When you are God’s…..He is always with you.


What is the greatest gift we receive from the Lord when we choose to serve Him?  When one cries out to the Lord for salvation, and believes in Christ, so much happens.  Being a follower of Christ give us so much grace and truth from the Lord.

  • Our sins are forgiven, as Jesus suffered for us on the cross (John 1.29; 1 John 1.1,2).
  • We are adopted as children of God, into the family of God (John 1.12)
  • We become new inside (2 Corinthians 5.17).
  • We stop leaving for our purposes or none at all and begin to live the purposes of the Lord. Our life has purpose and significance because we realize we are treasured by Father God.
  • Our names are written down in the book of life, promising us eternal life (John 5.24).
  • We receive the Holy Spirit and He lives in us (Ephesians 1.13,14).
  • We begin a life-long adventure of getting to know Christ, and His ways, as the Lord gives us revelation through His words, and our life.  We become set apart for the purposes of God.
  • Because the Lord lives in us, we hear Him. We can sense God in our daily lives.
  • We understand the Bible, the things of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2.14).
  • We begin to heal from the hurts of our past.
  • We do not have to fear death, or anything, because we are God’s and will live with him forever.
  • We have victory over sin, addictions, and the enemy (1 John 3.8).
  • We are delivered from the emptiness of religion and trying to be “good” to earn God’s love or salvation.
  • We gain wisdom from God (Proverbs 9.10). This wisdom helps us walk through life, make decisions, and treat others.
  • We have the power to forgive those in our past, those that hurt us, and those that will in the future.
  • We care for others with the unconditional love of Christ (1 Cor. 13).

But, one of the greatest things that happen when we choose to follow God, we have access to Father God, through Christ (John 14.16). We get to know God and call out to Him as our “Abba Father”. He is not known afar off. He is not aloof. He is with us.

We need His presence!  We need his power.  We need His wisdom, direction, Word, life, and light to help us on this earth because it can be very difficult.  We have our hope in the Lord, that whatever circumstances, heartaches, joys, tragedies, in life, our God is with us.  He has redeemed us, by Christ, bought us back so we can be His.

The most wonderful gift of salvation to me, is knowing that my Father God is with me.   It does not matter if I feel Him, He is with me.  It does not matter if tragedy strikes, He is with me.  Even when I sin against Him, He is with me.  When I don’t think about Him, He is with Me.  He is with you too.  Always.  Don’t think He isn’t if you believe. He is with you.

Pastor Nate Elarton

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”  Hebrews 13.5-6

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8.38-39

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.  John 14.16-18

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Message is on sin this weekend and the remedy, John 1.29


I, by nature, am an encourager. The message this week is on sin and how Christ came to take away our sin as the “lamb of God.” (John 1.29).  As I have been seeking God and praying about the message it dawns on me through illumination and the Logos Word of God, that God is pretty serious about sin.  Sin in the believer and the believer.  For us to understand the Gospel, know about Jesus, and to continue to willfully live in sin, apart from God, is a horrible decision.  Communicating this serious Truth with grace and love will be the challenge this weekend.  Freedom is enouragement and walking in truth is also.

Our greatest life is to be forgiven and honor God with our life. To walk away from sin, sinful behavior, sin of ignoring Christ and what we know, bring amazing joy, peace and freedom, and removes the wrath of God from our lives (John 3.36). Pray for me as I teach these truths. Pray for us all, that we would be aware of sin, and believe, be forgiven, and walk in grace with thankful hearts.

Pray for those who know all of this, yet seem not to care anymore.

Pray for those who will hear the Gospel for the first time.

Pray for those filled with spiritual pride that think this message is for everyone else, not them.

Pray for this pastor.

Below are the handout notes.

P. Nate

John One|1.29

Compelled Church,

July 6, 2017

 

John 1.19-34

1.29   “ The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! “

 

Some Definitions

“Lamb of God”

The Lamb provided to Abraham Genesis 22:8 “ Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.”

