“Decide For Jesus”

Here is a link to my sermon this past Sunday… God bless you!

 

(Please forgive the sound quality… we’re working on getting the very best sound possible)

 

 



How do you deal with life when people hurt you?

Have you ever had one of those moments where you wish you could just hurt somebody who has hurt you or a loved one? I’m talking about Old Testament style eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth type of revenge! Unfortunately, we’ll all pass through our own “valley of the shadow of death” at one time or another. It’s a dark time in our life where people who we trusted act in ways which hurt us and betray our confidence. It’s that moment where close friends abandon you, when leaders who you depended on betray your confidence, or when your own family treats you like a stranger.

How do you deal with life when people hurt you? Do you choose to get bitter or to get better?

Experience has taught me that bitterness can be such a bittersweet emotion. You revel when those who cause you pain are injured. You feel as though you’re winning the battle against people when your unethical behavior seems to pay off. Your entire mindset is focused on that individual, turning bitterness into resentment, and resentment into hate.

Don’t fall into that trap!

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God didn’t call you to be a victim. He called you to victory.

At the outset of his book, Nehemiah is informed that the few living in Jerusalem—God’s holy city—was living in shame because the walls are burnt down and in ruins. In short, they were a people living as victims in a world that wanted to keep them as such.

A few chapters later, we read that Nehemiah was able to rally the people to build that wall in 52 short days. Though there were several challenges (primarily by the unholy trinity of Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem), it only took one man of God to rally the people and finish nearly 5 miles of rebuilding in a little over 7 weeks.

Mark 10:27 tells us: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”

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1 simple concept to become truly happy!

Don’t love what you have now more than what you’ll get from God in the future!

It’s a simple concept, but one that can lead to many future rewards:

Pastors: We can’t love the people we have now more than the people that God is going to give us in the future. If we do, we will stagnate our churches and ministries. The people who have yet to know Christ through us are just as important as the people who are being reached every week.

Church people: Don’t love what you have now more than what God has promised you. Is investing your time into a ministry now worth it? Anything you do to proclaim God will never returns void (Isaiah 55:11). Is the money that you have now worth more to you than the promised blessing God gives to those who are generous? It seems that the Bible promises awesome blessings to those who give (Malachi 3:10-12; 2 Corinthians 9:7). Do you value your life now more than the life God wants to give you? It seems as though we make a huge mistake, as our future glory surpasses anything that we could imagine now (Romans 8:18, 23; John 10:10).

To those who don’t have a relationship with Jesus: It’s easy to dismiss what God wants to do in your life. Sure, there have been many who have shamed true Christianity with their sexual scandals, lack of financial integrity, or their skewed interpretation of the Bible. However, consider the following:

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Spiritual mediocrity is NOT the desire of God for your life!

Jesus didn’t save your life to make it worse, but to make it better! (John 10:10)

With that thought, I’ve witnessed so many people languish in a half hearted Christianity, whereby they have an affinity to Jesus, but whose lives do not reflect the transformation that leads to the best life possible.

If only they knew that living all out for God is the BEST thing that you can do for yourself! I encourage you to let go of all your inhibitions and give your all to Jesus.

Here are three points to live a life that God desires you to live:

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