Prov 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Prov 6:20-23 “My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. 21 Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. 22 When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. 23 For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life.”
Lesson 29: Bugs are God’s creatures too.
Prov 6:6 “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:” Bugs live in dirty and dark places and play on some of our most inherent fears, but they have a purpose. Some slither, scrunch, sting. If given the chance, bugs can teach us amazing things. There are people who scrunch up to protect themselves. There are people who sting because they’re hurting and defensive, but they’re important too. They can teach us some amazing lessons if given the chance.
The church is meant to be the place where these kinds of people are given refuge, the ones who the world may consider ‘bugs.’ It may not mean much, but it makes a world of difference to the one you reach out to.
As Christians, as the church, we should give everyone a chance.
Mat 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Lesson 257: Some people can’t be stopped.
Prov 31:17-20 “She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. 18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night. 19 Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. 20 She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.”
Peter says we have to be ready as Christians. We must be diligent and keep going, guarding our hearts and minds. We must keep pursuing the things of God and God Himself. If we’re to be effective, we must have the attitude that we cannot be stopped.
Heb 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
Gal 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
Lesson 596: Attitude matters.
A bad attitude does no one any good. There may be times when circumstances are so bad that people would understand a negative attitude, but choosing to have a positive attitude always makes a difference.
If you have a bad attitude, you’ll reap bad. If your attitude is apathy, then you can’t control what you reap. But, if you have a good attitude, you will reap good. Your attitude affects both your spiritual and emotional life. A poor attitude yields poor results.
Lesson 823: Count your blessings.
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, count your many blessings. Name them one by one and you’ll be surprised at all that God has done. Don’t be discouraged, God is over all.
Count your blessings in every circumstance, when things are going great and when things are not going great.
It’s okay to be happy for what you have, content, but strive to grow and improve.
Phil 4:11-13 “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Counting your blessings will keep and sustain you when things aren’t going your way.
Lesson 1190: Put others first.
It’s good to be a giver. Don’t do it because you’re supposed to, but because you’ve got God’s love flowing through you and you genuinely care about people.
If you want to be successful in winning souls and making real connections with people, you’ve got to put others first and display the love of Jesus.
What can I do to help you? What can I do to bless you?
Prov 31:20-25 “She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. 21 She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes. 22 She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. 23Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders. 24 She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”
More Questions for Personal or Group Study:
- What life lessons has your mom taught you?
- Which life lesson from the sermon spoke the most to you and why?
- Read Psalm 27:1-5. The church is seen as the ‘Bride of Christ,’ female. How does the church function as our spiritual mom? How are we as members of the church supposed to partner with the Lord in showing the world the love and hope of Jesus?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Micheal Lagle.
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If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!