Today I want to talk to you about distractions. We are so busy. And so busy and so many distractions sometimes leaves no room for God’s plan. We just don’t have time for that right now. God’s trying to put his plan in motion, but there just aren’t any seats left on your bus. The movie in our mind is sold out. Jesus talks about this in the parable of the sower and the seed. One of the types that didn’t really get the life-changing word of God just had too much going on; too many things distracted them from producing what God had given. The boss comes in with a new project and it gets put on the bottom of the pile of what I’m doing. But is everything we are doing producing? Or maybe some of my busy is just that, busy. I believe too many Christians are being pulled off God’s path by distractions.
Today I want to talk to you about graduating to the next level. Every May students are graduating – my daughter is graduating high school this year. At the graduation there are speeches given about the new opportunities facing the graduates. You can become anything. The world is an oyster. For college graduates, they have been studying for a particular career; new information has been preparing them to be released into purpose – engineer, microbiologist, accountant. The definition of graduating is to pass from one stage of experience to a higher one. Promotion to a higher place resulting from study, preparation, and testing to determine readiness.
The Holy Spirit is our teacher. We are called to understanding. The Spirit leads us by revealing to us, through the Word, moving us along in our purpose.
If you could sit down for coffee with any great woman of the Bible, who would it be and what would you talk about? Pastor Scot shares timeless wisdom from these women.
“Let’s get together for coffee.” I love that phrase. We do it at our daily show, “Wake Up.” Coffee is something that can be shared in so many ways. That friend you haven’t seen in 10 years, “Let’s catch up over coffee.” Your spouse, “You wanna go get a cup of coffee?” Your best friend, “Let’s meet up tomorrow for coffee.” A new client, a possible important contact, that new possible love interest… and asking her out to dinner is too aggressive, but coffee, we could do coffee. You sit across from each other, your friend, your sister, your spouse, no real agenda, just chatting. Relaxed, breathing in life, drinking in relationship, laughing, sharing coffee, a new joke, sharing problems, stories of weariness, stories of victory, sharing opinions, sharing advice.
What if you could have coffee with some women of the Bible, heroes from ancient times? What would they tell you? What would they say? Today we will have coffee with six different women of the Bible, to listen to what they might say to you and me. What advice would they offer us? What stories might they share? Sarah, Leah, Jehosheba, Hannah, Deborah, and one whose name we don’t even know.
God will present you with opportunities all week long. When you miss your turn, don’t regret. Live an epic, amazing life dong what you were created for! God wants you in the game.
Today I want to take you all off roading – today we talk about getting off the beaten path and trail blazing. Did you know the Spirit desires for you to go off road, to think different, to live different, to go a different road? Did you know that the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness – took Him off road. Jesus’ whole life was spent going off road, He did things differently, He wasn’t with the pack. He didn’t succumb to the pressures of what everyone else thought or said. The Bible doesn’t use the normal paths, it doesn’t work on the 9-lane freeway. The Bible takes us right over the water, it moves the mountain out of our way, the word of God isn’t saying what the world is saying. It’s a completely different way of living life, and has a completely better destination.
We love the guys who pave new ways, discoverers. They reject status quo, they go against the grain. The world is flat, you’ll fall off the edge, but Columbus sails on. Famous men and women, whose name we still remember, discovered, pursued ideas that were rejected. Einstein claimed light was made up of particles, although it had already been proven light was a wave. Galileo fought even against the pope for his belief in heliocentrism, that the earth and planets revolve around the sun, Neil Armstrong the first man to step on the moon. Discoverers, off the path, marching to the beat of a different drum.
Live a life of no regrets. Don’t miss opportunities that God presents you.
Today I want to talk to you about being led by the Spirit, specifically, the breath of God. The breath of God is the revealer of God’s word, bringing us revelation. Often in the Bible the breath of God is a metaphor for the Holy Spirit. The same word for Spirit is used for breath in both Greek and Hebrew, New Testament and Old. God is wanting to show us that His Spirit is like Him breathing. In Exodus 15, the Israelites are singing a song about God parting the seas, and they say something interesting. Exodus 15:8 (ISV) says, “By the breath of your nostrils the waters were piled up, the flowing waters stood up like a hill, the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.” The breath here broke something off to reveal something that was already there. It describes these deep waters as thickening in the heart of the sea – something hidden in the deep.
Listen to David sing about the breath of God 2 Samuel 22:16 (NKJV), “Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered, At the rebuke of the LORD, At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.” Ruwach – what’s the breath doing? Uncovering, showing us what’s in the deep hidden places. God’s breath here is a revealer, an uncoverer. It travels/comes with a rebuke; the word comes and rebukes something off of you, and reveals, uncovers things that were hidden before come to light. Consider you, full of the Spirit of God and a new creation. God’s word is full of revelation. Principle and power are there, and His breath reveals what is hidden. Paul said to be Spirit-led, and Jesus said the Spirit is our teacher. A teacher is leading us.
You were intelligently designed. There is no doubt about that.