Every person should welcome the unleashing of the Holy Spirit into every aspect of their life for these reasons:
The Holy Spirit has been unleashed to indwell every believer.
The Holy Spirit has been unleashed to empower every believer.
Every person should live with less for these reasons:
Living with less can remind us where true peace is found (Luke 12:15, Ecc 4:6)
Living with less can create the margin we need to be generous (Luke 12:18-19)
Living with less can allow us to focus on what matters most (Luke 12:21)
You can ask Jesus for anything and it will be given to you if these five parameters are right.
The purpose must be right.
Your relationships must be right.
Your motives must be right.
Your faith must be right.
Your obedience to God’s will must be right.
No person should say “God won’t give you more than you can handle” for 5 reasons:
This phrase implies the bad things you experience are from God.
This phrase takes scripture out of context.
This phrase leads people to believe God has let them down.
This phrase perpetuates the lie that we should be able to handle everything ourselves.
It’s possible God might just give you more than you can handle.
If the love of Christ constrains us - you are not just carrying a briefcase or a backpack or a toolbox or a diaper bag, we are carrying a message of hope that is compelled by love that has radically changed our lives and can dramatically change this world.
If you have recently experienced loss, tragedy, and severed relationships…consider Jesus. If you are being mocked at work, school, or in your own family…consider Jesus. If you feel powerless and unable to get ahead in this world because you’ve been relying solely on your own abilities…consider Jesus. Maybe you feel overwhelmed by a sinful habit that weighs you down from the moment you wake up in the morning…consider Jesus.
Every person can experience the peace of God - even in the toughest of times - by taking these actions:
Worship God in every situation
Pray to God in every situation
Dwell on God’s truth in every situation
Every person should eagerly anticipate the return of Christ because we will reunite with believers who have already died. We will also meet the Lord in the air and be with Him forever, and we will not be caught by surprise unprepared.
Every person can encourage and strengthen others in the faith by taking these same approaches as Paul:
Care deeply about the faith of others
Choose to be a team player
Increase your love for all people
Every person can give evidence of genuine faith by answering yes to three questions:
Is the Word of God at work in your life?
Is Your Behavior consistent with other believers?
Is Opposition finding it’s way into your life?