Whatever fears you're having to battle through, whatever limits have been placed on your life because of your fear of the unknown, you can trust God no matter what's in flux in your life. Because He is constant. His love for you it's constant. He is with you.
A battle to fight. An adventure to live. A beauty to rescue.
These are the core desires panting deep in the heart of every man. They are essential in order to live life as a man; they provide the power for his life. Misplaced, forgotten, or misdirected, they do not go away. But what happens to those desires as life passes? Is it possible to rediscover them? What does God have to say about all this?
We've all struggled with fear. It strikes the weak and the powerful; it haunts the young, the old, the rich and the poor. Fear is a thief. It erodes our faith, steals our freedom and runs away with our hope and joy. But Scripture tells us that if you have fear in your life, it's not that you have a fear problem. The issue is that you have a faith problem. SO, our focus should not be on how can I fear less, rather, how can I trust God more.
One of the pictures the Bible gives of you and I is that we are containers. We are meant to be filled with something. Jesus tells us that real power comes when you’re filled with the Holy Spirit and that we’re meant to be filled with God’s presence. God wants to be part of our everyday lives. So how is that done?
Joseph McMurry explains to us that we, as followers of Jesus, are the church. And we are better together. 1 Corinthians. 12:18-20 "But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
Matt Hastings teaches us that the way we live now is shaped by what we believe is coming in the future. And because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have hope in this life and the life to come. “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” 1 Corinthians. 15:19
Every woman longs to be swept up into a romance, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, to be the beauty of the story, to be fully alive. And yet―how many women do you know who ever find that life? As the years pass by, the heart of a woman gets pushed aside, wounded, buried.
This Mother’s Day, we want to awaken the hearts of women all over our community. And in that process we are going to talk to men about women; share the secrets to the feminine heart, and show, from scripture, how we can fight for her heart.
"I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary." Knowing about Jesus is education. Knowing Jesus is transformation.
Human beings are not primarily thinking creatures, we are primarily creatures driven by our loves. Although we do think, no amount of intellectual information necessarily transforms or moves you. But rather we are moved toward action when the heart believes, when the loves are aligned. Romans 10:9 "For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved."
Easter harnesses our faith to something that happened rather than to something we merely believe. The foundation of Christianity is not a belief. Christians don’t simply believe something is true. We don’t believe we are to behave a certain way. We believe something happened, something that addresses our greatest fear and consequently diminishes our fear of loss.
The church is not a room with four and a ceiling. That is a building where the church gathers. The church is not a building; The church is a group of people that understand they've been redeemed, bought out of a dominion of darkness, out of the slave market of sin and have been placed in this unique new body, of which Jesus Christ is the head. You were created in the very image of God, and then when you get saved, you get recreated, more specifically into the image of Jesus Christ.
One common problem 21st century American Christians face is that we don't understand how much we have in Jesus; therefore we try to add things to Jesus in order to bring satisfaction. The same type of thing was going on in the early church. So, when Paul wrote the book to the Colossians, it was because people were trying to add things to Jesus. But he doesn't just blast them and go after these other issues. Instead, he reminds them of how much they have in Christ so that they realize, "Wow, we don't need anything else. I have more than enough."
The message of Haggai is simple. People had placed their priorities over God’s priorities, so God had cursed their land in an effort to bring them back to Himself. But when God calls out their rebellion, they repent from their selfishness, begin serving God and God blesses them. That message is the same for us today: Confess your sins to the Lord, repent of your sins, turn from it, and enjoy the peace and the blessing of God again.
God's promise to you is Himself. His reward is Himself. It may not be immediate, but It will always work out best for you to follow Him. It will never be to your benefit to go against God and it will always be to your benefit if you follow Him. The question is, is that enough for you?
Everyone has time to serve God, and everyone has enough money to give to God. Now, do we have enough time and money to where we can serve and give to God and also live the lifestyle that we want to live? Probably not. So, there's a decision to make. In part 1 of this study of the book of Haggai, Pastor Clay lays the groundwork for who should have priority in our lives.
Jesus tells us we are to love one another as ourselves. Therefore, we live in the tension that if you show me your friends, I'll show you your future. You walk with the wise and you grow wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. You cannot live the right life when you have the wrong friends.
You might be one group of strong committed believers, ones that you do life with together in the highs and in the lows, those who lift you, pray for you, encourage you, and always have your back, from changing your future family, from changing future generations, from changing your ability to make a difference in this world.
Proverbs 13: 20 says, "Walk with the wise and become wise. For a companion of fools suffers harm." Another way to say it is, "Show me your friends, I will show you your future." You may be one friend away from waking up with divine purpose and living for a higher calling. You may be one friend away from a life that you never dreamed possible.
"Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm." Proverbs 13:20 Friends love you at your worst and can help you be your best, but many of us don't realize the importance of whom we choose to surround ourselves with. The friends you have help determine the quality and direction of your life. Jospeh McMurry shares what the Bible says about the essentials that form a firm foundation for great friendships.