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Stories Part 1: His Story

Stories
Chapter 1:
His Story

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Hebrews 12:2 Jesus Christ the Author and finisher of our faith”

I Corinthians 6:19-20 " Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price.”

  1. Step in

  1. Step out

In order to step toward your destiny you have to step away from your security.

Psalm 128:1 “blessings on all who reverence and trust the Lord…”

  1. Step up

Wherever you are now in the story, just turn to the next page.
Wherever you are in the journey just take the next step.

Step up in your discipleship:

Step up in your fellowship:

Step up in your serving:

Step up in your giving:







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N-Not allowing room for God
    

U-Underestimating what He has done for you

      - Jeremiah 10:12
But the Lord made the earth by His power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. With his own understanding he stretched out the  heavens.
     

M-Missing His calling on your life

     - Romans 8:28-
And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

B-Blinded by Sin

     - 2 Corinthians 4:4
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News.

Why? Why am I Here?

Why?
Part 4
Why am I Here?

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 “I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. 2 “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” 3 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives. 4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. 8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart. 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. 10  I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was MEANINGLESS, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.

How do I know why I am here?

1. Start at the beginning.

Colossians 1:16 (MSG) “We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.”

Proverbs 19:21 (NIV) “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

2 Corinthians 10:13 (LB) “Our goal is to measure up to God’s plan for us.”

Ephesians 1:11 (MSG) “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”

2. See the ending

3. Stay focused on eternity.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT) “He has planted eternity in the human heart.”

2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (NIV) “So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

Romans 8:28 (NIV) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

So what are Gods purposes for me?

Ephesians 1:16-18 “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

1. I pray that you would know God:

Ephesians 1:17 (MSG) “I ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers…”

2. I pray that you would find freedom:

James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

3. I Pray that you would discover your purpose:

Ephesians 2:10 “We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He prepared in advance for us to do.”

4. I pray that you would make a difference:  

Acts 1:8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes you on you and you will be my witnesses…”

WHY? Why Do Bad Things Happen?

Why
Part 3
Why Do Bad Things Happen?

  1. Some things happen because we live in a broken world.

Matthew 5:45 “it rains on the just and the unjust…”
Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fall short”
**REMOVE** Genesis 1- 3 God created the world and everything in it, and it was good, but when Adam and Eve sinned against God, the world was not as good as it was before. When sin entered the world, there was punishment, there were consequences, there was a curses for the sin. The ground was cursed. There's sickness, there's death, there's pain, all because of Adam and Eve’s sin.
John 16:33 “In this world you will have trouble…”
2. Some things happen because you made bad decisions.
Proverbs 19:3
“A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.”
Galatians 6:7-8 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
3. Some things happen so that God can get the glory.
John 9:3
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
4. All things that happen can be used for our good.
James 1:2-3
"Consider pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials.”
Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
What do I do when bad things are happening in my life?

TRUST GOD!
Proverbs 3:5
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path’s straight.”

WHY? Why Don’t I Always Feel God

Why
Part 2
Why Don’t I Always Feel God

Why Don't I feel God?

Psalm 88:13-14 “But I cry to you for help, O Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you... Why, O Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me?”

1. Maybe you’re too distracted.

Luke 10:38-40 “Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made….”

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”

2. Maybe your heart has hardened.

Matthew 13:14-15 “You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.15 
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.”

3. Maybe you've allowed sin to separate you.

Isaiah 59:1-2 “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
    nor his ear too dull to hear.
But
your iniquities have separated
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.”

Timothy “their consciences became seared as with a hot iron.”

4. Maybe you felt God and didn’t recognize it.

Genesis 28:16 “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”

5. Maybe you're too focused on feelings.

John 6:29-30 “Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Hebrews 11:6 “without faith it is impossible to please God.”

3 promises that we can trust about God’s presence

1. You will find God when you seek God.

Jeremiah 29:13
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord,

  1. Open up His Word daily.

B. Seek God through prayer.

C. Seek God in worship.

D. Seek him with other Christians

2. God’s presence is everywhere.

John 14:16 “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth.”

3. You can experience God now.

Acts 17:26-27 “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”