Good afternoon, everyone! How is your week? I hope all of you are feeling blessed on this Thursday. I know I say this everyday but it bears repeating. Give God thanks for everything that he has done for you today. He’s provided so many blessing and mercies today and it’s important to be grateful for each one.
I have an amazing sermon snack to get you through the rest if your work week. Jeremiah and Courtenay Bowser joined us earlier this month for awesome weekend of music and ministry. The following notes are from Courtenay’s message that Saturday night. It’s pretty powerful and I encourage you to share it with somebody.
There is a battle raging for our destiny. Christ has already won, but Satan will cause you to try to choose differently. He will try to get us to believe that God isn’t as good as he says he is just like with Adam and Eve.
“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.””
Genesis 3:9-10 NKJV
God came looking for them after they sinned. Adam was fearful and now Satan puts fear in front of us to keep us from being obedient to God. This is about more than us but the kingdom of God. We need to be the answer for everyone who needs to know Jesus. They need to hear our story of how Jesus changed us. In the face of everything that goes on in this world, God is who he says he is.
Joshua and Caleb stood by God when everyone else was fearful. God told Saul to slaughter everything but he didn’t obey and kept what was good. To obey is better than sacrifice. Saul didn’t obey because he was fearful of the Amalekites. Saul’s decision cost him his kingship. Disobedience costs us as well.
David was courageous and overcame the fear of what might happen in his fight with Goliath. He kept his eyes on Jesus. Jesus had a moment that he had to chose between his will and God’s will. He was so distraught that he sweat blood. He chose to be obedient. All that happened now would not have, if it wasn’t for Jesus.
Peter was bold and brazen, but he was also fearful. He denied Jesus three times. Peter felt awful about denying him and thought he failed. Jesus asked Peter three times do you love me. Jesus erased what he did. The next time Peter is brave and preached the gospel and three thousand people came to know Jesus. Peter is redeemed.
““If you love Me, keep My commandments. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.”
John 14:15, 21, 23, 31 NKJV
We must hold on to the love of Jesus with everything we have. God loves you, he is good, and he never changes. Satan brings fear for a reason, to keep us from being obedient to God. When fear comes, ask God what he wants you to do and follow him wherever he leads. Jesus has so much in store for us. We must be obedient to him.
“And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The- Lord -Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.””
Genesis 22:10-14 NKJV
Abraham was obedient when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac. We don’t how the story will end but we must keep going and be obedient. The Lord will provide. On the other side of Abraham’s obedience he saw a side of God no one ever saw before. What name will people call God because if your obedience? What side of God will people see because you chose to follow him? We can’t stay frozen. Lay aside the what ifs and excuses. Somethings beautiful happens when we surrender to his will. There’s something on the other side of the obedience for others to see.
“He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.”
Revelation 19:13 NKJV
Jesus came back in his own victory and took back what he one. We have a responsibility to point others to the one who is faithful and true. We have to finish this race strong. Don’t let anything keep you out and keep you from living halfway.