1 Thessalonians 5:18 commands us to '...give thanks in all circumstances...' How can we be genuinely thankful in the midst of suffering, knowing that this is the type of NEW people God wants to make us? Let's learn from history and see how the Pilgrims did it!
One coin has two sides. Paul's 'one thing' in Philippians 3 is like a coin. It has two sides also. One side is a perspective on your past and the other side is a perspective on your future. Both of these perspectives from Paul can form the 'one coin' of your present that allows you to walk with Christ in your now, such that the life in you influences the world around you. Such is the power of ONE THING!
Why am I here? What should I do with my life? You really can't answer the second question until you answer the first. And to answer the first you need to be on the same page with God. Your purpose in life should be the same as God's purpose for you. Philippians 3 shows Paul's purpose in life and, more importantly, it shows us God's purpose for Paul's life. Are you on the same page as God with your life? Why are you here?
1 Kings 19 spotlights God's beautiful presence in contrast to God's big power. Which do you value most? Many people want God to do big and powerful things around them, but the story of the gospel is God doing beautiful things to change me by His presence. Things like unconditional love and forgiveness and forbearance and patience and joy, to name a few. Your mission in life must flow from your purpose... to relate with God.
Listen... and you will hear the sound of silence. It is being screamed out in our cities, in our politics, in our culture. Broken relationships with God and man compel us to increase the volume of silence's lonely wail. The same God who met Elijah in the silence longs to meet you as well. You are not alone. And God in Christ is the ONLY ONE who can and desires to meet you in every nook and corner of your darkness and invite you to step into His light. Please... take the time to turn down the volume on the noise and confusion of your life and listen... listen and hear THE SOUND OF SILENCE.
Is relating with God your purpose for living... or do you have another purpose that you are enlisting God to fulfill for you? Do you love God, and your life is secondary? Or do you love your life, and God is secondary? Come to an encounter with God through Elijah in 1 Kings 19 and hear the power of God's gentle whisper calling you to Him, not to what He can do for you. He loves you, you know!
Elijah is discourage, defeated, and depressed in 1 Kings 19. How will God respond to him in his despair? God will respond to him the same way He responds to us in our despair. Learn from Elijah and be encouraged by the amazing, unexpected, unanticipated ways of your Creator and Savior God!
Elijah's is a story of a grand mission in life that failed to sustain as a purpose. This 2 part message will encourage you to draw near to the greatest adventure, and the greatest adventurer ever. Come away from the noise and draw near to a God who listens, cares, and waits.
Purpose... why am I here? Why are you here? Everything in life flows from the answer to this question. Ecclesiastes is filled with the bleak consequences of a wrong purpose. The right purpose transcends success and failure in life. You could be judged a success in life and yet fail at your purpose. You could also be judged a failure by the world, and yet accomplish your purpose. What's your purpose?
God does new! But can we claim a passage like Isaiah 43:18-19 in our lives? It was written to a different people in a different context than our own. Does God really do new?