The Devil in 3-D

Welcome back to week 2 of Triggered! I really can’t believe it’s only been one week since last week.  I’ve learned so much and seen God move this week and I’m overwhelmed by how good He is!

This week started out singing “Grateful” by Elevation Worship, followed by “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship, then a break for a testimony.  Worship then continued with “Here Again” by Elevation Worship, one of my favorites right now, and then went into another favorite song of mine, “King of My Heart“.

The Devil in 3-D

We’re back in the same text with this week’s message, 1 Peter 5:8-9:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there.

Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: “If only we had died when our brethren died before the Lord! Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.” So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him.

10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.

12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

13 This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the Lord, and He was hallowed among them.”

  • God’s glory shows up when you run out of answers.
  • Just because it works on the surface doesn’t mean it is wise or sustainable.
  • The cost of controlling people is ending up alone.
  • Some of the stuff that works on the surface costs us in the end.
  • Deficit
  • The closer you get to the Promise, the greater the conflict.
  • When there’s a deficit, you start reacting instead of responding.
  • We’ve got a surplus of opinions and deficit of empathy.
  • We have more ways to communicate and less connection than ever.
  • When a deficit is left unaddressed, disappointment sets in.
  • Disappointment
  • Anytime you start facing a deficit, you look for someone to blame.
  • Your version of the past is just as imaginary as your version of the future.
  • When you’re frustrated, it’s not your life you’re frustrated with, it’s your expectations of your life that’s frustrating.
  • One of the best things we can do for our peace of mind is to crucify our expectations.
  • I don’t depend on people to provide for me; what God has promised is already on the way.
  • How much power are you giving away to other people?
  • Dependence 
  • When God told Moses he (meaning Moses) wouldn’t lead the people anymore, it wasn’t for punishment, it was for protection.  God wanted Moses to trust Him enough to use his mouth instead of his staff.
  • When we put other peoples’ opinions and our fears over who God says we are, it limits our potential–it was never about our abilities–it was whether or not we trust God in His abilities.
  • If we let Him, the place of our greatest mistake will be the place of His greatest mercy and miracle.
  • God’s not looking for us to be who we wanted to be, He’s looking for us to trust who He already is–the Great I AM.

The service concluded with singing “Here Again”.


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