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How to Grow Further Faster Pt. 2

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Sep 29, 2017

Pursuing Christ brings joy…pursuing happiness brings destruction.             (Matthew 16:25, NKJV)

  • We must step out of self into Christ
  • Joy is simply the byproduct of pursuing Christ—an inner delight derived from an intimate relationship with Christ.
  • Happiness is circumstantial; joy is relational!  (Matthew 25:21, NKJV)
  • Pursuing happiness, you desire the world to revolve around you which will lead to destruction.
  • Pursuing Christ brings lasting joy.
  • How do we learn to enter into the Joy of the Lord?  (Matthew 25;14-31, NKJV)
    • Each one of us will be judged by the talents God has given us not by the talents God has given others.
    • You are either storing up joy for the future or fury for the future—Joy or Judgement.
  • Example of pursuing happiness instead of joy: (Galatians 6:7-8, NKJV; Revelation 12:9, AMP; Judges 16:15, CEV)
    • Fake love is always fatal.
    • God is not mocked; you will not get away with sin—sin can be fun for a season. (Judges 16:19-21, CEV)
    • Satan tries to lure you away from God and those who love and protect you.  (Galatians 6:8-10, NKJV; John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8; John 10:10) c
    • Isolation brings Deviation (Hebrews 10:25, NKJV)

People who have sinned (bad) believe they can’t be totally forgiven.  (1 John 1:8-9, NKJV)

  • Great disgrace is why we have greater grace!  (Romans 5:20, NKJV)b.
    • You feel disgrace run to God’s grace!
  • Guilt can be self-imposed abuse.
  • Unconfessed sin will bring guilt.
    • Confessed sin brings God’s forgiveness; when we don’t forgive ourselves it becomes self-imposed abuse.
    • Guilt is the wrong response to sin and conviction; Is there any guilt you need to get rid of or confess?
    • Guilt causes loss of hope and when there is no hope there is no power; No power, no change!
    • Hope is the confident expectation of a positive future in spite of your present circumstances.

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