July 15, 2018
Sermon Title: Spiritual Ambition
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Psalm 37:4-6; Philippians 3:12-24; Psalms 63:8
Scripture Text: Acts 19:21
"After these things were ended Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome."
-If ever there were a man who had ambition beating in his soul it was the Apostle Paul. He was a man who was not going to give up by obstacles and difficulties that came into his path. After his experience on the Damascus Road, the whole course and scope of his life totally changed.
-If there is to be a godly ambition in any man, it has to start with a conversion. The New Birth has to take place in his life. A man has to repent of his past sins, go down in a watery grave of baptism, and then he needs to receive the Holy Ghost.
-The single act of conversion should be enough of a motivation for us to long to want to do something profitable for the Kingdom of God.
A Powerful Force
-Ambition is a powerful force in life. It has the potential to serve us well or lead to our own doom. Constructive or destructive is another way to look at it. What makes ambition to fall in this particular light? The answer is found in the motives that push our ambition.
There are many in the world today who are ambitious to do something with their lives.
∑ Some have an ambition to get a foothold in the financial realm to make money.
They carefully plan with savings, investing, and work hard to begin to gain wealth.
∑ Some have an ambition to gain an education that will open doors for them to gain a career that they desire to spend their life fulfilling.
∑ Some have an ambition to own their own business so that they can have the freedom of being their own boss and to make a better salary.
∑ Some have an ambition to own a nice home in a good neighborhood.
∑ Some have an ambition to have a great family or a great marriage or many other things.
Ambition and desire causes men to make all sorts of plans and live out much disciplined efforts to get to their particular goals. Their goal would not be something that they would reach overnight but it would take time to fulfill.
-Those that have great callings of ambition almost have to ignore time and more importantly live out a purpose of life. Too many live out their lives in purposeless void called time and they waste everything.
More importantly a man has to give himself to a great purpose and calling in life without much regard to how long it will take to get there.
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