3 Ways to Follow God When the Path Isn’t Clear
Gen 12:1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you”
God didn’t give Abraham a detailed map or even show him the exact final destination. He basically said, “Abram, leave your comfort zone and go where I will show you.” However, God also added that he would bless Abraham and his descendants if Abraham obeyed him. Abraham didn’t know where he would end up, but he knew and trusted God’s character, so he obeyed anyway. Abraham’s obedience happened one step at a time. With each step, Abraham heard a little more from God.
Like Abram, I am learning lessons as I walk through my journey. Three lessons that God is teaching me and I hope everyone at Discovery are:
1. Step Out of My Comfort Zone
Monday, I called the gentleman who is on the City Council in the 2nd Ward…..we will have a meeting next Wednesday evening at Discovery……I told him when I ministered in south Columbia – you opened your door and people attended……in north Columbia you open your door and those who were there tend to leave…….What I found is we can not expect the community to come to our new building just because we are a church…..we must take the church (we the people) to them….Brother/Sister –that will take us out of our comfort zone quickly…..but this is the community to which we were called….This is going to take a ton of trust on our part as He leads us to paths unknown.
2. Take One Step at a Time
There’s also another reason God doesn’t want me to know too much too soon. If I know too quickly, I might get overwhelmed and give up because it seems too hard. I might know where I’ll end up but I won’t necessarily know how. And, this not knowing how would cause me to have all kinds of anxious and worried thoughts. Nobody can do their best work under stress. God doesn’t ask me to take a step that is five miles up the road. Each step of this step-by-step approach is made under the daylight of the present moment. Everyone can take one step at a time.
Abraham took one step at a time — the principle comes to us is that the righteous walk by FAITH…..this will be our journey as we take one step at a time – trying to demonstrate we (Discovery) wants to be part of the community of the 2nd Ward……I
3. Action Lessens Worry
I tend to overanalyze everything and overanalyzing causes me to worry and even become paralyzed. Taking action erases a lot of these worries because the act of doing something takes on a life of its own. We must concentrate on the task at hand, not the results that will come later. Worry about future results usually happens before I ever take an action to complete something.
Bonus Lesson: God is With Me as I Go
Abram was able to trust God in the not knowing because he believed that God was with him. I also have this assurance because Jesus said, “…be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Even to the end of the age means in every moment of my life.
A wonderful day is planned for everyone at Discovery. The bullets below will explain the events as they unfold…..
· Each weekend, there will be a sign-up sheet so we can get an accurate headcount because the chicken must be ordered by Sept 12 – and we want to be sure we have enough ordered.
· At some part of the Celebration Service from Sept 1 – 20 – there will be a couple testimonies by our people explaining why they are committed to D-Groups
· On the weekend of September 20 there will be ONE COMBINED SERVICE @ 10:00 Sunday. What an opportunity for those who worship at the Saturday service to meet the brothers and sisters who worship and the Sunday service – and visa-versa
· 11:1l AM Sunday the 20th we will move the chairs – place the tables and prepare for the Sunday Chicken Dinner. At our leadership meeting last night – it was suggested that the CHURCH provide everything at the meal except Dessert….Chicken – baked beans – slaw – rolls – table service and paper products….
· 12:00 NOON – sing the DOXOLOGY – pray and partake…..
· For those who are NOT currently in a D-Group we want you to sign up …..
**Couples Groups: Max @ 4:00 Saturday evening in Discovery Center —– Jerry/Tom @ 7:00 Thursday evening in Discovery Center
**Men’s Groups Ross/Jimmy @ 7:00 PM Wednesday at Ross’ home ——–Max @ 6:45 –Wednesday at Lucy’s Café
**Women’s Group – Shirley @ 6:00 PM – Wednesday at her home
**Young Adults with children – meet at Max/Annie’s Monday 5:30 PM
· Following the meal – those who would help put the room back together.
Doug and Jackie & girls will be moving to Columbia this Saturday……My father often used this ole expression – many hands make light work……if you could help please meet at their residence in Moberly between 8:30 – 9:00 AM Saturday….Their address is 526 West Rollins Street – Moberly….
It was so wonderful to see some people in our celebration service that we had not seen for awhile. Fellowshipping with one another is or should be a highlight of our week…..as a matter of fact – fellowship was one of the 4 piece-parts of the early Christians service (Act 2:42)…..This is our new Vision Statement Discovery exists to help people discovery God……Everyone get acquainted with this – and as you share Christ with others – you have also share our new statement………………Are you looking at our Web-Site on a regular basis? It is DisoverHim.com. Several items of interest are always posted there – you can find latest announcements affecting Discovery – current monthly Bible reading – listen to the current sermon series…………….Mary and William spent last weekend in Licking, MO celebrating a family birthday……………. Kaylee Faddis made the Jr Hi girls volleyball team at Oakland — congrats on your accomplishment…………
……We have a couple young men who started preschool this week – Jace Faddis and Brayden Baker. (Brayden is 4 years old today)…………….Tom and Eileen Detore, will be celebrating with her graduating class this weekend in Chicago. ……………..The next 1st Friday Night Prayer Gathering will be September 4 beginning at 7:00 PM…..Please mark your calendar for this wonderful spiritual event.
· Jenn Faddis – recovering from a hip stress fracture
· Our young people are their respective schools…..safety – and God would use their example and words to bring Him glory
· Jackie’s – a) father, Lloyd – and b) her sister Marcy – transferred back to Shelbina from Rusk
· Kirsten Yoder – Navy at Great Lakes Navel Station —- encouragement to her heart –
· Unspoken request – family has asked for God to bless them with a financial blessing
· Drage family as they move to Columbia – as well as all who help that there will be no injuries – and all will have
· Many will be encouraged to consider joining a D-Group for the fall and winter session
· Great turn out for our September 20 all-church chicken dinner
· Positive meeting with 2nd Ward Councilman Michael Trapp and Max next Wednesday evening – as we seek ways to minister to “the least of these.”
· Our Community to have a spiritual hunger and thirst for righteousness
The passage the D-Groups will study next week will be Gen 11:27-32…As our new Sermon Series kicks off – THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ABRAHAM….
27 This is the account of Terah’s family. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. 28 But Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, the land of his birth, while his father, Terah, was still living. 29 Meanwhile, Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah. (Milcah and her sister Iscah were daughters of Nahor’s brother Haran.) 30 But Sarai was unable to become pregnant and had no children. 31 One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram’s wife), and his grandson Lot (his son Haran’s child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there.32 Terah lived for 205 years[a] and died while still in Haran.