Sunday Hangovers

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Its the morning after a spirit filled day of worshiping the Most High God.  We have prayed, praised and fellowship with others.  We were fed spiritual food and increased our faith.  We offered thanks and blessings unto the LORD.  But now its Monday morning and we have a hangover as we don’t remember nothing for the day before.  We wonder how did we get home, we wonder if it was all a dream, we wonder if the Pastor was talking to us or was the sermon meant for someone else?  No, no, no he couldn’t have possibly meant those words for me cause I’m too good for that.  We soon forget every word that was spoken and even all of the heart felt prayers we sent up to heaven.  We forget about the painful supplications to the LORD.  We forget about the fact that we begged the Holy Spirit to come into our lives and change us; thus making us whole.  We forgot that in the heat of the moment when emotions were high that we asked GOD to use us for His purpose.  We got caught up in all the excitement and prayed to be sent out into the world and proclaim Jesus Christ before the world.  We forgot that we made a vow to build up our community and to love our neighbors as well as pray for our enemies.  We forgot that we said that we would deny ourselves and pick up our cross.  Wow, what a hangover now we struggle the rest of the week all by ourselves not because the LORD left us but by choice.  We decided to drink the wine and get drunk on emotions and not on transforming power of the Holy Spirit.  The seed fell on the path, the rocks and the thorns but no good ground.  We spent all day Sunday building on sand and come Monday we put the candle under a bush.  We have choked the Spirit out and sat self on top of the throne of our hearts.  Emotions can be dangerous, especially coming from a uncircumcised heart.

Matthew 15

7You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8” ‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
9They worship me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.’[d]

10Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’ ”

15Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”

16“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’ ”

Our emotions make us drunk and we can’t receive what the Holy Spirit speaks because our hearts are determined to please the flesh.  The flesh rejects correction by the Spirit and says its not me or my problem, thus casting off the Word of God.  If it is not casted off right away, as soon as trials arrive the shallow faith is knocked off the foundation of sand.  We focus so much on the outside our very core riots because of covered up sin.  Humble yourselves and give all to Christ so that your eyes are open and you see the Cross and the risen Christ as well as God’s glorious grace.

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