Romans 10: 11-17 (MSG)
11 Scripture reassures us “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.”
12 It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help.
13 “Everyone who calls ‘Help God!’ gets help.”
14 But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted?
15 And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!
16 But not everybody is ready for this ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: “Does anyone care God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?”
17 The point is: Before you trust you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached there’s nothing to listen to.
Romans 10 : 11-17 (NKJV)
11 For the scripture saith Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach except they be sent? as it is written How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith Lord who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
• Faith comes through hearing.
=> What we have been hearing through our lives will eventually become what we believe of ourselves
• There is incredible power in the words we speak – we can either edify someone or destroy someone
=> We can be their ‘cheering squad’ or their ‘firing squad’
• When you dialogue with someone speak out loud and correct their thinking
Romans 12 : 2-3
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
3 For I say through the grace given unto me to every man that is among you not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think but to think soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
=> So as a person believes in their heart so they become.
• When the thought in your brain gets infused with the words in your heart you get a belief of who you are.
• Question, so what do you believe?
3 ways to get a new picture of reality a brand new perspective of who we are:
1. Unfreeze – ‘forget’ ill thoughts
2. Change – pick up new thoughts
3. Re-freeze – renew mind with new perspectives
1 Corinthians 12 : 12-26
12 For as the body is one and hath many members and all the members of that one body being many are one body: so also [is] Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles whether [we be] bond or free and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member but many.
15 If the foot shall say Because I am not the hand I am not of the body is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say Because I am not the eye I am not of the body is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body [were] an eye where [were] the hearing? If the whole [were] hearing where [were] the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member where [were] the body?
20 But now [are they] many members yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet I have no need of you.
22 Nay much more those members of the body which seem to be more feeble are necessary:
23 And those [members] of the body which we think to be less honourable upon these we bestow more abundant honour and our uncomely [parts] have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely [parts] have no need: but God hath tempered the body together having given more abundant honour to that [part] which lacked:
25 That there should be no schism in the body but [that] the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer all the members suffer with it or one member be honoured all the members rejoice with it.
• Amputating the ‘broken’ part doesn’t remove the ‘pain’ because every part is important in forming us and making us stronger.
2 Corinthians 3 : 12-18
12 Seeing then that we have such hope we use great plainness of speech:
13 And not as Moses [which] put a vail over his face that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament which [vail] is done away in Christ.
15 But even unto this day when Moses is read the vail is upon their heart.
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord the vail shall be taken away.
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is] there [is] liberty.
18 But we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord are changed into the same image from glory to glory [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.
• When next we feel like we’re in a state of paralysis, experiencing excruciating pain due to loss we need to look to The Lord and see what God has done for us!
• Our challenge is to live well; but some people can’t because faith comes through hearing and these people have been hearing what is not supposed to be of their lives.
• Listen to the Word of God and see that God loves us, don’t listen to other people
• Live well and dedicate everyday to God, live according to what God wants us to be today, and not only become what He wants of us today tomorrow.
• Work for God, not for man.
Romans 8 : 31
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God is for us who can be against us?
=> God’s word is a mirror for us to view and live up to!
Romans 8 : 32-37
32 He that spared not his own Son but delivered him up for us all how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth.
34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died yea rather that is risen again who is even at the right hand of God who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword?
36 As it is written For thy sake we are killed all the day long we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
The sermon today really spoke to me after a few depressing weeks of school/work…
“Live well and dedicate everyday to God, live according to what God wants us to be, and not only become what He wants of us today tomorrow.” Work for God, not for man – “if God is for us, who can be against us?”
“You are strength for those in need.
You are defender of the weak.
You are everything we need.
You are our God, You are our God.“