The Urgency of the Gospel Conference was a wonderful experience. The next evangelism conference will be next year about the same time. I encourage you to grow. You will be challenged and encouraged.
There are some things that I want to share with you that I got from the preachers at the conference. These things will be shared with you in videos in the coming days.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is Proverbs 4:26. The title of this sermon is: Ponder Your Ways.
This is week 3 in our Proverbs2 series.
Krispy Kreme does not advertise on TV. They don’t put ads in movie theaters. You will not receive coupon flyers in the mail. They don’t need to.
Once you take a bite of a Krispy Kreme, you know what a Krispy Kreme tastes like. What is amazing, is you never forget what a Krispy Kreme doughnut tastes like. You can drive down the road and even if you don’t stop, just a glance of the sign, makes you think about doughnuts. Some people even crave doughnuts.
This might be a silly illustration but David says something similar in Psalm 34:8: “O! Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man that takes refuge in him.”
Once God, has saved you by snatching you from the gateway of hell, you have tasted His goodness, His grace, and His mercy. Such an experience changes the course of your whole life. David says that those who have truly tasted and seen that God is good – run to Him. They can’t stay away.
Again, David says in Psalm 119:59, “When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies.”
As a Christian, the way you live your life either points you towards obeying God’s word or running from God’s word. If you have truly tasted and seen God’s goodness, His grace and His mercy then you would run to His Word so that you can live your life in accordance with it.
You either live by guilt or conviction. Here is the difference. Conviction causes you to run to God because you know that He is the only One who can forgive you and restore you. Guilt causes you to think that your sin is so bad that God will never forgive you and so you run because you feel shame and condemnation.
How often do you think about your life? How often do you think whether or not your life is in accordance with the Scriptures?
How is it that a Christian can hear the truth preached and then confessionally live like it is not true?
You read and hear the truth but then live your life as if it is not true.
Living your life in that way is to declare war on the Word of God and call God a liar.
Ponder: an example of this would be the illustration of a cow chewing the cud. If you live in the south, you understand this.
A cow chews the cud, swallows some, brings it back up, and then chews on it some more and then the cow swallows it to be digested.
A Christian that ponders their life would do the same thing. You would process the thoughts about how you are living your life, file them in the cloud, pick them back up and continue processing them until your thoughts line up with Scripture and you have clarity in where your life is headed.
Are you headed in the direction that God wants you to go or the direction that you want to go?
Are you living your life in such a way that you are becoming more like Jesus or less like Jesus?
Ponder your ways.
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