Sermon December 11, 2005 : The truth will set you free

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  • Presenter: Kris Kile (translated by Dr. Roberto Miranda)
  • Date: December 11, 2005
  • Location: Congregation Lion of Judah, Boston MA

Kris is involved in a ministry of teaching, in instruction and discipling and we’ve known him for many years. We have been meeting with Kris over the years, we know him as a man who serves de Lord. God has given him the gift of teaching and instruction and have spoken about, a few weeks ago, about having him come to the church and just share with us his visions for transformative work that God wants to do in our lives and so we are here to just receive from you, brother. Welcome and again we invite you to feel free to do as the Lord leads you and to bless us with what God has given to you this morning.

Well, hello. It’s great to be with you today. I have several very close friends who are part of this congregation. One sitting right there …… and I’ve been excited about the vision that you have here for many years. From my perspective what you’re doing here, not only is having a huge impact here in the Boston area, but I believe that I God is going, is and will continue to use what you’re doing here to change the world far beyond. So, as such I’ve been excited to be able to see what you’re doing and it is a great privilege to be with you here today and it’s a great joy. So thank you.

I want to talk to you today about love, transformation and freedom. Now, and I would like to invite you today to fully participate in this message. Now, think about how you ….. what would it mean to fully participate in this message? Let’s talk about that for a minute. There’ll be times when I ask questions and I ask you to raise hands so you can answer the question by raising your hand. That’s one way to participate. Another way to fully participate is to consider what I’m saying as more than just useful knowledge. Knowledge in itself does not produce results, so consider what I’m saying in the light of your life. Consider it in light of who you are for the people that you love and that you’re with. Another way that you could fully participate is by listening with an open and honest heart and mind. In other words honestly consider what I’m saying. At times what I’m saying might challenge your view about life and the world. If I’m successful it will. My goal is to challenge you to consider new ways to consider these great truths of love, freedom and transformation.

My invitation is to be courageous to consider things in what may be perhaps a new way. Really all I’m asking you to do is to consider this with the heart of a disciple. A disciple is a learner. A disciple is someone who always realizes that they do not have all the answers. Sometimes I think we get this backwards in the church today. We think our goal is to have the answers. I would say that as a disciple the goal is to stay in the question. Do you realize that Jesus in scripture asked question more often that He gave answers? And many times when He gave answers, He gave them in parables which in some ways was simply an invitation for people to consider new questions. So the goal of being a Christian is to not have the answers. It is to continually reinvent the possibility of being in relationship with He who is the answer, the Lord Jesus Christ.

So, it’s in that spirit of inquiry that I ask you to consider my message today. Now, how many of you would like to be able to love more powerfully and boldly? All right, so we’re going to talk about that. How do you know that you’re loving more powerfully? Where do you look to determine how you love? Do you look within yourself? Or do you look to those that you say you love? Now, many times I would like to just convince myself that I’m loving the people that I care about, but if I choose to be honest I must look at those that I say I love and allow their experience to instruct me, otherwise I can go through my entire life living a fantasy.

How often have you failed in communicating your love to those that you say you care about? I’ve noticed that I fail often. My wife, her name is Katie, many times although I always say I love her, I notice that many times I don’t produce that experience of love for her on her. Now, is that good news or bad news? I say, it’s good news, it’s good news to notice it, it’s not necessarily good news that I fail to do so, but God has instructed that we will miss the market time. So then the question is if my desire is to have a consistent experience of love with those that I care about, then how can I live in a way that I can transform what I see is possible in being living love with others.

Let’s take a look at what God says about love in Luke, chapter 10, verse 25 it says: “…. And behold, a certain lawyer stood and tested him (he’s speaking to Jesus) saying: Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said to him, Jesus said to the lawyer: what is written in the law, what’s your reading of it? So he answered him and said: You shall love the Lord, your God with all your heart, with all your soul and all your strength all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. And Jesus said to him: you’ve answered the right way, do this and you will live.”

Now, this is a big deal, the lawyer asked him: what shall I do to inherit eternal life? How many here would like to inherit the fullness of eternal life now and in the future? So, He gave him the answer, He said “love God, love your neighbor”. Sounds simple. But I believe that these two acts of loving God and loving my neighbor are inescapably connected. I think sometimes we’re sure of our love for God but not so sure of our love for our neighbor. And the neighbor is those that we’re close to, those that we’re with. You know in Scripture it says to love your enemy also. I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel that some of the people I’m in love and are closest to, I almost feel like their enemy in the moment. But what is wrong with you? Why are you saying this? Why are you doing this? Have you ever felt that way about people that you are in love? So God says, it doesn’t matter how people show up for you in your life. He says, regardless, be clear about your commitment you have with them. So God further defines this.

