Stronger

Scripture:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being

Ephesians 3:16

The Holy Spirit (in you) is the supernatural source of power that makes you Stronger in your inner being.

3 Examples of Stronger:

  1. Stronger Sight
  2. Stronger Self
  3. Stronger Significance

What would you pray?

  • Prayer to confess I sometimes live as if God exists to serve me rather than existing to serve God? (Forgive me, change me)
  • Prayer seeking the Holy Spirit to strengthen my spiritual gifts so as to build up others (in His church-the body of Christ)
  • Prayer seeking the Holy Spirit to strengthen self-control?
  • Prayer seeking the Holy Spirit for clearer sight?

 

Fair Fight

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13

Love Redefines How You Fight

5 Fair Fight Lessons from Love:

1) “Love cares more for others than for self”  (Sponge)
Love absorbs annoyance.

2) “Love doesn’t fly off the handle”  (Frying Pan)
Love lets things roll off your back.

3) “Love doesn’t keep score of wrongs”  (Wastebasket)
Love trashes the list.

4) “Love isn’t always me first”  (Hammer & Nail)
Love hears before it’s heard.

5) “Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have” (Measuring Cup)
Love is content (or discontent will undo you).

Seek God

Scripture: 

  • Genesis 2
  • Hebrews 10:23-25

Big Picture:  You were created by God and for God.

  1. He is the only person who can fulfill you.
  2. He has the power to change you.
  3. He is the purpose that is greater than your pressure.

Best Practice: Seek God by praying together.

Father, we ask that you would change us, that you would fulfill us, draw us closer to you and closer to each other. Amen.

Uncertain Future

PK draws from John 14 to explain how Jesus has built a box of faith formed by four promises from God’s Word that takes the “un” out of uncertain to give us a certain future:

  1. Our souls live forever and there is a place prepared for us in the Father’s house.
  2. Jesus is Lord forever and will return.
  3. Our body is not forever and we will all physically die at some point.
  4. Our access to the Father is certain when we pray in Jesus’ name.

Jesus invites us to be BOXED IN by these certainties that we might pray out of faith, not fear.

I Pray When…

One Conviction: Prevail in Prayer to Prevail in Life!

1) Prevail over Sin (Matthew 8:1-­‐4)
a) Repentance Road
1) You’re Lord
2) I’m a Leper
3) Please Cleanse me

b) 3 Traps on Repentance Road
1) Worthless Quitter
2) Excused Victim
3) Hard Hearted
Truth: 1 John 1:9; 2:1-­‐2

2) Persist in Prayer (Luke 18:1-­‐8)

The majority of the time, God is not hiding; we are. We hide sin and pretend it is not an issue. We must realize it is going to hinder our prayers. We can’t pray when we entrap ourselves in our lies. I pray when…? When I sin! That’s how we prevail over sin. Temptation doesn’t stop being an issue once we become saved. Repentance must be a daily part of our lives. Grab hold of the grace that not only saved you but also will sustain you. Prevail in prayer, and you will prevail in life.