Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 12/15/13
Today’s sermon comes from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Marietta, Georgia. Taught by Dr. Bryan E. Crute
Today’s Subject is: Live W.E.L.L.! – Christmas Presence
Today’s Scripture selections from are:
Romans 12:14-18 (LB)
1 Peter 3:8-11 (GNT)
Colossians 3:15 (AMP)
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
1 Peter 3:12-14 (NIV)
Ecclesiastes 8:15 (CEV)
Proverbs 17:22 (GNT)
Proverbs 17:28 (ESV)
James 1:19-21 (MSG)
Highlights from Today’s Sermon:
“If someone mistreats you because you are a Christian, don’t curse him; pray that God will bless him. When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow.Work happily together. Don’t try to act big. Don’t try to get into the good graces of important people, but enjoy the company of ordinary folks. And don’t think you know it all!Never pay back evil for evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honest clear through. Don’t quarrel with anyone. Be at peace with everyone, just as much as possible.” Romans 12:14-18 (LB)
Peace: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
If you don’t have money to buy gifts, don’t let that upset your peace. If you do have the money, thank God for it. We must seek and embrace the peace, don’t wait for someone to initiate it.
To live W.E.L.L., I must learn to…
“To conclude: you must all have the same attitude and the same feelings; love one another, and be kind and humble with one another. Do not pay back evil with evil or cursing with cursing; instead, pay back with a blessing, because a blessing is what God promised to give you when he called you. As the scripture says, “If you want to enjoy life and wish to see good times, you must keep from speaking evil and stop telling lies. You must turn away from evil and do good; you must strive for peace with all your heart.” 1 Peter 3:8-11 (GNT)
Waiving your right to retaliate takes you (as God says) and not God. When you are in a position to retaliate (and may be entitled to) waive your right to do so.
When you get bad service at the store, restaurant, etc don’t use that as your opportunity to lash out and retaliate for all of the wrongdoing against you.
It’s not always what you say but how you say it.
What does humility look like to you (in your world)? What do you look like being humble?
Do you know what dying to yourself look like? How do you die to yourself when you don’t know yourself? Deny yourself the pleasure of laying someone out when they deserve to be laid out in your opinion. Close your mouth and don’t react.
Example: Holiday traffic, your turn signal is on in the parking lot (or on the street) and you’re hoping that other drivers will be gracious, but instead they speed up and they try to block you from making your turn, and the other drivers behind that driver do the same thing—-what are you supposed to do?
Do you blow your horn? That’s retaliatory. Do you force your way over anyway? That’s retaliatory. Do you give a “magical finger”? That’s retaliatory (besides all of the fingers on your hand are supposed to be raised together). Do you stop your vehicle? You may not want to do that because you may have a lot of vehicle horns blowing. You may have to just keep driving farther down and re-route yourself to get to your destination. Don’t retaliate. Waive your right to retaliate. God is working on you.
Traffic example is used because a lot of people lose their mind and forget about God when caught up in traffic.
Peace is serving as the umpire. When you retaliate then you get a strike against you. Three strikes and you’re out.
The most well-intending people can get on your nerves. You can respond or you can realize that God is testing you. Don’t tell the person(s) that you know God is testing them using them, just pass the test.
Some of you have failed a test on your way from church.
“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].” Colossians 3:15 (AMP)
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
Amazing how these letters are written to Christians. Why do you think that is? Because Christians lie. You have to remember your lies when you tell them. Let your “yes” be a “yes” and your “no” be a “no”.
He’s laid out the formula to not get your ‘feathers ruffled’ or living with the tension and stress.
The assumption is that when you pray and give it to God, you leave it alone and don’t pick it back up. You trust that He will take care of everything.
When you thank God for what He’s done, you can’t thank Him and be ungrateful at the same time. You must be appreciative of what He’s done in the past as well as thanking Him for what you need (and Him taking care of it). When you do all of that you will experience God’s peace.
