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04/30/17 - "Shaken not Stirred - Part 1"
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There are three simple words that have the power to change our perspective on life dramatically. God ? is ? king. If we truly believe these words, then we also believe everything that occurs is within God?s control and under his rule. When it comes down to it, God?s authority equals our security. Imagine a kingdom ruled by a wise, loving, and powerful king. Now let?s listen in as Liam explains how that kingdom is indeed reality for those who understand God?s authority in their lives?
If you?ve ever been so full of joy that you can?t help singing, dancing, or laughing, then you?ll relate to the story of Hannah ? a story that uniquely fits into the big picture of God?s ultimate plan. Hannah?s famous prayer, recorded in First Samuel, serves as a model for us on how to praise God for His work in our lives. When Scripture refers to ?the heart,? it?s referring to more than the physical organ. Rather, it implies the very core of one?s being. Today, Liam will remind us that it is with that heart that we are to worship God, just as Samuel and Hannah did?
The Old Testament is full of historical stories of real people who lived real lives. We?ll follow one such story through a dramatic turn of events and discover how a barren, distressed woman with an insensitive husband and a misunderstanding high priest was blessed by God with a son. Her story is one that foreshadows the greater deliverance we have in Christ. When we pray with faith, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and God works in powerful ways.
Modern psychology tells us that by repressing our desires, we?ll only make them stronger. But the Bible gives us an entirely different perspective on dealing with temptation. In fact, it calls for a two-step approach to resisting the attacks of Satan?and it turns out that approach has less to do with our own self-control and more to do with God?s protection. The battle against temptation is weighted in our favor because we have the promises of God on our side!
Martin Luther once stated that there are three things that make a Christian: prayer, meditation and temptation. And it is often the later that drives us to the first two. As Christians, we know that we should expect and prepare for temptation. But we often forget that we should also be thankful for it.
We have passwords applied to our online bank accounts, security systems installed in our homes and customized locks set on our smart phone screens. We go to great lengths to protect the things that are most valuable to us. But when it comes to spiritual matters, where does our security lie? How can we protect ourselves against the inevitable attacks of the enemy?
When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he started by attacking his identity and he?s still using that same tactic against us today. If you?ve found yourself doubting and wondering whether you?re truly loved and forgiven, it?s time to arm yourself with the truth of God?s Word and learn how to actively avoid a spiritual identity crisis.
In the Christian life, temptation simply comes with the territory. In fact, even Jesus Himself was tempted by Satan while he walked the earth. As we look to the example of Christ, we?ll find that Satan?s authority simply falls short in the lives of God?s people. Jesus already won the battle so we can have victory over temptation!
Armies rely on spies to gather intelligence about their enemy?s strategy. The side that is able to anticipate their opponent?s next move is the one that will usually win the battle. In our spiritual war against Satan, we have the advantage of already knowing the enemy?s plan. All the strategic intelligence we need is available for us right in God?s Word.
Studying end times theology inevitably raises many questions. What is the Great Tribulation? Who is the Antichrist? When are the last days? And shouldn?t we just ask God to airlift us out when times get tough? A closer look at Revelation chapter 3 reveals that we?re living in those last days now ? in a unique time in history that can be referred to as ?the already, but not yet.?