Confront your Heart: Stand on God's Word

I John 3:19-24

Right before Jesus Christ departed from the Earth, He promised peace of heart for us. Yet, I suspect some Christ-followers might say their heart is more troubled and full of fear than peace. Why is that? Today’s text addresses that issue.

v. 19-21 - The fact of assurance
Ref: Revelation 12:10-11
Psalms 103:10-12

v. 22 - The fruit of assurance = a robust prayer life.
We have not because we ask not!
Ref: Psalms 66:18
I Peter 3:7
Psalms 103:10-12

v. 23-24 - The fount of assurance - How do we maintain a confident heart?
Ref: John 15:1-5 - Abide in Him!

Put our eyes on God’s grace, not the condemnation of our heart.
We cannot let our emotions drive us. Put your faith in the facts of scripture and let your feelings follow the facts.

Love is as Love Does

I John 3:11-18

In the book of I John, the author repeatedly returns to three truths. Each truth, if evident in a person’s life, is an indicator or proof that helps a person know they are truly in the faith. Today’s message is about the “social/affection test” and a person’s love for the brethren.

v. 11-13 - An expounding upon the subject of love.
Ref: Matthew 22:33-40 - Love Commandments
Hebrews 9:22

v. 14-15 - The evidence of life - Loving the brethren

v. 16 - The ultimate example of love. Christ demonstrated love by his self-sacrifice/ laying down His life for us.

v. 17-18 - One practical expression of love. - Action love - Help someone in need.
Ref: Galatians 6:10 - Love in action!

Our God of Second Chances

Acts 7:20-36

As we come to the close of 2018, surely we all have some regrets from this year. The anticipation of a new year is a good time to follow the Apostle Paul’s advice and “…forget what lies behind and reach forward to what lies ahead.” Today, we consider the life of Moses and see that our God is graciously a God of second chances!

v. 20-22 - Moses was widely respected.

v. 23-29 - Moses was eventually rejected
Things rarely work out well when we do things our way rather than God’s way.
We must remember that we cannot do God’s work in our own strength.
Ref Zechariah 4:6 and John 15:5

v. 30-36 - Moses was gracious restored (when he learned the lesson)
Ref Hebrews 11:23-29

Our God is a God of second chances!

Read Luke 15:11-24 for a reminder of the example of the prodigal son and his second chance!

Why?

I Timothy 1:12-15

Most of us are familiar with the Who of Christmas, the When of Christmas and the How of Christmas, but today, I want to talk about the WHY of Christmas!

v. 13a - The Apostle Paul had a past
Our God is a merciful God!

v. 13b-15 - The Apostle Paul received a pardon
Ref: Ephesians 2:-9 - Grace
Salvation is a gift from God

v. 12 - The Apostle Paul was given a purpose
Ref: I Corinthians 15:9-10

None of us are beyond God’s grace and we all need God’s grace!

The Why - Jesus Christ came to save sinners!

Our Provider

Genesis 22:1-14

The Bible says, “…for we say faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.” If we study Abraham’s faith journey, we will see his faith was “tested” many times. However, his greatest test might be the one we examine today.

Jehovah Jirah - Hebrew meaning “to see”
Provision = ‘Pro’ ‘vision’ - to see beforehand

v. 1-2 God’s Requirement

v. 3-10 Abraham’s Response
Reference: Leviticus 18:21 and Hebrews 11:17-19

v. 11-14 The Story’s Result

God knew Abraham’s need before Abraham did and God provided.

Faith is what releases God’s provision!

10-10-9

I John 3:4-10

A world class gymnast will strive to receive a perfect score of three “10’s” in every event. Very few achieve that perfection. Likewise, a Christian will not achieve sinless perfection this side of heaven, but our passage today can show us how to live a more Christ-like life.

v. 4-5 - Rest in His provision - Our nature is to rebel against authority.

Ref James 2:10 Jesus came to take away sins because He is sinless.

v. 6-8 - Revise our old practice - Making the right choice should be the norm.

v. 9-10 - Rely on His power - Christ implants a new seed/ a new nature within us. As Christians, we have a chance to live a victorious life.

Ref I Corinthians 15:45 - We have 2 natures - the one we feed the most will win!

Be Ready

I John 2:28- 3:3

The apostle John repeats a sign that will help a person KNOW they are truly in the faith. This would be the “moral test” or “obedience test.” In today’s passage, he links it to the second coming of Christ, which should be a sure motivator to live an obedient life.

v. 28 - Our passage Ref I Thessalonians 4:13-18

v. 29 - Our practice. Practice of righteousness is a demonstration of our faith.

Doing what is right is the norm.

v. 1 - Our pedigree

Envision what it will be like when we stand in front of God o give an account of our life.

v. 2 - Our potential Ref Romans 8:28-29

God is conforming us to the image of his Son, Jesus Christ.

v. 3 - Our purity Our hope is to be like Christ. Christ is the object of our Hope.

What we believe affects the way we live!

I Corinthians 3:10-15 - Grade of God - our foundation is laid on Jesus Christ!

Are you more like Christ today than you were yesterday?

Truth or Consequences

I John 2:18-27

Truth is absolute and not relative. We must be aware that there are “false teachers” today who would try and deceive us with lies and half truths. We must know the truth so we can discern and avoid these false teachers.

False Teachers Will camouflage themselves and…

v. 18-19 - Depart from the fellowship

v. 22-23 - Deny the faith

v. 26 - Try to deceive the faithful

Reference I John 4:1

Our actions are based on what we believe. We must be discerning.

Every believer must study the scripture for themselves.