Sermons on Spiritual Disciplines

Abide – Part 5

Abide: To remain and stay attentive, to be present with God   “To abide in Christ means to keep up a habit of constant close communion with Him–to be always leaning on Him, resting on Him, pouring out our hearts to Him, and using Him as our Fountain of life and strength, as our chief Companion and best Friend. To have His words abiding in us, is to keep His sayings and precepts continually before our memories and minds, and to make them…

Abide – Part 4

Abide: To be attentive, present with God   The discipline of thankfulness leads to feelings of gratefulness, which is necessary for mental health.  STAR: Stop, Take a breath, Appreciate, Respond   Gal. 5:16 -17, 22-23 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want… But the fruit of the Spirit…

Abide – Part 3

Hosea 7:14 They do not cry out to me from their hearts, but wail upon their beds. They gather together for grain and new wine but turn away from me.  Abide: To be attentive, to be present with God   Abiding brings…  Soul nourishment Fellowship with God  Power over sin  Growth in Godly character   Any Time: Practicing the presence of Christ   We want to be so close to Jesus that it makes the devil too nervous to follow  “The number one reason why people don’t hear…

Abide – Part 2

“Abide”Is this a “Bible Word” – is this Christian language only? Seems mysterious   Greek Word: Meno (verb) To… “Be With” “Continue With” “Stay with” “to remain”  Be Present With  Abide: Be Present With: Engaged, Attentive to God  It is Conscious and Intentional   Ps. 139: 7-12 I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning,…

Abide – Part 1

John 7:37-39 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) …

Abiding: God’s Plan for Growth

Abiding — God’s Path for Growth          John 15:1-17  Hiking the Yuan de Fuca: It was a disaster…I was nowhere near prepared. All my stuff got soaked on the first night. The others had everything together and all I could do was watch from my wet sleeping bag. I was not set up for success and it was painfully obvious  Does this sound like your spiritual experience?  Like you have joined this adventure but you try to follow Jesus the best…