Walk in the Light of Righeousness 3.4.18

Sunday's Message
March 4, 2018

WALK IN THE LIGHT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

A kid in Minnesota wrote a prayer that begins:                              

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of him very odd.
                               

If Scripture now the class recites
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.  …
                                

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach the crowd.  …
                                 

It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reign the school’s a mess.
So, Lord this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot, my soul please take.

Is it any wonder sin is so rampant in our society?  This Sunday I’m preaching on “Walk in the Light of Righteousness” from Matthew 5:13-20.  Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount was showing that he was the person that Moses said would come to whom Israel must listen (Deuteronomy 18:15).  As Moses gave the Old Covenant from barren Mount Sinai to the twelve tribes, Jesus brought the teaching of the New Covenant from a green mountain overlooking the blue Sea of Galilee to his twelve disciples.  Jesus quoted the law (“You have heard it said”) and then gave a new law (“But I say unto you”).  This law was even more moral than the old law, because the new law comes about when we receive the Spirit and let him live through us (Acts 1:4-5).
       
Won’t you let the Spirit live through you so your righteousness can exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 5:20)?  It’s frustrating to be good on our own power, but when we let Jesus be good through us it’s like soaring on eagles’ wings over green mountains and blue seas!

With love in Christ,
Dr. Jim Meek