Jesus is Lord Sermon

God gives special gifts to each of his children to enable them to participate in his family and to faithfully serve in his kingdom. Paul in his first letter to the Christians introduces the matter of spiritual gifts to them and to us in his statement in (1Corinthians 12:1-11). Each of the gifts that are cited in his various letters come from God through the Holy Spirit. And one of the initial functions of these spiritual gifts is to enable individuals to speak correctly about Jesus the Son of God, whom God sent into the world to redeem sinners from their rebellion against him so that he could receive them into his family and use them in his kingdom. Paul indicates that no one who “ever says ‘Jesus is accursed!’” He is speaking according to the “Spirit of God” and “no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit.” (1 Cor. 12:3) So we should understand that spiritual gifts are primarily given to God’s children by the Holy Spirit to enable us to first express proper attitudes toward Jesus and God in our relationship with Him. Common sense should convince us that it would be hard to function effectively as a member of a family or a business if one didn’t have a proper attitude of respect and devotion toward the group and its leaders. Our first commandment is not to do something for God, but to love God. He made you and me in the likeness of His image, that He might have fellowship with us and that we would praise Him.

(Ephesians 4:15) refers to “speaking the truth in love.” (I Peter 3:15) instructs Christians to defend their faith, but to do so “with gentleness and respect.” (Colossians 4:6) proclaims, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt.” Sadly, some Christians fail to follow these biblical instructions. They may speak in truth, but speak it with a hateful tone. It is biblically correct to preach and teach about the sinful nature of man, but we must proclaim this truth in a way that it is not intended to be incendiary, offensive, and hurtful. If evangelizing the Word of God then is considered “Hate Speech,” and telling a lost soul that his or her practice is an abomination to the Lord is hateful, may I suggest I be held in contempt and charged with perjury.

Remember, to always speak the truth in love is abhorrent to a demon.

This is especially true when the demon is recognized or Satan is identified as the root of the problem.

May our Lord Jesus Christ grant you peace, love, and grace.

02/19/17

 

     

 

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