Pastor Ben Dowding bring our Easter Sunday message, All Things New.
Pastor Richard McGuinness continues our Month of Miracles with a message about God’s provision.
Pastor Gale Dowding continues our Month of Miracles with a message about restoration of relationships.
When we gather together as a Church, it’s always an incredible time. There’s something powerful that happens when we gather as ‘the Church’ to seek God together. However that sense of having an encounter with God and experiencing the presence of God is NOT an exclusive experience for us as a corporate Church!
Often we allow ourselves to hide behind our identity the THE Church and forget that God wants to meet with YOU as an individual!
Yes we want to meet with God but all through scripture we see that God WANTS to meet with YOU!
The problem is that sometimes it’s our busyness, our agenda, our hectic schedule that doesn’t make room to meet with God.
In the Bible is says this:
He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.
The spacious place is where we can connect with God.
The spacious place is where we switch off to all the ‘noise’ of day-to-day living and create an opportunity to encounter God.
The spacious place can be a silent place, a place of prayer, a place of reading, listening.
What we do is not as important as who we are seeking!
In the spacious place we can eliminate other noises and listen to the only voice that matters.
Having been a child and now being a parent, it’s strange at times to see both sides of the story.
At several points over the past 8 years of parenting, I remember specific moments where as I child I argued with my parents with, what I believed at the time, was a very strong, reasonable point of view and was bewildered that my parents couldn’t see why I was right!
I’ve now had the very same discussions with my 8 year old from the other side of the argument. Now as a parent I can’t understand why his childlike mind can’t understand my point of view… the the cycle continues.
It’s in these moments where parents often utter the famous words “because I said so” or the classic “that’s my final word”.
Once the final words have been spoken, the case is closed.
No amount of shouting or tantrums can change it; it’s a done deal.
Recently our Children’s Pastor, Colleen, brought us these thoughts in relation to our expectation on God for his miraculous provision.
Only Gods Word is the final word on your situation.
Maybe the miracle you’re asking for is a long standing need.
Perhaps it’s something you’ve prayed for, for a long time, yet have still not seen a breakthrough.
It’s in these times that often we choose to listen to someone elses ‘final word’ other than God’s.
Perhaps it’s the word of a Doctor, bank manager, husband or wife, estate agent. Their words can carry some power, can cause distress, hurt and pain, but they’re not the final word!
In the Message translation it says this:
Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word!
Who do you let have the final word on your situation?
Have you allowed someone elses ‘word’ to limit your faith in a limitless God?
The Bible tells us that “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37) Only He can have the final word on your situation!
Don’t listen to anyone else’s opinion above God’s.
Only God has the final word!