The Passover Lamb- Exodus 12. 1-13

The Lamb of Isaiah-Isiah 53.1-5

The Lamb of Revelation  (Rev. 5 1.1-10   Revelation  5:9–10 (NASB95)

9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”

Sin- Gr. “harmartia”  sin, evil actions, guilt

Two Types of Sin- 1)Omission 2) commission

Of the World-  The atonement of Christ is comprehensive-

1 John 2:1–2” My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”

  1. The foolish view

I don’t care about my sin.  (God cares)

It does not bother me to sin.  (you are deceived or heart has become hard)

I don’t feel guilty when I sin.   Guilt could be covered by selfishness and rebellion

James 1:14–16But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. “

 

  1. The significance of “sins gone”

The guilt of sin is gone Hebrews 10.22 Hebrews 10:22 (NASB95) “ let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. “

The punishment for sin is gone from us (1 John 2.1-2)

John 5:24- “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

  1. The gift of “sins gone”

John 1.12- We are adopted as the Father’s Children

  1. The response of “sins gone”

We live thankful.

We walk in God’s Grace

We stop willfully sinnin

1 John 1:9 (NASB95)

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

What about the Christian that continues in sin?

What if we do not stop, confess, and repent of sin?

 

 

The Effects of continued sin in our life.

  1. Drift happens
  2. Selfishness inflates
  3. God thoughts diminish
  4. Compassion begin to dissolve
  5. Love for God, becomes a doctrine, not an action
  6. Priorities of life become scrambled
  7. Desertion starts becoming complete.

 

We stop desiring to serve the Lord or honor him with our life.

 

Believe in Jesus as your Savior and have him forgive your sins by asking.

Acknowledge sin and ask forgiveness and be free.

 

 

Encouraging Truths to Live by


Here are the notes from the message this weekend. Encouraging truths after our week of prayer and fasting.  Blessings, Pastor Nate

“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138.3

“But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble.” Psalm 37.39

  1. Do not fear. There is lot of fear about the future on cards. I too deal with some of that.

Keep remembering God has our future in His hands. If we walk with Him, we are going to make it with victory, faith, joy, and security.

  1. You are growing more than you think

Everyone’s default is they are not very strong spiritually, lack faith, fail God, and upset him.

Let me tell you. Every act is fruit and the Lord is glorified with fruit in our lives(John 15.8).

  1. Keep depending on the love of Jesus, to love and forgive others.

You will not always hurt.  You will be released more and more as you forgive. Live in His love and you will live in love and  forgiveness for others.

  1. Stop self-negative talk and self-condemnation

“There is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus.”  Romans 8.1

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 8.21

  1. Give your anger to the Lord. Be happy again.

Don’t allow a few little things to blow into giant things. You must believe that you are going to forsake and be delivered from rage, anger, grouchiness, and you are going to grow in self-control, as we grow in the fruit of the Spirit.

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Galatians 5.22-24

 

  1. Be free of personal perfectionism. This results in always being down on yourself, and guilty.

And free those around you .  tolerate failure, selfishness, and less than perfect. Ease up on your family.

  1. Never give up. Don’t quit your faith, because you don’t see God doing what you believe He should. Don’t waver because of your past. Don’t listen to the liar.

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8.44

  1. Our identity is in Christ

“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3.27-28

 

  1. Stop concluding you are a terrible parent. Move forward, keep loving, and building.

 

  1. Don’t stop praying about your marriage. Pray for your spouse, pray about your troubles, pray about your reactions, pray about your sex life, pray about your children, give your pressures to the Lord
  2. Don’t pray about your past sins and mistakes anymore. Move on.

As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103.12

  1. Stop speaking of in justices done to you in the past, let them go, move on.
  2. Take time to rest. Turn things off and go to bed. 30% of America is sleep deprived.

Part of our struggles is we are over tired, undernourished, and worn out. I am convinced rest and lack of rest affects me spiritually, my leadership, and my mood, demeanor, attitude etc. Yours too.

  1. He is not done with you, we are going to keep growing and maturing, so are those around you.

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1.6

  1. He loves you more than you are currently believing

We respond differently to people if we think wrongly about them.

