There is nothing more annoying than being interrupted in the middle of a conversation. Just the other day, I was sharing something very important with a friend, when someone else came and started talking about something trivial and unnecessary.
Interruptions are a daily part of our lives. We get interrupted at home, at school, at work and even at church. Interruptions take many forms: A visit during dinner time with your family; a phone call when you are praying; a child screaming when you are trying to sleep and cell phones ringing during a church service.
There are other major interruptions in life caused by illnesses, losing jobs, weather events and deaths in the family. When a loved one is in the hospital, our “regular” life is interrupted and we must take time off from work to be with them.
God uses all of these “interruptions” to work his plan and purpose in our lives. What we call interruptions, God calls interventions. He intervenes and acts in us, to display his glory, to fulfill his plan and to achieve his purpose in us and through us.
Most of us get annoyed with these interruptions or “interventions” from God. We prefer to be left alone to enjoy the fruit of our labors. We just want to live a happy life; a life in which no one gets sick or dies or needs anything from us. We want peace, happiness, good health, love and all the other blessings from God. We want heaven on earth.
The problem with this line of thinking is that it is unrealistic and dangerous. If God would never interrupt (intervene) our lives, we would all be in a really bad place. If God does not intervene and deals with our sin problem, we would be lost, broken, unhappy, sick and on our way to eternal damnation.
God is concerned about you and me and He has complete freedom to intervene (interrupt) at any moment He sees fit in order to correct, discipline, bless and save his children. He sent the judges, the prophets and finally His Son to this earth to invade this planet with the message of the Gospel.
A classical example of divine intervention is found in the life of Saul of Tarsus. He was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christians there and Jesus interrupted his mission.
“But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ And he said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting...’” (Acts 9:1-5).
Last week, I spoke about the proliferation of bad songs in our churches. Finding good Christian songs to sing in our worship services is becoming as difficult as finding a good movie to watch in the theaters.
Today, I want to call your attention to some of the bad expressions that I hear frequently everywhere and around many churches.
“Good luck” Luck does not exist and it is an insult to God’s providence in our lives.
“And my God shall supply all your need…by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)
“Cross my fingers” “Knock on wood” Is this Christian faith or pagan superstition?
“But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD” (Psalm 31:14)
“Oh my G…” We should not use this phrase or any other that blasphemes God
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7)
“We are all God’s children” We are all created by God, but not everyone is His child.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:11)
“Let go and let God” (give God control) We must submit to the God that is always in control
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7)
“I need to forgive myself” You can accept God’s forgiveness and forgive (not absolve) others
“Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7)
“I want to give to the less fortunate” Fortunate is the same as lucky. This expression also
comes dangerously close to pride and boasting.
“My religion is Baptist…Pentecostal…Presbyterian, etc.” Religion is for Cain, Pharisees, etc.
“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:21)
“God helps those who help themselves” I would say that God helps those that cannot do it.
“…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
“When God closes a door, He opens a window No, the door is closed. He may open other doors.
“He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens” (Revelation 3:7)
We need to learn to express ourselves biblically. Our words and phrases must be a reflection of our new nature in Christ. Let us beware of pagan, secular and ungodly expressions; let us glorify our lord with everything we say.