James 5:19-20 New International Version (NIV)
19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
"God Is Able", from Hillsong
[Chorus] Lifted up He defeated the grave Raised to life Our God is able In His name We overcome For the Lord Our God is able
[Verse 2] God is with us God is on our side He will make a way Far above all we know Far above all we hope He has done great things
I am so amazed everyday by the power and awesomeness of our God. This past Saturday I had the privilege to lead our men's group called Men of Faith. I challenged the guys at the end of the large group session and am still hearing great feedback from all of it.
Things that were once dead, once hopeless and once left for naught have been confessed and put in the light of truth and are being carried by other brothers. No longer are we under the weight of that voice of lies that says that we are not worth it, that no one can help, that all is hopeless - just settle? IGNORE THESE VOICES AND THOUGHTS - they are lies of our sinful past! They are lies from the pit of hell.
The devil and his angels would like nothing more than for us to be in ambiguity and mediocrity. They crave for us to live lives filled with anxiety, hopelessness and defeat. For to have them mute us from our new creation (our redemption) is to convince us that what God did for us through His son was not enough - this my friends, is a lie.
Do not believe these things. Do not listen to these words, thoughts or evil deeds - for they are contrary to the will of God. Jesus died on a cross for our sins and paid the ultimate price, only to claim victory over death. O Death, where is thy sting? The grave has been defeated - God is able. The once dead has been made alive in Jesus Christ - He has risen!
What do we need to do to overcome:
- Trust in God
- Believe in His Son - Jesus
- Confess our sins to him
- Renounce our former lives
- Tell him our hurts and pain
- Get faithful men to hold you accountable
- Read the word together
- Worship together
- Sing songs together
- Pray together
- Share life together
- Be honest with one another
- Let our God heal you and bless you
- Believe in his abundant life plan for our lives
- God is Able!
Do you believe?