Conclusion

 

  1. God is with you and He is for you.

 

Joshua 1.9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

 

 

 

 

Ten Signs That You May Be a Christian Consumer


Since Christian consumerism (an oxymoron really) is a deception, and deceptions are deceitful, how do you know if you are being deceived?  If you are deceived you don’t know that, because we don’t know what we don’t know.  What we consider normal Christianity in America, has a lot of selfish consumerism in it. It is not normal according to the Bible at all.  How do you know if you have become just another Christian Consumer?  Ask yourself these Ten challenges questions, better yet, ask on your knees and ask God to give his perspective.

1. Maybe you question the existence of God, or his love for you, every time life gets challenging. The truth is life can be tough, but he never leaves us and never forsakes us. He has promised that trouble will come in life and storms will happen, but if we are truly on the Rock, then no storm will crush our faith, only make it grow stronger, deeper, more mature!

2. You make plans for your life, and then communicate to the Lord, and demand he bless them.  The truth is, the Lord has a plan for you. That is the best plan. Learn His plans, and then walk in His ways.

3.  You have thrown in the towel on faith, because you can’t understand why something happened in life happened to you.  Don’t forget, something pretty awful also happened to Jesus.  One incident cannot define our lives nor should our faith hinge on it.

4. Sometimes we can be more interested in God blessing us, than we blessing God.  The truth is, he owes us nothing. Jesus must be enough! Salvation is a greater blessing and gift than most Christian realized. If we did fully understand, I believe we would live and worship with a greater level of thankfulness and gratitude.

5. Your personal wealth and receiving of money from God, is part of your theology and understanding of God’s responsibilities to you.  You believe the Christian TV lie that God owes richness, wealth, and prosperity to you. The false theology is really based on greed.  This is the saddest thing in Christianity to me. Reduces the precious cross to money. God help us and may his mercy forgive us.

6. You leave your church family when something does not go the way you want, or a change is made, that you don’t like, or you were told no. You tell everyone “God released you” or “You didn’t feel the anointing anymore” or something “really spiritual like that.  The truth is we may have trouble with submission, change, or we are really a consumer? So we pull our family youth and kids out and go somewhere else that we like better, fits our needs (no one usually leaves without poisoning a few on the way out unfortunately).   God may want you at a church you don’t like, to be a servant and to be a blessing!  People in a church you may not like, may be praying for people like you to stay, and help it be all God wants it to be.  Your absence also brings an absence of the blessing of your presence and your family.

7. How much is sacrifice a part of your faith? Sacrificial serving? Sacrificial giving?  Giving God time for prayer?  Sacrificing food for fasting?  Making sure your family is in worship, no matter what. There will always be things that conflict with corporate worship times.  Every time church comes 2nd you make a statement to your family that worship is really not that important, kind of optional.  I am not being realistic, but in 25 years of ministry, families with this pattern raise up families and adults that have no interest in church and make no time in their lives to be involved in their local church.  This is a result of being a consumer of God, and not a sacrificial servant.

8. Do you see the good in the church and the Kingdom?  Do you only see what is wrong? What can be improved?  Do you help broken things get fixed?

9. Most consumers never encourage or compliment when things go well…I mean, things are expected to always go smooth? Right?  So do we compliment and encourage those that serve and minister to us?  Do we let them know they have made a difference, or when things go good we are silent? Have you ever written a note or bought a gift for your kids leaders?  Youth group volunteers that commit and give weekly to play a part in our kids faith?  Have you ever thanked an usher?  Expressed gratitude to a sound man?  Do you thank the person serving the coffee?  Servants love serving and bless servers. Consumers just keep taking in.

10. Is Jesus the center of your faith or are you the center of your faith?  Is every worship service centered on your feelings, your needs, your desires, or do you glorify and lift up the Lord?  Sometimes consumers serve God for the benefits, and avoid the sacrifices, commitment, denial of self and desires.

The Ancient Scriptures Teach…

16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. 2 Timothy 2.16, 17 NIV

James 1.22 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Matthew 16:24 …’Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.’

Matthew 6:21,24 …’For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and material posessions.’

Matthew 7:21 …’Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.’

Matthew 10:22 …’And your will be hated of all men for My name’s sake, but he that perseveres to the end will be saved.’