April 25, 2014

Burning Bridges

“I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is God’s power to save all who believe… For the gospel reveals how God puts people right with Himself: it is through faith from beginning to end. As the scripture says, ‘The person who is put right with God through faith shall live.’” Romans 1:16-17 (TEV)

Paul uses an interesting word for “power” in this verse when he says that the gospel is the power of God to save all who believe. We get our English word “dynamite” from it. It’s explosive power that creates life change! It’s the mighty transforming power of God to remove our sin and make us right with God! We often get stuck in destructive habit patterns that steal our happiness and hurt our relationships. It seems no matter how hard we try, we feel powerless to change and break free from the habits that hold us back. Paul says the gospel is the explosive dynamite of God that changes us from the inside out and makes us a brand new creation in Christ! In 2 Corinthians 5:17, he describes it like this, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” When you detonate the gospel by faith, God’s power is unleashed through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. With Christ living in you, you have the capacity for change you never had before! This is a decision followed by a process that will last a lifetime. In the Beatitudes, Jesus gave us the principles for burning the bridges of our past hang-ups and restoring a bridge of hope for our future. As we apply these eight steps of restoration and change, we will experience new life-giving habits that set us free. If you’re in the Houston area, join us this weekend as I begin a new series of messages on destroying harmful habit patterns and experiencing real change by God’s power.