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Transformed By the Spirit

David Shin


David Shin

Pastor, Hillside O'Malley Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, AK



  • January 19, 2019
    10:00 AM
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Father in heaven we thank you for this beautiful Sabbath and this opportunity that we have to come apart from the cares of this life and to worship you in spirit and in truth and Lord I need your help by feet are made of clay and I ask for the Holy Spirit to apply the truths from Scripture specifically to every heart to every need their hearts be touched with the love of Christ in May we be uplifted by years for we ask these things in the precious name of Jesus Amen amen this morning I invite you to open your Bibles to 2nd Corinthians chapter 3 verse 12 through 815 2nd Corinthians Chapter 3 verses 12 through 18 Paul here is reflecting on Moses is experience after he came down from Mount Sinai 7 Corinthians chapter 3 verse 12 through 18 Therefore since we have such hope we use great boldness of speech unlike most is who put a very well over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing them way but their minds were blinded for until this day the same veil remains an lifted in the reading of the Old Testament because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day when Moses is read the veil lies on their heart Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord the veil is taken away now the Lord is Spirit and where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty but we all with unveiled face be holding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord our being transformed into the same image from glory to glory just as by the spirit of the Lord Paul is using this analogy of Moses after he came down from the mountain member his face was shining with the glory of God and the children of Israel said look we can't look at your face it's too bright so they asked him to put a veil over his face and Paul uses this experiences analogy in applying a very important principle in the Christian experience Line want to pick it apart with you a little bit in verse 18 the Bible says but we all with unveiled face contrast ing the children of Israel they had to put a veil on the face of Moses but Paul says Now we don't have to have a veil but we all with unveiled face be holding as in a mirror. Now this word beholding literally means to contemplate or to think about to thoughtfully look at a long time synonyms are to take in to reflect upon to meditate and to ponder So this beholding is not just a visual be holding it is a be holding in the mind to contemplate and to think about what are we beholding the glory of the Lord let's go to the Old Testament to the experience on Mt Sinai go to Exodus Chapter 33 Verse 18 through 21 Moses is having a conversation with God and he asked this question in Exodus Chapter 33 or is a teen and he said please show me your glory. Moses asked to see the glory of God and Dan said I will make my goodness pass before you I'll proclaim the name of the Lord before you I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion but you cannot see my face for no one shall see me and live and the Lord said here is the place by me and usual stand on the rock and so it shall be while my glory passes by that I will put you in the clapped of the Rock and will cover you with my hand while I pass by then I shall take away my hand and you shall see my back but my face shall not be seen Moses asked to see the glory of God and he says look you can't see my face but you can see my back so Moses goes into the clapped of the rock there's a song behind it my soul in the clap of the rock will this is where it comes from Moses goes in the cleft of the rock and God places his hand over the cleft of the Rocky passers by and in a brief moment he removes his hand in Moses I imagine it's peering out the cleft of the Rock and he sees the back of God in that experience was so transformative that the children of Israel said you have to place a veil over your face because we can't look at your face notice what God says when Moses asked to see the glory of God He says I will let my goodness pass before you I'll be gracious to whom I will be gracious hour of compassion on whom I will have compassion the glory of God we think of as this physical presence this physical brightness. But I believe that the brightness of God of the illumination of God really comes from the essence of who he is his character God is beautiful human. God is love and because he is so beautiful in character there is a physical radiance that emanates from that inner beauty. The glory of God is not only the physical elimination but it is the character of who God is and we go back to 2nd Corinthians chapter 3 verse 18 but we all with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord the character of God are being transformed now this is from the enemy as to be the New American Standard Bible and I believe that it gets the tense of the original language of the best it says are being transformed in other words this is not I one time experience it is a continual transformation that we experience it's not as though we are transformed once but we are in a continual process of transformation becoming like Jesus daily into the same image from glory to glory from one character to another character this is a continual process of transformation our being transformed so this process of continually contemplating and meditating upon who God is has a transformative process