Genesis 3:7 describes shame as the first consequence of people living with a Godless soul. What is shame and how does it play out in our lives? And how did Jesus defeat my shame at the cross? This is deeply significant truth to all of us!
The path is a person. His name is Jesus. He is the personification of wisdom. When we follow Him we choose 'the way, the truth, and the life'. We have all walked wrong paths that have lead to destinations of destruction and death. So how do you change paths?
Have you ever heard someone say "How did I end up here? How did it come to this?" People end up in unintended places in life all the time. Proverbs 1-9 uses the illustration of a path, a way, for life. In life, you choose your path, not your destination. No matter what you say is your destination, it is the path you choose that determines that destination, not your words.
What does it mean in John 20:27 that the mortal Thomas was allowed to touch the immortal Jesus to provide evidence for Jesus' resurrection? Jesus admonished Thomas to "Stop doubting and believe!" To which Thomas replied "My Lord and my God!" Those were important words for Thomas. They are important words for us as well!
To win a war you must know your enemy. In this message we cover various other passages of scripture that unmask the enemy, and we also contrast these strategies with the work of Christ in our lives; because the enemy constantly works in the opposite direction that Jesus takes us.
How do you win a war? The second thing is to know the enemy. Here we look at Satan's attempts to tempt Jesus in the wilderness in Matthew 4:1-10. His efforts with Jesus teach us much of Satan's tactics toward us.
How do you win a war? The first thing is to realize that you are in one. Jesus purpose is not to make Christains comfortable and at ease. Eph 5:12-20.
This is the rest of 1 Peter 5:5-10, the last three verbs. We learn much from the transformation of Peter... much of God's power and our need for that same power to work in us!
Spiritual warfare takes place on three relational battlefields. My relationship to others; my relationship to God; and my relationship with circumstances. 1 Peter 5:5-10 tells us the contents and attitude of the soul that utterly depends on God and not self for direction and ultimate victory. While the world tells us exalting ourselves is the way to win in life, Peter learned and teaches a different lesson.
Some people don't do well with blood... and guts. They like to keep things on the surface. Warning... this message contains some spiritual blood and guts. This isn't surface, this is warfare. Humility...