Saturday, September 3, 2011

A rich young ruler, and a pillow to rest your feet on. ( Revival Sunday August 28,2011)

God has been so incredibly good to us and our ministry. We are so grateful for the people who helped us make revival a great success!

Tonight we learned, that we must love the Lord and that through that we have VICTORY.

Matthew 22:37 says that "You must love the Lord Your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind."

The story of the rich young ruler tells us just that.  We learned that we can't earn our way into heaven, and that God requires 100% total obedience from us! Jesus told the rich young ruler (who our kids somehow named Richard?) that he must sell ALL of his possessions and follow Him.  That was asking a little too much of him apparently, because he just walked away!
God wants ALL of our lives. He wants us to be obedient to His word, and to His plan for our lives so that we can follow Him and do HIS works. All we have to do is love Him and we will want to do those things.

Matthew 19
16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good[e] Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good?[f] No one is good but One, that is, God.[g] But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, “ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’[h] and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[i]
20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth.[j] What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Then, Pastor Derek taught us that by following Jesus we can have victory! 
We learned that Satan was de-armed when Jesus was born as a baby, and defeated when He died on the cross. We also learned that Satan is a big fat liar (and then Pastor Derek ripped his tongue out!)  The best part of all, is that through Jesus' resurrection, we have the power and authority to crush Satan's head (or knock it off in our case).   And you know what? All that is left is a soft pillow to rest our feet on!

Make sure you check out the following post and see the video of Pastor Derek teaching us about how God won the victory! 

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