August 13, 2017 9AM English Message

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we're going to read second Corinthians

chapter 3 verses 12 through 18

so Paul writes to them and he says since

we have such a hope we are very bold we

will come back to this at the end but

just keep it there in your mind we are

very bold in verse 13 he continues this

not like Moses who would put a veil over

his face so that the Israelites might

not gaze at the outcome of what was

being brought to an end but their minds

were hardened for to this day when they

read the Old Covenant the veil still

remains unlifted because only through

Christ is it taken away yes to this day

whenever Moses is read a veil is over

their hearts but when one turns to the

Lord the veil is removed now the Lord is

the spirit and where the Spirit of the

Lord is there is freedom and we all with

unveiled face beholding the glory of the

Lord are being transformed into the same

image from one degree of glory to

another for this comes from the Lord who

is the spirit let's pray and then we'll

jump into this text a little bit more

father we thank you so much for the ways

that you have already moved we thank you

because better is one day in your house

better is one day in your courts than a

thousand elsewhere and Lord we just

honor you because you're already

speaking and you're already moving and

God I pray that as we gather around your

word as one body and one community that

you would make our hearts good soil for

your word to fall on that God you would

use your word to transform us into the

ministers of the Spirit ministers of a

new covenant people who are filled with

your spirit and understand that being

filled with your spirit means that we

fully behold you so that we can fully

become glorious through the Spirit of

God so I thank you for your word and I

pray that you would open our eyes to see

open our ears to hear and open our

hearts and minds to be sensitive to your

voice we pray these things in your name

amen

so I started playing the violin when I

was 8 years old and I went to performing

art schools from the time I was in

elementary school all the way through

college and I was when I was in college

I was doing a double major in English

literature and violin performance I had

gotten a scholarship to do that and with

a violin and music was just so integral

and it was so a part of my life and when

I was in high school there was this

pastor who prayed for me and he told me

to lift my hands and so you know I

listened enough all directions so he's

praying for me I'm crying it's great so

I'm lifting my hands and all of a sudden

when I lifted my hands my hands began to

shake in the spirit and I was about 16

years old and it was only 16 year olds

in the house you know that could be

really freaky sometimes when weird

things are having you like I don't know

what's happening I'm overwhelmed but my

hands begin to shake in the spirit and

this pastor was praying for me and he

began to tell me listen your hands are

blessed and every time you pick up that

violin your hands are going to be

blessed God is going to use you and that

instrument to be a blessing to my people

to be a blessing to my kingdom and so I

received that yes amen hallelujah

and a lot of people used to ask me you

know what what's up with your shaky

hands Holy Spirit fingers is what I call

them and but my hands just used to shake

in the presence of God and when I got to

college and I was I was going really

hard in I was playing the violin and

practicing like three to four hours a

day was my sophomore year of college and

I started to have this severe pain in my

shoulder and I'm kind of stubborn and I

just ignored it and it wasn't paying

attention to it because that's what I do

I don't like doctors and I like to go

get things checked out but I was saying

in the middle of a symphony performance

that we were doing and for the first

time in my life I had to stop playing in

the middle of the performance because of

the debilitating pain that was in my

left shoulder and I remember thinking

man this is the moment I got to go to

the doctor like this is a bad hit so I

go to the doctor get x-rays get MRIs and

come to find out that I have

a deformity in my shoulder and rotator

your rotator cuff is supposed to be

smooth and my rotator cuffs actually has

a hook in it so when you look at the MRI

of my of my shoulder there's actually a

hook in my shoulder and so every time I

was doing this motion with a violin

which is a little bit counterintuitive

anyway I was in flaming all of the

muscles and the tendons and the sacks of

fluids that are in between your your

shoulders and so the doctor told me you

need to stop playing the violin like we

need to rest for six months you're going

to do intensive physical therapy and

then we'll come back after six months

and see what happens so I followed the

resident I was doing my exercises I was

going to PT at three times a week like I

was doing all the right things reaching

for things putting them down and I was

doing all the right things

six months later I picked up the violin

again and it wasn't but about two or

three weeks and the pain came back and

that's when I started to get really

angry at God because I thought my hands

were blessed God like I thought the only

thing that I thought I was ever going to

be doing in church was playing the

violin in the background standing in the

corner playing the violin that's the

only thing that I ever wanted to do in

church and that was the only thing I

ever thought I was going to do at church

and so I started to question God and I

started to become hard-hearted towards

God and God you designed me this way

