North Augusta, South Carolina
From the Pastor’s Desk …..June 2016
It is with great pleasure I pen this documentary for the month of June. In so doing, we pause to give recognition to Fathers as we explore this month’s theme, “Getting God Out of the box."
Getting out of the box is an expression that describes non-conformal, creative thinking. The expression is used as an adverb to describe the thinking or as an adjective to describe ideas.
The expression, “Out of the box” is believed to have stemmed from a puzzle created by a British mathematician named Henry Ernest Dudeney. The puzzle Dudeney created dealt with interconnecting nine dots in a three-by-three grid by using four straight lines drawn without the pencil leaving the paper. In order to be successful at solving this puzzle, the puzzle solver had to realize that the boundary of the dots arrayed in the puzzle were psychological, which meant that they were artificial. The four straight lines drawn had to be extended beyond the artificial boundary created by the nine dots to overcome the psychological concepts and precepts to solve the puzzle.
So is it in life, when we consider the fact that we put God in a box, by and through our psychological concepts and precepts that are artificial as they relate to our relationship and walk with God.
Satan, who is the prince of this world, often causes us to think that we are too distant from God, for God to hear our prayers and deliver us from the evil yoke of bondage he attempts to bring upon on us.
Fathers, mothers, young people and all who are reading this documentary, Satan often tells us that the only way to succeed or meet the success level we want, as defined by this world, is to conform to the things of this world. In other words, we must do the things that please and satisfy man, rather than God.
I will have you know that Satan’s words, if we internalize them, will hinder us from overcoming the psychological concepts and precepts that are artificial, as they relate to our relationship and walk with God. Therefore, it was for this cause the writer of the book of Romans, who is believed to be Apostle Paul, wrote the epistle to encourage Romans not to be conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
The writer says in the 12th chapter of Romans verse 2 that the Romans’ psychological concepts and precepts, artificial boundaries must be renewed in order to get God out of the box.
Do you have God boxed in? Are you putting limits on God as to what He can or cannot do? Have you not heard; have you not read and have you not seen that there is nothing too hard for God, if we would only trust Him and never doubt Him?
Jesus said in John 15:7, “If you abide me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” We must ask believing that God can and will, without any doubt.
Hear me when I say that God cannot mend broken marriages, cure ailments and heal our land, if we keep Him boxed in, by and through our psychological concepts and precepts.
So, I urge you to join me and let us, get God out of the box by and through presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice unto Him, through accepting Jesus Christ as our personal savior.
In order to this, we must be holy, that is set apart from this world. When we become set apart from this world, we become acceptable unto God because we would have overcome the psychological concepts and precepts that prevent us from our relationship and walk with God.
Amos chapter 3 records, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” No! We cannot have a relationship and walk with God, until we are set apart – holy.
May I pause here to say that set apart (holy), in this sense, does not mean we have to live in a vacuum to get God out of the box. What it does mean is that we are in this world, and that we realize that this world does not dictate who we are or what we do, as it relates to our walk with God.
So, I urge you once again, join me and let us overcome our psychological concepts and precepts, by and through the renewing of our mind so we can be holy - set apart to get God out of the box!
If God be for us, who can be against us? Do you have God boxed in? Only you would know!
Rev. Dr. Alexander Pope, Jr.
Sermon Topic for June 2016
Getting God Out of the Box
He that keepeth the commandments keeps his soul
First Providence Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: (803) 279-8836
Fax: (803) 441-8666