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And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:19-20
Out of all the amazing things about Jesus and His ministry and what He would do THIS is the FOCAL point that He instructs His disciples to pay attention to and to replicate, to do again, to stir up remembrance, to focus on this, to see its significance.
All the way through history in the bible we see the pattern demonstrated that points to Jesus, the Lamb of God, that points to salvation through Jesus.
In the garden of Eden the first prophecy about the messiah, about the saviour, about salvation is made: And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15
And the first sacrifice for sin is made – the first animal death for a human – for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. Genesis 3:21
Job, the oldest written book of the bible, cries out for a mediator between God and man.
Time and and time again we see in psalms promises of amazing forgiveness : As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103: 12
And through into the prophets promises of a messiah, a king, a deliverer, a saviour.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:4-6
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, Isaiah 53:10
“But the gospel transforms us so our self-understanding is no longer based on our performance in life. We are so evil and sinful and flawed that Jesus had to die for us. We were so lost that nothing less than the death of the divine Son of God could save us. But we are so loved and valued that he was willing to die for us. The Lord of the universe loved us enough to do that! So the gospel humbles us into dust and at the very same time exalts us to the heavens. We are sinners but completely loved and accepted in Christ at the same time. … He saw your heart to the bottom and loved you to the skies.” Tim Keller
This is what we come to remember.
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread ~ Matthew 6:9-11
Give us today our daily bread – we need to have our bread fresh every day – just as the israelites had mana, every day, fresh, from heaven.
Perhaps Jesus isnt talking so much about kai on the table but kai for our hearts – soul food – spiritual nourishment.
My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 ~ Give me today my daily portion / God is my portion
*** kai = food /
*** on friday night i went to the girls youth sleepover… no i didnt sleepover, i like my bed, and i have terrible morning hair, and had a training day at church to go to… but i did go in my pjs! the topic was boys, dating and God… and was a lot of fun. we had some good questions and some good group discussion and generally a great night! i think i overdosed on minties as well! following are my notes.
I’m going to give everyone a piece of paper and a pen and I’d like you to write 3 good things that you think about yourself on it. You don’t have to show anyone unless you want to, but I want you to write down 3 things that you like about yourself or think that you are good at.
Some of the questions I was asking myself as a teenager: I had a look at what I really wanted in life – why did I want a boyfriend? What was I really wanting? And the big picture questions: Where was I heading? What made me happy? What was my purpose? What was God doing in my life? And I want to emphasise the word LIFE there – life is much longer than two weeks or this year and what you do today has an incredible impact on what you are ABLE to do in the future. The decisions you make today influence your tomorrow. I want you to wrap your mind around that and have a big picture view of your life.
By stepping back and having a look at those things it gave me a road to head down and a sense of destiny.
And it and made me see what I really wanted: to be loved. To be cared for. To have people I could have fun with. I wanted to be loved and appreciated and have people I could totally be myself around. To feel special.
Things that I expected a boy to do… but that really deep down, that only God could do.
Let me tell you this – falling in love is the most magnificent fun crazy confusing wonderful thing – it is a rollercoaster of emotions. And it is worth waiting for. It is worth going for gold instead of settling for second best. And to be honest, and maybe brutal. It doesn’t usually happen when we’re in high school. There is a huge portion of our life that happens after high school. When we’re more emotionally equipped to deal with things. When we have perhaps figured out what we want to do with our lives. The bible says there is a time and season for everything – a time to fall in love and a time just to have friends and “grow up”. That’s not to say that you may not meet the person and marry your high school sweet heart… but that is about 1% chance. We want you to walk into this with eyes wide open so that you can live your best life and that at the right time, with the right person, you can have that magical wonderful experience of falling in love.
