Wholehearted part 148


As I have shared in previous posts my word from God for 2017 is wholehearted. He wants me to live wholeheartedly for Him each moment of every day.

I have titled this post “Wholehearted part 148” because it seems He has been reminding me, no scratch that, challenging me to this thought each day of this year.

A day hasn’t gone by without me reading a devotion, a Bible verse or an article without this word or this challenge to live 100% for Him.

God has reminded me to love Him with all my heart, to serve Him with all my heart, to walk in His ways with all of my heart. 

I have always tried to do this to the best of my abilities… to give everything.

But this year I am finding that God is calling me to live further into the surrender zone. The place where Jesus was when He said, “Not My will, but Your will be done”.

It is not easy. It is challenging. It is stretching. But the place that we live wholeheartedly for God’s Kingdom is where God is. It is where we find ourselves and we find God more fully.

As I write two verses from Matthew come to mind…

Mat 16:24-25 – Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it.

I want to take up my cross to a deeper level. I want to turn from my selfish ways. I want to lose my life for the sake of Christ.

I want to live in the place of wreckless abandon that says I love You Lord and I am in wholeheartedly. I want to live in the place that says I will trust You no matter what.

Will you join me?

God Bless,

Dave

Sermon: Temptations and God’s goodness

Hi all, here is my sermon from last weekend. I just realised I forgot to share it. It was titled, “Temptations and God’s goodness”. It had four main points…

  1. God blesses those who endure temptation
  2. God is not the source of temptation
  3. We can overcome temptation with God’s help
  4. You are God’s prized possession

You can find the full text here, and the audio here.

God Bless,
Dave

Overcome evil by doing good

Overnight we have heard of another terrorist attack that killed many people and injured many more. My heart and prayers goes out to the families of those who died and were injured.

As I have been thinking about this attack, my mind has gone back to a verse in Romans 12. The last verse says, “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good”.

Paul finishes this chapter that talks about being living sacrifices with a plea to not let evil overcome us, but to press on and overcome evil with good deeds. It is a big statement that is hard to live up to.

I remember years ago I was heavily involved in community outreach with our church in Perth. We would go door to door giving away Jesus videos. We were on fire and we wanted to take on the world. Many people were coming to faith in Jesus.

Then along came September 11. It is when I let evil overcome me. I was horrified at the evil people could do to each other. It really knocked me and I found it hard to go out every Saturday. 

I knew there was evil in the world, but somehow it brought it home to me. It took me a few months to get back on tract. Romans 12:21 was one of the things that helped me get back on tract. God commands us to conquer evil by doing good.

Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. I think Princess Di used that in one of her famous speeches too.

It can be a sacrifice to have an overcoming attitude. But if we keep moving forward and serving God by serving others, the Bible promises we will reap a harvest at the right time. It tells us this is Galatians 6:9.

Now when I hear of terrible attacks like these, I pray for the ones that are injured and the families of those who have lost soomeone, and I recommit myself to serving God and doing good in the world around me. It is my way of overcoming evil.

Like the image above, we need to be the light that brings hope and love to the world around us. We need to be Jesus’ hands, feet and heart.

God Bless,

Dave

The apple of His eye

Moses was not only a great leader and prophet who made great speeches to the people, but he was also a song leader. 

After preaching three sermons in the preceding chapters of Deuteronomy, Moses changed the form of his message to singing. Sometimes reciting something in a different form makes it easier to remember. 

This song gives a brief history of Israel. It reminds the people of their mistakes, warns them to avoid repetition of those mistakes, and offers the hope that comes only in trusting God. 

As a result, the Israelites had no excuse for abandoning God. He had shielded them like a kindly shepherd. He had guarded them like a person protects the pupil of his eye. 

For the people, God had been the encircling protector, like a mother eagle who protects her young. The Lord alone had led them. 

Today, the Lord God alone leads us. Let us remember to trust in him. Let us remember He is our protector and He guards us like the apple of His eye.

God Bless,

Dave

My sermons from the last year

I was just looking over my sermons I have preached in the last year. I thought I would include a list below.

In the list below there are three series of messages.

  1. How to be a living sacrifice.
  2. Great words of the Gospel.
  3. A series on 1 John.

This past Sunday I started a series on the Book of James. This is the most recent one at the top of the list. Please enjoy them!

 

 

Friends sharpen each other


One of my favourite Bible verses is from Proverbs 27:17. In the NLT it says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”

This is talking about the way we build each other up and encourage each other as friends as we go through life. 

As we read the Bible and discuss it, as we pray together, as we meet together in church, we encourage one another to trust God, stay the course of faith, and be the best version of ourselves.

I have had a number of friends over the years who have encouraged me and sharpened me up. None more so than my wife Larissa. 

Each day we talk about the things of God, life, family, ministry and our hopes for the future. God is always front and centre. He is entwined in all of our plans and our discussions. 

It is in these times that both Larissa and I are encouraged and we sharpen each other. We inspire each other to live more wholeheartedly for God and lay our lives before His throne.

I am so thankful to God for the people He has placed in my life to encourage me and sharpen me up. I am especially thankful for my wife Larissa and the many God centred conversations we have had over the years.

I am also thankful for the conversations that we are yet to have.

Who have you got in your life that sharpens you? Who is in your life that you can sharpen? I think that is worth reflecting on today.

God Bless,

Dave
 

Sermon: Then and Now – Don’t forget the Holy Spirit

Hello all, here is my sermon from yesterday. It is titled, “Then and Now: Don’t forget the Holy Spirit”.

In it I look at three passages from Acts 2 and see the difference the Holy Spirit made after coming. This is the “then”.

Then I look at five things we need to remember about the Holy Spirit and how He helps us today. This is the “now”.

The image I used for the PowerPoint is to show a person being empowered by the Holy Spirit to undertake God’s work for His Kingdom.

You can find the text here and the audio here.

God Bless,

Dave