2018 - SUNDAY 22 JULY GLORIOUS LIBERTY Romans 8:21 “because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Life is a tension between two states of being. 1. THE BONDAGE OF CORRUPTION IN CREATION 2. THE GLORIOUS LIBERTY OF LIFE IN CHRIST Romans 8:1&2 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” 1. I AM NO LONGER CONDEMNED FOR MY CORRUPTION God no longer condemns me for my struggle with corruption in my created world. 2. I AM NOW IN CHRIST - AS MY SOURCE OF LIFE God has given me new life in His son Jesus Christ. When I abide in Him - I find the power to live my eternal abundant life. I am no longer satisfied from the corruption of creation. 3. I PRACTICE DAILY WALKING IN THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST The tension between my corrupt created world - and my new life in Christ - is very real - and will always be with me. I must practice righteousness in Christ on a daily basis. 4. I AM FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH God has promised me that I am free from the law of sin and death - and even when I succumb to the corrupting influences of this fallen created realm - I will not be punished - but am forgiven in Christ - to get on with overcoming the results of Adam’s fall into sin. Get up every day and confess... In Christ I am free Corruption has no hold on me I will live in glorious liberty Whom the Son sets free - is free indeed.
2018 - SATURDAY 21 JULY NO CREATED THING Romans 8:38 “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 1. NOTHING SHALL BE ABLE There is nothing created that can function outside of God’s power and permission. It is God who enables all creation - according to the word of His power. Satan and sin are enabled to function for a season - because of God’s word concerning man’s sin. 2. THINGS WHEVER THEY ARE Things behind you Things ahead of you Things below you Things above you Things in this life Things in the life to come They are all created things - with limited enabling. 3. NO OTHER CREATED THING No created thing can separate you from the love of God. The devil is a created thing. The dust is a created thing. The desires of the wicked are created things. The designs of the world are created things. All with limited enabling - and with no ability to invade or challenge the love of God. God’s love will keep you in and through all created things - and deliver you into His eternal presence forever. 4. CREATED THINGS CAUSE FEAR All fear comes from our fall into sin in this created realm. Remember - perfect love casts out all fear. God’s love transcends our created realm. It is not based on perfection or performance - but on the perfect love of our Heavenly Father. His love for you will never be controlled by the imperfections of our flawed created realm. BE PERSUADED OF GOD’S LOVE HIS LOVE CANNOT FAIL
2018 - FRIDAY 20 JULY FINDING YOUR WAY Psalm 17:4 (Message) “I'm not trying to get my way in the world's way. I'm trying to get your way, In your Word's way. I love this statement in God’s word. It sums up the core of true Christianity. 1. GET MY WAY The essence of sin is selfishness. The source of all sorrow is selfishness. The obsession with wealth is selfishness. The breakdown of all marriages is selfishness. The pathway to poverty is selfishness. Getting your own way always leads to personal ruin. 2. IN THE WORLD’S WAY The world has a way of doing things. It is summed up in the little saying - me first - your second. The world’s way is “every man for himself.” A world full of selfish people - is discordant, divisive and destructive. There has to be a better way. 3. GET YOUR WAY God’s way leads to life abundant and eternal. It is not had to work out which is the better way. Wise people chose to find and fulfil God’s way - of doing life. The desire to please God - is the beginning of finding His way. To do this you must deal with sin and selfishness. 4. IN YOUR WORDS WAY God’s way of life is firstly a “spirit of new life.” Life in Christ is a new way of living. Then there are sign posts to keep you in this new way of living. The word of God - reveals the way of God. You can’t walk in the new way of life without walking in the light of God’s commandments. If you want to go to heaven for eternity - get on the path of righteousness - and practice His way of living - as revealed in His word. God’s way is the only way to eternal life forever.
2018 - THURSDAY 19 JULY WHO WRITES YOUR SCRIPT Psalm 18:24 (Message) “God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.” 1. GOD CAN REWRITE YOUR SCRIPT We are all born into sin and shaped by iniquity. In our formative years our life story is being written by others. However there comes a time when every person must accept responsibility for who they allow to write their script. It is always a choice to come to God and ask him to wipe your slate clean - so He can give you a new beginning. 2. GOD WRITES ON YOUR HEART God wants to write your story line and will do so if you will seek Him. Sadly too many people want God to rearrange their circumstance to give them a fairytale life. However God wants to write His plan on the fleshy tables of your heart- so you can then have faith to see your circumstances change. 3. GOD WAITS FOR YOU TO OPEN UP Firstly you have to open up to God. You can only do this when you become convinced of His love for you. God will never hurt you. God will never shame you. God will never reject you. You have to open up to His healing love. 4. DON’T KEEP A SECRET DIARY Keeping secrets gives place to the devil. He loves to hide with you in your secret caves of self pity, inferiority and rejection. The more you open your life to God, the more He can rewrite your future. 5. BE AN OPEN BOOK Learning to be an open book is one of the hardest things a person can ever do. We are raised in imperfection and deceit. God always writes His plan “in the light.” If your plans are secretive and hidden - then look closely at where they came from. Learn to be open and honest with people - and you will walk in the light of God’s loving kindness. LET GOD WRITE HIS PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE ON YOUR HEART - AND THE REST WILL BE HISTORY.