Luke (2005-06) (Page 3)

Luke (2005-06) (Page 3)

Luke 11:37-54

If you see only yourself, if you see only your need, if you see only your struggle, then you need to start thinking of a light bulb change. Your light may have gone out or has grown so dim that nobody can see, and you can’t see because there’s no light shining for you to see clearly. When the eyes are good, you’re discerning spiritual things, and you are seeing what God is doing out there. God loves us. God…
Do you realize you are a flashlight? God has created each of us with an ability to shine, and we have batteries that need to be charged from time to time... We are meant to shine brightly in a dark world.

Luke 11:29-36

You know why we have problems? It’s either because we are obeying God’s Word and the rest of the world does not agree with how we obey God’s Word, or we’re not obeying God’s Word. And I would venture a guess that, for most of us when we find ourselves in trouble, when we find ourselves struggling, when we find ourselves hurting, when we find ourselves confused, it’s because we have not been here in God’s Word. We have not…
Part of obeying the Word is admitting that you have sin, admitting that you have problems in your life, admitting that you need God to clean up your mess. It's part of obeying the Word. It's not that we're going to be perfect. God wants to bless us by engaging us in His Word.

Luke 11:14-28

It’s not by our own authority. We do not stand in our own strength and our own authority when we face this world around us. When we step outside of these doors and we encounter the world, it is not in our own strength that we’re going to stand. There is not one of us, without the power of God’s Holy Spirit, that can stand against the onslaught of this world. We will fall to it every time…because we can…
I believe prayer is the most important thing you can do in your day. Communicating with God. And as you pray, then you turn to His Word and take in that food that strengthens you... You can't just read the Bible and expect to be strong, though. You also have to pray.

Luke 11:5-13

There is nothing about God that is selfish, but yet we, even though oftentimes are calling ourselves Christians, find ourselves only thinking about us. Me! But yet, God, sitting on His throne, running this universe without needing me, saw that I had a need, and knew that because of my evil and my wickedness, that I would never, ever find my way to Him, and so He sacrificed. I didn’t have to ask Him to do it. I didn’t have…
So often our problems are directly related to the amount of time we've spent away from God's Word.

Luke 11:1-4

But sometimes we put the need for caring for the things of the world above our need to just stop and sit before the Lord, to hear His Word, to study His Word, to take His Word in, and to understand His heart and His love for us. We have a lot of problems in this world, and I believe the reason we have problems in this world is because people do not care what the Lord thinks anymore. They…
Our responsibility, first and foremost, is to the relationship that we have with Jesus Christ.

Luke 10:38-42

It’s one thing to know what you’re responsible to do for God. It’s another thing to do what Jesus desires for us to do for Him. You know what? It is not about living to a requirement of the law. It is not about fulfilling something that is going to impress God… Our neighbors are whoever God brings along our path. Our neighbors are those that God puts in our heart. He asks us to be a part of their…
Do you know why we're saved today? Do you know why we were picked up off the side of the street rather than being left for dead? Because God had mercy. Not because we deserved it. Not because we earned it...but He had mercy.

Luke 10:25-37

Do you realize there is not a man, woman, or child alive on the face of this planet who deserve anything from God, other than His rejection and being sent to hell? If we get what we deserve — and I thank God that we do not get what we deserve every time — if we got what we deserve, there would be no one alive to stand with God from the human race. From Adam, all the way through…
Understand, it is not up to us to save people. It is not up to us to change this world. It is up to us to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Luke 10:16-24

We need to take this world, in the love of Jesus, through boldness. Not concerned about what we’re going to get out of it. Not concerned about what we’re going to look like. Not concerned about how we’re going to be received… Jesus said that His Father is interested in each and every one of us right now. That the Father loves in each and every one of us right now. That the Father knows in each and every hair…
All we need to do is offer God's Word. Share that Word as a loving neighbor. Each and every one of us...has been called. We have a directive from God. We are empowered by His Holy Spirit... Present yourself to your friends. Offer them the kingdom of God, and love, and then let God do His Work. You don't have to make anyone believe. Just offer them the opportunity to believe.

Luke 10:1-15

Each and every one of us, I believe, is called to ministry. Every man, woman, and child that knows the Lord Jesus Christ is called to ministry. When Jesus left, when He was on His way up to go back to His Father in the cloud, He said to His disciples, “Go, therefore, into all nations making disciples.” Throughout His ministry, He called us, He commanded us, He instructed us, He encouraged us, to love one another. Do you know…
We need to be about welcoming people into the kingdom of God. Mentoring them, blessing them, caring for them, because it is what Jesus would do, and when we welcome them, we welcome Him.

Luke 9:51-62

(Beginning is cut off.) All God desires from us is that we pray, that we seek Him, and that we have relationship with Him, and when we have relationship with Him, He says He will give us what we ask. And when He says, “I will give you what you ask,” it’s not about giving us gold and mansions and the finer things in life. It is giving us what we need in order to perform the service that He’s…
We have to be more devoted to the One Who indwells us, not to the circumstance that is outside of us.

Luke 9:37-50

How often do we actually spend time listening to Jesus? Listening to His heart? Listening to His desires for us?… Do you believe that God wants to interact with you? The God Who created this universe, the God Who put everything in place, holds our DNA together, keeps us from flying apart into little pieces, that God wants to interact with you. Wants to have relationship with you. Wants to love you and be loved by you. Do you believe…
Praying isn't telling God all of our problems and then offering Him our shopping list, even though for many of us, that's what it turns out to be. Prayer is meant to be our communication, our time with our Father. Our time with the God Who created us. Our time of sharing our heart with Him, and Him sharing His heart with us.

Luke 9:28-36

In our lives, so many of us live with this idea that we live our life, and then we die and we go to heaven. And good boys and girls go to heaven, and bad boys and girls go, well, to the other place. And we allow for this thought to penetrate our minds and our lives, and so we live according to what I believe is a fable. It’s a story that allows for us to scare our children…