On Sunday we saw our temperature rise over 90 degrees. We tried out best to cool down the gym by enabling the exhaust fan in the ceiling, opening doors in the morning, and running high-powered fans. But, when you add 100+ bodies into a room and get them singing, hugging, and dancing in worship... it's still hot. That's what I looked out and saw Sunday. I saw God being glorified. I saw people sweating it out together. And I saw laughter, smiles, and relief as popsicles were passed out at the five-minute break.
This weekend we talked about the spiritual discipilne of response--choosing beforehand to react to life's events by faith, not doubt. I couldn't help but draw the correlation with the high heat index and frozen treats. It's often at the most difficult moments in life, at the pinnacle of pain that God comes in. He gives us just enough, just in time (to steal a phrase from Mark Batterson). We see this in the story of Abraham and Isaac (below), with Elijah and the Widow, with the Jordan river ceasing its flow as the priests stepped into it, and in other passages. God places us in a situation requiring dependence on Him. The antithesis of dependence is independence from Him. Independence is the exercise of the prideful will, and the goal of the sinful heart. God seeks to remedy that by using the events of life. Keith Drury once said The Holy Spirit is the tutor, we are the student, and life is the curriculum.
Genesis 22:7-14 NIV
Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
What are you facing today? Is the heat getting to you? Trust in the Lord, he just may have a Cherry Berry Chiller waiting for you in the freezer.
Philippians 4:19 ESV
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
This week is Communion Sunday, prepare your heart to open up to God and others. The topic of this Sunday is the spiritual discipline of charity. We will discuss the openness of our hearts, poverty, tithing, offerings, and more.
We are still in process with our Heating and Air Conditioning company about getting AC in the gym. Trust us, we are pressing forward as much as possible!