EMBRACE YOUR JOURNEY: EXPERIENCING GOD ALONG THE WAY
“Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes–all the time! It must be that way, for God’s glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world.” ― Henry T. Blackaby, Experiencing the Spirit: The Power of Pentecost Every Day
Ephesians 3:20-21The Message (MSG)
20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
Forward Thinkers I look at Ephesians 3:20 as a summary of God being able to do whatever I need Him to do on my journey to my appointed destination. Regardless of my current needs I always remember the bible says God can supply all my needs and I trust in the fact that God is able to do exactly what He said. Forward Thinkers I also believe we can do all things through Christ and that God placed something inside of us to handle every situation along our journey.
Every journey is filled with a multitude of ups and downs but thank God at every turn we can trust on the fact God is there to provide us with whatever we need to continue on your journey.
Forward Thinkers on Saturday my day began at the funeral of Essence Derouen, a twenty-one year old female student at Rice who is also the mother of a six year old son. She was murdered while simply driving her car last Sunday night becoming the victim of a stray bullet. The funeral was very emotional and many people were crying and thinking it could have happened to anyone of us.
Then a few hours later I’m at a wedding that was full of excitement and happiness but I also saw several people at the wedding crying but their tears were tears of joy.
After we left the wedding we stopped by the hospital to pray for one of our member’s father who is also an elderly Pastor in our city and you could tell his family had been crying due to concern for their love one. But to my surprise the Pastor was smiling and wanted to talk about the word of God and how good God is.
Forward Thinkers my experiences on Saturday reminded me of the totality of the human emotional experiences and how God shows up in many different ways to meet those experiences on our journey of life.
Forward Thinkers let’s walk back through Abraham’s journey and identify how God showed up in different forms in order to meet Abraham’s current situation. Forward Thinkers the reality is we don’t need God to be a healer when we’re well but if we get sick we’re grateful that the God we serve is a doctor that has never lost a patient. Forward Thinkers wherever you are today on your journey God is able to bring you through.
In Genesis chapter 12 Abram experienced God as a Promise Giver
12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
Forward Thinkers in life we come across a lot of promise givers from political figures making all kinds of false promises to obtain our votes, people entering into covenant relationships with us declaring faithfulness when they really only meant until I change my mind about you, and unfortunately we even have to deal with religious leaders making us promises that eventually only lead to us experiencing church hurt but thank God He is not just a Promise Giver but a Promise Keeper.
No matter how long or difficult the journey is we can trust God to bring us through. It took 25 years of waiting but God gave Abraham the son He promised him and if we keep walking by faith God will do for us exactly what He said He would do.
Mark 4:35New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”
Forward Thinkers for those who for whatever reason say I just look at the New Testament here is another example being a right on time God. God through Jesus made a promise to his disciples that they would get to the other side. Well, on their journey to the other side an unexpected storm broke out yes Forward Thinkers life is full of unexpected storms and the disciples started to panic but Jesus stood up and calmed the storm and they got to the other side just like He had promised.
You may be in the midst of a personal storm on your journey but don’t jump off the boat God promised you would get to the other side.
Now let’s go to Genesis 14:19-20 where Abraham will experience God as El Elyon- God most high, creator and possessor of heaven and earth
Genesis 14:19-20New International Version (NIV)
19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Forward Thinkers Abram knew God as the Promise Giver who had called him out of Ur but now he knows Him as the one who created and owns everything.
Abraham has to understand that God has everything under control no matter how things currently looked. Sometimes the devil will try to intimidate us through how things look.
Forward Thinkers Abram came to the reality I can only trust El Elyon to meet my needs and this reality gave Abram the faith to face any temptations that came along on his journey.
Hebrews 13:8New International Version (NIV)
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Forward Thinkers Paul reminds us it is important to know what God did for Abraham because God never changes. Just like God was in control on Abraham’s journey yesterday, and God was in control of Paul’s journey the other day, God is in control of our journey today.
Forward Thinkers declare with me I can trust God as El Elyon.
The final take today will come from Genesis 17:1 where Abraham will experience God as El Shaddai.
Genesis 17:1New International Version (NIV)
The Covenant of Circumcision
17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
In Genesis chapter 17 God reminds Abraham we have a covenant agreement and your role is to walk in faith and integrity and my role will be to cover you because I am El Shaddai. God is telling Abraham again I got you and there is and never will be anything too hard for me.
Forward Thinkers identify your current issue, problem, concern, or prayer request at this stage of your journey then declare with me looks like another job for El Shaddai. But, remember we must walk in faith and integrity to access our victory so let’s add another step and declare God I repent from letting my flesh lead and today I desire to let you lead. Now, once again in conclusion declare to your stuff looks like another job for El Shaddai. Forward Thinkers the reason I added the extra is so the devil wouldn’t be able to steal your confession with current or past struggles.
Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church located, in both Houston, Texas, and the Woodlands, Texas. Pastor Deckard is also the Co-Founder of the No More Bloodshed Movement. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at email@example.com, follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Periscope @ Pastor E A Deckard or the church website www.ghic.net