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The Apostle John describes Christian character and the life of a follower of Jesus. In a world that chases after what society offers, believers are to long for God.
With multiple revolts in the Middle East, epic natural disasters, and political and financial upheavals throughout the west, the world doesn't feel very stable right now. Some even believe these events may point to the end times. The question is, how should Christians respond to these things? Some are converting assets and trying to prepare. Others are worrying themselves sick. But, the Bible gives us a better way. Lk 21:5-28; Mt 6:25-34; 1Tim 6:6-19; Isa 8:6-17
Planning to wreck your life? We'll show you how! This message will show you how to be completely dissatisfied with where you are and what you have. Or, discover how to be content with God's help. This message is part of a series of messages made popular by LIfeChurch.tv and adapted by many other churches.
This week we continue our fall series "Jesus, Forgiveness, and the Seven Deadly Sins," Pastor Jason Simmonds tackles Deadly Sin #6: Greed.
We come again this morning to matter of false teachers, deceptive guides of religion. We noted last time the church is in a battle and the arena in which it is fought is truth and error. Now the Lord has promised that He will build His church and the gates of hell will prevail against it. But the Lord is speaking there of the true church, regenerate, repentant, believers in Christ. His concern in our present passage however, is to warn those that think they are part of that church, but are not, they are tares. And He take waves the flag of warning by calling our attention to the leaders of the church of tares, false teachers.
God’s people are engaged in a war. The Reformers used to refer to this present state of the Church as the Church Militant, which simply meant she was engaged in spiritual battle, she abides in enemy territory, the world is not friendly toward but seeks her destruction. There is a battle for the souls of men, it is a battle fought in the realm of truth and error, and it is this battle to which the Lord directs our attention this morning by warning us of the leaders of the enemy: False teachers. Here our Lord gives us: Two exhortations regarding false teachers, so that you may be kept in truth and not lost to spiritual deception: (1) Be on Guard against False Prophets (2) Be Discerning in all Spiritual Matters
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us … the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to belike. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.” (Tozer). And so Jesus encourages His people to pray by conforming our thoughts to the truth of God's character, and specifically His infinite and glorious goodness.
The topic to which the Lord will again direct our attention this morning is the matter of prayer. This is foundational to our relationship with God; foundational to our spiritual strength, joy, and growth in holiness. Too often the words of the old hymn writer are true of us: “Oh what peace we often forfeit, Oh what needles pain we bear; all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” Neglect of prayer has too often been the cause of our spiritual immaturity, needless pain in trials, and usefulness in the kingdom. It is interesting and significant to note that Jesus spends such a significant amount of time on the matter of prayer. 6:1-8 dealt with the sincerity of prayer; 9-12 the model, or pattern of prayer, and here 7:7-12 the persistence, and motivation of our prayer, which comes primarily from our view of God. But Christians have every encouragement to pray. The God of the universe is waiting, He is listening, and He is good. So, it is to the matter of prayer that the Lord will once again direct our attention this morning.