God, your Creator, has invited you into an intimate conversation with himself through prayer. You can call on him anytime, from anywhere, in any circumstance. And when the Holy Spirit gets involved, you can discover a whole new way to pray.
You ought to go to church. You ought to read your Bible, eat right, quit smoking, pay your tithes, and be a better mom… dad… husband… wife… yodeler, underwater basket-weaver, etc.
Change is hard. And it’s hard because, usually, it starts from the outside in. We experience changes in employment, health, finances, family, and friendships and then our hearts must adapt quickly to keep up with those external changes.
Jesus met with Nicodemus in the night, a relationally broken woman at a Samaritan well, and Matthew at a party thrown for tax collectors. He befriended prostitutes, recruited zealots, and pronounced forgiveness for known adulterers. God, in Christ, has definitely demonstrated his willingness to go to the gutters of society to change the lives of sinners by his truth and grace.
God Himself invites us to be under his direct influence, for his glory and for our good, through the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Bible calls this direct influence being “filled with the Spirit,” and in this message, we explore a passage of the Bible that spells out how to live under God’s influence continually.
God, help me to be tame in the ways I’m prone to be wild. And help me to be wild in the ways I’m prone to be too tame.
The Holy Spirit isn’t a magical, mystical, impersonal force. Nor is he a substance we receive in particular measures. The Holy Spirit is fully God, very personal, and he moves completely and permanently into the life of every follower of Jesus to be the ultimate Difference Maker in our lives. Listen as Pastor Brandon shares about the difference the Holy Spirit has made in history, and the difference he wants to make in your life.
There are only two ways to live life. Your way. Or God’s way. There is no third way.
To put it another way, I can live my life the way I’m naturally inclined – in my own power, with my own resources, for my own agenda. The Bible says in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.”
I love the story of The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, and one of the most impactful lines comes in an exchange between the Lorax and the Once-ler:
In the year 2000, Angie and I bought our first home. It was sweet! We took one day with the realtor. About the fifth or sixth and final house we looked at that day was the perfect fit. We headed to the realtor’s office and filled out an offer form and included with it our earnest money – a whopping $500 (big money for us at the time)!