During this crisis season we can either just wait for things to get back to normal or we can consider what opportunities we have to see Jesus at work in our own lives.
Crisis precedes transformation. You probably have observed in your own life that your moment of transformation was preceded with some sort of a crisis. Many of us have seen our lives change after a crisis in our life. For most people change won’t just happen for them until when they go through some sort of a crisis before they consider changing.
Even though a crisis can precede change, change won’t just happen because you went through a crisis. You still need to make a choice to choose change. The reality is that God’s truth won’t have an effect on our lives if we do not respond in obedience to God’s truth. You can’t just WISH yourself into change, you have to WILL yourself into change.
In this sermon Pastor Willson preaches from 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 about making a choice around temptation.
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away! 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
You are judging by appearances.[a] If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do. 8 So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of it. 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters. 10 For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.” 11 Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.
12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you.