upon our own character we are being transformed from one character to another character and the beauty of the Christian experience is. I came to Jesus. Just the way that I was praise a lord for that's the price quote that we can only come to Christ just the way that we are and he wraps his arms around us and we begin this process of transformation I've kept this journal from the inception of my Christian experience till now and and I look back on my early entries and I just shake my head I'm like old while water on a case you know on this and I praise God that even though I have a long way to go there has been growth in my Christian experience and many times as growth is unconscious to us the last part of this verse is says by the Spirit the Holy Spirit makes this transformation possible and as we reflected on the Holy Spirit last night we brought out the idea that Christ through His Spirit abides in us the Holy Spirit fills each individual that is open to his transformative process this is from the book great controversy page 555 it is a law a both intellectual and the spiritual nature that by beholding we become changed the mind gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which is allowed to dwell it becomes assimilated to that which is it is a custom to love and to reverence have a picture of Charles Bradford. Used to be the North American division president incredible speaker very well read and when I was a freshman in that the only program of the school I went to there was a class that we were required to take in was homiletics. And it was a terrifying experience public speaking we had to get up in front of the whole school and give a 10 minute talk and I was absolutely terrified Furthermore the class would critique your entire 10 minute talk with these little sheets and you would get a collection of all the sheets after class and they would bring up your name and openly have an open dialogue on your sermon and very painful and then the professor would sit down with you and watch your sermon. And give you pointers and I remember in preparing for this sermon for about 6 months I listened to a tape remember those tapes I'm very proud on tape my dad had an old tape of Charles Bradford and I would listen to it over and over and over again for 6 bytes Charles Bradford I mean it was incredible sermon that I loved and I appreciate I listen to this I I meditated on this sermon day and night I got up from my homiletics German and I preached and I thought it wonderful. And then one of my African-American friends came to me. And said David you preach like a brother. And I was like What do you mean you're preached like a brother. A brother in Christ. And he walked off now just as a side note here there is nothing like African-American preaching. I believe it is at the height. Of homiletic ability. I think to myself oh I could only capture that type of wording just the language of angels and I sat down and watched later that afternoon with the professor my sermon and as soon as he hit play on that old. Age As tape which I hope they burned by the way you know they pressed play and it was a surreal experience because I was watching an Asian man. Preach like a black. It was weird. The pronunciation and the repetition and the homiletic you know climbing up the mountain and I said what. I said that is a Korean. Trying to I don't know it was just this weird out of body experience and I said What happened to me well it's I'll tell you what happened to me by beholding. I become changed. By meditating and contemplating and visualizing and experiencing the beautiful Stern by Charles Brandt for for duration of 6 months day and night over and over unconsciously I had become the Korean version. Of Charles Pratt for. And this is what happens this is an incredible principle in how we become transformed we naturally become what we behold it is a long. Of the mind in this is a quotation from the book the shadow of the Almighty the story of Jim Elliot written by Elizabeth Elliott and by the way if you want a book that is going to challenge you to it and challenge our middle class comfort this book is a radical book Jim Elliot went to South America and. Gave his life gave his life as a martyr and left his wife and children without a father and it is a radical book as he prepared during his time at school for missions and this is his wife reflecting on his journey a man's thoughts die his soul a man's thoughts die his soul Constantly dwelling in the words of the Lord died Jim's soul and its color was not hidden from fellow students. There's a lot of studies about the the nature of which side of the brain does which type of activities and typically we say that the left brain is logical analysis sequencing linear mathematics language facts thinking words words of songs computation and this is the analytical a linear side of the brain and when I went to seminary which side of the brain do you think was most developed it was the left it was the left exit Jesus analysis of scripture. Formulation of concepts and so forth a lot of papers that we had to write and I appreciate my seminary Educational the wonderful experience and so it was it was that side of the brain and then you have the right side of the brain which is creativity imagination holistic thinking intuition the arts music the non-verbal feelings Gnosis word visualise ation songs daydreaming and this is the side of the brain that is creative and thinks in pictures and visualize ation and so forth and I think that we as a people as a community of faith would do well to engage both sides