What Are You Doing Here?

1 Kings 19:1-13, Common English Bible

For many people if God asked them “What are you doing here?” they would find it intimidating to respond.  The question God asks us is always about our relationship with the Almighty, our neighbor and the world.  It’s extremely difficult to answer about our relationship to the world because the world of activities and people can drain us.  God is asking Elijah, “What are you doing here?”  The question emerges from a too busy and exhaustive lifestyle that has driven Elijah to burnout.

God’s question to Elijah is calling him to reexamine and then reorder his life around what’s most important to God.  God’s perspective is the most important alignment we can have in this life.  So how does Elijah realign his life so that he can answer the question, “What are you doing here?”

God reveals to Elijah what is takes to stay aligned with God’s perspective.

Stopping gives us to time to be still!
He lay down and slept under the solitary broom bush.   1 Kings 19:5

Being still prepares us to listen for God’s voice!
The Lord said, “Go out and stand at the mountain before the Lord.  The Lord is passing by.”  A very strong wind tore through the mountains and broke apart the stones before the Lord.  But the Lord wasn’t in the wind.  After the wind, there was an earthquake.  But the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake.  After the earthquake, there was a fire.  But the Lord wasn’t in the fire.  After the fire, there was a sound.  Thin.  Quiet.”   1 Kings 19:11-12

Listening to God means getting closer!
When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his coat.  He went out and stood at the cave’s entrance.  A voice came to him and said, “Why are you here, Elijah?”   1 Kings 19:13

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“See people God’s way!”

What’s That in Your Hand?

Exodus 4:1-5, Common English Bible

Whatever we have in our hand, like Moses, belongs in God’s hand.  God gives us only what we need to do in order to complete the work before us.  Moses is chosen by God to offer a different way for the Israelites.  God is preparing Moses to go before Pharaoh, the representation of evil, and address him.  Moses receives signs from God and begins to question if the congregation will believe in him.  Remember everything in our hand, in our identity, and in our area of influence is put there so that we can unify the body of Christ.

So Moses needs to…

Know what’s in his hand!
“The LORD said to him, “What’s that in your hand?”  Moses replied, “A shepherd’s rod.”   Exodus 4:2

Trust God to be God!
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Reach out and grab the snake by the tail.”  So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a rod in his hand.”   Exodus 4:4

Remember God’s redemptive past!
“Do this so that they will believe that the LORD, the God of their ancestors, Abraham’s God, Isaac’s God, and Jacob’s God has in fact appeared to you.”   Exodus 4:5

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Put what’s in your hand in God’s hand!”

 

Where Are You?

Genesis 3:1-9, Common English Bible

Trying to hide from God is impossible, but we try to hide our thoughts and actions from God.  Since God knows it all, why is God asking this question of Adam?

The “Where are you?” question to Adam calls him to….

Be clear about God’s word!
The woman said to the snake, “We may eat the fruit of the garden’s trees”   Genesis 3:2

Be self-aware of human limitations!
The woman saw that the tree was beautiful with delicious food and that the tree would provide wisdom, so she took some of its fruit and ate it, and also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.   Genesis 3:6

Be confessional about your sin!
The Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”   Genesis 3:9

WOW, the Words of Wisdom,
“Know that God knows everything about us!”

“Too Good to Be True!”

Acts 4:32-37, Common English Bible

What could it mean for the faith community to gather intentionally and behave in a significant way that honors instruction of Christ, strengthens the faith and sees the other?  What makes it so difficult to live in the margins with others and then emerge with a mindset of the miraculous?

Acts is an instructive manual that teaches us how to exist, behave and create community with each other.  However, this type of Acts community doesn’t happen unless we are in union with Christ.  To participate in the “too good to be true,” here’s what’s non-negotiable.  We must…

Move from selfishness to selflessness!

The community of believers was one in heart and mind.  None of them would say, “This is mine!” about any of their possessions, but held everything in common.”   Acts 4:32

Keep our eyes on Jesus!

The apostles continued to bear powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and an abundance of grace was at work among them all.   Acts 4:33

Continue to add to the whole!

There were no needy persons among them.  Those who owned properties or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds from the sales, and place them in the care and under the authority of the apostles.  Then it was distributed to anyone who was in need.   Acts 4:34-35

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,

“Find a simple way to share!”

Wisdom is the ability to wait for God to speak

Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God,

As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical followers of Jesus Christ, I am remembering a recent purchase on tires.   For months I drove knowingly with the car pulling to the left.  And in just a few months the tread on the tire was starting to wear down quickly.  A tire works well is when there is a complete alignment which means balance.

John tells us that the world offers us cravings and these distractions can move us out of the will of God.  These cravings cause us to get out of alignment, out of balance.  Ultimately our actions lead to the abandonment of God’s will.  But then he suggests that these cravings, when we keep a realignment back to God’s will, the cravings will pass away.  “And the world and its cravings are passing away, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.” 1 John 5:17

This week let’s spend time more with God, more time praying, more time reading the Bible, more time with positive people, and more time helping others.  As a result of these daily practices, we can more clearly discern the will of God and spent less time trying to figure out this life we live.  Remember trust in the Lord and lean not to our own understanding…” Proverbs 3:5-6.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Wisdom is the ability to wait for God to speak!”

As always, remember, God’s will for us is good, we must do the rest!
Pastor Stephen