In John First, chapter 4, verse 20: “if someone says I love God and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother who he has seeing, how can he love God whom he has not seen.” And this commandment we have from Him that he who loves God must love his brother also. How many of you have heard people who all day long talk about their love for God and yet they act with indifference and hostility to their neighbor? Now, God says when we do that, we’re are liars. So, I can say I love God all I want but the bottom line according to Jesus is my love for God will be reflected with how I am with you and with others. So if I really want to know how much I love God, well I can take a look of how I am loving those I say I care about and how I’m loving those that I don’t care about. There’s a very powerful connection between love and freedom. How many here would like to have more freedom? Now, I would say that God is not in the business of more freedom, He is not in the business of more love, He’s is not in the business of different love and freedom, He’s not in the business of more love and freedom but different love and freedom. I would say He is not either in the business of better love and freedom. God is in the business of brand new love, brand new. He’s in the business of a completely new experience of freedom.

So let’s look at this connection between love and freedom. In First John, chapter 3, verse 18. It says: “My dear children, let’s not just talk about love”. Now, I’m reading this actually from the version of the ¿? , and in this particular verse it says “let’s not just talk about love, let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way it is shut down the debilitating self criticism, even when there’s something to it, for God is greater than our worried hearts and He knows more about us than we know ourselves. And friends, once that’s taken care of, and we’re no longer accusing and condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God. So if I become more concerned with loving those I am with rather than being focused on my own needs and how I think they should show up to me in my life, and if I’m more concerned about loving those I’m with, than I am with being right, then I can start to produce the freedom that is possible by living in God’s reality.

Now, in talking to married couples, counseling married couples, I lost count of how many times the conversation would be “if they would only do this, then our relationship would turn out”. But God says, get out of that. He says be clear on what you’re committed to have and be with them and start living responsibly for how you contribute, live in that reality and that will produce freedom. Because think about it, if my life is depending on how someone else is going to be with me, I’m completely dependent upon their actions and circumstances in order to experience my commitment. Is there much power in that? That’s debilitating, it’s not empowering. It also has nothing to do with what God Jesus said, “love God and love your neighbor”. So my question to you is this: what does it mean to live in God’s reality? God has basically told us that we cannot see on our own life based on His reality, at least not his full reality.

In First Corinthians, chapter 13, verse 12 it says: “for now we see through a glass darker, but then face to face, now I know in part but then shall I know even as also how I am known.” I’d like to read this also from the translation that ¿? , and this translation it says: “we don’t yet see things clearly, we’re squinting in a fog, looking through a mist, but it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines brightly. We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly as He knows us. Now, when is it we’ll see clearly? It’s when Jesus comes back and when we see Him face to face. And so what does it say: it’s the reality that we live in between now and then? We experience life through the fog. So God says to love him and love others to live in his reality and yet He tells us that we will experience His reality through a fog. It almost sounds like a contradiction.

But in John 8, verse 32 Jesus told them: that they shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Now for many years, when I read this verse the way that I interpreted in my mind, was that if I understood Scripture I would have freedom. And certainly Scripture is an essential part of understanding the heart of God but I would say that there’s more than just that for having freedom. How many people do you know that know much Scripture and yet don’t experience freedom in their lives the way they desire? So while that is an essential particular, it’s not the full picture.

God says; “truth will produce freedom”. Now, this word truth is interesting. The original meaning of this word truth was reality. As a matter of fact in ancient Greek the Greek word used for truth here in this verse it translates reality more than the word truth, and it means like uncovering, a bringing to life that what before was concealed. So reality an unveiling, seeing that before I did not see. That produces freedom. And I would say that there’s a direct tying to what Jesus told them here about freedom and what He told the lawyer about what was most important in life. He said “love God, love your neighbor” and it turns again that we look to the ones that we say we love to determine whether it’s happening or not.

Romans, chapter 12, there’s another piece to the puzzle and in verse 1 in Romans 12. It says “do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” So in Romans 12 God promises the possibility of transformation. What does transformation mean? Think about it. What does transformation mean? It means it’s dramatic. The word that is used for transformation here is the same word is used for when a worm turns into a butterfly. Dramatic. Brand new. So the game God is up to is having life brand new, on a moment by moment basis. So how do we do that? If we’re walking around like we’re in a fog, and suddenly if the fog were lifted in the moment, would that be a brand new experience?

Consider your heart, scripture says that out of the heart come the issues of life, it says that the mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart and yet it also says in Jeremiah, you don’t have to turn and look for it.

Jeremiah 17:9, it says “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked”. Who can know it? So God says that out of our life the issues, the desires, the longings to love come out of the heart and at the same time we have deceitfulness and wickedness in our heart. Now, could that produce a fog? It sounds like a paradox but it’s reality. So if the issues of my life come from my heart and yet it has this deceitful wickedness ?¿ , what do I do? Is there an answer?

