“The Golden Rule”
Cory Illingworth – Building Character – The Golden Rule
Fred Hill – Building Character – Obedience
First off – Do not make resisting temptation your ultimate goal! That is a side product of what our true objective is – to worship God with everything we are. Let God be your focus.
As I was sharing on Sunday (sermon link) I wanted to convey some practical advice for resisting temptation but then also what the real battle is.
It is not a battle of flesh and blood, or a matter of will power – it is a battle in the spiritual realm for our obedience to God and our dependence on God.
The main point I wanted to get across on Sunday is that the “what” of temptation is not where we need to be resisting, but rather the “why”. The “why” of our temptation points to our own desire to fill a need that God has already promised to fulfill – a desire that He can fill if we let Him.
Really what it comes down to is knowing who you are in Christ. You are a child of God. You are cherished. You are approved. You are loved. You are provided for. You are seen. You are worthwhile. You are FORGIVEN.
And so much more.
If you have time, go on a bible journey of discovery to know and understand truly who you are in Christ – there is amazing freedom in that.
On Sunday I ended with two passages for homework. Read these passages and think about what they mean. Please share with me your thoughts, your revelations, your breakthroughs or your questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
Psalm 37:4 – Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires (NLT)
- What does it mean to take delight in the Lord?
- What does that look like for you in your day to day life?
- What are your heart’s desires?
Ephesians 6:10-18 – 10A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
- What do each of these pieces of armour mean?
- How do you put them on daily?
Cam Liske – Building Character – Resisting Temptation
“Fill the jars with water.” (John 2:7)
Realtors will tell you, location, location, location. The intersection of Faith and Works is an amazing location. That’s where miracles happen.
Do you want to see miracles? Do you want to see God’s purposes being fulfilled in the world today? Then meet me at the intersection of Faith and Works.
In this simple text Christ called upon faithful servants to be themselves and to do what they would have done hundreds of times already. They had filled jars with water everyday for years. This was a mundane task that had been carried out for their household master over and over and over.
But when their eyes fell upon Jesus and He asked them to do it for Him – that lead to the wonderful opportunity for the servants to show their faith through their works. They didn’t do anything new, but they did it for a different master.
They were already able, but because they were now willing, and they obeyed His request– a miracle happened. God delights in calling on us to fulfill His purposes.
One of the truths that I’m learning is that God wants desperately to speak to me. He wants me to listen to His voice and become accustomed to hearing it, so I can recognize it when He calls on me. As I spend time asking Him questions and listening for His answers I am getting better at knowing His voice and hearing when He calls me. Have I got it all right? Of course not! I’m still struggling forward into a fuller knowledge of who I am in Christ.
What are you hearing God ask?
Father; teach us to hear your call. Help us to hear, to understand and to respond when you call.
Fill the jars with water.
I’ll see you at the intersection.