This morning as I remember you in prayer, I think of the face of a friend recently when I asked how I could pray for them. Shock responded. Their face was incredulous that I would pray for them. “What me? I am living in horrible mistaken moments and imperfect obedience (my definition for sin). You would pray for me? God would listen to me and my mess?” It was written all over the face.
Too often we pray for our mistakes instead of praying for our success. Pray for success. Pray for standing on the mountain top instead of wallowing in the shadow of a weeping willow.
Elijah was a man of like passions to us. I love the stories of Elijah. One of the greatest miracle workers of all history found himself at the footstool of fear and failure.
1 Kings 19: 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
The story goes on and he finds his footing again in faith and courage and goes on to serve for many more years in power and success.
Let’s Pray: Father, sometimes we find ourselves standing on the rickety footstool of failure and fear. But we don’t live there. That is not our home. Our strength and courage lie in faith and faithfulness. You are faithful. You are full of strength and courage. Let us embrace that and move to higher ground.
Each of us grow. God invests gifts in us and we grow in them to bless others. This quick assessment will help the pastoral leadership team help you grow even more. We grow as we use who we are and what we have.
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Members of the Gainesville community tell me there are 116 churches in the area. Why do we need another church? Making the right decision for the future of your family is important. Is something missing? You judge.
Is that what you want for you and your family? Whether you are a family of one or many, come on Sunday at 11am or Sunday at 5pm and get started. I want to meet you and welcome you into Hope Church. Pastor Phil
How do I know that what I am being taught is solid and dependable? That is a good question. When someone speaks as a teacher or leader in the Kingdom of God, we need to know if we can follow their words.
Interpreting scripture is a skill and a Spirit empowered exercise. Understanding all of Scripture in a global sense helps us make extractions to apply to our lives.
So with all that in mind, I’ll answer the question of testing prophecy or teaching we have heard?