My Spiritual Journey

Preached by Pedro Ramirez, September 30, 2007

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Have you decided to take your spiritual journey seriously?

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What if someone told you there will never be peace in your lifetime? How would you react? The spiritual reality is that because we are here on this earth away from our home in heaven, we are in a spiritual battle where all of men’s souls hang in the balance. But there is a way to find peace in the middle of the raging battle against our biggest enemy Satan–we must live as Jesus lived in this world. He found peace in the storm (asleep); he found peace amidst untrustworthy friends; he found peace amidst a shower of blows, spit and insults on his way to an unjust death. This is the peace of God which goes beyond any human understanding!

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

“My Journey of Faith” preached by Pedro Ramirez III on Sunday, September 30, 2007

Hebrews 11:1-2
• As a disciple of Jesus Christ, you know that Satan is out there and he is hunting you like a lion and it takes faith to see that.
• Satan is waging a war against every soul on earth.
• It takes faith to act especially if you do not see the spiritual battle.
• The world is dying.

James 1:22
• There is a difference between knowing something and doing something.

1. Have the faith to see yourself with respect to where you really are in your path.
Ezekiel 16:49
• You know about the sins of Sodom.
• The sin of social injustice was what the people of Sodom committed.
• When you commit the sin of social injustice that means that you do not care about other people’s needs.
• There is a spiritual battle going on.
• When you commit the sin of social injustice, you are unconcerned about the spiritual battle.
• When you are unconcerned about the spiritual battle, you are also unconcerned about your salvation.
• You are supposed to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)
• When you pray before communion is given to you or before you give weekly contribution, it should not substitute the time that you did not pray in the morning.
• Andrew Smellie’s sermon should not substitute the quiet time that you did not have that morning.

Isaiah 22:12-13
• God wanted them to realize that it was a time of mourning and a time of repentance, but Israel was living it up and had a ball.
• Israel sought pleasure.
• There is a time for everything but when there is work to be done, it ought to be done.
• God demands repentance now.
• It takes faith to make the decision to repent of your sins.

Proverbs 4:25-27

2. Have the faith that you can meet the need and expect nothing in return.
Haggai 1:2-9
• There are so many needs here in this church.
Question: What can you complain about when Mike O’Donnell is tirelessly serving the Kingdom and battling cancer?
Question: How ungrateful can you be?
Question: Don’t you see what God and Jesus Christ are doing for you?
• No one likes to call oneself a hypocrite.
• God is a loving and patient God who gave you Jesus.

3. Have the faith to help those in the world who are dying.
John 4:31–36
Question: What is your mission as a disciple of Jesus Christ?
• To sow the Word of God into people and reap disciples of Jesus Christ.
• Cowardice can creep in.
• You can be afraid to be labeled or called a name such as Jesus freak, for example.
• Satan is prowling like a lion around the world.
• You need to come to a conviction that there will never be peace in your lifetime.

Hebrews 11:4–13
• There are three things that you should decide to do which are the following:
1. Decide to take your spirituality seriously: Blame no one.
2. Step up to the plate in serving God: Expect nothing.
3. Realize that people are dying and that Satan is waging a war against you: Do something.