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Dry Bones!

Application:

If you are full of hate, jealosy and pride, then a completely new heart must be your aim.

Materials:

A tub full of dry bones (Collect and dry bones from those chops and ribs you love!)

Text:

Matthew 23:27-28.

 

Dead Men's Bones:
How much time do you spend dressing up and checking out how good you look?  But, God knows the heart of each of us and is not deceived by our outward appearance.  That was the trouble with the teachers of the law and the Pharisees in Jesus' day.  In Matthew 23:27-28, Jesus said:

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside
but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.

In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous
but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

Dry Bones:
I have this tub of dry bones (Show the tub and hand around some of the bones).  This is what Jesus was talking about in the above verses.  He knew that the Pharisees and teachers of the law pretended to be holy and paraded around showing just how good they thought they were!

We also can act clever or show that we are one of the "in Crowd", but this does not please God, because inside our hearts we are full of dirty things like hate, jealousy and pride.

Searching Our Hearts:
We need to ask God to search and know our hearts.  In Psalm 139:23-24, David cried:

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

We cannot just try and be nice.  This will never please God as all the good things can we try to do, will never measure up to God's standard.  A completely "New Heart" must be our aim just as in Psalm 51:10, David begged God to:

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

We must throw out all those dry bones and empty our hearts, so that Jesus can live inside us (Tip the bones out onto the table and show that the tub is empty).

Jesus in Our Hearts:
When we ask Jesus to come and live in our hearts, then we will really come to know and experience the love of God.  In Ephesians 3:16-18, Paul prayed for all believers:

"That out of God's glorious riches He may strengthen you with power
through His Spirit in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the saints,
to know how wide, and long, and high, and deep is the love of Christ.

New Hearts:
This will change us inside our hearts, and then we will be able to live lives that please God, as Jesus strengthens and changes us.  We will no longer have to try and put on a false front to our friends and other people.  Lastly, in Ephesians 3:19, Paul earnestly prayed that we would:

"Know the love (of Christ) that surpasses knowledge -
that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."

God Bless!
 

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