Do you feel weak? Do you feel like you have insurmountable problems? Do you have a nasty habit that you just can’t shake? Don’t be overwhelmed by it. The Holy Spirit knows exactly what is going on, the depth of the problem, and the power that he has to strengthen you so that Christ may dwell in your heart by faith.
What moves you to pray? How earnest is your praying before God? I am sure you pray because of circumstances in your life. That is good. But I want you to learn to pray because of the great things Christ has done and to let His great work inspire great praying.
God doesn’t want us to come to him with head down but with head up, not dragging our feet but stepping forward with firmness, not groveling in the dirt, but bowing in adoration.
Do you ever sense an opposition to your life? I’m not talking about normal opposition or feeling tired or fleshly but something more sinister and oppressive where it seems like nothing matters or it seems like you are walking through knee-deep mud.
The fulfillment and life the religions of the world fail to deliver, Christ can deliver because in him are the riches of wisdom and knowledge, and in him is fulfillment and life.
I wish every Christian and every preacher would listen to me just for a few moments. I am afraid that we have walked away from this verse. I am afraid that we have fallen into preaching principles and steps and feeling good and solutions and we have stopped preaching the riches of Christ.
You and I are stewards. God has given us money and time and spiritual gifts to use for the advance of his cause in the world.
What a contrast to teaching we hear today. We hear about how to be a better you and how to reach our full potential – and that can be OK – if we remember that God gives us grace and makes us better people not only for ourselves but also for others.
Some people will view our message as subversive and dangerous. Not everyone. Some will view our message as ridiculous. Paul said the preaching of the cross is foolishness to some.
Isn’t this an amazing chapter? Isn’t this an amazing truth? God made you and me into his dwelling! What kind of God is this? What kind of love would do this for us? The love of God in Jesus Christ!
Our God is exciting. Our God is adventurous. Our God is fascinating. Our God is glorious. Our God is full of surprises and He is anything but repetitious, predictable, and boring.
We have all inherited a futile way of life from our ancestors. People live for money, or sex, or fame, or power and find it to be empty. But Paul says, “In Christ we have redemption through His blood.” He purchased us from this life of futility.
How can we enter into the praise and worship of God? Two requirements are necessary for experiencing genuine worship, and today we will find out what they are.