I've been playing the violin since I was

eight years old how come nobody told me

that I got a hook in my rotator cuff and

I'm not actually going to be able to do

this forever and so I started to ask God

all these questions you know why did you

make them you this way and why did you

do this and how come I can't play the

violin and I started to get really jaded

and what happened was my Holy Spirit

fingers that used to just shake in the

presence of God and in worship they

stopped shaking I started to blame God I

said god I thought you gave me this time

I thought you gave me this blessing like

what are you doing why and I got really

frustrated towards him and my I just

started to become really callous in my

mind and really callous in my heart and

as we jump into the text today I think

that's where Paul is starting the story

here so we go to verse 13 verse 13 it

rates the first thing I want to talk

about today which is that we have

obstructed views of God at times we have

obstructed views of God at times and he

says not like Moses who would put a veil

an obstruction over his face so that the

Israelites might not gaze at the outcome

of what was being brought to an end in

verse 14 he says but their minds were

hardened for to this day when they read

the Old Covenant the same veil remains

unlifted because only through Christ is

it taken away yes to this day whenever

Moses is read a veil lies over their

hearts that's how I felt I felt veiled I

felt like there was an obstruction

between me and God and obstructions

happen obstructive views that kind of

happened in two ways one they happen in

your mind have you ever just allowed

certain thoughts to enter your mind then

you know are contrary to what God wants

for you

they're contrary to what God has said

about you and what you know about God

there did the exact opposite but they've

begun to enter into your mind

and your consciousness and now all of a

sudden your mind becomes callous you

have a stubborn callous mind in my

version it says that their minds were

hardened you become skeptical about the

things of God

you become skeptical about God why are

you doing this or why are you bringing

me into this particular season God why

did I lose my job God why is my son or

daughter behaving like this we prayed

we've interceded we thought it was going

to be great God why do I have this boss

at work he's just like they won't get

off of me they on top of me all this

time God why do I have the situation

where my dad left me my mom left me my

best friend stabbed me in the back and

we begin to think these thoughts and we

begin to wonder God where are you so

just to give you some context about what

Paul is talking about I'm not going to

read the text but you can mark it down

to read it later but in Exodus chapters

20 chapters 32 through 34 gives us some

context

about what Paul is saying here and those

chapters Moses has gone up to Mount

Sinai and Moses is receiving the Ten

Commandments while Moses is having a

good time of a Mount Sinai the

Israelites are down below Mount Sinai

and they're wondering where's Moses he's

supposed to be our leader we're supposed

to be getting out of the desert we

thought we were going to be in the

Promised Land already and so there's a

little bit of a delay in the response

from their leader because he's up at

Mount Sinai and so the Israelites

because of his delay they begin to get

disillusioned about who God is they

begin to get disillusioned about God

told them that they were his chosen

people but we don't see God anymore and

we don't see Moses our leader anymore

and so there's this moment where they

build this golden calf this act of

complete disobedience and complete

Divine's because they have experienced a

delay and when God delays sometimes we

get disillusioned by God and when we're

disillusioned by God then sometimes we

get disobedient with God and so that's

what they do and they build this golden

calf and they begin to worship it and

they begin to give it credit for getting

them out of the Promised Land that

golden calf wasn't there when God

brought them out of the promised land

but we make mistakes like this all the

time and so the Lord tells Moses to go

down because the Lord sees that they

built this golden calf and the Lord sees

that they've become disillusioned he

sees that their minds have become

hardened and their minds have become

skeptical and so he sees this and the

Bible says that he is burning hot with

anger towards the Israelites and so

Moses goes down and Moses ends up going

down and then Moses is burning hot

against them and he takes the tablets

that had the Ten Commandments on them

and he breaks them out of anger but then

Moses his heart is softened and he

begins to intercede for the people

because the Lord wants to wipe them off

the face of the planet at this point his

anger is so strong against them because

they've been disobedient because their

minds have been hardened because they've

become skeptical and Moses intercedes

for for them and then there's this

beautiful moment where Moses says listen

we're not going to go if your presence

doesn't go before us pastor preached

about that a few weeks ago and then the

Lord says to Moses like okay well that's

good and the Moses is before we go

anywhere I want to see your glory and

the Lord is like you can see view my

glory because if you see my glory is

going to wipe you off it's too big for

you

so he tells him he's like hide in this

cleft of Iraq and he hides in the cleft

of Iraq and the goodness the glory of

God passes across Moses but when Moses

comes down from that mountain

he is so radioactive with the glorious

presence of God that the Israel arts are

like whoa dang no no no we need to put a

