Joel osteen sermon for today :OUR SUFFICIENCY IS FROM GOD ALONE

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Topic :OUR SUFFICIENCY IS FROM GOD ALONE

God set many ministries in the church. We should always hold one another in high esteembecause God has a special
work for each of us.

Every ministry, according to Romans 12:4–
8, is important.
Learn to walk in the spirit of humility.

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many,
are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

Having then gifts dif ering according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:
if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to
our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Our responsibility is to function in the ministry that God
has given us. Not every person is called into one of the five- fold ministries. God is using lay people all over the world in
supernatural ways. Every ministry is necessary for the perfecting and full equipping of the saints. We need to give unqualified courtesy to every person. We should never treat anyone disrespectfully.

“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but
gives grace to the humble’ ” (James 4:6).
Pride destroys the flow of the abundance of God in our lives.

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God resists the proud. He does not just resist proud laymen; He resists proud preachers. He resists proud wives.
God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. We all need the grace of God in our lives!

The apostle Paul had a beautifulspirit of humility. He said,
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
(Philippians 4:13). Again Paul confessed, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Himwho loved
us” (Romans 8:37). Paulspoke of the mighty works that he could do through Jesus.

Our confession should be what we
have in Christ, and not what we can do in our own power and ability.
In his silent moments of reflection, Paul, remembering what a mess he made of his life before he knew Jesus, said, “I
amthe least of the apostles, who amnot worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” (1
Corinthians 15:9).

Paul was a man who knew within himself that he was not worthy of the least of the mercies of God, yet he knew who he was in Jesus. That is a man who can shake
nations!
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being fromourselves, but our sufficiency is from
God” (2 Corinthians 3:5). What good thing do we have that we
have not received fromGod? He is our sufficiency. He is our source of life.
Humility is the key to living in the abundance of God and
being continually useful in the kingdomof God.

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