You’re out of order
Reposting Pastor Boxley’s sermon from tjforlife.com
Good morning, everyone. Welcome to “Try Jesus!” If this is your first time joining us, it’s great to have you with us. I would like to thank all the new members for joining “Try Jesus.” Also welcome those in Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, and Michigan, this week.
We live in some strange and challenging times, don’t we? I just recently heard where a leader wants to take individuals and get homeowners to take in total strangers into their homes. Some of us have relatives we’ve known for years and would never take them in, amen? (Smile).
Where has all the sanity and common sense gone in our nation? Praise God, we can still go to the creator who gives us wisdom and understanding when chaotic times invade our community.
Let’s pray, “Heavenly Father, thank you for another wonderful day that we get to come into your presence with thanksgiving and enter your courts with praise. Lord, thank you for gathering hearts and minds across this country through “Try Jesus.”
Lord, may your Holy Spirit impart truth to those who are searching for the “why” and “how” of complications in their life. Thank you for loving each of us and for calling us to your word today.
We come before you and declare our dependence on you. Fill our hearts with your love, fill our words and conversations with truth and grace. We ask all of these things in praise and adoration of you, in Jesus’ name, amen.”
It truly is a great day to be alive and watch how the creator keeps everything going just as he has planned. I’m still in awe of God every time I turn my heart and thoughts towards heaven.
Bye the way, speaking of planning, how many of you keep an itinerary? How many of you keep a diary? How many of you keep a calendar on your fridge for note keeping? Better still, how many of you keep sticky notes all over your house?
I guess in this technology of apps and computer systems, some of you keep your scheduled events on your “I” phone. Is there anyone out there who keeps all personal and scheduling events with pen and paper?
Do department stores even sell pencils and notebook paper anymore? (Smile). So, how do you handle all your children’s scholastic events? Do you consider yourself to be an organized person?
Who is the mastermind behind keeping things in check in your home? When you and your spouse plan your summer family getaway, who is the strategist behind making everything jell together?
Maybe it’s a combined effort on both of you. When it’s done that way, you probably have less errors to fix along the way. Looking out for each other is always one way to achieve the utmost success. In this case, it doesn’t matter who is the brains behind your scheduled events.
I knew a woman some time ago who thought she knew better how to run the home than her husband. She would keep inventory on everything. She would tag things in the home and keep everything from being put in rooms she didn’t like.
She was organized but disorganized, if that makes any sense to you. She was neat but cluttered. She would handle all the medical and financial resources. Her husband pretty much stayed out of her way. I would see him standing outside like he had nothing to do.
It seems his wife was the person who was responsible for inventing, developing, or organizing something. But things began to get worse in how she handles all the stuff in her home and how she handled her husband in the home.
Who handles all the arrangements for an event or activity, especially important matters concerning relatives who might visit your home? Sometimes when things are difficult or complicated involving special events, sometimes a husband or wife may want to take charge for a better outcome.
The woman I spoke about a moment ago was starting to show signs of over thinking ways to keep things in order. She was beginning to stockpile everything. I started to wonder if she might show signs of hoarding.
A compulsive hoarder is a person whose hoarding instinct has gotten out of control, leaving them psychologically unable to get rid of anything. Have you ever lived with someone who can’t let go of anything?
Spring cleaning for a hoarder is like living in a landfill collecting more stuff. If you do know someone trapped in this cycle, please continue to pray for them and be gentile with them while helping them to release their hold on stuff that crowds them out if their living space.
I knew another woman who treated her husband like he was always out of order. She wouldn’t allow him to do anything in the home. It got to the point where he felt like she was trying to turn him into a showroom mannequin to dress and move around anywhere she liked him to be in the home.
I really felt sorrow for him. And began to pray earnestly for his marriage. Their marriage was definitely out of order. One day I recall when they invited me over for breakfast and to talk about biblical matters.
At first, I thought about declining the invitation. But prayer led me to think that God can always give us wisdom in sensitive moments where relationships are fractured.
So, When I arrived at their home, we shook hands and shared smiles. Things were going great in the living room. Our fellowship was making great progress. But then, it happened.
Her husband had started to take the lead in one of our conversations on a particular subject. She then abruptly interrupted and asked me if I wanted to come and sit in the kitchen as she prepared the breakfast.
I turned to see what he was going to do, but he had a snarled look on his face. He did, however, come into the kitchen with us. Once in the kitchen, his wife asked if I liked hash brown real potatoes.
I smiled and said “sure, I’d love some.” Her husband joined in and said, “I’ll soften your potato in the microwave before my wife dices it up.” I sat there and watched as they seemed to maneuver around the kitchen without any synchronization.
