Is Your All at the Alter?

IS YOUR ALL AT THE ALTER? – THE PROMISES OF GOD – SERMON RESOURCES
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ENGAGING THE PRACTICAL TIP

This week we explored a very simple and exceedingly difficult question: are we willing to surrender everything in order to draw closer to the God who loves us and is profoundly faithful to us? We sat with the uncomfortable and gut-wrenching story of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his son Isaac, exploring how Jesus doesn’t demand, but instead asks us to let go. He asks us if we are willing to let go of our fear, our false selves, our control and power, and trust that we are embraced by God’s love, kindness, forgiveness, and acceptance. But this is very difficult to do. How, practically speaking, do we even begin?

Over the past six weeks, we have focused on the art of practicing the presence of God. This week as we consider what it means to let go of the things we hold on to so tightly, begin by considering prayerfully one thing that God may be calling you to let go of. It doesn’t need to be the biggest thing, just something that you have felt God’s invitation to release. Be gentle with yourself, not trying to force yourself into relinquishing everything right away. Simply try to bring your attention to this area in the presence of God. As you move through your day, try to draw your attention to God’s presence with you whenever you remember or encounter this area of your life. Take a moment to recognize that whatever it is that you’re clinging to and struggling to release, the Holy Spirit is already actively with you there. Take a few prayerful moments if you can, and ask Jesus to make himself known to you in that space.

Feel free to share your experience with others who have also tried this prayer exercise by commenting below or emailing: spiritual.practices@annarborvineyard.org.

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