THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
DOES A LACK OF FAITH MEAN
THAT GOD DOESN'T EXIST?
Romans 1:19-22; Psalms 19:1-2; Rom 10:17
Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar.
For the world, Moses could not think outside his box. God had picked him to lead the Hebrews out of 400 years of bondage in Egypt. But Moses didn’t believe he was the guy for the job. Never been eloquent, slow of speech and all that… How did Moses get out of his self-made box? By following God’s commands, as we know. When your back is against the ‘Red Sea’, who do you think ‘has got your back’?
I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by Me. John 14:6
Now faith is
being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see.
YOUR PEOPLE WILL BE MY PEOPLE
AND YOUR GOD MY GOD
Then, you can live Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
At this they wept again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-by, but Ruth clung to her.
"Look," said Naomi, "your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her."
But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. Ruth 1:14-17
How can you get more outside the box than that?
"OH MY LORD WHAT SHALL WE DO"
THE SERVANT ASKED
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WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
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Go And Make Disciples Of All Nations
faith comes from
hearing the message
and the message is heard
through the word of Christ.
As God chose Jeremiah to be His voice to the nation of Israel, what was Jeremiah’s reply? “I do not know how to speak. I am only a child”. So, God says, “Maybe you’re right. I’ll find somebody else”.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
"Ah, Sovereign Lord," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."
But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the Lord.
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant." Jeremiah 1:5-10
SURELY YOU DON’T WANT YOUR LIFE TO BE RUTH-LESS?
SO WHAT ENABLES THE CHRISTIAN TO SEE…
Now that’s outside the box!
I HAVE NEVER BEEN ELOQUENT
I AM SLOW OF SPEECH AND TONGUE
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
A Christian with knowledge of the truth though bound to a wall by chains knows and understands what true freedom is. The person who travels the world at will but lives and believes ‘the lie’ is never free and is in ignorant bliss. That is the person who is truly ‘boxed in’.
If you can think 1 Corinthians 4:6
When the king of Aram surrounded Dothan where Elisha and his servant were, this was what the latter woke up to.
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked.
"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
Well, you can probably understand if the servant was more than a little perplexed here. How would you have felt in his sandals? How comfy do you feel in yours?
And Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes so he may see." Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:15-17
Sometime, maybe many times we need a little extra help to see what we can’t see.
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10.
Now read Revelation 21 and 22:1-5.
The church of Christ Has no earthly headquarters John 18:36
Our citizenship Is in heaven Philippians 3:20
We set our path To the compass of scripture 1 Timothy 3:16, 17
The bible is God's Word and final authority John 12:48
The church of the living God Is the pillar and support of the truth 1 Timothy 3:15
We are the churchChrist built Jesus said, " I will build My church " Matthew 16:18; ROMANS 16:16
Christ built One church Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:18
He will return For His church Corinthians 15:24; Matt 16:18, 19
...WHAT OTHERS DO NOT?
THE GOOD NEWS
Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, "Do not go beyond what is written."
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I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SPEAK
I AM ONLY A CHILD
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