July 01, 2018 Series: unscripted
We can focus on our selves in a self centered way or we can focus on our selves in a Christ centered way.
In the Kingdom of God it’s an exchange of identities.
John 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me,
Where does Jesus lead us with His cross?
To Golgotha. To Die.
We surrender our rights and become love.
Choose to take up your new identity, you in Christ and Christ in You.
2 Peter 1:3-9 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things
We have all things we need to walk through this life in Godliness.
Why? Because they are in Christ, and Christ is in us by the Holy Spirit.
Salvation isn’t meant to be a ticket to heaven, it’s a entry point into relationship with Jesus.
Shortsighted: Only seeing things
We take the distorting lenses of self centeredness off and we see through the clear lens of the Gospel.
You wouldn’t have a desire to do good, if your heart hadn’t already been changed by the truth.
Let the Holy Spirit be the decider of your thoughts.
1 John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time
“The blessed John the Evangelist lived in Ephesus until extreme old age. His disciples could barely carry him to church and he could not muster the voice to speak many words. During individual gatherings he usually said nothing but, "Little children, love one another." The disciples and brothers in attendance, annoyed because they always heard the same words, finally said, "Teacher, why do you always say this?" He replied with a line worthy of John: "Because it is the Lord's commandment and if it alone is kept, it is sufficient." - Jerome, 4th century Church Historian
John 17:22 And God’s glory is to manifest through our lives as we walk aware and engaged with the Holy Spirit in us and our mission to manifest His love.
”The substance of your faith is your life lived” - Dan Mohler
1. Fear is Wrong Self Focus -
2. Being Entitled is Wrong Self Focus -
The world owes us nothing and we owe the world an encounter with Jesus.
3. Your life can be Profuse -
John 1:25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.
4. What we can Get from God vs. Giving Joyfully
James 4: 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
The church isn’t meant to be a luxury cruise, it’s meant to be a rescue boat.
5. Don’t let the Enemy take the fight out of you.
In the Kingdom we are at war.
1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Jesus ultimately has won the war but we must fight each battle and not give up.
The will of God is evident in the life of Christ, He healed all!
Luke 4:40 When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.
Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God
Jesus is what the will of God looks like.