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.
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.
Easter isn’t about hidden eggs and chocolate bunnies. The Easter holiday is a time to remember the great love of God. Jesus died and rose again so that you may live in relationship with God. Easter is a time to remember that “Christ died for us while we were still sinners…He didn’t wait until we were polished up and combed our hair and put on our nicest shirt. That’s not when he chose to love us. He found you not presentable and decided to love you anyway.”
On Easter morning, Cortney reminded us that the fact of the matter is that our God became a man, died on a cross and rose again because he loves us.