Two services also means that I missed seeing some of the people I am accustomed to seeing on Sunday morning, but then we are assembled to worship, are we not? New decor in the foyer is pleasant and the "welcome back" by the attendees was gratifying.
So was I up to taking notes on the sermon? Of course. It is a habit of long standing, for it helps me be more attentive to Pastor's words and is a deterrent to falling sideways in my chair and awakening myself with a snork! And embarrassing myself.
Am I up to transcribing the notes onto the blog? Questionable and doubtful; but here are a few one-liners I heard this morning.
Sanctification: God's desire for us.
Scripture: Mark 1:4-8 "I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit." v. 8
If you "married up," your spouse "settled."
*The expectation God has for us: holiness. God expects us to be a holy people.*
Sanctification is a cleansing, a changing of our desires. It is God taking our will and making it His.
It is fixing the alignment of the heart on Jesus.
It pours into our spirit the spirit of love; love begins to flow through the soul.
With God's power you are capable of more than you have imagined. Do Not Settle for Less!
God makes us holy. There is nothing we can do; it must be God's work in us over time.
We can put ourselves in a place where God is more prone to pour out the Holy Spirit on us.
a) Be with Him. A relationship with God requires our time. Commune regularly with God; study His word.
b) Gather with God's people. A gathering in His name is God's throne room. He will always show up. We cannot be holy without the community of the brotherhood. God uses the Body of Christ to make us holy.
Do not settle for a cottage when a palace is available.
Stop settling. Let God.
Pastor Johnnie Blair