Pour It out for the Lord

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on July 19, 2009
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Romans 12:1 Present yourself a living sacrifice; the language and the idea of sacrifice pervade the whole Bible.

Genesis 4:4 -- Hebrews 11:4 God appointed sacrifices as the mode in which acceptable worship was to be offered to Him. To be acceptable, faith was always required. (Romans 10:17 and Hebrews 11: 6)

2Samuel 23:13-17 The cave of Adullam has been discovered about 13 miles west from Bethlehem on a hill some 500 feet high. The sacrifice was of great value, desirable, and given with genuine faith and love. (1Chronicles 11:16-19)

Mark 12:41-44 The gift was something of great value to her, something she would desire, and it was given with genuine faith and love. Giving that which you want or need is of greater value than that which you don't want or need. (I.e. Salvation Army)

Luke 7:36-50 Extraordinary giving! (Parents teach your children to give and to share things that they want)

Luke 22:39-46 The sacrifice was of great value, something he desired, and it was given with genuine faith and love. (surrendering the sinful desires)

Ephesians 5:1-7 His sacrifice is our example. ( Lord, I pour out my desires for You)

Romans 12:1 present your self a living sacrifice. How do we make ourselves a living sacrifice?

One of the ideas behind fasting is giving up the basic desire of hunger for the Lord.

Colossians 2:10-23 As is true with everything in life, we must have the full perspective and not become extreme. (Matthew 6:1-ff)

Mark 12:28-34 Loving God and others is the great sacrifice. (giving what is not required or expected has greater impact on us)

(Ephesians 4:17-19 "Futility" is serving no useful purpose.)

John 3:16 God gave His son!

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