Sermon Notes! To remind myself of God’s Word 🙂
2 February 2016
When God gave me my strengths, few though they are, his purpose wasn’t to give me some basis on which to feel good about myself. He gave them to me so I could have the astounding privilege of loving someone else by graciously serving them in a place of their need, and then by receiving their grateful love in return.
And when God gave me my weaknesses, which are legion, his purpose wasn’t to make me ashamed and discouraged. He gave them to me so I could have the astounding privilege of humbly receiving someone else’s love as they graciously serve me in a place of my need, and then joyfully responding to them with grateful love in return.
From: Desiring God: Your Weakness is Not Meaningless
9 November 2016
Faith is for what we cannot explain and what we cannot see. Faith is the willingness to abide in a place that you don’t fully understand.
Faith is the substance of the things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The opposite of faith is not doubt, it is certainty. We may have many doubts, but through it all we may still have faith. If your faith is dependent on an outcome, it is just a matter of time before you lose it. Faith will call you a conqueror, even when all you’ve ever known is defeat.
God wants us to stretch out our hand to Him, not the good hand (the one that we are proud of, i.e. all the things we are good at/are pleased with), but the bad hand (all our insecurities, fears, perceived lacks, that we hide from the world). We only need to stretch this out and He will heal it, and make it as good as the rest of the body, such that this will
no longer affect the rest of our functions.
I am going into the week and the rest of life with a FAITH THAT WORKS because I am going to work it.
8 November 2016
I know, but I’m Not Nervous
2 Corinthians 1:3-11
This hope wasn’t given by the world, and the world cannot take it away. I can be burdened by the full understanding of the gravity of the situation, but I’m not nervous. He who spoke the storm into existence by virtue of creating its elements can calm it with a single word.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains –
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip –
he who watches over you will not slumber;
The Lord will keep you from all harm –
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore
We have this hope, an anchor for my soul. The hope hit rock bottom, and remained strong and rose from the grave. And this hope is IN US! :’’)
Talk Yourself Into It
Be strong and courageous! God says this three times to Joshua. It is in human nature to be afraid and discouraged, daunted by tasks that seem difficult. We often say we do not know what God’s purpose for us is, when in actual fact He has already shown us His purpose but we talk ourself out of it because we let ourselves be afraid and discouraged. We can in fact choose not to be afraid and not to be discouraged. We must know that our purposes are often larger than ourselves – Joshua must have been terrified at the prospect of having to lead the Israelites across the Jordan river, but he had a purpose that would affect many more people, and he simply had to be strong and courageous. God can show us our purpose, but it is up to us to talk ourselves into it, to live out God’s plans for us. I have fear, but fear does not have me. Remind yourself of this phrase: Christ is in me, I am enough.
Also we often quote bible verses and personalise them to suit our situations and give us comfort, but this also takes them out of their context and makes us forget the true scale of God’s power. While the Word should definitely be a source of strength for us, let us never forget the magnitude of God’s love and power!
5 November 2016
When Anxiety Attacks
1 Peter 5:6-11
Humble yourself before God, and in doing so, you will cast all your anxieties on Him. The devil will come like a roaring lion (he will announce his presence, and he WILL come), but you must resist, rather than flee. God’s mighty hand will be upon you – the same hand that split the red sea for the Israelites, the same hand that made water come out of a rock – the same hand is working within your life. And after you have suffered a little while, God HIMSELF will restore you, making you strong, firm and steadfast :’) The centre of anxIety is I and the centre of prIde is I – the root of your anxiety is you, so you must be willing to humble yourself before God, to relinquish control over things you cannot control and things you want to control entirely to God, in order to truly cast your anxieties on Him.