We have gotten to meet many people with our life and may think to ourselves “Well ____ will never change.” In Acts 9, God changed Saul to become the person we know as Paul. This radical transformation was first initiated by God, responded by Saul and Ananaias was sent as the changed agent. This encourages us that even when we don’t see changes in people, we should not give up on the person. Instead, we must wait actively and pray faithfully. We must trust that God knows the right time and knows what He is doing.
Through commercials and media, the world around us tells us that we should believe in ourselves. But this lie will not lead us toward life as God creates for us to live. Instead, it will lead to our downfall. We believe in ourselves because somehow we think that we can control our lives. What matters most is who Jesus says He is and who Jesus says we are. Having faith means that we will trust His Word and trust it enough to live by it.
The second lie that many Christians believe is that “God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.” However, all of life is more than we can handle. The Bible instead tells us that we will go through suffering, but God will be with us through that suffering, even when our lives are falling apart (See Psalm 23:4, Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 43:2 for more). When God gives us more than what we can handle, we come to know God – 1) The sovereign God who is always in control, 2) The all powerful God who empowers us when we can find no power, 3) The loving God who can sympathize with our weaknesses. We have Jesus in us and therefore we have everything we need to face whatever that is going on in our lives. Rather than believing in the lie, we must trust that God won’t give me more than what He can handle through us.
As we kick off our new sermon series Lies Christians Believe, we tackle the first lie: “God just wants me to be happy.” This lie leaves us believing that we can choose whatever we want to do just because it makes us happy, even if that means it hurts others or sin against God. This a lie because we can’t always be happy. Happiness is based on circumstances and it is very fleeting. Instead, God gives us joy as the Holy Spirit dwells in us. Joy that is from God is not based on circumstances, but on the person Jesus. Our joy remains because Jesus Christ remains in us. Because of this, we are commanded to rejoice in always because we can always trust in Him.