Saturday, June 18, 2011

"Compelled" part 1

Dear Readers,

Finally the time has come and I can post part 1 of my sermon "Compelled".  I have waited so long for this because Traci and I have been searching for about 6 or 7 months now and we have finally found it.  However that is a post for another time and it will be titled "The Struggle". I will write that this next week and post it for you to read.

With that said I have been looking forward sharing this part of "Compelled" for some time now.  Again these are only my sermon notes and not what was spoken completely.

I have a very personal message to share with you all today. It is a message that compelled my heart to change, to trust in the unknown, to depend on the Lord completely and to give up any doubt I had in my mind about “The Struggle” we have been facing these past few months. Don’t start freaking out though it wasn't a bad one. 
The message I have for you is a message that I pray will have the same effect on all of you as it did on me.
This message is so important that I even have notes for you to take home with you.

This is a message in which we can learn four lessons that compel us to change.

God divine power instills upon us who believe, the calling He has placed upon each of us, he has called us to live a life that is humble, hopeful, healthy, and holy. God compels us all to grow in our faith.

How do we embrace a life that is humble?
There are so many things that we can do in our own lives that we can do to help us get to a point of A HUMBLE SPIRIT.  It is not easy by any means and it will be a life long journey of learning but in the end it will be worth it.

In our daily lives,
ARK- acts of random kindness
Encouraging others even when we feel they don’t deserve it
Loving those that are deemed unlovable
Submitting to authority even when we know they are wrong

Look at the scripture again; here is a simple example,
5 For this very reason make every effort to add to your faith goodness;and to goodness, knowledge;6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 2011)

Because God loves us HE compels us to establish these things in our life and when we do, we begin to let the fruits of the spirit grow in our hearts, and we will begin to embrace the humble spirit.

What are those?
Love, Joy, Piece, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and self control
Yes they are almost identical to what has been mentioned in our passage for today...

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 "The Struggle" that lead to this sermon soon, but in the mean time I might be posting other interesting blogs for you to read :-).

Thanks again for visiting "The Gathering Room"

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


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