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Most Precious and Personal Gift

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We must share our most precious and personal gift to the world, Jesus Christ!

 

As we think about gift giving this year, the best gift one could ever give is sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.  God shared His precious and personal gift with the world as it was announced years ago, to shepherds in the field.  Luke 2:11-12; “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothe, lying in a manger.”

 


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The Heart Should Come First

Although details are important, the matters of the heart should come first!

 

In the New Testament we can find information about two sisters who loved the Lord, but were different in their personalities on how they worshipped Him.  These two sisters were Martha and Mary. 

 

Martha was the sister that was concerned about the details.  Although Martha loved the Lord, she worshipped Him more from the mind than the heart.  Martha was always busy wanting to make sure everything was going well in her home.  We can read this about Martha in Luke chapter ten where she complains to Jesus about her sister not helping her with the duties of serving the guests. Mary, on the other hand, was the one whose heart was always set on the Lord.  In the scripture we can find Mary usually at Jesus’ feet listening and worshipping Him, or off in a room praying, pondering, and mourning.  Both women loved the Lord and both of them had qualities that we should exhibit in our lives.

 


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What To Do Now

We must let go of what we know and cling to the truth that is found in Christ.

 

What do we do now when coming off of celebrating Easter?  When we hear sermons about Jesus being risen from the grave and alive, how do we handle that information?  We handle it by faith, believing that what is written in God’s word is true.  Even so, what must we let go so that we can hold on to the truth that is found in Christ?

 

First, we must let go of fear.  We must not be afraid to trust in Jesus.  When we believe in Christ we have nothing to fear because there is no one greater than God.  Psalm 27:1 states; ‘The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  Believing with faith in Christ will cast out all fear.

 

The next thing we need to let go is our pride.  Many times we think that we deserve something from God.

The Israelites were reminded by God in Deuteronomy 9:6 that He was not giving them the land across the Jordan River because of anything they have done, He was keeping His promise to Abraham.  “Therefore understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to posses because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.”   Because of our stubborn, obstinate, and rebellious nature, we do not deserve any of the blessings we receive from God.  Yet, God still loves us and demonstrated His love by allowing His Son to die on the cross for our sins.

 

We must let go of fear and pride and put our faith and trust in Jesus.  James 2:10 states that; “For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who had broken all of God’s laws.”  Since we all know that we have at least broken one of God’s laws, let us ask for forgiveness in Christ and start living for God. 

 

Stop living for the crumbs of this world and start living for the riches that are found in Christ.  After all, GRACE is God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense!



Reasoning With God

We need to surrender to God’s will and not reason it away.

 

Are you surrendering to God’s will for your life?  This is a question and a journey that is hard to answer and stay true with at times.  Consider Jesus as He lived His life here on earth.  Many times Jesus struggled with God’s plan for Him to die on the cross to pay for all of our sins.  Jesus though, staying surrendered to God no matter how many times He was tempted by Satan to give up, completed God’s plan for salvation.

 


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Having Courage

Serving the Lord consists of having the courage to trust and serve Him!

 

Do you have the courage to trust, serve, and live for the Lord?  Consider the prayer from King Asa to the Lord found in 2 Chronicles 14:11.  “And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude.  O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”

 

Asa and the kingdom of Judah were facing the Ethiopian army that outnumbered them two to one.  Asa though, was a king that trusted the Lord and served Him.  In his prayer we understand that Asa knew that God would be able to handle this big problem without much effort on His part because He is God.  The God who created all of creation certainly can help Judah defeat their enemies no matter how big or small they are.

 


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A Faithful Witness

We must not compromise our faith, but hold on to the truth that is found in Jesus!

 

Will you be willing to be that “faithful witness” till the end?  Antipas was one.  Revelation 2:13 states: “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is.  And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.”

 

There is no denying the fact that Satan is dwelling in America and has a throne set up here.  Consider the 55,000+ aborted babies since Roe vs. Wade, consider the fall of morality in the last thirty years, and consider how rampant pornography is and how human trafficking is an issue in the U.S.  There is no doubt that Satan is alive in America especially now when we find ourselves fighting for religious freedom that our country was built upon.

 


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Living Stones

We must be the “living stones” that shows the world the “Solid Rock.”

1 Peter 2:4-5 states:  “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 

In order to be the living witnesses that God desires us to be, we must make the sacrifices necessary to show the world, Jesus. When you look into a mirror, what do you see in your reflection?  Do you see a person living for the Lord or a person living for your own desires?  What areas in your life are there, that do not fit the phrase “holy and acceptable unto God?”

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Needing a Hero

We need a hero that will stand up for what is holy, righteous, and truthful!

 

2 Samuel 23:20-21 tells us about a valiant warrior name Beniaiah who one day “had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.”  The scripture also tells us how Beniaiah took down a mighty Egyptian warrior; “And he killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man.  The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; so he went down to him with a staff, wrestled the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear.”  Beniaiah’s efforts raised him up from being a valiant warrior under King David’s reign to being the commander of King Solomon’s entire army.

 

We need heroes today, Christian men and women who are not afraid to stand up for what is holy, righteous, and truthful, the Word of God.  Will you be that hero today?  2 Timothy 1:7 states: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  The scripture also says in Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

 


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God In The Center

God has to be the epicenter to which everything operates from in our lives.

An earthquake is felt the strongest at its center.  The epicenter is where the greatest force and tension lies.  The ripples flowing from the center affects the countryside for many miles making changes in the topography.

God’s word in Zechariah 4:6 says; “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.”  If we want to affect the world around us, we have to let our lives be powered by God.  When God is in the center of our lives, the ripples of His power in us will be felt by those around us.

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Marriage, God’s Plan for Completeness

Marriage is the picture of our relationship with God!

 

Marriage is the joining of a man and a woman together, to distinct different people, to become one flesh or in other words to operate in one accord. Marriage is a sacrifice, a partnership, and a growing experience.  The same could be said with a person’s relationship with God.

 

In Gen. 1:27 we read; “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”  To know God is to have a relationship with Him. God made the sacrifice through His Jesus who died on the cross for each person’s sin.  When we admit that we have sinned and turn to Jesus for forgiveness, our sins are forgiven and we enter into a relationship with Him.  This relationship is a partnership of living our lives together with Jesus.  It is a life that is joined together with two people making the decisions instead of one. At least that is what it should be.

 


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Children, Youth, Prayer Service

All services tonight, February 10th, 2016 are cancelled due to moisture on the ground and below freezing temperatures. Please stay home where you are warm and safe.  See you here at FBC Lesterville on Sunday Morning at 9:45am.


RCBA Youth Game Night

The next RCBA Youth Game night is February 13th, starting at 6:00pm.