**** notes from housegroup this week with special guest Daria
REAL LIFE KEY LEADERSHIP QUALITIES
not just in stepping out but also in seeing yourself as you truely are – the good and the bad
again, see yourself truly and address the things that get in the way of other people (and God)
vertical and horizontal honesty
speak truth to yourself and others when appropriate
speak the truth with love
be an encourager to self and others
debrief with yourself about projects and life
dont beat yourself up
be kind to yourself
speak to yourself the same way you would speak to others
- Learning Orientation
know how you learn
learn something everyday
all of the above require an element of perseverance
dont give up
learn the lesson
- Emotional Intelligence
you can practice managing your emotions
you can set the temperature of a room
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
what is the most important thing? it is people, people, people
find your passion
your influence goes on long beyond your time with someone
respect is only earned – not tied to a position or a leadership title
credibility is essential
leaders are readers
learn something every day
sometimes decisions are based on best fit not on a long term career plan
You are a world changer and have been strategically placed. Whenever God wants to reveal Himself in an area to saved the lost and transform society through His presence and power, He anoints and commissions individual we call world changers. God’s plan has been and continues to be to plant world changers across the planet, strategically positioned to make a difference for the Kingdom of God.
What if you truly began to believe and live like you were created, positioned, empowered called by God to?
I loved what winkie pratney shared on Sunday night at church – and the underlying premise that you shouldn’t lesser or unspiritual if you are called and gifted in “non religious ways”. Because God isn’t limited by anything or anyone and isn’t limited to a organisation or box a system – because the whole world is His and His plan is to reach the whole world.
Esther was a young woman who realized that God had sent her to be a world changer. She also understood that she had been deliberately placed by God in the royal palace for a purpose. Esther knew she wasn’t alive just to enjoy the palace and all the pleasures and benefits it would bring, rather she grasped the revelation that she was intentionally placed there “for such a time as this”
There are countless examples of people in the bible who were positioned in their ordinary lives and made a difference for the Kingdom. Debroah, the prophet – yes perhaps a more traditional religious role – lead the military into battle. Non traditional. Jael though, a stay at home mum, was really the one who had the decisive breakthrough for Israel (in Judges 4) and it happened in her home, in her sphere of influence, doing what she had spent a life time doing really well.
There are men and women recorded in the bible who were anointed by God to build and craft, to decorate, create and administrate.
We are all unique and created by God to be who we are. We are created for a purpose and a plan.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
“God has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,”- 2 Timothy 1:9.
The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5
Don’t ever feel that you have to be limited to this sphere (working for the church) to be used by God or that you’re not called.
Do you have a vision for your life?
Do you have a direction you are heading in?
Do you have a purpose and a priority that defines who you are and what you are doing?
vision defines the parameters of our life.
Vision means: “a clear sense of purpose regarding what God wants to do through your life”
Vision is all about knowing God and making Him known. In whatever way we’re called and passionate about. It MIGHT be ministry. It MIGHT be business. It MIGHT be as a stay at home mum. It might be as a teacher, doctor, journalist, artist, plumber, banker, barister… the main thing is to live out our lives glowing in the dark for Jesus that that world can see He is real and relevant!
“There is no thing as secular employment for the believer. Once we are born again, everything about us is redeemed for Kingdom purposes. It is all spiritual. It is either a legitimate Kingdom expression, or we shouldn’t be involved at all.
Every believer is in full time ministry – only a few have pulpits in sanctuaries. The rest have their pulpit in their areas of expertise and favour in the world system.
The call of God is important, not because of the title it carries, or doesn’t carry. Its valuable because of the One who called us. An assignment to be in business is as valuable in the Kingdom as is the call to be an evangelist. The privilege to be a stay at home wife and mother is equal in importance to being a missionary. Embrace your call with the faithfulness and thankfulness worthy of the One who has called you.” Bill Johnson – Dreaming With God
Brainstorm what you would do if you had the time, money, effort, energy, and passion to do whatever you want. Let your imagination run wild.
Assess your natural talents, skills and strengths for evidence of your calling. Are there any patterns, indicators or themes?
What makes you come alive? What causes your heart to burn? Is there a cause or a topic/subject that fires you up? Ask the Lord how your life can bring His Kingdom into this area/activity/issue.
Identify the area(s) where you would like to see your life make a difference, and for what you would like to be remembered.
Who are your role models? What kind of person do you think you ought to be or want to be?
