First Peter speaks of various types of suffering – the things that were covered in redemption (1 Peter 2:24, hearkening back to Isaiah 53), suffering persecution for the gospel, and suffering for the things we’ve done. Here’s my take on all three, but the most important point: Jesus is with us in all of these.
On May 7th, 2014, I spoke at the Fire Institute school of ministry at New Covenant Church of Atlanta. My topic was on “Partnering with God.”
There were times when God worked with a man to accomplish His purposes – for example, his dialog with Abraham over the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah, and when Elijah heard from the Lord about the coming rain, then he started praying it in.
This is the audio of that message. It includes the activations at the end of the message, which included reports of several healings.
We refer to him as “Doubting Thomas”, but we never speak of “Denying Peter.”
In today’s message I look at these thoughts:
- Doubt and belief are choices.
- What you spend time thinking on is what you’ll believe.
- You can tell what you believe by what comes out of your mouth.
- Being double-minded will only cause you confusion.
Throughout the message I address ways to get past doubt into faith and belief.
In Jesus’ day, it was a custom of some Jewish men to say “Thank God I’m not a Gentile, a Samaritan, or a woman.” Jesus repeatedly honored women and interacted with Samaritans and Gentiles. This is because He is relational, and He represents a relational Father God.
In 1 Samuel 30, David and his men returned to their village to find it’s been burned to the ground, and their wives and children were taken captive. His men mourned and wanted to stone him. Here’s what David did:
He took time to grieve, but he didn’t stay there forever.
He encouraged himself in the Lord – he refocused.
He sought the Lord for the next step and the timing.
He acted on the insight the Lord gave him.
Colossians 3 starts out “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ…” (NIV).
My points today were that we are identified with Christ, in his crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, and position today, that we didn’t have to do anything but be converted, and that it’s going to affect our lives.