Then I would say there’s not so much of an answer as there is a question to live in. The commitment that brings it all to pass, that’s what we were first talking about today. My desire to love others, living in that commitment and noticing whether it’s happening or not.

In Second Corinthians, chapter 10, verse 4. It says: “for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal”. (You’ve heard this verse, I’m sure. )“…..but mighty in God for pulling down for pulling down strong holds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. Again in the version ¿? I’d like to read the same passage to you.

“The tools of our trade are not for marketing or manipulation, but they’re for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God tools for smashing world philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every lose part and emotion and any impulse into the structure of life shown by Christ. Our tools are ready ahead for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lies of the obedience of the maturity. That’s what the ministry that I’m involved in does, we do trainings. They are designed to support people in building the disciplines and practices it talks about here in Second Corinthians.

The fog of life is caused by the filters I see life through. Each of us has a distinctly unique world view, it’s made up of the sum totals of all of our experiences. Everything we’ve heard and learned and what we’ve decided about it. And while there are many things that we may believe that are the same, I would say that there’s no two human beings that have the exactly same set of filters they experience life through, and we are unconscious about many of the things that we’ve decided about life. We’ve simply decided that that’s the way it is. There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s just reality. Yet my choices and what I’ve decided about my reality many times will differ from those that I say I care about.

I know whenever I’m speaking to anyone that I have competition. There’s what I’m saying to you and then there’s what you’re saying about what I’m saying. Is that internal conversation, how many realize? I mean, people speak between a hundred and a 150 words a minutes normally yet the mind can think in terms of 600, 700 words to minute or more and so we fill the gap with our with our internal conversation. And what is it that drives that internal conversation? Well, it talks about it in Second Corinthians, chapter 10.

Lose thoughts, emotions, impulses, evaluations, judgments, the whole package, it’s all there. And the majority of the times we’re not conscious about what we’re thinking. It’s automatic, no wonder Scripture says we experience life through a fog. What’s the solution? Well, what did Jesus say? He said love God and love your neighbor, then He said if you say you love me and you don’t love your neighbor, you’re a liar. So, the solution in starting to determine how my internal conversations, the lose thoughts, the impulse, the emotions either support or prevent my, what I say I’m committed to, is to actually lay down my life for those that I say I care about. You know in Scripture it says to lay down your life to the brethren. There’s more to that than simply dying for someone.

The greater reality for us who are living is to be willing to interrupt the way that I think it is, which Scripture says it’s full of fog anyway, and live in community with others and be open to their reality. So when I say I love my wife Katie, to be open to what she says about how I love her rather that make her wrong when what she’s telling me doesn’t line up with what I think is true. There is a tremendous freedom in this. Think about it.

If every time you love someone, at least in your mind you think you love them, and yet you found out because you’re an invitation for them to be honest to you and they say it’s not happening. That is a direct invitation for you to step into reality, rather than the fantasy you were in life. And Jesus says that produces freedom, because then you can live with what is and act out of your commitment with the reality of what is. There’s tremendous resource and power in there. So the key is to live responsibly, to live responsibly. Be clear about the vision that you want to have with others. Be open. Live in honesty, in authenticity with others, so they believe that you are an opening for them instruct you of the reality of your relationship for them. This requires courage, and it is a continual invitation to live in faith, because authentic relationship is impossible to control so that it turns out the way you think it should.

How many of you have noticed that life rarely turns out the way we think it should? That’s part of God’s plan, I would say, because then we’ve got to find out what He has for us and Jesus said that that reality could be experienced in my commitment of love with others. I would go as far as to say that if I am committed to authentic reality I must be in relationship with others.

Love God and your neighbor. That reality and living and that will produce freedom. As those that you care about and they care about you instruct you for regarding the reality for them, so you don’t have to be controlled by the fog. Clarity in life is produced by an unalterable commitment to love others and in commitment to acting in faith, to step into the unknown of what that reality produces, and that produces great hope in life. So we no longer have to live in despair and resignation.

So, that is what we do in the trainings that we get involved in. As we support people in exercising this, in working it out with each other, and we’re an on going conversation with the leadership here about how we can stand together to have that happen in new and exciting ways here in your congregation. So if you’re interested in learning more about how to do this we’re a having a three day seminar in January, and this Thursday, December 15 at 7.30, here at the church we’ll be having an information meeting to talk more about it. So you can learn more of the details about what’s available, and this meeting will be in English.

I would like to close in prayer. Father, we thank you for your love, for your faithfulness, for your graciousness and your mercy. And Father I ask that you pour a special blessing upon this church, upon its leaderships, upon the congregation as a whole. And Lord guide us, show us your path. Thank you Lord, in the name of God

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