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April 10, 2021 12:00 pm
What does it mean to live a life worthy of the Lord? And how do we do this? Pastor Russ Andrews wraps up his introduction to the Colossians series, delving into chapter 1, and seeks to answer these questions.
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Podcast network. This is the Truth Network do you feel like you're on a religious treadmill, you feel like Christianity is just a system of rules and regulations, I can do this but I can't do that. Do you feel like your efforts to reach God. Find God, and please God. If you do you feel like your faith is dead or alive today pastor Russ Andrews will walk us through Scripture to answer these questions join us on finding purpose of local tribal ministry glorifying God by helping men find their purpose for living. For more information and to connect with Russ Andrews and finding purpose could visit us firstname.lastname@example.org connect with us on Facebook. Now let's listen to Russ Andrews as he teaches us how to be a Christian without being religious 58 self-controlled and alert enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring what lion looking for someone to devour. If you're following Jesus. And guess what you won't site right off a come in after you and he's like this and he's like traps out there for you and me. He knows exactly where were vulnerable. He knows exactly man what we attempted to give in to sin and listen. He is sly and he is patient. He's extremely deceptive and he can wait you out and he will wait to you. Let your guard down and then he pounces. It happens all the time to man of God who are in high positions. Just look at Ravi Zacharias if here's the deal. If you truly want to live a Christian of a victorious life, I wore the life of the Lord in this will give you this tonight for steps that you must take. And here's the first one.
First, ready, you must know God's will for your life but it was not again.
For this reason since the day we heard about you. We have not stop praying for you and ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his what will help through all spiritual wisdom and understanding what is God given us. He's given us the Bible, which is the very word of God is his war.
In a letter to believers herein. It is baccarat here. I will put it right here in this book right here lastly complete will for our lives. We have everything we need in this Bible to understand our purpose in this life. While we hear what was supposed be doing these are the million-dollar questions this if you want to know the purpose for your life to pick up this book and ready to listen if you don't read any of the book, the rest of your life and you read this book. Day after day week after week, month after month, year after year you person be a very wise man see the Bible this baccarat here contains the mind of God. To think of a funnel topic you hit when you begin to read the Bible you're pouring God's thoughts, which are true knowledge and wisdom. You just pour this into your mind to the port man where some point you begin to think like God thinks you begin to see things as God sees them.
You look, you begin to look at everything from a heavenly perspective.
An otherworldly perspective, you come to understand not only why you're here but what you do in your life when you come to a fork in the road. Guess what, you know which way to go.
As you 3021 says when you turn to the right to the left you with her voice behind you say this is the way Russ this is the way spec this is the way Hank walk-in. It sound minds need to be renewed.
They need to be transformed into a new way of thinking. Apollo writes about this in Romans chapter 12 verses one into what he says therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy is even merciful to you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.
You had a warship out. The site is is this our spiritual act of worship.
We offer a body to show them on your heart. She hears her figure hands. Everything you offer them to God and he says do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind and guess what happens then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is is good, pleasing and perfect will. And when you walk in the light of God's will you expect peace and joy that the world knows nothing about. I know I've tried it both ways.
This may come into God's will for your life. You begin what with him by faith, praying and spending time in his word and the more you do this, the more your mind is transformed as it absorbs the wisdom of God. Paul writes about the wisdom of God.
When everything about the wisdom of God. Think of first Corinthians chapters 1 and two, but specifically think about first British chapter 2 verses 10 through 16, read all of it was for Steve limit just read verse 12 Paul says in verse 12 we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God that we might understand what God is fully given us was he forgiven us. The word in my cost $75 but you get some I didn't want. We got right back there you have one just grab one is free when a man who's indwelt with the Holy Spirit, sits down on the sum you guys are doing that be and get some ice rising that I have in the morning and spent another 30 minutes to an hour with the Lord because he wants to live his life in a manner worthy of God, but was soon a man like Ben and hope all of you sit down and you got the Holy Spirit in you and you begin to read the Bible.
