DAY 3 // NOT BOTHERED

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DAY 3 // NOT BOTHERED

NOT BOTHERED

“...blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” -  Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT

There have been so many times in my life where I’ve had to make a choice to either be worried about what was happening next and try to fix it myself or trust that God would show up. Each time that I made the choice to trust God and believe His promises, my roots grew deeper in Him. The next time a storm came or a drought came, I knew without a doubt that God would be there to sustain me. 

The previous verses in this chapter say that those who rely on human strength are like stunted shrubs in the desert who have no hope for the future. I would much rather be a green, fruitful tree. My goal is to always walk in the hope and confidence that God knows what He’s doing. 

Even when nothing looks like we thought it would or there are months and months of nothing – of drought – let us be so confident that He’ll show up that we don’t even think about worrying. Instead of scrambling around trying to fix our situation, let’s immediately give it to God. Let’s grow our roots into the deep waters of trust. Let’s never stop producing fruit in every season.

Tabitha Parchman
Kids Team


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DAY 2 // REMEMBER THE VICTORIES

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DAY 2 // REMEMBER THE VICTORIES

REMEMBER THE VICTORIES

“I only have the sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah,” the priest replied. “It is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. Take that if you want it, for there is nothing else here.” “There is nothing like it!” David replied. “Give it to me!” - 1 Samuel 21:9 NLT

After David had slain Goliath, he took the giant’s sword and cut his foe’s head off. It was an incredible victory, not only for David but also for all of Israel.

Years later, to no fault of his own, David was on the run from madman King Saul. He was in danger and weaponless. He asks a priest for a weapon and is given back Goliath’s sword – the same sword he had used to cut the giant’s head off when he was younger!

I believe God orchestrated Goliath’s sword to be with the priest to remind David of his past victory and that there are more victories ahead. David was quick to take the sword, saying, “There is nothing like it!” “Give it to me!” 

God’s pattern is to move us from victory to victory but in between each victory there are often seasons where it can feel like God is no longer fighting for us and we can easily forget the way He has delivered us in the past.

I encourage you today to take some time to remember what God has done in the past in order to fuel you for what battles you may face in the future. God can be trusted! He is in the battle! He is faithful to deliver you! Take hold of His faithfulness today!

Be encouraged. 

Charles Starling
Pastor


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DAY 1 // A LITTLE OIL

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DAY 1 // A LITTLE OIL

A LITTLE OIL

“One day the wife of a man from the guild of prophets called out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead. You well know what a good man he was, devoted to God. And now the man to whom he was in debt is on his way to collect by taking my two children as slaves.” Elisha said, “I wonder how I can be of help. Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Nothing,” she said. “Well, I do have a little oil.” “Here’s what you do,” said Elisha. “Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from all your neighbors. And not just a few—all you can get. Then come home and lock the door behind you, you and your sons. Pour oil into each container; when each is full, set it aside.” She did what he said. She locked the door behind her and her sons; as they brought the containers to her, she filled them. When all the jugs and bowls were full, she said to one of her sons, “Another jug, please.” He said, “That’s it. There are no more jugs.” Then the oil stopped. She went and told the story to the man of God. He said, “Go sell the oil and make good on your debts. Live, both you and your sons, on what’s left.” - 2 Kings 4:1-7 MSG

Do you only have a little oil in your jar?

God is ready and willing to do a miracle in your life! When you think about this story, not just as a story but a real life account, you begin to marvel at a few things. The first is her obedience! Let me tell you that if my family’s life was plunged into poverty, I would NOT be wasting my last drop of oil on some prophet’s crazy idea! Yet she was obedient to everything that Elisha instructed her to do. Even though it seemed ridiculous!

I’m beginning to realize that God often asks us to co-labor with Him in our miracle. He often asks us to take a step of faith in a particular direction while promising that He will do the rest! This little step of obedience, OUR little step of faith, actually activates the miracle and sets it into motion.

Notice that the oil flowed for as long as she had empty vessels to receive it. I just wonder if she continued to gather jugs if the oil would have continued? If there are more vessels, there is enough in God to fill them! It’s often our faith that fails, not His promise. I wonder if the restriction is often more in ourselves at times and not God. He is full of power and grace and is so pleased when we live a life of faith.

He only asks us for what we have in our hands. Will you give Him what you have and allow Him to do the rest? Will you be obedient and step out in faith and not try and control the outcome? Just watch what He will do!

Joy Starling
Connect Groups Pastor


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