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
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,
Serving is the Heart of Generosity
“The Happiest People at CSC are Those Who Serve” Bishop Mask
The Gift of Living
How Are You Treating Your Health?
The Foods You Eat and Drink
Good for the Soul
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
The Things You
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?
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
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?