A better story

8 PAX met at Harrisburg Family House with their bibles for some 3rdF #Endurance. With the good turn-out, YHC began wondering if he read the Signup Genius wrong and some guest speaker was coming – if so, looked like it was going to be a good one. No other speaker showed other than the Holy Spirit so YHC proceeded with his VQ and shared what was on his heart.

YHC started with a bit if his own story and spiritual journey before setting the stage for how to live a “better story.” Being baptized just 3 years ago, YHC shared some of the struggles he experienced that led him to go deeper and become a stronger believer in Jesus. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes getting “shaken up” to discover that we were put here to live God’s plan for us, not us trying to write our own story.

Today’s discussion was adapted from the “Live a Better Story” reading plan. The plan can be found using The Bible App from YouVersion. All are free and easily accessible via The Bible App. If you haven’t used The Bible App you’re missing out.

TAKING RISKS
In order to live exciting, adventurous lives, we need to take risks – taking godly risks — risks that will change your life and others for the better.

Matthew 4:18-22
18One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 19Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”20And they left their nets at once and followed him.
21A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. 22They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.

These guys took a huge risk — a huge, godly risk. They left the lives that they knew, that they were comfortable with. A couple of those guys even left their dad behind. But they left all that they knew and all that they had to follow Jesus. So what would it look like for you to step out of your comfort zone? What godly risks do you need to take?

HAVING CONFIDENCE
Exodus 4:10-13
10But Moses pleaded with the lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”11Then the lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the lord? 12Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”13But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.”
Exodus 4:21
21And the lord told Moses, “When you arrive back in Egypt, go to Pharaoh and perform all the miracles I have empowered you to do. But I will harden his heart so he will refuse to let the people go.

Moses didn’t believe in himself. He didn’t have confidence in his abilities. He even begged and argued with God to use someone else. But eventually he gave in, allowed God to use him, and because of that he was used to save millions of people from slavery. But it took overcoming insecurity to be used in that great way.

Five attributes of a confident person:

  1. They believe in themselves.
  2. They talk with authority.
  3. They look people in the eyes.
  4. They don’t worry about what others think of them.
  5. They stand up for what’s right no matter what.

OVERCOMING FEAR
2 Timothy 1:7
7For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Remember, fear isn’t from God. God gave us power and love and discipline.

TAKING ACTION
James 2:14-17
14What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?17So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

Life will get pretty boring if we don’t do anything with it. Living a better story means standing up to things that you know are wrong, standing for things that you want to see changed, and acting on things that you’re passionate about. Faith is alive and active, what are we going to do with it?

MOLESKIN:

  • Thanks again for the opportunity to lead my first #Endurance. It took me outside my comfort zone but that’s exactly what God is calling us to do.
  • Lots of good conversations today.
  • Please keep all these folks in your prayers:
    • Solo Cup’s family friend, the Klein family
    • Banjo Boy and Sundial’s Ms pregnancies
    • Padre’s mission trip in Ethiopia
    • YHC’s sister and brother-in-law

4 thoughts on “A better story

  1. BBQ Post author

    Thanks again guys. Tclaps to @Solo Cup and @Titleist for doubling down and coming after their C25K training. Thanks also to @Hootie and @RibShack for the texts. It was a good morning.

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