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INTENTIONAL INTERIM PASTOR RUSS RATHIER
May 2nd, 2021
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God Centered Living
Today's message was about Living the God Centered Life from James 4:1-10 Submitting to God:
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Some of it is about choices the choice to choose God and have eternal life or the other path that will keep you separated from God your creator forever. He also referred to Romans 3:23 that states,"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and Romans 6:23 that states." 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. The problem with man is that he wants to do it all on his own, his way, not God's way. We are all born with a sin nature, contrary to God's nature, that's what separates us from God. God sent His only son Jesus Christ to the cross, to save us from the penalty of sin, which is eternal separation from God. An eternity spent in hell. God's word not only points out the trouble with man, but tells us about mans solution to sin. Through Jesus' death, burial, resurrection and ascension, He becomes the solution to man's sin problem, and thus when we choose God and His ways, as each and every individual in the human race must do, to be receive of the victory over sin, and the penalty thereof. We must believe the Bible, receive Jesus as our personal savior as is written in John 1:12,". 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— "
Notes Prepared By:
Michael Gerard Pastina
Grace Bible Church