Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sermon Notes: Taking a Nap

Taking a spiritual nap

Many times in our lives as Christians we tend to almost purposely slow or completely stop our spiritual growth.

Why do we do this?

It is very hard to constantly fight our own sin nature all the time.

Romans 7:14-25

Sometimes we just want a break from being tempted because we know that the next temptation will be our downfall, but God said

James 1:2    My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Just as every time you commit sin you make it a little bit easier to commit the next sin, every time you stand on Gods word and refuse the sin it becomes a little easier to refuse the next time.

(Alcohol) my sisters party

We must not give in to sin, and we must not give in to contentment in our spiritual life.

In a survey last year I asked the question how many of you think you can have an affect for Christ in Chelsea (or your town)? Almost everyone stated they couldn't effect their town for the gospel.

Recently I asked again and a few more said "yes I can effect my town". 

Firstly you already have made an impact if you have handed out scriptures with us. Multiple salvations, new family in our church as a result.

The hard truth
You may not be able to impact your school/town/family.

You may not be able to because you have reached a point in your walk with God that you are content to sit down and rest. You may not go backwards, but you don't go forwards.

I already study my bible
I already pray
I already serve...

The men of the past who were credited with revivals that swept nations and converted hundreds of thousands were known to pray for hours at a time, some even days, many knew their bible so well that they earned nicknames like "the walking bible".

So the question is not "am I capable of changing the world for Christ" but am I willing to completely surrender to His cause. 

It happens to everyone, Matthew 26:40-47

Notice who wasn't taking a nap. Judas

We have an enemy that never takes a break from the fight, one that is always ready to destroy us, and it is much much easier to kill a sleeping enemy than one who is ready for the fight.

1st Peter 5:8    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Pe 5:9    Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

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