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Loosing Sight of What Matters Most

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We are So Blessed!

We really are so blessed.
Ephesians 1:3 ESV
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
Where do I even begin? im serious i say for hoirs trying to figure this out.
Shall i begin with prayer?
John 14:13 ESV
13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
And the power we have been given in prayer.
Matthew 18:18 ESV
18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Or shall I start with Ministry?
Ephesians 4:11–12 ESV
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
I can stand in awe that I am called a shepherd of God’s people and the privlifge of being a preacher.
Luke 10:16 ESV
16 “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
What about the ministry of the evangerlit?
Romans 10:15 ESV
15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Ort maybe I will being with the various spiritual gifts:
Romans 12:3–8 ESV
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
1 Corinthians 12:7–11 ESV
7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
Or maybe I can start with the power of the Holy Spirit?
Acts 1:8 ESV
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
I can even start at the blessings of victirous spiritual warefare.
Luke 10:19 ESV
19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
Lets begin there, let us begin with the awsome authority and power granted to us by God.
So amazed where the disciples with this miracle that, well lets just read the passsage:
Luke 10:1–3 ESV
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
So they go out and preach the gospel, lay hands on the sick and when they return they have a joyful report.
Luke 10:17–19 ESV
17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
Amazing!
Isaiah 54:17 ESV
17 no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”
This is powerful stuff my friends. Very powerful. And it is good! And it comforsts us. And it encourages us.
BUT, yes there is a BUT.
All these things are good and wonderful. And we might be so tempted to rejoice in all our gifts and blessings, and we should, BUT not at the expense of the greatest of all gifts.
let us read Jesus reply to the 72 again:
Luke 10:17–20 ESV
17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
All these blessings, all of them - Prom the power of prayer, the preaching, toi healing, to encouragment, to evalgelism, to spiritual warefare ALL of them.
They only are manifest because of our Salvation.
The Work of Jesus Christ Christ in redemption is the reason any of these blessings even exist at all.
They are gifts - But Jesus is the Giver.
And like those 72, we can easily get distracted by the gifts and forget the giver.
We can actually neglect our salvation by following after the blessings OF salvation.

Never Loose sight of the Cross

Preachers and pastors refer to this as living in the shadow of the cross. And it means that the work done at the cross always remain close to our hearts and in our prayers of thanksgiving.
1: Our Sinful Estate
2: The incarnation.
3: The Sinless Life
4: The sacrificial Death.
5: The triumphal Resurrection.
steak house analogy.
What fills Your Plate?
Can you rejoice in all these things as Jesus commands us to?
Try...
Let us look at Scripture:

1: Sinful Nature

Romans 3:23 ESV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Ecclesiastes 7:20 ESV
20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
Genesis 6:5 ESV
5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

2: The Incarnation

John 1:14 ESV
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Galatians 4:4–5 ESV
4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Colossians 1:19–20 ESV
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Colossians 1:15 ESV
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

3: His Sinless Life

1 Peter 2:22 ESV
22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.
1 John 3:5 ESV
5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.
1 Peter 1:18–19 ESV
18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

4: His Sacrificial Death

John 3:16 ESV
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
1 John 2:2 ESV
2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
Hebrews 9:12 ESV
12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
Romans 5:8 ESV
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

5: His Triumphal Resurrection

1 Peter 1:3 ESV
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
John 11:25 ESV
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
Romans 14:9 ESV
9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
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