Being the Difference 4
Psalm 24:1 (NASB95)
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.
Romans 12:2 (NASB95)
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Nehemiah 8:5,8 (NASB95)
5 Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.
8 They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.
1. Living out of PURPOSE fills the gaps in our soul.
Nehemiah 8:10 (NASB95)
10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Deuteronomy 26:12 (NASB95)
12 “When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.
2. Living SACRIFICIALLY produces our greatest levels of joy.
11 So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.”
12 All the people went away to eat, to drink, to send portions and to celebrate a great festival, because they understood the words which had been made known to them.
3. Steward God’s Commitments means having DETERMINATION to live for a cause greater than yourself.
Nehemiah 8:14,16–18 (NASB95)
14 They found written in the law how the Lord had commanded through Moses that the sons of Israel should live in booths during the feast of the seventh month.
16 So the people went out and brought them and made booths for themselves, each on his roof, and in their courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the square at the Water Gate and in the square at the Gate of Ephraim.
17 The entire assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in them. The sons of Israel had indeed not done so from the days of Joshua the son of Nun to that day. And there was great rejoicing.
18 He read from the book of the law of God daily, from the first day to the last day. And they celebrated the feast seven days, and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly according to the ordinance.
We commit to do all we can in the face of every adversity to advance the Kingdom.
We know that Focused Intensity over Time, multiplied by God will produce Unstoppable Momentum.
Romans 2:13 (NASB95)
13 for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.
James 1:22–23 (NASB95)
22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;
James 2:14,17 (NASB95)
14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
James 1:27 (NASB95)
27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.