Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LIVE LIGHTLY

Live Lightly
by: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez

Matthew 11:28-30, NLT, "Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Has anybody benefited from worrying? Worry doesn’t seem to hurt anyone but always facilitates sickness, paranoia and insecurities. Many people suffer because unnecessary baggages and honestly speaking, those people don’t deserve that.

To live lightly, we must practice these three things that will surely help us exercise our freedom as Christians who have already been redeemed from unnecessary mind troubles.

How to live your life lightly?
1.   Confess
-      Confession liberates us. Contrary to what we have believed it to be (shameful, degrading), confession, as a believes, is something honourable. It helps us live our free lives in tact.
-      You have to agree, acknowledge
-      We should confess everyday because everyday we break the heart of Jesus
-      Confession is a part of repentance.
-      1 John 1:8-10, NLT, "If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
-      Unconfess sin is a heavy burden. - Pastor Gelo
-      Confession is acknowledging that God is right.

2.   Consecrate
-      To be consecrated means to be set apart from God’s purpose. It also means being aligned to the will of God. Alignment to the will of God outside the comfort of church ministries are as important. Every detail of our lives is involved!
-      Joshua 3:5, NIV, "Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
-      Joshua 7:13, NIV, "Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them."
-      When you are not doing the will of God, you are wasting your time.
-      Align yourself to the will of the Lord.

3.   Concentrate
-      There is no other way to complete living lightly that is fixing our eyes on Jesus. He is the source of our strength, hope, and joy. It is impossible to live lightly without Him. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith, therefore, to concentrate is perfect living lightly!
-      Hebrews 12:1-3, MSG, "Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!"

-      What every makes you pray is a blessing.

For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. – Romans 11:29, NIV

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