Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Sieve of Preconceived Ideas

We all know what a sieve is.    It lets somethings through, while blocking others.

Well, the sieve of preconceived ideas, is where we let some of what God is telling us through; but blocking other things, because of an idea we had about what He was going to say.

How many of our children, turn us parents off? Because they know what we are going to say, and they just do not want to hear it again?

This is the sieve of preconceived ideas.

We think we know what God is talking to us about, so we just sort of, stop listening along the way.

Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”

The “perfect day” is the time of day when the sun is at high noon, straight overhead. There are no shadows then, but full light shines upon us.

So our walk with Jesus, starts at the dawning light. Just light enough to start to walk.
Then the Light grows within us, by our yielding to Him in obedience, and we are headed for the perfect day of nothing between us, and our Lord.

But along the way, we often put our own limitations on that Light to us.

How many have said, “Lord Jesus, you can talk to me about anything, but that. I’ll deal with it.”
But we never do. Or do it little; just enough to get by, we think.

See the sieve of preconceived ideas?

Well, we can overcome this by the power of the Holy Spirit’s honesty.
He will enable us to see what is truth, but we have to will to see it.

There was a Pastor I knew once, who used to say to his wife, when they would disagree, “I will accept the correction.”
Sounds good, but it still places the parties at distance points; not together.
Acceptance is not yielding; but simply acknowledging another’s viewpoint.

No reconciliation there.

But “I will submit to the correction.” ; as we should do to God, brings us into the reconciliation to Him, that we need.

When we are reconciled to God, we are placed in that position to receive full power from Him.
If we are accepting His word, we can still be far from Him, and not receive the power He wants to give us.

There must be an absolute surrender to God, as my Ruler.
Then, there can be many reconciliations to His Word, for now.
And there will be more power in my life now.
We will know His will and be enabled to do His Will, that we might be blessed in His Will.

Matthew 16:5 “And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.”

This sets up an example of preconceived ideas getting into the way of our hearing what Jesus really is saying to us.

Matthew 16:6-7 “And Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.”

They were afraid Jesus was correcting them because they forgot to bring food for the trip across the sea.

But Jesus was not concerned about food. Had He not fed five thousand with a few loaves of bread and a few fishes?

Matthew 16:8,11-12. “Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, Oh ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have no bread?

How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees?
Then understood they how that he bade them not beware the leaven of the bread, but of the doctrine (teaching) of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”

Christ Jesus will lift us up, enlighten our path, give us courage, and so much more; But we must draw near, and hear Him.
Giving up our preconceived ideas; and REALLY hearing what He is saying to us.
There is so much He wants to give us, so much we need to receive; let us come close by yielding to Him, and hear.






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