The Cross and
17 July 2011
- Ps.37:4 “Delight
yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your
- Delight = OT6026
= Remain soft, pliable, yielded, easily moved or shaped.
- The desires,
passions and gifts in our life are connected to God’s purpose
for our life.
- To discover God’s
purpose we need to identify desires/passions.
- God guides us by
(i) Desires of heart (ii) Wisdom (iii) Revelation –
- God gives us
great freedom to take initiative e.g. Mt. 25:14+ Talents.
2. Kingdom of
(a) Culture is
governed by principle of self interest
“…you once walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air, that spirit now works
in the children of disobedience”.
- The world is
governed by the principle of self interest - “What’s in this
- Course = NT 165
= Age period of time, or path of successive ages of time.
= value, culture, cares, temptations
- This path or way
of life is governed and influenced by demonic powers.
- Works = NT1754 =
to energise, empower something to happen.
(b) This Culture
originated in the Garden of Eden
- Gen.3:4-6 “You
shall be as God…”
- The heart and
core of Kingdom of Satan is self interest – I will ascend, I will be like
- The temptation
was to abandon trust and alignment with God and to advance
- What’s in this
for me? How do I get ahead? It’s all about me and my interest.
- Adam and Eve
abandoned commitment to the King and His Kingdom for self
(c) Selfish Ambition
activates Demonic Spirits
“…bitter envy and self seeking = confusion and every evil thing”.
- Selfish ambition
– getting ahead at the expense of others is destructive.
- The fruit of
selfish ambition is confusion and demonic activity.
- E.g. Mt.16:21-23
“Get behind me Satan”.
- Jesus outlined
God’s purpose for His life – suffering and death on the Cross and
- Peter’s response
came out of selfish ambition
- Jesus identified
the energising power behind this thinking as demonic.
- Jesus affirmed the
need to deal with selfish ambition – using others to advance self.
- Jesus revealed
the Cross is at the core of His Kingdom – it
is a way of life.
(d) Jesus wrestled to
Overcome Selfish Ambition
- Mt.27:39 “Oh
my Father, if it be possible let this cup pass from me”.
- Lk.22:42-44 “He
being in agony prayed more earnestly”.
- The natural man
always resists pain, suffering, sacrifice – Jesus wrestled to gain victory
– surrender to the Father’s Will.
- His personal
desire – avoid the Cross. His life commitment yield to the Father.
3. The Cross is
the Door to the Kingdom of God
“Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy
that was set before Him, endured the Cross, despising the shame”.
- Jesus focus was on
the resurrection life released by surrender to Father on the Cross.
References to Oak Tree – prophetic picture of the Cross.
- Oak =
OT424 = strong tree, to be strong.
of burying idols – substitutes for God
Jacob buried idols.
of grieving over disappointments and losses
Jacob buried wife.
Place of burying our defeats, failures, pride
of facing and overcoming fears, self preservation
– 1 Sam.
17:19 David slew Goliath.
of bringing to death selfish ambition, hidden agendas, bitterness.
Sam 18:19 Absolum slain in tree.
of decision whose voice you will listen to
K.13:14 Young prophet – listened to voice of old prophet instead of personal revelation.
Place of decision to covenant to serve God.
Place of calling to fulfil God’s purpose in life.
Gideon – received call to nation.
- Each of us must
face and deal with the core issue of self centredness.
- Recognise and
reject the common world view – what’s in this for me?
- This mindset
uses people and God to advance own interests.
- Mt.25:14 –
Parable of servants
servants were given gifts, abilities.
expectation on all was the same – be productive.
) = commended
3) Had the
interest of the master in their heart ) increase
1) Took no initiate/risk
2) Had his own interests in mind
3) Rebuked for being a negative influence and lost opportunities.