Sermons tagged #Grasp
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14) As Christians we forget the past in faith, reach to the future in faith, and continue forward in faith. We are always moving away from what we were and toward what we are to become in Jesus Christ.
Our true source of contamination is our corrupt hearts leading to our corrupt lives; our true source of cleansing is Jesus, who gives us new hearts and new obedience. We must understand the source of defilement. (v.14-15) All leaders must understand this. (v.17 - 19) We must understand the vices that reside within every person. (v.20 - 23) Applying: Why do so many focus on the outside, instead of the inside? What is the true source of dirty lives? Rom. 14:14-23 Who says our hearts are the center of our being? Prov. 4:23 What is inside of you? Do you see it? 1 Sam. 16:7, Ps. 139:23-24
There is nothing like seeing! Charles Darwin described the eye as one of the greatest challenges to his theory. How could he explain it? The eye is simply incompatible with evolution. How so many intricate components could have independently evolved to work together perfectly when, if a single component didn't function perfectly, nothing would work at all. The eye is a masterpiece of God! Sight is a magnificent gift of God. And even more, spiritual sight is a magnificent gift of God. Most people cannot see the truths of God. We are all born blind and remain so until Jesus, the great physician of sin-sick souls, performs masterful surgery and opens the eyes of our heart. The Christian can then declare, "I was blind, but now I see!" Pray that God would do the same for an unbelieving friend or family member.
Jesus goes over the brook Kidron unto the Mount of Olives and seeks solitude, but a band of soldiers and officers came with Judas to take him. 18:2, 3 Judas knew that the Lord spent a great deal of time praying in the garden. He knew that the most likely place to find the Lord was in the place of prayer. John 18:2 He crossed the Brook Kidron and came to the Garden of Gethsemane, which was on the western slope of Olivet. John 18:1 Believers Bible Comm.
We have to learn and practice repentance daily. As our character is being refined by the Spirit, we continue turning from the self, crucifying it daily. We have to mortify the deeds of the flesh, as the Spirit empowers our walk. It is that, daily death to self that Paul spoke of, counting all as lost.
We see that it is possible to get spiritual sight, to walk in the light as Jesus is in the light. The Son comes to open our blinded spiritual eyes to see the father and do the greater works by faith. As we are sanctified we can see God.
In this lesson Pastor Hille lays before us the example of "One Who Waxed Valiant in Fight through faith". Eleazar, one of David's Mighty men, is probably little known to you. If you are familiar with any Eleazar it is probably Aaron's son, who became high priest of Israel upon Aaron's death. This is not the same person!!! We pray that you will be much encouraged by this individual who did great exploits in defeating the Philistines as he waxed valiant in the fight through faith
Does anyone really grasp the weight of sin as God sees it? Is Christ the Mediator the only One God can hear? Is God’s forgiveness possible without a Just Payment? Why do we tend to be lenient on our own sin? What does ‘feared’ mean as it pertains to God? Is repentance in our hands or is that too a gift? What is our starting point in God’s eyes if Christ paid our debt? What does it mean that Christ ‘waited’ on the Father?
How do I listen to God's word so that it transforms me? You can be hearing but not listening. Also, you can listen to people speaking about God's word, yet they are not saying what God is saying. Listening to a guy who quotes the text is not necessarily hearing God's word. Remember, Satan and his demons also preach the Bible. Careful listening requires accurate teaching that helps you to understand. Good preaching is not defined by the volume and passion of the preacher. Careful listening requires that you ask God to help you understand. Read and think about the text before hearing the sermon. Fight to concentrate during preaching. Take notes during preaching and think about it during the week, discussing it with other people. Careful listening requires deliberate acceptance of what the Bible is teaching. It involves being willing to change, even if it requires you to do things that don't want to do. It requires a commitment to hang on to what you have learned. Imagine a mechanic who goes to lectures for 5 years to learn how to repair cars, but you then ask him to help you repair your car, but he says he has no idea how to fix a car. That is what people are like, most often, in the church. Rather, a good listener actually does what God's word says. It requires you to continually cultivate an appreciation for the sheer privilege of hearing the word of God. Sadly, not everyone who listens to the word of God cares about the secrets and mind of God. Not everyone who listens hears. Some who have heard, will lose everything. Others will gain everything.
The Fear of God 4/9 The Fear of God in Both Old & New Testaments 4 of 9 Ingredients, Part 2 Holy Dread
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