Pastor Dennis Rokser
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The Christian Life...
...is not about YOU; itís about JESUS CHRIST (Phil. 1:20-21; Jer. 9:23-24).
...is not about YOUR GLORY; itís about GOD'S GLORY (1 Cor. 1:31; 10:31).
...is not about YOUR MERIT AND RESOURCES; itís about GOD'S GRACE AND PROVISIONS (John 1:16; Rom. 5:1-2; 1 Cor. 15:10).
...is not about YOUR WISDOM; itís about GOD'S WORD (Isa. 55:8-11; Ps. 1:1-3).
...is not about YOUR WILL; itís about GOD'S WILL (Matt. 26:39; Rom. 12:1-2).
...is not lived through YOUR STRENGTH; itís lived by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT (Romans 7 & 8; Zech 4:6; Eph. 5:18).
...is not lived on YOUR TERMS; itís lived on GOD'S TERMS (Rom. 6:11-13; 12:1-2).
...it is not about SERVICE FIRST; itís about SPIRITUALITY FIRST (John 15:1-5).
...it is not about PLEASING YOURSELF; itís about PLEASING GOD (2 Cor. 5:8-10).
...it is not about WALKING BY SIGHT OR BY FEELINGS; itís about WALKING BY FAITH in the SUFFICIENCY OF JESUS CHRIST (Col. 2:6; 2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 11:6; Jer. 17:5-8).
...it is not about COVERING YOUR SINS; itís about CONFESSING YOUR SINS (1 Cor. 11:28-32; 1 John 1:5-10; Prov. 28:13).
The key to the HORIZONTAL is the VERTICAL (Ps. 127:1; Gal. 3:1-5; John 15:1-5).
The SUFFERING is in THIS life; the GLORY is in the NEXT! (Rom. 8:18-25; 2 Cor. 4:16-18).
Apart from a right vertical relationship with the Lord, MAN IS MISERABLE AND LIFE IS MEANINGLESS! (Ecclesiastes).
We must KEEP our EYES on the LORD and His FAITHFULNESS, and not on PEOPLE and their FAILINGS (Heb. 12:1-2; 2 Tim. 2:13; 1 Thess. 5:24; Lam. 3:22-24).
Your greatest problem is YOU and your INDEPENDENCE and UNBELIEF; it is not your CIRCUMSTANCES or OTHERS (Rom. 7:14-18; James 1:2-4; 1 Pet. 1:6-7).
To be DISAPPOINTED WITH YOURSELF is to have BELIEVED IN YOURSELF! (2 Cor. 3:5-6).
The way UP is DOWN, as HE must INCREASE and YOU must DECREASE! (2 Cor. 4:8-11; John 3:30)
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble! (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5).
God's grace is sufficient for you, for when you are WEAK (in yourself) you can be STRONG (in the Lord)! (2 Cor. 12:7-10)
It's better to be a FELLOWSHIPPING MARY than a BUSY but BARREN MARTHA! (Luke 10:38-42).
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