Just to ‘Survive’ is not God’s plan for you - Pastor George LehmanJust to ‘Survive’ is not God’s plan for you - Pastor George Lehman
Survive = Exist: There is life there, but nothing is going on
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Just to “SURVIVE”* is not God’s plan for you
(*Survive = Exist: There is life there, but nothing is going on)
Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck. (Survival mode)
Faith is the solvent that sets you free. (Thriving mode)
Confidence vs. our unworthiness. (unworthiness = just survival mode; confidence = thriving mode)
How many really love God?
How many of you think you disappoint God many times?
How many feel you are not performing at your maximum level, and you let God down?
How many times have you felt so UNWORTHY?
Hebrews 4:12-16(NIV)- 12For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints, and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heave, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet he did not sin. 16Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
God’s intention is for us to walk in confidence (vertroue) and to prosper and flourish. (voorspoedig). (In hope and a great future – Jeremiah 29:11)
Like a parent loves a child, they may not be at their best behaviour – or performing well, but you still love them and care for them.
God wants you to come to Him with this kind of confidence.
Our problem is, many times, our confidence depends on our feeling of acceptance.
We think, “I have let God down, I have failed Him, why would He want to listen to my prayers anyway?”
We feel so unworthy of this Holy Awesome God.
Can I say this: –
Our acceptance from God, does not depend on our performance.
Many times, we think the more we perform – the more acceptable I am to God.
The more I do things, the more God loves me.
I say it again; our acceptance from God does not depend on our performance.
However; This is not a license to just live and do what you want to: –
I don’t have to pray
I don’t have to be fully obedient
I don’t have to excel
I don’t have to grow
I don’t have to be fruitful and live
I don’t have to raise the standard.
The truth is simply this: – Here is the Key to your success
Our PERFORMANCE will COME as a RESULT of our ACCEPTANCE.
i.e. We will thrive in our relationship because we love Him,
Why? Because we know – He REALLY ACCEPTS us and LOVE’S us, we don’t want to let Him down.
Let us look at some key scriptures that are born out of the Bible and not my opinion, as to why we are accepted and can be confident.
1 John 3:19-20: – “John says, “God is greater that your accusing consciences, cause He knows everything””.
Thomas Kemp: – “Man sees the deed, but God knows the intention”.
You cannot bluff God
We look at people and what they do, but God knows why they do it.
He knows why you’re failing; He sees our intentions.
Jesus makes our acceptance so clear in
Matthew 6:26: – “Look at the birds of air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly FATHER keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?”.
The Hebrew writer says it this way in
Hebrews 13:5(b): – “For He (God) Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I (will) not (I will) not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake, nor let you down, relax My hold on you”.
Paul gives us this assurance in
Romans 8:1: – “There is no condemnation for those in Christ”.
Romans 8:31-32: – “31What than shall we say to all this? If God is for us who can be against us? 32He who did not withhold or spare His own Son but He gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all other things?”.
All things = Wisdom, protection, provision, confidence, assurance, comfort, forgiveness – PEACE in our storms.
If He didn’t spare Jesus.
Do you think He will withhold anything from you?
That is why we can have confidence and not feel unworthy – we can Thrive and not just Survive!
Make up your mind – is God really for you?
You see, it’s not man’s opinion but God’s opinion about us –
Paul Opens with Romans 8:1 – No Condemnation.
Closes with Romans 8:39 – No Separation.
If you remember nothing else, remember this: –
You never approach God ever on the basis of your Sanctification (Heligheid)
But: Always on the basis of your Justification (Regverdiging)
Our righteousness is like filthy rags –
Isaiah 64:6 (NIV) – All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
Many times, we think we must be squeaky clean before we can approach God,
Because we messed up – we don’t have confidence, “Oh’ God, I’m not worthy enough to approach You?”
1 John 1:8 (NIV) – If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
1 John 2:1-2 (NIV) – My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
It is not our performance but how He performed for us.
Hebrews 10:19-22 (NIV) – 19Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
BE CONFIDENT and THRIVE in your life with Jesus, stop feeling so Unworthy and just Surviving.
We serve God because of our love for Him and don’t want to disappoint Him.