Kingdom Conversations with Randy Turpin

Rock Solid - Part 5

May 15, 2018 Season 1 Episode 22
Kingdom Conversations with Randy Turpin
Rock Solid - Part 5
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Kingdom Conversations with Randy Turpin
Rock Solid - Part 5
May 15, 2018 Season 1 Episode 22
Randy Turpin
Dr. Randy Turpin continues his series on the "rock solid" Christian life, giving particular emphasis to the importance of prayer.
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Kingdom Conversations - Episode 22. Dr. Randy Turpin continues his series on the "rock solid" Christian life, giving particular emphasis to the importance of prayer.
Speaker 1:
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Speaker 2:
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Hello everyone. This is Randy Turpin. Welcome once again to kingdom conversations. And today we are in part five of a multipart series dealing with the rock solid life, looking at stability in life. And we're looking in particular at the teachings of Jesus in the sermon on the Mount, Matthew Chapter Five, chapter six and chapter seven. I'm calling this the rock solid life because of what Jesus says at the end of this sermon where he says that, uh, the person who actually puts into practice these teachings is like a wise person who has built his house upon a rock. So we're talking about the life of stability, the life of security, the rock solid life. Jesus began this teaching in chapter five by issuing a series of blessings to his hearers. Then he offered a few words of affirmation where he expressed his sense of their value in his eyes.
Speaker 2:
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He said, you're the salt of the earth. You're the light of the world. He was affirming them. And then injector vibey makes sure that they understand that he is not coming to try to abolish the law rather to fulfill the Old Testament law and makes it clear that what he's really here to do is to go further than what the law could ever do. Did you know that even though the law of God always expressed the will of God, the law itself never had the power to change the human heart. So when Jesus says that your righteousness needs to exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, he's really talking about the need for a heart change. There needs to be a change of heart. So in chapter five we've already studied this. I'm not going to repeat it all, but in chapter five Jesus gives us some examples of issues of the heart.
Speaker 2:
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He looks at five specific examples. He looks at the attitude of anger. He addresses the attitude of of lust, or he's dealing actually with the topic of sexual purity and marital fidelity. Then he deals with truthfulness. He deals with issues of revenge and the whole issue of loving one's enemies. And you can go back and listen to the previous episodes if you want to get the full detail on all of that, but Jesus gives some pretty strong examples here of how important it is to consider attitudes to consider matters of the heart and not just external behavior. If you're really wanting to build a life when a chapter six which is where we're picking it up today in chapter six starting with verse one Jesus continues to talk about attitudes of the heart. When he talks about charitable giving, he says, be sure that you do not do your charitable charitable deeds before men to be seen by them, otherwise you have no reward from your father who is in heaven.
Speaker 2:
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He says, therefore, when you do your charitable needs, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have the reward, but when you do your charitable deeds, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deeds may be in secret and your father who sees in secret will himself reward you openly. Now the whole issue of the heart here is one of humility that we're not just self serving when we do do our good deeds, that we're not just trying to win the favor of people, but that we in true authenticity and in integrity are doing the things that we're doing, the benevolent deeds. So Jesus here is dealing with an attitude of humility as we're engaged in acts of generosity.
Speaker 2:
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Okay? Now I went through that kind of quickly because I really wanted to rush straight to chapter six starting with verse five where Jesus deals with a very important aspect of a stable rock, solid Christian life and that has to do with prayerfulness the whole issue of prayerfulness. He also deals with fasting as it relates to prayer. On the end of this, we'll try to cover all of this today. This is from verse five and Chapter Six all the way through 18 all right, but Jesus starts here in Verse Five Matthew Chapter Six verse five by saying, when you pray, you shut up. Be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. I want to stop there just to say that it's, some people look at this and they say, well, we're not really supposed to be praying in public.
Speaker 2:
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That's not what this is teaching. The whole issue here is not that people are seeing you while you're praying it is that what is the motive of the heart? Are you praying to be seen by men or to be seen by people? Are you praying publicly just in a way to impress people, but Jesus said, if that's the motivation of your heart, then you've already received your reward. If you are looking for the reward of the praise of other people and that's what you get, well then you got your reward. He goes on to say, what would be a better reward is this starting in verse six but you, when you pray, enter your closet and when you have shut your door, pray to your father who is in secret and your father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Now there's the better reward, the open reward that God the father gives us.
