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From Void to Abundance

 

From Void to Abundance

Genesis 1

 

There’s nothing like the feeling of creating something out of nothing. Taking a blank slate, raw wood, untainted metal, and fabricating it into something new is an amazing talent. One show that intrigues me is those shows about forging metal. How they can take simple items like railroad spikes, motorcycle parts and power tools and turn them into a Japanese sword is astounding. More so, reading on how God created this world is jaw dropping.
 
In the beginning there was nothing but void. The earth was formless, empty and dark. God’s Spirit hovered over the waters. God then spoke and light appeared for the first time. God spoke and waters and sky began to separate. God spoke and the waters and land started coming together. God spoke and there was plant growth. God spoke and there were stars/signs placed in the sky. God spoke and there was life, increase and authority granted to man.
 
In our situations how often have we felt that our life was formless, empty and dark?
We may feel like we are nothing. Whether that is a result of sin, neglect, fear, struggle, regret, mistakes, failure, stress, heartache, or death, the path taken has resulted in a feeling of despair and loneliness.
But even in the darkest of places we serve a God whose Spirit still moves.
We serve a living God that all we have to do is allow Him to speak into our situation.
That starts with faith.
When we allow God to speak we will began to see light…maybe it’s a light at the end of the tunnel. As God speaks we will began to feel that separation from the darkness. We will experience hope. As God speaks we will began to witness things starting to come together. When we allow God to speak our lives will experience growth and change.
The life change will begin to bring forth fruit.
When God speaks there is new life. There is increase. When God speaks we are given authority.
 
On the seventh day God rested. We can rest assured in knowing that when we allow God to speak into our lives and our situations we will experience rest. We can know that God is in control and He will make a way. If we can trust that God created this world from nothing then how much more is He able to bring us through dark times?
 
Psalm 107:14: “He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death. And broke their bands apart”
- Josh Schader
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Faith or Feelings

Psalm 22

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?” Psalm 22: 1

 

Our PRESENT DESPAIR wages war against ETERNAL TRUTH.

We may FEEL forsaken, but the TRUTH is that we are NEVER ALONE. We must never allow our EMOTIONS or FEELINGS to reign supreme over our lives.

  • We must not wait until we FEEL like it to pray.
  • We must not wait until our EMOTIONS are high to worship.
  • We must not wait until we get goosebumps before we pray in the spirit.

Don’t be led by your EMOTIONS, but be led by the SPIRIT! (Galatians 5) There will be moments where our PRESENT DESPAIR wages war against ETERNAL TRUTH. In those moments, we must learn to put our faith in what GOD SAYS opposed to what WE FEEL.

  • I may FEEL abandoned, but the TRUTH is I am never alone.
  • I may not FEEL like praying, but the TRUTH is, I can’t make it without a relationship with Jesus.
  • I may not FEEL like obeying the voice of the Spirit, but the TRUTH is disobedience could mean that a soul is lost to hell that heaven is trying to win for Heaven.

I may FEEL... but the TRUTH is... when your PRESENT DESPAIR wages war against ETERNAL TRUTH, cling to the word of God!

You may be on the CROSS but God is on the THRONE!

Jesus, while on the cross, is in agony. All the strength he has he uses to utter the first words on psalm 22, a psalm that we classify as a Messianic psalm. David prophetically penned the words of Jesus that Jesus would reference while hanging on the cross.

The words of the psalm go back and forth between a SOB and a SONG. The words declare the authors FEELINGS in the moment but they are followed up by a declaration of FAITH.

In the midst of our SOBS don’t forget to your SONG.

Don’t forget about Gods FAITHFULNESS in the midst of your FEELINGS. Jesus illustrates to us while on the cross how to not allow your SOB to muffle our your SONG.

You may be on the CROSS but God is on the THRONE!!!

 

- Jordan Blann // Youth Pastor

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