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First Christian Church, Grand Junction – Praising God, Changing Lives!

Sermons on 1 Kings

Discernment: Cut Out the Clutter

I hope by now you’ve got the point.  One of the best and first ways to know God’s will is to start cutting the clutter of stuff the competes with God’s will from your life.  When you do, you may find you have more time on your hands that you can use to listen for God and more time you can use doing what you believe God wants you to do.  When you do, you may even find that you have more money in your hands to spend in the way God wants you to spend it. And you very likely will find that you’ve got more time to spend with other people who are also trying to discern God’s will for their lives…and so those people can become resources to help you better discern God’s will.

A Life of Trusting in God

While God’s followers will endure all kinds of crises, all kinds of calamities, God is also there with with them – with you – in the midst of a crisis. And God WILL provide a response, even if it’s no more than the response of God’s presence and comfort (which is actually quite a lot)…and will often be exactly what you need to get through. In whatever difficulties you encounter, I encourage you not to despair but to look for God’s response.

Prayer is Essential

So please, as we work together as a congregation to share the gospel of God’s love and to grow in number and spirit, take some time to be sure you’re getting your direction about what work to do and how much work to do from God…so that you’ll be sowing the seeds GOD asks you to sow…and where GOD asks you to sow them. Then, THEN, God will take care of the harvest.

God Answers

Then came Elijah’s turn – God’s turn. Elijah prepared an altar and placed wood and meat on it, and Elijah prayed to God, “Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” And sure enough, God answered. God answered and made it clear once and for all who the Israelites should worship. Pretty awesome moment, right?

What Went Wrong

So, please, don’t follow the example of Rehoboam and Jeroboam, don’t follow the example of what went wrong. Don’t metaphorically continue to make scrambled eggs with corn syrup instead of oil once you know that it’s a bad idea. Instead, follow the example of what God tells us time and again will go right – focusing on God and God’s desires over everything else.

Those Amazing Moments

I wonder, have you had the kind of amazing moments I have described? I wonder, have you had the kind of amazing moments the Israelites had? I wonder, do you WANT to have those kinds of moments – those moments in which you feel like dancing….and singing…and playing instruments…and praising God with all you’ve got? Do you want to have those kinds of moments?