Speaker 2:
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When our praying is done in humility, it's done not to be seen by others. That's even done in secret places. Here's the thing I've found about a life of prayer is that it is largely unnoticed by other people. We don't pray to be noticed by others, but the the great news is that the life of secret prayer cannot go unblessed. Now, that statement's not original with me. I think our first heard that or read that in something that Andrew Murray wrote in his great classic work on with Christ in the school of prayer. I believe that's where I first heard that statement that the life of secret prayer cannot go on blessed. Jesus has promised it here, that if we will pray for the purpose of being seen by our father, who is in secret than the father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Speaker 2:
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You know, I want to just take this a little further. You know, every day, God, our father has a standing appointment with you and with me. You have an appointment every day with God the father to meet with him. And that appointment is in the secret place. Now. Now, literally the secret place should be that regular place that you go to on a daily basis to just commune between you and the Lord. Uh, now you may not actually have a physical area, but in principle, you know, where you to set apart time step, set a bar, set apart space in one way or another where it's you and your heavenly father talking. Okay? So that's a secret place. But that also is that from a spiritual point of view, when we come into the secret place of the most high God into the very holy of holies, we come spiritually into his presence and we behold his glory where it's just us and the Lord in communion, heart to heart connection with him.
Speaker 2:
8:45
You know, if we make engagement with God in the secret place, that place of his presence, that place of his glory, a regular practice in our life, we will live a blessed life. It is part of the rock solid life. Jesus promised it to us here. I'll read it again. When you pray, enter your closet and when you shut your door, prayed to your father who is in secret and your father who sees in secret will reward you openly, openly in the real stuff of your life. You'll begin to see the reward, the benefit. This is the a devotion of one's life that is not going to get the praise about the people. None of it's done correctly, but it will receive the attention of heaven. It will receive the attention of your heavenly father and he will see to it that things change in your life, that things move in your life, not just in your life, but through your life and concerning those matters that you're praying about when you've devoted your life to a lifestyle of secret prayer.
Speaker 2:
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Okay, probably said enough about that, but let's go a little further. Verse seven, Jesus said, but when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. Now, I have heard people go a little too far with this, but let's say that, well, once you present something to the Lord in prayer, then you really shouldn't be bringing it back to them again because that's a vain repetition now, not necessarily so that this is not a condemnation against persistence in prayer. The way I look at it is once we have truly prayed and brought a petition to the Lord, when a person is truly prayed, when they have prayed from a place of God's presence, just by saying the words of a prayer doesn't mean you have truly prayed. You can just say some words, but if you've not really allowed yourself time to truly come into God's presence and truly connect with him and bring your petition to him, then you've not truly prayed.
Speaker 2:
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Okay. But I'm not saying he doesn't hear you, but I'm talking about the kind of prayer we're being called to here is to come into that secret place, that place of God's presence, that place of God's glory. And then when we bring our petitions to the Lord, you can bring a petition to him and it's okay to come back and revisit that petition. But it's more like when you bring it back that second time, it's more of a declaration than it is a petition than it is a request that, which is initially your request then becomes your prophetic declaration over that area that you're, you've been concerned about. And it's okay, bring it back to the Lord in prayer, but let it be more of father, I am trusting you. They may be initially, Lord, I am asking you, but then you're coming back to that with father, I am trusting you or lord, I am declaring your blessing over this area of my life.
Speaker 2:
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It's okay to revisit it, but understand you don't need to keep repeating the question over and over again. Okay? And sometimes in some traditions just by saying the same little phrases over and over and over again, and then over and over and over again, some more sometimes adds some kind of value or impact to their prey when that's not really the case. And I think those kinds of vain repetitions is what Jesus is condemning because that was what was typical of heathen cultures in there praying to the Pagan Deities, okay? He says, but when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. Do not be like them for your father knows what things you have need off before you ask him. I want to read that again and I'm going to make a comment.
