His Powerful Presence by Pete Wilson
How do you response in life when you feel like God is not there, when you feel like the dream is shattered?
Key Question: What would you do in your life if you were absolutely confident that God was with you?
When things aren’t working out, we usually make the assumption that God has abandoned us.
Truth: God is most powerfully present even when he seems most apparently absent.
We make the assumption that if the Lord is with you, everything works out.
Joseph made the choice in all of his circumstances to choose to believe that God was there.
God’s more concerned about who we’re becoming than where we’re going.
Let’s be honest: Isn’t it difficult to be faithful to God when you feel like God hasn’t been faithful to you?
So often my prayers – my crying out to God – has nothing to do with wanting God, it’s all about the things I want.
Genesis 40:14-15, 23
We’re haunted by the fact that we worship a God who could have done something, but he didn’t.
Choose to put your faith in God’s identity not his activity.
How you respond to the circumstances in your life matters more than you could ever imagine.
Are you experiencing a shattered dream? If so, please leave a comment. I would love to be praying for you!
Pete's message today really spoke to where I'm at in my life right now. It challenged and encouraged me. "God’s more concerned about who we’re becoming than where we’re going." Loved that.
"Isn’t it difficult to be faithful to God when you feel like God hasn’t been faithful to you?"
It's weird…I once felt like that and then a few years back I hit what I call the "Peter Point." It's from John 6:68-69:
"Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."
It just hit me one day during a valley experience that there was no point to even entertain the idea of not being faithful to God or walking away from Him because He's God. There's no escape from Him. That's not necessarily encouraging or makes me feel any better (although it probably should.) It's had me morph my feelings from being faithful to God to wondering why being faithful's brought more manure spreaders than armored cars.
I'm just a visitor that has stumbled into this body of believers called…. Crosspoint Point Church… and for some reason, God has linked me with you all…. I don't know why, but I have been so very blessed by each member (blogger) that I have come to know through their blogs…………
I think it is a God thang, as we say in Mississippi 🙂
Justin and Trisha selected me to win a copy of Pete's book, I did not even know what the book was about when I found their website and entered, but God did. I won! God has a plan. I am blessed, God knew that already when he "let" me stumble across the blogs of this body of Christ.
GOD BLESS Cross Point Church!
I am on a journey………….. and God is with me leading me…………. You all just happen to be a part of it right now.
Thank you for letting this Southern gal hang with ya'll in blog-o-spere! 🙂
Til the Whole World Hears,
do I admit this has brought out a tear or two?
Yes. I'm in my 'dream' job, I know God is using me to make a difference….but it seems to have come with an awful lot of frustration, hurt, heartache and cruelty. So often I feel I'm in a big spiritual battle and I'm all on my own.
I obeyed God, and sometimes I feel like He tricked me or let me down.
I was trying to describe my past year to someone and wrote a story about it. The last part of it says, "The rain wasn’t the only thing falling as she made her way back home. She heard the tinkle as the remaining fragile pieces of her heart shattered and fell to the ground."
Shattered dreams? Check.
Shattered heart? Check.
But I'm starting to see God work in those broken places. Weaving them back together. They won't ever be the same, but I think He is going to be able to use me in new ways because of them.
He is putting a new song in my heart. "Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?" Isaiah 43:18-19
this series is so perfectly timed for my heart. i'm looking forward to being at the service on sunday.