Sunday, July 26, 2015

Zero to Hero: You

"He's still working on me."

What makes a Zero?  What causes a Zero to become a Hero?  Looking back over the characters we have studied in this series we ask, "What did these people have in common?"

  1. Potential for good
  2. Fear of God
  3. Imperfection
What do I need to do to make sure I go down the right path?
What makes a Zero?

[The reading of the lesson from the Gospel of Matthew 12:22-33.]

"A house divided against itself cannot stand."  The Zero is torn inside, double-minded, unstable.

The underlying issue is whether one is divided or not.

It truly is about your soul.  It is more than what you do, how you think, or the details of your life.  It is the orientation of the heart that makes or breaks.
  • The Hero ultimately depends on God.
  • The Zero tries to accomplish good by his own strength; tries to be his own hero.
"Do it yourself."

The Hero always leans heavily on God; the Zero tries to do it himself.  The Zero goes after his own desires, puts God's plan on the back burner.

  • Zero runs down a negative path, is overcritical of self and others.
  • Hero gets to the point of recognition of his own need, looks to God's power.
Zero lives in active disobedience to God's will; Hero does the will of God.
Zero gropes for control; Hero lets go of control, implements God's plan in his life.

A Hero is flexible, goes with the flow of God's will.
 [Pastor related Christ's story of the houses built on sand and on rock, respectively.]

"The most important thing in your life is not what you do but who you become." --Dallas Willard

The potential for either Zero or Hero is in every one of us.  It is not about what you do, but who you become.  But.  Everything you do helps shape who you become.

What have you been building into your life?  Now is the time to allow the Holy Spirit to assess you building, allow Him to bring in the wrecking ball if you need to start anew.

Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning

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