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Sermon: 08/02/2015 – John Chapter 8

John Chapter 8

John 8

Speaker on Sunday August 2nd:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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More Than You Can Handle

I’m sure we have all heard the saying “God will never give you more than you can handle.”  While this may give us encouragement, I think it mostly sets us up for failure. Scripture simply does not support this idea. This is not to say there is no hope, or that we are foolish for trusting God. We must however look to the character of God to understand how he provides for us in trials and temptations. 

The second thing to discuss is our resolve to resist the enemy. When we align ourselves with Christ, we become His children. After a while of service to Christ, a dangerous thing can happen. We can become over confident that we can keep the enemy at bay. There are those that hide the temptations they have fallen victim to because they feel their faith wasn’t as strong as they thought. 

Let’s read from 1 Corinthians:

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:12-13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The first thing to address is our confidence in being able to resist the temptations of the enemy on our own. Note in verse 12, it says “thinketh he standeth”, that is incorrectly thinks. It’s dangerous for us to forget that we don’t stand against the evil one, we are held up by Christ. The moment we begin to think it’s our own feet that keep us upright, is the moment we begin to fall. 

The second part of this addresses the phrase we have heard so many times. First thing is first, there is no temptation we can face that is new. All temptations have been dealt with before. It can cause us some despair to think we are facing something new.  The key part is this:

who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

It doesn’t say the temptation itself will not be more than we can handle, the enemy will absolutely take it far above our ability to handle. God will let those temptations enter our lives that are too much for us to bear. What is important is that while it may be too much to bear, God will give us a way to escape it, that we then can bear it. 

Do you see the difference there?  We look at a situation in front of us with that old phrase in mind, and then we assume we should be able to handle all that is laid before us. We then can become frustrated because, while it’s too much for us to handle, we assume it can’t be. 

The way out of a temptation may not be to face it head on, it truly may be to run from it!  The escape God offers could be to remove yourself from the situation. We have this unfounded and terrible tendency to try to fix and make everything work. 

I ask that you approach each and every temptation in your life with the knowledge that you may not be able to plow through each and every temptation that comes your way. Don’t believe the lie that if you trust in God that it is impossible to be tempted into sin. We can and are tempted, regardless of our faith. 

When those temptations come, look for the escape God offers, discard the misconception that you must endure all the evil that comes your way. Trust in God to give you a way to bear it, whether that is resisting or fleeing. 

God Bless. 

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Sermon: 07/26/2015 – Galatians – Part 2

Galatians – Part 2

Galatians 1:10-16
Acts 9:1-22

Speaker on Sunday July 26th:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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Sermon: 07/19/2015 – Galatians – Part 1

Galatians – Part 1

Galatians 1:1-9
Deuteronomy 4:2

Speaker on Sunday July 19th:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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What do you think about?

What do you spend your day thinking about? I bet you replay that argument you had with your spouse, the things you should have said. You think about how you embarrassed yourself in public. You think about revenge and vengeance. To your credit, you think of the good things in you life as well. 

What should we be doing though?  More specifically, what should we spend our time thinking about?  Let’s turn to scripture for that answer:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬ KJV)

Why is this important?  Our attitudes are directly affected by what we think about. Ever notice how when you spend a bunch of time thinking about those that have hurt you, how you become upset?  How when we think about fond memories from our childhood we become happy?

This is why it’s critical we spend a significant amount of our time thinking about good, Godly things. This puts us the right frame of mind to pursue God in our lives. It puts us in the right frame of mind to minister properly to those around us. It puts us in the right frame of mind to hear what God has to say to us. 

I urge you to set aside the crap we choose to spend so much time thinking about. Ponder on the wonderful things God does for you each day. Spend time contemplating what God will do in your life, how she will use you to further His kingdom. 

God Bless

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What do you talk about?

I’m going to take some scripture just a bit out of context here, but only because these particular verses made me think. The question is, what do you talk about?  When you are work, when you are out shopping, when you are at church?  I’ll bet very few of us spend time talking about our Lord and Savior. 

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16‬:‭8-11‬ KJV)

It’s not always about evangelism, it’s not always about teaching, sometimes it’s just about telling your story. How often do you tell the world what God has done in your life?  How often is a song in your heart for what the Lord has done for you?  How often do you seek His strength in sharing your relationship with God among the world?

I think we become so desensitized to the Grace God pours out on us that we don’t bother to tell anyone. We are either too backward to talk about it, or we assume everyone already knows. This can easily become a missed opportunity. How can others be excited about Christ if we aren’t?  How will people ever believe what we believe if we can’t tell them how important Christ is in our lives?  If it isn’t obvious in our praise of Him that He is working wonders in our lives?

I challenge you to seek Gods face continually. I challenge you to tell other Christians how Christ has poured out His love towards you. I challenge you to tell someone you know is a non believer how Christ has changed your life. I challenge you to tell a stranger where your joy comes from, and offer them that same joy. 

God Bless

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