Where We Go Wrong

Some of the most powerful teaching tools, especially when it comes to teaching who God is and what He is like, are children’s songs.  I am blessed to have been raised by parents who introduced me to Jesus and gave instruction and opportunities to know Him more and more.  Because of this, I had the chance to participate in Children’s Church in the church that I grew up in. 

We sang songs, played some games, did a lesson, memorized a verse of Scripture each week, and had a chance to be with our friends each week as we learned more about Jesus.  It was here that I learned just how great and big God is—He could hear everyone around the world at the same time, see what people were doing and thinking and feeling all at the same time.  We sang songs like “My God is So Big” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”  As a child, I had no doubt in my mind of the power, size, and strength of our great God.

Let’s fast forward 30 years for me (for some of you it might be longer).  I must admit that when I’m confronted with life’s problems—financial issues, relationship stresses, the global climate of increased terror and hatred, and total uncertainty for the future—there are sometimes when worry and fear creep in and I wonder if God is capable of handling these issues.

Let’s stop for a moment.  How did we get here?  How do we go from children who have such a huge and accurate view of God where everything will be and is okay because God is big and in control to a place where we wonder if God can deal with my financial worries? 

I believe the problem that brings us to this point is that we forget who God really is and what He’s like.  A.W. Tozer reminds us of the ultimate solution in his book, “The Knowledge of the Holy” as he writes this paragraph:

The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worth of Him—and of her.  In all her prayers and labors this should have first place.  We do the greatest service to the next generation of Christians by passing on to them undimmed and undiminished that noble concept of God which we received from our Hebrew and Christian fathers of generations past.  This will prove of greater value to them than anything that art or science can devise.  (p. 4)

Friends, let us return to the childlike view of God—He is awesome, big, perfect, stronger than anything that has ever been or will be, has everything in control.  Remind yourself of who He is when you face fear, uncertainty, or simply when the world falls apart because our checkbooks read “zero” at the end of the month. 

Our God is so much greater than all of that.  Remember this simple, yet foundational point as you live for Christ in 2016!

A Trust Exercise

Originally Posted January 29, 2015 By Pastor Adam

We had a unique opportunity to participate in something that, I would imagine, was quite difficult for the people of Circle Drive Alliance.  But before I let you all know what went on, let me take you back to 4 weeks ago and the challenge that I laid out before the congregation during our worship on that brisk January morning.

The morning worship service began as many of them do–a great time of worship through singing and then proceeding into a time of prayer.  As I was heading to the stage and preparing my heart to lead the congregation in a time of prayer, I felt led to offer the congregation an opportunity to ask the Lord Jesus over the next 3 weeks to pray and ask the question, “How do you want me to participate in sharing the hope of Jesus?”

I left it to the congregation to pray and I’ve heard some great stories of how God was leading them through this time of prayer.  Then we came to this past Sunday and I challenged the congregation to write on an index card the answers that God had given them of how each one can participate in sharing the hope of Jesus.  “Does He want me to pray for workers or pray for the lost?”  Then write that down.  “Does He want me to be faithful in giving of my finances?”  Then write down a number or percentage that He’s calling you to trust Him with.  “Does He want you to go, whether here in our community or to another culture?”  Then take the next steps to find out where to go and what to do.  This exercise stretched me and I know others into really hearing what God has for me and for us.

Now that the exercise is over, I’m now in the position to ask this question of myself–do I really trust God to provide and lead me in these areas?  Do I trust Him with my finances?  Do I trust Him to equip me to serve in ministries or even as the one who shovels the snow?  I know that I don’t have all of the answers on this, but I’m reminded that our God is faithful to do all that He has promised to do.  My encouragement to you and also to myself is this–if God has called us to do something, let’s trust Him and do it!  He will never let you down.  What a great trust exercise this has been and continues to be!

Do We Trust Him?

Originally Posted September 3, 2014 By Pastor Adam

Today is a first for me and my family.  As I write this post, my little girl is getting ready to begin her first day of 4K.  How could this day have arrived so quickly.  I know that I’m like most parents who look at this day and think back to the first time that they held this little one in their arms on that great first meeting day.  But, time does press on and this little girl is growing up.  It is tough, but it is something that we should be praising God about–and we are.

I honestly need to say, though, that there are a lot of thoughts coming to my mind.  Will she make friends?  Will she get lost?  Will her teacher be nice?  Will she miss mommy and daddy while she’s at school?  Will she be taught the things that are biblically and morally correct?  While I cannot answer these questions, there is something that I can do for her.  I can pray for her.  I can pray that God will hold her close, guide her, show her the lessons that are right and those that are wrong (reaffirming those simple lessons we’ve taught her), and protect her from evil.  But in order for this to truly work (and here’s the lesson God’s been giving to me) is that I need to trust that no matter where she goes, God has it all under His control, and there’s no better place for her to be.

While many of you reading this aren’t necessarily facing the same situations, my question for you all is “Do you trust God?”  with all that’s heading your way today?