This was from a post at my school. I believe it had a strong point and wanted to share.
The church as a whole has come a long way from reaching out to the poor, sick, hungry, homeless, widows, and orphans. What are we called to do now? Are we to keep on going down this street that will lead to distraction or are we to stand up and be the change we know we need in the world. I just as much as anyone is to blame for where the church is headed. Your post moved me to ask questions about what am I, you, the people next to us doing to be the CHURCH that God called us to be. Lets return to our first love.
And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace. Acts 20:22-24
1) SPIRIT’S PROMPTING.
And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem…Acts 20:22
what Satan uses for evil God will use for his Good.
2) CERTAIN UNCERTAINTY.
…I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. Acts 20:22
When God prompts you he does not show you all the details. You will have to take a step of faith.
3) PREDICTABLE RESISTANCE.
I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. Acts 20:23
GOD might be trying to work in you then he might start working through you. Don't worry about resistance.
4) UNCOMMON CLARITY.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus Christ has given me– the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. Acts 20:24
HISTORY GOD'S GOOD - (true enemy) Satan
Difference we're good (enemy) outsider
Name I'm good (enemy) everyone
TALK IT OVER
Where might God be calling you to go from where you are right now to where He wants you to be?
Describe a time when you had a deo ho pneuma moment. How did you respond to the Spirit’s prompting?
What steps can you take to handle the predictable resistance you’ll face when you step out in obedience to God?
Take your next steps by using the resources available at http://resources.lifechurch.tv including a printable small group discussion guide for this message.
Avoiding life's train wrecks
-God loves truth but He hates lies!
-Holding anything back from God is a sin!
-We need to care more about that God sees in our life's then what others see in our life's!
1. Be a Barnabas
If the church acted like this there would be no need in the world.
•Recognition without sacrifice
•Kept back-same as embezzling
•Deception was the sin
•"Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all"- Oliver Wendell Holmes
•Joshua 7:1 Achan's sin
•Satan filled their heart
•Lied to the Holy Spirit
•When we lie we shut off the Holy Spirit
Is there anyone reading that you live a lie to impress others?
2. No one asked them to sell their land or give anything
•lied not just to men but to God
•The lie was premeditated
•Sapphire was looking for the praise of men
•The had an opportunity to confess
1Corinthians 10:13 "BUT"
1 Peter 5:8-9
A statement by God for the "new" church
3. How to avoid this train wreck
•So easy to lie- tell the truth
•keeping back something from Jesus - Jesus calls for 100%
• holding back part of ourselves- what are you holding back today?
Hebrews 4:13 - All creatures will give an account.
•It all started with a lie which could have been stopped with a word of truth.
•People can believe the lies they tell them selves.
2 Corinthians 10:5 capture every thought.
Are you all in or are you holding something back?