A RELIGION OF POWER

MAKE THE GOSPEL YOUR OWN
October 9, 2020
WHO ME?
October 30, 2020

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:1-10

Sometimes you just don’t believe it until you try it for yourself. Religion is powerful if you participate, Christian belief is a way of living sustained by belief. In Hebrews 11:6 we read, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.”

Faith is more than belief. It is putting our believe into action. We must show our belief that God exists by our active, diligent participation in His way of life. Romans 2:13 says “Hearing the law does not make people right with God. It is those who obey the law who will be right with Him.”

How often do we hear, he or she is set in their ways? Let’s take a look at some examples of being set in our ways! Late night vs early morning person/Black coffee vs creamer/GPS vs I know where I am going. Believing in Jesus is one of those GOOD ways to be set in your ways. If being set in your ways is for good, you will grow from it. Be set in your ways for action, self improvement, being active for God! Get out of bed and be present!

Be in the game for Jesus and keep showing up! NFL Hall of Fame Coach Bill Parcells famously said that a football player’s best ability is his availability. Parcells believes that the talent doesn’t matter if the player is not on the field playing the game. When we are in the game, we can become like the mustard seed! Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because your faith is too small. I tell you the truth, if your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move. All things will be possible for you.” When Jesus is talking about a mustard seed, the comparison goes beyond the size of the seed itself. He mentions that, though it starts small, it grows and becomes a plant much larger than the plants around it and provides to creatures in its vicinity. Even today, if you have only a spec of faith, but are in the game, that will grow and so will your treasures here on earth, not in material ways, but in your purpose.

BE SET IN YOUR WAYS FOR ACTION!

A stagnant faith is a faith in which you have stopped becoming closer to God, have stopped relying on Him to provide, and/or perhaps have started to take the power that is inside you through Him for granted or have begun to attribute it to yourself! The recognition and acceptance of conclusions made by people who are wise in their career fields, but have reached their conclusions and beliefs leaving God out of their thoughts are empty. The book of Ecclesiastes highlights the emptiness of trying to be happy apart from God. I believe that it is human to worry about the future. While it is human to desire to be rich, we will find ourselves sometimes engulfed in an endless pursuit of wealth, possessions, and power. Ecclesiastes 2:12-17 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king’s successor do than what has already been done? I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. The wise have eyes in their heads while the fool walks in darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both. Then I said to myself, ‘The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?’ I said to myself, ‘This too is meaningless. For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered: the days have already come when both have been forgotten, Like the fool, the wise too must die!’

Christianity is not just an organization-a church. It is not just a formulated statement of beliefs. It is not just a standard of conduct or an ideal way of living. It is not these things alone! It is all of them together. And most importantly, CHRISTIANITY IS THE POWER OF GOD, MOLDING THE LIVES OF BELIEVERS!