2nd sermon in the Jonah series
Speaker on Sunday January 25th:
Pastor Jason Doyle
2nd sermon in the Jonah series
Speaker on Sunday January 25th:
Pastor Jason Doyle
Breaking down the Lords Prayer
Speaker on Sunday January 18th:
Elder Mike Fry
First of a series on Jonah
Speaker on Sunday January 11th:
Pastor Jason Doyle
Another short one this morning, but sometimes I like scripture to speak for itself.
We ought to be prepared to stand against Satan. His only goal is to put a wedge between us and God. Pray on the instruction below:
Ephesians 6:10-13 KJV
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
I encourage you to prepare daily to just stand. If we trust in the Lord to guide us, I promise, if nothing else, you will at least stand with Him. Don’t get it wrong though, it doesn’t mean your going to come out feeling awesome, but God will stand with you through all.
I would also encourage you to read further in Ephesians from where the above leaves off. The imagery is a great way to visualize our faith in action.
The spirit and the flesh, when discussing Christianity, this topic come up a lot, and for good reason. When God first created man, the spirit and the flesh were one. The fall of man however, ripped those two things into opposition.
When we choose to walk with God, we must deny the sinfull tendencies that are a result from the fall of man. The spirit of God guides us to walk in God’s will. The lust of the flesh guide us to live in sin.
GAL 5:16-17 KJV
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
In Galatians, we see the struggle we all deal with daily. If we walk in the spirit, we cannot fulfill the lust of the flesh. Contrary to that, if we are fulfilling the lust of the flesh, we cannot walk In the spirit.
These two forces are constantly waging war in us. It’s the very definition of good vs. evil. The spirit is from God, the fleshly lust from Satan.
Note the last part in the verse, we cannot do the things we would. See the flesh prevents us from doing the Godly things we should and would do, the spirit prevents us from committing horrible atrocities against God.
I urge you to spend some time today reflecting on what runs your life. Are you spirit led or fleshly led? The flesh is right now, but the spirit is eternal. Please don’t trade a bit of lust today for an eternity in the spirit.
I want to talk about wisdom. Wisdom is a topic everyone thinks they understand. I however want to stress this point: Wisdom comes from God and God alone. Let’s look at James this morning:
JAS 1:5-6 KJV
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Here we see what wisdom is really about. God gives wisdom to any faithfully person who asks for it. The important part is the asking in faith.
Why is that important? You could very easily have an idea in your head about how something should go. If you ask for wisdom without faith, your going to go with your own (very poor) idea of wisdom. Now, asking in faith ensures you will hear God’s wisdom, even when it contradicts your own perceived wisdom.
In addition, nothing wavering, meaning don’t second guess the wisdom God gave you. If you attained that wisdom through true faith and obedience, let His wisdom guide you.
Understand that wisdom is from God, any thing else is just false wisdom.
Studying God’s word, praying, and engaging your faith are great ways to achieve the Godly wisdom He so liberally bestows on His people.
I don’t have a long post this morning. Instead, I want to encourage you to pray. Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives, we forget to pray.
Pray for those you know, those that you want to know God. Pray with those around you.
Do all things prayerfully. Prayer is more powerful than you could ever imagine. I’ll leave you with this:
James 5:16 KJV
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Today I want to look at a few passages from Jude:
Jude 1:20-23 KJV
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
We often forget a critical part of our faith. While our relationship with God is a priority in our own lives, others relationship with God should be as well.
We are instructed here to build up ourselves in our most holy faith, then giving us instructions on how to do it. I don’t believe this is a pick and choose situation, they are all necessary to accomplish it.
We are to pray in the Holy Ghost. That is we are to bring our prayers up through the Holy Ghost, laying ourselves bare before our God. Being quick to get into prayer and generous with who we pray for. Specifically praying for those around us as well.
Keep ourselves in the love of God, how, by looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. I think we could easily read this as looking for opportunities to show the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are to emulate Him, seeking opportunities to show Christ through us.
Now, to further emphasize the previous point, here is how you do that. He says: And of some have compassion, making a difference:
that is, to some we are to show love and compassion to them and there situations. We are to sympathize with them. Through compassion showing them who Christ is.
And finally, he says: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Others we must be stern with. When our brothers and sisters in Christ are living in sin, we are to let them know. We are to show them the error of there ways, letting them know they are living in sin. We still do this out of love, and again, we take it no further than Christ would, but we must take it as far as Christ would. We do this because we hate the sin they live in, and love the person they are.
I urge you to be aware of those around you. Do not let them slip through the cracks because you don’t want to get involved. We are to bolster each other in Christ.
Keep in mind, this means that you should be receptive to those around you guiding you when you fall away. Be ready to listen, pray, and change.
The purpose for all this is to bring each other closer to Christ. I ask that each of understand the final goal, and stand firm in helping mold others and ourselves closer to what God intends.
People are changed by you. Your actions transform those around you, good or bad. Jesus made it clear to us how we should respond to this. Bible Gatway verses of the day led me here this morning:
MAT 5:14-16 KJV
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
We are the light of the world. Whether we shine or not is the question. Christ is clearly saying that if we present ourselves as believers, people will notice. People do respond based on how you present yourself to the world.
We should not hide our light from the world, we should instead let it be a guiding beacon for the lost and suffering. We should not be ashamed of who we are in Christ. We are new in Him, and we should have a strong desire to help others get there as well.
Christ wants us to let that light shine, let our good works pave the way for our personality. To be totally consumed in the gifts God gave us. To have the kind of drive Christ has to bring the lost and suffering into the fold.
We don’t do this to build our kingdom, or to bring honor to ourselves. We do it to let people see God in us. We do it to show how our lives were transformed by Christ, to show them the potential for themselves in Christ.
Go forth boldly and let your light shine.
Often we see thing as black and white. As Christians, we tend to draw that line and say we are on this side, those that need Christ are on that side. This is a dangerous frame of mind. Today, let’s look at one of the letters written to the 7 churches from Revelation:
Revelation 3:14-21 KJV
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Being called lukewarm, coming from Christ, should scare the daylights out of us. Christ is saying that He would rather have us hot or cold, good or evil, not somewhere in the middle. See, the Laodecian church didn’t even know they were dead. They thought because they had nice stuff, everything was good.
The problem was that they were doing nothing. The church was chugging along with no purpose and no effectiveness. They had slipped away from God without even realizing it.
News flash, this also describes the church today, and describes most Christians today. Ponder on that.
Let’s look at the results of that: Christ says “I will spue thee out of my mouth”. That’s harsh. He will seperate us from Him.
There is a reprieve however. Christ is clearly showing us where things are going wrong. He is telling us how to fix it. He is telling us He wants us to fix it.
To change ourselves is a non trivial task, but required, especially if we want to change the church.
I urge you to take a look at yourself, if you are lukewarm, it’s time to get hot. Let’s get a fire in our bellies for serving the Lord, making the church effective.