Pastor Rustan gave a message on Obedience.
James 1:25 (NLT) "But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it."
Obedience is more than following the rules and that there is both freedom and blessing when we live in obedience to God and His word. Obedience starts at conviction which points us to repentance and through the Holy Spirit we work through the process of sanctification. But for some, this is a cycle of sin – conviction – repentance – struggling – backsliding – repeat. So how do we break the cycle? Philippians 2:13 says “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” It's God working through us to both, give us the desire and power to break the cycle and move in to the continual process of transformation that is sanctification.
Now that we’ve broken the cycle there are 5 key points to take note of. Found in Acts 5:17-21 and accurately titled The Apostles Meet Opposition.
Obedience Usually Triggers Opposition – The apostles where thrown in jail for being obediently preaching and sharing the gospel. If you’re not ready to face opposition for your obedience to God, you are not ready to be used by God.
Obedience Will Release the Lords Miracles – we read here that an angel of the Lord came and brought the apostles out. When you walk in obedience you are not surprised by the miracles from God. You trust that He’s going to show up and that He’s faithful.
Obedience Requires Faith – after the apostles where set free they were told to “go” back and continue sharing “the message of life.” Obedience is our responsibility, but the outcome is God's responsibility.
Obedience is Following the Prompts of God Immediately and Completely – The apostles went to the temple and “immediately” began teaching. Delayed obedience is disobedience, partial obedience is disobedience. When God prompts us, true obedience is to go all the way, right away.
Obedience Brings Change in Both You & Others – In Acts 5:28-29 we find the effectiveness in obedience as we see that the apostles have filled all Jerusalem with the message of Jesus. Obedience will cause you to change and others as well.
Let's pray that as we submit to the Holy Spirit and walk in obedience to the word of God, that these points will become evident in our lives. Let's see McPherson changed for the glory of Jesus.
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Pastor Case shared about the greatest battle, the battle for space in the human heart. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and is able to do great damage if he can access our hearts. In contrast, Hebrews 11:11 talks about Sarah receiving strength to conceive a child through faith.
Sarah didn’t start as a beacon of faith. In Genesis 18, it details that she laughed when God told Abraham that Sarah was going to have a child. Then Sarah even denied that she laughed. But by Genesis 21, something had changed. God visited her and she had a child. Hebrews 11 describes that change as Sarah having “received strength” “because she judged Him faithful who had promised.”
When we believe in a God who intervenes, it builds our faith. We receive and we are able to do great things. Next time you are in battle, receive the strength you need to win!
Sunday, we continued our journey through Hebrews 11. The message Building a Boat spoke to Noah’s faith in God, amid a world that was falling apart. Noah obeyed God’s instructions and saved his entire family. We live in a world where sin is rampant and the line between right and wrong is blurred. God is calling us to trust in His Word. We are to have faith, that if we continue on the path He has set before us, we will see our reward. Along this journey of trust in God, let us share what God is doing in our lives with all those who might be saved.
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Sunday’s message Faith Equals Action came from Hebrews 1:1-6. We learned from the Old Testament stories of Abel and Enoch that our ability to be close to God is not determined by who, where, or what we came from. Abel brought the first recorded acceptable sacrifice before God. Enoch walked in close relationship with God for 365 years and then was no more because God took him. Both of these men chose to put their personal faith in God into action. We have the same opportunity through our faith in Jesus to bring before God an acceptable offering and to walk closely with Him all the days of our lives. It all comes down to choosing to put our faith into action.
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