Word of the day

Decisions.

Keys to help in making great decisions to avoid a life of regret and bitterness.

2.Stop trying to be in CONTROL

“And do not lean on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5b

Why are we told not lean on your own understanding? -Because we have limited understanding.

We do not understand everything. We do not see the entire picture. We do not have all the facts.
Let’s admit it – most of us think we can figure things out on our own. 
We can do just fine by ourselves – thank you.

But, if we’re serious about making wise decisions, we must fight against that internal inclination to trust in our own understanding. 
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use common sense or the wisdom that God gives us, but it does mean that we should not trust on our understanding for total support. 
If we try to figure out our life and handle every decision that comes our way, we will be in trouble.

Proverbs 28:26 (NKJV)
26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.


Word of the Day

Decisions.

Keys to help in making great decisions to avoid a life of regret and bitterness.

1.Trust in the LORD


-It is to rely on God and believe that He is big enough to take care of the situation. 
Trusting does not mean shutting our eyes to facts. There is no such thing as “blind faith.” Trust looks at things as they are. It sees the dangers that threaten, and assesses them at their true value. It sees the need, and does not try to disguise it. It sees the difficulties, and does not discount them. But seeing all this, it looks beyond and sees God, its all-sufficient help. It sees him greater than the needs or the dangers or the difficulties, and it does not shrink before them.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6


Word of the day

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. -James 4:7

 

Jesus has already defeated Satan.

The Pilgrim’s Progress is considered by some to be the second best-selling book after the Bible. If you have read it, you may remember that Christian was approaching a narrow passage as he traveled toward Porter’s lodge for the night. In the narrow passage he saw two lions. He was very afraid and considered turning back, fearing that nothing but death was before him.

But the porter at the lodge, whose name was Watchful, perceived that Christian was about to turn back, so he cried with a loud voice not to fear the lions because they were chained and could do him no harm. Christian then cautiously walked into the narrow passage, trembling with fear. He heard the lions roar, he felt their hot breath on his flesh, but they did him no harm because they were indeed on the chain. Christian arrived safely on the other side.

I have good news for you about the devil: Satan is a lion on a leash! The devil appears often as a roaring lion, but remember, this lion is on a leash.

 

THINK ABOUT IT—



Sunday July 30 2017 Sermon

Sermon July 30 2017

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Word of the day

God is not necessarily looking for ability, He is looking for availability.

Some Christians doubt that God can use them, because they don’t have any great talents or skills. However, God doesn’t necessarily look to use people with great talent; He examines the heart (see

1 Samuel 16:7). Paul wrote, in 1 Corinthians 1:26-27, Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God often chooses to use lowly people so that He can show His greatness through them. When you think you have it all together and have everything going in your favor, then you won’t lean on God—you’ll rely on your own strength. But if you know that you can’t do something on your own, then you’ll rely on God for strength—and that’s when God can show His greatness. Every single person has amazing potential to do great things for God. Regardless of your talents, you can do outstanding things for God. All God is looking for is people like David, who have a right heart that is open and available for God to work through.

If you find yourself broken and in obvious need of God’s help, don’t despair. God can use you anyway, because God is not necessarily looking for ability; He’s looking for availability
 


Word of the day

Foundation

Every builder knows that the foundation is critical to the stability and longevity of the structure.  If the foundation is faulty or compromised in some way, the result will be disaster. If you’re going to base your entire life on something, you want to know that it is solid. If you’re going to stake your 
eternity on that same thing, you really
 want to be sure that it is the truth. It would be utterly tragic to spend your life on a path that you thought led to heaven, only to find out too late that you were wrong!

 1 Corinthians 3:11 

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
 


Word of the day

Stop And Smell The Roses

When was the last time you put down your to-do list and Twitter feed long enough to experience the good things happening around you? Laughter from the kids playing catch in the front yard, the dogwood full of blooms when winter seemed like it would keep it dead forever, affection from your spouse after a day spent apart — life is happening all around us. And it should be enjoyed.

In Song of Solomon 2:8-15, the girl and her lover describe a world worth being noticed and enjoyed. With excitement and joy, she describes the arrival of her man. Once united, he invites her come with him so they can enjoy the beauty around them together (Song of Solomon 2:11-13

). They show us enjoyment of life can be greatly enhanced through relationships.

Although Song of Solomon was written in a different, arguably more simple period of time, we can still learn from this couple. The lovers celebrated their joy through recognizing beauty in creation and in one another. God created the world, the beauty we see, the joy of love and sex, and gave us senses to enjoy them.

Don’t mistake Instagramming the romantic date you had with your partner for true enjoyment. Enjoying what God has given us will give life to our souls. Those moments aren’t easily captured in a photo or caption, and that’s OK.

Take time to enjoy what God has put around you today.

Reflect:

  • What is one obstacle that stops you from enjoying God’s blessings in your life? Are you too busy? Too distracted?
  • What’s one step you can take to experience the good things God has placed around you today?


Stop and smell the roses



Word of the day

Giving is the only antidote to greed.

Jesus says, in Matthew 6:24, No one can serve two masters. Either 
he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and 

despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Jesus is making the point that our heart’s highest loyalty will be for only one thing. We can’t be equally devoted to two things; ultimately one will win out over the other.

If money is the most important thing to you (i.e., if you’re greedy), 
then you will serve your money more than you serve God. And you will find it 
very difficult to follow God’s instructions to give to others: If there is a poor 
man among your brothers … do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your 
poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he 
needs (Deuteronomy 15:7-8). If it’s true that no one can serve two 
masters, then the best way to fight against greed is to make sure that 
your master (your highest loyalty) is God—not money. Follow God above all else; that way your money will follow God, too.

John writes, If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in 
need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? (1 John 
3:17). That sounds rather harsh at first, but it’s really no different than what 
Jesus said in Matthew 6:24. If you love your money more than God, then 
you’ll keep your money for yourself rather than giving it away to help others. 
The only way you’ll give generously to others is if you love God more than 
you love your money. So, how do you know if you love God more than 
money?

By examining what you do with your money: Do you keep most of it, 
or give most of it?
If you want to fight against greed (that is, if you want to love God more than 
your money), then you’ll follow God’s instructions to give—give to the poor, 
give generously, give joyfully, give liberally, and give regularly. Giving is the 
best weapon against greed.



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