Nuggets Of Gold In Puddles Of Mud (Part 1)
(Seeing the valuable in the midst of the undesirable)
1. Whether the journey is clear or cloudy, we need to cover it in PRAYER.
(Philippians 4:6-7; 1 John 5:14; Ephesians 6:18; James 5:13; Romans 12:12; Matthew 7:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Hebrews 4:16)
2. When the advice we receive is contrary to God’s leading, we have to be PREPARED to make a decision and RESOLUTE to walk it out.
3. When we wrestle with what’s before us, we have to YIELD to God’s will.
(James 4:13-15; Matthew 6:10, 26:42; John 5:30; Romans 12:2; 1 John 2:17)
4. HOSPITALITY can make a potentially bad day better.
(Isaiah 58:7; 1 Peter 4:8-9; Acts 16:33-34; Romans 12:13)
5. PREJUDICE can be overcome by PRAISING God for what He is doing.
6. Sometimes we have to be peaceMAKERS, not peaceKEEPERS.
(Romans 12:18; Matthew 5:9; Proverbs 10:10)
7. Even when it’s ‘inconvenient’, we should be ALL things to ALL people.
(1 Corinthians 9:19-22)
8. When our best intentions and actions fail, we need to be OK with that.
(Proverbs 16:9, 37:23-25)
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
1.Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
2.Paul’s friends and fellow Jesus-followers were struggling with him going to Jerusalem. What should we do when our friends tell us one thing but we sense God telling us something different?
3.What is the difference between being a peacemaker and being a peacekeeper?
4.What are some practical ways we can be “all things to all men”? What should be our motivation for this? (See 1 Corinthians 9:22)
5.Sometimes we pray, receive advice/counsel, sense a leading, and make a decision…all to result in what appears to be a fruitless outcome (or possibly even failure.) What should our perspective be at times like this?