veil over your face because it's too

much for us to behold because our minds

are still stubborn because our minds

have still been hardened and they

couldn't see the fullness of God's glory

because their view of God was obstructed

and I think it's so important for us to

remember that when our minds are

hardened we cannot fully behold the

glory of God when your mind in my mind

gets hardened and skeptical and we begin

to question God and said why did you do

this why am I like this why did you put

me here why did you cause this or that

to happen in my life when we begin to

let our minds become hardened then we

have a partial view of God but I think

so often we blame God we're like well

God you you want to show me your glory

you should have shown I come to church

every week

shouldn't I be seeing something by now

your view of God is not obstructed by

God your view of God is obstructed by

you and I think it's so important for us

to remember that there are going to be

times in our life where things are hard

I mean this was a very hard season of my

life when I saw it for the rest of my

life I was going to be playing the

violin in a worship team Inter's that's

what I thought I'll get to the end of

the story a little bit later but that's

what I thought and I was disillusioned I

was disillusioned about my identity in

Christ I was disillusioned about how God

made me I was struggling with all these

things and so all of that caused me to

have an obstructed view of God I

couldn't fully behold him and so I

couldn't fully behold the glory that he

wanted to show me it's like this I'm

going to do a little illustration I need

six volunteers fastest people to come up

that's fine

volunteers there's one cool we're gonna

do it over here I got one I got one

volunteer anybody else six volunteers

too cool three I got another one this is

fun this is like it's gonna be your

fault I got three I got for anybody else

volunteers I need I need two more right

that map is right okay I got five I need

one more oh I got six okay so I'm gonna

need everybody to take like two steps

forward there we go

okay so I'm gonna pick on you just cuz I

know your life a little bit more in the

best way no I'm just gonna be so well

actually why don't you go stand a little

bit over there and over here

so that everybody can see you because

you're kind of short okay so it's kind

of like this when we have an obstructed

view of God and our minds have become

stubborn what we do and when we begin to

ask questions of God we say God God what

this isn't about your life this isn't

about her life by the way I'm just going

to make up some stuff because that's I'm

not gonna put you on blast like that

because it's not night um but but we ask

questions of God you're like God why did

I lose my job and so what happens walk

over here what happens is there's one

obstruction right here stand right in

front of her there's one obstruction

right there why did I lose my job like I

thought this was bad I thought I was

going to get the promotion like

everything was all of them I thought it

was really good and so then you start

asking God God why did I lose my job and

then another circumstance happens and

and you can stand on the other side then

on the other side of him right here

yeah so you block her view there and you

wonder like man why God that person was

my best friend and I thought they were

going to be with me forever they were my

ride-or-die like we were tight and then

they said something about me behind my

back God why'd you let that happen and

so then that becomes an obstruction and

now Paulo can't see God and then there's

another situation that happens in your

life and you wonder God how comes I'm

such a mess

man like I try to read my Bible I try to

go to church we doesn't ever happens I

don't know like why I'm not such a mess

like you made me this way you knew that

I was going to have a hard time reading

the Bible you knew how

being in fellowship with people you knew

is gonna be hard for me and so then you

got another instruction here and then

you keep blaming God you keep having a

hard time we've got and you're trying to

see God and actually why why don't you

stand on the other side those that over

there that's out of it and then you got

a little obstruction like this one you

could kind of see over like you about my

height so this is a little instruction

but these are those the little ones are

the worst though cuz sometimes they get

actually right so then you got a little

obstruction and you wondering God

you know I thought they told me you were

Jehovah Jireh but I can't seem to pay my

bills this month and then you start to

blame God you're like well some months

we do it but some ones we don't so

what's up with that are you Jehovah

Jireh my provider you say yes prayed it

a little bit earlier they what's up and

so you start to wonder like what's up

and then you can't even see Paula at

this point but you got another

obstruction that happens come on over

here so then there's another obstruction

and you're wondering you know then what

I feel like I'm so broken all the time

what I feel like

I mean I keep coming up to the altar I

surrender and I'm surrender isn't

looking surrendered but I keep feeling

so broken all the time and then you got

another obstruction here so your view of

God becomes obstructed and I think so

often so many of us are trying to view

God through all of our obstructions and

so you got Paula back here I'm gonna a

little bit so you have Paula back here

so she comes over here she's like trying

to get on her tiptoes she's like where

are you God hey and as you can't really

see cuz Benjamin's kind of talk to and

