Do you worry? If so, the apostle Paul says "Stop!" In today's message, Pastor Steve will not only show you how to stop worrying but give Paul's antidote to worry. Join us today as we look at Philippians 4:6-9.
We continue with Thomas Watson's study of the second part of the sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer, "And deliver us from evil," finishing the means to use to be kept from acts of sin, 9-13 of 13: (9) be diligent in a calling (Such as lively idly, expose themselves to sin. If we have no work to do, Satan will find us work.); (10) fix the eye of your mind upon the 'beauty of holiness'; (11) meditate frequently on death; (12) beware of a covetous heart; (13) be much in prayer to God.
God here through the Prophet speaks to His people about their wicked ways caused by their thoughts and imaginations. We see here that a transformation has to take place through the Spirit of God working in us, to cleanse our minds through the washing of the water of His Word, that sprinkles us, cleansing us by the renewing of our minds.
Paul's Pattern for Preaching_08 Acts 14:1-7This Chapter 14 gives a clear picture of God's pattern for preaching, for bearing witness to His name. The pattern is seen in what Paul and Barnabas experienced. On the move, but not easily moved because of difficulties. When Paul and Barnabas was expelled from Antioch in Pisidia, they took off the dust of their feet and they went to Iconium. When the people there tried to stone them, they went to Lystra, where they were treated like gods. The crowds are different in every area and place throughout the world. When the crowd changed their minds and began to stone Paul, he just got up and went to Derby. That was not all. Paul and Barnabas had the courage to retrace their steps so that they could help encourage the new Christians and when they returned home. They told the church what the Lord had done, not what they had suffered. Paul and Barnabas put Christ first, other second, and themselves last. They had a job to do, and they were determined by God's grace to do it. How much does it take to move you out of the will of God? Paul's Pattern was seven steps. Their experience shows exactly what God expects of His servant and exactly what the servant can expect as he preaches the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus.
Here is the high calling and sacred commands required of all God's people: as found in this text::
I. Live your life in view of the fact that Christ is returning.
II. Let not the evil passions of your pre-conversion life control you.
III. Like your God is holy, be like him in all your conduct.
Once Paul was bitten by the serpent the people were sure his true colors had just come out and he would die for his sins. Instead nothing happened to Paul, he wasn't phased by it, and the people changed their minds about him. He was legit and they called him a "god" for it. That word "god" can also mean a representative of God. So the question for us is, how do we represent God?
This is one of those truly written for us in this day, who put on Christ's righteousness, which causes us to hunger and thirst to be filled after we taste and see that the Lord is good. It develops ever increasing faith in us, having that hope that helps us to purify ourselves through the washing of His word, for all of His commandments are righteousness.
A veil covered Moses' face because the children of Israel could not look steadily at what was passing away - which was the old covenant. Paul talks of his boldness without the veil - the barriers of the veil - and then how the veil is taken away
Un velo cubría el rostro de Moisés porque los hijos de Israel no podían mirar fijamente lo que estaba pasando - que era el antiguo pacto. Pablo habla de su audacia sin el velo - las barreras del velo - y luego como el velo es quitado
April Fool's Day is an annual event. Some think of pranks. Others think of atheism. But another fool mentioned in the Bible is the one who believes that we should "trust our hearts".
Also Reference: Proverbs 28:6, 2 Corinthians 6:14, 1 Corinthians 3:16-20, Hebrews 12:6-8, Proverbs 3:5-6
I. Believers have the ability to offer thanks to God.
A. Who is always our covenant-keeping Lord and Father.
B. Who gives us every good thing we ever have.
II. Believers must have a willing heart to offer thanks to God.
A. By setting our minds on His greatness, goodness, and glory.
B. By returning to the Giver with generosity.
Mankind has free will, and we love to abuse it. We allow our minds to imagine everything possible and end up perverting so much, especially when it comes to God. One way we do this is to say that there is a queen of heaven, someone who has better access to the Father than Jesus.
If those who profess to be Christians will keep holiness as a priority in their own lives, they will not fall to either their own selfish desires or the winds of false doctrine that blow across our land. Every Christian is to be in a pursuit of holiness because it is the natural outcome of salvation.