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Sermons from First Baptist Church of St. Charles
First Baptist Church of St. Charles
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Total Sermons: 49
Total Amens: 687
If you could request something "God-Sized", what blessing would you ask for? Jesus tells us that this is what you do when you fast and pray. Fasting HAS to be done to honor God. Not for us to brag about. It has to be a secret devotion, where only God in Heaven can see us.
There are few things more perverted in religion then prayer. Look how the Pharisees elevated themselves over the common man. They even thanked God that they were not like others. They wanted men to see how "holy" they were. Do you have that same motivation? Do you pray for the sake of religion or do you pray to seek God. To plea with God. Look into your heart and ask yourself why you pray.
What is the driving force behind your "good deeds"? Is it to show off? Or is it to get that "Atta boy" and praise of men? See what Jesus has to say about people who want the praise of man. "I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full". So ask yourself all the time if your motivation to do good is fueled to please man or to please God?
Christ's teaching is clear: Do not retaliate when you have been wronged. This is completely against human nature. It is second nature to hit somebody who hit you first. And without divine intervention we will never be able to constrain ourselves. Scripture is clear. If you want to become part of the Kingdom of Heaven, your righteousness has to exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees.