Monthly Archives: April 2015

God’s Will Maybe It’s Not So Complicated

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God’s Will Maybe It’s Not So Complicated

What is God’s will for our lives? Sometimes I think we make it more confusing that it actually is. There are lots of verses that give us pretty clear directions on following God’s plan. It doesn’t have to be nebulous and mysterious as we often try to make it. I’m not trying to downplay the fact that making decisions about life can be hard. It really can be hard to know if we are choosing to do what God wants in the bigger decisions in our lives. Sometimes we think we have discovered the “calling” God has put on our lives and we worship that “calling” so much that we are devastated when it all falls apart and we don’t end up doing what we felt “called” to do. This can lead us back to following his everyday will for our lives.

2 Corinthians 10: 5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (KJV).

Micah 6:8, “ He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (NIV).

Deuteronomy 30:6,  “For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess” (NIV).

Luke 10:27, “He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (NIV).

Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV).

I Thessalonians 4:3. “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality” (NIV).

So in summary:

Get Rid of Idols

Love God

Obey God

Love People

Stay Surrendered to God

Stay Sexually Pure

“To follow God, sometimes He’s not interested in us following a grand plan, I think He’s actually more interested in us taking the one tiny step in front of us.
Maybe He isn’t worried about us knowing some big idea of His will for our lives, and He’s much more interested in us allowing His life and ideas to change our will.

It’s almost as if, God cares much more about the posture of our hearts, than He does the success of our careers” (Mike Donehey, from Tenth Avenue North).

“But how in the world can I find out what God wants me to do, if I don’t know what I want to do? The logic of this question escapes me, but is one that I have heard more than once. Why not start by simply telling God you’ll do anything He says? You’re the servant. He’s the master. It’s the only reasonable approach isn’t it? Furthermore, there is the possibility that what He says will be something you’d like” (p. 48, Passion and Purity, Elisabeth Elliot).

“It is manifest that the anxiety that shadowed too many of my days was that I should miss the path of righteousness. Better that anxiety, perhaps, than a cavalier carelessness, but the years since have proved to me over and over again that the heart set to do the Father’s will never need fear defeat. His promises of guidance may be fully counted upon. Does it make sense to believe that the Shepherd would care less about getting his sheep where He wants them to go than they care about getting there?” (p. 49, Passion and Purity, Elisabeth Elliot).

I John 2: 15-17, “ Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” (NIV).

“Every High Thing Must Come Down”: Strongholds

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“Every High Thing Must Come Down”: Strongholds

The Easter service at Oasis Church compelled me to think about strongholds in our lives. It can be easy to think as we grow as believers that we don’t have any or that we have one or two that don’t affect our lives very much. However, stressful circumstances often bring to light the fact that many of us do have strongholds. I know I have struggled with some of mine this week: anxiety, fear, anger, and bitterness when things I was hoping for didn’t work out. Granted these things weren’t small, yet God is bigger and better than those things. My mind knew better, but I let my heart control me instead. When life doesn’t go as planned we have a choice, we can take every thought captive:

2 Corinthians 10

3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)

We have his divine power to live our lives:

2 Peter 1

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (NIV)

What if we can gave our strongholds over to him and instead let Him be our stronghold?

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—

    whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—

    of whom shall I be afraid? (NIV)

Victor’s Crown (Please listen to this song!!!) It was the one the choir sang on Easter!

2 Corinthians 10 

5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (KJV)

Are you going let Christ bring every high thing down in your life and become the highest in your life? May this be our prayer!

Are you going let Christ bring every high thing down in your life and become the highest in your life? May this be our prayer!

Blown Away By Ministering and Being Ministered To 

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I don’t claim to have it all together. I don’t say the right thing all the time and my motives are messy mix of Jesus and my own selfishness, yet I’m striving to love Jesus and love people. I still worry about what people think, but I’m learning to let that go in order to love.

Going up to the front of church during prayer time at the end is intimidating…people are watching! It is scary to vulnerable if you are the one in need of prayer. It is also scary if you are praying for someone else, because again people are watching. Two conversations bounce around my head:  “they’re gonna think I’m amazing” or “I’m so not amazing and why am I doing this when I’ve still got all my own issues?” yet, following the Spirit’s leading is more important than following my own conflicted emotions. I was able to pray for someone else this morning instead of sitting in my seat wishing I had obeyed the Spirit’s leading. Then, when I was done this person who I went to help asked how she could pray for me. Humbling…truly humbling to have someone you know is struggling look beyond their own struggle and ask to pray for you. I’m finding those who struggle the most have the biggest hearts for ministering to those of us who try so hard to look strong, but still struggle. When you are leading others, it’s easy to forget to let your guard down and let others minister to you. So thankful for God’s grace and mercy to us when we minister; He ministers to right back to us through his people. So, God took all my mess and willing conflicted heart and used it for his glory!!!!

Easter Kampala