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New Attitude Day #4.....Session 7.....Josh Harris

My apologies for taking so long to put this last summary up (for those of you who are actually reading.) I feel like the lack of sleep from Na finally hit me this weekend, instead of upon coming home. Also, I want to apologize that this summary will not be as detailed, and therefore not as accurate as some of the past ones. Let’s just say I was running a tad bit on empty!

Anyways, here's Josh's last message.

The message was on taking it back to our communities. He said instead of over cramming our brains with yet one more thing and putting us on overload, he was instead going to kind of summarize the weekend.

He asked us "Where do we go from here?" He said that we want to go home and handle the truth faithfully. When we get home, we WILL BE TEMPTED and WE WILL SIN. It could be easy to look back at the conference days and be like "Wow. I'm good. I didn't sin at all while I was here. I guess I’ve finally got this God thing down." He reminded us that we didn't even have time to eat or sleep, let alone sin. While we were here, indwelling sin was not gone; we just didn't have the TIME to sin like we normally do.

When we sin, we must have a tight grip on the gospel.
Right before Josh's message, we sang the song "Before the Throne of God."

When Satan tempts me to despair

And tells me of the guilt within

Upward I look and see Him there

Who made an end to all my sin

Because the sinless Savior died

My sinful soul is counted free

For God the just is satisfied

To look on Him and pardon me

To look on Him and pardon me
 

When Satan tempts me to despair, tempts me to self-contemplation, self-awareness, and self-pity, I should not waste time arguing "No! It wasn't REALLY like that." or defending myself "yea, well yesterday, I served in this way, so I'm good." Look up! Look upward! See Him there, He who made an end to all my sin. I must hold tight to my righteousness in Christ.

In talking about Jeff Purswell's message on the Holy Spirit, Josh said this. When you think upon the Spirit, don't go straight to tongues and prophecy. Think instead of the Spirit's power to allow us to cling tight to God in His strength, not mine. In moments of weakness, pray for the joy of the Spirit. When praying for that lost soul which Eric Simmon's encouraged us to ask God to impress upon our hearts-when praying him or her, pray to be filled with the love of Christ. That our actions and words would be controlled by Him.

In reflecting back on Mark Dever and Mike Bullmore's messages on the Word of God, he said we must commit ourselves to the word in a new way. We must pursue and meditate on God's word with a greater zeal than ever before. Be the person at the end of the sermon who goes down front each week. Ask your pastor for application and study your notes throughout the week.
Here, he encouraged the men to lead in Godly fellowship. He assured them that if they are afraid they will fail, fear not, you will fail. But keep at it. Keep practicing. He then encouraged the ladies to let the men lead. He said that they will be times where we can lead better, but to step back, and allow the men to grow into the roles God designed for which God designed them. He encouraged us as ladies to look upon them not as the boys that they are, but the men they will become.
(Here, I want to insert a little blurb of my own, if I may. I have had the great GREAT blessing to be surrounded by a few men who do lead in biblical fellowship and in serving their church and the girls in the church, and for that I am so grateful.
This past week at New Attitude, a large group of us from the Gainesville, St. Pete Jacksonville, and, at various points, some from Orlando, were served wonderfully by a friend named Ryan. Three weeks ago, Ryan had thought ahead and made reservations for 30 at two restaurants near the convention center for lunch both full days. This allowed a large group of us to fellowship and relax and yet still get back for the next session on time. I, for one, was blown away by this. This is what I told him afterwards "
Once again, thank you for serving. In God's grace, you served us efficiently, effectively, thoughtfully, and most important, humbly. Men young and old can learn from your example these past few days." This was his response "Jenn, thank you so much all of the encouragement. It really means a lot. And I want you to know you guys made it a joy to serve. I had an amazing time and God, being the Great wonderful God He is, did amazing things in my life." I relate this story neither to lift Ryan up for serving nor myself for encouraging him. Ryan at once turned my praise of his actions intro praise for His God, which I loved. I tell this story rather to say that God is good and He is building my brothers up in this way and I am delighted to watch it happen.

The last thing that Josh said that I really wrote down was that we need to Go Home and represent the truth humbly. We must remember that we have no righteousness within ourselves and then live that way. Again, do we speak the truth in arrogance, or in tears?

We need to cherish the orthodoxy and pass it on.

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