We can all find ourselves in situations that we feel sometimes can be impossible to overcome. Especially when they are brought about by our own hands. However, as shown in the story of Jacob, God truly desires to meet us in that place of submission and brokenness, only to truly deliver us to a new level of faith, strength, and courage
Praise is a powerful weapon in our faith walk with God. It aligns our hearts in the direction of the almighty God. It eases our worries and fears, it helps us to focus on the ONE who truly can and will deliver all who approach him with humility and pure devotion. It can break bondages of unforgiveness, sickness, and pain and liberate all to a new level of intimacy and gratitude with God.
I recently had the opportunity to pray with and be encouraged by my spiritual father, friend, and mentor Peter Crescenti. During this special moving moment, we were able to share with each other our promises from God in prayer and our greater hope in God and his mighty power. During that prayer time I heard one prophetic word that resounded deeply in that moment, not only for Pete, but for myself as well, when I ruminated on it later. When we feel tired, when we feel burdened, and when we feel that the battle has been long, God reminds us that he has blessed us with spiritual fathers, spiritual brothers, spiritual sisters, and spiritual sons/daughters, as well as amazing leaders to embolden our faith.
Two Sunday’s ago, I had the honor of sharing with our Sunday services how connect groups have impacted my life. I did not blink when asked and immediately said yes to share about something that played such a big role in my life and spiritual growth for 5 years, yes 5 years! I was given the opportunity to lead a connect group and it not only impacted the life of those who attended, but also my life beyond any expectation I originally had.
Celebrate the exhilaration of knowing that life does not pass us by without our feeling God’s love, his presence, his unending provision, his truth, and his glory.
Celebrate that each day you live and breathe is an opportunity for God to smile on you and wrap his arms around you to give you hope.
As I reflected this week, I couldn’t help thinking about the family and friends I’ve gained in our church. How through the hardest and best of times God has shown his mercy and unending love for me through them. He desires to do this for all of us.
The Word of God
This weekend our church had a celebration unlike any other. It was the start of a new life for many. Through the miracle of water baptisms, they have now experienced rebirth. Our very own Ps. Stewart Lawrence said it best when he proclaimed that through baptism, we EMBRACE what God has for us.
The word of God inspires our hearts. It is like a reward for all who receive it. It is the fruit of the power of God’s spirit for those who seek it out. It bears much fruit, brings clarity, and brings peace. But most of all, it brings direction and purpose into our lives.