Reminders that God is guiding us and at work is case we’re freaking out about missing it and missing out:
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Commit your way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
"You shine brighter when we’re broken,
With our hearts stretched out upon the floor
In our weakness and our failures,
Your light shines beauty to this world
From our broken hearts, we’re crying out
Through the cracks in all of us,
Through the fractures and our dust,
You shine through, You shine through
In the darkness You’re the dawn,
Blazing like the morning sun,
You shine through, You shine through
No our sin will not define us,
For Your cross, it speaks the final word
Guilt and shame are now behind us,
And You are making us brand new
From our broken hearts, we’re crying out
From our deepest scars, we’re singing out
Like a stained glass window, You shine through us, oh Father, bringing out every single color. May we bear Your image, Your likeness in this world. Restore our hearts. Shine through us."
Brothers McClurg – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmFYFnvoycI
we had an amazing women’s conference at our church over the weekend. i loved every minute of it. it was awesome to see God at work in people’s lives – to see new hope, transformation and a new sense of His love in people. we had a photobooth and blackboard which were a neat connection creating element, as well as a lovely cafe area. we make a real effort to transform the church into a real chicks place – flowers and art work! we also had fairy lit blossom trees and a lolly bar! i spoke on the friday night – and had such a fun time – and felt that the message i had was significantly from God for these women at this moment. all week previously i had been fighting a winter bug and for about 3 days had no voice – even on friday i couldnt carry a conversation for more than a minute without having a coughing fit! but was believing that i would stand up and be able to roar and preach! and yay Jesus – i did and could! on the saturday we had two main sessions in the morning with one of the sessions with a woman whom we had guest worship lead last year. she is a counsellor and spoke about connecting and communication. she also did an elective about marriage and connecting in your marriage. we had a youth elective run by our youth pastors wife and two others which i hear were amazing and life changing(oh to have 3 bodies!) in the evening our pastor stepped in for his wife who was terribly sick over the weekend – i didnt love that part – we so missed her and the conference is really an expression of her love and vision for jesus and us women. he did a steller job, even let us put a tiara on him. a pink one! amazing time of ministry at the end of saturday night – i love how God speaks and moves! my heart is very full!
So this past month we’ve been preparing for ILLUMINATE – well since the start of the year really – but here we are!
Last week I went shopping, new jeans. Had my brows done. But then… gutting of guttingness. I went to get my hair cut. And my hairdresser has moved. To Australia. On a scale of 1 to 10 you know this is up there at a 9 on the disaster scale. Every woman needs 4 things in their life. A good lady doctor, a best friend, a good pastor and a good hairdresser. Hands up if you agree!?
So all week I debated. To cut or not to cut. To be brave and step out of my comfort zone and into the hands of another hairdresser.
So this year I had spent the first term and some of term 2 having light theraphy. Basically I would go 3 times a week to Manukau superclinic, and have this treatment for my skin and allergies. – googles, naked, little room, boom light on… my dermatologist had an easy way to explain what it does – it resets your immunity so then my skin and body should function normally. And ladies… we are here for some light therapy. We are here to let the light of God shine into our hearts – to reveal the good things He has placed there, to reveal the places that “aren’t functioning normally” so that He can heal those places, to speak truth to us, to encourage us, to transform us. We are not just here for a girls escape weekend, but we are here to meet with the living God.
Anyway, lets turn to judges 6 in the bible. Judges is a smallish book near the start of the bible, about 7 books in, page XXXXXXX in my bible. We’re reading about Gideon, whose life stretches over about 3 chapters here in Judges so bear with me if we’re jumping b/w passages.
Some of you will be familiar with Gideon – he has an incredible angelic encounter and is called by God to bring liberation to his people from darkness into the light.
The Israelites had been oppressed by a people group called the midiantites and it had gotten so bad that the land was driven into a famine impoverished mentality. All their crops were destroyed, their livestock taken. It was recession big time!
It was in this place of desperation that the people cried out to God and God stepped in and intervened in history and we see this played out time and time again in the book of Judges, and in the narrative of Gideon.
