Thursday, October 28, 2010

Are You Allowing God To Be In The Driver's Seat?

Last Night at MidWeek, we were talking about our futures. It really hit me hard. My plans may not even matter...God knows what my life will entail, and I need to make sure our plans are the same.

We had to fill out a sheet with what we spend time doing (like playing sports, working, getting ready in the morning) and then what our future plans are, and finally what our plans are for the end of our lives..
Then, we had to mix the papers up and get someone else's paper. The purpose of this was to realize that our plans may not work out like we think they will. The paper we picked up looked nothing like our own plans.
We really need to ask God what His plan is for our life, and how He plans to use us. Whether we like it or not, He IS in the driver's seat, and we are passengers. No matter how badly we want to "drive", He is always there, and He knows best....."For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


Monday, October 25, 2010

"Making a Covenant"

This week in my Teen CBS lesson, we are talking about God's promises and covenants to Abram (Genesis 15:7-21). Some of the questions from the book and my answers are below.

-What additional prophetic information about the future of his descendants did God give at this time? Abram's descendants would be slaves for 400 years.
-Why do you think God delayed the fulfillment of His promise to Abram for such a long time? I think He wanted to teach them/us to be patient and to trust Him
-What promise of Jesus to the Church are we waiting for God to fulfill? (Matt.24:30-31) Jesus will come back to take all Christians back to Heaven
-Why has God delayed the fulfillment of this promise? He wants everyone to have a chance to come to repentance.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Come To Me, While You're Burdened

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke in easy and my burden is light.

When I read this passage, it has two meanings to me,(it may mean totally different things to you, depending on what you are going through in your life...thats the great thing about the Bible :D)

"Come to me,all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

1. We all go to Him when we are burdened and weary to accept Him as our Savior.

2. I think we also go to Him weary and burdened as Christians, because let's face it, living as a Christian in this world is not easy, is makes us weary and burdened. The world doesn't like Christians.

The awesome thing is, no matter which situation we are in, He will give us rest, and allow us to take his easy yoke, and give Him the one we are having problems with.

Remember, He doesn't say "Come to me when your life is hunky-dory." He says "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened."

Don't get me wrong, we are supposed to go to Him when life is awesome, and thank Him for it.
BUT, we are not supposed to try to work our lives out by ourselves.

So, next time you're going through a trial, remember that you are to consider it pure joy, because it tests your faith and develops perseverence (James 1:2-3) (Wait, WHAT?! Yes, consider it JOY to go through hard times)
AND, you're supposed to go to God, and trade Him your burden for His light one...


Sunday, October 3, 2010


I am currently in the book of Numbers during my Chronological Bible Reading Plan, and as I was reading some genealogy last night, I remembered what Mr Bryan from TCBS said the other night. He said something to the effect of:
"Yes, Genesis may seem boring, and you may be tempted (as am I) to just skip over the Genealogy. A good thing to think about while reading it, is 'God knows each of our names, while my name may not be in this book (the Bible) it in in the Book of Life in Heaven. God put every word of His Bible there for a reason, and therefore we should not skip over parts.' "

So, just try to remember while you read genealogy that 1) We all DID start with Adam and Eve, and then only Noah later, and we KNOW that for a fact because God has written it in His Word.
2) Our names are in the Book of Life, so we should do our best to try to at least read His Word.