What happens when our priorities are not God’s priorities? Among other things, we break fellowship with God and we focus on satisfying our own selfish desires. But God always gives us the opportunity to repent when we realize that our ways are not His ways.
In the book of Haggai, the prophet relays a message from the Lord of Hosts to the people of Israel. He says, “Consider your ways!” because their ways were not the Lord’s ways. Today, we can glean from this passage that the key to getting what we need in our lives is to focus on what God wants for our lives. God’s priorities must become our priorities.
Every wall we have put up, Jesus has broken it down. The racial barrier, the gender barrier, the educational barrier—He’s broken them all down. Pastor Ford wants us to consider this important fact as he continues his message on unity in the church from Ephesians 4.
Abuse damages a person’s self-esteem, because our mentality shapes our personality,which determines our reality. If we think something—because someone’s told us that we’re worthless and no good—and then we believe that about ourselves, that’s how we’re going to act. On today’s Treasured Truth, we’ll hear more from Pastor Ford about this important topic and how to deal with the problem of domestic violence, especially as it affects our fellow believers in the church.
People are sometimes in unhealthy relationships for so long, that the sub-normality of their relationship seems to them to be normality instead of abnormality. They’re so used to dysfunction, if anything normal comes their way, they don’t know how to respond to it. We’ll hear more today about how to deal with dysfunction like this and to recognize the problem of domestic violence.
Today, we’ll begin a new study and deal with an elephant in the room—domestic violence. October is domestic violence awareness month and Pastor Ford will help us look at this important topic and become more aware of how to deal with it. He’ll urge us to quit turning a blind eye to those who need help, and to expose sin and seek recovery for those involved in these tragic situations.
When trying to get out of debt, will we do as the widow in the book of 2 Kings did? As Blind Bartimaeus and as Abraham did? What is it they did? They believed God to bring life to a dead situation. They didn’t try to figure out how God was going to do it. They just acted on what God said and held on in spite of all of the negative circumstances in their lives.
As we continue to look at how to get out of debt, we’ll learn that when we borrow, it entwines us and unites us together with someone other than God who’s going to direct our lives because of what we owe them.
As we start a new message today from Ephesians 4, Pastor Ford will remind us that those of us who know Christ are family and so we should act like it and be unified in the church. He explains that what we believe about God should control how we behave with other people.
When we allow God to use our stuff for His purposes, He takes our stuff and multiplies it to meet our needs. Learn more about how God honors us when we honor Him with our finances on today’s Treasured Truth.
If God loved us enough to set us free and to pay our sin debt, then He loves us enough to guide us, guard us, govern us, and to grace us, then to provide and protect us as we give generously to others and begin to honor Him with our money.
How can we know that we’re serious about getting out of debt? When we commit to giving God what is due to Him first. That’s how we know we’re serious and we can trust that God will honor us when we honor Him with our finances.
How do we begin to get out of debt? A good place to start is by crying out to God for His help. Yet, the problem is some of us cry out to Him, but we’re not serious. We’re waiting on God to do something to get us out of debt and God is waiting on us to do something to indicate to Him that we are serious and are desparate for His help.
Does being in debt distort our goals? Yes, because when we’re in debt, we can’t seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Why? Because we’ve gone into debt adding all of these things to ourselves, instead of letting the Lord add them to us in His time and through His provision.
As we conclude our message series on moving forward, Pastor Ford points out that many of us are not making any meaningful progress in life because we haven’t given over to the Lord what we ought to have given Him. He asks the question, “How can God ever make a powerful impact with your life if you’ve never given it to Him?”
Following Jesus’ example of intercessory prayer for us, when we’re praying for care from God for others, we ought to be praying about their comprehension of God. While we are interceding for their preservation and provision, we also need to be interceding and praying about their revelation.
Intercessory prayer is prayer that’s concerned about the individuals with whom or for whom you are praying. For example, in His intercessory prayer for His followers found in John 17, Jesus has their best interests at heart. He’s not praying to impress, He’s praying to express. He’s praying for their needs. And He’s still doing the same thing for us today.
What is it that you move from? When you make a move and the related choices, what are they based on? The formation of all of our choices ought come from the Word of God. If it’s a choice that’s not connected to the foundation of God’s Word, then we’re going to regret it.
If we don’t keep it faithfully, we shouldn’t claim to appreciate God’s Word. Pastor Ford will explain today that we shouldn’t talk about our dedication to the Word of God if our “do-ology” doesn’t match our theology.
Pastor Ford wants us to realize that our current condition is not our conclusion. That’s because our problems are not problems, but rather platforms. And our misery is not misery, but ministry. Our trials are for the purpose of learning how to trust.