Sermons on Be Still
No one likes the scenic route when you want to be on the direct route. Yet that is exactly the way God led the Israelites. And the long way was a form of his grace to them. If you are on the long route, you’ll be encouraged by this message.
No one likes waiting, especially when we have no defined time of how long that will be. In the text for this message, Jesus encourages his disciples as he reads them for their season of waiting. They will need every word.
Are there moments when you feel you are living in a world where you can’t see the way forward? In those moments of darkness we wish we had someone to take us by the hand and lead us forward. In our text today Jesus radically transforms a man’s life who is blind because the man refused to let Jesus pass him by. His pain is the very thing that leads him to cling to Jesus.
What do you need to take someone at their word? In the message we look at a dad who was desperate for help and all he had was the word of Jesus. Maybe that is all you need too.
Can you imagine what it would have been like to sit and listen to Jesus pray? We don’t have to follow a specific formula to talk with God, but practicing different ways to pray can help us find deeper purpose and connection to Him through our prayer time. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray he gave them a prayer outline called “The Lords Prayer.”
Let’s face it, 2020 has been hard. Many of us have felt beaten down by life and maybe even let sin creep in. The feeling of loneliness and ready to just throw in the towel has taken over our thoughts, but God is with you through the power of the Holy Spirit. You do not need to feel alone because He never left. You have invaluable treasure within you. Guard the treasure within you. Be a good steward of the treasure.
What does it mean to wait on God? Do you find yourself anxious or patient in prayer? Sometimes we can feel we can tell God how to get us to our destinations, but when we are patient and God has spoken we can make the most difficult decisions with confidence knowing he is with us.
Many of us are guilty in asking “Why me?” when something goes wrong or out of plan. We can tend to view it as a personal attack. Joesph felt that same way when he was victimized by the very people who were to protect him the most. That is only when Christ came and revealed himself more valuable than what he had lost. More valuable than that attack.
Do you feel like your life is full of thorns right now? Too often we feel thorns are punishment when in reality a thorn is precious because what it produces in us. More of the power of God displayed in out lives. God uses that pain to show what he can do, not what you can do.
God speaks through people to correct us. How do you know when you are hearing God through others? Maybe your past begins to make sense, you have sense of leading into a specific direction, and maybe even a feeling of disobedience if you ignore the words. How well are YOU listening to the person of Jesus?
The word of God through the Holy Spirit is living, active, powerful, and fresh for today. If God places a word or phrase your heart- get ready because you are going to need it.
Staying connected to the source of life gives us hope during difficult days.