Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-11-27
Pastor Dean Good
1 Peter 4:10-11
We are born in the world, we are born to serve.
We serve ourselves, our lusts, our ways, get what I want, what I “deserve”.
Actually slaves of Satan, not ourselves when we are slaves to lusts
When Christ comes in and sets us free, we become his slave as in him we trust.
From when we wake until we sleep, and even sleeping itself.
Is all to be for God’s glory, fully, not half for him and half for self.
As we’ve received a special gift, use it for God’s glory and others to bless.
Serve not our way, or the ways of men, but in his ways to serve and rest.
Some calls the same: holy and pure; some calls given to each one.
Our service is measured by how we use what he’s given, what we’ve done.
Bible teachers to teach the world, not our own ideas and thoughts
Teach the Word with power and truth, teach it with fear as we ought.
Teach always in the fear of the Lord, not church, others, family.
Teach by the strength that God provides, as he provides abundantly.
Necessity, source, magnitude, purpose, result, acquisition.
Serving God by God’s strength having no other position.
Our culture always wants to affirm, no matter what we do.
God says how, when, where to serve, and judges what is not true.
Men can do many things, living by their own strength.
It can look good to other men, as we go to great length.
God accepts the one who does God’s will, in God’s way, by God’s strength, for God’s glory.
All can do it by the power of God, for his glory live his story.
We only can live in God’s strength, when we see our own weakness and sin.
Some marks of one serving in their own strength, Let the list begin:
Prayerlessness and Pride, seeking recognition
If no one knew, would you still serve? Living for God on mission.
Complain a lot, even when they serve, this is in their own strength
The source of the strength, what God supplies, a gift from God by grace.
God provides for us to live for him. He gives the gift and strength.
By Grace from the Holy Spirit, his strength from length to length.
The magnitude of God’s strength, abundant, not small or withheld.
He provides abundantly to follow him, he provides, his power never failed.
No one can fight God or thwart his ways, he gives this power to us.
Ephesians 1, from 18 on, can we see the power of God and trust?
The strength of his might, brought in through Christ. Given unto us.
He gives this power that we may serve, serve as in him we trust.
The purpose of this strength, not our glory but his. Serving for ourselves? No power is there.
The world may praise and say “Well done”. But our heart God sees and cares.
He will always supply all that we need, when truly him we serve.
He sees the heart, and provides all we need. ????
How do we know… for him? for self? our hearts will often know.
Often with a sober spirit, quietly and not for show.
From fervent love, given by him, even for those we may not like.
Not complaining, inside or out, but trusting and doing what’s right.
Walk in a manner living for God, bearing fruit for him.
That person will be strengthened, steadfast and patient living for him and not for sin.
The goal isn’t fire for the Lord, it’s enduring to the end.
Not a quick act, but pushing on, only done by the strength he does send.
Patience = suffering long, no matter what people do or say.
If you need a “Good job”, trouble will come, live only for him today.
Joyously, living for him. Not by our natural power.
When living by his strength, we’ll have joy no matter the hour.
Do you think you can do it on your own? By your wisdom, power, and ways?
God calls us to serve only in his strength in the “impossible” all of our days.
If not serving by God’s strength, it’s due to your own pride.
Humble yourself, acknowledge him, only with him abide.
Always acknowledge him, know all good things are from him.
When we see it’s all from him, our joy and freedom will begin.
When you need anything, Ask him for that need.
Ask, Ask, Ask, Ask, Ask. He’ll supply for every need.
Seek the will of God, want all and only what he gives.
Isaiah chapter 40, all is by, for, and from him.
Even when we’re weary, he’ll give the strength to live.
Martha served in many ways. Mary sat before the Lord.
Jesus said only one thing was needful, to know him and to adore.