|Last night's semon and what I took home from it...
||[Feb. 7th, 2005|06:27 pm]
If you feel like you're living a normal life & serving a normal God--you're not serving Jesus, because He is super natural.
Pslams 73 (NKJV)
Why are wicked people prospering while I'm serving God & suffering?
1) Things are not always what they seem.
The things of this world will never complete us--they are temporary & minuscule compared to God's surgery.
2) Is it worth it?
The difference comes from you and how your life is different than it would be if you were living in the ways of this world.
To please God <---> is to trust God.
Proverbs 3:5-7 (NKJV)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
When was the last time you sat in silence & listened to what God has to say? Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)
God gives us rules & laws to provide order & avoid chaos, helping us enjoy life.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NKJV)
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man's all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.
3) Take time to understand God's love.
What we think are so great (the things of this world) are horrid and barren in comparison to what a life with God brings. God wants you to revel in this life.
Romans 12:1-3 (NKJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Jeremiah 29: 11-14 (NKJV)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD.