Life sometimes gets out of hand. Pandemonium rules along with brief intermittent spells of craziness. Upside down, topsy-turvy, inside out. (BTW, check out the roots of the word "panDEMONium").
I have analyzed this phenomena from all angles as a rank and file member of the human race. As a pastor, friend, parent, husband, and every other type of role I have played in my life. I have even analyzed it during my own period of pandemonic living.
What I have found is that for whatever reason a person cannot get their life in order, it appears that once that lifestyle is in motion it tends to continue down that path until it finds it's level. Or self destructs. In my opinion it's as if physical law is in control.
If I remember Newton's Law, he said that a body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an equal or greater force. One thinks of a billiard ball rolling down the table until impacted by another billiard ball. The course of the original ball changes and heads in a different direction.
There is a parallel spiritual law that compliments that theory (as there are, in my opinion, of all natural laws), which I believe defines the human spirit.
When a person is heading down a particular path in life, for sake of argument a "negative" path (one of turmoil) or even one of "nothingness" (which can be a bigger killer of body, soul, and spirit than a merely negative path), they will tend to continue upon that path until acted upon by another force of equal or greater power.
Stick with me here. My contention is that mere human effort is not great enough, for unlike the billiard ball the human spirit is tenacious and stubborn, and if impacted by an equal force (another human being or human philosophy), they will more than likely dig their heels in and resist being changed by the opposing force even if that force is a positive one. God has allowed us to be able to do that. It's called Free Will.
It takes a greater force to change a persons life from bad to better.
That force is none other than, and always is and ever will be, Jesus Christ.
I wish I could fix your life for you. In almost 20 years as a pastor, God has used me as a "cue ball" to deliver the instrument of change (His Son Jesus Christ), but I have no power to change anything. Sometimes that cue ball (me) has been stopped dead in it's tracks upon confrontation.
We only can respond to the exertion of the Greater Force upon our free will.
Free will, particularly when applied stubbornly or ignorantly will confound even God Himself.
We need supernatural counsel this morning to step in to arrest and confound the minor deflection our life may have taken, or to stand in the path and reroute a runaway freight train of a lifetime of bad decision making.
Titus 2:11-14 (Amplified Bible)
(11) For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. (12) It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world, (13) Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One), (14) Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.
Some of you have been, in the words of Jim Morrison (who rejected the exertion of the positive outside forces in his life), "down so very long that it looks like up to me."
Some of you may be on the cusp of making a very bad decision even at this very moment.
You need to yield to the outside Greater Force.
The Grace of God has appeared and can steer your life in the right direction. You can allow Him to restore peace where turmoil has reigned, restore financial prosperity, restore love that has faded, bring peace to aggravation, and order to disarray.
He can even take you from a dead spiritual corpse to "eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds."
Stop compromising. Stop being defiant to God. Stop blaming Him. Allow yourself to be changed by Him.
Allow Him to direct your path.
I can't fix your life, as much as I'd like to, but I have told you about One who can.
Jesus never fails.
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><