The Christian life is supernatural. The Spirit of God lives inside every believer and yet elements of the supernatural makes us nervous. It’s easier to shy away from God’s power in everyday life than to embrace the possibility of it. The Spirit of God is orderly, but he pushes the us to the boundaries of our comfort.
Elijah was a great prophet of God but that doesn’t mean his access to God is different from yours. Elijah encountered the supernatural Spirit of God because he regularly invited the Spirit to move is noticeable and powerful ways. When Elijah was challenged by the false prophets and the Spirit of God fell on the altar, notice that the fire of God fell on a sacrifice that was prepared. It didn’t randomly fall in the middle of no where. The fire of God fell because of preparation and a prayer.
Listen as Cortney shares lessons we can learn from Elijah. Expect God to show up in powerful ways. Don’t fake the Spirit of God. Don’t hide from the Spirit of God. Expect the Spirit of God and let him show up when and how he wants.
Each year, Black Friday shopping events bring amazing deals that create excitement for shoppers. During the holiday season we get excited about stuff and events, but do you get excited about Jesus?
There were a few people that saw the birth of Jesus like some of us might see the ultimate Black Friday deal. The shepherds, Simeon, and Anna; they were the Black Friday shopper’s for Jesus. The shepherd’s spontaneously went into Bethlehem when they heard the ad for the best deal in town. Simeon came to the temple for the door buster deal. Anna camped inside the store for the once in a lifetime event. The tragedy is that they didn’t have to push and squirm through a crowd. They were the only ones.
We can become so wrapped up in everyday life that we can be like the other people at the temple that day who had no idea or care who that little baby was. The Creator of everything was in the temple and only two people noticed.
As you prepare for Christmas, listen as Evan encourages us to find ways to be excited about Jesus. Jesus’ coming should excite you.
Scripture references: Luke 2:8-38; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
How’s your soul? Are you caught up with the circumstances of your life or are you caught up in the Spirit of God?
How can you make it through dark times of life and still be joyful? The condition of your soul has much to do with how you respond.
A healthy soul has less to do with how perfect people think you are and more with who you rely on. Jesus is the sure foundation for life. If you lean on Jesus, then you will still be joyful even when your emotions and physical body feel pain. Can you keep your eyes on Jesus Christ or are you swamped with the circumstances of life?
God wants pursuit. He is pursuing you and he wants you to pursue him. Did you know God pursues you? How well or often do you pursue God?
We sometimes approach God like a bid on an item. Some online bids require a reserve. You put in a lot of money, but if the reserve isn’t met the seller won’t sell the item. We can be like the seller in that we reserve a part of ourselves instead of giving it all to God. You will never fully know who Jesus is unless you are willing to follow him with all of you. God says “Pursue me with all of your heart.”
Don’t “try God out” and then plan an exit. Rather, embrace him with everything.
The blood of Jesus is the central theme in the New Testament. The Bible speaks of blood as the means for forgiveness of sins. Not just any blood, but the blood of a perfect, sinless sacrifice; Jesus Christ. Blood is a messy and uncomfortable topic to discuss, yet understanding the blood of Jesus is critical to understanding life.
Join the discussion as Rod highlights five reasons why the blood of Jesus is so important. Through Jesus’ blood a person:
Gains bold access to the throne of Heaven; the presence of God.
Receives forgiveness of sin.
Receives the righteousness of Jesus
Gains victory over the enemy (the Devil and death)
Can live life with a clear conscience and purpose.
Knowing what the Bible says you should do is often times easier than doing what the Bible says you should do. It is all to easy to mistake knowing for applying; where we can know the truth but think that knowing the truth is the same as doing the truth. The irony is that if you don’t apply the truth the right way then you don’t fully know the truth.
In John 1:12, you are told that if you know Jesus as friend and master, then you are a child of God. You “have the right” to be called a child of God. You can know that God says this about you, but do you live like this? Are you often acting as if God doesn’t care about you or if God doesn’t have a purpose for you? If you act this way then you haven’t applied the truth you say you know.
Wake up each morning seeking to always move from knowing to doing.
Stetson Spang shared encouragements from the story of Moses. The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt under a cruel Pharaoh and yet it is a story of God’s greatness and faithfulness. It is a story in which we can learn how to see God’s glory even when circumstances around us are dark.
In the middle of great oppression, Exodus 1:12 tells us “the more [the Israelites] were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel.” (ESV)
Be encouraged by the many insights Stetson offers from the story of Israel. With God you can see the blessing in any problem.
In the Old Testament God would often identify himself as the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. The story of God’s relationship with humanity spans across multiple generations. God chose Abraham out of all the people in the world and he gave him a world wide promise, but that promise wasn’t fulfilled until generations later. The plans of God crosses multiple generations.
The vision of the gospel is the vision of God. God’s vision is one which expands our own vision to see farther past ourselves. You will influence people in your immediate relationships to varying degrees no matter what you do or how hard you try. With Jesus, however, you can influence generations of people outside of your immediate relationships. Live with the vision of Jesus to build a Godly legacy for the generations to come.
We are often told in the Scriptures to “wait on the Lord”, but what does that mean? What does that look like? King David wrote many psalms that reflect a lifestyle of waiting on God. Also, the famous story of Job provides deep insight into an attitude of waiting.
The story of Job is often used as an explanation that bad things happen to good people under God’s supervision and control. But his story also teaches the why it is important to always wait on the Lord. Although Job never cursed God to his face, as Satan wagered he would, Job did stand on the edge of the cliff of despair.
Job experienced a turning point in his faith that each of us will come to. Under the weight of affliction Job cried out that God was good to him yesterday, but today he is not. He reached the point where he began to believe that God had stopped being good to him.
Maybe you’ve stood on that same cliff. If you haven’t, know that even the smallest of trials can take you there.
What God wants us to know is that while times are good we must dwell on the truth that he is good, loving, faithful and strong so that when times are bad we can cling to that same truth. Waiting on God means learning to be still in order to see the goodness of God around you.
Scripture Reference: Psalm 27, Job 29:2-6, 30:9-10 and 19, 38, 40:4-5 and 42:1-6