This is what happens the spirit of God takes the word of God is to transform your mind and over the course of time after spending years in God's word. You actually come to possess the very mind of God and that amazing but it takes endurance, discipline, and time that happened overnight if you haven't known anything that's really valuable that you can get overnight if you can't in a very valuable first rent is 216 says, but who is known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him, but we have the mind of Christ living a life worthy of the Lord begins with the word of God, which leads to a renewed or transform mine but there's more. Not only must we know God's word but we number two, we must obey God's word.
Look at verse 10 we pray this in all that you may live a life worthy of the Lord MA please him in every way bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
This is where the rubber meets the road.
This is where for me it's been very difficult to see. Obedience is the evidence of a changed life. Let me ask you this question will people look at your life to this, you change life really speak be honest to thank you you're different than the man when used in a filter change life as a big red flag. No one ever encountered Jesus in the New Testament and went away unchanged while radically changed Jesus in John 1415 if you love me you will what a babe.
Yeah, keep my commandments about my commandments. So here's the question do we really love Jesus. I'm convicted. I look back at my life in a semi-times when I clearly did not love Jesus I love some other things. First, we take when temptation presents itself to obey or not becomes the test as to where I love truly resides. Who would love more. Jesus ourselves, Nathaniel Emmons, a minister who lived in the late 18th century said obedience to God is the most infallible evidence of sincere and supreme love to him. Matthew Henry, the great commentator of the late 17th century, said the surest evidence of love for Christ is obedience to the laws of Christ. Love is the root obedience is the fruit love is that taproot goes down to the ground of God's work and obedience is the product. Let's be honest if I take a look at my life backwards and you take a look at your life backwards. I thought funded sometimes I get downright dejected. Do you if you like me you disobeyed the Lord so many times you've lost count on. Though I have Soren Kierkegaard at the Danish philosopher and theologian from the early 19th century said is so hard to believe because it is hard to obey. Yes, I don't know about you but I want to live this. This is my desire more, solicit more so in the last year, I'll be 67 and Ching June 19 he wants and birthday gifts under a look 50 but I can't help out. I was born that way.
Seriously, the last year. I have really in my heart resolved and I mean this that I want to live the rest of my life more obedient than the last 65 years. I want to finish strong and I believe I have 2030 more years were growing more than that subtle desk for long time talk a lot more years to live, and I will hit the tape running at full sprint when I hit it just like my friend JR Williams did when he died just a few years ago he hit the tape running. He was still serving God at full speed ahead with finish strong. Number three. We have to rely on who the Holy Spirit. Look at verse 11 been strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might suit you may have great endurance and patience. The only possible way to live an obedient life is by the power available to us through the indwelling Holy Spirit now will take a big risk here.
I'm going to try to read one phrase of this verse in Greek with a Bethel accent is. It is important that you hear this okay so this verse right here. The only possible to live in a be left by the power available to us about doing Holy Spirit begins like this in great on pase do Nevaeh do movement Neu katakana truck tossed taste docs ice out to the one who that again that's prosperous. Let got a pretty good practice all day on pase do Monday dinner Monday due to moving day.
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Here's a little ward for translation of that phrase would listen with all power being empowered according to the might of the glory of him and what English word comes to mind when you hear dinner Monday and due to movement Neu dynamite is verse 11 we see that God's double dynamite power is available to us.
The moment a man puts his trust in Jesus because your drug fellows Holy Spirit. It was by the power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus was raised from the dead. And that's the power man this in us is taking about 60 years to learn that I got this power in me actually live a more holy life.
Second Peter 13 says his divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. I have tried to live the Christian life so often in my past by my own strength and I fail miserably. But here's the good news is good news for all of us. God is not finished with me. And guess what, he's not finished with you and I'm confident of this. According to Flippin's 16, that he who began a good work in million and you will be faithful to completed to the day of Christ Jesus. That means I think God's workshop. He's continuing to chisel why some the stuff in my life.