My message tonight has 4 ways in which God came and brought light in these dark situations – to a people trapped in darkness God brought hope and rescue and illumination!
Gideon was one man chosen by God, anointed by God, appointed by God. The angel appears to Gideon and says ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.’ I confess I had to laugh as I looked this up on my puter – I had it set to the NIV UK version and Gideon’s response must be done in your best downtown abbey voice: ‘Pardon me, my lord,’
Back on track: God shows through Gideon that one man, that one woman can make a difference.
The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him. I will try my utmost to be that man. -D.L. Moody
What would your life look like it you realized the unlimited love and grace and backing you have by God?
You following Christ will not always look the same as someone else following Christ. Why on earth would He have bothered to form you in your mother’s womb with your own DNA and life experience ahead just to copy what someone else you’re seeing is doing? Who would you be if you loved Jesus with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength? That’s what you’re meant to look like.
Today you don’t have to be a superwoman – you can be you – on the journey, living today to the fullest, living today in the grace of God, living today significantly. Gideon certainly didn’t see himself as superman – he backed right off how God defined him and was like no way man, not me!
But how many of you know there is a difference between embracing your vulnerability and putting yourself down? There is a difference between knowing you’re human vs disqualifying yourself because of self esteem and circumstances.
Today you are not a prisoner of your past or of limiting words – you are free by the power of Christ – you are called into victory by the Victorious King. Your past and your present doesn’t have to determine your future – even your future as close as the next second. Gideon was the runt of his family, the lowest rank clan of them all. And in the end he didn’t let that knock Him down but he leaned into God’s truth.
Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears. (Laird Hamilton)
Today the unlimited resources of God are at your disposal as His all surpassing power dwells within us – so that HE is glorified.
Today we have a choice to magnify Him by trusting in His words and His promises.
Today we have a choice – will we believe what God says about us or will we stay saying “who me?”
Imagine believing everything God has spoken to you, whispered over you. Imagine living out those promises with confidence and faith, despite the fear and fragility. Imagine beyond the boarders of today.
Now – go be her.
Be that woman that God says you ARE.
Loved. Chosen. Called. Empowered. Kind. Gracious. Able. Loving. Forgiven. Self Controlled. Peaceful. Cherished. A Mighty woman of God.
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” ― St. Catherine of Siena
Did you know ONE match lit in the darkness can be seen for 25 miles.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
One woman can change the world.
The night after Gideon had his amazing encounter with the angel God gave him a big task. A task that I am sure gripped his heart and made him pace in his room. Made him squirm – it makes me squirm. He commanded Gideon to have gospel influence at home, with those he most loved, with those who knew him inside out. It was almost like God was saying before you go out there and win the victory, you need to make a stand here, where it counts.
We all have different families. Different connections and blends and relationships.
God told Gideon to go and destroy his father’s altars to Baal and the Asherah pole beside it. He was then to build and altar to God and sacrifice one of his fathers bulls.
There is no going back from that. Talk about showing your colours and declaring where you stand. This weekend is about stepping out of the shadows and into the light. This is exactly what Gideon did. He destroyed a stronghold in his life and replaced it with the truth and reality of God – he broke down one altar and built an altar for God.
And in doing so rewrote the destiny of his family. When the town woke up in the morning to find their “precious false altar” gone they were livid and went on a manhunt. When they discovered that Gideon had done this they threatened him, but his father stood up for him. His father because of the actions of one man changed. One family was changed because of one man.
Consider though, how Gideon must have felt tearing down what his father had spent his lifetime building, teaching, and defending. With each stone that he and his servants dismantled, another layer of the ideology that had overrun his family came unglued. This overnight idol-demolishing wasn’t affecting some random town and family he would never see again. This was a task he’d feel, see, and endure the consequences of every day from that point on.
Your strategy from God might not be to take a hammer to the background lawn decoration but it may mean honouring them and making intentional decisions to build relationships and make it real.
