(Exodus 6:6-7 NIV)
— I will bring you out from under the yoke (KNOW GOD)
— I will free you from being slaves (FIND FREEDOM)
— I will redeem you with an outstretched arm (DISCOVER PURPOSE)
— I will take you as my own people, (MAKE A DIFFERENCE) and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
(John 10:10 NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
√ We let our PAST CRIPLE us.
(Psalms 38:4 NIV) My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
(Psalms 38:6 NIV) I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning.
√ We let CULTURE DEFINE us.
(Galatians 1:10 NIV) Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
√ WE try to DO IT ALL ALONE.
(Ecclesiastes 4:8 NIV) There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. ….
1. It begins with a CALLING.
(2 Timothy 1:9 NIV) He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time
2. It stands on the highest CAUSE.
(Acts 20:24 NLT) But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
** DOING SOMETHING that makes a difference.
3. Focus changes from ME to WE.
(Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV) Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
* With God’s PEOPLE making a difference.
(John 15:8 NIV) This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
(John 15:11 NIV) I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.