*The circumstances of life will change, but if you are a believer one thing that will never change is your union with Christ!
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
I. You must focus your heart on Christ
The first step on finding out what it means to love God is looking at how God loves us.
II. You must forsake sin.
You can’t love sinning and love Jesus at the same time
A. You are dead to sin
B. Sin disrupts fellowship with God
It is not God who refuses to be in the presence of us and our sin, it is we who refuse to be with God when we sin.
III. You have found new life in Christ.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
We often try to attain Christ by good works or attain joy by sinful pleasures. Once you are saved, Jesus Christ has already given Himself to you and He is the source of joy.
Surrendering often has the result of you simply being faithful where you are at.
The true measure of success in the Christian life is faithfulness and obedience to the Lord.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
2. Selfish motives – V. 20-22
II. The Consequences of this Disorder
1. They were judged instead of blessed – V. 23-29
2. They were chastened – V. 30
*We may not be worthy, but we can partake in a worthy manner:
1) Having a heart free from sin
2) Filled with love for Christ
3) Willing to obey His Word
“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And he pondereth all his goings.”
III. The Correction of this Disorder
1. Self-judgement – V. 31-32
1) Look WITHIN and confess our sins
2) Look BACK and remember Calvary
3) Look AHEAD and watch for His return
4) Look AROUND and discern the Lord’s body (His Church)
2. Mutual Love – V. 33
3. Spiritual Discernment – V. 34
The benefits [the Lord’s Supper] confers, are spiritual, not physical. Its effects must be looked for in our inward man. It was intended to remind us, by the visible, tangible emblems of bread and wine, that the offering of Christ’s body and blood for us on the cross, is the only atonement for sin, and the life of a believer’s soul. It was meant to help our poor weak faith to closer fellowship with our crucified Savior, and to assist us in spiritually feeding on Christ’s body and blood. It is an ordinance for redeemed sinners, and not for unfallen angels. By receiving it we publicly declare our sense of guilt, and need of a Savior – our trust in Jesus, and our love to Him – our desire to live upon Him, and our hope to live with Him. Using it in this spirit, we shall find our repentance deepened, our faith increased, our hope brightened, and our love enlarged – our besetting sins weakened, and our graces strengthened. It will draw us nearer to Christ. - J. C. Ryle