To The Church In Ephesus
In the control of the Holy Spirit
How do we prove our fear of God?
Genesis 22:12 Unquestioning Unreasoning - Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
Can you hear God in joy? Genesis 22:1, 11 - “Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.”
But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
Can you hear others ? Genesis 22:7 “Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Can you hear God in pain? Genesis 22:12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
The Other Side of Worship
Charitable Deeds -
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Exemplary Life Style -
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
1 Timothy 4:12
Unjust Suffering -
“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.”
1 Peter 4:16-16
2 Tim 4:6-8 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”