Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"Compelled" part 3


This is the third part of a sermon I gave in my church recently.  It was such a powerful sermon for my life that I felt I should share it with as many people as I could :-).  Again this is not the actual sermon, just the sermon notes  I wrote to give me a base line to start from. I hope it intrigues you enough to come back and look at other postings of mine.  

How do we embrace a life that is healthy?
This does not only speak of spiritual health but also of physical health. Both of these things are very important. God compels us to embrace both A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP and to live A HEALTY LIFE.

In our daily life,
Choosing to do things that will help us grow spiritually and keep healthy.
Reaching out beyond that which we know into the things we don’t know, (that are godly)
Keeping a healthy lifestyle, going to bed on time, eating right, etc
Choosing to get into the word
Choosing to live in the world and not of the world

Look at the scripture again; here is a simple example,
 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. (NLT)

You see, the more we work towards building that foundation for a healthy relationship with Christ the more we will grow in knowledge of who he is and what he calls us to.
The more we work towards building a healthy life is the more energy we will have to serve God and to serve others.  So in the end God compels us to A HEALTHY LIFE and A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP so we can grow in HIM.

Again I hope you enjoyed this little piece of the sermon the Lord gave me to share with as many people as I could. I will be posting part 2 soon, but I will more than likely post other interesting things for you to read in the mean time :-)

Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you
(2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),


Friday, May 6, 2011

HIS Merciful Sacrifice

"But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life." Jude 1:20-21

A few years ago someone pointed this passage out to me and asked 'what do you think this passage is saying to us'? At that time I wasn't ultimately sure but I believe that I have a better understanding of this passage today. Lets take it block by block so to speak (or write). 

But you, refers to us as Christians.  As Christian believers we are called to build ourselves up in the most holy faith.  Holy faith refers to, the relationship we are meant to have and share with Christ, this is the relationship we should hold to or stand by. We are called to devote ourselves to learning more about our faith and to develop a deep relationship with Christ and to pray in the Holy Spirit. Praying in the spirit, refers to devoting time in our lives to communicate with God through the Holy Spirit by consistently living a life of prayer and worship.  How do we do that simple, taking time to do so. When we do this we are working to keep ourselves in God's Love. This is self explanatory :-)

Next we come to the latter part of our passage, when we work to keep ourselves in Gods love we open our hearts to receive HIS mercy. HIS mercy is HIS love.  Gods mercy brings us out of the worst of situations and prepares us for what is to come in the days ahead.  It is that mercy that is the basis of everything that God has done for us.  HIS merciful sacrifice is what paved the way for the eternal life that the end of this passage speaks about.  The purpose of this sacrifice was to give us that eternal life.

All in all this is a very valuable passage for us to remember.  From the beginning it teaches us that we are called to devote ourselves to a life that is pleasing to the Loving God who is all merciful to us.  We have a chance to embrace a life that is built on nothing less than our love for God.  When we embrace this life and wholeheartedly surrender to HIM we receive our ticket to eternal life, our ticket to Salvation...

Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you
(2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Harvest

"Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'" Matthew 9:37-38 NIV

Jesus once said these words to his followers and I believe that he is saying those same words to us today.  There is such a need for the workers of the field in the harvest of world we live in today. Many are gifted but few stand up to take on the responsibility.

We are all a part of something bigger than ourselves and it is time that we stand up for what we were created for. This particular verse sparks a question in my heart. Why is there such a need for people to stand up and work the field?  I believe that the answer is simple, we are called to stand up because deep down we know the harvest will always be incomplete with out that deeper love guiding each of our lives.  Stellar Kart puts it beautifully don't they.

I believe with all my heart that we are called to be a part of something bigger than all our lives, we are called to something holy.  Until we embrace that holiness in our lives the harvest will always be incomplete.  Peter wrote that we were to "Love each other deeply with all our hearts" 1 Peter 1:25b and yes I have posted this verse before but it is so relevant to our hearts and to our lives.

We as Gods adopted family need to stand up and work the fields of harvest all over the world and more importantly in our very own communities and churches.  However, we must be careful because if we lead and have not been led ourselves. Yes, we are called to lead but we are also called to be led :-). 

Simply put, Love God, Love Others, Lead others, be led by others, embrace the harvest and be the harvest :-)

Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you
(2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),


Monday, May 2, 2011

"Compelled" part 4

Hey Readers,

This is part of my sermon from Sunday, I'm going to post it through out the next two weeks one part at a time backwards :-). Just because :-) This is only the notes not the sermon so if you want the whole sermon you will just have to wait :-) or ask, LOL.

Here you go...

How do we embrace a holy life?
This is the ultimate purpose for all of our lives; we are called to be something holy as the song states by Stellar Kart.  We are incomplete with out Holiness in our lives and deep down we all know it.  A life without holiness will never be enough in Gods eyes.

In our daily lives,
Putting in to practice on a regular basis all that we have talked about today.
Working hard to wholeheartedly prove to God that we love and adore him with all our hearts
Loving others as Christ loves us.

Look at our passage again; here is a simple example.
10 So, dear brothers and sisters,[c] work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things and you will never fall away? 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (NLT)

It is important that we realize that we are apart of something bigger than ourselves, than all our lives. We all have a deep hunger unbeknown to us with in us that pulls our hearts into a deeper love, it our purpose to hunger like this, so it is our desire to embrace it.

Listen again to the words of our brother Peter.
22 Now that your obedience to the truth has purified your souls, you can have true love for your Christian brothers and sisters. So love each other deeply with all your heart.[a] 23 You have been born again, and this new life did not come from something that dies, but from something that cannot die. You were born again through God’s living message that continues forever.24 The Scripture says,
    “All people are like the grass,
       and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
    The grass dies and the flowers fall,
 25 but the word of the Lord will live forever.” — Isaiah 40:6–8
And this is the word that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:22-25, NCV)

Even in the passage from 1st peter 4 say’s in verses 7-8
 “7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. 8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” (NLT)

You see, we are compelled by the love of God to embrace these four things A HUMBLE SPIRIT, A HOPEFUL ATTITUDE, A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP, and A HOLY LIFE.  God loves us all so much that he has opened the door for us to fall even more in love with with , to step out of our personal bubbles and to embrace a life that encompasses all four thing things we have talked about.

It is not a matter of what we want in our lives because deep down we want what God compels us to embrace whether we know it our not. Who are we to say “I don’t think so”, or “Call somebody else”, or “I am not worthy”

None of us are, that is why God compels us to continually seek HIS Promises, HIS plan, and HIS calling upon our lives.

Hope you enjoyed this glimpse, hopefully I can post more things like this, it's a new day in The Gathering Room. :-)

Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you
(2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),