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.” 1 Peter 3:12-14 (NIV)
“So I think we should get as much out of life as we possibly can. There is nothing better than to enjoy our food and drink and to have a good time. Then we can make it through this troublesome life that God has given us here on earth.” Ecclesiastes 8:15 (CEV)
What does it feel like, and what goes through your mind when you feel like you are suffering and you are innocent, and you don’t know why you are going through these things?
When you know you have done something wrong you are looking for something negative to happen to you. You take credit for it. But when you haven’t done anything wrong we question why it’s happening. We suffer because God has us go through trials and tribulations, hardships and pain, just as Jesus did (and he didn’t do anything to deserve it). No you can’t waive that right to someone else. You have to be formed in your character.
It’s like a person with physical muscular definition but no mental strength. There’s nothing more discouraging that seeing a buff person that’s mentally weak. You look good but you can’t handle life’s pressures. The definition must align with the ability to execute. If you’re going to look strong then be strong all around.
Get some spiritual strength.
How do you get stronger? Repetition, consistency, pushing through it, know that it’s a gradual process, add more weight, discipline, stretch the muscle, once you reach a threshold push yourself to the next one, add healthy fuel.
For every physical truth there is a spiritual parallel.
Express your cares to God, tell Him, and let Him do what He does.
“Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.” Proverbs 17:22 (GNT)
Get a life. Lighten up. If you’re gonna deal with it then laugh about it. You can choose to laugh. No matter what you’re going through.
Why don’t you laugh more?
Excuses: Fear, distracted by pain, stressed out, tired
Do you think not laughing is going to make this go away?
Laughter is like medicine. Research discovers that laughter boosts your immune system.
If you’re hanging around a group of people and they are looking worn out and miserable just like you, put a placeholder there and go find people who will make you laugh like crazy.
You can tell which married couples are also friends, they laugh together not just at each other. You don’t have to demean someone to laugh with them.
Being cheerful keeps you happy.
A baby’s laughter is contagious. There’s nothing like it. The innocence and purity of a baby’s laughter makes you laugh. The stress is still there but laugh anyway.
Get a life.
“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” Proverbs 17:28 (ESV)
Do you know of someone who talks too much?
“Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.” James 1:19-21 (MSG)
Visualize a 4-way intersection. When you get there it’s an unspoken rule of courtesy that the first one there has the right-of-way. The person who arrives third believes they have the right-of-way, but the person who arrives first believes they have the right to proceed, and the second person decides to just drive—what happens? Car crash. That’s what happens during our conversations.
Let your ears lead. Let anger straggle along in the rear. Listen more than you speak.
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and you zone out and then they ask you to tell them what you heard, but you’re lost because you’re trying to remember the last thing you heard, but you didn’t hear their full statement.
When people have conversations and you’re cutting each other off because each person is trying to get their two cents, and trying to talk over the other person. We do the same thing in prayer. You must pray, sit still, and wait for God to speak back to you. Too many of us quickly say our prayer and then walk away. When you do that you don’t stay still long enough to hear Him and then you get frustrated because now you have to figure it out on your own, and you waste time asking Him for signs—you wouldn’t have to ask if you had sat still and waited for Him to guide you.
Ever do landscaping?
You are very interested in the details and the environment before you begin planting. You need to figure out the lit and shady spots. God knows the shady spots in life. He knows where there may be stumps in your life that may need to be uprooted, where there were some trees that came down but the roots need to be replanted elsewhere.
If you’re gonna live well then make sure to listen to God. Whatever He wants to take out or put in, He knows where everything needs to go, He’s just waiting for your cooperation.
Do you remember last week when you were asked to ask God, “What do You want to give through me?” As you ask God, He already knows the children who will be the recipients of your giving. In this holy moment we get the opportunity to hear from God and then give the blessings.
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Have an amazing week family. Remember to Waive your right to retaliation, Express your cares to God, Laugh often with others, and Listen closely to God and others. Claim and embrace your peace!
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