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Summary: There are some things that are essential to everyday living and there are some things that are not. We start the day with the best intentions, and then we find it's time for bed and we have not actually spend any time doing what we could have done. We can

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2012 08 05 What do you do everyday?

Can you tell me something you do every day?

Read the paper/Brush Teeth / Eat / Drink / Breathe

There are some things that are essential to everyday living.

And there are some things that are not.

If I don't read a newspaper everyday it will not effect my life that much.

If someone does not clean their teeth - others may be more effected than they are!

Our bodies can go without food for far longer than they can operate without breath!

So What is important to you each day?

Is there anything else you do every day?

There are four things that the Bible suggests are important for us to do every day:

we need to pray

we need to praise and worship God

we need to love and serve God and

we need to love and serve each other.

Now how often you pray and how often you praise may vary from day to day - but they should still happen every day.

How often you serve may also vary and that often depends more on how we feel than on what we know God expects us to do.

Often we can start a day with the best intentions.

We decide, today is the day I will pray more,

or, today is the day I will read my Bible more.

or, today is the day I will praise God more.

or, today is the day I will show my love for God by serving others in some way....

We start the day with the best intentions,

and then we find it's time for bed

and we did'nt actually spend any time doing what we could have done.

Often life gets in the way,

often we let life get in the way,

in fact sometime we make sure that life gets in the way,

then we have an excuse for not doing what we know God wanted us to do.

We can try and do stuff in our own strength,

or we can allow the Holy Spirit to empower us to do stuff in the strength of the Lord.

We can choose to do things our way or we can do things God's way.

We know God's way is the right way, we know that God's way is the best way.

But...

But, sometimes, no, often, often we would rather do it our way.

Friends the truth is we should desire to follow God's way everyday.

To seek His will, to seek His glory.

To serve Him in faith and love.

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This month as part of our Fresh Fire Series we are looking at The Holy Spirit in Everyday Living.

To focus our attention let me read to you from Colossians 1:3-14:

3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, 5 which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.

6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

7 You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. 8 He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.

9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. (Colossians 3:1-14)

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As I said - This month as part of our Fresh Fire Series we are looking at The Holy Spirit in Everyday Living.

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