Surviving in the belly of the whale can often be a mishmash journey of faith, sorrow, despair and hope. If we are to survive the trying times that come into our lives we will need to learn how to turn life’s challenges into victory. Join Pastor Adam as he explores Jonah’s being in the belly, and its life lessons for you.
Jonah Flees from the Lord. Jonah 1. What do we do when life takes an unexpected turn? God does send storms into our life, but many storms are of our own conjuring. Sometimes, even little things we do can be the first wind in a storm of own conjuring. God “provided” a whale, giving a path for Revival, Repentence, Obedience, and showing His Compassion. He does that for all of us, even today.
Saul Takes His Life 1 Samuel 31:1-13 What are you preparing for? Saul, preparing his entire life, finally met the moment he prepared for: failure and destruction. When your moment comes; preparation is over! The preparation and decisions we made in the lifetime leading to our moment will be brought forth into a reality in just moments. Preparation needs to be focused seeking to know God and running to a place of worship when our troubles chase you.
Dancing in the Desert. Thirst is one of the most basic needs. All of us are quenching our thirst somewhere. David was able to quench his thirst in a place where there is no water. David built personal sanctuaries and had the ability to live antithetical to his surroundings. He was able to renovate his surroundings through worship and praise.
Saul and the Witch of Endor. To quote Sting in a classic song by The Police, “We are spirits in a material world.” The materialist worldview denies this. How do you balance your spiritual life with your material life? Do you ever experience or acknowledge the spiritual battle going on around you? God wants us to experience the spiritual world on His terms and through two primary revelators – Holy Spirit Revelation and God’s Word.
Easter Sunday. Looking for Life. Luke 24:1-12. The Bible is filled with some of the greatest questions ever asked. One of the most important happened on the day of Jesus’ Resurrection – Why do you look for the living among the dead? Life is the premier value of Christ following and the foundation for all other of its values. Where are you looking for life? It is God’s passion to bring life to the dead areas of your existence. Jesus is rarely found where you look for Him.
Trusting outcomes to the Lord. David achieved passive victory through spiritual activity rather than physical assault. Slander is pervasive in our culture today. Why does God hate slander so much? Slander is meant to destroy you, and rob from you and diminish you in the eyes of others. Trusting the Lord to win your battles is especially effective when dealing with slander. Let God win your victory for you.
Join Pastor Adam as he explores the person of Abigail. She is a woman of both beauty and inelegance, worthy to rule alongside David. She provides us a model of what God intended for women. Abigail provides us with inspiration and a model that women and men will benefit in immeasurable ways to learn.
As David was fleeing from Saul, refuge was his rescue. Rather than rushing in to fight a battle, he chose a safe place to hide. We are always looking for a way out, but the way out is to go in #InvokeThePresence. David was a master at avoiding traps. Traps are meant to catch us by surprise and put us into bondage – financial, relational, physical, emotional, and cultural traps. For David, power was a trap. But instead of seizing power, David allowed the Lord to give Him the victory.
run, Run, RUN, RUN!!!! How do you respond when running? David regularly sought audience with God. Who or what do you seek audience with as you have rough patches or need to run in your life? Pastor Adam explores what seeking relationship with God looks like through an exploration of David’s own life on the run.