WATCH YOUR CONNECTIONS

 

Your connections make all the difference in the world.  Unfortunately many people chose the wrong connection, which leads them into trouble and disappointments.  After getting entangled with the wrong connection they think back and wish they never would have known the person to whom they were connected.  Your connections make all the difference in the world.  If you are to enjoy harmony and peace in life, then let me suggest you “Watch Your Connections.”   That is, who you are connect too!

 

Listen, if you would only, stop along enough to talk to the man pushing the grocery cart along the city streets, who pausing and gazes up in the air; or the bag lady walking along life’s highway looking  bewildered down at the ground; they both will tell you they had a “Loose Connection in life” with a wife, husband, a family member or friend; and they will say to you with a bit of anger in their voice, that is the reason for their uncertain future.

 

If you my friends, would only, stop long enough to visit a prison and talk to a man or women behind the wall; they will point to an inappropriate connection they had as the reason for their misconduct.  Your connections make all the difference in the world.

 

If you keep on walking and talking long enough to ask the young man with his pants sagging down and his buttocks on display, he will tell you; it’s just the way it is with his buddies; and it just the way it is with him too!  He is willing to go along to get along.

 

While walking through life; don’t forget to stop long enough to talk to the young girl that has given herself over to be used as a toy for pleasure and a play thing; instead of being treated like a lady she is a treated like a loser.  She will tell you it’s all about her boy friend and the connection they have.  Somebody ought to tell her to “Watch Your Connection”, because your connections make all the difference in the world.

 

What I have described to you this morning is people trying to find a love connection in all the wrong people, in all the wrong places and for all the wrong reasons; and they didn’t “Watch their Connection.”

 

Inappropriate connections will “wear you out” and some will “do you end!”

 

We look back at our own bad connections and try to warn our children not to make the same mistakes we made.  To not be unequally yoked to trouble.  We tell them to “WATCH WHO THEY ARE CONNECTED TOO.”

 

Today we have set aside time to show off our friends and family members “Your Connections” by inviting them to come and join with us.  We want to show that we in some respect have people that love us and care about our wellbeing.

 

There is another very important point that must be said and it’s simply this, “that a family member or friend of yours is a friend and family member of mine.  In other words your friend is my friend; and in a sense I’m his friend, my friend is our friend and your friend is her friend and her friend my friend and we are all connected by and mutual appreciation of friendship for each other’s friend, and by love.  Amen.

 

You see there is a principle that the bible teaches us, 1 Corinthians 12:12.  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.    13.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

 14.  For the body is not one member, but many.

 

We could close the book and go home to meditate on that point.  We are all baptized into one body.

 

We are all divinely tied together in Christ.  If we only understood the power of that truth and its true meaning, homicides would cease and law suits would stop.  Judge Judy would get off the bench and Judge Brown would leave town, Dr. Phil would take a chill pill.  Amen, somebody.

 

Jesus prayed that we who trust in God and in His name; that we might be one with Him and the Father, but there are multitudes of unwilling and unregenerate body member still disruptive and dysfunctional in the family of God.  In other words, they are sinning against God.  They are sores and diseases, which effect the healthy body of Christ.

 

The only way for the body to be healed of the canker sores is to either cut them off or get them delivered from dead works.  Amen.

 

Let’s us look at one of the most startling account in the bible that speaks to our message today.        Ezekiel 37

 

1.      The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

(skeletal remains of  dead works)

2.     And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.  ( a long time)

 3.  And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? and I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.  (God is asking us today this question too!)

 4.  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

 5.  Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:  (shall live the right way in the body and before me)

 6.  And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.  (You shall be totally restored and a new person)

7.  So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

 

Ezekiel cried out and spoke the word of the Lord to Dem dry bones!”, “Dem dry bones!”, and said Oh“Dem dry bones!”
“Oh hear de word of de Lawd!”

 8.  And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

 9.  Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.   10.  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

(my friends and your friends, my family and your family members that were dead in works and in the valley of dry bones are back in their right place in God.) 

 

That man on the street pushing the shopping cart and the bag lady too!  That fellow with his pants sagging and buttock out and the girl living life in all the wrong places, with all the wrong people is healed and they are alive and healthy member in the family of Christ.)  Somebody, ought to shout glory to God.

 

11.  Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.   12.  Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.  (the land of grace)

 13.  And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up out of your graves,   14.  And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land (in your right environment): then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.

 

As I take my seat, I know you have friends and family members not here today, but you wish they were.  This is what you can do.  “WATCH YOUR CONNECTION WITH GOD”. You be the Ezekiel among your family and friends by speaking into the winds of their life Galatians 5: 22.  And let the wind of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23.  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law; and you will see the miracles of God before your eyes.

 

God will lift you up and them too and turn you around, and plant your feet on higher ground; so you can be healthy in the body of Christ, once again.  So my brother and sisters “WATCH YOUR CONNECTION WITH GOD” first and all other connections will come perfectly together.

 

Preached by:  Rev. Sylvester Williams, Jr., I.C.U. Ministries, Inc.,  March 15, 2009

Revised edition