Monday, June 19, 2017

A Matter of LIFE and life

There is a great tension that we are always in the midst of, namely between good and evil. Daily we have choices to make that define the quality of our lives. Let’s look at the LIFE Jesus offers and the life that the devil is selling.  The choice is ours and we will either have an abundant LIFE or fall for an awful life

John 10:10
“I have come that they might have LIFE…”

Things to think about:
·       LIFE or life?
o   Love or lust
o   Integrity or infidelity
o   Faith or fear
o   Eternal or earthly        
·      Love or lust
o   1 John 3:16 – “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
o   1 Peter 2:11 – “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.”
o   How are love and lust in opposition to one another?
o   Why is lust a cheap imitation of the real thing?
·      Integrity or infidelity
o   John 14:15 – “If you love Me, you will keep my commands.”
o   Genesis 3:1 – “ …did God really say…”
o   Infidelity means to be untrue to one’s commitments.
o   Why is consistency in obedience to God’s commands so important?
·      Faith or fear
o   Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for, and assurance about what we do not see.”
o   The phrase “Do not be afraid” appears in the Bible 365 times!
o   Oftentimes, the facts are on the side of fear.  How can we override them with Faith?
·      Eternal or earthly
o   John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
o   Matthew 6:19 – “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”

o   How does the knowledge of this truth affect decisions you make regarding your time, treasure and talents?

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