Food for Thought

I was reading a sermon this morning by David Platt, titled: Chapter 6: Where Glory Dwells.

There were a few things he said that really stuck out to me. I would greatly encourage you to listen to the sermon or read it here. Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

This church could have the least talented people and the least gifted people, the least amount of resources, and that kind of church under the power of the Holy Spirit of God can shake the nations for His glory. Do we believe this? Do we believe that we can accomplish more as a church in the next month with the power of the Holy Spirit than we could in the next 100 years apart from His power?

The purpose of our redemption is worship.

And what this is pointing us to today is that the ultimate purpose of salvation is what? It’s worship. God saves us for worship. God delivers us for worship.

Do you know almost 50 times – in these first 4 books of the Bible alone, almost 50 times we see the phrase, and you see it over and over again in your reading, “Either you or they will know that I am the Lord.”

We possess His presence. Oh, the wonder of this. The wonder of this and the seriousness of it. Brothers and sisters, do not play with sin. Brothers, stop looking at that on the Internet. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit of God. Brothers and sisters, watch what you fill your minds with, what you give your body to, what comes out of your mouth. In the same way that a High Priest would go into the holy of holies once a year in holy fear, help us God. Help us to realize what you have entrusted to us. Help us to guard your holiness, to realize the wonder and the seriousness of the fact we possess His presence.

Come aside, men and women, please, students, come aside from the trifling stuff in this world and see this eternal truth. Christ has died on a cross and risen from the grave that you might know God. That you might walk with God now and enjoy God for all eternity. So if you have not yet trusted in Christ, I urge you to do that now. Turn, turn, turn from yourself, turn from your sin and trust in Christ.

Do not waver in a moment, not live in pride or in pleasures in stuff of this world. Turn and trust in Him. And when you do, when you do, brothers and sisters, when you do, then seek His glory. Seek after Him and long for more and more and more of Him because you know there’s coming a day, you know there’s coming a day when you’re going to see Him in all His fullness. So do not be content now to be complacent before your God.

A good day to die.

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

                          -Romans 6:4

What a difficult thing it is for us to die to ourselves and find our life through Christ.  Yet we are called to do nothing less.  Today Dani and Ally are being baptized by the same Pastor who baptized me – my dad.  I praise God for what he is doing in the lives and hearts of my girls.

Peter reminds us that baptism is not about having dirt washed from our bodies, but “an appeal to God for a good conscience”. We identify in this act of faith with the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Death to ourselves.  Eternal  and victorious life through Christ who sits at the right hand of the God, with angels, authorities and powers subject to him.

Thank you Lord for the redemptive work of the Cross.  I pray that today that your Spirit will fill Ally and Dani, and that they will know the fullness of salvation.  I give them to you today and ask that you use them mightily for you glory.   – Amen

-Mike