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The Symptoms of Hypocrisy Part 2

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Last Week

We looked at the Symptoms of Hypocrisy
We looked at the differences between the Church that Jesus desired and the one that existed
We saw Jesus make a clear distinction between Kingdom People aka Jesus People, and the Religious Hypocrites of the day
In his venture to provide a clear distinction between the Real Church and the Hypocritical Church
He pointed out that not only do we need to change how we see giving
But we need to change the way we pray

This Week

We will look at some very practical things that will help us prevent a Hypocritical Spirit
We will be looking at Fasting with a correct posture
We will look at the things we value
We will look at the heart we should have when it comes to money
We will also look at Worry

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16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Jesus here is setting in place the right posture to have while fasting
First thing we have to realize is that fasting is very much a part of the Kingdom that Jesus was promoting
He says “When You Fast”
Which promotes fasting as a regular rhythm amongst kingdom people
Not only should it an active part of our faith journey
There must be a difference between how Hypocrites fast and how Jesus People Fast
So lets look at the differences:
How do you fast in a Hypocritical Way?
What the Hyper Religious were doing was this
They would fast in a way that caught everyones attention
They would make themselves appear as if they were going through it.
They Disfigured their faces
Or exposed their imperfections
Amplified their blemishes
In order to make sure that everyone knew that they were fasting.
People would feel sorry for them
They would comfort them
They would encourage them
Because they would get their fill from what man had to offer
Jesus says
This will be their reward for fasting
The result of their penitence shifted from an expectancy of seeing God work, to a settling for the praises and comfort that man had to offer
What is Jesus trying to do here?
Jesus is trying to switch the focus off of everything that pointed to man’s self-sufficiency
To expose man’s truest necessity
For that is what paralleled and preached a Greater Message
Now lets look at how Fasting should be done:
Instead of participating in a spiritual practice to grab man’s attention
You, when you fast
Put on your “Sunday Best”
Anoint your head with Oil
Wash your face
In fact, don’t give any hints to anyone that you are fasting
Let it be something that is between you and the Lord
That as you fast
As you consecrate yourself to grow in your trust of God
As you set your face to seek the Lord
Give it 100%
Go all in
For that which you do in secret, He will reward you openly.
Now, lets take a look at our stuff

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Jesus is encouraging us to abstain from storing up our treasures here on earth
The Message written by Eugene Peterson says it this way
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars.
Don’t stack your chips here as if this was the end goal.
Jesus is again, trying to shift our focus from the earthly to the heavenly
He is shifting the focus of what we treasure from an earthly perspective to a heavenly one
Normally, this is where the pastor would talk about tithing and your money and it would get really awkward
We could do that
But its so 1990’s
I think what we need to focus on today is the deeper issue
need to slow the process down
I mentioned Tesla 5 times last week
We need
We let our financial
John Stott put it this way
The Message of the Sermon on the Mount e. A Christian’s Ambition (6:19–34)

So we are to differ from non-Christians not only in our devotions, but also in our ambitions

Church, if we are going to be salt and light
If we are going to be different than the Hypocrites
Then we must do it wholly
Not just in the spiritual parts of our lives
But in the normal every day practice
Everything about our lifestyle should reflect our eternal citizenship
What does this mean for us today?
It is a switch from saving whats valuable here on earth, to investing in what is valuable in Heaven
Paul said

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Jesus is encouraging us to abstain from storing up our treasures here on earth
The Message written by Eugene Peterson says it this way
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars.
Don’t stack your chips here as if this was the end goal.
We are not called to hoard what God has blessed us with
That word Treasures can be better translated
Highly Valued Objects or Accumulated Riches
We are not talking about your savings account or your emergency fund
We are talking about the excess that has the ability to hinder your spiritual growth
We are talking about the things we invest in here on this earth that replace what would have been an eternal investment
Jesus is telling us here:
The investments that you participate in here on this earth
Those which have no heavenly value
Those which increase your trust on anything other than me
Have the ability to be destroyed by moth and rust
There is a possibility of them being stolen by thieves.
So why invest in
Why store up
Valuable things
In a place where the eternal dividends are minimal?
Why invest in things that can be consumed in a matter of minutes?
Who remembers the movie Schindlers List?
At the end of the movie
Oskar Schindler looks around at his possessions realizing one thing
The cars he owned
The Nazi Pin he owned
The treasures of his life
Could have saved more Jews from the Death Camps
This is what Jesus is trying to prevent
He is trying to prevent a state of regret
He is trying to get us to shift our hearts attention
From having our eyes fixated upon the treasures of this world
He even goes on to say
That where your treasure is
Where your investments sit
The things you are actively investing in
Tell of the posture of your heart
They preach the condition of your heart


22  “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Often times in the Bible to condition of the heart is aligned with your eternal perspective
How you see things
How you see the Kingdom in Action
Jesus goes from explaining the heart issue
To then expounding on how we see things
He calls the eye, the Lamp of the Body
Or that which illuminates your entire being
If your eye is doing its job and allowing the light to come in
All of your members, your entire body will be full of light
However, if your eye is bad
It will prevent the light from illuminating your entire being
It will prevent your actions from having the correct motives


24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Not only is Jesus trying to prevent a state of regret
Not only does He want us to be impacted by the Light of the Gospel
Jesus knows that everything in this world has the ability to become idolatrous
This whole Sermon on the Mount has been exposing what people have made Ultimate
It has been telling the story of how Religion, Stuff, Marriage, Fasting, Money
Has become the source of our Practice
Instead of Messiah being at the center of everything
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