Here are some hi-lights from a sermon by Rev. Willis on Wednesday night. He used many different Scriptures but here are most of them. 1 Samuel 13:14, Psalm 37:4, Matthew 5:6, Psalm 139:23-24, Psalm 84:1-12
Matthew 5:6; desire God and He will give Himself to you; this should not be a verse used by us to seek worldly gain.
Psalm 139:23-24; our thoughts matter to God. This should be something to think about.
Jesus does not want 1st place in your life. Instead, He wants to be your life! The Rich Young Ruler’s story is baffling because of how it ends. Consider, all those who were in this ruler’s life were only around him because of what he had in wealth. They wanted to be his friend because of what he could do for them. Yet, Jesus told him to sell everything and follow Him and you (the ruler) will still have Him (Christ) near.
We should be convicted when we let intercessary prayer be about the people getting what they want instead of it being about God getting what He wants. This is because we want to please people instead of God.
Rev. Willis’ advice is not choose silver over gold. Christ is the Gold. Here are some things that are silver: Prosperity, Possessions, and Pleasure. These are at least 3 pieces of silver that we want more than Gold (Christ).
We need to get over doing something great for God too because we should be content with His Presence. Be delivered and desire to know God. After David’s sin with Bathsheba he wrote Psalm 51 and begged God to take away His Spirit.
Definition of evil according to the Bible in Sermon on the Mount is those who do not know Christ. Many Christians busy themselves with things, and even God’s work, but never take the time to know Christ. This will be bad when we stand before Christ.
In John 1:37-38; these two disciples sought the Presence of Christ. After John the Baptist noted who Jesus was they promptly followed Jesus. Paraphrase: Jesus said what do you want, they answered to know where you are staying.
A thought I had
The problem with Christians is that we want to run the discussion about following Christ into the ground. We want to talk theology and theory, but we do not want to get down to the real business of dying to ourselves. Stop being busy looking and trying to do something great and be satisfied with His Presence.