of our brain I meant we need the analytical we also need the right side to engage that side of our brain and I want to read to you this quotation from thoughts of the mount a blessing page one and this is a fascinating way of reading scripture not only using an analysis but here Ellen White says let us in what his words say on the screen imagination is that the left or the right side of the brain that's the right side of the brain in other words when you engage scripture it would do us well to not only focus on analysis but also the right bring let us in imagination go back to the seeing. And as we sit with the disciples This is very right brain on the mountainside enter into the fog and the feelings that fill their hearts understanding what the words of Jesus meant to those who heard them we may discern in them a new vividness and beauty and may also gather for ourselves their deeper lessons in other words there is a great benefit in engaging that right side of the brain and in our God given sanctified imagination goal back into that scene and imagine yourself there there is a great benefit that we gain and here it is from the book desire of ages it would do us well to spend they thought full hour each day and years the word in contemplation of the life of Christ we should take it point by point and let the imagination right brain brain work again grasp each scene especially the closing ones and as with dust well upon his great sacrifice for us our confidence in him will be more constant Our love will be quick and we shall be more deeply imbued with His Spirit in other words. We need to use our imagination as we read scripture and imagine Jesus and there is something that happens to us as we use our God given imagination to picture Jesus US especially through his final moments there is a transformation that happens in our own hearts look at what happened to the Apostle John book Acts the Apostles page 557. The power and tenderness the majesty and meekness the strength and the patients that he saw in the daily life of the Son of God filled his soul with admiration he yielded his resentful ambitious temper to the molding power of Christ and the Divine Love wrought in him a transformation of character and here is the thesis of our study today if you forget everything that we talked about Try to remember this here is imagination leads to admiration which leads to transformation imagination contemplation leads to admiration which leads to transformation Have you ever and my Or somebody there is something that happens when we admired and think about an individual we become like what we behold the definition of imagination the capacity to produce images ideas and sensations in the mind without any immediate impulse of the senses such as seeing or hearing and we do this all the time what is your imagination life like. What do you like to visualize and think about on a daily basis you're picturing something every single day what is it that is having an impact on our lives synonyms of contemplation is meditation visualisation reflection and I'd like to hone in on this word meditation here and make a differentiation in eastern meditative practices involve the emptying of the mind where as biblical meditation involves filling the mind with the Word of God reflecting carefully upon God's revelation of Himself in the scriptures in the life and ministry of Jesus and upon God's act in history including the life of the BE here believe or so Eastern meditative practices are emptying the mind because meditation and there is biblical meditational throughout Scripture is is filling the mind with the Word of God a visualisation of the Word of God Here's a couple text I go through a whole bunch 119 verse 27 Make me understand the way of your precepts so shall I meditate on your wonderful works 1st in the chapter 4 verse 12 meditate on these things give yourself entirely to them that your progress may be evident to all Christ object lessons page 59 merely to hear or to read the word is not enough he who desires to be profited by the Scriptures must meditate upon the truth that he has been presented to them God bids us fill the mind with great thoughts with pure thoughts he desires us to meditate upon his love and mercy to study his wonderful work in the plan of redemption. The sold welling in the pure atmosphere of holy thought will be transformed by communion with God through the study of the Scriptures there is a word it's the word ruminate ruminate and that comes from how I can boost in southern Vermont and we stayed on a dairy farm and I grew up in the city this was a new experience for me and I ventured out to where the dairy cows were and the cow was ruminating chewing the cud and this is what Biblical meditation is like thinking about something over and over and over again here it is Genesis Chapter 6 1st 5 this is a different type of meditation and God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth and that every NOSSA word here imagination of the thoughts was only evil continually What do you think the imagination life like life is like in Los Angeles of your average individual or even in Loma Linda. Second Corinthians Chapter 10 verse 5 casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ and I want to make a modern application on this because I would venture to guess that we are living in an age today where we are meditating on something else and it comes through a very. Convenient medium here it is this is this is the modern meditation medium never noticed that I was waiting in line to get a burrito. And I noticed that