People of Intersection

PEOPLE OF INTERSECTION – INSPIRED: THE GOD BREATHED LIFE – SERMON RESOURCES

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ENGAGING THE PRACTICAL TIP

Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-27:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27)

If Jesus truly understands how difficult this life is, how on earth can he call us not to worry. “Okay, Jesus. I won’t worry, if you promise to unleash your Kingdom into this broken, hurting world, despairing world.” If you promise to fix my situation.

“No Jesus, you’re not willing to do that then the least you could do for us is allow us to worry.”

And what a helpful companion worry is, especially when nothing else is going right in the world, at least you can mask your hurt, pain, and disappointment with worry. There is some comfort in the ability to stress yourself out over something you can’t change.

Saint Paul, the New Testament church planter says in Philippians 4:6-7,

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Empty words? Impossible words? Or words of life?

It was here that I experienced a personal spiritual revival. I had to do several things all at once:

  • I had to be honest with myself about my heart-break and pain. (I was disappointed.)
  • I had to be vulnerable in the presence of God and believe that God really loved me.
  • I had to be willing to share my struggle with others on the journey.
  • I had to ask for help and I had to receive the help that was offered.
  • I had to accept that Jesus wouldn’t do what I wanted, but at the same time he wouldn’t abandon me on the road all by myself.

This all got started with a simple prayer offered by a friend on the journey with me and that prayer changed my life. I was wrecked with worry. It was affecting my health and well-being, it’s was draining my hope. After this friend prayed for me, the prayer broke the worry. I’m not kidding. It literally broke off of me. It’s not that I don’t worry anymore, I certainly worry. It’s that I realized that I wasn’t alone. I realized in that moment that the Holy Spirit was with me. This realization restored my hope.

Friends, I want us to become the people of God in God’s good creation and it requires a reliance on the Holy Spirit.

In the Vineyard, we have a simple prayer, Come Holy Spirit.

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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