We’re at the end of our Back to Basics sermon series with a message on how to get prepared to be used by God. In the Bible, anytime God wanted to use somebody, He had to prepare them first.
Message by Todd Lester – June 21, 2015
Luke 12:35-37 Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded…
I MUST PURIFY MY HEART
Job 11:13-16 If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to Him in prayer! Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you. Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear. You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away.
Joshua 3:5 Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.”
1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
2 Timothy 2:21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
I MUST SANCTIFY MY BODY
Romans 6:13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honour God with your body.
Psalm 127:2 It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.
1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
I MUST SIMPLIFY MY SCHEDULE
Psalm 90:12 (NIV) Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Hebrews 12:1 Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
2 Timothy 2:4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.
Luke 9:62 But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
I MUST FORTIFY MY FAITH
Jude 1:20 (NCV) But dear friends, use your most holy faith to build yourselves up, praying in the Holy Spirit.
Jude 1:20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,
1 Timothy 4:7b …train yourself to be godly.
I MUST INTENSIFY MY PASSION FOR GOD
Matthew 5:16 Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
For Sermon discussion resources click here: June 22 Sermon Resources