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?
There is no better explanation and inspiration of salvation than Jesus' dialogue with Nicodemus in John 3. We all have been BITTEN and the poison of sin and death courses through every vein of our lives. Jesus is the anti-venom!
If discipleship is about doing certain things, it is at risk of being 'too easy'. But when we listen to the words of Jesus Himself... is it too hard? Too easy? Too hard?