She seemed to be frustrated with his conversations about cooking. Finally, as he was about to turn the potato around in the microwave, she raised her voice and snatched the seemingly hit potatoes out his hand and said, “you don’t know anything about anything, go sit down!”
That, among other things let me know things were out of order in their relationship. She wanted him to be that mannequin in the kitchen without a voice. I guess when he wasn’t speaking their marriage was great.
God has designed marriage and all relationship matters to be one of order and stability. A marriage has a hard time surviving if the communication is one sided. God always does everything in order.
Since he created the world and everything in it, God purposed everything to function in an orderly fashion. There are many members who have joined “Try Jesus” all over the country.
But if I were to ask the question, “What is out of order in your state today?” Some of you might say, “broken homes and marriages,” some might say, “law and order has been neglected.” Still others might say, “we have a drug and failing educational system in our state.”
Since the fall in the garden thousands of years ago, God has Instituted his plan of order to restore his fallen creation through a personal and loving relationship through his son, Jesus Christ.
Just as a judge in a court room setting might begin proceedings through the bailiff by announcing to those in attendance with the words, “All rise.”
A bailiff is a law enforcement officer charged with maintaining peace and security in a courtroom. Many jurisdictions use deputy sheriffs, and federal courthouses have U.S. marshals.
When a presiding judge enters a room from the announcement of the bailiff, the judge during any outburst or confusion may bang his gavel with the words “order!” usually to signal for attention or order.
In 2023, Christians still serve a God of order. Paul spoke these words to the church at Corinth, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:40 KJV). Paul had told the people of Corinth earlier in verse 33, these words.
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV). The Greek word (akatastasia) confusion means to have instability, which is disorder.
Confusion can be the start or opening 9f commotion or a tumult. It’s the state of disorder and disturbance. How many times did an argument start in your home over something trivial?
How many times did it take someone with a level even handed demeanor to put the fire of disagreement out? We’ve heard the phrase “It takes two to tango, right?” How powerful is it to have someone in the home who loves peace?
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9 KJV). “Who doesn’t want peace in their home?” My parents hated waste of time arguments. There was never anything good that came out of a senseless discussion.
When order breaks down in any environment, it leads to confusion and chaos. The Christians in Corinth were struggling with their environment. They were surrounded by corruption and every conceivable sin.
[They felt the pressure to adapt by joining in. They knew that as followers of Jesus they had been given new life, but they were having a hard time giving up their old, sinful way of life.]
The Corinthians struggled in this new freedom of following Jesus. This “new covenant” Paul spoke about was having some disorder in it. Did this mean they no longer had to follow many of the Jewish religious laws and rituals?
[How should they view idols, or sexuality? What should they do about marriage, women in the church, and the gifts of the Spirit? What makes a church different than a synagogue?]
As I spoke earlier about how my parents handled unruly disorder in the home, Paul emphasized the power of peaceful dialog to help towards the Holy Spirit be allowed to fill leaders and saints with gifts so the church can be edified.
The problem with many churches today is that they resist and grieve the Holy Spirit from what he desires to do through them. Sometimes churches move to the extreme in one way or the other. Some churches are afraid to let the Holy Spirit have his way during a service.
Some churches have decided to opt for rigid, predictable, and unvarying forms of worship in which God’s presence is as difficult to find as in disorderly gatherings.
What does that mean? Well, I’ve seen the Holy Spirit squelched in a church before. Me and my daughter were guests at an Episcopal church. During the liturgy portion of the service and continuing throughout the whole morning, as my daughter used the words, “Hey dad, everything seemed scripted to me.”
I told her she was correct. It seemed like bad acting in a movie. I’m sure some of you can tell the difference between Academy award acting scenes and bad acting scenes that seems like their words are broken syllables.
But I’ve also been a guest at a church where religiosity worship goes off the rails. Imagine telling your children who you allowed to invite many of their friends over for a summer grill and fun day.
But during the fun time, you hear this banging noise in the living room. You thought they were suppose to be watching a box office hit movie. But when you came in, they were jumping over the sofa, throwing gum at the ceiling fan, spilling drinks on the floor, etc.
You’d might say these children are out if order, right? I know there are many parents out there who are smiling and saying “Amen!” When it comes to children, getting things in order is one thing, keeping things in order is entirely something else (Smile).
God certainly understands our dilemma. That’s why in the body of Christ, authentic Christians have the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to help keep things in order. But sometimes people come in the church with flesh initiatives.
