Sunday Sermon Snack – Friday : Love and Grace

Good evening, everyone! Happy Friday! Another week has come and gone and now the weekend is upon us. What are your plans? I hope R&R make the cut, if only for an hour at least. I thank God for keeping me this week. He supplied new blessings and mercies each day and I’m grateful I got up each morning to experience it.

Let’s kick this weekend off with something to end those hanger pangs. Pastor Josh gave a passionate message on Wednesday. It’s was a continuation of his message from last Sunday, which I’ll share tomorrow. Love and Grace are amazing gifts from God and I hope that after you make yourself a plate, you’ll break out that Tupperware and deliver these morsels to someone else.
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“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
I John 4:10-11 NKJV

God is our good father and he loves us. Life is challenging and it gets to us. We laugh and cry and we’re not left to struggle alone. God gave us his Holy Spirit as a helper. We all want to have a better life. God gave a better life based on sacrificial love.

“Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body. Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.”
John 2:13-22 NKJV

What does it mean to be the temple of the Holy Spirit? We have God in us, the hope of glory. Heaven has come to live inside of us. God has a vision for us that we haven’t seen. The presence of God was in a place where everyone could see. Jesus acted out of passion. He is love. He is the passover lamb. He wanted the act of sacrificing to be done with. It wasn’t enough to get close to God. Jesus said that when the temple, his body, was destroyed it would be rebuilt in three days, and it was. We are now a temple for the Holy Spirit. God wanted his presence back inside us. Through our circumstances the fire of God is made alive in our hearts. We are not less than what God says we are. He’s worthy of occupying the temple that was purchased with his own blood.

“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
Deuteronomy 4:24 NKJV

God wants all of our hearts. He doesn’t want to share us with something else. It is time for us to be the temple for the Holy Spirit again. He already cleansed the temple. Believe that he is able to make you holy and righteous.  God waits for us to trust him. There’s no life worth living outside of total surrender. He’s a consuming fire, a jealous God. Love isn’t a two way street. God is already complete. He doesn’t need our love. We need his to be complete.

Embrace Christ not Christianity. It’s one thing to come to church it’s another thing to become church. His grace is more than we think it is. His love has no barriers to it. God’s plan is to send a fire that will change us. His grace is sufficient for us. It enables us to get through our difficult times. Don’t measure God’s love by the things you’re going through. We are to walk in victory. Get your attention off of what you’re going through and put it back on him. God wants you to get passionate about the life he has for us. Explore the grace that is in us. The same spirit that’s in him is in us. The things that we’re up against are there to show how much grace is living inside us. It will carry us through and not leave us where we are.

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