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  • Overcoming Spiritual Inadequacies

    05/03/2020 5:36:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Having summoned His twelve disciples" (Matt. 10:1). Jesus can overcome any inadequacy you might have. Most people think of the disciples as stained-glass saints who didn't have to struggle with the faults and frailties of normal people. But they had inadequacies just like we all do. Seeing how Jesus dealt with them gives us hope that He can use us too. One inadequacy common to all the disciples was their lack of understanding. For example, Luke 18 tells us Jesus gave them details about His future suffering, death, and resurrection, but they didn't understand anything He said (vv. 31-34). Jesus...
  • Exemplary Living

    05/02/2020 5:02:12 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Having summoned His twelve disciples" (Matt. 10:1). A good example is the best form of teaching. Matthew 10:1 is Christ's official commissioning of the twelve men He hand-picked to serve beside Him during His earthly ministry. Mark 3:13 says He "summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him." In John 15:16 He tells them, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit." This is not their call to salvation, but to service. With the exception of Judas, they were already saved. Before the foundation of the...
  • The Master's Men

    05/01/2020 5:04:29 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-gatherer; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him" (Matt. 10:2-4). God uses unqualified people to accomplish His purposes. We live in a qualification-conscious society. Almost everything you do requires you to meet someone else's standards. You must qualify to purchase a home, buy a car, get a credit card, or attend college. In...
  • Realizing Your Reward

    04/30/2020 9:09:00 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matt. 5:11-12). The sacrifices you make for Christís sake in this life will be abundantly compensated for in Heaven. God's promise for those who are persecuted for His sake is that their reward in heaven will be great (Matt. 5:11). Jesus said, "Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or...
  • Receiving Christ's Wounds

    04/29/2020 6:39:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me" (Matt. 5:10-11). The persecution you receive for proclaiming Christ is really aimed at Christ Himself. Savonarola has been called the Burning Beacon of the Reformation. His sermons denouncing the sin and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church of his day helped pave the way for the Protestant Reformation. Many who heard his powerful sermons went away...
  • Three Kinds of Persecution

    04/28/2020 4:11:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me" (Matt. 5:10-11). When you speak out for Christ, you can expect harassment, insults, and slander. Jesus mentioned three broad categories of suffering that Christians will experience. The first is persecution. "Persecuted" (Matt. 5:10) and "persecute" (v. 11) both come from the same Greek root meaning "to pursue" or "chase away." Over time it came to mean...
  • Are You Avoiding Persecution?

    04/27/2020 6:18:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness" (Matt. 5:10). If you donít experience persecution, people probably donít know youíre a Christian. I heard of a man who was fearful because he was starting a new job with a group of unbelievers whom he thought might give him a bad time if they found out he was a Christian. After his first day at work his wife asked him how he got along with them. "We got along just fine," he said. "They never found out I'm a Christian." Silence is one way to avoid persecution....
  • Paying the Price of Righteousness

    04/26/2020 6:50:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness" (Matt. 5:10). There is a price to pay for being a Kingdom citizen. Unlike many today who try to make the gospel palatable for reluctant sinners, Jesus made it clear that following Him had its price. Rather than acceptance, fame, prestige, and prosperity, you can expect rejection and persecution. That's not a popular approach to evangelism, but it's honest. Also it insures that no one will try to enter the kingdom on the wrong basis. Jesus wanted His hearers to count the cost of discipleship. He knew that...
  • Messengers of Peace

    04/25/2020 11:49:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). You are a messenger of peace! When Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9), He was referring to a special group of people whom God called to restore the peace that was forfeited because of sin. They may not be politicians, statesmen, diplomats, kings, presidents, or Nobel Prize winners, but they hold the key to true and lasting peace. As a Christian, you are among that select group of peacemakers. As such you have two primary responsibilities....
  • Christ Is Our Peace

    04/24/2020 10:50:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). Christís atonement made it possible for man to be at peace with God. After World War II the United Nations was created to promote world peace. But since its inception in 1945 there has not been a single day of global peace. That's a sad commentary on man's inability to make peace. In fact, someone once quipped that Washington D.C. has so many peace monuments because they build one after every war! It hasn't always been that way. Prior to the Fall of man peace reigned...
  • Hindrances to Peace

