This past weekend Pastor Joel was preaching on making room in your life for the blessings that are coming from God. It was an insightful and thought provoking message of hope for my life.
There were a lot of great points and takeaways for me and some of them I'll share here. I hope to be meditating on my first impressions from the message as well as what God will impress me with over the next few days. If you're anything like me you don't want to just hear a great sermon you want to apply what you hear to your life. This is along the lines of the passage os scripture that tells us not to only hear the word but to doo the word as well.
James 1:22 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything
but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!
Pastor Joel opened with the the prayer of Jabez
1 Chronicles 4:10 Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless
me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would
keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what
Here it tells us that Jabez prayed to God for God's blessings and an enlarged territory, so he asked God for more room to hold the blessings that we're coming. He understood that if he only had a small space he could only hold a small amount of blessing so he asked for more room.
Pastor Joel used the example of his computer not having enough room for an operating system upgrade and he found a lot of things in the trash on his computer and he had to decide to delete, completely, those files in order to have room for the upgrade. He said it's the same in life. For instance, we forgive someone so we delete the offense from our sight but it's still there in the trash, so if we want the heavenly upgrade we have to empty the trash and make room. I believe that if we stop and think for a moment we might find some things in the trash bin of our lives that are taking up precious space that a heavenly upgrade could go.
As I listened and took notes, yes, I do believe that there's a direct correlation to my Christian growth to the amount of things I note in order to remember and apply after the sermon. So, anyway, I thought of these two things...
1- What am I NOT asking for?
2 - What have I STOPPED asking for?
These were two takeaway's for me from Pastor Joel's message this weekend and I'm praying that God will keep me pinned to them for a while because I know there's things that I want for my life and I need to ask and I also know that there's things that I used to pray about that I need to get going on again.
Blessings and Peace to you my friend.
Oh, one last thing, as we approach the Christmas season think of the song that says "let every heart prepare Him room..." and prepare some room in your heart for Jesus.
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