Speaker 2:
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Do not be like them like the heathen who are just making vain repetitions for your father knows what things you have need of before you ask him. Okay? This may pose a question for some of you. All right, Dr Turpin, if our father knows what things we have need of before we ask him, why do we even need to ask him? That's a good question. In there's two aspects to this response. First of all, God does nothing of eternal worth in the earth. Apart from us praying, we are his designated authorities in the earth for the execution of his will and his purpose. Could God just step in and do what he wants to do apart from us? Well, of course he could do that. He's God. He can do anything he wants to, but basically the way that he has set things up that he will reveal his will to us, but then we are to pray his will and as we pray his will in alignment with his heart, with his will.
Speaker 2:
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Then he goes to work. The angels of Heaven go to work to execute the will of God in the earth. Regarding that matter, God has chosen not to work around man but to work through man or through mankind to accomplish his purposes in the earth. So the father does know what things we have need of before we ask him, but we are still involved in the asking. So the first part of of this is that even though the father knows, we still need to ask because that is our appointed station in life to act in authority, in prayer and in obedience regarding the things that are close to the heart of God. The second we ask, even though the father knows what we need is because our asking is a demonstration of our faith that our father does know. Our father does know that we really need what we ask.
Speaker 2:
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Therefore we ask with an increased confidence. I want to say that again. I don't want, don't want to muddy this up in any way. I want to make sure you're grasping. When I'm saying, look at the diverse says, do not be like them for your father knows what things you have meet up before you ask him what that does to me, that doesn't give me an excuse for not praying. Rather, it boosts my confidence because I can boldly come into his presence with this need, with a greater confidence because my father knows that I need the very thing that I'm asking him. That makes sense to you. I hopefully that does that. This should be more of a verse that encourages us to pray rather than to cause us to become apathetic in our brain and understand this is all part of the rock solid life.
Speaker 2:
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The life is stability and life of stability. A life that is rock solid as I describe it is a life that will be a prayerful life. Okay, but then Jesus gets into some specific teaching. Jesus had prayed in this manner. He said, begin with a relational emphasis. Begin with a realization of of an identity not only of who god is, but also of who you are. When you say our father, you are a, you are identifying God is your father, and you're identifying yourself as one of his sons or daughters, okay. But the fact that you're saying our father now bear in mind and who it is that is teaching this, this is Jesus, the son of God. Who's I mean he's the son of God. God is his father. It's as though Jesus is putting his arm around you. And he says, let me teach you how to pray.
Speaker 2:
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Come. Let's go together and talk to our father. So when you place those words on your lips in prayer, and you approach God, your father as our father, it is with a conscious realization that Jesus is right there with you. It's not just my father. It's not just my father. You're not standing before the father alone. You're standing before the father with Jesus, right there by your side. Are you grasping what I'm saying to you? So you're not, I'm not saying it's wrong to say my father when you're praying, okay. But the white Jesus is teaching it here is with an emphasis. It's as though he's, uh, he's wanting us to see this, that when we approached God, that father, we need to do so with the realization that Jesus is right there with us and we're saying our father with the confidence that Jesus, our mediator is right there with us in that time of prayer.
Speaker 2:
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Isn't that powerful? I think I've already talked about that to some degree in the previous teaching with you guys, but I love to make that emphasis. He says, our father who is in heaven, our father, God is seated in the place of ultimate authority and in fact he has ultimate authority. So we're approaching our father who is in this place and role of ultimate authority and we say, how would be your name set apart is your name. You literally, you could say, holy ISED is your name, your name, that the name of God, the name of anyone, the name of anyone represents the essence of who that person is. But the thing about God, he's revealed himself to us through many different names. God, our provider, God, our righteousness, God, Rps got our salvation. We don't have time here to get into all of the names of God, but as we approach God, the father who is in heaven, we begin with this recognition of of Lord.