What do I mean by the flesh? Jesus said it this way, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63 KJV).
The Holy Spirit gives spiritual life; without the work of the Holy Spirit, and his spiritual gifts in a church service, we are reduced to acting out in fleshly mimicry of what the Holy Spirit is leading true believers into.
Thus you can have some churches dealing with disorder in the church.
The Bible says some people have a form of godliness but deny the power there of. Paul went into great detail about these kinds of individuals and their character in his letter to Timothy. (2 Timothy 3:1-7).
Looking at verse 5, we see that some of the people had a form of godliness but denied the power. This simply means they were trying to be something they were not.
If you’ve ever seen a chameleon, this is a lizard which has the ability to shift to different hues and degrees of brightness so as to blend in to its environment.
“Sometime Christians,” or “church goers” sometimes blend in and mimic the surroundings around them. Because some are not saved the enemy uses them to be out of order during times of worship.
Paul himself faced this issue when he and Timothy (who he met on his journey) met Lydia, (who was baptized) came across a woman who was possessed with a spirit of divination. (Acts 16:16).
The Greek word divination (Puthōn) is a word which means a soothsayer, fortune-teller. This woman followed Paul and the others shouting, “These are the servants of the most high God, which show the way of salvation!”
What the slave girl said was true, although the source of her knowledge was a demon. If Paul accepted the demon’s words, he would appear to be linking the Good News with demon-related activities, which was fortune-telling. This can happen in any church where order can turn into disorder by those who are unlearned about the order of church etiquette.
The only way to detect these spiritual chameleons is through the Holy Spirit’s gift of “discerning of spirits” (1 Corinthians 12:10). The pastor and leadership of the church (that has spiritual gifts in operation) can see disorder in the church many times before it can grow and disrupt the service.
To stop continuous disorder in the church, the pastor and leadership must lovingly approach the individual(s) and offer instruction and guidance on how the church service is to be run.
Church correction is not to remove the individual but to pray for them to be one in the body. There are steps to be taking concerning church discipline when someone is unruly in the church (Matthew 18:15-18).
Jesus further secured his own words earlier by saying, “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3 KJV).
People who engage in division, disorder, back biting, gossiping, schisms, dissensions, slandering, and verbally running down the pastor and leadership can hurt other spiritual babes (lambs) in the church.
Paul spoke about those attitudes in (Romans 1:28-32; 1 Timothy 6:3-6; 2 Timothy 3:2-7; 2 Corinthians 12:20; Galatians 5:19-21). If left unchecked, a spirit filled church will always find itself struggling to have unity and peace inside.
Again, this is why Paul put a stop to this phony charade the demon had over this young girl. Yes, she made her masters rich by interpreting signs and telling people their fortunes. But she was being used by them and being destroyed by the demon.
This also took place when a man named Simon who dabbled in sorcery had caused the people to think he was a great man of God. But after he saw the power of God working through Philip, he was intrigued and got baptized.
But was his conversion genuine? He still needed his mind to be renewed. Just because he was baptized meant nothing. He needed to be changed on the inside.
When he met Peter and John laying hands on people in prayer to receive the Holy Spirit, Simon offered them money to receive the power they had. (Acts 8:18-24). Simon was a man out of order.
He tried to play with and mimic religion the way children might play dress up fun and act like their “Ken and Barbie dolls.” Many people are out of order Monday through Saturday and on Sunday they try to fix themselves. Simon thought money and power could keep him popular with the apostles. Peter scolded Simon with these words.
21} “Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22} Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. 23} For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.” (Acts 8:21-23 KJV).
In wanting to be like the apostles, Simon made himself a pawn of Satan. Until people repent and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus, they will continue to be pretenders until they surrender.
Paul warns Timothy of the opposition that he and other believers would face in the last days from self-centered people who would use the church for their own gain and teach false doctrines (3:1-9).
The Bible is clear in how church order should be conducted in the church. But that doesn’t apply to church functions only. It also applies to us in a personal way (Colossians 1:19-22; 1 Thessalonians 5:23,24; 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; 1 Peter 1:15,16).
Keeping ourselves in personal order (relationship with God) means the things we are responsible for, we should be good stewards over. For example, the Bible tells us we should examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 6:12-14; 12:1,2).
I remember a well-known comedian who was famous for helping children with muscular dystrophy. His name was Jerry Lewis. He once starred in a movie entitled “The Disorderly Orderly.”
In the movie Jerry Lewis plays Jerome Littlefield as an orderly at a hospital. His dream is to be a doctor, but he has a problem that prevents it from becoming a reality. When he hears of a problem that a patient is having, psychosomatically he begins to suffer those symptoms as well.
