Joy to the World: Part 1. …MORE than Happy. Hebrews 12:1-3. The Christ following life is meant to be characterized by Joy. While we often expect Joy to be a natural byproduct of Christ following, it actually takes work. It also requires changing your heart and removing hindrances that strangle Joy. Pastor Adam begins this Christmas season with a template for creating a heart that manufactures Joy.
Prayer is eternal and the Our Father prayer that Jesus taught us to pray is a spiritual transaction and private conversation with God, our Father. Prayer cements your temporal life into reality to make earth more like heaven. Jesus says that when we pray we get rewarded, but that doesn’t mean we should pray to get a reward. We should pray to build relationship with our Father.
Jesus said some things that might be considered provocative or out of context. When He talked about orphans, He was not speaking to orphans but rather to adults. The mission of Jesus was to restore God’s children back to Him as our Father. Discover what it means to be a son or daughter of the King and experience His love in your life.
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.
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.
When a victim, is it a state of permanency? OR: Are you taking responsibility and performing the actions to transition from victimized or victim to victor. David, just like Jesus, where victimized. David gave us a template, in how to transition from victimized to victor. Pastor Adam explores the story of David and draws out for us heart changing lessons we need to apply to our own lives. Key question: Who are you transforming (it can be yourself or others) and what are you transforming them into?