Say what you want, you will always find that which you seek. I have no problem finding powerful revelations in sermons of controversial preachers, life lessons in TV shows, or genuine advice in Eminem’s crazy lyrics:
“So this is for every kid who all’s they ever did was dreamt that one day just getting accepted, I represent him or her, anyone similar, you are the reason that I made this song, Everything you’re scared to say don’t be afraid to say no more…”
~Guts over Fear
James 1:17 says, “Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights…” (KJV)
A person doesn’t have to belong to the same religion as you do, for you to value them. They don’t have to believe what you believe for you to respect them. You don’t have to agree on everything with a person to just be able to love them. And as a couple of my favorite teachers teach: “Achieving greatness in the kingdom is impossible without recognizing greatness in another.” (Bill Johnson) & “You only have as much influence in someone’s life as they have value for you.” (Kris Vallotton)
All that to say, the following are little slivers from sermons I listened to this week. Allow me to share these nuggets of truth with you:
“You don’t get to know God’s heart through miracles…”
-The Israelite people saw miracles in front of their eyes, yet they ended up wandering that blasted desert for 40 years due to their unbelief. I’ve seen people chase miracles (even I was tempted to do so) plenty of times in hopes of getting to know God more.
“You get to know God when He meets you in your trial…”
“Some of the greatest invitations in our lives come in the form of interruptions…”
– Furtick talked about the virgin Mary in this sermon. One of the coolest thoughts was that while Mary was planning a wedding, God interrupted her with a pregnancy. That interruption had a much greater result than a perfect wedding ever could.
“Plan for imperfection.”
“If you don’t learn how to celebrate your strengths, you can’t address your weaknesses.”
“Jacob pretended to be somebody else (Esau), so he could have what another had…”
– Jacob tried to trick his father by pretending to be his bro so he could have the blessing that his bro was meant to have. Not being true to ourselves blinds us from seeing what is meant for us to have.
“What I hide, God cannot heal.”
“The places of your greatest isolation, often become the places of your greatest revelation.”
-The loneliest times of my life have resulted in the coolest abstract paintings, heartfelt blog posts, songs, poems, etc.
“If you will devote yourself to the issues within you, He’ll handle the issues around you.”
Papa God’s got it all yo. He’s got your back. And front. And insides. And so forth.