May 21, 2012

Asking God the Wrong Thing

Do you ever wonder if you are asking God the wrong thing? Or for the wrong things? To do the wrong things? I have to tell you that yesterday's sermon hit home with me. The service was so moving, with the Holy Spirit whispering through the words of the songs, touching my heart like only He can. And then the sermon came.

Don't you love it when your pastor is passionate about something? Has experienced God's presence and is excited about it? Yeah, that's what I love in a sermon!

Our church is facing some serious changes with our building being for sale and the thought of having to relocate is a tough one. My husband, the pastor, has been praying about these changes and asking for direction in order to help our church.

In his teaching,my husband has been focusing in John 14-17, which talks about the the Holy Spirit and staying connected to God. In that section, Jesus talks about "ask in my name" four times. My husband's word from God was this: He'd been asking God for wisdom to deal with the changes coming to our church. He'd been wanting God to send him knowledge to help our church. Sure, that's noble. But here's the thing, he had been asking God to help him do something for the church, not asking God to do something.

Ask God to do something!

God is a BIG God and He wants to work in our lives. He wants to DO something in us and for us. Sure, He can empower His people, and He does that, but He wants to do something big in our lives.

And here is the really AWESOME thing that God did. We have had two young couples place membership in the past week!!!

Our small church is such a wonderful mixture of generations that support each other and love each other. But in the change that is coming, we are going to have to realize that in a way, this change is going to be like a death. It will be the death of our church as we have known it the past decade. As with any huge change in church, there will be people who leave. It's a fact. A sad one for sure, but a fact, nonetheless. It will be a death of our church as we know it. BUT...The cool thing is that we will get to experience a new birth.

New beginnings! It's exciting to think about, really. What is God going to do? Well, He's already brought 2 new young couples into our church this past week and I believe that is just a foretaste of what's to come. We will need that energy and fresh perspective to face the coming days.

God is doing something! And I'm thrilled to see what else He will do!

What is God doing in your life?



9 comments:

  1. Holding my hand through a long goodbye

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  2. Great words, Sherrinda. We are at a time where we are thinking about changing churches. It's difficult to know whether it is the right thing to do or not. I guess I should as God to do something about it...just not sure what, yet! :) I feel like I am Spiritually dry, and as much as I hate to admit it, I think it is because I am not being fed. The church we attend has wonderful hearts for God, but there are a lot of differences that make it difficult to find peace in their approach. Okay, I am just thinking out loud now! I really like your post!!
    Love,
    Angie

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    1. I love it when you think out loud!!! You are so awesome. I will be praying about your church situation, because it's an important one.

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  3. Our church is on the brink of expansion and recently we had a congregational meeting where all the "older" members spoke about the difficulties they experienced twenty years ago when the church last expanded - but they emphasized God's mighty hand in all of it and they know it will be hard, but worth it. I've never been a part of an expansion, so I'm a little hesitant, but also excited to see what God has in store. We need to expand - our MOPS group and AWANA group need the space to grow and both those ministries bring many new families into our congregation all the time.

    A little unrelated, but I've always been curious about something. Does a pastor's wife know what he's going to preach about, or is a surprise each week?!?!

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    1. Gabrielle, I've never been through a church expansion, but I bet there are struggles that go alongside it. But oh...the rewards!!!! And how wonderful that your older members can see and testify to God's hand through their experience with it!!! I love that!

      And as for knowing what the pastor is going to preach on, sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't. Like this past week, when he knew God had spoken to his heart, he shared that with me. Sometimes I ask what he is speaking on, but not all the time. I like being surprised. :) (Plus, sometimes if I ask, I get the whole sermon right then!!!! lol)

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  4. Hi, your blog really touches me, have been reading it for a while... Just wanted you to know about a website i started ReadYourBiblesChurch.com... It's a place for Bible study guides.. I also put a forum in that can be viewed from a mobile device.. I couldn't find where to contact you privately so I'm commenting, hope that is okay. :) God Bless!

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