Tuesday, January 3, 2017

We love great stories

We each have a story. The story that we have may be wonderful or it may be bad but it is our story. But how do we want our story to be like? Do we want it to be glorifying God or being disobedient to Him? We all want an epic story. But how do I get God into my story? This verse stands out to me.

Matthew 6:9-15
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

How do I get into God's story? It's simple. Just turn your life over to Him.

"God will you let me in your story. I'll trade a starring role in the tiny story of me for the supporting role you want to give me in the epic story of you."

Every great story has a hero. And so does our's. It has I AM in it. We are the main characters in his story while He is the creator. He is the creator and hero in our story. That is amazing.

Exodus 3:1-7, 10-14

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”And Moses said, “Here I am.”“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

The most important thing about me is I AM.

I am I AM'S!

What if you were convinced that I AM is in your story?

Because He is in our story. He created our story. Isn't that neat?

What insecurity would you let go of? 
- not being good enough
- skinny enough
-not smart enough
-not pretty enough

What excuses would you stop making?
-I'm tired
-tomorrow I will do it

What sin would you stop doing?

John 1:43-51

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
50 Jesus said, “You believe[a] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you,[b] you[c] will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’[d] the Son of Man.”
All of these things are related to each other. Which one do you want?

The story you want to tell...
The story you do tell....

Where you are and where you want to be... 

What you could do and what you did....

Jesus tells us to follow him. And we should. 

There is a connection between then and now. They are related. 

The decisions you make today tell the story of tomorrow. Do you want the story to be good or bad?

What is the next step? What do you do now? 

What decision is in front of you right now? Is it a good one or bad one?

In the middle of our world falling apart, Jesus Christ is enough. He is always there for us no matter what. Even if our world is falling apart, He is there.

When we pray we discover we have access to God who holds everything together. And that is amazing!

Sometimes we have to get on our knees and keep flinging rocks to God to get his attention. 

When our story doesn't go the way we want, God was in our life. 

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