- Date: May 24, 2017
- Verse: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Like 18:1)
The question I want to ask, as we read Matthew 9:18-26, is: do you believe you would have been allowed to stay in the house or would you be one that got thrown out? You all remember the story; right? "And Jesus arose and followed him and so did the disciples." Then we see this story on the woman with faith to touch Him and the hem of his garment. It says, "And when Jesus came [verse 23] into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, he said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
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- Date: May 22, 2017
- Verse: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
A lot of us have faith and a lot of us begin in faith. Then, just somehow it doesn't get finished. Anybody know what I'm talking about? But those that endure till the end shall be saved; amen? We realize that faith without works is dead. Many of us start in faith, based upon the promise. We have favorable expectation, the hope. The reason that our faith fails is that we don't have endurance. We don't have patience that's developed.
- Date: May 15, 2017
- Verse: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
Many of us don't like to admit our weakness. But until we become absolutely aware of our weakness, His strength can never be perfected in us. As long as there is any trust in our own wisdom, our own abilities, whenever we think we have any rights to our own lives, (You know, that little sin we talked about?) we are absolutely in rebellion against the sovereign authority of God. Let's think about that as we start making our decisions without even considering God, what He would have us to do, or what His priorities are.
- Date: May 12, 2017
- Verse: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. ” (Isaiah 30:21)
We've talked about this independent spirit so much over the last ten years. Can I ask you a question? How many independent thoughts and actions do you take on a daily basis? I'm not trying to get us to paralyze ourselves in having to analyze everything. I just want us to look and say, how many independent decisions do I make? How many times do we go through a day and just absolutely not even consider God in our lives? This coal was taken and put upon your lips and it purged you.
- Date: May 10, 2017
- Verse: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…” (Hebrews 12:14)
Look at Isaiah, Chapter 6,verse 6 for just a moment. "Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged." Now, what is that coal and what is the altar that this came from and how big a deal, really, are my sins that I commit on a daily basis? You know, we talked about not blowing this off, "Oh, 1 John 1:9, Oh, I sinned; 1 John 1:9.
- Date: May 8, 2017
- Verse: “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” (Romans 6:6)
We want to look at Romans 6:2-6. We see that we're dead to sin. "[Why do we sin]…that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" There is no place for sin to be dominant in our lives. But it is still active, because John says, "If [we sin] we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). If we're dead to sin, we no longer live therein. We no longer abide in that habitually.
- Date: May 1, 2017
- Verse: “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” (1 John 3:7)
I want to transition from this particular theological position of "already", that we are already perfect in Christ. We are already the sons of God, heirs and joint-heirs, but not unto glorification. Not yet. So, in the process of this dynamic we call sanctification, we're legally sinless, blameless before God, and yet, literally, we're still experiencing the dynamic of warring with the sin that is in our members.
- Date: April 24, 2017
- Verse: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Corinthians 5:17)
Romans 3 through 8 are just fabulous. If you want to go live there for a few days while we're going through this study, it will be a blessing to you. But Romans 6, verses 2 through 6-primarily 2 and 6-he answers that stupid question that people always ask when you try to teach on grace. "Well, you know, should we just be free to go out and sin? Should we sin that grace might abound? The more I sin, it will show that grace is really real, because God will love me, anyway." And Paul says, "Hey, stupid." He didn't exactly say it that way, but he said, "God forbid.