I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday as you gather around the table with friends and family. As you sit down, and you look at all the food that you have to share, thank God for the blessings that He has lavishly bestowed upon you. As you look towards the coming year, may you experience His presence in your life more than ever before.
Here are a few announcements that you need to remember:
- There is no Wednesday gathering at my house this evening.
- Our new gathering time will be December 6. Our new service time will be 10:30. Come early and bring a breakfast item. Join us for a time of fellowship.
- FaithPoint Men, we only have a few meetings left in 2015. We will be kicking off January with a new book. We will be reading and discussing: The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell. Clicking the link will take you to Amazon. Please pick up the book and read the first chapter before January 3, 2016.
Here are the sermon notes from Sunday:
The text for this sermon is: John 7:37-38. The title of this sermon is: The River Within. This is Week 8 of our DNA series.
There are some lies that Christians say because they sound good. The problem is they are both hurtful and unbiblical.
- God will not give you more than you can handle. Have you read the Bible? God often lets you get into situations that are overwhelming so that you realize that you can’t do it alone. The situation gets really hard. You have a decision to make. You can run from it or you can run to Jesus. His power is made perfect in your weakness. The danger in that statement is this: You can handle anything that life throws at you. You don’t need God because you got this. You start to believe that you can be saved based on what you did more than what Christ did for you.
- The devil made me do it. A person likes to use this when they are in some serious crap. They have either been caught in sin or they have confessed it. The problem is the devil didn’t make you do anything. You are not free from responsibility. He plants the idea in your heart. The idea leaves your heart and buys a ticket to your mind. There the idea decides to move in and throw a party. It invites more ideas to come to the party. Your mind is the host of the party. The more you entertain, the more ideas come to the party. The ideas form a group. The name of their group is temptation. They joined together to align themselves as one. Temptation creates pressure. It compels you to act. It is not sin until you act upon the temptation. You could resist it. You could fight it, but it is too easy to give in. The devil planted the initial idea. He does not control you. You are not a puppet. It is the same way with the Holy Spirit. He does not control you. He compels you. He leads you to follow Jesus. He does not force you or manipulate you in any way. You are still responsible for your own actions. You either serve your Heavenly Father or you serve the devil. You can’t serve both at the same time. You have to leave one to serve the other.
Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.
Remember when the Bible tells us that Moses and the Israelites were in the desert. They were thirsty. They were in a hot, dry, barren wasteland. They came upon a rock and God told Moses to strike the rock and the water came out of the rock.
Romans says that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you. The Holy Spirit moves in and starts to make renovations. He is making himself a new home. Part of his renovation is making a river flow through the house. The river is life giving. It gives life to every room in the house.
Jesus said that the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy. Jesus came to give us life to the full. The river is life giving. If you are not experiencing the fullness of life that Jesus came to give, it is NOT HIS FAULT.
If you are a Christian, there is a river of living water inside of you. This is a true statement. Scripture is never wrong. The problem is not that you don’t have a river unless you are not a Christian. A non-believer doesn’t have a life giving river inside of them. You have a river inside of you. Maybe the problem is that the river has stopped flowing. The life giving water is not making it to every room in the house. Why? Because something has dammed up the river. There is an obstacle or clog that is keeping the river from flowing freely.
When a river stops flowing, the water stops moving. It sits still. It becomes stagnant. Stagnant water leads to death. If you are living in sin, it is because there is death inside you. The river is still life giving. It has always been life giving. Whatever is clogging the river is life depleting. The enemy has planted something inside your house to stop the river from flowing. When the river stops flowing, you begin to doubt, you begin to have less joy. That is what a thief does. He tries to take from you everything that Jesus says that you have.
If you want the river to flow again, the clog has to be removed.
The owner of the house will remove the clog. It will most likely be a painful process because the clog is usually buried deep and tries to establish roots in the river bed. The Holy Spirit has the tools to remove the clog.
Temporary pleasure is no substitute for what is permanent and lasting.
You don’t have to search for rocks to find water like Moses did. The rock is in you! The river comes from the rock within you. The source of life lives in you.
When the river flows, there is joy, love, hope, peace, mercy, and grace. There is freedom where there is life.
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