Good evening, everyone! How was your Saturday? I hope it was blessed and that your weekend is going well. Remember to thank God for his new blessings and mercies today. There is so much to celebrate and be thankful for even if it’s small.
I think you all could use some nourishment to end this Saturday. Here are my notes from Pastor Josh’s sermon from last Sunday.
Nothing is impossible to those who believe. Faith is not built by miracles. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Fill yourself with truth and your faith will grow stronger. There’s always something we don’t have yet. It’s a trap. Everything you need for life and godliness is given through Christ. We’re more identified with what’s broken than the fact of the cross. He will never leave us nor forsake us. God sees everything about our lives and he knows the enemy of our soul more than we do. Get focused on what the master is teaching you, not what’s missing from your life. If you don’t use what you’ve given, it won’t do any good.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”
Ephesians 6:14 NKJV
A breastplate protects your heart. Your core is the most important part of who you are. When you’re righteous you have right standing with God. When right relationship is there we want to be close to that person. That’s how it is with God.
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.”
Romans 10:1-3 NKJV
People have a hard time with grace. We believe we have to get our ducks in a row. We will never be good enough to approach God. Christ completed the law so we could approach him. Righteousness will speak to you about who you really are. We can approach Jesus in our own strength. There’s no part of us in the equation of righteousness. We can’t do it our own strength. We have to submit to Christ’s righteousness.
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above ) or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 10:4-9 NKJV
What do you believe in your heart? Your righteousness protects everything. God will use the weakness to make you strong. Don’t let your ego get in the way. Ego is a problem. We like to solve our own problems. We can’t miss the basic truth that we are righteous through Christ.