{August 9, 2020}






Heartland Community Church


THE JOURNEY

 

ROOTED: Encountering God’s Power

By Debbie Kirk

There is nothing new under the sun, but these days sure feel different, to say the least. One thing we know for sure is that they are not catching God by surprise, they are all part of his plan and have to come before the final chapter.

Where to look, who to believe, who to blame, what will help solve this dissension and confusion? Talk to 10 different people and you might get 10 different answers. Ask the God of the universe and he would be very clear.

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. -Matthew 7:14

This sounds exclusive. It seems as though many will miss the narrow road. What is Jesus saying here? Haven’t we heard that all people are good and deserve heaven? God is clear that all have sinned and deserve death, apart from the saving blood of Jesus Christ. How has God been pointing you toward the road he wants you to take?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” -John 14:6

Is it true that there is only ONE way to God? What about my good works? Shouldn’t all people who try to live peaceful and decent lives receive a reward? God understands this theology but lovingly reminds us that there is no amount of good we can do that is able to reconcile God and man. His plan is actually more attainable. Believe in Jesus and we will find truth and life!

For the heart of his people has become dull. With their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I would heal them. -Matthew 13:15

How is this verse speaking to us today? Have we as a people become dull? Has our ability to hear become scarce? Have we shut our eyes? What exactly is God referring to? He says our hearts need understanding. He says we need to return. He says we need healing. Can you personally identify with this verse? Ask God to speak to your heart and reveal where you might need healing.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some might understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. -2 Peter 3:9

Can you think of a time that God was patient with you? When you were given extra time that proved helpful in the end? God is love and desires each of us to come to a place of understanding of who Jesus is and what he did on our behalf. Life with him is life changing! He removes our hearts of stone and through his Spirit, replaces it with a new soft, responsive heart! There is still time to follow Jesus. There is still time to be bold and share Jesus with someone.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13

Do you ever feel like the joy and peace that this world offers keeps running out? Does hardship, worry, fear and life’s circumstances keep beating on you, day after day? The only thing that can overcome this kind of worldly existence is something not of this world! God’s Spirit is accessible to you and me if we believe in Jesus. Have you asked God to give you this joy, peace and hope? Spend time with him today pouring out your heart and asking him to fill you with peace that is not of this world.

If we feel caught off guard, afraid, confused or hopeless, we can be confident that our God has us in the palm of his hand and has provided us with the greatest collection of promises, wisdom, power and victory in his word-the bible! Be encouraged, dig deep into his truth, worship his glorious name and trust that he is moving even when we can’t see it!

 

{sunday 8.9.20}

Read Phillipians 2:5-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jesus lived. Jesus died. We tell his story. What do these verses say to you about who Jesus is? What do they tell you about his story? How has Jesus’ story intersected your life? How can you tell the story of that intersection to others?

 

{bible reading plan: psalms}

By Lisa Zulke

The Journey online videos have been discontinued at this time. Check out this great video overview of Psalms from our friends at The Bible Reading Project!

{monday 8.10.20}

Read Psalm 6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. David calls on God for compassion. He is asking to be seen, for God to take notice of him and the state he is in. He is also calling on God to restore him, to fix the situation, to hear his please and heal his soul. Where do you need compassion from God today? Consider praying this psalm in your own words, sharing your hardship, frustration or suffering, and calling on the God who CAN . . . to meet you there and to hear you.

 

{tuesday 8.11.20}

Read Psalm 7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In Psalm 7, David comes to God asking for protection, for victory over his enemies, and with thanksgiving for God and his justice. But very early on in this Psalm, David asks God to search him. Invites God to point out any wrong in him (action, word, perhaps the state of his heart or mind on a matter) and turn him over to his enemies if he is found to be wrong. Take some time today and invite God to reveal anything in you that he would like to remove, repair, heal and forgive. If he reveals a matter, take note, and consider what action you need to take to set that matter right. Praying for each of us as we do the same.

 

{wednesday 8.12.20}

Read Psalm 8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Perhaps one of my favorites Psalms! Take time to get outside today. Or to engage in creating something you love, or in observing the created works of others. Look for the things that cause you to marvel as you see, hear, touch and experience them. We were created by the God who created everything. How incredible is that? How amazing, that he thought the world was incomplete without you in it? Take a moment to reflect your thoughts back to God over the things he heas done that bring you awe, wonder and majesty.  

 

{thursday 8.13.20}

Read Psalm 9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What can you say to God with all your heart, as is described here? What is God doing that fills you with joy? What other movements and themes do you see in Psalm 9? Choose a theme, or a section, and in your own words offer it as a prayer back to God.

 

{friday 8.14.20}

Read Psalm 10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: So David has some harsh things to say about his enemies here. Ever been there? Even if you don’t utter the words out loud, I am certain you can think of a situation where you have been wronged or attacked. When all you longed to see was righteous justice applied to the one who is wronging or attacking you. Isn’t it good to know that God wants to hear even these thoughts? Honestly, the honesty in the Psalms is refreshing to me. I don’t have to hide the hard things, the ugly things…but I can share them with God. If you have something like this to share with your maker, write it out today. You can shred it, throw it away, but in speaking it and getting it out in the open, God will release it’s power on you. He will meet you there, because he cares for you, and he will begin to restore the part of you that has spent energy on the hurt. Let him meet you in your anger and pain. Invite him to hear it, and deliver you from it.

 

{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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