then lets you go here and like I kind of

see you I kind of see you sometimes and

not other time and it she keeps moving

through moving through moving through

and can't see the only ones you can see

is over the little one because that's

that's the tough one but there are

moments in our lives where our minds

become so stubborn and what inevitably

happens is the thoughts that you begin

to think about who God is they seep into

your heart and now your heart becomes

hardened and the text told us that there

was a veil over their hearts but not

only were their minds hardened but there

was veil over their hearts you know

Jesus tells us he says I came to give

you a heart of flesh and not a heart of

stone I came so that your heart would be

fleshy and palpable and could receive

what I have for you

not a heart of stone and so we can't see

Paula

Edna's illustration what we can kind of

hear a little bit but I think so often

we come into the presence of God and

we're trying to come into the presence

of God trying to see him through our

obstructions trying to see him through

our veiled hearts and maybe for some of

you it's not your whole heart that's

veiled but there's a deep wound inside

of your heart that hasn't been healed

yet and so some of your heart is fleshy

but there's a deep wound in there then

no one knows except God Jesus and the

Holy Spirit the text continues in verse

16 for 16 I was is no good any time

there's a button in the Bible you know

it's going to be good so it says but

whenever anyone turns to the Lord the

veil is taken away so what if instead of

trying to look at Jesus and behold him

through all of these obstructions and

you're trying to see you're trying to

see God through your brokenness you're

trying to see God through the book in

relationships through the lost job

you're trying to see God through all

these things what if instead of trying

to look through God look to God through

all of those things you just turned

around and now Paula doesn't have any

obstructions and then the next verse

says the next verse tells us verse 17

now the Lord is the spirit and where the

Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom

that word freedom in the original

language literally means not just that

you're like you'reyou're liberated but

it means that all of a sudden all of the

obstructions all around you are set free

so you go away and you go away and you

go away and you go away all because

Paula turned around you guys can sit

down thank you except for you you're

still sending that way

so now because because we make the

decision to turn around and to stop

trying to view God through all of these

obstructed views through our stubborn

heart and our stubborn mind and our

veiled heart now Paulo can behold God

she can come fully as she is and he can

reveal himself fully as she as she is

and what happens is without Paulo even

knowing it all the obstructions have

been healed without knowing it all the

instructions have gone away and now when

she turns back around turn around in a

full circle go in a full circle look at

that there's no instructions like you

can see everything okay go to them you

can see everything

thanks guys so I wonder if instead of

trying to look it down and behold the

glory of God and instead of saying holy

spirit I want to see more you fill me

with the Holy Spirit but you are looking

I got through these obstructed views I

wonder what would happen if you turned

around because you see the second thing

that this text reveals to us is that

there is this unveiled freedom when we

turn around there is an unveiled freedom

when we turn around let's read it one

more time verse verse 16 and 17 verse 16

says but whenever anyone turns to the

Lord the veil those obstructions are

removed because we're the spirit verse

17 for now the Lord is the spirit and

where the Spirit of the Lord is there is

freedom you know when we turn to the

Lord that is a sign of repentance it's a

sign of surrender and it's so

interesting to me that freedom is so

often found in surrender freedom is so

often found when we're able to surrender

our lives to God because what we do when

we surrender is we are returning back to

our true selves we are returning back to

our God design we are returning back to

the God who created us to the God who

loves us to the God who wants to bless

us to the God who wants

show us his glory and so when we

surrender we're not surrendering to

these created obstructions that we have

put up in front of us that have caused

us enough Allah understand the glory of

God but we're surrendering to a God who

removes the veil and as I mentioned when

he removes the holy spirit removed that

veil there is a freedom and it's not a

freedom it's not a one directional

freedom it's a multi-directional freedom

it means that all around you all of the

obstructions that you've been trying to

understand God through all of a sudden

they go away and it came in your act of

surrender there's a freedom from who we

thought we were and there's a freedom

from who our questions led us to believe

that we were and what I love so much

about this text in particular and when

we talk about the freedom that comes in

the Spirit of the Lord is that now I am

able to fully behold who created me and

when you can fully behold who created

you then you can fully behold who you

are the closer you come to fully

beholding God the greater you come to

fully understanding yourselves and

that's when the Holy Spirit can begin to

work that's where the Holy Spirit can

begin to take you from one degree of

glory to the next degree of glory and

that's the that's the the last part of

this little section that I want to talk

about here you go from glory to glory it

