Friday, February 26, 2021
One of the great truths is that when you are a Christian, you have victory. You have the victory already. Isn't that great to play a game and know that you're going to win? The good news is the Bible says that you're going to win, you're going to have the victory.
Friday, February 26, 2021
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
One of the great truths is that when you are a Christian, you have victory. You have the victory already. Isn't that great to play a game and know that you're going to win? The good news is the Bible says that you're going to win, you're going to have the victory. Who will you have the victory over? You'll have the victory over sin and death.
I get this from 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 where it says this: "Where oh death is your victory? Where oh death is your sting? The implied answer to both questions is it's nowhere. Verse 56 says, "the sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law." The law helps us to know right and wrong and that's what helps us see sin. The wages of sin is death. So the law leads to sin, or at least leads to us seeing that it's sin, and sin leads to death. But we have victory over all of that. So the text goes on to say, "but thanks be to God, He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ".
You're a winner. I'm not talking about looking in the mirror and pumping yourself up. You're a winner because of Jesus Christ. You have one question? Do you want to be a winner or not? If you do, then follow Jesus Christ. Put your faith in Jesus Christ and trust Him alone. He will give you the victory. When I put my faith in Jesus Christ many yeas ago in October or November on a Sunday night, 1983, I felt the victory. I had some things going on in my life that I instantly changed. Yeah, there's some other things that took time and some other things that are still a battle right now, but I know this: from that day on, I knew I was right with God. I knew I had won. I had victory over sin and death in the law.
Do you? You can have victory if you commit your life to Jesus Christ. Many of you have, some of you have not, and there might be some of you who think you have, but you really have not. So how do you have the victory in Jesus Christ? You invite Him into your life by faith. You do that by saying "Jesus Christ, you are God. Jesus Christ, I am not and I'm a sinner. I believe when you died on the cross, you took my place and paid for my sins. You allowed me to be forgiven of everything so that I can be in right relationship with you for the first time ever and so that I can go to heaven. Because of all that, I have your victory."
Have you ever committed your life to Christ? You say, "Vince, I've always believed that." First of all, you didn't "always believe that". When you're three months old, you didn't believe anything. There has to be a point in time when you believe it. You might say "I believed it when I was a kid." Great. That's not enough, either. Have you received Jesus Christ? You have to believe it and receive it. Have Jesus Christ come into your life. He never goes where he is uninvited; he must be invited. Will you invite Him into your life? Say, "Jesus Christ, come into my life. I put my faith in you alone, not in my good work, not in my religion, not in my sacraments, not in any human effort, but in you alone. Come into my life. I receive you by faith." If you say it and mean it, you're a Christian. Life might be hard. In fact, it might get harder. Just because you become a Christian doesn't make your life automatically easier, but I will say this: with Jesus Christ at the center of your life, you have the victory. You have won.
I want to win. Do you? If you've committed your life to Jesus Christ by saying that prayer, let us know about it! You can send us an email or tap the Connect button in the Lakeshore App. We want to celebrate with you and support you in your new faith! Thanks for joining me today, have a great day.
Monday, January 1, 2021
I want to talk to you about the most important thing you can focus your life on. It's the one focus I encourage all of you to have.
Monday, January 1, 2021
I want to talk to you about the most important thing you can focus your life on. It's the one focus I encourage all of you to have. The Apostle Paul tells us this in Philippians chapter three, verse 10. Paul says, "I want to know Christ, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of sharing his sufferings, becoming like Him in His death." Paul said, I have one focus. I want to know Christ above everything else. Paul wants to know Jesus Christ. You know, it's interesting, because in Christian parlance and Christian lingo, when you become a Christian you say, "I know Christ." Although yes, you do know Christ, and you have a personal relationship with him when you become a Christian, there's more to it. When you get married, you don't just know your spouse. You keep knowing more and more about your spouse. So how much more do we keep learning about Jesus Christ, who is God and is infinite? Paul says that he wants to know Christ. You can almost translate it this way, "I want to keep knowing more about Christ." That's the one focus Paul had. Paul said, "This one thing I do. I press on toward the goal for the prize for the high calling in Christ." (Philippians 3:13-14). He always said, My one focus is Jesus Christ.
So, as we have a brand new year, I want to ask you, is Jesus Christ truly your number one focus? Now, if you're not yet a Christian, I want to tell you that Jesus Christ has focused on you. Jesus Christ loves you. He's infinite, and He can focus on everybody equally. And if you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you say, "Jesus Christ, I believe You're God and holy. I'm a sinner, I fall short. You died on the cross, and You rose again to make payment for my sin. Come into my life, and forgive me." If you do that, you can become a Christian, and then you can know Him. But for the rest of you who were already Christians, I want to ask, do you really make Jesus Christ your number one priority? Really? I'm encouraging you as this year begins, to make Jesus Christ your number one priority. If you make Him your number one priority, you will do the right things in life, you will choose the right things in life, you will have the right results in life, you'll have the greatest blessing in life, you'll have the greatest joy in life, and you'll be the best you in life.
The tricky thing is, this is very difficult to do all the time. So, how do you know Jesus Christ better? The text says, you want to know Christ through "the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings" (Philippians 3:10). What does that mean? The power of His resurrection is amazing joy. The fellowship of His suffering is amazing pain. You want to go through joy and suffering while knowing Christ, and you want to have scripture to encourage you in the joy and encourage you in the suffering. If you want to know Christ, know the Bible, because the Bible is the Word of God. "In the beginning was the Word the Word was with God and the Word was God" (John 1:1) and the Word of God is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the Bible. If you want to know Christ, if you want to know the Bible, get a good Bible reading plan, and make it your goal to study it to know Christ better.
Your single focus, your one focus this year: know Christ. I hope this week has helped you. Let's pray. Father, forgive us for not wanting to know You with a high enough urgency. Help us to want to know You above all else above anyone else above anything else. And I pray if there's anybody reading this who doesn't know You, I pray that they will give their life to You right now through faith alone. In You alone. Just say, "Jesus Christ. Put my complete faith in your death, burial and resurrection because You're God. Forgive me." And then you'll start the journey of knowing Christ. Father, help this year be the best year it ever has been for everybody reading and putting this into practice. In Jesus' name, Amen.