Life Is a Gift

Life is a Gift. 

Matthew 7:7-11 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.                                                                                  8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.                                                                                                                             9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?                                                                          10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!                                                                                                      11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

God Truly Wants the Best for Us

God Loves Us MORE Than We Even Love OURSELVES
    In Our Daily Living
    In Our Finances
    In Our Relationships

The Gift of Relationship 
We’ve Talked About How Love Obsessed Our Culture Is
    God Ordains the Relationship of Man and Woman in the Garden of Eden
        Moses, Israel’s Lawgiver, Gives Marriage a Legal Precedent 
            Jesus Comes and Gives it a Spiritual Precedent
                 Covenant of Marriage is Second Most Powerful to Salvation
        
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
            Living in a Type of Marriage
                Living together
                Sleeping together
                Sexual Relations together
                    You are assuming a FORM of Godliness
                        But You Lack the Power God INTENDED it to Have. 
Covenant is the fundamental tool that God has designed to construct and order His      relationship with man.

“A covenant is an exchange of persons, as opposed to a contract, which is an exchange of                 promises.” Dr. Scott Hahn
                When you enter the Covenant of Marriage, which is God’s Idea, you Invoke His Power
                    The Bible makes it clear, A Man Can Not Serve Two Masters.
                        A Form of Marriage, Outside of Christ, is a Covenant with Darkness
This is why God’s Idea of Marriage, Especially in Today’s Culture, Must Be Protected at All Costs
                            
The Next Step to Legitimize God’s Power in YOUR Life Could be Marriage 

The Gift of Generosity
    Mark 8:34-37 Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?
    
When We Thing of Generosity, We Think “What Do I Get?”
    Acts 20:35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more  blessed to give than to receive.’”
        
        “Self-help is no help at all.”    
        “Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self.”
            I’m not talking about How Much Money You Give
                Generosity is not an amount

Romans 12:6-8 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;                            
7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;                                                                     8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
            If You’ll Ask God, He Will Tell You What to Give
                        How Much Money
                        How Much Time
                        How Much of Your Gifting
                            What is Your Gifting? 
                            Are You Using it for Kingdom Purposes?
                                Or Just Your Own?
    
Matthew 6:19-21 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!— stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

Part of Our Mission, and the Core of Who We Are at CSC, 
is Serving
    Serving is the Heart of Generosity
        “The Happiest People at CSC are Those Who Serve”  Bishop Mask

The Gift of Living
    Seems Redundant
        How Are You Treating Your Health?
    
Your Body
    The Foods You Eat and Drink
        Good for the Soul
            Moderation
Philippians 3:19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.
            Good Physical Health Aids Mental Health
                Your Mind, Will and Intellect is your Soul
Your Soul
    The Things You
        Read
        Watch
        Listen To
            Think of Your Eyes, Ears and Mouth as Gates
                What Are You Giving Access To?
Luke 11:34 ”Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness.
    Eyes Are the Window to the Soul
    
Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.”
    Be Careful Little Ears What You Hear
        
Mark 4:24 "Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you     listen, the more understanding you will be given--and you will receive even more.
    See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil

Matthew 15:18 But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. 
        
Luke 6:45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

The Way to Keep Your Body and Soul in Check is THROUGH Your Spirit    
    We Are Out of Balance When We are Ruled by
        Our Bodies (appetites)
        Our Souls (desires)
            How Do We Keep Our Spirit Strong?

    Your Spirit
        Matthew 26:41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
    There’s No Easy Answer
        PRAY
        How Often Do You Worship?
            Prayer and Worship is an Exercise of the Spirit
                
If Your Spirit is Out of Shape, So Is Your Body and Soul

How Are You Taking Care of the Gifts That God Has Given You?