(Note: This blog post is quite video-heavy. I suggest that before you read on, you scroll down to the videos and start the streaming by pressing play then pause so that you won’t have to wait. I strongly suggest you do not miss or skip the videos, as they are very, VERY powerful and this blog entry revolves around them. Big thanks.)
But let me ask you something: is the God that we worship a “puny god”? Is the brute force of our circumstances too overwhelming for Him to handle?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: No, but then many believers often (mistakenly) think so. Yet, our view of Him, whether He’s big or puny, affects our actions and decisions.
I propose (well, I got this from recent Sunday messages) that our Heavenly Father is not a “puny god” but the God of the HOW MUCH MORE.
Now, you may be saying, “Look, Mr. Lessons Of A Dad, you don’t know my situation. It’s just too dire! There’s absolutely no hope for me!!”
You’re right. I don’t know the troubles you are going through. But, I DO know that Jesus knows...and if you're His child, then He has promised you peace, because He has overcome them.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
To illustrate my point, allow me to show you the first video. Ariel had it really rough. He was frequently molested as a child, then he became a drug addict, then he became a prostitute, then…something beautiful happened.
Folks, our almighty God is sooooo far above our “puny” circumstances. I believe that with all my heart. But wait, there’s more…
If you’re His child (John 1:12), you can experience His blessings, and oftentimes this comes in the form of God amazingly changing your life, doing so waaaaaay beyond what you could ever do under your own power. I’ll give you a verse:
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:10-11)
Here’s another story that loudly gets this point across. Dawn was a sad victim of an unfaithful husband. He was totally unrepentant of his infidelity, to the point that he even said, “I love you” to his mistress right in front of his wife’s face! But, as you will see, the story of restoration is beyond jaw-dropping.
If your life is a MESS, I’m convinced that God can turn that into a MESSage. Going through a TEST? Let God turn that into a TESTimony.
That is, if you allow Him, and I strongly suggest you allow Him. Both the videos above were results of a big, big God overcoming their puny problems…and I’ve seen many such testimonies in my personal life and circles as well. Why can’t He do that with yours?
All CCF churches nationwide (including us in Cagayan de Oro) just had our prayer and fasting. It was a powerful week where all church-goers prayed and fasted with incredible fervor, asking the God of this universe to be the God of how much more in our lives.
Then, the new direction of the church is to make praying, fasting, and fellowshipping a regular yearlong culture in the congregation, not just a one week in a year thing.
We’ll need it, too, because there will be LOTS of soul-blessing activities in store for 2013. Of course, I’m going to inform you through my blog. One event that I’ll mention now, though, is that two of the best parenting speakers in the country will return to Cagayan de Oro!! I made a blog entry of their previous visit 3 years ago, which you should check it out. This new event will be called “ParenTEEN” and it would be in June 22, 2013.
(UPDATE: ParenTEEN is moved to Sept. 7, 2013. I shall make a blog entry about it soon)
So stay tuned to Lessons Of A Dad, because these awesome examples of changed lives are just the beginning. May the God of the how much more bless you mightily this year.
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