Last week was powerful! God is on the move and never fails to show up when we gather in His name.
Pastor Juan talked about the ups and downs of life and entitlement. Moses described the promise land as “a land of hills and valleys”. Though he was right about the landscape and mountainous topography of this very fruitful and beautiful land, we believe he was also describing the geography of life. As we claim our inheritance in Christ, we will also experience peaks of victory and valleys of discouragement.
When we come to Christ many think that we have the right to peace, blessings, and victory. We want to experience victory in their lives without a battle. We want healing without sickness. We want to be blessed without being a blessing. We want good relationships without a good relationship with God. We want the mountaintops without the valleys. All that leads to spiritual entitlement.
One of the greatest aspects of sin is entitlement, because entitlement is selfish, self-centered, and filled with pride. And it usually ends up not only messing the individual up, but the whole unit whether it is the family, church or institution. READ: Joshua Chapter 7
In this chapter, Achan is known in Scripture as the man who troubled Israel. How would you like to be known in History? As the man and women who helped the community of faith, or the man and woman who troubled the community of faith? Never underestimate the amount of damage one person can do outside the will of God.
The church today must look after each other so that no one fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out so that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many (Hebrews 12:15).
This is the reason why we always say, if we are not connected we are not protected!
God’s people today are ONE body in Christ and we need to encourage one another in there walk with God and in the journey of life.
So, how do we keep spiritual entitlement from our faith?
1. Matthew 6:33 (NLT) 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
2. Don’t abuse the grace of God: Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
Join us this Sunday at 1 PM as we continue to go deeper in God's Word and provide an update on all the exciting progress that's being made in the new building! #withlove