We are all suddenly finding ourselves living in a different world this week. For the last couple of weeks, our Family at Word of Light has been studying what it is like to really, practically set ourselves apart from the world in order to grow close to and serve God as Scriptures tell us. And one of the biggest excuses we always have in this subject is that we just don't have the time to do some of the things we know we need to do. And although this is simply just not the case anyway, because you make the time for what is important, always—we all now find ourselves with some extra time, don't we? No sports schedules, dance schedules, movie nights, school functions, eating out…
Last week we began a study on one of the most important but neglected areas of many Christian lives: Sanctification. Sanctification is simply separating yourself from the world's ways in order to be closer to God; in order to share God's mindset and passions; in order to hear God more clearly; in order to love and serve others more like God. Although we cannot be Sanctified without the Presence and help of the Spirit, God clearly gives us the command of pursuing Sanctification by choice and with passion because it is our way of showing our desire for Him and His ways. Most Christians lead drab and unsatisfying Spiritual lives because they become contented in their menial walk with Christ, either never knowing there is more to their walk with Him, or not wanting Him desperately enough to pursue more of Him.
Where have you heard these words spoken?
If you are a J. R. R. Tolkien fan, you have probably heard Gandalf speak them to Balrog in The Fellowship of the Ring...As he & his friends rushed to escape the dark mines of Mount Moriah...
Gandalf stood his ground on a narrow rocky bridge...And refused to let the demon get any further...
At the cost of his own life...It is a perfect quote... Perfect scene... To illustrate our topic today...
And hopefully a Battle Cry for us all, before this study is completed...
This sermon will affect everyone here: 1 Peter 4:17; 1 Corinthians 5:12-13. God's Word is very clear to tell us that we do not judge the world outside of our Faith because they do not have His wisdom and love in their hearts. They do not proclaim or give allegiance to our Savior and His ways of love.
This sermon has no title...Not because of a public speaking gimmick...But because this sermon needs to speak to you honestly and effectively...Without preconceived ideas or walls before you even hear the message! So please just take in every word, with the help of the Spirit...And apply it to your heart, mind and soul in genuineness and honesty! It is THAT important!
We are in week 4 of a comparison of Today's World Scenario to the Prophetic description of how the world will look in what Scriptures call the End Times. Thus far we have examined a number of incredible things which we will summarize in the end. The last of which involved a brief look at the coming Anti-Christ who would arise from the chaos with his main man, the False Prophet. And at how these two would rise to world power together. Today, we will look at simply amazing information in Scriptures and in the world which give powerful clues as to the identity of these two pawns of Satan and where and how these ominous figures will arise.
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