We've been on the subject of the walls of Jericho, entitled "Tearing Down The Walls". When the last item of Solomon's Temple was complete, the glory of God filled the temple. That is what is happening and is going to happen to us. Once we, as the people of God, are finally complete, we will be fully occupied by God Himself, being filled completely with His glory. Amazing. But there's a but. Before that occurs, the last brick of our old self must be torn down. Today we discuss the last brick, hostility toward any of our brothers or sisters in Jesus, or anyone else for that matter.
Although none of us ever want to be in that place in life, some of us have sometimes been there. Never give in. Never give up. The blind man that called out to Jesus as He passed by, pressed by the crowd; that's who we want to be when in those difficult times.
All of us have a tendency to protect ourselves from being too self-disclosing. We build artificial walls and those walls are oftentimes the very thing that keep us from building healthy, strong relationships. Today we'll take a closer look.
Our salvation began in faith, but be careful in complacency. Growing in our faith takes work.
Said by a child in a stroller while being pushed through a mall and passing a Victoria Secret. It starts early doesn't it. The pull from every direction that the world offers. Faithfulness is central to our very survival.
Or tape over your mouth, whichever works best. Jesus did state that it's not the food you eat that defiles you but the words that come out of your mouth. They not only reflect what's in your heart, but once spoken, often initiate after-effects that you may not like. He also talked about the ears and eyes being the windows to your soul. Let's be careful to guard our heart.
Sometimes when we wake in the morning we feel "hey, life is so good", and other times it's a struggle to even get out of bed. And in between those moments are the ups and downs, the connector points, the things that make up the stuff of life.
Wisdom is our subject. We are in Proverbs, chapter 3.
We're finishing up today on Peter's visit with the centurion Cornelius. We take these old scripture stories for granted, but it is interesting to rethink them from a fresh perspective. It can give us a newer perspective of our own lives and the roll we play in the entire scheme of history and salvation.
That's right, rocked, not rock. That's for those of us old enough to remember the old 50's tune of Bill Haley & His Comets. But three o'clock truly was a time of day when significant events occurred in biblical times: Jesus dying on the cross, Peter & John healing the man at the Beautiful Gate, and in today's lesson, Peter receiving the vision on the tanner's roof. One thing is absolutely certain. When the Lord gets hold of your life, get ready to be rocked.
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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