Staff Picks of the Week:
Memorial Day 2013
Memorial Day 2013 Preaching Bundle »
Greater Love Video Illustration » Everlasting God Worship Music Video »
Sabbath Sabbath Preaching Bundle »
1 Outta 7 Video Illustration » Before The Throne… Worship Music Video »
Actually Jesus said the exact opposite. He said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened (ALL THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL, ALL THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN REJECTED BY THEIR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND SOCEITY) and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
God accepts us as we are. We are “As Is” People. I want to illustrate this to you with this box of cereal. I went to the grocery store and bought this box of cereal from the dented can rack. Though it is beat up on the outside, it is still in a condition that the store is allowed to sell it to their customers. The box of cereal is sold “as is,” if we were to compare this beat up box of cereal to a brand new box of cereal, we could say, the new box, looks nicer, because it is not ripped and tore up on the outside. But if we were to look inside both boxes of cereal, we would find exactly the same contents. Both boxes on the inside are the same, even though there exterior looks different. This is exactly how God sees us. He looks past our problems, our pains, our weaknesses, and accepts us, as we are. God accepts us, as we are, but He does not stop there. He looks to who we can be, with His help.
One thing I learned about God since I left Teen Challenge is that He is a master at taking my hurts, hang-ups, and habits, and using them for his glory. God accepts us as we are, and then empowers us to become who He wants us to be.
The way God empowers us, is not an ordinary formula for success that the world follows. The world thinks one must focus on their strengths, to be successful. They believe that your strengths will bring you to the top. We have all heard, the phrase, “only the strong survive.” Well, in God’s Kingdom, it is the exact opposite, “only the weak survive.” I want to show you first hand, how this worked, in the life of one of the most courageous men in the Bible, the apostle, Paul.
2 Cor. 12: 7-10
He said, “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses,
- Leadership: General
- All Sermons on Leadership: General
- Text Illustrations on Leadership: General
- Video Illustrations on Leadership: General
- PowerPoint Template on Leadership: General
- Scripture on Leadership: General
Join the discussion