Do you struggle with feeling insignificant when it comes to the things of God? David was the forgotten son in our story but had an obedient heart. Jesus was considered to be irrelevant by many of the people that He encountered. Yet, He continued in the work that God had for Him. God doesn’t look at you like the world does, He looks at your heart. He has in the past and still uses the things despised by the world for His glory. An obedient heart can do significant things in God’s kingdom. Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13.
When our heart is right with God, we want to listen to His voice, submit to the Lord, and do His will. To seek God means to want to hear and obey His voice. What have you missed out on in life because you chose not to obey God? It is easy to give into fear, insecurity, and doubt. To overcome these, you must trust God. Fear only prevents you from moving forward in the kingdom of God. If your heart is seeking the Lord, you will want to listen and obey even when fear threatens to overtake you. Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13.
We don’t know what God’s plan is when He calls us. The call could be simple or hard, but we don’t know where it will lead. How is the Lord breaking into your life and coaxing you out of your comfort zone? God will meet you where you are and won’t ask you to do something you are not ready for. But as you begin to follow in obedience, He will take you to places that require deeper faith. Getting there will cause you to face your doubts and fears, but as you do, your trust in God will grow. You will find that seeking God will result in a complete and joy-filled life. Text: Matthew 2:1-12
Is your heart soft and open to what God desires for you? It required persistence and endurance for the Magi to make the trip to worship the baby Jesus. When we respond to God’s calling, He takes us on a spiritual journey of the heart. But each of us has the responsibility to respond to God’s call by hearing and obeying. Text: Matthew 2:1-12
God can use our struggles to help us trust Him more. Our struggles train and prepare us for bigger tasks that God has for us. Just because we agree to something God asks us to do, doesn’t ensure that will be problem free. Mary agreed to be the mother of Jesus but that was not without struggles. God wants to use our struggles to transform our hearts. The next time you find yourself in a hard place, ask for God’s grace to grow and learn. Text: Luke 2:1-20.