We are in a major battle. There is the battle within and the battle without.
“If I had 300 men who feared nothing but God, hated nothing but sin, and were determined to know nothing among men but Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, I would set the world on fire.” – John Wesley
What do you get excited about? What are you passionate about? Maybe you don’t know. Let me ask it a different way. What do you like to do when you have free time or some extra money? Whatever it is that you want or like to do is most likely your passion. The more you like to do it, the more passion you have for it. For men it may be sports, hunting, fishing, golf, cars, racing, off road, camping, etc. For women it may be shopping, clothes, shoes, appearance. I don’t know? Do you realize that whatever you give yourself to will become your passion?
I believe that God longs to bless His children, but often our disobedience stands in the way, as a roadblock, to our ability to be blessed from His holy hand. Today I want to call you to a deeper level of obedience in your relationship with the Lord. It is not about feeling, nor is it without personal cost or sacrifice, but the blessings will come when we obey. I am convinced that God has more for us than we are currently experiencing in our walk with Him. Today I want you to hear the biblical call to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus. The challenge comes from a fishing story that is “tthhiisss biigg!”
In Luke 10, we have the story of Jesus sending out 72 people to minister. He sent them out 2 by 2. Jesus knew that together there is greater encouragement, protection, and effectiveness when with someone else. A pair has power!
Many nations set aside a day to remember those who have given their lives to defend freedom. We can thank God for those individuals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Freedom only comes with a price. There has never been any freedom or liberty without the shedding of blood and great sacrifice.
We may leave our father’s, but our father’s never leave us. They will be in our minds for the rest of our lives. Their voices will keep ringing in our ears, repeating the things we heard him say when we were growing up. The bad thing is that unless we break that cycle, we will reproduce the same thing in our children. We will say the same cutting things and we will do the same damaging acts.
A little girl was talking with her daddy about fear. “Aren’t you afraid of bears, snakes, lightning, or mice?” The dad said, “No, of course not.” The daughter said, “You really aren’t afraid of anything are you Dad, except Mommy?”
Rev. Doug Sider The Wrights singing He's in the Midst Sandra Wingert singing Make My Heart Your Home Gospel Tide Choir singing God is Our Refuge and Strength and Let Your Love Flow Through Me
September 4, 1994 The Language of the Committed Acts 21:12-16 Kathy Parson- Bought and Paid For Ralph Sider- Rise Up Oh Man of God GTH- Stand Up for Jesus, Hallelujah for the Cross
When Jesus died on the cross, shed His blood and then rose victorious over death, hell and the grave, He wasn’t doing it to show His authority. The authority of God and Jesus was already demonstrated in heaven when Satan and his rebellious followers were defeated and thrown out of heaven. Jesus did all of this to regain authority for you and me, which had been stolen by Satan through our sin.