everyone was on their own I mean this is this is like modern meditation and I mean it's addictive you know you wake up you look at this while you're in line and you look at this and I have a feeling most people are out looking at their Bibles just a strange hunch there and before you go to bed you look at this I mean talk about meditation this is this is the new medium a modern meditation and this is a quotation from an individual that was giving a talk he's the former vice president of user growth at Facebook and he's giving a talk to an audience of Stanford University students and so here it is I feel tremendous guilt admitted like an attempt to pronounce his name Chamas former vice president of user growth at Facebook to an audience of Stanford students he was responding to a question about his involvement in exploiting consumer behavior in the short term dopa mean driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works he explained in palli happy talk he highlighted something most of us know but really few appreciate smartphones and the social media platforms they are supporting are turning us into bonafide attics. While it's easy to dismiss this claim as hyperbole platforms like Facebook Snap Chat and Instagram leverage the very same neural circuitry used by slot machines and cocaine to keep us using their products as much as possible taking a closer look at the underlying science may give you pause the next time you feel your pocket buys remember when Blackberry was around I had one and every time I would get an email it would buzz and I had this compulsion to check my e-mail they call it Crack Berry. And I'm realizing as I reflected on my own engagement with with this wonderful tool and it is a tool it's about how we use it I've had to. I've had to put limits on how I use my devices and my wife made a reflection we had one month where our internet went down and my wife said that during that month our marriage conversation was the best that it ever had been in 10 years and I thought about that I said What does that stays say about our relationships and the impact that these devices are having now I love the fact that I can deposit a check without having go to the bank you know so we need to use these tools but but this is a reality that we are facing as as a people this is becoming the subject of our meditation and in the end of time there are going to be 2 groups of people a group of people that are just like Jesus that have the seal of God and a group of people. That have the mark of the beast and there is a foot race right now to see whose character will be developed in people and both are using the same principle of by beholding we become changed. You know when you go through T.S.A. which I hear because of the government shutdown it's becoming difficult because a lot of T.S.A. workers are calling in sick. There is a screening that takes place before you go into the secure area and I've lost my precious knife a number of years ago these things that are not allowed and we need to think of our brains as a secure area and there is a filter that we need to have and this the Libyans Former say is it true is an honorable Is it right is it pure is it lovely is it praiseworthy so before it comes into that secure area in the inner sanctum of our minds before we choose the meditate on it and think about it over and over again it needs to go through a screening Amen we can't just let anything in now there are some things that we just can't help some thoughts just pop into our brains and we get into this fallacy or this this faulty thinking you know what I'm not going to do it but I'm going to think about it I'm going to enjoy it I'm going to visualize it. We need to evaluate before we contemplate there needs to be a screening that takes place before it comes into that secure area and this is from the book in heavenly places even the thoughts must be brought into subjection to the will of God and the feelings under the control are of reason our imagination was not given to us to be allowed to run riot and have its own way without any effort at restraint and discipline if the thoughts are wrong the feelings will be wrong and there's a saying that goes like this you can't he birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in it we have thoughts that are crossing our consciousness and they just come in our brains we don't know where they come from but there is a moment in which a split 2nd in which we have the choice of whether we're going to allow it to take up residence in our minds in the book of James and uses the analogy of conception talking about the anatomy of sin it says that when sin has conceived it brings forth death so here's the thought the egg comes across our consciousness and unless there is what conception are right that thought will will pass but the moment that we say you know I'm going to think about that a little bit more I'm going to enjoy this thought there is a conception so we have that split 2nd when that thought comes over our consciousness of whether we're going to say look I'm going to dwell on that thought in the principle is dismiss and replace. Dismiss and replace and it is a habit it's a process we need a constant sense of the ennobling power of pure thoughts and the damaging influence of evil thoughts Let us place our thoughts upon holy things let them be pure in truly true for our only security for any soul is right thinking now I have an admission to make. Confession I am a media addict and this was a predisposition predisposition Since childhood my parents noticed that as soon as