Gossip wouldn’t exist if we didn’t consume it. Continuing the 21-day cleanse of our tongue and the words we use, Pastor Adam asks us to commit to becoming a gossip-free church. His message explains how gossip and slander affirm lack rather than abundance. How it is in direct conflict with God’s Law. And how it poisons and destroys us from the inside out. Grace and encouragement are the wholesome approach.
Jesus wants to prove himself to you within the context of faith. After He was raised from the dead, Jesus appeared to His disciples on the beach. They had fished all night without a catch. Jesus told them to cast the net on the other side of the boat, and their faith gave them a huge haul. Then Jesus said, “come and have breakfast.” Sometimes it is our faith that helps us defy the odds and know that Jesus is with us.
Sprint Spiritually and Walk Slow. Youth Pastor Harry Wilson applies Jesus’ commandment to “…love one another” to our busy lives today. Even though we have so much going on, loneliness is prevalent. Jesus teaches us to “lose” our life for His sake to find it. To love one another well, we must pursue God above all else and find a powerful source of life.
In this scripture just before Jesus says, “My peace I give you,” He implores us to obey His teaching. Obedience is the road God’s love and presence travel upon. Pastor Adam gives us a spiritual equation that exponentially multiplies peace in our lives: Holy Spirit Guidance + Obedience = Peace. Have you ever experienced the rush of comfort, peace and blessing that comes with obedience?
If you could ask God for anything, what would it be? When Jesus said “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it,” did He really mean it? We often limit prayer to acquiring a thing, when it is really about acquiring kingdoms. Prayer is a spiritual weapon. The Kingdom Prayer is more about understanding what God wants to do rather than asking Him to bless our own agenda.
Jesus was here for a purpose – to be a visible presence of God. Everything He said and did was directly from the Father’s heart. In this scripture, Jesus said that “anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” When people see you, do they see God? What is your purpose? Is it personal? Or is it God’s purpose? Pastor Adam offers perspective on bringing our life into alignment with God.
When Jesus proclaimed “I am the way…to the Father…” He was stating that there is only one ultimate destination – knowing God as Father. For Jesus, relationship is the destination for our life. Pastor Adam asks, “where are you going? And will you be happy when you get there?” If your life pursuit is about getting that shiny thing – career, house, whatever, consider if you are on the right path according to Jesus.
Prayer is eternal and the Our Father prayer that Jesus taught us to pray is a spiritual transaction and private conversation with God, our Father. Prayer cements your temporal life into reality to make earth more like heaven. Jesus says that when we pray we get rewarded, but that doesn’t mean we should pray to get a reward. We should pray to build relationship with our Father.
When Jesus begins with “Our Father…” in teaching us how to pray, it was intended to change our perspective of God. Jesus used the word “Father” six times in this scripture to help us dismantle the far away, angry God framework. God as Father is one of the most radical religious concepts known to mankind. When you understand and digest God as your Father, it changes everything. We can then pray to an approachable loving Father and walk in the assurance of faith.
Jesus said some things that might be considered provocative or out of context. When He talked about orphans, He was not speaking to orphans but rather to adults. The mission of Jesus was to restore God’s children back to Him as our Father. Discover what it means to be a son or daughter of the King and experience His love in your life.