Yesterday, we finished our series We Are FaithPoint. The last four weeks were amazing. I am excited to see what God has for us in the coming weeks.
FaithPoint men, We will be meeting this coming Sunday at McDonald’s at 9:00 am. We will be discussing chapter 12 of Dude’s Guide to Manhood. This is the last chapter of the book.
You still have time to buy your new book, Multiply by Francis Chan. If you cannot find it locally at Books-A-Million or Lifeway, you still have time to order it.
If you have a Kindle or the Kindle app, you can buy and download it immediately.
I am excited to discuss this book with you. We want every man at FaithPoint to be a disciple making man.
Here are the sermon notes from Sunday:
The text of this sermon is: Matthew 22:37-40. The title of this sermon is: Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. This is week 4 in our series: We Are FaithPoint
Christians like to use acronyms to sell T-shirts, bumper stickers and coffee cups.
Joy means – Jesus, Others, Yourself. It sounds good. It sounds holy. It’s just not biblical.
We have heard sermons on what it means to love God.
We have heard sermons on what it means to love your neighbor.
What does it mean to love yourself?
If you have ever been on a plane, you are familiar with the pre-flight speech that the flight attendant has to give. In the middle of her speech, she talks about what will happen in the event of an emergency. She tells you that the oxygen masks will fall out and she explains how to properly put it on so that your oxygen mask will work properly. Then, she says something interesting. She says that you need to fix your own oxygen mask first before you help anyone else. Why? What kind of condition would you be in to help someone if you pass out?
You cannot truly love someone until you fully understand how much God loves you.
You cannot make disciples unless you are already a disciple yourself. For example, how are you supposed to teach someone to obey all that Christ commanded, if you are not obeying all the commands that Christ gave us?
We are not talking about pride or selfishness. We are not talking about you putting your desires, passions and dreams before someone else. That is both unhelpful and unbiblical.
You have on average 68,000 thoughts that run through your mind on a daily basis. Studies show that 80% of those thoughts are negative.
Pastor Steven Furtick said, “The voice you believe will determine the future that you experience.”
How are you supposed to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, if you can’t cut through all of the noise that is going on inside your head?
Most Christians do not think about what they are thinking about.
Have you ever had thoughts like:
- If you really loved God, you would read your Bible more like real Christians do
- You did the same sin, that you just asked forgiveness for. How do you expect God to love you?
- How much would people turn against you if they knew what a screw-up you are. You can’t share your weaknesses. People will judge you.
So most negative thoughts create insecurity, dislike, distrust, doubt, fear, anger, and things of that sort to dwell in our minds.
How often do you have thoughts:
- You are not smart enough
- You don’t have what it takes
- You are too ugly
- You are not good enough
- You are a liar
- You are too fat
- You are a fake
Where do those thoughts come from?
Charles Spurgeon said, “Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.”
Scripture says that the devil is the father of all lies. John 8:44
The devil is acting out of his character. It is who he is. His goal is to get us to think and believe something that is not true. He started with Eve when he got her to doubt God’s word and he has never stopped.
There is an element of truth in the lie. For example, maybe we do need to spend more time with God in His word. However, then the lie comes in and accuses us of not being saved. The lie accuses us of being a fake Christian. The accusation insinuates that there are other people who love God more than we do.
The devil is the accuser of our brothers or all Christians. Revelation 12:9-11
Accusations do not come from Christ. Jesus is truth. All truth comes from Jesus.
How do you battle these negative thoughts…how do you battle these lies?
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
How do you capture every thought when you have 68,000 thoughts running in your mind?
You have to know the difference between the truth and the lies.
You have not been made a victim of your own thoughts. You get to choose to listen to the voices that you listen to.
I have heard people say that they don’t like Twitter or Facebook because of all of the gossip, complaining and negativity that is on there.
Here is how you solve that: Both Twitter and Facebook give you the option to click a button called unfollow.
The only reason that gossip or negativity shows up on your timeline is because you let it.
Jesus does not accuse or condemn.
You will never be able to capture 68,000 thoughts and hold them all captive. What you have to do is transform your mind through the reading of the word of God and obeying the will of God. Romans 12:2
So that through testing – you may discern….
Did you know that God wanted you to have discernment?
The more you are in the Bible, the more you will be able to hear and understand the voice of God.
The more you hear and understand the Bible, the more you will come to see yourself the way God sees you and believe it.
Then when the devil throws condemnation and accusations in your direction, you can stand firm on what your Heavenly Father says about you.
We destroy the strongholds being built in our mind, with the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us!
What lies are you believing that is keeping you from being everything that God created you to be?
Let the Holy Spirit work today. Let him tear down strongholds and arguments in your mind that have been building over time.
We are in a war over our minds and souls. Who you choose to listen to determines the direction of your life.
You can love yourself when you love God and understand how much He loves you.
I LOVE MY CHURCH!