Welcome back! I posted my notes from last week later in the week, so if you missed them, check them out here.
The worship experience began with ”Let Go” by Hillsong Young and Free and which was followed by “Won’t Stop Now” by Elevation Worship. Then we had a testimony and baptism and continued worship with “Resurrecting” by Elevation Worship.
My notes for the message are as follows:
- Wouldn’t it be shame for Jesus to be alive and the church to be dead?
- Philippians 4:10-19:
“10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
- Can we honestly say that we are more interested in what God can do through us for others than what He can do through others for us?
- God has already met our needs before we even know what they are, yet it doesn’t always happen in the way we expect it to.
- A lot of the stuff we do in life is in an attempt to connect.
- You’re still going to want, it’s a matter of which shepherd you go to, to meet those needs. (Psalm 23:1)
- When joy/contentment is low in your heart and life, it’s usually because entitlement is high. When it’s low, I can usually trace back the drain to some form of me trying meet my needs my way.
- God doesn’t remove our needs; He changes the way our needs are met.
- If loneliness is not treated, it’ll get swollen and show up as lust. Your soul is reaching out for something that can only be found in God, but when it doesn’t know where to go to meet that need you stay needy.
- Acts 16:7-15:
“7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Lydia Baptized at Philippi
11 Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. 14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.
- God knows the need beneath the need that you think is the need. We think we know what need God needs to meet.
- It’s not where Paul was going, but where he needed to be in the meantime. God is looking for someone who will stay faithful in the transition and not go back to where they came from.
- No= New Opportunity
- The space between what you think you need and what God says you need is called faith.
- Sometimes God will give me an opportunity in the form of somebody else’s need. When you meet the need God sent you to meet, He can meet your need.
- There’s a need God wants you to meet and He knows there’s a need you want Him to meet.
- It takes faith to trust God when he shows you something; it really takes faith to trust that God tells something else something.
- Sometimes you have to step out to find out.
- Sometimes we’re waiting on God to give us an opportunity when He’s given us the opportunity in the form of a need.
- If we had no needs we would have no need of God. He doesn’t want to remove our needs; He wants to meet them.
- God gets you to where you want to go by giving you something to take to others.
- We get so caught up in the specifics!
- You’ll find what you look for.
- Paul wasn’t looking for provision, he was looking for need.
- You can’t meet a need if you don’t know it.
- It is in giving that you open the way by which God promises to meet your needs.
- God doesn’t meet your needs like you think He’s going to meet your needs because then you’d depend on your idea of how God should meet your needs more than God Himself.
- God is not only using people who people think are important; He’s using the ordinary and unexpected people.
- The missing link isn’t always a big thing. Could you be the missing link to what God wants to do in somebody else’s life?
- When Paul’s need to share the gospel met up with Lydia’s need to hear it, miracles happened. Lydia wasn’t looking for Paul; God was looking for Lydia. God opened her heart, and she opened her home.
- The opportunity is the need. Would you be willing to be the link that God can use? God came to set me free from me; may He use us to meet others’ needs also!
Thanks for reading my notes this week! I’m super excited to come back next week as we start a new series in the church about fear and anxiety and dealing with all of that, so be sure to come back!
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