Pastor Tim Pianta 65 Main Street, Tolga, Phone 0418882605 Email tolgacommunitychurch@gmail.com ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Monday, June 4, 2012

Living the Christian Life - What are you committed to?

Bible References:  Phil 4:4; Prov. 2:3-5; Rev.1:3; Prov. 4:23, Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 4:4; Ezekiel 48:35; John 10:11; Genesis 22:8; 2 Cor. 1:8-10; Ex. 15:26; James 5:11-17; Phil. 3:9; Phil. 2:12-13; Lev. 20:8; Judges 6:24; Ex. 17:15

Every Church will be known by what they are committed to.  Every believer will be known by what they are committed to.  If you don't practice the Christian life as a Christian, you will sit, soak and sour.  That is, if you don't read the Word of God, pray, fellowship (spend time with God's people), worship and then put into action what you have learnt, you will simply sit, soak up negative influences and then go sour (bitterness).

Worship is celebrating God's presence in your life.  Praising God is where we start.  Don't go around trying to show how good you are, how much you have it together, or think you do.  Our victory is only in Christ Jesus, not in ourselves.  The One who lives in you is greater than the one who lives in the world.

Sometimes life goes well and sometimes life does not go so well.  We can be pulled apart in difficult circumstances and situations, if we do not keep our focus on God and His promises to us from His Word.

References to some of the Names of God:

Matthew 28:20 God is present with me.  Jehovah - Shammah
John 10:11 God is my Shepherd.  Jehovah-Rohi
2 Corinthians 1:8-10 God is my provider.  Jehovah - Jireh
James 5:11-17 God is my healer.  Jehovah-Rapha
Phil. 3:9  God is my righteousness. Jehovah-Tsidkenu  We don't get our righteousness from anywhere but Jesus Christ and certainly not from ourselves. 
Phil. 2:12-12 God is my santification Jehovah-M'Kiddish (holy, set a-part)
Judges 6:24 God is my peace.  Jehovah-Shalom it is God who gives us peace regardless of our circumstances
Ex. 17:15 God is my Banner.  Jehovah-NissiGod's banner is Love.

Think on the implications of these names and you will have plently to praise God for!

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