Serving from Experience Part 1

What a great time today.
Discussing our Spiritual experiences.
Considering milestones in our personal lives is a great thing to do periodically. It helps us to see where we came from and help determine our path forward. When God directed Joshua to set up the stone memorial;

“So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.””
(Josh. 4:4-7, NIV)

God wanted them to always remember what had happened that day. We also should reflect back on what god has done for us and how it has shaped our lives. I remember clearly how the principle of asking for forgiveness from those we offend, impacted my life. Had I not attended the IBYC seminar in 1978 I would not have heard those principles taught. That was God working in my life.
Several shared about spiritual high points in their lives today and it is encouraging to hear such great testimonies.
There are times when our path is not easy but remember that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7) and will be with us.
Our memory verse for the 5th session is Gen 50:20. After all that Joseph had been through and to be able to say this is quite an accomplishment in itself. God never promised for all things to be comfortable or pleasant but that they work for the good!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
(Rom. 8:28-30, NIV)

God’s desire for us is that we will become like His son. We are being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:1-2) and that will only happen by washing our minds with God’s word.
When we realize that all of our struggles are being allowed as a means to build character in our lives and God has a bigger plan for our lives than we will ever understand, only then will be able to delight ourselves in God. (Pslm 37:4)

When we discussed the denial of the Lord by Peter it is worth saying that sometimes we have to be broken before we get built up. Peter was certainly humbled by what happened in the passage but as we will see next week, God had much bigger plans for Peter and had to smooth off a few corners prior to using him.

Fervent Prayer
Be in prayer this week for one another.
Remember Mike this week as he goes to Moffitt.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
(James 5.16, NIV)

Next Week
Be reading and meditating on the passage in John 21:15-19. We will finish our discussion on experience next week and then finish the series the following week, August 3rd.

Last But Not Least
Starting on August 10th, we will begin a series on being money wise.
Thanks Beth for the snack today.
Please see Fay next week to sign up for the coming weeks snack.

Be faithful in:

  • 30 day goals
  • Daily devotions
  • Meditation.

New Singles Class
If you know anyone who is single and looking for a great class to attend, there is a new BFG meeting the second hour in the other side of building “B”. Make sure to invite them or have them contact the chirch office to talk with Monica.

God bless,

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