During this short series on anointing we've talked about how disobedience, stemming from fear, can make the difference between a life that looks empowered and a life that looks ordinary. In this final message we look at the power of desire and the fears and failure that can come when one's desire is misaligned with God's will.
As we pray for God to empower you in the new year we begin a short series on the subject of anointing. Learning from the lives of King David and King Saul, we will explore what enabled one man to walk in his anointing (God's power) while the other failed to do so. Ultimately, it all hinges on obedience to God. But as we'll see today, obedience often hinges on the conflict between fear and trust.
We all know that words have power. Words build up and tear down. The Bible goes as far as to say, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." As we look to the new year and situations in our lives that, in the natural, seem hopeless, we look at how to speak life over every situation, knowing we are loved by a supernatural God.
Have you ever heard someone make a nasty comment or off-color joke and then dismiss it by saying, "I'm only joking"? Jesus said, "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." In other words, our words betray us, showing what we truly hold in our hearts. Fortunately, for all of us who want to change the way we speak, there's hope: we can change what's in our hearts by changing what we treasure. Here's how...
The great preacher, Charles Spurgeon, once said, "The world is always at peace with a lukewarm church, and such a church is always pleased with itself." In the final message of our SEVEN series we look at the church of Laodicea - a church that was pleased with itself, but wholly unpleasing to Jesus.
Somewhere along the way most of us came to believe the lie that wealth equals riches and power equals strength. But not all that glitters is gold. As it turns out, true riches and true strength don't belong the most talented, the most attractive, or the most affluent, but to those with blameless hearts. Here's to abandoning useless paradigms and letting the truth thrown us right-side-up again.