Church Notes 7/13

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Abundant Living Family Church 7/13/14
Tony Cooke, The Now & the Not Yet

“What we do in life echoes in eternity”
-what God has done in eternity should echo in our lives

Key Scriptures
-1 Timothy 4:8
-1 Corinthians 13:9-10, 12-13

-Heaven is not for perfect people, Heaven is for forgiven people
-God loves me just the way I am but He loves me too much to let me stay this way.
-I’m not where I shall be, but I’m not where I’m used to be.

***God’s plan***
1) we are in the world, but not of it.
-not isolated, but insulated.
2) the best for us is yet to come
-2 Timothy 3:1-5
-Lower your expectations of earth, it isn’t Heaven, don’t expect it to be. (Max Lucado)
3) we are to seek things above
-Colossians 3:1-4
-1 John 2:15
-if you love the world the love of the Father is not in you.
-don’t love your past more than you love Gods plan for your future.
4) we are here to influence the here and the now
-2 Corinthians 5:20
-so heavenly minded, we are no earthly good

We serve a RIGHT NOW God

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Heaven is not the goal! Bring Heaven down to Earth! Many Christians believe that we are required to suffer and struggle through this life, and don’t worry because you’ll finally have peace and happiness in Heaven. Not true! You can have peace, happiness, and God’s will for your life NOW. Adapt this new attitude this week, & claim what’s yours NOW! There are seasons when God has us to wait and strengthens our patience and endurance through tests and trials but as mighty as a God we serve, believe that He has set a mighty path before you to enjoy, conquer, & be fulfilled NOW!

Free Yourself

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Free Yourself

Do not be tricked and do not be discouraged by listening to the voices that try to put you down with what you used to do and what your old habits are. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new! Many times we want to harp on our own sins, we constantly remind ourselves of our wicked nature & don’t even notice what God is doing on our behalf! We can’t even appreciate what God is doing NOW and what He has already done. Once you have repented, even He doesn’t remember your sins anymore! God knows of your sinful nature, but He has given you a new nature. He calls you righteous. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (that’s Jesus!). Through Jesus we can become the righteousness of God! Repent, turn away from your sin, and accept the freedom you have in the new covenant of Jesus Christ. Accept the father’s love & tell yourself, “I am forgiven. He has forgiven me, and I forgive myself”. Free yourself from guilt. You will still make mistakes & you will still fall, but by the grace of God He will be right there to pick you back up again, but you have to let Him. Don’t let the enemy try to convince you that you are not the righteousness of God, and you are cast down with no chance of redemption. Don’t beat yourself up so much that you don’t even give God a chance to do a work in you while also loving you (Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us). Sometimes we can burden God with our sins & weary Him with our offenses (18:24). Tell those voices to be quiet, accept the freedom of being a child of God, and walk in your righteousness!

Isaiah 43:19 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness & streams in the wasteland.