Friday, February 8, 2008

Rick Warren & Mark Batterson, Part 2

Rick shared that If you want God’s power in your life, you need to overcome these three temptations (sins) and he gave the antidote to overcoming each one:

(the scripture reference is 1 John 2
1. Lust of flesh, -the temptation to feel good (feels good, do it- hedonism) sex passion
Integrity (means wholeness, from the word integer, meaning 1, not compartamentalized) “what you see is what you get” the titanic myth- 1st boat in which they built the hull in compartments. The assumption is you could take on water in one compartment but it wouldn’t sink. Theoretically that is true, but a hole in the boat is a hole and will sink you. You cannot sin and not hurt other people.

2. Lust of the eyes- the temptation to have (I see it and I want it- materialism) salary possession
Generosity (every time you give, you become more like Jesus) You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving
*Psalm 72- Solomon's prayer for fame- This seems like an odd prayer, but God gives us affluence and influence for a reason. “so that the King may support the widow and orphan...” God gives us influence and affluence so that we can stick up for those who have neither.
*Greatest things in life are not things- Jesus said that the abundance of life is not about things or storing up treasures for ourselves)

3. The pride of life- the temptation to be (I am in charge) status position
Humility (means being honest about your weaknesses) ex. Jesus didn’t die for junk, he loved us so much that he reached out his arms for us. We are valuable. Humility doesn't mean thinking less of yourself, it means not thinking of yourself at all.

Rick ended by encouraging us to remain pure. He said, "I’d rather die than embarass my family or Jesus Christ." Great stuff!