says in verse 18 and we all with

unveiled face beholding the glory of the

Lord are being transformed into the same

image from one degree of glory to

another for this comes from the Lord who

is the spirit Paul is speaking to this

community of people that needed to be

encouraged I want you to know today that

he was not speaking to people who are

pagans he's not speaking to people who

are outside of the faith he was speaking

to people who were inside of the faith

and if we could just be real for one

moment and recognize

that sometimes you could come to church

weekend and week out and weekend and

week out and you just feel like I'm just

the same you could read your Bible day

in and day out and day in and day out

and you just feel like like I'm the same

like nothing is changing but when Jesus

came into our context he didn't come so

that you could stay the same he came so

that you could behold the glory of God

when Moses asks the Lord I want to see

your glory when he says that show me

your glory

Moses was only able to see a partial

view of the glory of God but in the face

of Jesus Christ we see the fullness of

the glory of God in the face of Jesus

Christ we see the fullness of the glory

of God when we enter into a relationship

with Jesus Christ you don't have to

continue living in a universe where

you're only experiencing a partial glory

no no he's got the homeless for you

because he says and we all with unveiled

face

behold the glory of God we behold the

glory of God when he talks about this

beholding it's like you're seeing a

reflection in the mirror and I love that

so much because that means that when I

look at God I see myself that when I

look at the glory of God I see who I was

designed to be and who I was created to

be I begin to understand a little bit

more that God wants to take me from here

to here to here to here this is on that

we go from glory to glory said we found

that right I think you Sunda never be

the same

and the idea of that you go from glory

to glory to glory God's and you know

what's so cool about being a Christian

is that you you are saved you are being

saved and you will be saved you are

transformed you are being transformed

and you will be transformed you continue

like it's like a butterfly you go

through this metamorphosis again and

again and again and so this idea of

holding is this reflection that I see my

god designed that I see the fingerprints

of God reflected in me and when we talk

about this this word glory the word

glory in the in the book in the Greek

and the Hebrew is a word for weight the

word literally has this connotation of

weight that it's something of weight and

we talk about glory it's something with

God's inherent and infinite weight I

want you to just reflect for a moment

that inside of each and every one of you

it's in each and every one of you inside

of all of us there is an inherent

infinite weight of God's glory but

that's the way that he designed you that

the way that he designed you was for you

to be so full of glory that you would be

radioactive that you're brighter than

Moses and I pray that we would live

lives that are so full of the Spirit so

full of God's glory that our co-workers

and our classmates and the people on the

t riding with us and the people on the

bus people in other cars would be like

wow that person is glorious

whoa that's something different about

that person that they see you and you

don't even have to say anything because

you're just so full of the inherent

infinite weight of God if there's

something different about you then

there's something marked about you

students who are going back to school

this is my plug my youth pastor plug for

a moment but students are going back to

school let me tell you a quick story so

I've been until I work for an

organization called bottom line and we

work with high school students and

college students getting them into

college getting them through college and

getting them through graduation so we've

hired a bunch of new counselors to help

in that process I manage a team of

counselors who work with high school or

college juniors and seniors so people

who are on their way out but I've been

going to do campus visits and connecting

people with different campuses so just

this week I was at Salem State I was at

BC and I

at Worcester State last week I went to

Framingham State so I've been on a lot

of college campuses the past couple

weeks but man when I go on a college

campus

I just feel the Holy Spirit and I start

to pray and I think my co-workers think

I'm crazy because I'm just like mumbling

to myself speaking in tongues I'm just

excited because I got to pray for these

schools and I pray for these kids so for

those of you college students high

school students muscle soon you going

back to school I want you to start to

pray and intercede for your campuses

because the weight that is inside of you

is greater than the weight that's on

that campus and it's there because you

have beheld the glory of God

northeastern brothers start praying

start praying I'm going to hit

northeastern probably in that couple

weeks to start praying there's weight

there and it comes through you so you're

filled with that heaviness and you're

not only it's not only that you're a

reflection of it but you're actually

transformed into it you're actually

transformed into something that's like

powerful so the Holy Spirit does and

then in the end of these verses it talks

about you know we beholding the glory of

the Lord you are being transformed into

the same image from one degree of glory

to another for this comes from the Lord

who is the spirit a better translation

for that word transformed though I like

