Are You Running on Empty?

Are You Running on Empty?

Lighthouse 805
Lighthouse 805
Are You Running on Empty?
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Ever run out of gas? Literally and figuratively? It’s not fun. You can’t Change Your City if you’re running on fumes. This message “Running on Empty” will look at not only the importance of fueling up, but making sure it’s the right fuel.
Matthew 12:1-13
At about that time Jesus was walking through some grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them. 2 But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.”
3 Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. 5 And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath? 6 I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple! 7 But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ 8 For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”
  • The disciples were fueling up on Sunday physically and spiritually.
  • The pharisees were fueling up with the wrong fuel.
Hosea 6:6
I want you to show love,
    not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me
    more than I want burnt offerings.
There is a difference between running on empty and running on the wrong fuel; BUT we cannot reach our destination unless we are fueled up.
  • Fueling up – know Jesus
Luke 10:39-40
39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
Jesus is first
John 13:4-8
4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
Jesus cleans
Matthew 16:15-16
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Relationship with Jesus
Doing Life Together –
How do you build your relationship with Jesus?
what do you do daily? do you have routines? how do you receive?
whats the easiest and hardest parts of growing with Jesus for you?
  • Using the Right Fuel – Show Love
Hosea 6:6
I want you to show love,
    not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me
    more than I want burnt offerings.
the difference between empty and wrong fuel:
 – empty is from laziness, comfort or just unwillingness to progress in their relationship with Jesus
 – wrong fuel is from substitutions… meaning – taking anything into your life in order to replace what Jesus is supposed to provide
  • their fuel is trying to be self righteous…. when Jesus makes us righteous through Him
  • their fuel is earning salvation…. when Jesus gives grace for free
  • their fuel is judging others… when Jesus is the judge
So how do we show love – fill up on the right fuel
Luke 23:34
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
forgive those that hurt you
Luke 22:50-51
50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
help those that harm you
Luke 5:30-32
30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Love the unlovable
Next Steps this week is Hosea 6:6
I want you to show love…I want you to know me…