We begin a new series heading into Christmas looking at times when God shows up as a man and how people responded. Today, we’ll cover the story of God showing up to Joseph the book of Matthew and how this story can guide us into living a life oriented to God. In this story, don’t miss WHERE God shows up--in the middle of the day, in the ordinary, in our everyday spaces. He shows up, makes promises, and invites us into a dialogue. How has God shown up in your life? How can you pray for God to show up in the lives of those around you this Christmas?
You can be as close to God as you want to be. James put it this way in James 4:8, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” Pastor Joe Wittwer provides three key steps to continue experiencing God in your life. First, seek the Lord by spending daily time with Jesus. Second, follow Jesus by listening to his voice and obeying what he says. And third, stay connected because Christianity is a team sport! Join us, as we learn how to continue experiencing God together.
We experience God as we obey him and we come to know him more intimately as he accomplishes his work through us. Obedience starts right now. God knows we’re imperfect but, he wants our best. What’s more, God doesn’t want people who simply obey, he wants people who love! You can obey without love, but you can’t love God without obeying him. Let’s be people who abound in love, excel in obedience, and experience God.
If you want to experience God, you’ve got to adjust your life. You can’t do the same thing and expect different results. Often times we choose not to obey God because we want to be in control or we want to remain comfortable. If you want a close and intimate relationship with God, you are going to have to change your plans, your ways, and your habits. Joining with God takes making adjustments with your time, your relationships, and your faith!
God’s invitation to know Him leads to a crisis of faith that requires trust and action. A crisis of faith is when you are faced with the choice to believe in God or not; to obey God or not. A crisis of faith is a turning point. The choice we’re faced with is the crisis. When God invites you to join Him in His work, you have a choice that requires faith. And faith requires action. Ultimately, disciples listen and obey. What is God saying to you? Do you trust Him? Will you obey Him?