Trust the Science

Trust the Science 1 Peter 2:4-10 (Nkjv)

  • In this Chapter Isaiah is speaking to the tribe of Ephraim but also these same things apply to Judah and Jerusalem 
    • They are drunks and parties, pride and have forgotten the Lord 
    • They feel self-sufficient, like they got it 
  • But the Lord says, I am placing a corner stone (Jesus), you will either be blessed or cursed by it 
  • Since ancient times, builders have used cornerstones in their construction projects. A cornerstone was the principal stone, usually placed at the corner of a building, to guide the workers in their course. The cornerstone was usually one of the largest, the most solid, and the most carefully constructed of any in the building. 
  • The Bible describes Jesus as the cornerstone that His church would be built upon. Once the cornerstone was set, it became the basis for determining every measurement in the remaining construction; everything was aligned to it. 
  • As the cornerstone of the building of the church, Jesus is our standard of measure and alignment.
  • This is like the Psalmist says: Psalms 16:8-10(Nkjv) I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will [a]rest in hope.
  1. The importance of the cornerstone
  • If a cornerstone is not followed, the path of construction will end up in demise. Similarly, if we do not follow Christ, our path will end up in destruction and we will definitely go astray
  • Knowing this importance Peter is writing to the churches and calling them out to “Come to Him”
    • Come to living stone, which men have rejected (Crucified, yet He still lives)
    • This living stone is choice and precious in the sight of God! 
    • Psalms 118:22 – The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.
  • The same call is for us today, that we need to build on the cornerstone…otherwise all other grounds are sinking sand 
  • Rejecting the rock, it becomes a stumbling block- Also translated as – Whatever you attempt make will not eventually fall 
  • I don’t know much about building, but my friend Andy can tell you that if you don’t line up those first corners, the wight load will eventually be too much for the building
  • It can’t hold the weight and now that become a trap – A death trap 
  1. The basic principles 
  • My story when I first came to America 
  • Say these kids playing basked ball and I desired to be physically fit 
  • Joined the gym and maybe they told me, and I didn’t listen that it would take more that just showing up to the gym
  • No gain, so eventually I quit
  • Later on in life I realize there was something very important I missed… that there is a science of how to build muscles #Trustthescience
  • There was this magic stuff called proteins- Proteins are the building blocks of muscle mass
  • Its didn’t matter how much I lifted and tried to gain weight, if I could not adhere to the natural way of doing things, then it was all futile 
  • I see many people going to the “gym” hoping to get that gain only to realize that they have not been using the basic building blocks of the cells
  • Psalm 16:8 (Nkjv) Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain
  • This is what its like in our lives, we try to build great families, lives, business, homes etc but the issue is that we are not building on the right foundation 
  • If you have been showing up to church, doing the motion but its seem that things are not going the right way- I am tempted to ask you to “Check your corner stone” 
  • And for you who has not built your life in Christ – This rock will continue to come between you and your desires- This is love!
    • 2 Peter 3:9 (Nkjv) The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward [a]us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
    • 1 Peter 2:12 – and A stone of stumbling and rock of offence 
  1. Trust the science 
  • I was still salty about my experience at the gym 25 years ago and so I have decided to research a little about these proteins 
  • Disclaimer, I am not a doctor or scientist, but I do have sufficient resources …google, YouTube 
  • Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. They are the molecules that all living things need to make protein
  • Can I have protein without amino acids? ~ No
  • A protein’s identity and biological activity are dictated by its unique sequence of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. There are about 20 amino acids. Amino acids, in turn, contain atoms including hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur. 
  • Amino acids also can be synthetically made. The research at Princeton opens the door to the possibility of creating synthetic proteins that carry out the same functions as natural proteins. Princeton researcher Michael Fisher likens this to taking a sentence, changing the words and then testing the sentence to see if it retains its meaning despite the new words, notes the university’s online publication, News at Princeton.
    • What is this very smart Mr Fisher saying….
  • Article of Harvard University in April 2020 – Earlier this year, a nonprofit group called the Clean Label Project released a report about toxins in protein powders. Researchers screened 134 products for 130 types of toxins and found that many protein powders contained heavy metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury), bisphenol-A (BPA, which is used to make plastic), pesticides, or other contaminants with links to cancer and other health conditions. Some toxins were present in significant quantities. For example, one protein powder contained 25 times the allowed limit of BPA.
  • Science has proven that chronic, low-grade inflammation can turn into a silent killer that contributes to cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other conditions
  • 1 Peter 2:6 – Behold I am laying in Zion, a CHOSEN STONE
  • Not a synthetic, made-up stone but a chosen stone 
  • Folks don’t be fooled by the folks that are building great things and they have nothing to do with Christ 
  • Yes, they can pass our “Protein powder test” and even show results but eventually when they are weighed against the real natural protein, they come out lacking 
  • There are side effects of building on fake
  • Matthew 7:24-27(Nkjv) “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
  • It affects every part of your life and unfortunately, the building will look good from the outside only when the storm comes, it will not be able to hold the weight 
  • We saw this during covid – only those that had their foundation on Christ, still stood 
  • Yes, we were shaken and dragged around but our Cornerstone was very well placed 
  1. Allow Him to rebuild you
  • Our Lord is not a respecter of man, He will not come and try to “Flip” your fake building and make it good
  • There is only one way – the building has to come down
  • Praying the prayer of God break me down and rebuild me a new- Dangerous but great prayer 
  • Allowing for breaking down – Going back to the basic 
  • John 12:23(Nkjv) – But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much [a]grain
  • Going back to the building blocks 
  • Psalms 127:1(Nkjv) Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
  • Some of you are trying too hard to get – it’s all in vain …you have to come to Christ 
  • It’s great to be a Christian, to have Christ on our side – The mechanic that already knows your issues
  • You don’t even like to change your doctor; you get frustrated when they retire…Yet you abandon your maker 
    • Mathew 11:28-30 (Nkjv)Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light
    • Why you going to Rafeal, you know Jesus (Hesus) is the one who knows all about that broken vessel 
    • He worked on you last year, last week and now you about to go and try do it on your own- mess it up 
    • Or even worse, go to Rafael and you have to start from the beginning; your maker is in the house people – Come and Build upon Him
  • 1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
  • That you! A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, His own Special people 
  • When people see the building that has been built on His foundation, they are marveled, and all honor and glory returns to Him and only Him!
  • Ephesians 2:19-22 (Nkjv) Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
  • John 3:1-4 (Nkjv) There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born [a]again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
  • This is where you abandon everything you have known and let the Lord refine you!  “You are a refiner, I want be tried like Fire purified – You take whatever you desire – Lord here is my life 

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