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Prison Bars Transformed

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Stephen Johns

on 9 July 2017

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Transcript of Prison Bars Transformed

Prison Bars Transformed
Romans 12:12-13
"The bars contain you and you hate them, the bars shield you and you feel safe by them, and finally the bars keep you up and you need them."
God delights in forging our prison bars of selfishness into eternal treasures for His glory.
A Prison Worth Leaving
Macedonian Selfishness
A Prison we Embrace
It is a prison of foolishness
Luke 12:15-21
It assumes that abundance has been given for you to consume and hold tightly and not to give away and steward for the care and love of others.
It is a prison of unfulfilled longing
Ecclesiastes 5:10-12
It binds you to its service because you can always imagine having more and how you would steward more better.
It is a prison of a wasted life
Matthew 6:19-20
It takes your time, energy, and talents making constant withdrawals from investment in far greater treasure.
A Process Worth Embracing
Rejoice in Hope
Romans 8:24-25

“24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
An inner happiness and joy that is focused on the eternal promises and blessings of God.
Rejoice in Hope
Patient in Tribulations
The refusal to react in a fleshly way or to seek escape in our will from tribulations. The settled willingness to remain in a trial for it to do its work in us and through us.
Rejoice in Hope
Patient in Tribulations
Constant in Prayer
The Pursuit of God's will, strength, comfort, and direction in the midst of suffering; that we might know HIm better, glorify Him greater, and love Him deeper.
Contribute to the Needs of the Saints
Seek to Show Hospitality
A Product Worth Displaying
• How many people from your church have you invited into your home for a meal? When was the last time someone stayed the night?

• Do others come to you when they need help, or do you give the impression that you don’t want to be bothered?

• Is your family intentional about welcoming others into your home, even if they are different from you or if they make you feel awkward and uncomfortable?

• Why do you fear welcoming others into your life and your home? What promises has God given you that you can cling to for hope, peace, and assurance?
God delights in forging our prison bars of selfishness into eternal treasures for His glory.
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