2 Kings 13:1-15:38

2 Kings 13:1-15:38

2 Kings 13:4Vintage message from August 13, 2000.

What defenses do you have in your life that need to be torn down, that need to be taken away? What is it that you hide behind rather than trusting God?… It’s easy for the church, it’s easy for those that are supposed to be righteous, to stand in judgment and look at…the world, those who are living in sin, and say, “They’re living in sin,” but we oftentimes forget to look back at ourself as the church and say, “How am I living? What am I doing? What distractions are there in my life that cause me to live the way I’m living?”…

I hear people say to me all the time, “My relationship with God seems dry… I don’t get excited about reading God’s Word anymore. I don’t get excited about talking to people about the Lord anymore. I have a hard time praying anymore. My life is dry.” And I ask myself, why in the world, with a God such as we have, with the power that He displays, with the Holy Spirit that He has shared with us, how in the world can we become dry inside? Especially as believers. And I believe God gave me a glimpse of what happens in our life, what causes us to dry up, even though the Holy Spirit is indwelling us and living inside of us… We find ourselves at the altars of busy-ness… How much time do we give to Him and how much time do we give to these other altars?… How much time do we spend worshipping before the things that we can see and the things that we can touch rather than the God that is sometimes feeling distant from us? He is only distant from us because we don’t reach out our hand and grab hold of His. Not because He has become distant from us, but we have become distant from Him…

Why are we dry inside? Why do we not feel strong spiritually? What is it that causes us to not grow closer to God? …We fill our lives with so many things other than the worship of the God Who created us that we become distracted…and we start to wither up inside, and we start to feel dead inside. Then we blame God or we blame the church or we blame the Bible. “Well, I can’t understand the Bible anyway! If God had made it a little more understandable maybe then I would be able to read it.” It has nothing to do with the version of the Bible you have. It has nothing to do with how God gave it to us. It has nothing to do with the person sitting next to you; whether or not they love God or not. It has to do simply with the fact that we are distracted… We have distraction in our lives. We dry up because we are not truly giving God our attention…

True peace, true contentment, comes when you are in relationship with the Father, and you can not get to the Father unless you are understanding Who Jesus is and what relationship He wants to have with you. We become so distracted in our lives that we seek after everything else and Jesus becomes secondary.

Pastor Dave Elkins