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God Is Good

Infinite Blessings Series

October 28, 2018 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

God is so good... You just cannot contain the reality of the goodness of God! His goodness towards me... His goodness towards you: • He saved us! • His Grace and Mercy are endless! • He makes all things new! • He is always with us! Luke 18:19 Jesus declared it, “No one is good — except God alone” In 1 John 1:5 “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. When we say... That God is good... What we are saying is that God ALWAYS acts in accordance with what is right, true and good. Right = Morally good, justifiable or acceptable. True = Fact, reality, accurate and exact. Good = to be desired or approved of. These three attributes are apart of who God is! Goodness is apart of the nature of God... It is impossible for God to contradict that nature. Just like Holiness and Righteousness are apart of His nature... God cannot do anything that is UNHOLY or UNRIGHTEOUS... He can’t... Because it is not in Him. Genesis 50:20 "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people[a] should be kept alive, as they are today.” The fact that God is good means that • He has no evil in Him • His intentions and motivations are always good • He ALWAYS does what is right • The outcome of His plans isALWAYS good! Psalm 100:5 says, “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” God is Good and... • He loves you! • He died for you! • He wants to forgive you! • He wants a relationship with you! • He want to walk with you! • He wants to help you partner with you! • He wants you to be with Him in eternity! Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Author Max Lacado: “Your parents may have forgotten you, your teachers may have neglected you, your siblings may be ashamed of you; but within reach of your prayers is the maker of the oceans. God! God is for you. Not may be, not has been, not was...but God is! He is for you. Today. At this hour. At this minute. As you hear this, He is with you. God is for you!” Evidence #1 - God will graciously give us all things! Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Evidence #2 - No one will bring any charge against us! Romans 8:33 “Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.” Evidence #3 - No one will condemn us! Romans 8:34 “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Evidence #4 - Nothing will separate us from the love of Christ! Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 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.” James 4:6 says, “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” C.S. Lewis: “According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.” Pride is a state of mind... Or rather... A condition of the heart in which a person has replace the rule of God over his life... With the rule of his own will. How do you know if you are proud? • You are always easily offended. • You always think your way is the best way. • You have difficulty following the direction or leadership of others. • You are always want things your own way... • You refuse to align with those who are in positions to lead you. So because God is GOOD... And because... God is not against you... If you feel the angst between you and God... Check your heart and see if Pride resides there. Pride is our greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend! James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

Pentecost

May 31, 2020 • Evangelist Greg Hubbard

The Helper

Holy Spirit Everywhere Everyday Series • May 24, 2020 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

John 14:16-18 16 “ And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 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. 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” John 16:7-15 7 “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. The HOLY SPIRIT Helps us by Convicting Us Of Sin John 16:8 “And when he comes (that is the Holy Spirit), he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” This world is full of sin! Everyone of us were born sinners! Romans 3:23 “For ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God!” The HOLY SPIRIT Helps Us To Grow Up Spiritually 1 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” The HOLY SPIRIT Is Our Teacher John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” James 1:5 “ If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. Job 28:17-19 (NLT) 17 “Wisdom is more valuable than gold and crystal. It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold. 18 Coral and jasper are worthless in trying to get it. The price of wisdom is far above rubies. 19 Precious peridot from Ethiopia cannot be exchanged for it. It’s worth more than the purest gold. The HOLY SPIRIT Is Our COMPANION! John 14:18 Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” Also reference: Deuteronomy 31:6 and Hebrews 13:5 John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” The HOLY SPIRIT... Helps us in our weakness! Romans 8:26-27 26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” The Holy Spirit... Will Give Us Daily Strength! Ephesians 3:16 “That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being.”

The Divine Showcase

Holy Spirit Everywhere Everyday Series • May 17, 2020 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

John 14:16-17 16 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 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 14:17 "You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you." John 14:25 "I have spoken to you while I am with you." John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 15:26 "When the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me." John 16:13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 “These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.” John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made. Romans 8:9-11 “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” The Holy Spirit Had A Role In Creation Genesis 1:1-2 1 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form1 and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” The Holy Spirit Had A Role In Salvation John 3:5 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 12:3 “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit Has A Role In Sanctification Romans 8:13 “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13 “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification ( by the Spirit ) and belief in the truth.” Romans 8:5-8 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ (that is Holy Spirit) does not belong to him. 2 Corinthians 13:14 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”