No one likes feeling set up by someone. When it does happen, we often feel embarrassed that we fell for it. What about when we set ourselves up? Sometimes are walking ourselves into a setup and don't even realize it. This can be disastrous when it happens spiritually, especially when we don't understand the difference between a promise and a principle in the Bible. For example:
A gentle answer turns away wrath... Proverbs 15:1 NIV
When you expect this Proverb to be a promise, you can be hurt, discouraged, and even disillusioned with God when you give a gentle answer and it doesn't turn away wrath. If you take it as a principle, you'll normally expect a gentle answer to turn away wrath and you have a direction for difficult conversations, something to try in a heated moment.
In this message, we will take a look at another spiritual principle that when taken as a promise can be spiritually dangerous.
Here’s what we know – everyone has a family and every family has a story. Those stories shape who we are and how we interact with our world. THIS IS US is about finding God within the relationships that matter most to us. Family dynamics and friendships are messy and tough; we live that reality daily. But God has wisdom in the Bible that can help us do relationships well. So let’s listen in!
"It’s not a big deal. I’m not hurting anybody. Everybody’s doing it…" We have lots of excuses for our little sins, but what if they are actually a big deal to God? Join us as we examine sins that are a much bigger deal than we tend to admit — and the antidote that sets us free.