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Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen

Hinders & Entangles

by Erik Momsen

This nation is hindered and entangled because so many believers are.  The world is marveling at what is happening in China economically but it is based in the spiritual world.

I am reading the the account of a North Korean Christian who says, “I love China because I met Jesus there”.  I wonder if he would have said the same thing of South Africa if he was a refugee here?

The Kingdom and His righteousness comes first and then all other issues are sorted by our Heavenly Father - or else He is a liar.  Our Father will bring blessings to this nation when the believers start running the race that is set out before us.  Note the heart of God as stated thousands of years ago.

“He loves righteousness and justice; the world is filled with the gracious love of the LORD.  By the word of the LORD the heavens were made; all the heavenly bodies by the breath of his mouth.  He gathered the oceans into a single place; he put the deep water into storehouses.  Let all the world fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him; because he spoke and it came to be, because he commanded, it stood firm.  The LORD makes void the counsel of nations; he frustrates the plans of peoples.  But the LORD's counsel stands firm forever, the plans in his mind for all generations."
Psalm 33:12 

"How blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen as his own inheritance.  When the LORD looks down from heaven, he observes every human being.  From his dwelling place, he looks down on all the inhabitants of the earth.  He formed the hearts of them all; he understands everything they do.  A king is not saved by a large army; a mighty soldier is not delivered by his great strength.  It is vain to trust in a horse for deliverance, even with its great strength, it cannot deliver. Indeed, the LORD watches those who fear him; those who trust in his gracious love to deliver them from death; to keep them alive in times of famine.  We wait on the LORD; he is our help and our shield.  Indeed, our heart will rejoice in him, because we have placed our trust in his holy name.  LORD, may your gracious love be upon us, even as we hope in you." (Psalm 33:5-22)

THE WORLD IS FILLED WITH HIS LOVE
HE MADE ALL AND CONTROLS NATIONS
HIS PLANS WILL STAND
BLESSED IS THE NATION WHO IS THE LORD'S
THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD ARE DELIVERED
 

PRUNING ENTANGLEMENTS & SIN

“Therefore, having so vast a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, and throwing off everything that hinders us and especially the sin that so easily entangles us, let us keep running with endurance the race set before us, fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, who, in view of the joy set before him, endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Think about the one who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you may not become tired and give up.  In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”
(Hebrews 12:1-4)

We must ask ourselves, “Are we running and doing it with endurance”?  What would be His response be if you have to ask the Lord, “How well am I serving you?”

I see a lots of entanglement and sin among believers.  Much of it is described by Jesus in the parable of the sower:
“But the worries of life, the deceitful pleasures of wealth, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word so that it can't produce a crop.” (Mark 4:19)
 - too busy – too much stuff – too much pleasure
 

HOW TO BE FRUITFUL? - from Hebrews

Remember a great cloud of the faithful watch us.
We have a race planned by God for us.
Fix your eyes on Jesus -- be practical – Bible, worship music, talk to Him.
Jesus works on our faith … How? Presence – pressure - pruning.
Jesus is our example --- He suffered because He knew what was coming.


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Christians in oppressive countries are taught that when under interrogation to think about how Jesus suffered.  Paul reminds us that we have not shed blood yet and goes on to say that trouble builds faith.

Date Added: 2013-03-11

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