I remember as a newbie christian reading about honouring your mother and father in the bible and honestly I was like what the F! I was mortified. I think I shut my bible with a slam and then looked up into the white faces of my shocked youth group friends. For me it began a process of listening, forgiving, talking, being respectful, watching my tone, forgiving, making an effort, connecting. My family – my parents – my brothers and sisters – my husband – my kids – they see me at my best, and my worst. They see when I come unglued, they see when I’m happy, what I’m really giving my life for, what I’m trusting in. I can be having a good day and thinking, yip halo on, I’m a great witness, full of fruit, and then boom, the halo slips down and I’m verbally expressing anger, frustration, unkindness and lack of self control.
But Matthew 5:14-16 says: ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
The stakes are often much higher when the mission field is so personal.
One man – one woman – can change the world, and change their family for Jesus.
God has positioned you in YOUR family for a purpose. This is the hardest mission field, but believe me it is the one most worth it.
You know, when I got saved, I was full of, lets call it, evangelistic enthusiasm. After talking to my sister, a lot, she told me DO NOT EVER TALK TO ME ABOUT GOD AGAIN. Which was so counter to everything that I reckoned God wanted me to do. But God agreed with her, and encouraged me to pray. And so I prayed. And I prayed. Nine years later she rung me up and asked me about God. Earlier this year we had this incredible prophetic moment when I had seen a card with a quote on it and thought about buying it for her and she texted that same quote to me and said she had felt my prayers, she had felt God with her. Don’t give up. Don’t give up. Don’t give up. The road may be long and hard but God is faithful and He is with you. Just as God turned Gideon’s family upside down and right way up, back to Him, He can do the same with your family.
You see the thing is – YOU build an altar with YOUR life. If you are the only Christian in your family know that YOU make a difference. Your life is worship to God. Your life should show the magnificence and reality of Jesus. YOU are the one that opens the door for the blessing of God. Through YOUR faith victory will come.
ONE CRAZY PLAN
When I was praying about this message this part of gideon’s adventure really jumped out at me. But for ages I was trying to wrap words about what was really going on and what God was saying to us as His daughters.
4 But the Lord said to Gideon, ‘There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, “This one shall go with you,” he shall go; but if I say, “This one shall not go with you,” he shall not go.’
5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, ‘Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.’ 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
7 The Lord said to Gideon, ‘With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.’ 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.
I feel it’s a real call for us to live intentionally. The men that bent down and scooped up the water, they lived different. They made intentional choices. What intentional choices is God calling you to make?
As a mums group we’ve been doing a dvd series by lysa Terkeurst called Unglued. It challenged us to examine our lives, the way we emotionally reacted and responded to situations and people and to choose a new normal. It challenged us to think differently and to live intentionally.
Lysa says: A moment of conflict handled the right way is hands-down one of the grandest opportunities we have to shame satan back to hell. A Jesus girl who rises up and unexpectedly gives grace when she surely could have done otherwise, reveals the power and the mystery of Christ at work – in her life and in the world.
Here are four real life practical things we can do to live this out:
- Choose a REPLY over a REACTION. A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. Proverbs 15:1 now this one I need to practice all the time. When we did the unglued series we even kept a behaviour journal, to diary the times we “lost it”. Which I confess was a really good way to teach me to “pause” and have some self control, to reply instead going insanely mental at my children or husband. Because if I lost it… I would have to write it down!
- Choose FAITH over FORGETTING – how often do we forget the promises of God, we forget the things that God says about us – we have inside negative chatter instead of thoughts of faith – you know those thoughts that say, I’m not good enough, not pretty enough, not clever enough, not spiritual enough. We need to eliminate the toxic thoughts and let the truth flourish. See yourself as how God sees you. Chosen. Called. Empowered. Loved.
- Choose GRATITUDE over ATTITUDE – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 – I can’t control the things that happen to me each day, but I can control how I think about them. I can say to myself, "I have a choice to have destructive thoughts or constructive thoughts right now. I can have an attitude and make things worse, or I can ask God for a better perspective, have some gratitude, rejoice and again I say rejoice, to help me see good even when I don’t feel good."
