Set Your Mind On Life And Peace

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Sermon given at Community of Christ, Crystal Springs congregation in July 2008

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Set Your Mind On Life And Peace

  1. 1. Set Your Mind on Life and Peace “ ---melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.”
  2. 2. Set your Mind on Life and Peace <ul><li>It is said that we make time for those things we really want to do--- </li></ul><ul><li>What is it that you really will do in serving God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death </li></ul><ul><li>For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. </li></ul><ul><li>That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. </li></ul>Romans 8: 1-11
  4. 4. <ul><li>For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. </li></ul><ul><li>Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. </li></ul><ul><li>So then they that are after the flesh cannot please God. </li></ul><ul><li>But ye are not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. </li></ul><ul><li>And if Christ be in you, though the body shall die because of sin, yet the Spirit is life, because of righteousness. </li></ul><ul><li>And if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Set your mind on life and peace Make your actions demonstrate your mind-set
  6. 6. Spirit of the Living God <ul><li>Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me </li></ul><ul><li>Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me </li></ul><ul><li>Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me </li></ul><ul><li>Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me </li></ul>When this song is sung I feel the Spirit melt me, mold me, fill me. The Spirit’s use of me follows, but not always to the extent it or I intend. What about you?
  7. 7. Something is happening to me--- <ul><li>Over my lifetime </li></ul><ul><li>Since the day I was baptized </li></ul><ul><li>Since my first youth camp experience </li></ul><ul><li>Since my first “back-against-the-wall”, no-win-situation experience </li></ul><ul><li>Since my last most recent “mountain-top” experience---- </li></ul>
  8. 8. Something is happening to me--- <ul><li>As I listen to that hymn that starts playing through my mind all day, and won’t stop </li></ul><ul><li>As I pray when that name sounds in my thoughts and/or that face appears in my mind’s eye----because I believe it is the Spirit alerting me to need </li></ul><ul><li>As I try to make better choices about how I spend my time or my money </li></ul><ul><li>As I fail to use my gifts the way I believe I should </li></ul><ul><li>As I struggle to learn patience and endurance </li></ul><ul><li>As I perceive and begin to understand the Lord’s blessings for me, my family, my loved-ones </li></ul>---I am being melted, molded, and filled
  9. 9. Am I still being melted, molded? <ul><li>I feel I need to be </li></ul><ul><li>I promise you that I want to be </li></ul><ul><li>I want to be a better, more perfect vessel for God to use for ministry and blessing </li></ul><ul><li>I want to be ready to serve </li></ul>
  10. 10. Joshua 24:15 <ul><li>Choose you this day whom ye will serve---but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. </li></ul>I want to be melted, molded, filled and used by my Lord whenever and wherever he needs me---whether or not I can be perfect in this.
  11. 11. Let the words speak to you---- <ul><li>Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me </li></ul><ul><li>Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me </li></ul><ul><li>Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me </li></ul><ul><li>Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me </li></ul>
  12. 12. Melt me, mold me, fill me <ul><li>Filled to overflowing </li></ul><ul><li>Filled with the urge to share how I am feeling----about my blessings---about my striving---about having to wait for answers, and finally getting them----about what I have learned---about being alive! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Fill me, Lord <ul><li>That I might walk my talk---be authentic---have high integrity---be real </li></ul><ul><li>To share my testimony of you in all I do and say, even when I am NOT thinking of you. </li></ul>
  14. 14. When someone has really found the Lord---how does one know? <ul><li>By the fruits of the Spirit? Is this the recognizable mold? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Longsuffering (a.k.a. Patience) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gentleness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goodness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faith </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meekness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Temperance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I am asking myself how well does my daily behavior match up with these. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Set your Mind on Life and Peace <ul><li>It is said that we make time for those things we really want to do--- </li></ul><ul><li>What about the things we’ve touched on today? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi <ul><li>Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy; </li></ul><ul><li>O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. </li></ul><ul><li>For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Set your mind on life and peace Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me

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