2009-07-12 Luis - Overcoming Sin

Sunday, July 12, 2009 – The room was filled with boys.  A larger crowd than normal!  Rick welcomed the boys encouraging them to listen and learn what God has in store for them this Sunday morning.  He read James 1:19-21

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

Rick led the boys in a prayer asking God to help us to obey this scripture.

Lyndee was absent so Cindy, Rick’s wife, led the boys in praise and worship.  She opened reading a scripture; Psalms 46:

God is our refuge and strength,
      always ready to help in times of trouble.
 2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
      and the mountains crumble into the sea.
 3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
      Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
                         

4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,
      the sacred home of the Most High.
 5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
      From the very break of day, God will protect it.
 6 The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble!
   God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts!
 7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
      the God of Israel is our fortress.
                         

8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
      See how he brings destruction upon the world.
 9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
      He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
      he burns the shields with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
      I will be honored by every nation.
      I will be honored throughout the world.”

11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
      the God of Israel is our fortress.
                         

And then led the audience in singing “Blessed be the Name of the Lord”, ”Lord I lift Your Name on High” and “Shout to the Lord”.

Our speaker this morning was Luis Amaya.  He spoke of his commitment to Jesus Christ and the ministry at Pegasus and then assigned scriptures to be read by different boys in the audience.  His subject was “Sin and how to get rid of it”.  He spoke of how many of us hide our sins, confessing on occasion to God and truly sorry, but then our sin or sins once again gets control over us and we go through the same cycle again.

Proverbs 8:13 All who fear the Lord will hate evil.
      Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
      corruption and perverse speech.

2 Kings 23:1Then the king summoned all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 2 And the king went up to the Temple of the Lord with all the people of Judah and Jerusalem, along with the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. There the king read to them the entire Book of the Covenant that had been found in the Lord’s Temple. 3 The king took his place of authority beside the pillar and renewed the covenant in the Lord’s presence. He pledged to obey the Lord by keeping all his commands, laws, and decrees with all his heart and soul. In this way, he confirmed all the terms of the covenant that were written in the scroll, and all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.

4 Then the king instructed Hilkiah the high priest and the priests of the second rank and the Temple gatekeepers to remove from the Lord’s Temple all the articles that were used to worship Baal, Asherah, and all the powers of the heavens. The king had all these things burned outside Jerusalem on the terraces of the Kidron Valley, and he carried the ashes away to Bethel.

He told the story of Josiah’s 31 year rein over Judah and how he destroyed the false god’s that had infected the people of Israel and then related that story to our lives and how we fill them with our own idols.  Note Josiah did not move the false gods out of the temple, he destroyed them and we need to destroy the false gods in our lives.

Psalms 97:10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!
      He protects the lives of his godly people
      and rescues them from the power of the wicked.

 You want God’s protection then hate evil like God hates evil.

Hebrews 4:15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.

 Our high priest, Jesus Christ, set the example for us.

Hebrews 2:18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.

And is ready and willing to help us when we are tested.

In closing he encouraged the boys to put away their secret sin and let their lives be an ensample for others to follow.  Glorify your God by seeking that which is good and avoiding that which is evil.  If you are tested then turn to your help, Jesus Christ.

Don’t let the world tell you how to run your life but instead let God guide your every step.

Before closing the service C.J. shared a “Hip Hop” song recorded by a young man who went from the streets to serving God.

Ken closed leading the boys in singing 1 John 4:7-8 and reciting the Lord’s Prayer.