Summary: Do you still have your joy? Here’s some ways to keep it.
PSALM 51:10-13 ---- The Joy of Salvation
There are tons of churches, that will you what not to do......
Don’t drink, cuss, smoke, work on Sunday, long hair, get a tatoo, raise hands, read that translation, bowl, play lottery , wear pants, go to Vegas– or have any fun
This morning I want to encourage you with some Don’ts
1. Don’t ever feel unqualified— 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
God isn’t compiling a team of heavyweights–
God is the heavyweight— We just get to win
Many of us grew up in churches
Anything would disqualify you
Hair too long— Can’t sing a special
Been divorced– Can’t be in leadership
When I was about 18---- I was a country singer
Someone ask me sing @ Wedding –
Preacher said i couldn’t, sang in bars
I thot one of the fruit of Spirit– Self Control– This guy’s gotta be pushing 400 lbs.–
So I said, "Gluttony’s one of the 7 deadlies— WHY DO YOU GET TO PREACH"----
Needless to say I didn’t get to sing at the wedding
And I probably shouldn’t have said it.
But aren’t we suppose to remove our beam, before we remove their speck
You know the saying—
God doesn’t call the qualified– He qualifies the called
I understand --------that we should life a life acceptable to God
BUT DON”T EVER FEEL UNQUALIFIED
David was qualified– Adulterer, murderer
Abraham— Gave his wife over to a king– to keep from being killed
Solomon—Got Busy with everything that moved
Moses— Murderer— Came down off the mountain--- - DON’T KILL
I’m not condoning their behavior—
BUT YOU TELL ME GOD DIDNT USE THEM
There is only one perfect – THAT IS GOD
2. Don’t let yourself feel overwhelmed— 1 John 4:4 The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
The world throws things at us— The Church throws things at us
Family, Job, Money, Cars, Kids, Marriage, ----
We can feel like we’re drowning
You can find peace & comfort in Christ–
He would not put you here— Without a way to be victorious
What kind of Father would do that
When I begin to think about the responsibility of pastoring 400 people— Overwhelmed
God I can’t do this— HE SAYS— NO YOU CAN’T- BUT WE CAN
If I think about the numbers and growth— FREAKED OUT
IF I think about GOD IS ALWAYS WITH ME___ I CAN BREATHE– I CAN HAVE HOPE
Romans 5:5 Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
You may be lonely, but you’re not alone
You may be sad, but there is hope
You may be hurt, but God is a healer
There is nothing— THAT GOD CAN’T GET YOU THROUGH
3. Don’t get hung up—
When I was young my dad would take fishing- Kids don’t fish... THEY CAST
Sooner or later I’d say, "Can’t get the line in"
MY DAD WOULD SAY----- YOU”RE HUNG UP
Can’t go anywhere, Can’t do anything, You’ll be miserable and DEPRESSED
Christians are HUNG UP— Title, denom, Devil, Music, dress, Tongues, End Times, TBN,
There worried about all these things— FORGET TO LOVE PEOPLE
Matt 23: 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel
This is what Christianity has become for MANY—
BUT NOT US
God called you to be disciples– Share his love–
Salt of the earth/ Light of the world
Don’t get hung up
Christ died so YOU COULD MOVE FORWARD----
Jesus said you’ll know truth—
If it’s doesn’t set you free— IT’S NOT TRUTH
4. Don’t ever Give UP— Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
It’s never too late— TO START BEING GREAT
Satan want’s you to think— The things that truly matter are not worth the trouble
Failure isn’t failure if.. You’re better, You’re Stronger, You’re wiser after you get through it
Failure isn’t an event--- It’s your reaction to the event.
Though a righteous man falls 7 times, he gets back up.
Take the things of the PAST AND STRENGTHEN YOURSELF