I am blessed to share the message of God’s Assurance of Presence and Purpose on Wednesday evenings from October 14 ~ November 18, 2015 at Steele Creek Church of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC.
Here you will find a condensed message, handouts and Scripture of what we covered October 14. We welcome you to join us in this beautiful time of learning what Jesus says about this journey! If you’d like to come, we would be so very blessed! Just email me here.
If I had to choose one word that sums up the greatest redemptive God-breathed-truth of my life, it would be Hope. In my weaknesses and lowest points of the Valley, I have asked God the purpose of these life-struggles. I have wondered where He was and if He was actively present in my life and what was happening.
And as only a loving Father can do, He never tires of my question and instead continues to reaffirm Himself of His presence and purpose through His son Jesus Christ. His answer is always the same – I am with you, I see you, I know your pain and I give you hope.
God met me with hope when I asked the purpose of life at the age of 16 and attempted suicide. He brought hope to me in two failed marriages and single motherhood. He brought hope to me when my daughter, at the age of six, needed a brain and skull surgery, he brought that hope again when she required 26 screws in her spine 6 years later. And He gave me hope after I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer (4 years ago) that required 15 months of treatments that included chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries.
It was in Psalm 84, that Jesus changed my perspective. It was here that God revealed I am not on a journey that is haphazard or ever escapes His purpose or presence. It was here that He revealed the His active participation of conforming every detail of every detail of my life to the goal of fulfilling His glory.
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—
a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.
- In verse 1, You can hear his soul longing to be with God in the place where He dwelled. And who of us in our limited vocabulary has adequate words to express such a need?
- Verse 2 is a cry of deep calling to deep – a crying out of the soul to commune with the Almighty Creator.
- In verse 3 he expresses an envy of the small birds who built their nests and nurtured their young. They came and went freely from God’s temple and they were protected under the eaves His dwelling place.
- In the next verse He says that those who dwell in God’s presence, are always blessed to be carrying out His work and because they have a place of serving Him, in His presence, they always praise Him.
- David proclaims in verse five, the favor and unspeakable joy that Believers have to travel with one another, band together, link arms to their final destination. He tells us we have strength in numbers.
- And he states in the last verse that no matter how they would appear before God, not one would be lost!
God wants us to know that we are on a journey – a journey in which He is actively present and calling us forward – toward Himself. It is a journey of faith of things to come: all that hoped for in heaven.
I pray you Live Like You Know …where you are going.