‘Growing in the Right Direction’

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Last Sunday, Reverend Lawerence Aker, III from the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY gave the message from Titus 2:11-14.

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. (NLT) 

His first point started with a fact that the symbol of Australia was the Kangaroo. When he said this, i was thinking to myself like huh?? But as he explained it, i began to catch it quick. He stated that a reason why Australia uses the Kangaroo as their symbol, was that the Kangaroo always moves forward. It can never move backward.. and thats when he related that example to our daily walk with Christ. It should always be moving forward, never backward!

  • Jesus has rescued us.  V.11 mentions the grace of God being revealed. God sent His son Jesus to rescue us, but also to reveal God’s grace. The change in your life, and in my life is happening, because, and only because His grace has been revealed to us. “change occurred because grace appeared.”
  • Jesus has redeemed us. V.12 says we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. WE should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God. This verse struck me because I’ve been living and indulging in sinful pleasures, and godless living. I’ve progressed and gotten better, but still lack in areas. This verse is important because we learn that Jesus comes and redeems and restores us, Hebrews 12:6 says For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. So with the redemption and restoration Jesus brings, comes discipline of the Lord, its all out of love, but God and His son Jesus wants us to turn away from the evil ways of the world, turn from Godless living, and live in righteousness, and be devoted to serving God! “If you want to ‘Grow in the right direction’ say no to ungodliness and worldly passions, and say yes to self controlled, upright, Godly living.
  • Raise the Banner! Reverend Aker broke down V. 13 with a very familiar and interesting example. V.13 says while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. We are waiting for that great day when Christ returns, all the while we’re looking forward, we’re getting ready, and getting right. We’re celebrating now, and will forever rejoice when Christ does return. So While we wait, we can Raise the Banner! ‘Jesus lives! The Savior lives! Our champion is coming back!! Just like the Dallas Mavericks winning over the Miami Heat in the NBA finals, and on their day of celebration and parade, they wore shirts that said ‘Raise the Banner’. WE should all Raise the Banner in our hearts for Christ has given us the victory! 
  • He purchased us w/ a purpose. V.14 says that He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us,and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.  This verse restores my faith that i can be forgiven for ALL of my sins that i have committed. Jesus gave up His life to free and rescue us from our sins, our addictions, our obsessions, our depressions and insecurities, and fears. He redeemed us, He rescued us, so that we can do good works. He purified us, because He has a purpose for our lives. He cleansed us so that we may be used by Him like an instrument. “Be an instrument , not an ornament.” Instruments are played and have sound and can be heard! Ornaments are only for decoration and can only be seen
Lord help me, and give me strength. I want to Grow in the Right Direction! 

Father, which art in Heaven , Lord God I thank you for sending your only begotten son down to this world to save us, and to deliver us from all of our sins. God i thank you for Word, and I pray right now that through your Word, through your Son, through your Spirit, that i may turn away from all of ungodly living and worldly passions and turn my heart, mind, body, and soul to living a righteous life in Christ, and devote myself to serving You. Cleanse me O God. Purify me, so that I can do what you’ve called me to do. God use me as an instrument. i wanna spread and share Your Word. I love you Lord, I pray this prayer in your son Jesus name, AMEN

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