What Is Right – Sheri Marsden
What Is Pure – Steve Tanner
What Is Lovely – Cody Kiwaczyk
God Talks – Part 2
August 3-4, 2019
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8
The Lie: I’m Not Worth Anything
The Right Thought: I am God’s masterpiece
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
The Lie: God couldn’t love someone like me
The Right Thought: God loves me
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
The Lie: I’m a good person. I don’t need God
The Right Thought: Jesus and a relationship with him is the only way to heaven
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
The Lie: God could never forgive me for…
The Right Thought: God forgives me
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9
The Lie: My life has no purpose
The Right Thought: Jesus has a plan and a purpose for my life
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
The Lie: Why would Jesus die for someone like me
The Right Thought: Jesus died for me because he loves me
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8
The Lie: I’m not good enough. I mess up all the time
The Right Thought: Jesus’ grace is free. I can’t earn it
“And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.” Romans 11:6
- Fix Your Thoughts On What Is Right And Pure.
”For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23
Self-powered purity is impossible.
”Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” Romans 3:24
God-powered purity is permanent.
“Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.” 1 Corinthians 1:30b
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
- Fix Your Thoughts On What Is Right And Pure, And Lovely.
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.” Psalm 19:1-4a
It’s about the creator not the creation.
Choose what you focus on.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.’ After supper he took another cup of wine and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.’” Luke 22:19-20
My Next Step:
I will continue to memorize Philippians 4:8. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely…”