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WHAT'S HOLDING YOU DOWN?
The Bible instructs you in Hebrews 12 to lay aside every weight and every sin that would entangle you. Every phase of your purpose, your calling, and your assignment will be opposed by people, places, or things that will try to stop you or hold you down. But how do you recognize them?
Join Dr. Vance this week as he helps you identify the real issues that are holding you down, break loose from anything that has you in bondage, and live the extraordinary plan and purpose that God designed for you!
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One of the greatest revelations I had when I first became a Christian was the difference between the tithe and the offering and what each would do when I put them to practice. When I was a child, the church I went to never explained the difference. We knew the tithe was 10% and just thought that if you robbed God of it, you were in danger of going to hell. (Why? Because thieves don’t go to heaven!) So, with the thought of hell, we tithed and never really understood what it was about.
When it came time to bring our tithes the preacher would say something along these lines, “If you can help us, we need you to try to give a little extra tonight, because we’ve got this or that bill that needs paid.” We seriously thought that all the tithe and offering was about was to keep the preacher fed and the doors of the church open. Of course, nobody wanted to come to a building with no heat and air conditioning or no water for the restrooms, so everybody did a little extra when needed.
Now, is it good to feed the pastor? Yes! Is it good to give for the operation of the ministry? Yes! Those are Biblical reasons to tithe and give, but they are not the only reasons. If you read in Malachi 3:8-12 God said, “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.”
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What's Holding You Down?
The Bible instructs you in Hebrews 12 to lay aside every weight and every sin (missing the mark) that would entangle you. Every phase of your purpose, your calling, and your assignment will be opposed by people, places, or things that will try to stop you or hold you down. But how do you recognize them?
In this series, Dr. Vance helps you identify the real issues that are holding you down, break loose from anything that has you in bondage, and live the extraordinary plan and purpose that God designed for you.
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God has an amazing plan for your life! He has provided everything you have ever needed or will ever need in the future. He knows your failures, your hurts, and your struggles, and He is reaching out to you today.
What's the first step? Realize that you you are a sinner. You have made mistakes, and those mistakes disqualify you from God's quality of life. In fact, your sins condemn you to a horrible eternity without peace, victory, or anything good. It separates you from God forever. You can't walk in the amazing plan He has for you unless you...
#2: Repent. That means to change your mind. Isn't it obvious that your thoughts and God's thoughts don't always line up? How can you ever expect to live like He lives unless you change your mind and start thinking like Him?
The third step is vital. Realize that Jesus made all this possible- the plan, the awesome God-like life, freedom from sin, and eternal life. He came into this earth a perfect, sinless person. That was possible because God was His Father, and His birth was supernatural. He lived like a man on a mission. Everyday, He fulfilled His assignment by being perfectly obedient to His Heavenly Father. And the results were and ARE still amazing! He healed the sick, He raised the dead, He cast out demons and made them obey, and He preached and taught truth that liberated those who received it.
But then, God put the weight of the entire world's punishment on Him. He suffered a tormenting death by crucifixion. He became sin on that cross, and the wrath of God was poured out on Jesus...because of us. Without the shedding of blood, the Bible says that there is no freedom from sin. So He willing did it for you and me and whoever would believe. But God raised Jesus from the dead! He is alive today and seated next to God in Heaven. He still does miracles, casts out demons, and preaches and teaches the truth through His followers.
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"Heavenly Father, I admit to you that I am a sinner, and I need a Savior! I cannot live the way You want me to without Your help, and I don't want to live my way any more. I change my mind. I accept Jesus as the Lord and Savior of my life. Today, I commit to living as Your Word shows me how. I believe with my whole heart that You raised Jesus from the dead, and He is alive with You now. Make me one of Your followers; fill me with Your Spirit and Your Truth. Help me to live completely devoted to you from this moment on. Thank You for new life! In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen!"
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