Are We There Yet?
Are We There Yet? Hebrews 11:1-3 TPT “Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for. Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power of God’s words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.” We’ve been discussing the discipline of guidance. Each discipline has a corresponding freedom that we find as we allow the Lord to transform us in this process. CF: The freedom we find here is that we are free from boring religion and we are then able to experience the supernatural of God. I see the word “boring” each time and I’d always replace it with “dead”. That’s what religion is and the fruit it produces will wither and die. It will have no eternal value or impact. As I was preparing this message the Lord reminded me of something I’ve heard as I’ve grown in the church. - If Jesus isn’t lord of all, he isn’t Lord at all. As I was thinking about this another phrase came to mind. Have you ever set out a long trip and heard the phrase “Are We There Yet?” • Maybe you’ve even said it yourself a time or two. I feel that it’s a great example of what faith is not. Let me explain... In this scenario, we’re putting our faith/trust in the driver. We’re believing that He’s taking the best route to get us to our destination. I believe there are a few ways we can help ourselves not get so focused on just “getting there”. Know the plan & allow Him to prepare you for His purpose. • What’s our purpose? You’re a disciple, being discipled, called to make disciples that make disciples. • If you know the plan, it’s far easier to follow it. While we don’t know all the details @ day 1, the Holy Spirit begins to reveal more & more to us as we step out by Faith. • Don’t get too hung up on the first part here, for I would remind us all - Isaiah 55:9 9 As high as the heavens are above the earth, so my ways and my thoughts are higher than yours. Enjoy the journey • We can get so caught up in the destination that we forget to make the most of the journey. • Anyone that knows me knows that I enjoy a good trip. Even if the destination is nowhere, there’s just something about it that I love. It reminds me of the animated movie Cars, yep Cars again… • They were talking about the highway’s vs Route 66. They said that people drove on it, not to make good time, but to have a good time. I could’ve called this part two truths and a lie. The enemy will always try to twist what we’ve heard from the Lord with a little bit of truth, but ultimately it leads us to destruction. He will tell you things like, “If you don’t fill up your schedule, expend all your time and resources, and pour your life into X, then you must not love Him/or you’re not in His will. ~Another note here is that you make even be tricked into comparison to another believer. What we see on the outside is just the highlight reel. We don’t see the mountains or valleys in their life. Because we love & serve Jesus, then the truth found in Romans 8:28 is true for us. 28 So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose. If we take Him at His word, that every detail is in His hands, we can trust Him and enjoy the journey. Take the time to rest This one is so important we see it multiple times in scripture. We even see it at the beginning. It’s so important, God even shows us that He does it as well. Genesis 2:2-3 2 By the seventh day, God had completed creating his masterpiece, so on the seventh day, he rested from all his work. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it sacred, because on it, he paused to rest from all his work of creation. Mt 8:24 24 Suddenly a violent storm developed, with waves so high the boat was about to be swamped. Yet Jesus continued to sleep soundly. 26 But Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you gripped with fear? Where is your faith?” I saw a quote the other day from Nancy Ortberg on the story of Elijah, and she said, “God knew Elijah just needed a nap and a snack.” Just like Elijah, sometimes we can go from triumphant to despondent in a heartbeat. We need to rest, just like Jesus & the Father did. In addition to all of this we must remember, It’s a journey of our own transformation as well! 1 Jn 3:2 TPT 2 Beloved, we are God’s children right now; however, it is not yet apparent what we will become. But we do know that when it is finally made visible, we will be just like him, for we will see him as he truly is. • We are like a piece of art that He’s working on and perfecting. When we are revealed it’s not our opinion that He’s seeking but it’s for the Father. - -Bob Ross - a mistake could always turn into happy accidents! Pretty trees, fluffy clouds, etc. Hebrews 12:11 TPT 11 Now all discipline seems to be more pain than pleasure at the time, yet later it will produce a transformation of character, bringing a harvest of righteousness and peace to those who yield to it. Conclusion Remember the statement above, If Jesus isn’t Lord of all, He’s not Lord at all? A relationship with Jesus will require your 100% devotion. It’ll also require you to relinquish all control. That may be scary, but trust me, He’s far better at it than we will ever be. • Maybe you’re here and you’ve “tried everything”. Maybe you’ve been struggling with something for so long you don’t have any options left. I’m here to encourage you, that’s where He steps in. It’s about faith and trust in Him, not in ourselves. It’s not even about how much we want it. It’s surrender. Mark 5:28 For she kept saying to herself, “If only I could touch his clothes, I know I will be healed.” 34 Then Jesus said to her, “Daughter, because you dared to believe, your faith has healed you. Go with peace in your heart, and be free from your suffering!” I invite you to surrender to Him today, take the offer to make Him Lord of everything.