A Life Pleasing to the Lord, Part 3, Jan 25, 2015

Hebrews 11:1-7
Matthew 8:5-13
Matthew 15:21-28

How much faith do I need?

Matthew 17:20

Faith is “judg[ing] Him faithful Who [has] promised.” (Hebrews 11:11)

Faith is “endur[ing], as seeing Him Who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:27)
 
Faith is what Jesus will be looking for when He returns!

Luke 18:8

We need each other’s faith!

Romans 11:11-12

We are to go from Faith to Faith and Live by it.

Romans 1:16-17

I am justified by Faith!

Romans 3:28

I am to follow in Abraham’s Footsteps

Romans 4:16-24

By faith I have peace with God and I stand in Grace!

Romans 5:1-2

Let Your Faith Walk on!

2 Corinthians 5:6-7

Cherish the gift of Faith!

Eph.2:8

Keep Your Shield up!

Ephesians 6:16

Keep your breastplate on!

I Thessalonians 5:8

Guard Your Faith!

I Timothy 4:1-3

I Tim.6:10-11

Let Your Faith Speak!

2 Cor.4:13

Let Faith Overcome!

I John 5:4

Romans 10:17, James 2:26

Francis de Sales wrote: “You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so you learn to love God and man by loving. Begin as a mere apprentice and the very power of love will lead you on to become a master of the art.”

A Life Pleasing to the Lord, Part 2, Jan 18, 2015

2 Cor.5:9-10
In Part I we learned that we please God when:
1. We walk in obedience
2. We walk in unity
3. We walk in Servant hood
4. We walk in Love and serve out of friendship
5. We walk in Generosity
6. We have a Guarded mouth and a guarded heart

I Thess. 4:1-8, Eph. 5:1-21
Paul uses a comprehensive list of sexual sins:
– Fornication (porneia), a broad word describing sexual sin
– Uncleanness, another broad word for “dirty” moral behavior, especially in a sexual sense
– Filthiness, which has much the same as uncleanness
– Coarse jesting, which has the idea of inappropriate, “dirty” sexual humor

Romans 8:5-8, Galatians 5:14-26

A Life Pleasing to the Lord, Part 1, Jan 4, 2015

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

A Life Pleasing to the Lord, Part 1

We will please the heart of God when:

1. We walk in obedience

John 14:15 “If you love me, obey* my commandments.”

2. We walk in unity

Psalm 133:1-3
Eph.4:1-6

3. We Walk in Servant hood.

Let me ask you a question if you knew your time was up and only had a few hours to live what would you do?

John 13:1-16
Matt.10:35-45

4. We Walk in Love and Serve out of Friendship

 John15:12-17

5. We walk in Generosity

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. MT.10:8

Acts 20:34″You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. 35″In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

6.      We have a guarded mouth and a guarded heart

Psalm 19:12 Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.  13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.  14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 141:1 O LORD, I call to you; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to you.  2 May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.  3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.  4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.  5 Let a righteous man strike me–it is a kindness; let him rebuke me–it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it. Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers;

Prov.4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
James 1:19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless

Luke 6:43“A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 44A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. 45A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.