“Me, Myself and I: The Unholy Trinity”

Text:  Philippians 2:1-5 (KJV)

Vs 1“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Sprit if any bowels and mercies

Vs. 2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Vs. 3 Let noting be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Vs. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Vs. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”

The Apostle Paul was called to visit Macedonia during the early part of his second missionary journey, Acts 16:9, 10.  Philippi was a principal stop in the country of Macedonia on the Roman Colony Highway.  The main thought in the book of Philippians is the all sufficiency of Christ in any circumstance, good or bad.  Christ is the very meaning of life and death. 

My message this month will move from the typical Inspirational perspectives of the past and focus on the Instructive.   It will touch on the insufficiency of self: ME, MYSELF, & I and magnify the all sufficiency of Christ as part of the Triune God Head; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

 The past 12 months has been a year of tragic consequences as it regards life.  The concept of life has been trivialized; Norway Massacre -69 murdered, 110 injured at a Youth Camp in Oslo; Colorado Massacre– 12 murdered, 59 injured at a movie theater in Aurora.  Each day reports fill the news channels depicting small children being killed by stray bullets from drive by shootings; pedophiles victimizing young children; disenchanted lovers and spouses killing each other and dismembering their bodies.  What can we make of this?  Is there any good news to give or resolutions to remedy such atrocities?  The answer is, yes.  We must turn to God.  We must seek God’s instructions on how to treat one another.  Over the next 2 to 3 months I will deal with casual effects contributing to these incidents and touching on each of the verses in our lesson text. 

This month we will deal with self sufficiency” which is the antithesis of vs. 1-2 of our text.  In September we will touch on vs. 3-4; “Resolving Conflict” and finally in October we will summarize the 2 previous month’s messages focusing on vs. 5, “Empathy and its Impact on Prayer.”

What causal theme runs through the aforementioned tragedies?  The answer is an unholy, satanic mind- set bent on the satisfaction of abnormal emotional lusts that are not only contrary to the secular world but contrary to God’s Law. It is clear that unchecked the human mind is capable of extreme abnormal behavior.  However; checking that abnormality is more than a notion.  Many times it stems from abnormalities in our childhood development.  A child, for that matter even an adult, must be taught to manage their wants and desires.  I would venture to say that baring any traumatic pathological events in a child’s life, if they are brought up in a loving, Christian home, they will behave normally-Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Also we are instructed in 2 Tim 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  Would such Christian grounding have made a difference in the lives of the perpetrators of the aforementioned crimes? I’m sure your answer would most likely be ”yes.” Elsewhere in Romans 7:18-25 Paul speaks to the impossible task of controlling fleshly desires without God (Vs. 18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”

In our text Kenneth S. Wuest’s Word Studies From the Greek New Testament renders Philippians 2: 1-2 of our text as follows:  ”in view of the fact that there is a certain ground of appeal in Christwhich exhorts, since there is a certain tender persuasion that comes from divine love, in view of the fact that there is a certain joint-participation with the Spirit in a common interest and activity, since there are certain tenderheartednesses and compassionate yearning and actions.  Fill full my joy by thinking the same thing, having the same love, being in heart agreement, thinking the one thing.’’  In short, if you know Christ, God’s Son, then the Holy Spirit puts you in synch with him vertically and horizontally with mankind.  You cannot do it by yourself.  Last Month I spoke of Selflessness vs. Selfishness; without God Selfishness will trump  Selflessness every time.  To desire a child sexually that’s ME, MYSELF AND I.  I’m  angry at society. Someone has to pay; that’s ME, MYSELF AND I. I‘m mad at a member of a gang who wears different colors. I will shoot him; that’s ME, MYSELF AND I.  These all exemplify an unholy  trio,  unholy to its core.

David said it best in Psalm 119:11Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee”.  I posed a question at the beginning of the lesson regarding the cause of the tragedies; I give you two answers to this question:   1) These individuals need the Lord in their lives,  and 2) Clinical help may be needed.  This can apply even to Christians in the face of emotional trauma.  Dr. M. Scott Peck, M.D., Clinical Psychiatrist said this in his book,  The Road Less Traveled;  that most individuals need therapy at one time or another just to adjust to the issues of life. This is a healthy approach to emotional well-being.

Yours in Christ,

 

Dempsey S. Harrison, Jr.

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