20110717 “Living to a Standard”, Part 1

Part 1 of “Living to a Standard”

Sunday, July 17, 2011

By Pastor Matt McFarland

Please open your Bible and follow along.

Verses referenced in this teaching:
Matthew 26:31-35
Matthew 26:69-75
John 20:19-23
John 21:1-3
John 21:11-17
1st Corinthians 10:11-14
James 1:1-2
James 5:19
2nd Corinthians 5:17 – 21
Ephesians 3:16- 21

Weekly Prayer by Rev. Loree Pardi
Let It Be

The Bible teaches us to be men and women of our word, so before we commit to anything we should make sure that we’re able to keep our commitments and the promises we make. The book of James says in chapter 5, not to make promises we can’t keep. When we say, “yes” to someone or something, let it be yes and when we say, “no” we should mean no. We are God’s children which makes us ambassadors for Christ, we should be different and stand out among the rest as those who not only keep our word, but keep God’s Word as well. Scripture: James 5:12 But above all things, my brethren swear (promise) not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath, but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. Prayer; Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the principals You have placed in Your Word so there can be no doubt as to what I should be doing. Father, I pray that You will help me learn to make good decisions so that I won’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again and when I need to say, ”no” give me the strength I need to stick to it. Father, I thank You for showing me in Your Word that I should consider all the details before I say, “yes” to anything and most of all to seek You for wisdom when I need it so that I can be a better representative for Christ. Father, I praise You because You know exactly what I need precisely when I need it and I know that You will never let me fall. Father God, I ask for Your strength and Your wisdom this very hour and I thank You Father for working in me that which will bring glory unto You. Father, I pray and ask all these things in Jesus mighty name.

Amen

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