He doesn't want any form and make more and more into the likeness of his son and one away. So do that sometimes is through pain-and-suffering. You may have heard this, but a silversmith when he's trying to make silver very pure, what is he doing he hates it up to a thousand degrees what happens to the drawl's in there, which is all the imperfections.
What is it rises to the top and then he takes a little mesh net and he scooped it out and he continues heating it up, pulled up withdrawals until he can see his own reflection. That's what God's he keeps working on us through pain-and-suffering and trials and difficulties getting get rid of the drawl snow life until he sees the reflection of himself and us in one day. According to first John 32 it says I can't remember his says that when we see him we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he truly is so removed and got rubber justifications when you say God because your Rogers remover through sanctification and we head towards what glorification so we want to face temptation everyday.
Anybody tempted today a bartender last five minutes. Listen closely what would Jesus let me just say this, the more Satan is coming after you. You want to feel really come after me on Tuesdays.
I really do to does not use a row could type from so what were you doing site comes after us will Paul tells us in first practice 1013 no temptation has seized you except what is common to man is hard for me to believe that some even temper the way I have but that's what it says here any temptation you had of the matter had in God is faithful.
He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
So when you face temptation Yoshi to do look for the web escape and pray for God to give you strength in your hour of need. And guess what he will. He's promised to be with us and here's the key for things as men of God. We must day real quick one. Pray pray pray and keep on what is what. Ephesians 618 says form of God, keep on praying. All throughout the day in the morning. At night air prayers all throughout the day. Lord help me, help me to keep Mazen thoughts on you, Lord, help me, Lord Jesus, and Nietzsche for help me not to do something that's would dishonor you, Lord, protect me. Read God's word daily as number two lien on the Holy Spirit every hour.
The sum of three and have made in your life to hold you accountable to pick you up when you fall, you know, I look back in my own journey. Remember the many times where I disobeyed my Lord and Savior. It makes you want to hang my head in shame that you are doing to see Satan remind you of the past. What you do when Satan remind you of your past.
Remind him of his what future George the I look to the cross of the cross is all in my office. Sometimes I just walk by put my hand across see Jesus hanging there on my behalf and I fall to my knees and I joyfully thank him for all that he's done for me. He rescued me. That brings us to the fourth and last step we must take to run this race to win it. We must be thankful for all the guts done for us what he done for us to look at verses 12 through 13 and 21 through 23. I'm getting near the end and joyfully giving thanks to the father who is qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the son he loves and who we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins unfold from having to skip that part about the supremacy of Christ can't cover all verse 21 what you were alienated from God and were enemies in your mind because of your evil behavior, but now he has reconciled you by Christ physical body through death, to present you holy in a side without blemish and free from accusation.
If you continue in your faith established in firm not move from the hug held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard it is been proclaim to every creature under heaven, and of which Russ Paul had become a servant. So if you know that you are in Christ. The notion understanding God is done five incredible things for you. First is qualified you, for heaven second he's rescued you from hell. Third, he's redeemed you by son 40s reconciled you to himself, and for he's forgiven you, of all of your sense, past, present and future to be qualify for heaven simply means that God has declared your Rogers in his eternal courtroom.
Just listen. This when you die your door by the judgment. No legal, no legal charges can ever be brought against you because he's rice them all wrong was at once is, therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. But just in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death and Eleanor Smith, the law can never be held against us, we enter God's presence by what grace, not by law, by faith and not by works at you. Glad Noel has got qualified as who believe but he rescued us from hell they don't hear much about him anymore. Do You Best Way, Satan wants it.
But Jesus spoke 70 times in the New Testament more than anyone else about Hill while you think you did this to scare us. Maybe maybe want to warn his buddy Mike to scare if that's what it takes to get us to come to him right here. Matthew 1020 Jesus's, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill her. So but rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. After noticing that Mrs. can destroy both soul and body in hell. When a nonbeliever goes to hell he will be in a physical body. Just like believe in a physical body. Those bodies are made to last for eternity never can never commit suicide. You could never you never consumed and burn up.
