Prayer is the foundation of a godly society. Paul admonished us to offer prayers for kings and all those in authority. When we pray for our rulers, they become softened to the purposes of God, respectful to the Church, and honest and just in their lawmaking. A praying church, an open government, a perfect sacrifice, and an obedient preacher will bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth and usher in Jesus’ return to reap the harvest!
Of all the tools given to us as Children of the Most High, rest may be the least used. I am not talking about physical rest and relaxation, but the state of immovable peace and security in the midst of the storm. Jesus was in perfect rest in the Father’s hands when he was sleeping in the boat in the midst of a raging squall (Mark 4:35-41). If rest is being in the same state and mind as Jesus, then it is a great weapon against the enemy. This sermon examines true rest and encourages the people of God to practice it daily and effectively.
What do you do when you are attacked with a serious illness or disaster? How do you fight back and win? This message details how Communion can be a powerful weapon in the war against sickness. You don’t have to wait until the last Sunday of each month to receive. Jesus just said, “This do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:25). Become a partaker of His divine nature! You have been Rescued, Healed, and Restored.
Jesus knew and practiced a lifestyle free from stress, keeping an even consistent pace. It’s no secret. Successful marathon runners know how to pace themselves. Hebrews 12:1 says we should “run with endurance the race set before us.” Many people live in constant stress because they haven’t mastered the art of pacing themselves. Today, my friend and mentor, Larry Stockstill outlines four things to focus on to step into the pace of grace. Are you willing to make some decisions and modifications that will give you long term success?
The Word talks about your inner self acquiring imperishable beauty. Speaking of the Messiah, Isaiah prophesied “… the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” —Isaiah 11:2 Like the six branches of the lampstand in the tabernacle, these are six facets of the Holy Spirit’s character. You ask the Holy Spirit to fill you today with these six attributes today, and you will walk like Jesus walked! This embodies Christ in you—the hope of glory.
How has your renewed mind helped you in your daily walk? Is there a difference in how you see your self? What if I can know the thoughts of God? And what if the world can see God through me. The key maybe in living in the mind of Christ. This message, as part 2 of the previous Renewed Mind sermon, explores the mind of Christ in us, and its impact on the world around us. The mind of Christ gives life, sets us free, gives a new vision, removes oppression and lavishes grace and favor. It’s what makes the good news the good. Let’s explore!
A group of ministers were discussing the spiritual conditions of our nation. In a recent survey that defined a Christian as being one who believes that the only way to heaven is through Jesus, only 6% agreed. One minister said only a total economic collapse would cause Americans to repent. This pervasive belief is often expressed by evangelicals of every stripe. If it’s true, would Christians just blame the calamity on non-believers? Just maybe the real problem is the believers themselves. Perhaps we’re Hung by the Tongue. Can a nation really come to God without calamity bringing it to it’s knees? It has happened before.
Under the old covenant with Israel, God promised to reward their obedience with prosperity and health based on their obedience. Even though He told them that His commandment was not too hard for them, we know they fell woefully short. Under the new covenant, which has even better promises, Jesus became our substitute and fulfilled all the requirements. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can keep His word on our lips and in our hearts so that we can obey it. Praise the Lord!
In Acts 2:42-47 we find a snapshot of what revival looked like at the birth of Christianity as a result of the Gospel message of repentance and commitment to Jesus “cutting to the heart of the early believers”. They were not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, because it was the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes. In our text for today, Paul reminded the Colossian church that their new lifestyle emanated from who they were in Him.