Life is – to be at Peace with Yourself, Part 5, Nov 15, 2015

– Rev. 1:8
– firstness of Jesus (Gen. 1:1)
– order affects outcome
1. If Jesus is first, it means that He is More (Phil 4:13)
– where sin abounds, grace abounds more
– He is More
2. He is before. To be first is to be before (Matt. 4:19, Rom. 8:28, Mark 14:27, 16:6-7)
– Jesus goes into your furture to restore your brokenness
– “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie Ten Boom

Life is – to Trust God, Part 4, Nov 8, 2015

– Life is to be at peace with God (Luke 10:38-42)
– the many things syndrome
– If Martha could learn to give the one thing its proper place and priority, the many things would take care of themselves.
– busyness can lead to barrenness
– doing what is expected of us culturally is not necessarily what God wants us to be doing.
– what we are distracted by says a lot about our value system
– if we don’t have the “one thing” in place, the “many things” will consume us
– when we have God’s peace, we see more clearly, we discern what is important, urgent, necessary, & unnecessary, we see what is a distraction
– the key is to focus on Jesus – the source of peace (John 14:27)
– Isa 54:10, Ps. 85:10, Rom. 15:13, 33, 1 Thess. 5:23, Heb. 13:20, Rom. 16:19, Phil. 4:6

Life is – to Trust God, Part 3, Nov 1, 2015

– Prov. 3:5, Isa. 26:3, 2 Sam. 22:31, Ps. 56:3,11, 62:8
– the words translated “trust” in the Bible literally mean “a bold, confident, sure security or action based on that security.”
– Ps. 37:5, Matt. 11:28-30
– trust keeps a check on fear
– trust keeps a check on worry
– trust keeps murmuring in check
– trust keeps bitterness in check
– trust implies submission
– trust implies obedience
– trust implies patience
– Heb. 10:36, Ps. 37:7