No Excuses [New Podcast]

In this message, I share 7 things that God has done for us that will eliminate all excuses we have not to trust Him and to not become the men and women He called us to be. I hope this message encourages you to go all in with God! Enjoy!

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No Excuses: 7 Amazing Things about Being a Christian that I Take for Granted!

20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. -Romans 1:20

“I don’t believe in God, that’s ok, He believes in You!”

What makes someone trustworthy?

  • You can trust people who will do whatever is necessary to maintain a relationship with you! God has done everything possible to have a relationship with me and to ensure I live an abundant life!

Here are 7 amazing things that are available to every child of God on the planet that we should never take for granted:

  • Salvation – Christ died for me – Romans 5:8 say, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

“God’s salvation does not come in response to a changed life. A changed life comes in response to the salvation, offered as a free gift.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

2.) God gave us the Bible – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

3.) We have the Holy Spirit – In John 16:5-15, Jesus said it’s better that He leaves so that God can give us the Holy Spirit.

  • The Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8).
    2. The Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13).
    5. The Spirit reveals Christ to us and in us (John 16:14-15).
    6. The Spirit leads us (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18; Matt. 4:1; Luke 4:1).
    8. The Spirit empowers us (Luke 4:14; 24:49; Rom. 15:19; Acts 1:8).
    11. The Spirit bears witness in us that we are children of God(Rom. 8:16).
    12. The Spirit produces in us the fruit or evidence of His work and presence (Gal. 5:22-23).
    13. The Spirit distributes spiritual gifts and manifestations (the outshining) of His presence to and through the body (1 Cor. 12:4, 8-10; Heb. 2:4).
    23. The Spirit dwells in us (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Tim. 1:14; John 14:17).
    24. The Spirit speaks to, in, and through us
    27. The Spirit transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18).
    36. The Spirit enables us to obey the truth (1 Pet. 1:22).
    42. The Spirit teaches us (1 Cor. 2:13; John 14:26).
    43. The Spirit gives us joy (1 Thess. 1:6).
    44. The Spirit enables some to preach the gospel (1 Pet. 1:12).
    46. The Spirit knows the things of God (1 Cor. 2:11).
    48. The Spirit brings things to our remembrance (John 14:26).
    49. The Spirit comforts us (Acts 9:31).

 4.) We can be led by God – Romans 8:14 says, “As many that are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

God’s specific will vs. God’s general will
*God will never lead you to do something that isn’t in line with his general will (the Word of God) The more Word you have in you, the better you’ll be at discerning the Spirit leading you! 

5.) God helps us Grow to our Maximum Potential

10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. –Hebrews 12:11-12

It may seem like there is nobody else interested in your potential, but God is. God sees your worth. God knows your gifts. God knows what your capable of and if you’ll walk with Him, He’ll make sure you get developed and grow!

6.) God gave us a Community to Do Life With!

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[i]), and to prayer.43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity[j]— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47

“Safe people do 3 things: Bring us closer to God, closer to others, and closer to who we were truly made to be.” –Henry Cloud

As Reid Carpenter says, “In life, it doesn’t get any better than having magnificent friends, pursuing a magnificent vision, for a magnificent God! There is No better juice than that!”

7.) God gives us a Purpose bigger than Ourselves!

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. –Ephesians 2:10

“When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born!” –Zig Ziglar

In summary, God has given us everything we need to live our best lives, do what we are called to do, and to have a great relationship with Him.

  • He’s given us salvation
  • He’s given us the Bible
  • He’s given us His Spirit
  • He promises to lead us
  • He helps me develop my potential
  • He’s given us the Body of Christ
  • He’s given us a purpose to wake up every day and go after!

My prayer is that we will never take for granted all the wonderful things He’s provided for us.

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