Change. It's always somewhat, well maybe sometimes a bit difficult, to make changes in our lives, even when it's for the betterment of those around us. We simply want those things to remain the same simply because we're comfortable with the way they have always been, or we just simply like it that way.
Today's society ranks individuality and taste very high on the list of priorities. I like chocolate (who doesn't) and you like maple walnut. That difference works in virtually every aspect of life. Except for one. Faith...religion. That part of our lives that defines and confines our behavior in virtually every aspect of our daily lives. Today we explore the ramifications of that most important dynamic.
Getting serious about our relationship and growth with Jesus is no joke. To be serious about Christ, we need to be moving in the same direction and with as much effect as is conceivably possible. But that takes work, serious work in God's word and in prayer. If we don't, life gets pretty dicey and difficult. But, to move in the same direction, we need to take up the same yoke with Jesus, not against Him.
Let's clarify. Of course He wants you to have joy in your life, and happiness too for that matter. But I think we've all heard the expression, typically when someone wants to do whatever it is they want to do, regardless of the circumstances. So what is it that God does want? Let's listen to the events of Mark, chapter 6.
We've all seen what happens. Pond scum, not a pretty sight. Today we're looking at Moses' experience in the wilderness when needing to provide water for the newly freed Israelites. The story supplies some great images and a most necessary application.
God is looking to change us from the inside out.
We usually think of worship as being what we do on Sundays. Not so. Today Ken continues in Romans chapter 12 and looks at what real worship is and what it looks like.
We've parenthetically labeled this part 2, as it is very much the companion of the audio of July 9 of 2017. This also could have just as easily been titled "All In". Are we? The Lord really does want all of us. The point isn't to be burdened or to be guilted into commitment but to take time for honest inventory of our journey toward total commitment to the Lord.
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