Audio from Associate Pastor Josh Carpenter on Sunday morning May 5th, 2019.
Galatians 6:7-9 NIV
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
For every want, there are wont's.
Galatians 6:9 NIV
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
For every area of life we want change in, there are actions that will sabotage that change.
Change our thinking: Instead of: "I want to change, BUT..."
Lets try: "I want to change, SO..." I won't do this thing anymore
Four major areas of "want":
1. I want to grow closer to God.
Luke 9:23 NIV
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
I won’t live as if my faith should cost me nothing.
Matthew 19 (The Rich Young Ruler) & Genesis 12 (Abram's Call)
2. I want less stress in my life.
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I won't look to myself as the Lord of my life.
The right type of foundation for wind and waves:
3. I want a stronger marriage.
Proverbs 20:6-7 NIV
6 Many claim to have unfailing love,but a faithful person who can find? 7 The righteous lead blameless lives;blessed are their children after them.
I won't feel embarrassed to seek God with my spouse.
Don't even wait until you get home. Husbands pray for your wives, and wives pray for your husbands before you leave today!
4. I want my children to make godly choices.
Psalm 78:1-8 NIV
1 My people, hear my teaching;listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth with a parable;I will utter hidden things, things from of old— 3 things we have heard and known,things our ancestors have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their descendants;we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,his power, and the wonders he has done. 5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel,which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, 6 so the next generation would know them,even the children yet to be born,and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. 8 They would not be like their ancestors—a stubborn and rebellious generation,whose hearts were not loyal to God,whose spirits were not faithful to him.
I won't allow the church to be the primary discipler of my children.