    04/23/2020 12:39:57 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). Sin and falsehood hinder true peace. Just as righteousness and truth are the noble companions of peace, so sin and falsehood are its great hindrances. The prophet Jeremiah said, "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately [evil]; who can understand it?" (Jer. 17:9). Jesus said, "Out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and...
  • Risking True Peace

    04/22/2020 1:39:18 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). True peace exists only where truth reigns. People often define peace as the absence of conflict, but God sees it differently. The absence of conflict is merely a truce, which might end overt hostilities but doesn't resolve the underlying issues. A truce simply introduces a cold war, which often drives the conflict underground, where it smolders until erupting in physical or emotional disaster. James 3:17 says, "The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable." Godly wisdom, purity, and peace go hand- in-hand. Peace is wisdom...
  • The Cushion of Peace

    04/21/2020 8:43:13 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). Godís peace cushions the soul during difficult times. I remember reading about what is called "the cushion of the sea." The ocean surface is often greatly agitated, but as you descend, the water becomes increasingly calm. At its greatest depths the ocean is virtually still. Oceanographers dredging ocean bottoms have found animal and plant remains that appear to have been undisturbed for hundreds of years. Similarly, Christians can experience a cushion of peace in their souls regardless of their troubled surroundings. That's because they belong to...
  • Becoming Pure in Heart

    04/20/2020 10:00:07 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8). You have a part to play in becoming pure in heart. Purifying a heart is the gracious and miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, but there are some things we must do in response to His prompting. First, we must admit we can't purify our own hearts. Proverbs 20:9 says, "Who can say, 'I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin?'" The implied answer: no one! Next, we must put our faith in Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice on the cross is the basis for...
  • Thinking Biblically

    04/19/2020 3:05:00 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.com ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8). The way you think determines the way you behave. God is concerned about the way you think. That's why Paul said, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect" (Rom. 12:2). In Philippians 4:8 he instructs us to think about that which is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and praiseworthy. When Jesus spoke of a pure heart...
  • Breaking the Bondage of Legalism

    04/17/2020 3:57:21 PM PDT · by metmom · 13 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8). Legalism canít produce a pure heart. By the time Jesus arrived, Israel was in a desperate condition spiritually. The Jewish people were in bondage to the oppressive legalism of the Pharisees, who had developed a system of laws that were impossible to keep. Consequently, the people lacked security and were longing for a savior to free them from guilt and frustration. They knew God had promised a redeemer who would forgive their sins and cleanse their hearts (Ezek. 36:25-27), but they weren't sure when He was coming...
  • Commended or Condemned?

    04/16/2020 4:05:40 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy" (Matt. 5:7). God commends merciful people but condemns the merciless. Scripture shows that those whom God blessed most abundantly were abundantly merciful to others. Abraham, for example, helped rescue his nephew Lot even after Lot had wronged him. Joseph was merciful to his brothers after they sold him into slavery. Twice David spared Saul's life after Saul tried to kill him. But just as sure as God's commendation is upon those who show mercy, His condemnation is upon those who are merciless. Psalm 109:14-16 says, "Let the iniquity of [the merciless...
  • Showing Mercy

    04/15/2020 7:42:04 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy" (Matt. 5:7). There are many ways to show mercy. God delights in mercy, and as a believer you have the privilege of showing mercy in many ways. In the physical realm you can give money to the poor, food to the hungry, or a bed to the homeless. God has always wanted His people to be that way. Deuteronomy 15 says, "If there is a poor man with you . . . you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from [him]; but you shall freely open your hand...
  • Following Christ's Example

    04/14/2020 1:52:25 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy" (Matt. 5:7). Mercy is compassion in action. Mercy is not a human attribute. It is God's gift to those who seek Him. Psalm 103:11 says, "As the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him" (KJV). The verb form of "merciful" appears many times in Scripture and means "to have mercy on," "aid the afflicted," "give help to the wretched," or "rescue the miserable." In general it refers to anything you do to benefit someone in need. The noun form is used only...
  • Being Filled with Mercy

    04/13/2020 9:08:54 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy" (Matt. 5:7). Mercy is a characteristic of true believers. Like the other beatitudes, Matthew 5:7 contains a twofold message: to enter the kingdom you must seek mercy. Once there, you must show mercy to others. The thought of showing mercy probably surprised Christ's audience because both the Jews and the Romans tended to be merciless. The Romans exalted justice, courage, discipline, and power. To them mercy was a sign of weakness. For example, if a Roman father wanted his newborn child to live, he simply held his thumb up; if he...