Take Action, Sep 30, 2007

4 ways to take action as a christian

1. On what God tells you to do
  4 miracles that involve both God and man:
    1)Paralytic is healed (Mark 2:1-12)
       – invite Jesus into my home
       – have friends that share faith
       – be open with God – He sees everything about me anyway
       – God wants to speak to me, even in my everyday life
       – the man that was healed had to take action
    2) Turning water to wine (John 2:1-11)
       – man cooperated in the miracle
       – if I want a miracle, I have to take action on what Jesus says
    3) Man with an infirmity for 38 years is healed (John 5:1-9)
    4) Withered hand is healed (Luke 6:8-11)
       – it’s terrible when “religious people” get enraged at Jesus working
       – got to give God something to work with
       – God inhabits in our praise

2. Flee and don’t look back (Gen. 19:1-17)
  – Lot hesitated and the angels grabbed them and lead them out. Angels will help me flee
  – Isa. 43:18 it’s time to put the past behind me
  – God will make a new way
  – I don’t need to end up in the right place going in the wrong direction
  – 1 Cor 15:33 change my associations “Bad company corrupts good character”
  – we as people would rather be miserable than take action to change

3. Stop believing the lies of the world
  – lies like “You can do it all, you can have it all”
  – stop believing that I can have it all and be happy and enjoy what God’s given me now.
  – that affair is going to bring hell in my life, not heaven
  – 4 lies that people believe:
      1) Performance trap (I have to meed these standards) The Truth: Justification
      2) Approval addiction (fear of rejection, pleasing others at any cost, hypersensitive to criticism, won’t volunteer because I’m afraid of making mistakes, letting others control my actions and thoughts) The Truth: Reconciliation
      3) Blame game (confessing the same sin over and over again even thought I’ve already been fogiven) The Truth: Propitiation
      4) Shame (can’t accept what I’ve been given by God because I don’t deserve it) The Truth: Regeneration

4. Stop comparing myself to others
  – Stop it! Just stop it!
  – we decieve ourselves by comparing ourselves to others. God created me to be unique.