On the Second Row… “What Are You Expecting?” and Relay for Life
Nettie writing in this week for WPT South blog with a recap of Pastor Derek’s message this Sunday and the iServe team’s experience in the Relay for Life. WPT South has a lot going on, folks, so don’t be scared to jump in and serve the community with the iServe team, reach the community with the Outreach program, or serve in various capacities during Sunday service!
If I ever doubted for a second getting so involved in the Relay for Life, the Survivors lapping around the track dispelled any of those thoughts. We are each other’s encouragers, and seeing those people who have fought this disease walk behind that banner, gratefully wearing their purple survivors shirts, encouraged me. It was a good day, with really good people like our iServe team members who were present and those who weren’t but who put in their time, talents, and efforts. Shea and I were overly excited about winning “Best Campsite,” but the team’s AMAZING decorations were nothing compared to the joy of going out into the community as representatives of Christ’s love. He is always present in our struggles and in our peace, in our quiet times, and in our busyness.
It was an honor to be able to raise money for a cure! I love serving with my iServe family, and we are ready for the next way to serve!
P.S. Cliff Wilson invited every man at the Relay to Man Fest, so it should be a big crowd, fellas!
Pastor Derek’s message Sunday was titled “What are you expecting,” and I know I am not the only one who needed to hear it. Expectancy is the seed that helps the impossible become possible. When we expect nothing to change, nothing to happen, then we will not be disappointed. Pastor D said we often do not know the power of Jesus that is inside of us, and so we will be defeated in our situation. I know I have been there, especially with work. I have complained, whined, and griped, but I didn’t speak Jesus’ name into the situation. Pastor Jarret said almost the same thing during worship–we need to go out there and speak Jesus in our environment and over everything we do.
But we will never have the confidence to speak to our situation, to tell the devil to go if we are not spending time with Jesus.
The devil will try to keep you in the dark when it comes to what is yours in Christ!
He wants nothing more than to strip us of our authority in Christ; he wants us to feel defeated, rejected, and hopeless. But Ephesians 1:3 states, ” Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
We are blessed! We need to claim that through everything that happens to us.
Some people know but don’t apply the truth; applying the truth is faith being activated. Pastor D said “It is knowledge acted upon that produces results.” If there is no action, how can there be a reaction?
The devil has no dominion over you at all.
Recognize the authority you have in Christ. You have to know that God has given you authority through the Holy Spirit to speak into your situation.
Acts 19:13 says, “Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, ‘In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out’.”
Does the devil know your name? Does he know to flee because your words carry the authority and the truth of Jesus? When a demon recognizes authority, they put on the breaks.
I love the imagery Pastor used of a policeman who stands in the middle of the highway to stop traffic. Why do most people stop? The policeman has authority. The driver feels like the policeman has authority, and the policeman, in order to walk out in the middle of the highway, feels like he or she has authority. Authority has been granted to him or her. Good news! It is the same for us in Christ!
Pastor said, “lies can go halfway around the world before truth even gets its boots on!” We quickly believe the lies of the devil before the truth written in God’s word. Truth builds faith…you have to feed your spirit the word. Don’t let the devil cheat you out of God’s best for your life.
You have to activate your faith for Jesus to reveal himself to you.
Watch faith be activated when we speak the word! It is our defense. Pastor said faith doesn’t stop with what our minds can grasp or what we can do in the natural.
Spend time with Jesus.
The more Jesus becomes to us, the more He will reveal Himself to us. The depth of our hunger will determine the outcome of revelation He will reveal to us. We need to get it in the prayer closet! Put time in, and don’t settle for less.
Ephesians 3:16-17 says, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love.”
I hope you have “great expectations” because God is great, and He doesn’t want us to settle for something less! If you need a place to be encouraged, visit us at WPT South and get connected.
February 22, 2018