YDR: Part 09 – A Temple

This past Sunday, we had a chance to look at a variety of things regarding the places God has chosen to live.  We looked at the Tabernacle, Solomon’s Temple, Herod’s Temple, and finally, the idea that Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:19…

“Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you…”

If you’re listening to the podcast, you might want to follow along with the PowerPoint, as it helps a lot to give an idea of the things we’re talking about.  Check it out below, or download it with this link.

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Scripture Notes: Exodus 14 (pt.2)

Needing answers? Maybe you’re praying the wrong prayer…

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me?'” -Exodus 14:15

What strikes me in this account is that God is essentially saying to Moses, “Why are you asking me for something you’ve already been given?  I already provided the ability and opportunity, now WALK in it!”

How often do we live in worry and restlessness, asking God for things we already have and being fearful when He seems to not hear our prayers!  If we really believe that in the person and work of Jesus, God has indeed given us “everything we need for life and godliness” (1 Peter 1:3, NIV) perhaps we should more often pray this way…

“Father, thank you for solving this already. Please give me eyes to see and ears to hear what you’ve already given, and the wisdom to use it well.”

Scripture Notes: Exodus 14 (pt.1)

In times of trouble, take heart.  It may be that the reason you are faced with great opposition is that God is gearing up for a great deliverance on the other side!

In the midst of this, be careful to not assume that God’s primary goal is your happiness.  His primary goal is His glory, and we find true joy when we realize and rest in that.

…I will harden Pharoah’s heart, and he will chase after you. I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharoah and his whole army…” -Exodus 14:4 (NLT)

The cool thing is, when we have God’s glory as our goal, it frees us up to receive His deliverance in many creative ways.  This leads us to…

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A Generous Revolution

Jesus fed the multitude by having His disciples pass out the food.

Don’t miss this.  If you know the story in Matthew 14 (also in Mark 6, Luke 9 and John 6) you probably know it as the story of how “Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand”.  Think about this, though.

Yes, Jesus took the food and blessed it, yes, Jesus caused the miraculous multiplication, but who was it that actually brought the food to the people who needed it?  Who actually did the feeding part?

It was the disciples.

Now, don’t get lost here or distracted from the point.  The point is not to in any way take away the miraculous nature of the event, or “steal the spotlight” from Jesus because yes, HE is the one from whom the food came.  The point I hope you’ll consider is simply this: God uses people to do His work, and He doesn’t usually go around them if they don’t do their part.

“Imagine if the disciples had simply held on to the food Jesus gave them, continually thanking Him for providing lunch for them. That would’ve been stupid when there was enough food to feed the thousands who were gathered and hungry.” (Francis Chan, “Crazy Love” p.120)  Even more than being stupid, had the disciples simply held on to the food, it would have been sinful.  Think about this…

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