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Handle With Care: Stain Removal

Week 1 – Stain Removal

[Genesis 14:22-23]

I will not take anything from you so that you can’t say you made Abram rich.

CARING FOR GOD’S GLORY

 

  • You were made to glorify God – Isaiah 43:7
  • No one can steal God’s glory – Isaiah 42:8
    • Satan loves when you try to steal God’s glory
  • The Earth will be filled with the knowledge of His glory – Habakkuk 2:14

 

How do we live this out?

Live By His Strength [1 Peter 4:11] – remember, THE SAME POWER

Bear Fruit [John 15:8] – remember, ABIDE IN HIM

Shine Light [Matthew 5:16] – remember, DON’T HIDE THE GOOD NEWS

Live Intentionally [1 Corinthians 10:31] – remember, KEEP PRESSING FORWARD

GLORY BE TO GOD

 

Breakout Session Questions

1) Read Isaiah 6:3, Isaiah 60:1-3, and Revelation 21:22-25. What is the glory of God?

2) Read Isaiah 42:8. What does it mean that no one can steal God’s glory, if we know that often we do things to take His glory all the time?

3) Read 1 Peter 4:10-11. What have we been given to help us to live for God’s glory? Within this passage, we are given the answer to how we can do what we have been called to do – to live a life for God’s glory. What can we glean?

 

 

Handle with Care is a 6-week series focused on studying God’s Word and responding with care. The six weeks of messages may sound like instructions for laundry care — but you will soon find Handle with Care beckons you to examine within, to gauge how you truly love God and love others, and to grow inward and outward. Caring starts with the heart and pours out into the community.

 

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Spider Web

This morning began the start of the battle with the spider, which happens every year around this time. For some reason, the spiders love to construct a web right where I will walk. Every single day. As I always leave first, I am the “victim” who either walks straight into the web or has the not-so-great task of knocking down the web. Every time I encounter the spider web, I feel like I have a spider crawling on me. This thought does not leave my head for some time.  The hardest thing about the spider battle is today, the first day. I could not see the web. I did not expect it to be there. But now I will have my eyes open and I’ll be prepared for this web season.

Jesus said that He came into the world so that those who do not see may see. The people were spiritually blind, and many are still today. Jesus came to open eyes to Truth. He is Truth. In John 18:37, Jesus responds to Pilate: “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true” (NLT).

Today, if your eyes are open to the Truth, if you have received Jesus Christ, spend some time in God’s Word. Allow His Spirit to guide you, to open your eyes to things you may not have once understood—to see things and glean things in a new way. Remember as well, that there are many spiritual blind people today, people in great need of Truth. Shine a light on the Truth. Live Truth. Speak Truth. Walk in Truth so that by your example, people may come to know He Who is Truth.

“Jesus said, ‘For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.’” – John 9:39 [ESV]

“I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, And I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.” – Isaiah 42:6-7 [NASB]

 

Recognize and Refuse

There are moments in life when we recognize what is right but we do not always do what we should in response. We like to call it our sin nature. In Isaiah 42, it spoke of those who understood what was right but they did nothing. The people heard what they were to do, but they did not act.

James said we are to be doers of the word. True faith requires action. The people Isaiah was referring to knew what was right but did not act on it. We do the same thing today. It is easier to refuse to act. It is easier to ignore. It is easier to accept what the world accepts.

Today let us challenge ourselves to listen. Let us recognize what is right and act. Let us stand firm in Christ. Knowing and refusing to act is worse than not knowing at all.

“You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear with your ears, but you don’t really listen.” – Isaiah 42:20 [NLT]

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