Instant gratifications, fun, exciting, satifying * Speeding
* Addiction (want to but can’t change)
* Legalism/tradition (leads to false guilt or pride)
* Unbelief (leads to Fear/Anxiety)
* Unforgiveness (bitterness)
Sin is not fun - it is a burden.
God wants us to be free and have abundant life
Hebrews 12:1,2 ... let us strip off every weight that slows us down,
especially the sin that so easily trips us up.
And let us run with endurance
the race God has set before us.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus ...
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.
And you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.”
Love defeats fear
And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.
So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because
we live like Jesus here in this world.
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
1 John 4:17,18 (NLT)
Love and obedience
John 14:23 AMP Jesus answered,
“If anyone [really] loves Me,
he will keep My word (teaching);
John 14:15-17 AMP
15 “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper
(Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever — 17 the Spirit of Truth,
You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.
- Art of Forgiving by Lewis B. Smedes
Today, just take one aspect of your life that needs change. Decide today.
Not by your own power.
You are not good enough.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
“You fathers, if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg,
do you give them a scorpion?
Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
1 John 4:13 (NLT) And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us
John 14:15-17 AMP
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever — 17 the Spirit of Truth,
What should I believe?
1. My life is entrusted to Jesus
2. God loves me
3. There is victory
4. The truth is true – if it doesn’t work the fault is not God’s, but mine.
5. Confess what I believe.
We had a wonderful worship service with Terese leading and quite a few encouraging messages that were recorded. Ferdi did the preaching and if you are in rush to get to the exciting sins, skip the first 10 minutes of the recording! :-)