Sunday at CrossRoads, 01/27/19: Free Indeed, Part 3, Choose Freedom Everyday
John 8:31-36 NIV
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Ephesians 4:26-28 NIV
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer...”
God given DESIRESunchecked by God honoring CHOICES
will produce godless LIFESTYLES.
1 John 2:15-17 NIV
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
1. “Lust of the flesh” – your PASSIONS.
2. “Lust of the eyes” – your POSSESSIONS.
3. “Pride of life” – yourPOSITION.
God honoring choices that lead to freedom:
· Purify your passions with INTEGRITY.
Romans 6:12-14 Message
…you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time— remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You're living in the freedom of God.
ActionStep: Make the next WISECHOICE.
· Fight the pull of your possessions with GENEROSITY.
Malachi 3:10-11 NKJV
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the LORD of hosts.
ActionStep: Give God the FIRSTof everything.
3. Elevate your position with HUMILITY.
John 3:30 NIV
Jesus must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
Action Step: Develop a lifestyle of PRAYERand FASTING. (More of Him, less of me)