The Life’s Journey worship leader, Courtney Kluver, shared an encouraging word on really listening to Christmas songs. The lyrics claiming “peace on earth, goodwill to men”, are found in Luke 2:14. When we really consider that the God of all creation has goodwill toward us, it is life changing. Remember, God really loves you!
There is no place for insecurity in the Body of Jesus Christ because we are all a part in the work God is building. In 1 Peter, Christians are described as living stones intended to be placed in the walls and structure of a spiritual temple God is building. When you become a disciple of Jesus, you become a stone – a part of a spiritual temple. As a living stone, God will add you to the structure where ever he needs you to be. One place is not more honorable than another and one plane is not less honorable than another. The Christian life isn’t one of competition with each other, trying to make ourselves to look better in the eyes of God than others. Earthly stones don’t compete with each other as the master builder crafts a wall. The master builder selects a stone for a particular place on the wall. He selects the stone that fits and if it doesn’t fit he will either use it elsewhere or reshape it for the appropriate use.
As Life’s Journey enters into a new phase of ministry, listen as Cortney reminds you to be secure in your place as a living stone; hand selected and hand crafted by the Master Builder.
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.