What labels have been placed on you by others or by yourself, either intentionally or unintentionally? We’ll live our lives based on the labels we believe about ourselves, as Pastor Paula teaches today. God has created us in His image, designed for a relationship with Himself. If we have this relationship, the way we see ourselves drastically changes, because now our identity is found in Christ. How would your life change if you let God define you? Hold on to the rich promises of who you are in Christ!
Are you looking for the divine appointments God brings your way? How incredible that God has chosen to use us to spread His Word and impact the Kingdom. Today, Pastor Tom encourages us to think back to those who had an impact on us coming to Christ. There are certain people in our lives right now that God wants us to pour into and show Christ. Fear and anxiety can threaten to discourage us from this, but we need to remember these are not from God. We have the power of His Spirit.
We can cruise through life, caught up in the business and distractions, not even aware of the spiritual battle we’re in. This is the plan of the enemy, to render us useless as believers because we’re filling our lives with so many things that don’t matter. As Pastor Tom teaches today, he reminds us to put on the full armor of God, so we can stand against Satan’s attacks. When we fully realize the battle we’re facing, we can find strength in the Lord and in each other. But don’t forget victory is already yours in Jesus!
For those not in a relationship with God, it’s not obvious to them that they’re in bondage to their sin. When Jesus sets us free, it changes everything we’re about and we begin to see God’s eternal perspective, as we’ll hear from Pastor Tom today. Only in God’s power can our hearts be changed. He opens our eyes to what’s important to Him and we’re free to pursue His plan for our life. God fills our hearts with good things and we can begin to bear fruit that will last. What’s stored up in your heart?
Isn’t it a relief we don’t need to live up to everyone else’s expectations? God has designed us to be free in Him, defined by Him and who He says we are. As Pastor Paula teaches today on the fiery furnace, we can draw some parallels between the Jewish men God saved and our own relationship with Him. The men were freed from their bonds, God walked with them, and they were given salvation. Jesus has done the same for us! Avoid the temptation to let your stuff or others defineyou-you are a child of God!
Have you ever heard that what’s inside you will come out when you’re under pressure? What we believe and put our faith in will determine our actions when we find ourselves in trying circumstances. As Pastor Paula covers the story of the fiery furnace, we find that the three Jewish men in this story base their relationship with themselves on their relationship with God. They are defined by Him, so they can stand up when under pressure. Are you as secure in your relationship with God?
What if Jesus asked you the question, “Do you want to grow in your relationship with me?” Well, the answer seems obvious, right? But just because the answer is simple, the way to get there isn’t, as we’ll hear from Pastor Tom today. Good changes in our lives can still be difficult and they require hard work. We must be willing to change and submit to God’s control. Jesus is the best model for us, so we need to be learning from Him through the Word. Then in turn, you can model Jesus to others.
How would you define your relationship with God? Would you say IT defines you? As Pastor Tom teaches today on the story of Jesus healing a man with a long-time illness, we can learn much from the response of the religious leaders. Because they were so focused on their rules, they completely missed the amazing miracle that took place. The more we spend time with God, the more we’ll learn to let Him define who we are. As He grows and changes you, you’ll begin to see yourself and others through God’s eyes.
God has given us an amazing gift in His Word. The Bible allows us to see where God has been and what He has done. Today we’ll hear from Pastor Paula about how Moses was only allowed to see God in all His glory from the back as He passed by. As we learn looking back on God’s part in history in the Bible, we begin to know His character and then trust that in our lives. Your story is being woven in to God’s story and the more you get to know God’s great story through the Bible, the better you’ll see how yours fits into His.
Isn’t it amazing that God is a God who wants to be near His creation, in relationship with us? We’ll learn about the uniqueness of this connection as Pastor Paula highlights Moses’ relationship with God. Moses understood the absolute necessity of having God’s presence go with him. God was also showing the pagan nations that His presence is what set the Israelite’s God apart from the impersonal idols. It was all about a love relationship with His people, and now through Jesus, it still is.