There are certain moments in life that can hold more weight than others. They define us and they shape us.
We remember significant moments but we don’t always know their purpose. As we grow in Christ, we can look back on them and say, “God did something in that.”
This weekend at People Church, guest speaker Lauren Clampitt preached and shared some of her story and how God worked through defining moments in her walk.
One of Lauren’s very first defining moments was spoken to her through Luke 9: 57-62....the cost of following Jesus.
“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Defining moments should define you.
God has something specific for you. It is so easy to get so caught up in the details of trying to figure it all out. He simply says “Let that take care of itself- come and follow me.”
Go to God. Chase after your God moments. Sit before God and get what He has for you and then make decisions from there. These moments where we get with God and hear from God should shape who we are.
You have to gain God-momentum.
Sometimes you have to go back and say “God moved here for me.” You can gain God momentum by going back and pinpointing where He was moving and working.
When we are in the midst of pain, we have to ask Jesus to speak into it and speak into why it hurts. The reality is that the enemy will hit us where it hurts most at our core.
In Luke 4: 1-14, Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness and gaining God momentum through what has been written.
“The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
The next opportune moment is your next opportunity for a moment of truth.
You need truth. Fall before your Bible. You can speak life into yourself. God may not tell you the specifics, but He always tells you exactly what you need to hear.
Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger bringing good news.”
You have to climb the mountain and get your God moment so when you come back down and encounter those whose knees are shaking; you can look at them and say “you are past the hard part. It gets easier from here.”
It is the people who have been there and who have a story to tell who will bring the good news.
Isaiah 6: 6-8 says, "Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Who will go at a moments notice? How many of us will say “I’ll go”?
You have to go no matter how broken you are. It may be dark but you still have to go and fight for those who don’t have Jesus. It is an everyday decision. You don’t have to have it all together. You just need to be willing to go.
Sunday’s Worship Setlist
Never Gonna Hide - SEU Worship
So Will I (100 Billion X) - Hillsong United
Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co