Speaker 2:
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I set apart your name, the revelation of who you are as holy. I do not treat you as common. You're not commonplace. I'm not going to treat you just like I would a brother or just like I would an earthly father or close relative or anyone else that I highly esteem you. You are set apart in a class all to yourself. That's what the word holy means as in reference to God is that he is set apart in a class ultimate himself and holy set apart into a class all to itself. Is Your name, the revelation of who you are. Then he gets into it. Here he says, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Now remember we're talking about the rock solid life here and the rock solid life is characterized by a life that is lived from the vantage point of heaven that we see the Word Heaven occurring several times in this prayer once we've already seen it, where God is referenced as being in heaven.
Speaker 2:
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But here we are, see ourselves praying, uh, for the will of God to be done on earth as it is in heaven. I want you to visualize what the book of Ephesians talks about, where the book of Ephesians Paul's writing to the Ephesians. He says that we, you and I are seated together in heavenly places, in heavenly places in Christ. So that does shed some light on this part of the prayer. He says, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Now I love the word order in the Greek here in the Greek, it doesn't read on Earth as it is in heaven. In the Greek it reads as in heaven, so on Earth your will be done as in heaven. So on earth what Dr Turpin, what's the real difference there? We saying the same thing. Yeah, it's saying the same thing, but the difference is one of emphasis.
Speaker 2:
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Okay. For praying your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. It seems to me that we are beginning the emphasis by looking at the concerns that we have here on earth, and then we're trying to lift those concerns to the Lord in heaven. But as I said, the Greek cure doesn't begin with that innocence in word order in Greek does matter because word ordering Greek indicates emphasis. So the emphasis is your will be done as in heaven. So on earth, we're not beginning with an awareness of earth and the troubles of earth. We're beginning with an awareness of the bliss of heaven. Okay? In other words, it's not our needs that set the agenda for how we pray. It is the will of God that's already established in heaven that sets the agenda for how we pray. All right? It's not that God's not concerned about our needs.
Speaker 2:
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Yes, he is in order to bring our needs to him in prayer, but the overriding overwhelming emphasis in our praying is first to decern. What? What's on the father's heart? What is heaven concerned about? What is heaven focused on? What is Evan's agenda? So we're praying the will of God from heaven into the Earth. You know, if I'm, I'm seated there with Christ in heavenly places, I am already seen it in a place of victory, a place of authority, a place of breakthrough. I'm already seated in breakthrough and from that place at breakthrough, I am praying into the earth, the will of God that is already established in the heavily room. Does that make sense? I sure hope it does. Now in verse 11 we continue on Jesus. He goes into a series of petitions here and he begins miss saying, give us, teaching us to pray.
Speaker 2:
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Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us of our debts. And some translations say trespasses, some say sins, all are relevant. Okay? Forgive us of our debts, sins trespasses as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. So the rock solid life is one in which we are. We're not reserved about coming to God. The father knowing that he seated in this place of authority, knowing that we've been seated together with him and have any places that we've been authorized to pray the will of God from heaven into the Earth. But then we see that this life involves us asking him for what we need. If you're in need of something, ask him, Lord, give us what we need, our daily bread, what you need on a daily basis. And okay, this rock solid life also involves us forgiving those who have sinned against us and receiving forgiveness from God for the things that we have done in offense to him or to others.
Speaker 2:
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Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And also the rock solid life involves us praying for his guidance. He is leading and for his deliverance. If we need to be delivered from evil and air, any area he says he said, and lead us not into temptation. God's not going to intentionally put you into temptation, okay? But what we're asking him for is, Lord lead us in such a way in our lives that we totally miss the traps of the devil, that we totally miss his assignments. Friends, I believe that if we will live a life of prayerfulness, that we will totally miss ambushes that the devil has designed for us so much so that we don't even show up where the devil thought we were going to be. The Lord may redirect your steps because you live a prayerful life. The Lord may redirect your step at the last moment on any particular day so that you totally miss whatever evil assignment the enemy had for you. Lead us not to temptation. Deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom, yours, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen. Okay, we're going to pick up from there next time. Thank you today for joining me on kingdom conversations and until we get together again, why not put some of this regarding a prayerful life into practice and see what begins to happen in new ways for you in the rock. Solid
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