You will exist forever and forever and forever. It never ends. The late Aussie's pro se.
Perhaps the most frightening aspect of hell is it C turn out to eat.
People can into the greatest agony if they know will ultimately stop, inhale. There is no such hope. The Bible clearly teaches that the punishment is eternal if we got friends who are lost and we know what that's what they're facing and we just go but I didn't love like a big deal when Jesus save me as a young boy in Bethel around HTML number was. I felt it was. I didn't really understand the concept of hell. I just knew that I did want to perish, and I like this thing called eternal life.
But now I really understand and I thank the Lord every day that he rescued me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom of light. When Jesus went to the cross.
He paid the price for my sins and for your sins. And that is what this word redemption things he purchased our salvation with his blood, not on this but redeem us, but it also brought reconciliation with God. And this is what so many religious people men do not understand. They think were CHILDREN present is what the ministers have been telling us for years. This CHILDREN set up and recite the apostles Creed really well. Got children listen, here's the truth we are not born God's children, we are actually born God's enemies.
Look at verse 21 what you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. This explains why man must be born again.
And here's the good news when a man is truly born again has become God's friend in John 15 verses 14 to 15.
Jesus says you are my friends if you do what I command on the little call you servants, because a servant does not know his father's business procedure, revealing got father's business business to us. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my father.
I've made no you hell right here this while love to sing to him what a friend we have in Jesus. What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and griefs to bear.
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer. Do you have some burns on your heart tonight.
I did to me with a big bergamot hard-line and you have been doing about it today. I've been taking it to Jesus to take it to my heavenly seniors had to deal with this burden.
If you sit here tonight in Christ and you should be so thankful that God has forgiven you.
And this is truly what he delights to do for anyone who come to him in faith.
Micah 718 19 to my favorite verse in the Bible says and I said to God, who is a God like you, Lord, who pardon sin and forgive the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance got. Could you forgive me… You do not stay angry forever, but the like to show mercy. You can have compassion on us. Your trade-off sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. That's what is done for me. I don't deserve to be up here but God in his mercy do not see anger with me for ever and he's taken all of my filth. All of my sinful thoughts is cast into the depths of the sea and he's learning is teaching me now how to think my Bella's move from us.
Thank goodness, to my mind Guster work in my mind if trouble with sinful thoughts in your mind okay if you if you shake you had your line, but God can help you with that John Newton anger can minister during the 1700s is best known for writing hymns. The most famous of which were signed and not amazing Grace after a long life of serving the Lord in public ministry for music and advocating for the release of slaves after being a slave trader himself.
Newton passed away in 1807 and near the end of his life. This self-proclaimed wretch saved by God's amazing grace said this and this is what I really want my tombstone, my memory is nearly gone. But I remember two things that I'm a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior until the end of his life living. Moreover, to the grace of God the grace that eventually led him home and Russ Andrews to not just feel with all when I think about God's amazing grace towards the center like me.
The spray heavenly father, thank you for your word. Jesus, thank you for your grace and mercy. I pray for every man here tonight is Karen D burden under the some deep burns in here that they will come to the throne of grace, that they might receive receive mercy in their hour of need. We love you, Jesus, Lord, give us the strength to live holy and pleasing lives were the morning the being a Christian is not about being religious but about having a dynamic and alive relationship with Jesus Christ you been listening to finding purpose with pastor Russ Andrews, a local triangle ministry glorifying God by helping men and their purpose for living. You can discover more about finding your purpose in life by checking out the resources finding purpose.net will connect to finding purpose on Facebook pastor Russ would also like to extend a special invitation for you to join him in over 300 other local tribal men to study God's word together every Tuesday night at 7 PM in downtown Raleigh.
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