CHANGING THE WORLD

SO YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD?In John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that he gave…….only begotten son. Reading through the bible you will see a reoccurring theme throughout that God IS love. If you wish to experience love the first thing you must do is to experience God as a person. If you do not experience God then you cannot experience love for they are one and the same. God shows us his love for us and then what we have seen in Him loving you and me, we go out into the world to show others how His love can change humanity. Love is not a feeling but a choice otherwise God could not command it to be done. He says, ” if you love me keep my commandments.” Note the action on our part to keep his commandments. Also look at the great love chapter in the bible.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
You see in the verses above it is a choice a decision on our parts to be patient, kind, not envy, not boastful, nor arrogant or rude, nor insisting your own way, nor irritable, resentful, no rejoicing at wrongdoing. Please notice the following will pass away prophecies, tongues, and knowledge but love never ends. Jesus loved 12 men and by showing them His love and truth about life itself through these men changed the world. 2,000 years later we are still talking about his great sacrifice on the cross in dying for our sins. Jesus The Christ changed the world through love!!! If we wish to do the same we will take 1 Corinthians 13 seriously to heart. The world is in constant search for love and fulfillment but they will only find it in Christ. Change the world through Jesus Christ, experience him in order to change everyone you meet.

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The Power of Being Content

CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN

Introduction:
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Lets talk about the human condition. We have such a capacity for good but we also have a capacity for evil. As

Paul has said, For to will is present with us. People have made choices throughout history to be evil on such a deep dark level. That has Christians we think that such a person has to be possessed in order to be so evil.
So what is the deciding factor that makes a person good or evil. Can one word make a difference?
I. REJECTION OF FAITH IN GOD BRINGS THE CONTROL OF SIN:
1. Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
2. In verse 7 it says if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.
3. It says, “unto thee shall be “HIS” desire”meaning whatever sin desires of you to do.
4. For sin will control you, consume you with intense desire.
5. But that is not the end of the sentence, “And thou shalt rule over him.”
6. So sin wants to control you but you must decide against it.
7. When desire consumes you, you could care less about about anyone else but yourself.
8. Pro. 23:7For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
9. So we must renew our minds in Christ.
10. Paul warns us about sin for in Romans 7:14 he says I am carnal sold under sin.

11. Romans 8:7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
12. Romans 12: 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
13. Thank the Lord for Romans 7: 24O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
14. Being chained by sin can be a pretty hopeless situation, you think who can deliver me from this evil.
15. I use to think it was pretty hopeless until the day God unchained me!!!
16. Who wins the carnal nature or God, it depends on who you feed the most?
17. Here’s what I know about emotions!!!
A. Emotions have no intellect so they have to attach themselves to a thought or a consumed purpose.
B. When a person is driven by emotions they will throw all intellect out the window.
18. A Desire is a stretching out after something; a longing:—intense desire.
19. Rodney Carrington says that temptation starts when you are a child.
A. Single scoop of vanilla ice cream, oh boy thanks mommy oh your we’re happy with your single scoop of vanilla
B. Double scoop of chocolate ice cream with Oreos drizzled all over it.
C. Whatttttt, I want some of that
D. As an adult you’re walking with your single scoop of vanilla
E. And you see a double scoop of chocolate with perfectly place M & M’s
F. You say whattttt I want some of that, what you don’t realize is under that double scoop of chocolate ice cream is a old rotten walnut that will give you food poisoning.
20. My son Jonathan about temptation when dating.
21. Sins desire is to have your emotions control you.
22. What you need to know about sin and temptation is that their sole purpose is to breed discontent.
II. GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN

