Sundays are funny days! I wake up earlier on these days and take one of my kids with me to the early service to help out in the toddler room. Then we all join together for the 10 am service. I think I would like to try serving in other rooms just to get to know more volunteer staff and actually help with cameras or technical things down the road. One step at a time though.
Anyway, this morning’s bible verse was Isaiah 40:31: “But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.”
My prayer over this verse this morning: Lord my hope is always in you. It’s taken me a while to get to this point in my life where I put my hope in the right place. I am constantly a work in progress, but I know that each day I read my bible and hope in you, I am more aligned with you. Each new day is a new opportunity to show my faith, and my hope in you.
At church this morning, Pastor Eric, our associate pastor is walking us through the Four Gospels: Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John in a series we are calling “Gospel Gold”. This series is about getting the best you can out of the four gospels. This morning we were in Luke, who actually wrote Acts as well. Luke was a gentile, not a jew so his account in the gospel was important for future followers. The whole point of Luke and Acts as Luke writes is built on rooting your trust in Jesus. Like a reporter of the time, Luke’s account of Jesus’s life gathers facts of his life to root us in our faith. We believe he interviewed Mary, mother of Jesus and cross-checked all accounts of Jesus’s life in facts. Luke is a good teacher. He spent time in prison and showed his toughness. People left his side when he was confronted for defending Jesus. But what we learn from him is how he trusted his ultimate teacher. In this world, we will have trouble. We know this, we are guaranteed this. But when we root our faith in Jesus and build a firm foundation on his teachings, we can get through tough times.
Here were some key concepts from today’s sermon:
“A life not built in Christ, when trouble comes will fall to peril.” Likewise, “Faith in Christ will help you weather difficulties.”
Point Number 1:
Get alone and get still: When we can get alone and get still and listen to God, we can then start to evaluate our lives, what’s working…what’s not?
Point Number 2:
Evaluate: We can take stock of our lives when we evaluate ourselves. Often we are busy, on our phones, never making time to be still in thoughts or prayer, we busy ourselves unnecessarily, waste time, and are often fearful of that time alone. Maybe it’s because we know God will find us in those still moments. Are you fearful of that alone time, or do you long for it? I for one long for it. I love it. I love being still and listening to what God is trying to tell me. If you can’t hear that, maybe you aren’t being still enough. Go for a walk. Clear the noise, the clutter, get away from what is keeping you from this moment of stillness. It’s in these moments that God talks to you.
Point Number 3:
Trust God: This is hard for many. How do you trust in what you can’t see? That’s where faith comes in. Faith is trust. Faith is patience, faith is listening. Faith is waiting for His time, not ours.
Point Number 4:
Go Deeper: If you’ve mastered faith and trust and you’ve got the “Keep Calm and Jesus On” t-shirt. That’s where you can go deeper, share your faith with others and help others gather that same calm you have in times of trouble. Help your children develop hearts that trust in Jesus’s plan for their lives, your spouse, friends, etc. There are many lost souls out there that need a friend to guide them, they just might need you to be that friend.
I hope you are having a fabulous Sunday morning! Let me know if there’s anything I can pray for you about!
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