Posts Tagged 'Heart'

Thinking About Thessalonica

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1 Th. 2:1-8

Consider all of the tests available today: Meyers/Briggs Personality tests; MENSA intelligence tests, SAT/PSAT-NMSQT academic tests… what about motives? Last week, we looked for genuineness (testing thankfulness); this week, we’re measuring motive…

How Do We Test For Intent?

Watch What Is Dared ~ 1 Th. 2:1-4

  • 1/2 willing to risk sharing
  • 3/4 why willing? Because they know they’re called/entrusted

Check Why It’s Shared ~ 1 Th. 2:5-7

  • 5 flattery= like a politician who says whatever needs to be said to gain a vote
  • 6 apostles are enabled with authority, but don’t use it to gain glory (opposite of politician)
  • 7 nurture, not neediness

1 Th. 2:8 because we love, we want to give more than the gospel, but our selves. Give your SELF away!

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Prayer Practicum: Covenant Prayer

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Galatians 3:15-20

In a contract, we exchange promises; in a covenant, we give OURSELVES to each other; God GAVE Himself for us (John 1:1, 14), and we are to give ourselves to God (Romans 12:1). Let’s look at four aspects of

Our Response-Abilities in Covenant Prayer

We Respond in Obedience ~

  • John 13:36-38 – Not just promises
  • Peter makes promises; how does that play out?
  • Instead, 1 Peter 1:2 tells us we have been chosen for obedience
  • 2 John 1:6 ~ Christian love IS to walk in obedience to Christ
  • So What? Jer. 29:12 God WANTS us to pray; when we pray, we obey

We Respond with Time ~

  • Acts 3:1 – notice the reference to the TIME of prayer
  • Psalm 5:1-3 – What time do you see here?
  • 1 Thes. 5:17 – challenge to pray always
  • So What? make and keep regular appointments with God in prayer

We Respond With a Place ~

  • Acts 16:13-16 – a formal place of prayer; how formal is YOURS?
  • 1 Kings 8:27-29 – How does this “place” affect prayer?
  • Matthew 14:23 – How does Jesus’ example affect ours?
  • So What? the LOCATION doesn’t matter; Pick a place to pray!

We Respond With Heart Preparation ~

  • Habakkuk 2:20 – how do we prepare for God’s presence?
  • Psalm 103:1 – how does this interact with Hab. 2:20?
  • So What? ask yourself: are you “all in” in prayer? what’s holding you back?

“Blessed Savior, I pace back and forth at the altar of commitment. I really do want a fixed habit of prayer. At least, that is what I want right now. I’m not sure if that is what I will want two weeks from now. I do know that without some kind of consistent communion with you I will not know holy obedience. So, as best I can, I promise to set aside time regularly for prayer, meditation, and spiritual reading. Strengthen me in this covenant. Help me to so delight in your presence that I will want to come home to you often. In your name and for your sake I make this covenant. Amen.”1

 
 
 
 
 

1. Richard Foster, Prayer, the Heart’s True Home, pg. 77

Highlights from Hebrews: The Approachable Throne

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Hebrews 4:12-16

Since all of Hebrews is really one sermon, we need to break it down into smaller chunks to get a good grasp on the Gospel found in it. This second sermon in Hebrews is part two of seven to look at this amazing book.

Jesus is ALSO Better Than:

Moses And The Sabbath
Heb. 3:1-6 – Jesus is better than Moses
Heb. 3:7-4:11 – Jesus is better than the Sabbath

Our Hearts and Our Actions
Heb. 4:12-13

  • v12 word=logos; cf John 1:1; God IN ACTION is Jesus;
    • these vs describe Judgment; He KNOWS what He is doing
    • Jesus is BETTER than our Hearts
  • v13 We cannot hide our behavior from God; He judges it all
    • (cf. Rev. 20.11-15) Jesus is BETTER than our Actions

Our Old Ways
Heb. 4:14-16

  • v14 Jesus is BETTER than Old Religion;
    • The ultimate priest: represents man to God, God to man
  • v15 Jesus is BETTER than our FLESH
    • (He was flesh, but did not sin; not because He was “God-brained” or some heretical mixture of godhood and humanity; but because of His Obedience to the Father)

According to verse 16, Jesus’ obedience gives US access to God’s Throne; God does not expect us, in our own strength, to earn His love and forgiveness; it’s not possible. Our need for redemption is beyond our ability to pay: Thank God that Jesus is BETTER than our need!!


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