The Parable Of The Dog
25 May 2013 Service – Phil Pringle
God is THE Lord means nothing until it becomes God is MY Lord. It’s just a piece of information until it translates into a personal experience.
When you cross that line and know the difference, you move…
From what God can do for me, to what I can do for God.
From God is willing to die for us, to we are willing to die for God.
Training My Dog… by Phil Pringle
So we hired a professional dog trainer to come train our dog. I thought it was probably the worst $150 ever spent. It turned out to be the best!
The trainer arrives, and she says “Let’s feed the dog.” (Let’s name the dog P, I forgot her name… hahaha)
At the sight of food, P barked madly. Like reallyyyy madly.
Trainer: Oh we can’t have that, she’s losing control. She’s demanding food.
So we put the bowl of food just 2 inches away from P, and all this time she was constrained by the leash. The bowl was right in front of her nose but out of her reach. P went berserk and barked nonstop.
After 10 minutes, it was still the same.
“Well can’t we give her the food now?”
Trainer: “No, not yet. We want the dog to calm down.”
“So how long will that take?”
“As long as it takes.”
25 mins passed..
“Still not yet??”
Trainer: “We can’t give in, otherwise P will think it can get the food by barking and demanding. We need to wait till she’s tired.”
Eventually P gets all tired and exhausted.
The trainer relaxes the leash a little, and taps the bowl. P rushes towards the bowl and starts gobbling the food.
Trainer: “Oh we can’t have that!”
She takes the bowl away again, and P goes mad barking once again, and the whole process repeats.
After 20 minutes..
The trainer relaxes the leash and taps the bowl. This time P slowly and quietly moves to the food, and eats it humbly.
God is holding our leash.
We wrestle with all kinds of things. We cry out to God in the end for help, when we get ourselves into this mess, which we could have prevented if we had simply put God first in our lives. We keep asking him to save us.
He wouldn’t have to save you so much if he was YOUR Lord instead of THE Lord.
Surrender the direction of your whole life to God! Because some people are not sure if God is really going to bless them, if God is really interested in their life.
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; Philp 1:6
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph 2:10
You are his workmanship, his master piece. What is going on inside you is God’s work at hand in your life.
For everyone of us, there’s something that’s killing us. That’s putting pressure and stress on us, but it’s something that you need to pick up and can’t let go.
But it’s a good work. Because what God had started in you he will complete a good work in it!
The Potter’s House
God presents himself as the potter. We are the clay and God is the potter. And we are in the potter’s house, the church.
There’s all forms of impurities at the start. Some of us are shapeless, some formed halfway. Regardless, God is slowly shaping us, squashing us, moulding us.
We are on his wheel, going round and round.
Going to church, to cg, and go church and cg again and again, and round and round…….the cycle seems never-ending.
If you don’t get on the wheel, the hand of God can’t come on your life.
God is going down in the middle of the inside of the clay to form the inner shape.
We are interested in our outward being but God is pressing his thumb down in the middle of us, or character, attitude, etc. You never know who you really are until you are squeezed.
After he’s done he puts us on the shelf and wait! Then he puts us into fire…
At this stage we are tested and purified.. we experience pain.. the heat…
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. Isa 48:10
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
Isa 43:1 2
There are things that God can only achieve through pain, no way else. You learn nothing through 100 miles of laughter.
But even though we go through such things, we won’t come out damaged or deformed, but stronger, better.
Even Jesus had to learn obedience, and through pain…
8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, Heb 5:8-9
This learning is not something that is of informational value but a creation in a particular personality that’s broken towards God.
You can’t learn anything in character through education, we learn it through going through extremely valuable experiences.
It’s important to have peace in decisions. Ask God! Don’t wrestle with him, if you’re not at peace, it’s not the right decision.
Gifts will work, but it doesn’t actually mean you’re doing the right thing.
We may be going through difficult times in our lives, Sometimes it doesn’t work out for you, God keeps ‘changing’ his mind, you keep trying but it’s just not the right decision or timing. You feel tired and broken.
But he’s just training your obedience! Until you stop barking and demanding for what you want, until you are exhausted and tired and calm. Until he is your God and not the God.
That’s when you are ready and God comes in.
God is doing far more behind your back than in front of your face.
If we are not trained and formed then we won’t be ready and prepared for the destiny and calling for our lives!
Surrender all areas of your life to God, make him YOUR Lord and not THE Lord. You can’t say No and Lord together in the same sentence. If he’s really YOUR Lord, it will always be a yes to Him.