Ryan Livingston, Pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida, uses the life of Job to show us how to reclaim our joy in the darkest moments of our lives.
Ryan Livingston, Pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida, relates to us that we were created to be God's friend out of the life of Abraham.
Ryan Livingston, Pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida, shares with us some insights out of John chapter 10 on the Shepherd and the sheep.
In Philippians 4:10-20, we learn what Paul's confidence was anchored in. No matter the circumstances or storms, Paul had a confidence in the overruling providence of God, the endless power of God, and thanksgiving for the provision of God. Is your confidence in something that is sure?
In Philippians 3:10-14, we see the measuring stick of spiritual maturity. A person who has grown up spiritually has a passion to know Christ, the power to live for Christ, peace and Christ-likeness in difficulties, a pliable life, a passion for His coming, a profound humility, a priority of pursuing Christ, a proper perspective, a passion to serve, and a passion to finish well. Are these things evident in your life?
In Philippians 3:4-9, Paul gives us an insight into his past. He states his religious accomplishments, and they are impressive according to man's standards. But it is not man's standard that we have to live up to, but God's. Are you trying to impress God with what you have done, or are you trusting in what Jesus has done?
In Philippians 1:9-11, we get a glimpse into the prayer life of the Apostle Paul. Paul rarely focused on the physical side of things when he prayed for someone. Paul knew that there was something far more important to pray for, and that was the spiritual. Does your prayer life focus on the physical or the spiritual?
In Philippians 1:3-8, there are six marks of a mature character. Mature character has a thankful heart, a prayerful life, a joyful mind, participates in the gospel ministry, has confident anticipation, and genuine affection. Have you matured in your faith, or are you still a baby Christian? This passage will reveal that to you.
God wants to use us to do great things for Him. But we often get so wrapped up in the sin and pleasures of this world that we completely push God out of our lives and hinder our relationship with Him. What are the things that God wants to use you to do with a life that is fully surrendered to Him.
We need to learn to look upon others with the eyes and heart of God. If we knew their condition and the trouble that they were going through, we would stop and help them. We need to have a heart of compassion. God may have brought them across our path so that we could minister to them.
The greatest commandment given to us is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. The second greatest commandment is to love our neighbors as ourself. After we learn how to love God with everything that is within us, then God wants us to love others.