Tested?

It’s amazing how fast the weekend flies by! But it is so good to have a little down time and rest. I pray that you will have a great time of worship this morning.

Genesis chapter 22 is the story of Abraham and Isaac. Please take time to read the whole chapter this morning and dive into the rich truth of this story. Genesis 22:1-2 says, “Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” I could not imagine what Abraham was going through! That was a huge test in Abraham’s life but he passed the test!

I don’t always have all the right answers but I do know that God does test us in our journey of life. He test us for two reasons. First, it’s an opportunity for God to prove Himself to us. That He is faithful and trustworthy. Secondly, it’s an opportunity for us to prove ourselves to Him through obedience.

What is your Isaac? What do you find your identity in? We can base our identity in a number of things; our position, how much money we make, degrees we earn, or even our athletic ability. What do you love more than God? God will test you to make sure your identity and your security are found in the cross of Jesus Christ.

Lucifer was a beautiful being with a great voice. His gifts were originally used to glorify the Lord. But he started looking in the mirror and claiming the glory. Do we find our identity in who we are or whose we are? God is asking for 100% of our heart. What do we need to give up or turn over to Him this morning? What do we need to place on the alter and totally surrender to Him? What is getting between you and God?

Place your Isaac on the alter and see what God can do! He can not give back what you do not give up. Genesis 22:13-14 says. “Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

Our God is faithful and He does provide. I encourage you this morning to get alone with God and allow God to speak into your life. Take time to reflect and respond. Love you guys!!

Obedience

Good morning friends! I want to encourage you to check out Park Ave sermons online! They are located in Titusville, Florida. Pastor Steve is wrapping up a series called, “The Big Picture Includes Me.” I just wanted to touch the tip of the iceberg this morning from this past Sunday’s sermon.

John 2:1-5 says, “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

If you are looking for direction or some great advice, please listen to this! Whatever Jesus says do, do it! God is calling us to radical obedience, no more hold back! He is calling His Church to go all in and fully surrender our talents, finances, and our time. What do you need to lay at His feet this morning? Is there anything that you consider so precious, that it is off limits to God? He is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.

You are God, and I am not! Hear the voice of God and be obedient to what He is calling you to do. Practice His presence all day long. Have a great Tuesday and encourage someone along the way!

Personal Prayer

I really don’t like sharing my own personal prayers that I write to God. Because people will be able to see my thoughts and even my struggles. But God calls us to be real and transparent. So here we go.

I made a decision to follow You when I was 5 years old. I am now 52 years old, so that means I have been a Christian for 47 years! No news to you. You would think I would have it down by now.

One would think I could live out my life in such a way where I would never let You down. You would think, I would have Satan figured out and I could explain his every move. I would love to say, I could know and believe every verse of the Bible and never waiver. But there is one verse that I am still trying to get a hold on to! Help me with this Lord.

John 14:11-12 says, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Lord, You did something that blows me away. Like healing the sick, raising the dead, feed the 5000, and walked on water! Raise my level of faith this morning! Christ in me, the Hope of all Glory lives inside of me! Help me today to practice what You are showing me.

Lord, I know you Word is Truth! But help my unbelief, doubt, and my fears. It has become so easy to slide into the routine of religion and just do church. Forgive me Lord, when I pray small prayers that require no faith. Forgive me, when I come to you not expecting miracles or believe that lives will not be changed.

Help me stand on your truth and strengthen my faith in You! Make me strong in you and help me to live a life of faith that will please you! Help me to hear You and pray the prayers that you would pray today!

To You be all the Glory forever and ever! Amen!

Are You Listening?

Jeremiah 33:3 says,”Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” God always answers prayers. But He doesn’t promise that He will always give the answer we want to hear, but He does promise to always answer with what we need to hear.

We can not forget that prayer is a two way conversation. It’s not just talking or asking, it’s also listening! Why did the good Lord give you two ears and one mouth? Because we should listen twice as much as we talk. Today world is so noisy, and we always have something or someone in our ear, we require God to shout over everything going on. We want God to give us a Heavenly billboard, or a fancy flashing sign. But most of the time God doesn’t work like that.

God spoke to Elijah when he was hiding in a cave, afraid of the evil queen Jezebel. 1 Kings 19:9-13 reads like this, “There he went to the cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your alters, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountain apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

The God who never changes still speaks to us in a gentle whisper. He has to be wondering: Is anybody listening? We live in a society that is addicted to noise! The question isn’t whether God is speaking, but the real question is whether we’re still listening.

I want to encourage you today to get away from the noise and take time to hear his voice. Get away from the computer, cell phone and any other distraction, and take time to listen to that gentle whisper! Have a great Sunday!