answer his son gave him, he then proceeded, “So, tell me, what you learned from the trip?”

The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard, and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on, and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”

Then he added these sobering words. “THANKS, DAD, FOR SHOWING ME HOW POOR WE ARE.” One trip to the farm cleared up the mix up and set things straight.

Jesus also went down to the farm in a manner of speaking but for a different reason. He came down here from heaven to show us HOW RICH WE ARE, but we are so mixed up that we don’t even know it. It is recorded in these words in II Corinthians 8:9. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich.”

If you have areas in your life that are mixed up and messed up, I have great news for you. He who can fix any fractures, correct any curses, patch any punctures, and mend any messes is on the job today….ready and willing to meet you in your personal emergency.

You can discover the process in Psalms 51. This chapter could be labeled: The Master of Messes. This is how it can work for you.

Number 1: Count On God’s Mercy To Turn Things Around For You.

(Psalms 51:1 – “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness…”)

Number 2: Take Ownership Of Your Bad Decisions.

(Psalms 51:3 – “I acknowledge MY transgressions; and my sin is ever before ME…”)

Number 3: Ask God To Give You A Clean Slate For A New Beginning.

(Psalms 51:7 – “Purge me…and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”)

Number 4: Recapture Real Joy In Living.

(Psalms 51:12 – “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation…”)

You got yourself into the mess, but God has given you a plan for clearing up the messed up and mixed up life you are in. May I suggest that the best time to get the mess fixed up is between yesterday and tomorrow? That means today. The next move is yours. God is waiting.

Clearing Up Our Mix Up

Pastor J & Bob

1 comment:

  1. Loved the "poor folks" segment, incredible truth there. Good stuff pastor J