they placed me in front of a T.V.. I would be mesmerized for hours and we had a T.V. that looked like this was a big T.V. like furniture that took up residence in our living room and. They couldn't control. Me or the use of that and finally they prayed and they said Lord we don't know what to do we need your help in this situation and I believe the Lord answers purrs like this they they pray to God to the Lord our son is headed down a path where he's going to be contemplating things that are coming over the airways and and we need your help help us willing to be made willing and one night we came home from church Friday night and all the doors of our house were open this is in Tacoma Park Maryland and all the lights were on and my dad said stay in the car and he went inside and the only thing. That these thieves took was the television. Oh and they took my dad's razors I don't know why they want about but. And. I was like what kind of prayer you know and so the remove that later on when I was in ministry I. Was on e-bay and I got into this bidding war and I accidentally bought a television I would no intention of buying it and I brought this T.V. into the home I was in Berrien Springs at the time as a youth pastor and I was watching 3 A.B.N. and then it went from 3 A B. and 2 to Oprah. And then from Oprah then I was watching things that were in that questionable area and then it just went downhill from there and I knew that I was in trouble because when I got up in the morning instead of reaching for my Bible I reach for the remote and I said Lord I need help and there's a beautiful statement in the book Christ object lessons it says if we are willing to be made Willy In other words God doesn't need our willingness he needs are willing to be made willing to be made willing we can come to gun say Lord I don't have the desire but create in me a desire. We can't control our thoughts I mean if you're coming away today thinking that oh I just need self-discipline to control my thoughts I have news for you it is impossible it is impossible of our own human capabilities and I and I came to God I said Lord I need your help I love television be honest with me I need your help help me to be willing to be made willing I love it help me to hate and it was from this posture that I got up from my knees and I took this television I box it up and dropped it off at the admin is community center. And it is a beautiful thing that we can have in our Christian experience of 1st. Some one verse 2 but who is the light is in the law of the Lord and who meditates on his Law Day and night we can pray to God and say Lord help me to make you my favorite thought my favorite thought the thing that I love to think about when I get up and when I go to bed at night the thing that I love to think about throughout my day and look at this in Joshua chapter one verse 8 keep this book of the law always on your lips meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it then you will be prosperous and successful this is a theme throughout Scripture that the people that became like Jesus were thinking about God throughout their day Jesus became their favorite thought and this is the work of grace this is the work of grace patriarchs and profits page 85 Enoch talking about the infinite unfathomable love of God through Christ became the subject of his meditations day and night and with all the fervor of his soul he sought to reveal that love to people among whom he did well and so as we wrap up today I want to encourage you to take a 30 day challenge to save it takes roughly a month 2 to have a habit make time in the morning as God to get you up no one pastor's wife said that he never set her alarm she says Lord may use and your angel to touch me in the morning when you want me to spend time with you and I believe that God's angel comes beside your bed which you are by no church member at my local church he said I took you up on this offer and I prayed to God and he woke me up. It was earlier than I expected so he said he turned over and said Lord it's too early and as always it's been an ongoing process for him but make time in the morning the night before it's in Lord get me up tomorrow and when you want me to spend time with you get me up and I believe that God will get you up spend time with God in the morning put your phone on airplane mode Amen you'll still be there you'll still be there choose a Bible passage and I want to do encourage you to engage your right pray your sanctified imagination and like bonsai not a blessing go back to the scene any experience the scene imagine Jesus being there what does he look like what does he sound like how is he talking to the people journal your thoughts and meditate on the text throughout the day and say Lord May the character of Christ be my favorite subject of meditation imagination leads to admiration which leads to our transformation Let us pray. Father in heaven. We thank you that you have given us our imagination to be used for Your glory and father we will be the 1st to admit this morning that we cannot control our thoughts our promises are like ropes of sand but we can give you our will help us to be willing to be made willing Lord give us a deeper desire for you. May you become our favorite thoughts the place that we love to go and to contemplate to meditate on the beauty of our Savior blesses we pray throughout this we ask these things precious to Jesus. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermon or leave a Visit W W W audio verse or.


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