The Journey toward knowing your calling. Are you called?
- Do you have a feeling of helplessness?
- Do you have a sense of willingness?
- Do you have a sense of significant-ness?
Jim Burns started writing phrases that he wrote when he realized that he wasn’t going to be around forever.
Life has pain – You choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. 1 Tim. 4:7
Find life-giving replenishing relationships
- Do you have a mentor?
- Peer Relationships?
- Are you mentoring someone?
Find margin – You have to leave room for God moments.
You need to take time to refresh, recreate, play and have a great attitude as a family.
For families and marriages you have to play together.
Invest in your staff.
Untended fires become a pile of ashes. – Self leadership is massively important.
Brady Boyd – God is our peace.
You can’t be out 3 nights a week or work more than 50 hours a week. Most of our problems in our church and in our churches is we are moving to fast for to long.
Marriages fail because they stopped having unhurried conversations. We have to be friends.
Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters sons and daughters. – We all need three levels of relationships all those relationships take time.
We all stay busy
1. If we stay busy we feel important
2. If we slow we’ll have to be honest with what is really happening in our lives. You want God’s you have to have God’s presence in our lives.
15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and prayed.
Albert Tate – God is enough
Jonah – God was enough but not really – Jonah stopped and listened and moved but failed to trust – God was something but not enough.
God said go. So he went but not to where he was called to go.
Jonah saying me overboard is not about saving anyone it was about Jonah controlling things. He was saying I would rather die than do what God wanted him to do.
When people leave we freak out because our identity is tied to their presence.
Jonah gave up on God but God never gave up on Jonah. Jonah tried to end things on his terms but God said I’m sovereign.
Chapter 2 in Jonah is about how rude God is because he has a grace that interrupts us. He sovereignly over-rights our story.
Michelle Anthony – God is provider
How is God provider in your life? We tend to think of God as provider by the thing he provides.
We focus so much on the provision we lose sight of God as provider.
When I look at the need – Where I am lacking that produces in my an anxiety.
I focus on the provision itself – What happens when it doesn’t come through in the way I am hoping it will.
When we focus on the need we forget about the story of what God is doing in the midst of provision. God is trying to show us who is his through the story he is writing.
What God is doing is far more important than what God gives.
John 2.1 – 11
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
Mike Erre – God is our source
11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 14:11–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
We confuse professing faith and actually having faith.
If God is our source why do we rely so heavily on marketing.