Time of year when we set the table for our families to get together

  • Time of thankfulness
  • Time of community
  • Putting up with family

All about Good Food

  • And serving people

No one is serving a McDonald’s thanksgiving


This is what we want…


New Series



Talking about our “SPIRITUAL TABLE”


Spiritual Table:

What you present to the world through your actions, words, and responses

We might be serving McDonald’s when we think we are serving a beautiful meal


The table is an allegory of your life

  • How you represent yourself
  • What you are representing
  • What you are serving others



Are you offering an inviting picture of what the Holy Spirit Offers through your life?


Scripture gives us two options of what we can serve at our table..


Galatians 5

19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious:sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I am warning you about these things—as I warned you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


Fruit of the Spirit

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
As Christian believers, we are to be serving the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT to those around us

  • You can’t fake it, it only comes through the spirit


As you can see, our table up here isn’t ready to serve anything

Looks like this table has become a catchall
On the table we have…

  • bills
  • Kids stuff
  • Laundry
  • Unfinished projects


You wouldn’t invite anybody over with a table that looks like this

But this is often how our spiritual table looks

Full of junk and unfinished things


Today is about cleaning our Spiritual Table

To clean  your spiritual table you must…


1: Realized the table needs to be cleaned

Easy it is to overlook your own mess

  • Living our own mess and not bother us
  • Immediately notice other peoples mess


The foundation of Christian Faith is recognizing that you are indeed a sinner in need of Grace


Culture says either…

1: I’m not perfect but I’m not that bad

2: Sin doesn’t exists. It’s what makes you unique


Let’s look at how King David looked at sin…
Psalm 51

1 Be gracious to me, God, according to your faithful love; according to your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.

2 Completely wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you—you alone—I have sinned and done this evil in your sight. So you are right when you pass sentence; you are blameless when you judge.

5 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me.


King David helps us understand some powerful things about sin…

1-Sin is going against God

Against his design for you

2-Sin is something we are born into

We enter life as sinners against God

3: Only God can forgive this sin

Only the one something is against can forgive the wrong


Recognizing we are sinners is only the start…
Next step of cleaning our spiritual table is…


2: Throw Away The Junk


Being Sentimental

  • It makes getting rid of stuff hard


We can be sentimental about things that are just junk

We keep it around even though its no good

To clean our heart, you have to decide to get rid of the JUNK

Those things that you are holding onto




  • Sin that is continual. A habit


Habitual sin is CHOSEN SIN

  • Different than accidental sin


Let’s be honest about sin…

  • It feels good
  • It’s fun
  • It gets us what we want
  • Hard to change


We can be sentimental about our sin

  • We know it NEEDS to go
  • but it’s had to LET IT GO


We can have a million excuses for the sin we keep in our life

  • But it has to Go


No one wants to sit at a table full of our sentimental junk


Psalm 51

10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not banish me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit.


David is asking God to CLEAN his junk

To get rid of the habitual sin in his life


You will NEVER get to the place God needs you to be while holding onto habitual sin

There is freedom from habitual sin

God forgives us because he a merciful father

He can turn our broken things into beautiful things


The last thing we need to do to clean our spiritual table is…


3: Put Things Where they Belong


A table gets messy because we just sit stuff there without dealing with it

  • Not where it belongs

Deuteronomy 6

5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. 7 Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.
Moses instructs the people to know what matters…

  • Loving God with everything


Then instructs them to place reminders everywhere


When God isn’t first, our lives get messy and out of control


How we live is training for our children

We must train them to clean their SPIRITUAL TABLES
For your spiritual table to be put in order, God must be FIRST

  • Not when you have time
  • Not When you need him


That is how we get a Spiritual table that is in a mess..
Put God first, and everything else will follow


Matthew 6

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.


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