- Sometimes following Jesus can make things difficult.
- There’s gonna be some work but it’s gonna work and He’s working.
- Work takes some time.
- God disciplines through training. It’s always redemptive.
- God’s discipline is a proactive, progressive training to prepare you to be the person you never thought you could be but always wanted to be.
- You’re not the only one.
- We fight to not sin.
- It is not always fun.
- Jesus did not avoid pain.
- God will use things that are not fun to train you.
- Joy is a choice.
- It’s not punishment, it’s training.
- Jesus took your punishment for you on the cross.
- Discipline is a form of heavenly compliment.
- God’s discipline is helping us become who we really are.
- If you’ll stay at it, you will become the new person you actually are.
- Punishing looks backwards, training looks forward.
Coming Out Of The Drought
1 Kings 18:41-46
- Often in the realm of faith, we hear things that we cannot see yet.
- Often my situation can be doing a whole lot better than my soul.
- Sometimes He has to change you before He changes your situation.
- Sometimes God will show you how great His supply is by sending you to someone with a greater need than you have to begin with.
- That’s how God often proves His presence, by putting you in an impossible situation.
- Something is happening when nothing is seen.
- Whenever you start in faith, it always feels like nothing.
- Sometimes what you see is a direct contradiction of what you sense.
- Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean He didn’t speak it.
- The only thing that is impossible with God is nothing.
- If God is in it, it’s never nothing.
- Celebrate the small start.
- Be proud of your sucky starts.
- Shout over the small stuff.
- Little is much when God is in it.
- The way the enemy gets you to leave your assignment is to convince you that it doesn’t matter what you’re working on.
- You started seeing it when you started searching for it.
- The enemy can’t keep God from making it rain, but maybe he can keep you from receiving it.
- Some of us are better at surviving in famine than we are at living in blessing.
- When you run from the resistance, you run from the rain. When you run from the battle, you run from the blessings. When you from the problem, you run from the promise.
- God is calling the drought out of you.
Your Life Looks Like A Race
- My life is a race. It has an order to it.
- Life is an endurance race.
- Are we running in a way that is sustainable?
- Recover your spiritual vigor.
- Life is about those who are faithful.
- Jesus is the standard of faithfulness.
- The greatest vision you can have is to finish well.
- Life is a race that is connected.
- Don’t drop the baton.
- You need tension in your faith. Tension will keep your focus.
- Tension is a holy thing.
- We are connected.
- There’s a generation counting on you. It’s not pressure, it’s a privilege.
- I am not what I do, I am what He has done.
- The power is not in laying aside, the power is where you’re looking. The power is in Him.
- Remind yourself what He did on the cross. Remind yourself where He is seated right now.
- I can’t be anymore right before God than I am right now.
- As we’re maturing, we should be taking on more responsibility.
- You’ll never reap a harvest when you hide from it.
- Context brings clarity.
- When you don’t see what you’ve been given, you neglect the work that you’ve been given.
- It doesn’t matter the amount you’ve been given, it matters what you do with what you’ve been given.
- The harvest is work.
- What you hold on to, you hide.
- Whatever’s hidden cannot be blessed.
- The hand that will be blessed is the one that is always open.
- Whatever is heavy on His heart, He puts into your hands.
- Whatever you’re standing in, that is your harvest field.
Where Are You Headed?
Hebrews 11:13-16; 12:1-2
- We are headed towards eternity.
- Life is a succession of decisions.
- Don’t live for the moment. Live in the moment.
- What’s in front of you is intrinsically connected to what’s ahead of you.
- While we’re living, let’s prepare to die the right way.
- We are only here for a brief moment and this is not our home.
- Live with a priority system.
- Talk to each other more about Jesus and heaven.
- The movement of faith is forward. The journey with Jesus is forward.
- What’s ahead of you is far better than what’s behind you.
- We should be more committed to what’s ahead than what’s behind us.
- Your speaking and your thinking shape your desires.
- Our joy is that we see each other with Him in eternity.
- You are His joy.
- Joy is mature when it’s not temporal, it’s eternal.
- My joy is anchored into eternity.
- We are prone to drift from what is truly real.
- When you let go of stuff, He just opens up doors.
- If God said it, He will do it.
- Make plans to encourage one another.
- The last days will be community days.
- God invites us into a life that is framed by what He’s done, not by what we have done or what we have not done.
Upon This Rock (Rock And Soul)
- Outer stability comes from inner tranquility.
- Everyone has a shepherd. Your shepherd is whatever you build your life on.
- Jesus never let anybody down.
- When you build your soul on the Rock, then all around you can give way but then on Christ you can stand.
- When you know who He is, you discover who you are.
- Find your identity not by seeking it but by seeking Him.
- What you’re not, He is. What you can’t, He can.
- You’re doubly His. You’re His because He made you. You’re His because He bought you.
- Because we belong to Him, we always belong with Him.
- It doesn’t mean that you will always have what you want and it doesn’t mean that you will want all that you have. But it does mean that right now and ever and always, you have what you need.
- Some things that we are meant to have we’re not ready to have yet.
- A blessing becomes a burden when you get it out of season.
- If you have it, it’s because God is going to use it.
- What do you despise today that the world will be thankful for tomorrow?
Sermon Notes and Personal Reflections.