Littlefield later realizes that his problem with suffering from other people’s symptoms was a direct result of his obsession with the girl he loved. Now that he has overcome that, his problems go away, and he finally becomes a doctor.
It’s hard to fix something in your life if you can’t see the symptoms. Many people today feel like they’re that vending machine that always has that sign over the coin slot that says, “Out of order.”
Some of you may be in unhealthy relationships that has left you broken like that vending machine and completely unserviceable. Some of you have been codependent to the pain you see your children going through.
“So, what’s out of order in your life?” Many people carry unnecessary burdens that keep them from experiencing joy and peace in their lives. But you don’t have to be broken or out of order any longer.
God wants to send you your own personal spiritual technician to get you back in order and give you life in an abundant way. Jesus came for one purpose for humanity, to fix our broken sinful lives.
Jesus, so beautifully, said it this way, 18} The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19} To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18,19 KJV).
He still sends out the invitation to all who will turn to him. 28} “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29} Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30} For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 KJV).
Jesus came to fix the broken human condition. You don’t have to keep running to the same worldly manufacturer and returning as a dissatisfied human customer.
Jesus can fix you once and for all. He can fix your marriage, your children, your career, your sickness, your loneliness, your emptiness, your addictions, your whole life. You just have to turn and surrender your heart to him.
There’s nothing worse than going to the vending machine at work and seeing it completely empty. It serves no purpose standing there without the good snacks inside it. Many lives are like this today. But God always has a purpose and plan for your life.
🗣📢 Last words: In life, sometimes we blow it. We are like that vending machine that somebody puts a coin in to receive that last bag of chips that gets caught hanging but doesn’t want to completely fall to the bottom.
“So, what do some people do?” They vigorously shake that machine to get their snack out. Has anybody ever shaken you? Have you ever had to shake yourself? Again, yes, there are times when we blow it. Yes, there are trials in life that leave us discombobulated.
You see my friends, Jesus came to save and fix lives, not destroy them (Luke 9:51-56). However, in the spiritual world demons and angels are actively at war. Demons fight to drag as many people away from God as they can and to diminish the image of God in each person. They know God exists and has the power to destroy them. Satan always seeks to twist the truth of God’s word.
Satan wants to use all of the world’s devices to keep your life in total disarray. The last thing he wants, is for you to have a life full of love, peace, and stability (1 Corinthians 13:13; 14:26,33; Galatians 5:22-25).
Please read these following scriptures and lock them away in your heart for memory. God desires order in your life, not chaos. Trust him completely
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:26).
23} “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord : and he delighteth in his way. 24} Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23-24 KJV).
“Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:40 KJV).
5} “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6} In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV).
“Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” (Psalm 119:133 KJV).
Be careful who you associate with. (1 Corinthians 15:33). Be careful in your friendships and business relationships. If you spend a lot of time hanging around those who don’t believe in Jesus, you may also find yourself becoming more comfortable with some of their sinful habits.
Am I saying, “stay away from unbelievers, not at all.” The Bible tells us to let our light (really his light) shine before all men. (Matthew 5:13-16). But you should seek God for wisdom concerning all close friendships.
If you don’t, you could find yourself on the path of being out of order very quickly. When bringing your decisions to God in prayer, use the Bible as your guide, and then follow God’s leading. He will direct your path by both guiding and protecting you.
The way to keep peace, truth, and order in the church and in your life is to seek that which is good for it. It’s time to remove that sign “Out of Order” from around your neck. You can wear the sign on your heart that says, “New and improved.” It looks good on you!
📕 The word brings order: (Titus 3:9-11; 1 Timothy 3:15; 1 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 2:14).
🛐 Here’s a prayer you can pray for order in your life. “Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing the spiritual blueprint to fix my disordered life. Lord, my life has been so messed up. I can’t seem to have any peace or balance in my life.
Please Lord, restore order in my body, my mind, and my spirit that I may know that your grace is sufficient for me. Jesus, as I surrender my heart, please flood every area of my life with newness and unspeakable joy.
I realize from reading your word and understanding your truth, I can receive the transformational power of the Holy Spirit, so my life can be in alignment with yours.
I agree with your word from today’s message and declare that I am the clay in your hands. You created me to bring glory to your name. Everything I am belongs to you Lord.
Please continue to help me to steward my life so I can reflect your love to others whose lives are out of order. Thank you, Lord, for bringing new order in my life. In the wonderful and precious name of Jesus I pray, amen.”
Pastor Todd Boxley
Worship Center Ministry
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