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),


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