Summary: The one common denominator between all cycles is they control you. The One common thread to breaking all cycles is hearing from God and obeying. Today, let’s understand what it is to be set free from cycles.
LIVING CYCLE FREE!!
This month we have talked about breaking cycles. There are several cycles that we haven’t talked about. The one common denominator between all cycles is they control you. The One common thread to breaking all cycles is hearing from God and obeying. Today, let’s understand what it is to be set free from cycles.
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There once was a man named Randy Lo – his friends just called him Lo. Lo lived a hard life ignoring the many attempts of friends to introduce him to Jesus Christ. Eventually, though, Lo did become a Christian, giving his life over to our Lord Jesus. After some time, his walk with the Lord became stale, and Lo became quite discouraged, and his discouragement led to him lose a lot of sleep. One day while having lunch with a friend he expressed his discouragement saying that he didn’t feel that God was around him anymore, and this disturbed him so much he could hardly get a wink of sleep. His friend being a wise and mature Christian encouraged Lo not to give up but to again pick up his bible and search the Scriptures – he suggested starting with the Gospel of Mathew. Lo went home and decided to take his friends advice and he found his bible and started reading. Soon he arrived at Mathew 28: 20 and read the words of Jesus: lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. That night Lo slept quite soundly.
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? Lk 9:25 What good is it if a Christian lives his whole life without God’s purpose? How sad is it when we as Christians don’t trust God enough to set us free. What does His freedom look like? Tell about the previous verses that Jesus did.
1. God’s freedom permits you to be disciplined in life. Obedience. (12-13)
A. In/out of presence.
B. Work out your salvation.
C. Faith. (God is working (13) trust Him.
2. God’s freedom transforms your approach to life. (14)
A. There are three ways to do things: don’t
Do them, do them complaining, do the without complaining.
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. 9:6-7
B. Arguing. Always need/want to prove that you are right.
“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.” 2 Tim. 2:23
C. Answer. Ps. 51 “right spirit”
God’s word informs us that He wants integrity.
Ps. 51 is a good place to look. David prays, “surely you desire truth in the inward parts.” He goes on to pray, “create in my a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (10)
And then he asks God to “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (12)
3. God’s freedom enables you to experience the abundant life. (15-16)
A. People see Jesus in you.
B. Enjoy life.
Jesus said, “the thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jn. 10:10