Our life is directed & shaped by God.
But we get to choose who the main focus is in our story.
The truth is that our story is God’s story – but it is up to us to invite
Him into our situations & circumstances & follow Him fully!
God is ALWAYS with us & for us.
He has a plan for great things, even in the middle of what can seem so dark.
This message was preached at ELEVATE LIFE CHURCH on 7/22/18.
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1. OUR STORY SHOWS GODS POWER.
WHAT IF WHAT WAS MEANT TO DESTROY PAUL & KILL HIM – THE ACCUSATIONS THAT SENT HIM TO ROME IN THE FIRST PLACE, & BEING SHIPWRECKED… & THEN A SNAKE BITES HIM, WHAT IF IT WAS ALL SETTING GOD UP TO DO HIS WORK.
2. OUR STORY UNLOCKS MIRACLES.
SO OFTEN WE ARE LOOKING AT THE WRONG THINGS
& WE END UP MISSING OUT ON WHAT GOD IS ACTUALLY DOING IN A MOMENT OR SEASON.
GOD MAY NOT ALWAYS LIVE UP TO YOUR EXPECTATIONS,
BUT HE WILL ALWAYS LIVE UP TO HIS WORD.
3. OUR RESPONSE TO OUR STORY REVEALS GOD.
A PRISON MENTALITY WILL ALWAYS CAUSE YOU TO
QUESTION YOUR DESTINY.
IMAGINE THE MOST ENCOURAGING & POSITIVE THINGS COMING OUT OF YOU DURING YOUR WORST TIME…
THAT’S HOW GOD WORKS IF YOU LET HIM!
WHAT IF GODS PLAN LOOKS NOTHING LIKE HOW WE IMAGINED IT,
& INSTEAD OF OUR OWN SUCCESS – IT IS A STORY OF GOD WINNING IN THE FACE OF DARKNESS.
IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR LIVES, WHAT GOD IS DOING RIGHT CAN OFTEN BE FOUND IN THE CENTER OF WHEN THINGS SEEM TO BE GOING
GOD FINISHES WHAT HE STARTS,
IT IS JUST NOT ALWAYS THE WAY WE WOULD LIKE FOR IT TO HAPPEN.
4. TRUST THAT – GOD IS WRITING YOUR STORY.
God never says that we would understand it all, he says he will give us peace that passes all understanding.
PEACE WILL ALWAYS WIN OUT OVER UNDERSTANDING.
IT IS NOT OFTEN THAT WE THINK ABOUT HOW THE WORST THINGS IN OUR LIFE COULD BE A GOD PLAN FOR US.
MOST OF THE TIME WE THINK – “WHY ME”
NOT UNDERSTANDING THAT GOD KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING, EVEN IN THE WORST MOMENTS.
WE MAY FIND OURSELVES IN PLACES WE NEVER WANTED TO GO,
BUT WE AREN’T ALONE.
WHAT IF WE LIVED OUR LIVES THAT WAY!??! WHAT IF WE TRUSTED GOD WITH EVERY PART OF OUR STORY?
The greatest thing that keeps us from seeing the story that God has for us,
is not the challenges we face or even what we are incapable of…
It is OUR EXPECTATION for God to show up –
in the way we want or use us how we want Him to –
that holds us back.
You can WIN in any season, when you stop asking
what, why, when, & how
& focus instead on WHO brought you into & will bring you THROUGH it.