- Choose JESUS over JUNK – how often do we try and fill ourselves with something temporary instead of with Jesus? It might be food, it might be tv, it might be serial dating, it might be shopping, appearance, approval, success. In of themselves those things are not bad… they just may not be beneficial. The kind of love our souls crave will never be found in the things of this world. Lasting, satisfying love will only be found when we stop chasing others or possessions, and thirst for the things of God.
Walking in faith means we choose Jesus and His ways – we make intentional choices to be His daughters, living in the light.
We need to Choose LIGHT over darkness. Now darkness can sometimes be more comfortable. Familiar. You can’t see all the um, blemishes, flaws, curves etc in the dark… but Jesus says:
1 Thessalonians 5:5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
Romans 13:12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light.
Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.
In the midst of conflict the men of Gideon’s army made intentional choices that set them apart from the rest of their fellow soldiers. It was something that gave them the X factor!
"God always knows just what each person needs. Because you have been created by God as a unique person, His plan to grow you will not look the same as His plan to grow anyone else.
He had Abraham take a walk, Elijah take a nap, Joshua take a lap, and Adam take the fall.
He gave Moses a forty-year time out, He gave David a harp and a dance, and He gave Paul a pen and a scroll.
He wrestled with Jacob, whispered to Elijah, warned Cain, and comforted Hagar. He gave Aaron an altar, Miriam a song, Gideon 300 soldiers who drunk differently, Peter a name, and Elisha a mantle.
Jesus was stern with the rich young ruler, tender with the woman caught in adultery, patient with the disciples, blistering with the scribes, gentle with the children, and gracious with the thief on the cross.
God never grows two people the same way. God is a hand-crafter, not a mass-producer. No wonder we get frustrated when we think that everyone is supposed to look like the pastor or author or whoever is teaching us at the moment about spiritual growth.
We learn differently, struggle with different sins, and relate to God in different ways. – John Ortberg
2 Corinthians 4:7 says But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
How many times do we write ourselves off based on our past? Based on our flaws? Based on our limitations? Based on our brokenness? Based on our circumstances?
Don’t suppress the miraculous just because you aren’t impressed with your own resources – God can use one man, one woman to change the world. He can transform and save one family, using you. He has a plan and a purpose for your life and though at times it may seem crazy, He seems to know what He is doing. His weapons of warfare were trumpets, lights and broken jars. "It’s not the size of the darkness but the power of the light!” Christine Caine"
« What is impossible with people is possible with God. We just have to believe that God has called us to go into the world in His name, and not listen to the crippling or even paralyzing labels and limitations imposed by others. We cannot allow them to daunt us.” Christine Caine »
It doesn’t seem like much – but it was His plan and His power. What can often look like lack or weakness can be used by God for His purposes and His glory. Wherever we feel too weak to fulfill our calling, our ever-redeeming God will make us strong!
ONE AWESOME GOD
Gideon is not the hero of this story.
When you think about it, Gideon was doubtful, doubleminded, desperate and ….
In the beginning God planned the end; across history HIS Story of redemption reigns. My story has purpose only in Him! I am called to REFLECT HIS magnificence. To demonstrate the reality of His goodness and greatness.
Ladies you are called to change the world. God has a unique purpose for each one of us. We may feel inadequate and insignificant but God doesn’t see you that way. He loves you with an everlasting love.
Like Gideon, you are called. One woman to change the world.
Like Gideon, your life is an altar to God that can and will bring change to your family.
Like Gideon, God has a crazy plan for your life. Say yes. Choose Light.
He is an awesome God.
Tonight – if you want to respond and say YES to God afresh, this is your moment. If you want to come and pray and stand here on behalf of your unsaved family, this is your moment. If you need a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit, come forward now.
last night we kicked off our Illuminate Women’s Conference at The River Christian Church
and it was a blast!
love how God spoke to our beautiful women – youth upwards to in their 80s…
i was priv’d to preach last night – after a week of having no voice and even up to about 6pm i wasn’t able to hold a conversation without coughing fits. not promising. but i had felt that i would get my voice and despite what circumstance said, that i would be able to speak! was so God healing me and empowering me!
loving all the joy that comes with a conference weekend – so much fun!