1 Peter 1:14,15
DATE: 18 Feb, 2001
PLACE: BBC Blarney
Introduction (Jer 18) – The Moulding and Shaping Process
Israel had a lot of roughness about it
God so desired to transform these idolatrous, complainers into a holy
He asks in Jeremiah 18, that they would LET Him mould and shape them
Their answer was, “No thanks, we like us the way we are.” Sad. They
didn’t realise that the process of change was already in progress.
God is GOD, and He MUST work on us – saved or lost
whether we like it or not, His hand is upon us
we let those skilful hands do their work
purpose of this message tonight to is stop fighting the Hand that is trying to
change us. You see, when a person gets saved, God is not finished. How he does
the finish work is what is most interesting – just like at creation!
know what the word “Fashion” means? It is applied to how we dress, and act,
and walk – it is the world FASHIONING people in the devil’s image (1Pet
Background (Philp 1:6)
Change in always needed (Job 23:10)
1:8) needed to be changed
YOU and ME
Change is supposed to be Absolute – no going back
– for the better does not mean able to go back
– like a caterpillar – can’t go back
covenant of change – as with Marriage
Change is usually apparent – tongue-in-cheek
are part of what God tries to show the world He is able to do
change is apparent, then no change took place
tea bag. Can’t blame hot water. Get new tea, and all will know
Not just any change will do – that’s what evolution teaches – change has
to be godly – don’t want to just go with the wind
change from bad to worse
saved us to change us from wicked to saints!
fact that we change is not the goal!
captain understands the basics of navigation and sailing to make “progress”
no matter WHAT direction the wind is blowing!
woman marries a man hoping that he changes, but he doesn’t. A man marries a
woman hoping that she never changes, but she does.
Right changes always involve war and victory
wage war against sinful dispositions
only win with God’s help
always be at great cost to your self – self loses every time
victory is always for the Lord (Rev 5:12)
Message Tools of Change
We will work our way through from the easiest to the
hardest measures. God does not work from the easiest to the hardest –many
times, He has to work on you with multiple layers of these things – your need
is to just be sensitive to these things
God’s Word (John 17:17; Jer 23:29). This is always where God begins.
word is so reasonable (Isa 1:18)
respects us so much that he explains things to us – if we will take the time
to listen, and see things like HE sees them
not act on a whim – He is working things out for GOOD
way is so clear
notice how people have a problem with the Scriptures that are the clearest?
can’t stand 1 Timothy 3 “husband of one wife”
can’t stand Rom 3:4 “every man is a liar”
can’t stand 1 Cor 14 “no woman is to preach”
can’t stand Eph 6:1 “always honour your parents”
can’t stand Eph 5 “obey the boss as if they were Jesus”
can’t stand Eph 5 “God’s watching you, and will get you if you don’t
treat people right”
simply said “I AM THE WAY – follow me!”
work is so hard – but not as hard as going against it –I guarantee!
why God’s COMMANDS are so vital to learn, love and LIVE
We have a
modern age type of Christianity that does not know or love God’s LAWS
119:97; Psalm 1:2
does God’s word effect change in me?
showing me myself (James 1:22-25)
calming the heart as He works
showing me what I will become – like Jesus
doesn’t it have the effect?
we are not listening – dense, think headed
we are only interested in listening to SELF
we are not saved (1 Cor 2:14,15)
God’s Holy Spirit – that “still, small voice”
only is our Comforter
many way, more importantly, he is our Conformer – that which guides and
directs me to do right
Spirit is a Person indwelling me that pulls and pushes me to godliness (1Cor
full of the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18) is to be surrendered to His WORK in your life
– saturated with HIS working – so much so that you find yourself SINGING
Your Family – Oh, now I am going to make some enemies with this one
Parents – I don’t care how old you are, God still uses them
your first taste of authority
deal with them is how God will have to deal with you probably for the rest of
(Jer 27:6) – to break Israel ‘s stubbornness
mould you – make sure they don’t mould you into THEIR image. – they make
you re-prioritise what is really important
– THANK GOD for our mates! They are probably the sweetest part of God’s hand
in our lives – and yet we treat them like dirt!
time you find yourself complaining about your wife, or husband, or kids, or
government, realise that evidently that wife or husband or government is
evidently JUST WHAT YOU NEED!
Your Church – the local church
pastor and his preaching (Heb 13:17) – he is prodding you, and pressing you to
be what God wants you to be – and if you spend all your time resisting and
fighting HIM, you are just acknowledging that you need the moulding!
Sunday School Teacher – same thing – trying to fashion
brothers and sisters in the church (1Cor 12:18)
why Jesus said we need to learn to love one another – it fashions us
why the church is SO very important part of your spiritual growth – if people
only come every once in a while, and miss Sunday nights, and Wednesday evenings,
their growth OBVIOUSLY will suffer. Why is that so hard to understand?
place in the church – prepares you for greater places of service (Lk 16:10)
Your Trials (James 1:1-4) – Like Hot Water
what we KNOW to be true, but we don’t usually ALLOW it to finish
allows trials (as with Job) to mould and fashion us into better people
words, without some trial, there would be no change
world is only for those who have been changed (Philp 3:20,21)
Your Temptations (Heb 12:6-f)
It is not
the temptations that mould you, but the chastening that takes place AFTER we
have given in to temptations
only reveal my character – just like trials do
character is revealed – if wrong, then the Lord begins the process of
CORRECTION – change
allow the process to work, the next time temptation comes along, I should not be
so quick to buckle
should rejoice when I am being corrected
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will
A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the
song of fools.
you are getting rebuked a lot, then realise that your are being fashioned,
moulded, remade into Christ’s image, who, when He was reviled, He reviled not
Conclusion – What are the basic tools of God to change us?
His Word – if no time in the word, no change in the life!
His Holy Spirit – Oh grieve not the Holy Spirit as he attempts to
fashion you like Jesus
Your Family – don’t despise what is God’s gift to you
You local Church – get in, and get in deep folks – this is where
great things are made – I know it doesn’t always seem like it
Your Temptations – the worst kind of shaping and moulding process
But the goal is always the same – to be like Jesus