“Life is a Journey, Enjoy the Ride” Sermon by Pastor Richard Daughtridge January 29, 2012

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“Life is a Journey, Enjoy the Ride”   Sermon by Pastor Richard Daughtridge January 29, 2012

“Everyday has a dream.  Locked in the imaginations of man there are experiences waiting to unfold. Memories ready to be birthed. The Apostle Paul placed these experiences in three categories:  good, acceptable and perfect, will of God.”

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

  •  What does a good day look like for you?
  • What does an acceptable day look like for you?
  • What does a perfect day look like for you? 

Be not conformed to me says, don’t accept the norm. “Mediocrity takes little effort and always falls short of potential.”

 Believing on the other hand takes an asserted effort.

Believing demands answers to one word questions:

1.  What?               

2.  Why?           

3.  How?             

4.  Who?                   

Believe is a verb that has been placed in category of magical, mythical, supernatural, and fantasy.

Believing however is powerless without an object. It’s like electricity with no ground. We as humanity must decide whether the object of our belief is worthy of our trust.

Hebrews 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Who do we pray to?  Who do we place hope in?   Without an entity of trust beyond ourselves our imaginations, thoughts, dreams and prayers are powerless. We need God.  

I’ve underlined the entity in the verse below.

Romans 12:1    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Romans 12:5  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: [5] So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Statements from the cancer survivors that I talked to.

  • “Every day belongs to God.”
  • “Every day is a gift and every meal a banquet.”
  • “God obviously has a reason for my being here.”
  • “Richard, it was as though I could feel the church praying.”
  • “I believe God heard all our prayers.”
  • “I know I don’t walk alone.”

Romans 12:9-21  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. [10] Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; [11] Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; [12] Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; [13] Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. [14] Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. [15] Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. [16] Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. [17] Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. [18] If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. [19] Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. [20] Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. [21] Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

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