This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is called “Vineyard Verses”.
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We are talking about loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and loving our neighbor as ourselves. We are going to be looking at loving God with all our strength today.
Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Mark 12:30 (NIV)
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
Loving God with all our heart, soul and mind are about inward things. Loving God with all our strength is the outward expression of our heart, soul, and mind love for God.
1. How Do We Love God With All Our Strength
We love God with all our strength by choosing to live all in for Him on a daily basis. There is something very important I want you to connect with in this idea of loving God with all our strength.
Loving God with all our strength is not about our loving him with our own strength, it is about loving Him with the strength He gives us.
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
In loving God with all our strength, we need to figure out how God wants us to give from the blessings, gifts and talents we have received from Him.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
This life of loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength is not about following a bunch of rules, it is a life of the power of God flowing through us that we can experience.
It is a life giving power that changes everything and allows us to live for Him in His amazing grace and mercy.
2. Living by trying to do the next right thing
As we begin to experience the real life that comes from living in His divine power as receivers and givers, we should begin to comprehend that He is way better at taking care of us than we are. We need to learn that we can trust Him. He is not some big giant meanie in the sky who is just waiting for you to mess up so He can squash you. He wants you to be blessed, to prosper. When we do mess up, we just need to go running to Him, asking Him to forgive us and He does. We need to respond to this love by doing things His way, by following the book instead of the culture. If your understanding and His understanding are different, you need to trust Him and do it His way.
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
With that verse in mind, I want to talk about the practical aspects of trying to live by doing the next right thing.
Life presents us with opportunities to choose to the wrong thing. We usually call these wrong opportunities “temptations”. What do we do when they happen? Fortunately, God has a plan in place to help us when we are living by trying to do the next right thing.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
When you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it (do the next right thing)!
a. When you are tempted
1 Corinthians 10:13c (NIV)
13 …. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
b. He will provide a way out
When you are feeling tempted, you need to pray.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV)
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Living by trying to do the next right thing allows us to experience the most joyful and Christ-centered life by continuing to grow in loving God with all we have and all we are.