What we can really hold onto in the storms of life


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What we can really hold onto in the storms of life

  1. 1. Anchor Series Our Anchors in the Storms of LifeSaturday, November 24, 12
  2. 2. Review God chose us to be His children before He made the world (Eph. 1:3-5) God is preparing us to rule and reign with Jesus in eternity as joint-heirs with Jesus: (2Tim. 2:12, Rom. 8:17, Eph.2:6, Rev. 3:21 ( “will sit on My throne”) God knows every cell of our body, every thought, every act, every second of our lives--and He loves it all! (Ps. 139, Luke 12:7 (hairs), Matt 10:29-31 (sparrow)) God made us totally unique on purpose! We are a “singularity” in the entire universe!Saturday, November 24, 12
  3. 3. God is Alive! Living God Versus Dead Gods: “But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.They have mouths, but cannot speak,     eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. (Ps. 115)” Those who make them will be like them [become like god you worship], and so will all who trust in them.Saturday, November 24, 12
  4. 4. Dialogue with Life To Get More Life “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (Jer. 29:12)” Call upon, pray, confess, wait on, listen, obey, cry out to, bless, praise, hear, follow, watch, receive.... The God Who Acts (G. Ernest Wright): A People- Person God and Action-Oriented God. He loves to be asked questions! Quantity time leads to better quality time.Saturday, November 24, 12
  5. 5. Dialogue with God John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you sent.” Heaven is all about getting to know God! Know = “ginosko” - heart knowledge, experiential knowing---not head knowledge, intimate, personal knowing. Same as “Yada” in OT.Saturday, November 24, 12
  6. 6. Knowing God Isaiah 51:15-16 “For I am the Lord your God, who churns up the sea so that its waves roar . . . (Great God) I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand . . . (Personal God) I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth (Great God) and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people . . . (Personal God)Saturday, November 24, 12
  7. 7. “The Father Himself loves you.” John 16:27 Loves = “Phileo” in this verse! Phileo = to be a friend of, to be fond of, to have tender affection for, to kiss!Saturday, November 24, 12
  8. 8. You have to be a listener! John 10:27 “My sheep listen (akouo) to my voice. I know (ginosko) them and they follow me.” Listen (akouo) - to understand, perceive the sense of what is said, to comprehend, attend to, consider. Psalm 46:10 - “Be still, and know (yada) that I am God.” Be still (rapha), Cease Striving! Stop! Enough! Sink Down! Relax! Be quiet!Saturday, November 24, 12
  9. 9. Ask Questions! Lord, What do you want me to know today? What do you want me to know about (person, concern?) Lord, what is your perspective of my belief that I am unimportant? Do you have anything you want me to know about being still?Saturday, November 24, 12