My personal reflections on last Sunday’s message at PGCC Roseville CA.
The beginning of the message included the following Scripture passages:
Micah 5:1-5 NIV and Luke 1:67-79 NIV
THE CONTROL FACTOR
Sometimes we feel like this —
I’ve just got to get control of my life!!
A book related to this is:
The Lord of Loose Ends
In John 15:5 NIV — Jesus tells us to remain in Him because “apart from me you can do nothing.”
Also, in Colossians 1:27 ESV, Paul says that “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
So my response is that if I remain in Him I can do anything for Him and I will have the hope of glory now and forever.
Some questions were posed at this point in the message:
Have you ever yielded control of your life to Christ? I accepted Christ when I was 9 years old. Did I yield control then? No. I will say that I have yielded my life sometimes but usually have taken the control back.
Have you surrendered your life to Christ? At times this has been true for me but more often it is not true.
When did you surrender your life to Christ? I do not believe I have ever really surrendered my life to Christ. ￼
A CONSTRICTED CHRIST.
I am guilty of constricting Christ in my life. Colossians 1:15-17,19 NIV The sentence that hits me from these verses is — in Christ all things hold together. Even when I feel I am on the throne in my life, Christ is still holding me together.
THE PEACE FACTOR
The Rule of Peace — Let the peace of Christ rule…
Colossians 3:15 NIV
The Calling of Peace — Let the message of Christ dwell, … teach and admonish others and sing … with gratitude!!
Colossians 3:16 NIV
The Expression of Peace — Whatever I do, I need to do it ALL in the name of my Lord and Saviour—Jesus Christ!!
Colossians 3:17 NIV
At this point in the message, I am so very blessed and convicted of my need to relinquish CONTROL so I can experience PEACE!! I must stay in Christ daily touching my heart with His Word and allowing Christ to rule in my life!!