the word transform but a better

translation for it that's closer to the

original language is actually

transfigured and I like that even better

than transformed even though I really

like transformed but I like that because

this is this idea that your figure is

being changed and Jesus was on the Mount

of Transfiguration and he was within

three besties Peter was there Jonathan

like they were like looking at and they

were like war we don't know who you are

this is awesome and they thought he was

Elijah like who should we get tense for

everybody like what's up we should do

all these and Jesus was transfigured

before them and that's the same thing

that Jesus is able to do with you and

the Holy Spirit is able to do with you

and I when we turn around and behold his

glory we become transfigured

we become transfigured into the people

that we were always meant to be and so

you're able to see your God design

you're able to see who you who you were

meant to be and and the thing about this

verse is it says from one degree of

glory to another degree of glory I'm

going to say this again I said it

already but it's so important to know

that you were not saved so that you

could stay the same God did not send his

son Jesus to come down and die on a

cross so that you could say the same he

did that so that you could go from one

degree of glory to the next degree of

glory to the next degree of glory and so

that you would never be the same and so

as you behold the glory of God then you

become more glorious you become more

glorious I mentioned to you you know

that I was really struggling with God I

was like God why'd you do this why

what's this about

why did you design me this way and I

thought I thought we were going one way

like we had a plan like we were to play

the violin in church for the rest of our

lives like that was the plan man what's

up and I got into law school here at

Northeastern and I moved to Boston and I

was serving here at lino Judah and I was

still asking God those same questions

there was still that callousness in my

heart in my mind there was still a

veiled Ness and I would come to church

and yeah like God was working and God

was doing some real cool things and I

was experiencing a new level of his

glory but let me tell you something it

was only a partial view of his glory

because I had that hurt inside of me I

had those obstructed views inside of me

and then I went to this youth conference

and I was at a breakout session for

youth pastors and youth leaders and I

was listening to the session and they

were talking about you know how about

the generation and the fatherless

generation and the motherless generation

that many students mission

and have experience you know parents who

have left and so they're being raised by

single kids and I was really listening

to that environment on that and I was

great and they didn't alter call and I

was like you know what I'm gonna go to

the front because I always say so my

name is Sarah and I always say that if

Abraham gets to be the father of many

nations now I'm gonna be the mother of

many nations I always say that and

that's how I just owned that for my name

so so when I think about my colleague

and I think about Who I am like a

favorite ham gets to be the father and I

get to be the mother so I just received

that that that word that they were

talking about in that session I was like

this is like I want to do that like this

is what I want to do for young people I

want to be that that maternal voice that

paternal sometimes I got to be maternal

and paternal like I got to do and I was

bringing I'm going to do that

and so I really received that and I went

up to the front to the altar call and I

was praying and I was talking to God and

my hands were listed no Holy Spirit

fingers they were just like still and

someone came up to me to pray for me and

she didn't know me from anything I

didn't know her from anything but she

began to pray for me and she began to

say that you have to surrender who you

thought you were going to be you have to

surrender who you thought you were going

to be and then she said they told you

that your hands were blessed and they're

still blessed and when she said that

apart from the like Moghuls and the

tears and everything my hand said is

shaken again and I was like oh my god

the holy spirit thing is about

hallelujah but there was something in me

that I have to surrender I have to turn

around in my spirit I had to let go of

who I thought I was going to be in order

to become the glorious person that the

Lord wanted me to be and I think for so

many of us so often we have a trajectory

and we think we're going in one

direction and then God has a delay or he

doesn't respond to a prayer he doesn't

show up the way that we expect him to

show up and so we're like well what

happened like so we were going to do

something be something now what's going

on

and so we begin to get hardened and we

begin to try to see gone through all

these instructive views and this was

years later I mean I thought sometimes I

think we think we're healed

I just don't be honest sometimes I think

we fall in something really

yeah I've been healed hallelujah but you

did lie to yourself I was lying to

myself I promise but when she said those

words to me you need to surrender who

you thought you were going to be your

hands they told you your hands were

blessed they're still blessed and my

hands begin to shake and she told me

some other things about just the stuff

that I would be doing now and it's

creepy when they do like that um but I

really saw for the rest of my life that

I would just be playing the violin

standing in the background and then

Arthur there's nothing wrong with that

