Lions & Lizards & Lies (8/12)

It’s Tuesday again, so if you’ve been following me for a least a week, you know what that means! 😉 If you’re new, every Tuesday, I post my notes from church on Sunday.  I’m a part of the Elevation Church eFam, and I like to share my notes so that those who haven’t had time to watch the sermon can still stay in the loop!  I actually had the opportunity to make the trip to Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend and experience the beginning of the new series, Triggered, which was so awesome! I also live-streamed it Sunday, which you can also do via this link.

The worship experience began with singing “God of the Promise” by Elevation Worship and was followed by a baptism.  There was a series opener teaser video played, and then an incredible rendition of Hillsong Young and Free’s song “P E A C E“, which flowed into “It Is Well with My Soul (ft. Tauren Wells)” and Elevation Worship’s own “Do It Again“.

This new series, Triggered, is all about taking back our minds in the age of anxiety, and this week’s installment is entitled “Lions, Lizards, and Lies”.  My notes read:

  • You don’t have to feel it to believe it.  It’s not faking it until you make it, it’s “faithing” it.  Praise God according to who He is.
  • 1 Peter 5:5-9:

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

  • We are the creation, not the Creator.
  • Why are we surprised when we struggle? Jesus promised us that we would have tribulations.  Perhaps part of the reason that we struggle so much is because we are surprised when we do.
  • Certain sufferings aren’t the result of following God but of carrying our worries ourselves; sometimes we suffer because we’re stupid.  And sometimes we’ll invent situations in our heads to worry about that aren’t even real.
  • We feed our minds with things that eat our peace alive.
  • You have to go through the process (Verse 6) to get to the Promise (verse 7).
  • The hand of God was a symbol of deliverance (Exodus 3).  When Moses released what was in his hand (the staff), God releases what’s in His hands.
  • God can’t release His peace if I don’t release my pride.  Sometimes God will reach and pull us out of situations we like being in because He sees more than we do.
  • I must first humble myself (verse 6).  To take back your mind, you’ve got to humble your heart.
  • It’s a process of humility to get to the promise of peace.
  • A lot of my anxiety comes from making things about me when it’s not about me.  God may have given me responsibility but He’s got sovereignty.
  • God’s hand is my provision and protection; I must also seek Him to be my plan.
  • God was always fulfilling His plan through my pain.
  • You can’t get the provision and protection if you don’t submit to His plan.
  • Submitting to God’s agenda produces God’s peace.
  • Most of my peace is lost in the gap between my plan and God’s plan.
  • We live in an age of impatience where we want to post before we pray.
  • Be careful you don’t get arrogant and say your hand accomplished what God’s did in your life.
  • What are you holding in your hand that belongs in God’s?
  • God’s gonna speak but we have to study.
  • I’m holding it but I’m not controlling it; God may have put it in your hands but it’s under His control.
  • You might be holding it but He’s holding you.
  • Matthew 16:21-23:

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

  • “Be of sober mind”–when you’re intoxicated with your own ideas, you stumble, and can cause others to stumble.
  • We’re fighting the wrong devil on the wrong level.
  • It’s not a drinking problem; it’s a thinking problem.
  • The enemy is a defeated foe but he’s loud; God doesn’t have to holler because we’re right under His hand–He’s close to us.
  • We scroll through opinions and lose the ability to process truth.
  • We’ve created a culture of performance; no wonder we feel anxious and powerless, but there is already a mighty hand that has performed and accomplished.

We finished by singing a hymn that I can’t find the name of.  There were several stories and such within the sermon that had a powerful application to the message but were hard to take notes on, so I would (as always!) recommend watching the sermon (you can do so here). 🙂

Can’t wait to tune in next week!


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