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FUEL HSM's 10-4 Prayer Series, focusing on hearing and talking with God. Focus tonight on lament and thanksgiving
The book of Habakkuk gives us permission to cry out to God. Red-in-the-face, fire-in-the-belly, outrageous cries to God. Like a majority of the psalms, Habakkuk uses lament to tell God he's not pleased with life as it is. The prophet asks the lingering question: "How long will God be silent?" God is no stranger to pain. Nor does He want us to stuff our complaints. In fact, the response of the faithful is to cry out to God and expect His presence in our pain.
Introduction: What is Prayer? Prayer is an expression of . . . ● our faith-based relationship with God ● our obedient-dependence on God ● our spiritual battle against the demonic-enemies of God 1. Pray by Faith in Jesus’ Name ● Believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior: and do the works of Christ (v12) ● Pray in conformity to Christ-likeness: for the glory of God the Father (v13) ● Pray with confidence: in the power and authority of the reigning Christ (v14) 2. Some Biblical Principles of How to Pray and Why ● Pray in the Spirit to God our Father: with joyful worship and thanksgiving ● Pray according to Scripture: and in the words of Scripture ● Pray with a broken-humble heart: repenting of sin and standing against the evil one ● Pray privately and corporately: for God’s kingdom to come and for our daily needs ● Pray reverently and whole-heartedly: with fasting and lament ● Pray by asking God: expecting our heavenly Father to answer and provide
FAITH, THE TRIALS OF LIFE, AND THE MIRACLE-WORKING POWER OF GOD (Topical Message * Psalm 77:1-20) 06-23-2013
Reflections on Psalm 77 1. Why does the Psalmist cry out to God? To seek the Lord in the day of his trouble 2. What does the Psalmist focus on? Remembering the mighty deeds & saving-power of the LORD The Miracle-working Power of God 1. God works Miracles according to His Character, Purpose & Timing: ● as our faithful, covenant-keeping God, manifest supremely through Jesus Christ ● when doing a new work to advance His kingdom (in salvation history) ● to confirm His prophetic revelation (thru the prophets, Jesus Christ, the gospel, the apostles, and the church) ● to save the lost and rescue His beloved people from desperate situations ● through the vessels of His choosing for His eternal glory 2. Live by Faith thru the Trials of Life . . . ● with Perseverance: fixing our eyes on Jesus not on miracles ● with Expectancy (biblical-hope): believing God to do the unbelievable, now and in the age to come ● in biblically-saturated Prayer: lamenting, repenting, & remembering ● in Christ-centered Fellowship: praising and worshiping God
A reflection on lament as it is displayed in the Bible and how Christians today might approach God in seasons of hurt and pain.
Grieving is not something we are really good at...nor, do we really want to get good at it! After all, to grieve is to acknowledge our loss, our pain & hurt, and that isn't always an easy thing to do. But when we grieve (doing so with honesty and humility), our hurt ultimately becomes the basis for a brand new initiative in our lives. Grace eventually takes the ashes of our lives and trades them in for beauty, our tears for joy & laughter, our death for resurrection. Pastor Luke wraps up his series with the "sushi finale", unpacking the hurt of Lamentations Chapter 5 and revealing the hope of a "new beginning"...
Consequences...not exactly a "warm-fuzzy" word, is it? There's no escaping it though, we all deal with consequences...intended or unintended. And the million dollar question is: "where is God in all of this?" Pastor Luke unpacks the text of Lamentations Chapter 4 to discover the age old truth Jeremiah so skillfully communicated in his day and age...
Catastrophe, Cause...and now CURE! Pastor Jim takes a look at Lamentations Chapter 3, highlighting the faithfulness of God...
When faced with the ugliness of what was happening in his world, Habakkuk asked "Where is God?" questions in the context of heartfelt prayer. His honest lament is instructive for those facing the stark realities of our dayy