wherever you are that's awesome like

hallelujah I love it I love it um but

God had a different path of his glory

for me God had a different path of his

glory for me and I believe that God he

wants to show you the fullness of his

glory today he wants to show you the

fullness of his glory today but I wonder

if there are things in your life that

might be obstructing your view of God if

there are circumstances and situations

that maybe are obstructing your view of

God deep wounds and deep pain unanswered

prayers he left me she turned her back

on me I lost this job this isn't how I

thought it was going to go we don't have

enough money to pay the bills I can't

see a clear path to what I'm supposed to

do next with my life I wonder if there

are some things inside of you maybe you

like me you come to church it seems like

everything is rainbows and butterflies

but there's some obstructive views in

there and they're keeping you from fully

beholding the glory of God the Bible

tells us that the Lord is the spirit and

where the Spirit of the Lord is

there is freedom and if we will turn to

the Lord will surrender there's freedom

there I told you we were going to come

back to this verse Paul starts off in

verse 12 and he says therefore since we

have such a hope we are very bold we are

very bold I came today to just offer you

all some hope that was my one mission

today love this is offer him some hope

today you could believe that the things

that might be obstructing your view of

God could be removed and you could enter

into an unveiled freedom where you could

fully behold him and fully become who he

really wants you to be but he says here

that we have such a hope we are very

bold that boldness is an openness it's a

freedom and when remember I told you

that when Paul was talking to this

particular community he's speaking to a

community that needed some encouragement

they needed to be spurred along in their

faith they needed to know that he that

God was with them they needed to know

that God had not forsaken them they

needed to know that what they've been

staking their claims on was real they

needed to know that they could be bold

and when I think about the glory of God

and this inherent infinite weight that

he gives us the boldness that it enables

us to be it enabled us to live a life

that leaves a mark when something is

heavy it leaves a mark when something is

heavy it leaves a mark and when we're

able to fully behold the glory of God we

ought to leave a mark as well when we

are people that are filled with a Spirit

of God we ought to leave a mark as well

it's not just about being here and

singing some good songs and that's

awesome and I love that and I love come

to church the church is like the cherry

on top

churches the cherry on top you got to go

be the church

in your workplace you're going to go be

the church in your summer camp that

you're still in you got to go be the

church in Chicago on vacation you got to

go be the church wherever you are so

that you are leaving a mark we are very

bold haters going to hate that's fine

but we're here to overcome the haters he

overcame so that we can overcome we say

it earlier but it comes in an act of

surrender and the boldness cannot come

first the boldness comes as a byproduct

of surrender freedom comes from

surrender but boldness comes in

surrender as well so what's obstructing

your view of his glory how do we live

that spirit filled life you can pray for

until you're blue in the face but

sometimes this is an acts of surrender

that have to be made

sometimes this and things or you got to

turn around and say I surrender I want

to know you more not on my terms but on

your terms I don't want to put you in a

box anymore I don't want to put my plans

my path in a box anymore I don't want to

do it I surrender what's obstructing

your view of God I want to invite you to

stand and as we stand I just want to

have a real honest moment with everybody

here I left some time at the end on

purpose because I want to just have an

opportunity to pray with you all just

because like this is in my story and

there are still some moments when I come

in oh my god this will be different at

this point like why are you taking your

time what's up but I wonder if there are

things in your life that are obstructing

your view of God the circumstances and

situations and you're like I thought

we're going to be through with this by

now god I really want to know you I

really want to behold your glory god I

really want the Holy Spirit to come and

give me a double portion and all that

good stuff and that's all good but it

comes in the acts of surrender

and so I want to invite you to just

close your eyes for a moment by your

heads in a moment of focus and let's not

ask you this question again what is

obstructing your view of God of the

glory of God what's obstructing your

view of the glory of God what's of

shifting your view

for shopping it

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and I want to invite you if you want to

make an act of surrender today and say

you know what I'm going to stop trying

to look at you gods or all those

instructions I'm going to turn around

you need to experience that freedom

today I want to invite you to come up to

the front and I want to pray with you

because I've been where you are and well

I wanted to come alongside you so we're

going to sing and as we're singing I was

wont to invite you if you want to take

that act of surrender to know God a

little more to step in a little more to

say I surrender this hurt I surrender

this pain I surrender who I thought I

was going to be I surrender to you the

altars open and we're going to pray more

impressive