Our Freedom Wasn’t Free…

This 4th of July Weekend as we celebrate the freedom that we have as a great Nation, let’s not forget that our freedom wasn’t free.  We might not have been the one to pay the price, but someone did. 

Someone’s son, daughter, father, or brother laid down their life so that we can grill out and enjoy the fireworks this weekend. 

To everyone that paid the price for me, I want to say thank you.  

As we walk into our churches this Sunday, let’s definitely not forget the ultimate freedom that has been made available to us.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)

To the ONE that paid the price for me, THANK YOU.

Holiness or Hell?

I thought that title may grab  your attention.

This post may turn off a few people but that’s okay.  That’s not my intention at all but sometimes Truth hurts…

I was reading The Word recently and came across a Scripture I haven’t heard in a while.

Hebrews 12:14
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord

We don’t hear that one preached much anymore.  Definitely not one of those verses that we write on an index card and put on the refrigerator.  The fact is, it’s still in there and we can’t overlook it.

This may seem a little “old school” but maybe we need to go back to the “old school” in some areas of our life.  It seems like WE (The Church) have become so desensitized to the things of God.  We live in a time where there seems to be no right or wrong, no black or white anymore.  Just shades of eerie gray.

The word holiness means sanctification or consecration.  That means set apart and dedicated.  I know we are living in a time that if we do talk about  HIM, we just want to talk about the Promises of God and what great benefits come from serving Christ.  Trust me, I’m thankful for His Promises and there are no greater benefits that can come from anywhere or anyone else. I’ve just come to place in my life where I want to see Him.  According to this verse without holiness that won’t happen. 

I love the world!  I do what I do because the world needs to know Jesus, but there should be a difference between the world and The Church.  Jesus did everything he could to reach the lost and so should we but there should be a difference.  We should stand out in a crowd.  Jesus did!  So much so that they crucified Him. 

It should be the desire of every pastor or church leader for people to see Jesus in them or the ministry they are a part of, but without holiness NO ONE will!

So what am I trying to say?  God is not going to be secondary in our life.  Doing our own thing Monday-Saturday and showing up on Sunday with a mask on is not going to get it anymore.  Let’s pursue HIM and not the world with everything that is within us and then we will see you HIM for who HE really is.  Then maybe we change the world!

Notes From Message On Envy…

Here are few points from the Message I preached yesterday on ENVY…

Text: Hebrews 12:1&2

1  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

2  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Bible puts envy in the same category as murder, sorcery, drunkenness,  & idolatry… (Galatians 5:19-21 & Romans 1:29)

 

5 Negative Things That ENVY Will Do:

  • 1. Will rob us of happiness.

Proverbs 14:30

A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.

  • 2. Will cause conflict in life.

James 4:2

You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

  • 3. Will make you a resentful person.
  • 4. Leads to other sins.

James 3:16

For where envy and self–seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

  • 5. Distracts us from God’s call or plan for our life.

 

3 Steps to overcoming ENVY:

  • 1.    Stop comparing yourself to others.
  • 2.    Be thankful for who you are and what you have.
  • 3.    Show kindness to the person that you envied

Sunday Night Reflections…

A few thoughts from a great weekend…

  • It’s been HOT the last several days and Summer doesn’t officially start until next week!  WOW!!!  Hope these past few days are not a sign of  what’s coming our way…
  • The Student Ministry had a car wash to raise funds for their Florida Mission Trip.  It’s next month.  Pray for the Renovate Crew.  We have some AWESOME young  people at Faith Renewed!
  • Preached the 2nd Message of the Series entitled, “SEVEN” today.
  • Taught on the Subject of ENVY.  There’s never ANY pleasure with this sin, yet so many people are caught up in it.
  • I will try to post the notes from the Message tomorrow.
  • We had folks in the altar this morning repenting of envy.  THAT’S AWESOME!
  • Got the opportunity to pray with several folks today.  I love to see God’s Spirit moving on people and drawing them into a deeper level of faith!
  • Also, got to the chance to meet several new families today.  Thankful for those that God is sending to be a part of our Church Family!

Time for some sleep! 

Have a blessed night!