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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
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The Christian’s Eclipse
At the beginning of Matthew 5 we have what is called the beatitudes of Jesus Christ. The word beatitude comes from the Latin word which means blessing, Devine joy and perfect happiness with inner satisfaction that does not depend on outer circumstances. This is what the Lord offers those who trust in Him and walk in His ways. These beatitudes describe the attitudes which should be in our lives today. Verses 13 through 16 are known as the similitudes of the believer, or illustrations of what a Christian is supposed to be. The first one mentioned is salt. How is a Christian to be like salt you ask? Salt purifies or has a cleansing effect. As a Christian we should promote and raise the moral standards wherever we go. Also salt preserves as it is rubbed into meat. It was used often in years gone by and still is used in backward countries today. As a Christian, our message and actions should have a preserving effect on society. Abraham’s prayers for Lot preserved him from destruction and out nation depends on our prayers to preserve it. Salt also makes food palatable or gives it taste. Food without salt tastes bland and flat but salt brings out the flavor. As a Christian we should add flavor to society. Our attitude should be helpful not harmful; loving not hateful; cheerful instead of gloom and doom. Christians should improve any group they find themselves in. Lastly, salt promotes thirst. If you eat a lot of salt you will find yourself thirsty and you will desire water. We ought to live a life for Christ that people will see and observe us and they get thirsty for the Water of Life. This brings us to our verses for our message this week as Jesus describes us as the light of the world. In John 8:12 and 9:5 He said that He was the light of the world but here He says we are. What is the purpose of light or a candle? To give light and if it fails to do that it is good for nothing. On Monday a phenomena took place in our skies known as an eclipse of the sun, which was both eerie and unnatural. Why? Because the sun is supposed to give forth light and the moon came between it and the earth blocking it’s light. My question this week; as a Christian are you living in eclipse? How can that happen? The same way a solar eclipse happens, something comes between you and the Son. Let’s look at some things which can cause an eclipse in a Christian’s life.
The first thing and most obvious thing we see that comes between us and the Lord is sin. You say preacher, why do you preach on sin? In order to bring conviction to us over our sin or to remind us to abstain from it in our lives. What is sin? Sin, according to First John 3:4 is the transgression of the law or an over stepping of the law. It isn’t just the Ten Commandments although that is a good place to begin. In those commandments God instructs us on how to live Godly in an ungodly world. Those are given to us in Exodus 20 if you want to get your Bible and read them for yourself. You can transgress the law by not loving as you should. Luke 10:27 states “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself”. Do we love in these ways? If not then that has come between you and God. We can transgress the law in our forgiveness as Jesus said “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. We must learn to forgive or that stands between us and the Lord. The Bible also says in First John 5:17 that all unrighteousness is sin. There are sins of commission such as murder, theft, drunkenness, cursing, lies and such like. Then there are sins of omission. You say what are those? James tells us that to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not it is a sin. So the good things we know we are to do, if we don’t do them it is a sin to us. These include things like church attendance, paying tithes, studying the scriptures and prayer. We know these are good things and things we ought to do and when we omit them we are sinning and sin comes between us and the Lord.
The next thing that brings a Christian into eclipse is their unbelief or faithlessness. Hebrews 11:6 says without faith it is impossible to please God. So we can surmise unbelief does not please God. Hebrews also states in 3:12 “Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God”. The writer calls it an evil heart of unbelief. That can separate and come between you and God and hide His light from shinning on you. Unbelief limits us as the apostles found out in Mathew 17 when a man brought his son to them to heal him of his lunacy. As they couldn’t do it he came to Christ who could and He said to them “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you”? They were limited because of their unbelief. You can also limit God with your unbelief as it is taught in Matthew 13:58 “And He did not many mighty things there because of their unbelief”. How do we obtain faith? Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The Word of God builds our faith and we remove the eclipse in our lives.
Lastly we will see some eclipses come into our Christian lives through nothing other than self. These are our emotions, feelings, our thoughts and such like. We get too concerned with ourselves too often and ignore the will of God as well as the needs of others. The perfect way to joy is to remember this acrostic: Jesus first, others second and yourself last. Our world today demands their rights. They don’t care about your rights as long as they have theirs. They march, scream and yell until they have their rights at the expense of yours. But what about God’s rights? What does He want? What is His will for your life? Paul said in First Corinthians 15:31 “I die daily”. He died out to his wants every day putting God’s desires for him as his priority. He also tells us we need to crucify the flesh, kill it put it aside with all of it’s wants and lusts.
The sun gives everything in our solar system it’s light. The moon has no light of it’s own; neither do the stars of heaven. But they reflect the light of the sun. As a Christian we too reflect the light of the Son. Do we do that or is there an eclipse? Has something come between you and God which hides His light to you? Are you reflecting His light as you should be? Whatever is coming between you and God needs to be removed so you aren’t in eclipse.