1. So what is the deciding factor that makes a person good or evil. Can one word make a difference?
2. I seriously believe one word can make a difference, that word is CONTENTMENT.
3. Think about it with me.
4. 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain
5. This scripture verse is a very big a deal to you and me in fighting and resisting the enemy.
6. For to be godly is one thing but to be content is a huge advancement in our Christian walk.
7. We must realize that Sins very nature is discontentment
8. If one allows themselves to be controlled by their desires then sin is their master and they are slave to him.
9. As God said to Cain,”Unto thee shall be his desire, but thou shalt rule over him.
10. Thou shalt rule over him!!!
11. The Key word for doing this is contentment.
12. If you are very content with your spouse, with your house, your job, your car and your life in general, what then can the enemy of our souls entice you over?
13. James 1:14every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
14. Notice here in this scripture that every man is drawn away of HIS OWN lust and then enticed or tempted. So if you are godly and content you cannot therefore be drawn away of YOUR OWN lust.
15. Contentment is happy with the boundaries that God has set into place.
16. Sin is not be our master.
a. Control your emotions you control your desire thereby controlling what you do.
b. Why do you think it says, that the just shall live by faith
17. Faith in Gods truth is based on a solid thought life with emotions in check.
18. The serpent caused Adam and Eve essentially to be discontent with their present condition and their place in the garden.
19. Cain was discontent and had to kill his brother Abel because he opened the door to sin and sin controlled his desires or emotions which caused him to do something incredibly stupid.
20. Because he allowed sin to be master over him.
21. Paul figured out how powerful content is in the Christian life.
22. Phil 4: 11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
23. Trials and temptations come upon us because of our discontentment.
24. So walking in truth and being content is indeed great gain.
25. For contentment makes us strong in the Lord against all the fiery darts of the evil one.
26. It makes resisting the devil and he will flee from us a lot easier to implement.
27. We must consume our thoughts with God’s truth.
28. Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
29. We have to choose to walk by faith, to put our desires our emotions our sin in check.
30. To purposefully allow the peace of God to rule in our hearts and let the word of Christ dwell in us richly.
31. As men to men we also gain accountability and strength from one another.

The Abundant Life

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John 6: 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 

Since the Holy Spirit came into my heart when I got saved 41 years ago, I have always been convinced of this truth, “thou hast the words of eternal life.” I have searched and studied God’s word for the meaning of life and what our purpose is here on earth. That His truth would give me a quality of living that previously has been foreign to me. The truth that I have embraced and understood through the Holy Spirit has been life changing and that is the reason I have stayed with it all these years. His truth has healed me of my addictions, my lust, my selfishness, my criticalness and my negative mindset.

Peter answered him, “thou hast the words of eternal life,” careful observation with the above scripture tells us that the very words that Jesus spoke are eternal and gives life to all who believe in them. That there is power in the word of the name Jesus. Many testimonials can attest to the healing life changing name of Jesus. Believing in His truth has brought them literally from death to life, from darkness to light, and a rebellious sinner to a child of God. Eternal life speaks of a never ending span of time; however it also speaks of a quality of life in the here and now, hidden within WORDS of ETERNAL LIFE. God’s desire for his creation is to have and possess an abundant life but since the sin of man our mind has been alienated from this abundant living of life. We have to be taught how to live an abundant life through the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Instead, in this world we’ve been grown up learning lies about life itself that abundant living is found within you and yet we are full of selfish ambitions and empty goals that are meaningless toward living a life of abundance. The world tells us that acquiring lots of money is the key to happiness when in reality you’ve just traded one sorrow for another sorrow. Just read the book of Ecclesiastes written by King Solomon, he had it all and tried it all. Yet he summed it all up in vanities of vanities saith the preacher, all is vanity. Solomon’s conclusion is found in Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

 

The Still Small Voice of God

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1Kings 19: 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice

The power of the living God is in the Spirit realm for the scriptures say they that worship me must worship me in spirit and in truth. The true power of God is a still small whisper but in order to hear this still small whisper you have to quiet the outside world, to be still before God. Why, so you can lean in to the Spirit realm and hear the voice of God himself speaking to you. Jesus while on earth did many powerful deeds because he leaned in to the Spirit realm to listen to the Father. Whatever the Father told him in his quiet place he then went out and did according to the commands of the still small voice of God. The still small voice of God will never contradict his truth in the Bible …..ever. So I urge you to be still before God and acquire a listening ear into the Spirit realm to hear the voice of God. Do whatever he informs you to do.

Richard Wafford

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