Rev. Steve Bayne - February 12, 2017
Moving Forward Sunday 2/12/17 Pastor Steve Bayne SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 12: 1-3 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” MAIN IDEA: Forward Progress Are you making forward progress? Are you handling life better today than yesterday? God listens...He loves us and He never rejects us or our prayers! Making Progress: Outside vs. Inside Marriage Plans Walk with God Retirement Time with God Vacation Peace with God Money Is God's Peace a part of your life? How real is He in our lives? Who's steering your ship...you?...or God? How we are on the inside will ultimately effect how we are on the outside and vice versa. We get controlled by what we do on the outside and forget to check on our progress on the inside. God wants to reach in and work on our lives (inside and out). Roadblocks: How does what's going on around you effect what's happening inside you? God has the ability to give us what we need to succeed in life! Roadblocks can be out of our control - but pride, fear, anger, depression and forgiveness are within our control. Are you avoiding what's going on on the inside by staying busy on the outside? Only God can fill the void in our lives...not keeping busy. He can give us peace if we give control of our lives over to Him. The stronger our walk is with God on the inside, the better equipped we will be to handle things on the outside. We always have a choice in how we respond to things. APPLICATION: Four ways to get better at Forward Progress: - Preparation: How do you start your day (Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”) - Direction: What does God want to accomplish and what do I want to accomplish? (Jeremiah 6:16: “Thus says the Lord: "Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.") - Power: Be involved but stay out of the way! The Apostle Paul was a good example of this. God gives us the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. - Clear Vision: We need to see (2 Corinthians 4:18 "as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”) What's going to matter in Eternity? Are we keeping our eyes fixed on the bigger picture? We don't always have to solve a problem to move beyond it. The Lord wants us to make forward progress and be a blessing to those around us and them to us!
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