“Stay Blessed” sermon notes for January 3, 2015 by Pastor Dan


A Blessed Perspective

 

Matt. 6:33 (Message)

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

 

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

 

Your perspective is who you are.

 

Psalm 90:12 NLT

Teach us to realize the brevity of life,  so that we may grow in wisdom.

 

 

 

Acts 16:22  In Philippi

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

 

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

 

 

  1. SET PROPER PRIORITIES

 

James 4:8 (NLT)

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

 

Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 

Seek Him First

 

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

 

 

  1. SEEK PERSONAL PURITY

 

Matt. 5:6,

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

 

Philippians 3:9The Voice (VOICE)

When it counts, I want to be found belonging to Him, not clinging to my own righteousness based on law, but actively relying on the faithfulness of the Anointed One. This is true righteousness, supplied by God, acquired by faith.

 

 

 

Confession of an unknown soldier

 

 

I asked God for strength that I might achieve.

 

I was made weak that I might learn to humbly to obey.

 

 

 

I asked God for health that I might do greater things.

 

I was given infirmity that I might learn compassion.

 

 

 

I asked for riches that I might be happy.

 

I was given poverty that I might be wise.

 

 

 

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.

 

I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

 

 

 

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.

 

I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

 

 

 

I got nothing that I asked for – But everything I had hoped for….

 

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered

 

I am among all men most richly blessed.

 

 

Luke 4:14-15

 

God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,

 

He sent me to announce pardon to prisoners…

 

recovery of sight to the blind,

 

To set the burdened and battered free, to announce,

“This is God’s year to act!”

 

Make the rest of your life the best of your life?

 

 

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