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Pastor Dresselhaus' No Room | Summary and Reflection

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Pastor Dresselhaus posed a thought-provoking question, “In our hearts, is there room for

Jesus?” He gave three circumstances that squeeze Jesus out: 1) traditions 2) unbelief

3) iniquities.

The first circumstance that squeezes Jesus out of our lives is traditions. The Talmud (the first

five books of the Bible) and the Midrash, (the Jewish interpretation of the Talmud) can through Jewish traditions leave Jesus out. During the season, are we too busy making lists, buying gifts, going to parties, making and eating goodies, watching World Cup to celebrate Jesus? On Christmas Day, while eating special food with family and friends and watching football games or opening presents, do we have any room for Jesus on His day? Do we leave Him out? Do we spend time each day at His feet, or do we continue to practice past patterns of busyness so that we do not even think about who He is and why He came into the world as a man? Let us re-evaluate our traditions and patterns against the standard of His love and sacrifice to see how we welcome Him into our lives. Pastor Dresselhaus reminded us to “Never allow our traditions to squeeze Jesus out.”

The second circumstance that can squeeze Jesus out of the season is unbelief. “Sometimes I worry instead of trust,” admitted Pastor Dresselhaus. I am guilty of worrying too, but the Word says,

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart

and lean not on your own understanding.

In all your ways submit to him, and he will

make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

How often have you tried to figure out a solution to a problem without consulting the Creator of the Universe? Do you feel your situation is too small for the omnipresent, omniscient LORD? Our feeble minds cannot compare to the Sovereign LORD’s. Why do we fret and worry? Is it a control issue, a habit, or ignorance? If so, we (or should I say I) need to let go and let God.

Pastor Dresselhaus stated,”I want an anxiety free life.” Doesn’t that sound wonderful? 1 Peter 5:7 says,”Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (NIV) The solution is clear; the habits and mindset need to change. LORD, help me to turn to you immediately instead of clinging to my unbelief because I do not want my unbelief to squeeze Jesus out of my life.

Finally, iniquity makes it so that the heart has no room for Jesus. The question is asked in Psalm 3b-4.

‘Who may stand in his holy place?

The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,

who does not trust in an idol or swear by a

false god.” (NIV)

In 1848 The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx came “into the limelight,” and 1859 The Origin of Species was published. (https: ) These two works were key pieces that “depreciated the miracles of the Bible,” pointed out Pastor Dresselhaus. The church then began to serve society instead of evangelizing. The move to question the integrity of the Bible grew. However, the Holiness Movement countered this questioning and established the pursuit of the holy life which brings His peace, encourages obedience to Him, and supports authentic lifestyles that follow Christ.

A missionary in Bangladesh made list of his twenty-four sins on which he wanted to eliminate so he could live a more holy life. They were sins like pride, judgmentalness, lack of faith, worry. I could add my own, such as self-centeredness, greed, comparing, complaining, bitterness, and

whining to name a few. Revelation 3:20 is a well-known verse which is:

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.

If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,

I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (NIV)

When we spend time with Jesus, we learn how to live like Him, see like Him, and think like Him. Isn’t that how we want to be-surrendered to Him? “Open your heart’s door. Love Him with all your heart. Allow room for Him,” Pastor encouraged us.

Pastor Dresselhaus said,”I want Jesus to have full access to every part of my life.” As I give Him full access, His light shines in areas I have hidden from Him, and He helps me change. May the Holy Spirit help us change so that we can be salt and light in a dying world.

Written by Larry and Annette Linthicum

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