Have you ever uttered the phrase "I had my heart set on ____________." What our hearts are set upon is primary in our minds and emotions. Jesus gives us investment advice to keep us from setting our hearts on things that turn out to be very bad investments.
This message was directed to young people who just finished a school year and headed into summer. But what kind of summer? When we, young and old alike, invest our time to seek the Lord, our hearts change. That is what happened to King Josiah in 2 Chronicles 34. Life flows out of our hearts. So when our hearts change, all of life becomes something purposeful instead of wasted; something defined instead of malleable; something strong instead of weak. God, change our hearts to seek you!
The Lord used this message to bring a very special friend to Christ in 2012. Just thought I would share it here!
Eph 1:13-14 describes the Holy Spirit as "...a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance..." He is the 'life' in 'eternal life'. He is what is born in us when we are born again! What are the results of having the God who created all things out of nothing come to dwell in born again ones? The impact is profound! Lord, let it be so!
Prayer is about TRANSFORMATION from God more than getting INFORMATION from God. Romans 8 says that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. This great truth is preceded by the revelation that the Spirit of God intercedes... prays for... us! What is that all about?
THE BIBLE is our fourth topic in our ENGAGE series. God speaks, God reveals through the Bible. In it the gospel is defined, and those who hear and believe, push forward past death toward ultimate reality and reward, to the glory of God! The unique book believed empowers a unique life.
"Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' and do not do what I say?" Jesus
The power that rose the dead body of the Lord Jesus to life again, is the same Spirit power at work within those who believe. Believe it!
We often define morality by looking only at our actions. When we fail to peal back our actions and look deeper into our hearts, we miss the fullest depth, beauty, and power of the gospel. Desires underly our actions. What do you desire? What do you WANT?
The certainty of salvation rests in the faithfulness of God's. The assurance of salvation rests in your walk with God. Are you sure you are saved?