Good afternoon, everyone! It’s almost the end of February. I hope your weekend went well. Mine did, and I’m thankful for all that God did. He has supplied many blessings and mercies and I love taking them all in. He is so good and so amazing.
Let’s finish off this weekend with a sermon snack. These are not from a sermon Pastor Josh preached last Sunday. I hope you enjoy it.
We don’t have to do things in our own strength and try to figure things out. The Holy Spirit gives us strength not just for the spiritual things but the physical also. The things that we face make us stronger. Life can either make you better or make you bitter. Trust him through the things that you go through. God is not a crutch. We have a living hope in Jesus. Walk out a life of trusting in him. We live in a fallen world. Adam sinned against God and we live in a life of sin, but God sent Jesus to save us. There will come a time that there will no longer be sickness. The hope and joy we have in God brings us through. We must do this walk by faith. God will wipe away every tear that this world has given us. Lay hold of this by faith.
He put an incorruptible seed in us through the Holy Spirit. We must put the blinder up and focus on what God says we are and the encouragement we receive from our brothers and sisters. God is taking us someplace and we must pick up where Jesus left off. That’s where our focus lies not on our present reality. It’s about where we’re going, not where we are right now. God wants everyone to know what we know about Jesus. God is love. God wants to clean us up, make us new, and put us on a path straight to his heart.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—”
Ephesians 4:11-15 NKJV
God has a plan that’s not dependent on current circumstances. We have the potential to fulfill God’s plan. His plan is for us to be more like Christ everyday. Everything we need to fulfill this plan is already in us through the incorruptible seed inside of us. We must be committed to this. Unanswered prayer is not profitable. Press in for more than what your comfortable with. We can’t grow old, but grow into Christ. We need to get to the place where our love for Christ, our love for our brothers and sisters, and our love for the lost is all that matters. God’s plan is not to leave us the same but to grow into the stature of Jesus Christ. We are born again as infants and God is fully invested in us when we embrace him.
As seasons change there are newer expectations. As we mature there are changes that should occur. Growth needs to happen. Life isn’t about living for you, but to the next generation. When we remain in growth, life is more exciting. When we go from infants to children our resources change. We have to grow to maturity to the point that we are able to reproduce. Time requires it and it’s an issue of survival. We have to be willing to find our source for our spiritual strength so we can help others get connected.
The natural is a shadow of what happens in the spiritual realm. With independence comes responsibility. It’s in us to want to grow up but we must be responsible to control what goes into our minds and bodies. We can’t settle for half baked Christianity.
“The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.”
Luke 11:34 NKJV
The eye observes and receives light images as a reflection. Images are formed from what it sees. The eyes aren’t able to change it. There’s a way of looking at things. Sometimes we can only see the tragedy of what’s going on. It just makes opions and views. To have a good eye is not just to choose what we see but to believe that everything that happens is working for God’s good. There’s another set of eyes God gave us, the eyes of faith. That’s what Jesus uses to see us. He desires to give us eyes of faith.
“But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.”
Romans 6:22 NKJV
Everlasting life must be our end goal. What if everything that you see broken is actually opportunity? We must think this way because if the eye is bad we are full of darkness. Jesus has a heart and passion to save others. He has an amazing life for us.