Generosity. Giving. For some people those words provoke some strong emotions when we talk about them in church. But what if generosity isn’t what we think it is. What if generosity is actually the key to unlocking God’s potential in us because it’s at the core of his heart? What if giving isn’t really about money, but is about changing the world?
Stress is bad, especially financial stress. We all have it...but what if you could remove it from your life, permanently? It is a possibility no matter how much money you make if you’ll begin to put these principles into practice.
We all want purpose in life, but what if there’s something even bigger than our purpose to live for? What if purpose is only the BEGINNING of living fulfilled? As we finish up our series, “New” we’ll give you the key to not only living a life filled with purpose, but a life of fulfillment. This is the life God has always wanted you to live. Don’t spend another day with anything less.
Remember in college when all you had to worry about was what you were going to do with the rest of your life? Then, at some point, you began to wonder if what you chose was “right”? So maybe you changed, then changed again, and maybe even again… We’re all on a search for purpose in life; an answer to “why am I on the earth”. Although few find it, the answer that question is available to everyone. We just have to know where to look.
The first promise God makes on your spiritual journey is that He’ll save you. The second is that He’ll free you. That seems odd, doesn’t it? Once God saves you, shouldn’t you be free? Why do you need freed after you’re saved? The sad reality is many Christians, up to 87% according to some studies, are never able to move past this second promise, but without the second, you can’t get to the third or fourth, and it’s there that real, abundant, joy-filled life is found.
What do we have to do for God to accept us? How perfect do we have to be? What's the secret to God loving us? We can't have the life God wants for us unless we have a relationship with Him, but what starts that relationship? It seems so complicated, but it's really incredibly simple. It all comes down to one little word.
From the beginning of time God has wanted to take you on a spiritual journey to a life of fulfillment. In fact, anything less than living a fulfilled life is less than God's best for you. It's a journey that will make you brand new, exactly as God created you. But there's one catch. You can't do it. You can't give enough, sacrifice enough, work enough to go on the journey. That's why a sacrifice was made FOR you. And with it, all God has for you can be yours.
We know gossip is bad, but do we really know what it is? Even then, it's such an easy thing to do, whether on purpose or on accident, how can we possibly stop doing it? What if there is something deeper than just fixing our words that's the key to stopping gossip? What if our words aren't actually a mouth problem at all?
Some of us lie to make ourselves look better. Some lie to protect other people. Some lie to keep the peace. Whatever it is, the reality is we all lie for one reason or another. The problem is every lie we tell comes from the father of lies, our spiritual enemy, the devil. As long as we're speaking his langugage we're in dangerous water, but it doesn't have to be that way. This week we learn how to combat lying and follow God's plan with our words.