Monday, June 6, 2011

"Compelled" part 2


I know I said I would post this a little bit faster than I have, and I am sorry for that but it's been a bit busy :-)  In any case, here is part 2 of my sermon "Compelled"  I will try to post part 1 and the introduction by the end of the week. Remember though these are only my notes and not the actual sermon :-) Hope you find something from God in this :-)

How do we embrace a life that is hopeful?
This is an important matter in everyone’s life; if we don’t have a hopeful attitude then we will never experience the blessings God sets before us.
He has so much to offer us; because He does we are compelled to embrace A HOPEFUL ATTITUDE.

In our daily lives,
Stepping out on faith and trusting in what God has to offer us
Encouraging ourselves to build a foundation in the word
Praising God when things don’t go the way we want them to.
Letting go of the desires of our youth and embracing the desires of God

Look at the scripture again; here is a simple example,
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.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. (NLT)

You see God has blessed us with some amazing promises, and he did so out of love for us. We are called to embrace those promises and trust that HE knows the outcome is in our best interest.

If we look in Peter’s 1st letter we get a deeper understanding of this…
10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11, NLT)

Don’t let the world around you keep you from embracing a Hopeful attitude, it will only limit what God can do with your life.

Again I hope you enjoyed this little piece of the sermon the Lord gave me to share with as many people as I could. Again, I will be posting part 1 soon, but I will more than likely post other interesting things for you to read in the mean time :-)

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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