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{November 17, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


November 17 – 22, 2019

 

Threshold: Trust

By Joe Davis

Trust. Such a small word, but one that carries so much weight to it. It is something that is very difficult to earn and does not take much effort to lose. And, if lost, is sometimes very difficult to get back. I know this all too well because of the marital issues my wife and I have experienced. It is no easy task to build trust back up after it has been shaken to it’s core. As I look back on those experiences, I realize how much they influenced my ability to trust God. 

For me, trusting in God is a much harder task than I care to admit to. Several years ago I did a spiritual gifts class and my number one gift was knowledge. This means that I have a love and yearning for more information and knowledge . . . and I know a lot of stuff. But the flip side to that coin are the pitfalls. One of those is arrogance. It is something that I struggled with way too much when I was younger, and almost cost my relationship with one of my brothers.  

My pursuit of knowledge has created in me an ability to fix things. Which in and of itself is not bad, but it also means that I know better, and know how, to fix the things and issues that I am in. Except, when I do not know better.

It has created huge distrust with God. I often have jobs where I have to fix problems. I have become self-reliant, to the point where I do not look to God first for my answers and guidance. I go to God last when I have exhausted everything I can think of. And usually I am in a desperate place and at my wits end with an enormous amount of stress pressing into me. I still do this. It is hard to break the habit of trying to fix everything instead of relinquishing control to God. 

This all boils down to control. I want to control things because then I won’t feel out of sorts. I will "know" that everything is good and will run properly. But, it does not. I have disillusioned myself to believe that I am in control when, in actuality, it is my arrogance believing that I know better.

Letting go of control and moving into trust is a very difficult process. I remember in boot camp when we had to climb the rope portion of the obstacle course. We were given instruction on the proper way to climb the rope that allows for the whole body to work together so that you can get to the top. There were times when I was in such a hurry to get to the top that I did not climb properly and as a result I had to use my hands more to grip that rope. This is what moving from control to trust is. It is gripping the rope so tightly with your hands that it becomes painful. And you know that you have to let go of the rope, that control, in order to move up and into trust. 

When you let go of the rope it is painful to open your hand up because you have been gripping it so tightly for so long it now hurts to open your hands. This is how I see my trust with God. I have been hanging on so tightly to the rope, my own control issues, that when I try to move into trusting God and start to let go of the rope it hurts . . . so I immediately go back to gripping the rope again. It hurts to hold the rope, but it hurts to let go. So, I go back to the hurt I’m more familiar with. What a horrible, endless cycle.  

Jesus lived in perfect trust with the Father. He knew that his faith would be perfected when he allowed God to have his whole heart. My head knows this to be true, but my heart is stuck in it’s old ways and struggles to let God fully take control. We all struggle with this in some way or another. But how much more rich and full would our lives be if we lived in more trust with God? How much more peace would we have if we just trusted God that much more? 

CLICK HERE to watch the 11.17.19 message, Threshold: Trust.

 

{sunday 11.17.19}

Read Philippians 4:6-7, Jeremiah 17:7-8, Psalms 37:5-7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How much or how little do I trust God? When things in life become difficult, where do I go first for resolution? What areas am I strong in trusting God, and what areas am I weak in trusting God? Who do I know that could help me shore up those weak areas of trust?

 

{personal reflection/bible reading plan: gratitude}

By Rhonda Stock

This week your daily Journey readings are focused on the theme of gratitude and giving thanks. Our Journey writers are working on daily mini-reflections and questions to help you process this week and throughout December in our Advent series.

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

(CLICK HERE for access to Seth Davidson’s vlog, The Journey Online, on the gratitude verses below.)

 

{monday 11.18.19}

Read Psalm 86

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Ever feel like the whole world is against you? David was familiar with that feeling. For years, he lived on the run, trying to evade King Saul, the man who wanted him dead. Despite his anguish, David confidently proclaimed, “I will call to you whenever I am in trouble, and you will answer me…You alone are God. [emphasis added]” David also vowed, “With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever… [emphasis added]”

What are you facing today? Determine in your heart to praise God no matter what. Don’t wait for God to make things right; praise Him now, when it is hardest. Then watch what He will do.

{tuesday 11.19.19}

Read Phillippians 4:4-9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These six verses come near the end of a letter Paul wrote to the church in Philippi in the first century A.D., a time when Christians were being arrested, imprisoned, flogged, and tortured because they dared to proclaim Jesus as Messiah. And yet, Paul tells these persecuted new believers to be full of joy, to not worry about anything but to pray about everything, and to thank God for all He has done.

How about you? Are you full of joy, or do you complain all the time? Do you remember to be thankful to God, or do you take for granted His mercies and goodness? Make it a point today to find something in your life to rejoice over and to thank God for.

{wednesday 11.20.19}

Read Zephaniah 3:14-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever been around a new grandparent? They are enchanted with every single thing about that precious new baby, from the downy soft hair on his head to the little baby poopoos in his diaper. (You think I’m joking. Trust me. As a grandmother of 7, I know whereof I speak.) Grandparents take absolute delight in their grandchildren. Did you know that God takes that same delight in you? Zephaniah 3:17 tells us that God “will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” I don’t know about you, but I get all fluttery inside when I think about how God, the Creator of the universe, delights in me. Me! Rejoice today in the boundless, unreserved love God has for you, His precious child.

{thursday 11.21.19}

Read Colossians 1:3-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These verses give us at least seven different things we can be thankful for. One, for the “confident hope of what God has reserved for [us] in heaven.” Two, that the Good News “is going out all over the world…bearing fruit everywhere…”. Three, for “faithful servants” who work on our behalf. Four, for those who pray for us, especially those we don’t even know are praying for us. Five, that “He has enabled [us] to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people…” Six, for rescuing “us from the kingdom of darkness” and transferring “us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” It’s easy for us to forget how much God has done for us. Let us remember to be thankful to Him every day, and not just during a single season of the year.

{friday 11.22.19}

Read 2 Chronicles 7:1-22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These verses tell the story of when King Solomon and the people of Israel dedicated the new Temple to God. They celebrated for at least two weeks, singing and praying and rejoicing. When the people finally went home, “They were all joyful and glad because the Lord had been so good…”

Has God been good to you? Have you ever told Him, “Thanks”? Sometimes it’s easier to thank Him for the big, dramatic answers to prayer than it is for the simple, everyday blessings we take for granted. Thank God now for the little joys in your life—clean cotton socks on a cold day, a cup of coffee in the morning, the friendly cashier when you stop for a bagel, whatever it is that makes your life a little easier to cope with.

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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