Welcome back to the blog! I’m posting this a day early because I’ve had some technical problems with scheduling it for its normal time this week. Hopefully, this will work to just post it outright! 🙂
First of all, let me just take a moment to give a shout-out to the whole Elevation team for all the work they’ve been doing to keep a sense of normalcy with their online broadcasts. It’s amazing how all of their diligence up to this point has set them up to be prepared to get encouraging content out during this time where everyone is advised to stay home.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”
“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children–“
“For the Lord our God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,”
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
All of the above verses are out of the NIV.
Then, we sang “The Blessing“.
Pastor Steven preached this week a fantastic message that not only is super applicable for our time, it’s probably the one with the most notes I’ve taken in a while.
- Matthew 18:19
- God does His greatest miracles in our biggest mess.
- No mess, no ministry.
- We can always stand on worship, God’s word, and wisdom.
- Desperation is the set-up for revelation.
- Whenever we know what’s going on, faith can’t grow.
- Fear is to our spirit what weights are to our muscles; fear is an opportunity to exercise faith.
- Romans 8:28
- God positions us for miracles in the midst of mess.
- In order for God to bring something new, He has to disrupt something normal.
- You’re not the only one going through this.
- Joshua 3:1
- We need to stop looking at God as a means and know that He is the end.
- God is positioning us for the miracle of empathy.
- Sometimes we tell ourselves we’re stuck when the fact is, we’ve stopped.
- Are you going to feed yourself fear and then pray for faith?
- Stop walking by feelings and by sight and start walking by faith. It’s so important that we listen to the Holy Spirit when He says “Stop”.
- Stop wasting today’s strength fighting tomorrow’s battles.
- God will give you the wisdom for decisions you need to make right now; ask Him!
- Joshua 3:2-17
- God is already in your tomorrow.
- Stop worrying about what God is already working on.
- Your faith grows in unfamiliar places, when you don’t know where to go–that’s where you get to know who God really is.
- When God says “stop”, the storm has to listen.
- Faith doesn’t exempt you from challenges.
- We will get through this; the question is, will we come out of it better than we were when we went in?
- How do you expect to get a testimony without a test?
- God is teaching us that when He feels distant, He isn’t.
- Sometimes God uses distance in our feelings to call us deeper in our faith.
- While we’re having to keep physical distance, God is calling us to spiritual depth.
- Maybe God is going to make you a miracle for somebody else.
- Consecrate yourselves while you isolate yourselves.
- The convergence of what God has done and what He will do is all found in His presence.
- God’s got a job and you’ve got a job: “tomorrow” is on God’s job description.
- We have to trust God with tomorrow’s problems and focus on today’s process.
- We don’t know how to stop the virus but we know how to spread a blessing.
- If you will consecrate yourself today, God is already in your tomorrow.
- We don’t need to be so focused on getting through it that we don’t focus on what God wants us to get out of it.
- If He said it, it’s sure. If He promised it, it’s rock-solid.
- Connection is about depth, not about breadth.
- God wants to connect with us in a deep way.
- There’s a miracle in it.
- Before Jesus stopped the storm outside the boat the disciples were in, He had to stop the anxiety in their hearts.
- God is using distance right now as a gift to call us closer to Himself.
- Worship while you’re still in the hard things.
- It’s not just that you get through it, it’s that you take something from it.
- Stop and make the decision to trust God in today.
You can watch the message here:
Hey, if you’ve made it this far, I’d love to ask you a quick question: Would you prefer it if I starting putting the verses from the message into my posts (like I did with the ones Chris read above), and the songs from worship directly into my posts (like the sermon directly above), or keep things the way they are? I can’t find an option to put a poll directly in this post, so please just comment below!