Relationships #1

May 3, 2009

Ps James Roy, 3/5/09

Revolution is our Sunday night service at SouthLife Church.  We’re currently doing a series on relationships.  It’s good stuff, so here are some notes for your reading pleasure…

Life is relationships, everything else is just detail.

Here are three things we can learn from Psalm 139 about our relationship with God and also every other relationship we have, wheather its work, home, friends, ministry… it applies to all.

1.  Transparency: allowing light to pass through, allowing others to see whats going on in our lives.

  • The worlds way is to put on a mask to impress
  • v11 What are you like in the dark areas of your life?  What don’t you let people see?  What do you try to hide from God?
  • When we’re not transparent and honest with others about how we feel it’s like a trail of dynamite… the enemy uses it to blow up relationships.  Relationship messes happen when someone hasn’t been honest and transparent about their heart.

2. Authenticity: when the outside matches up with the inside

  • Don’t use authenticity as an excuse to stay bitter and angry or complacant.  It’s too easy to say… “this is just the way I am, I’m not going to change”…
  • David is a good example, in a lot of the Psalms he started out grumbling and being real about how he felt but always came out praising God.  He didn’t stay in the pit.
  • Don’t use “transparency” and “authenticity” to manipulate others into felling sorry for you.

3.  Intimacy

  • Happens when we invite someone or something into our live and allow them to influence us.
  • v23-23 allowing God to point out any wrong way in us creates intamacy with Him.
  • We become intimate with people when we allow them to speak into our lives. That sometimes means pointing out our stinky attitude and flaws.