Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 6:30pm
Reading from John 21:20-22, Pastor Nate Meyst reflected on the importance of our own identities in a teaching titled, YOU DO YOU.
God created us with our own identities. God made each one of us unique. You are the only YOU in the world! We need to be who God created us to be.
In this passage in the Book of John, Peter opened the door to comparison. Jesus had just explained to Peter how he would die. This knowledge should have suggested to Peter that he would finish well and that he would remain faithful to Jesus to the very end.
But, Peter lost his focus! Bad things can happen when you neglect what we should be doing in life. Comparison takes a toll on our effectiveness and robs us of all that God wants to do in our lives.
Whatever God has put before us, we need to be obedient because He is faithful. Sometimes the source of our comparison is going to be right behind us. We need to stay in our own lanes!
The only One we should be comparing ourselves to; our only measuring rod should be Jesus! We have an audience of One and we should try to please God and only God. We are meant to live in the light of the bright future He has for us.
We need to settle in what God has for us and stop striving for more. Stop striving and start thriving!
In today’s message, we see Habakkuk praying his heart out to God in the midst of so much injustice and violence.
As we face any trial we need to understand that in order for us to be able to stand up and move in the right direction we need to:
Stay and engage in prayer. Many times we exhaust all our resources and we leave prayers for last and we don’t realize that Jesus is the only one that can help us in any crisis we faced.
Let’s exhibit patience. Many times we get impatient and tired of waiting for a response from God. This situation can get us in trouble. Sometimes it requires a trial to make us the person that HE wants us to be. HE wants to make sure we are mature enough and we learn to have control of our lives.
On any trial, wait upon GOD and something powerful will happen. Isaiah 40:31 says “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”.
Enter in perspective. Let’s not focus on the trial because it will put us down and leave us sideways. God wants to enlarge us and strengthen our lives. Let’s ask GOD to give us wisdom and not despair in moments of trial.
Exercise faith. Always trust God even if things don’t look good. HE sees the other side of whatever is going on in our lives. We are to live by faith and not by sight. HE is able, HE is on our side and HE is always there in everything we do. Let’s keep pushing forward in our trials. Our REDEEMER lives inside us.
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 6:30pm
Ps. Carl Lentz gave a convicting message about prioritizing our time and not being so busy doing the things of God that we forget the why and the Whom we are doing it for. Reading from Isaiah 54, Ps. Carl titled his teaching, I NEED SOME SPACE.
It is not about you; it’s about the people God wants to reach through you. You might get so busy that you miss the only thing you are here for. God wants you to step out. Be so filled with the overflow of God in your life that when He comes calling, you are ready to make new ground!
Margin- The amount available beyond what is necessary. We don’t need more time, we need more margin. In Luke 10:38-42, Mary knew what was important and stayed at the feet of Jesus.
Margin Madness- If the devil can’t kill us with the things of this world, he will distract us by keeping us so busy doing too many things and we will forget the reason we are here and Who we are living for. If we don’t choose our margins, the world will choose them for us!
We need to recalibrate. Don’t forget that Jesus is the thing! Don’t desire something your margins cannot contain.
We need to do a quick margin meter check: What is our reaction to pressure? If you fly off the handle, you don’t have enough margin. Remember, the world is watching us and our reactions. When there is no margin for rest, (a) stress increases and (b) relational intimacy decreases. We need to create space for rest. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Break the cycle of doing and actually enjoy just being. By taking care of our weary souls, we will be available to do the best we can do to help someone else.
Let’s create space for rest and faith!
Today’s message was a very powerful and inspiring one that touched our lives. Pastor Pedro Garcia explained to us that tension in our lives can sometimes be good. We need to learn how to manage it, and understand that GOD is working everything out for HIS glory.
Always remember that the greater the pressure the greater the treasure. Through the process of what we are going through HE is going to strengthen us, feed our hunger for HIM, and get us through the situation.
Some of the positive things that tension produces and will help us come out of the problem:
It will give us REDIRECTION: A better perspective of life and bring us back where we have to be. As we see the passage of Habakkuk that was going through so much tension, the situation engaged him in prayer.
We need to embrace the times of tensions because it’s something that GOD is directing in our lives.
It will give us PREPARATION: GOD prepares those HE uses. It is the struggles that makes us strong and help us pull through. It also helps test our faith and have patience in the situation we are going through.
It will give us REVELATION: Whatever we are facing at the moment, we don’t fully understand and sometimes they don’t make sense. Let’s not try to understand it, TRUST HIM. HIS ways are not our ways. GOD is not concerned about our comfort zone; HE is looking for us to have a safe landing.
And last, tension can bring us TRANSFORMATION. When there is great fear and we are scared, GOD’s glory comes in (Habakkuk 3:16). HE breathes HIS spirit in us. (Habakkuk 3:17).
Praise HIM in the good and the bad times. GOD wants to give us a future of hope.
The 1 P.M service reminded us that tension is healthy, and it will come our way, no matter who we are. Tension is often thought to be negative, but it is also what brings precious moments into our life. It may even change our life forever. We must remember that God is preparing us for greater things when tension comes our way. He is making us stronger. “God never promised us a smooth flight, he promised us a safe landing.” - Pastor Pedro. #CalvaryKendall #Calvary