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1 Timothy 6:11

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

2 Timothy 2:22

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Passive and Distracted Christianity Is Killing Us
So Let’s Get Focused and Aggressive

Dallas Willard

Grace is not opposed to EFFORT, it is opposed to EARNING. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone.

New View

1 Corinthians 15:9-10

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Grace isn’t just mercy to forgive sins. It’s power to flee evil, resist Satan, pursue righteousness, follow Jesus, extend God’s Kingdom

Burning through Grace

  • Choice

Philippians 2:12-13

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

  • First Step

  • Second, Third … Step

  • Time

  • Community

2 Timothy 2:22

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, ALONG WITH THOSE who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Joshua 1:2-6

Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.  No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

The Conquest of Canaan

  • Initial Miracle

  • Continual Fight

  • God GAVE the Land

  • Then Joshua & the Israelites had to TAKE the Land

  • Both the GIVING and the TAKING were by God’s grace

Without God - I can’t
Without me - God won’t
— St Augustine

A.W. Tozer’s challenging points from Our Unclaimed Riches

  1. You will get nothing unless you go after it

  2. You may have as much as you insist on having

  3. You will have as little as you are satisfied with

  4. You now have as much as you really want

Karl House