Good afternoon, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed you’re 4th Of July celebrations. I know I did. But then it happened. I went to the store today and I saw a section for Back to School. Here in the northeast summer vacation is from the last week of June to Labor Day. For other parts of the country school has been out for awhile. Regardless of when school begins, take time to enjoy each summer filled day. Take in all of God’s new blessings and mercies.
Today I want to bring you another delicious sermon snack. These are notes from Pastor Josh’s second sermon on Sunday. It’s the same subject, but slightly different. Part 2, if you will. I know you’ll love it.
We need to be excited about living. Being a follower of Christ means setting our eyes on Jesus and the last thing that following God will be is boring. If you’re bored with Christianity, you’re not doing it right. Be excited about where you’re going. Jesus wins over depression and every darkness. Darkness is a non-presence, the absence of light.
“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2 NKJV
Regardless of what face you’re in, invite the Holy Spirit in your life and allow him to be the overshadowing presence. You’ll experience things that will take you out the mundane things of life. Many are stuck living a life without creativity. It will make us disappointed. The resounding demonstration of God’s creativity has been around for years before we were born. God spoke all these things into existence. There is so much more to life than paying bills. We are containers that Jesus lives inside. God wants us to become a world changer. Don’t allow someone to put you on a career path to make more money. Don’t miss what the founding fathers established. Jesus came so that we could have freedom from sin. If you are not free from yourself than you are not free. God’s intent was for us to take care of each other. The American dream wants us to be happy within our own fences looking after only ourselves. It’s not God’s dream for the church. The same spirit that lives in Christ lives in us. Jesus said we would do greater things than he if we believe. It used to be we were happy and content with food to eat and a place to live. We have to be a resource and sown into others. The church is a force that the gates of hell can not stand against. The right to happiness doesn’t work in the kingdom.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 NKJV
We have the right to lay out lives down for others like Jesus did for us. Freedom cost something. Our freedom cost God his only son. When we give gifts to someone it costs us something. Realize that the freedom we have was paid for by others. God knows what’s right for us and he has a potential for us. We were born of an incorruptible seed. He wants us to mature and be able to reproduce him. One of the greatest problems that rise against us is that we can visualize many things but do not bring them into fruition. Not everything about American is good. Persuing yourself, being selfish, has no place in our hearts. We can have the sense of thrill and adventure without really having it. What if we are to be a voice in a foreign land and it costs us our lives? Are we willing to settle for the sense of adventure? What if the value of the human was the value God sees that we can help others trapped in darkness? We can’t chemically fixed something that can only be fixed by the finger of God. He sent Jesus. All we need is found in him.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
Some go through life with a broken set of eyes and wonder why they can’t see beyond brokenness. We were meant to be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. God offers a life with real adventure, risk, and fulfillment. Don’t be glued to watching fulfillment and not actually living it. The cross was nothing special, just random wood. What made it special was the person on the cross. Don’t confuse the choices we make with who we really are. Jesus died to give us brand new life and he sent the Holy Spirit to live in us. Some believe that they are not worthy of that. Air, which keeps us alive, can’t be seen, but we believe. We must believe in God and see him for who he is.