Talk #10-Day Two
(Slide 1- Chrysalis Slide)
Please turn your Chrysalis worship book to page 34 and join me in praying the payer to the Holy Spirit.
(Slide 2- Prayer to the Holy Spirit)
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy Your consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
(Slide 3- airplane around the globe)
(Slide 4- butterfly in hands)
Even through those difficult times, God’s grace sustained me, and I was able to overcome the language and culture barriers, and now I know that God helped me through it all so that now I can be used by God to serve God and God’s people.
Even in our Christian walk, we also come across many obstacles, but God’s grace helps us overcome them.
(Slide 5 – picture of family)
Good afternoon! Introduce myself
(Slide 6- title of the talk)
The title of this talk is “GOD SUSTAINS YOU.”
This world is full of sin. Sin in Greek means “to miss the target” or “to miss the mark.” Sin is whatever causes us to miss the goal God has for our lives; it is anything that separates us from the love of God and of our neighbors.
When God first created us and this great world, God designed us to be in a relationship with God, to live a life that fulfills the purpose God has put in us; and to serve, love and glorify God.
As we know, sin came in the way of the relationship between us and God, and we have missed the target of the purpose that God created for us.
We see how society is missing the mark. Though created for love, society has become an arena of hostility and fear. Simply opening the newspaper or watching the evening news convinces us that the human race has missed the mark for which it was made.
How about us? We are also missing the target. Though created in the image of God, we realize how badly we ourselves are messing up as well. Romans 3:23 reminds us that “everyone has sinned and has fallen short of God’s glory.” The reality is that the obstacles to grace in the world are at work in us as well.
Do you ever struggle with such obstacles in your life? You know you want to live as God wants you to live, yet you struggle to do what God wants and to stop doing what God does not want.
Even Paul in the Bible, who was the pioneer missionary to the world and who wrote more than half of the books in the New Testament, said in Romans 7:15: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want but I do the very thing I hate.”
Obstacles to grace are the things that get between us and God, that limit our ability to love, and that hinder our growth in the likeness and love of Jesus Christ.
Let’s look at three big obstacles to growth in Christ. Three ways we miss the mark are: (Slide 7)
I.Not believing (Unbelief)
Yes, there are those who do not believe in the existence of God, but unbelief is more that that. The Scriptures let us know that even the devil acknowledges God’s existence. To truly believe in God is to trust God, to accept what God says and who God is, and to live by it.
How about not believing that God really loves us? This is one of the most common forms of unbelief. When I was a teenager, I believed that I was ugly, that I was not beautiful. I envied my popular friends who had blond hair and big eyes. I believed I was unworthy to be loved. I felt I had to dress a certain way, talk a certain way, act a certain way to be loved and be accepted by God and people.
Not believing that God forgives us is another common form of unbelief. We condemn ourselves too much. We let our faults, failures and bad feelings tell us who we are. Whenever our hearts condemn us,...