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.
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.
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!
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:
A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.
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.
For where envy and self–seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
3 Steps to overcoming ENVY:
A few thoughts from a great weekend…
Time for some sleep!
Have a blessed night!