August 3, 2015
Before I forget, I want to write down some take aways from yesterdays’ English sermon. One, pride in whatever shape or form is one of the deadliest sins that God really hates and destroys. One of the examples I liked is when someone tells me to read the bible more, or pray more, and if I say I already read so and so much, I already pray so and so much, or if I say I already know so and so, then that’s a form of pride that gets in the way of bearing fruit. The overall sermon was about why Peter, someone who was so passionate, didn’t bear fruit while he was with Jesus. In Peter’s case, Jesus told him he will deny Him 3 times, but Peter retorts saying he will go to grave with him, which he does not, but rather denies him 3 times in times of trouble. The second reason Peter didn’t bear fruit was that he didn’t pray a lot, or didn’t realize the importance of prayers. When Jesus’s time was coming near, and He was praying hard, and he urged his disciples to pray with him through the night, the disciples fell asleep multiple times. One of the analogies that I thought were great from the sermon was water tank, and how water tank as a nozzle, and you have to use the nozzle to get the water from the water tank, and that the nozzle is prayer, and the water is the grace and power of God.
Today’s QT reminds me who I was, and how I was saved. Verse 1, I was dead in my transgressions and sins, and at the time, I didn’t even know it. Verse 2, I followed the ways of the world, ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is at work in those who are disobedient, craving sinful nature, following its desires and thoughts. But because of God’s great love for me, I have been saved by grace. It was not anything that I did, but it was grace. I could say that I chose to believe, but even that heart to choose that way was from the grace of God. Why? Because He loves me, and because He wants to be with me, and Verse 10, because I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He prepared in advance for me.
Knowledge of these and the Word is good. Experience of these and the Word is good, but none of these is enough to bear fruit. To bear fruit, I must draw from God through prayer. He is growing me in him little by little. One day, He may even bear fruit through me. All I can do until that time is to continue to grow and prepare and wait in Him in prayer.
Application: pray for 20 minutes, start reading Exodus