January 13/14, 2018
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see … And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:1, 6)
5 Common catalysts that seem to be part of every growth spurt that a follower of Jesus has:
• Practical teaching
• Private disciplines
• Personal ministry
• Providential relationships
• Pivotal circumstances
-Knowing things doesn’t change someone’s life.
-A common phenomenon in business is called the “knowing/doing gap.”
Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24)
-When your faith intersects with God’s faithfulness, that is the point where transformation gains traction.
-It’s obedience, not attendance, that makes the difference.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:25)
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. (Matthew 7:26)
“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
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