If we have our weapons turned inward toward one another, they will not be turned outward toward the enemy. We are not the enemy. The enemy is the forces of spiritual darkness that enslave the world, and God has called us to unite to push back the darkness.
The topic of unity has been like an underground stream that pops above the surface of the ground from time to time. Now, the underground stream is completely above ground and is a mighty rushing river.
Our faith in Christ is unique. Every other religion is about escaping the earth and going off to heavenly realms forever and ever. The Bible has a very different picture. When God sent Christ into the world it was with this goal in mind – to renew all things.
What is the result of this kind of life, the kind of life where one lives by the physical appetites, the kind of life where one boasts in shameful things, the kind of life where people live only for the moment? Paul says, “their end is destruction.”
The Christian life is not just passing on what we believe but passing on how we live. It is not just orthodoxy, what we believe, but orthopraxy – how we live.
If you have a river constantly overflowing its banks you’ll get a swamp. But if you channel that river, focus it, and dam it up at certain places, you’ll get power. What kind of person do you want to be, a swampy person or a powerful person?
Does your personal history propel you to the future or imprison you in the past?
The irony of following Christ is that we ascend by descending. We go up by going down. We become exalted as we humble ourselves. We prepare for kingship by learning to be a servant.
In Paul, we see a man with a mission, a man who lived by priority, a man who did a million things, yet who could say, “I do one thing.”
Could you use a good night’s sleep? I bet some of you listening today have trouble sleeping because of worry or fear. What’s the solution? – meditate on the truth of God. Stop meditating on the lies.
The first word of the first chapter in the book of Psalms is “happy.” The last word in Psalm 1 isperish. It is as if the writer is saying, “I am holding out two paths for you. One brings happiness, onewill cause you to perish. Which path will you choose?”
How much is enough for you? What do you want most out of life? Success? A big bank account?Fame? How much will it take to satisfy you? How much is enough? I think you know the answer.Everything in the world is not enough.
Here’s a reason why we get into trouble - we make decisions based on partial information, rather than the whole story. How can we stop doing this? Today we will learn how.
Jesus is making His way to Galilee. He travels through the province of Samaria and at a well near the village of Sychar enters a discussion with a woman that would reveal the depths of her heart and change her life forever.