Faithing Our Fears (Week 1) – “Through Prayerfulness” – Jim Botts

Faithing Our Fears (Week 1) – “Through Prayerfulness” – Jim Botts


Welcome Green Valley we are glad that
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tonight as the church we have Aiden Carone on drums from vantage point and we
also have Kyle Bell from Capitol Christian so let’s just worship together
tonight Everybody welcome to online experience
here at Green Valley Community Church I just want to welcome you into our time
together and this is church and this is what we’re doing and we can’t gather in
a building but we can still gather around Jesus and we can still be the people
of God gathering around the Word together so I want to welcome you guys
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remember that the giving that happens here at Green Valley Community Church
goes to meet a lot of physical needs in our community needs that never go away
in fact they actually go up at a time like this so this is time for those of
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with someone and we will get right back to you and we would love to pray with
you or have a conversation with you or just listen to you it’s a really scary
time for a lot of people right now so for the next time we’re gonna spend
learning how to “Faith Our Fears” life has fears they don’t go away
but we can through faith in Jesus we can move through those fears and experience
the presence of God in the midst of that so we’re gonna go to our teaching time
then we’re to learn how to “Faith Our Fears” All right well welcome in
welcome in welcome in those of you on our Facebook live community or you’re a part
of our Instagram live I want to welcome you in hey do me a favor as we get started
right now why not share the post that you’re watching and invite other people
in? Because it is just a tough time in our world it’s a tough time in our
nation and it’s a tough time in our lives
two words have captured the attention of all of us Coronavirus Pandemic the new
words have created a very new normal for each and every one of us sporting events
have been all shut down our store shelves are being plundered even our
public gatherings have been canceled the reality is it’s a new reality and
it’s come with some new vocabulary now we talk about social distancing now we
talk about self isolation we talk about shelter-in-place and the fact is friends
our world has changed just a few weeks ago all of our support systems were in
place but not so anymore and the only thing spreading faster than the virus
itself is the fear and the anxiety caused by it and that’s why for the next
several weeks we’re gonna be on a journey together learning how to “Faith
Our Fears” We can be faithing our fears so today well be talking about faithing
our fears through prayer if you have the Green Valley app now is a great
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quotes and links of everything I’ll talk about will be there or if you have a
Bible just go ahead and turn to Philippians chapter 4 we’ll be in the
New Testament letter of Philippians and in chapter 4 today I do want to begin a
very serious question here it is where did all the toilet paper go? Like
seriously what is going on with the toilet paper? Like has Taco Bell been
giving away free tacos for the past month or something?
What is going on with the toilet paper and I do believe that that the toilet
paper disappearance really is a sign of our times people are so afraid because
of the Coronavirus Pandemic and it literally has scared the crap out of
them that’s where all the toilet paper went well these are times of anxiety
these are times of fear these are times where a lot of people have a lot of
worries a wise person once said these words I want to show them to you here’s
what a wise person said said, “Anxiety is like a toddler it never stops talking
tells you you’re wrong about everything and wakes you up at 3:00 a.m.” For some
of us that’s the anxiety that we’re feeling today it’s just not stopping
it’s just going on and it’s keeping us up some of you are hearing it you’re
hearing what if I get sick? What if I run out of food? What if if I lose my job?
What if I die all alone? Well listen here’s the truth the truth is you are
not alone we’re all in the same thing and we’re all in this together and
that’s what we want you to know today listen our sporting events may be
canceled gatherings may be shut down but listen listen hope isn’t cancelled prayer
isn’t cancelled God isn’t cancelled because the good news is God is greater
than our fears God is still on the throne God is still in control and God
is still able to give you His peace and that’s what we want to talk about today
so if you’re a note taker like I am I want to give you a thought that we’re
gonna start with you might want to write it down and here it is here’s our big
idea for today faith does to our fears what fear does to our peace
what does fear do to our peace? Well it just just chases it away well what does
faith do to our fears? Faith does to our fears what fear does to our peace now
here’s a little news flash well if you know this but but psychiatric reference
books reference and classify about 2,000 known human fears there’s 2,000
+ known human fears now let’s give you
examples some of the kinds of human fears that are out there how about this
one? You ever heard of pogonophobia? Pogonophobia is a fear of beards now I don’t know if you believe it but some people have a fear of beards it’s a real fear here’s a second
fear how about this one? Peladophobia peladophobia is a fear of bald people some people have this irrational fear of bald people and here’s a third
one how about this one? How about ecclesiophobia? Ecclesiophobia is the
fear of church add them all up and here’s what i mean some of you you’re
facing your three greatest fears right now you’re in church staring at a bald
guy who has a beard now truth is a few of us have those fears but psychiatric
researchers have discovered they found that all human beings every human being
is born with two innate human fears that are common to every single human being
the first was the fear of falling every human being is born with the fear of
falling and secondly every human being was born with the fear of loud noises
that’s when you hear something loud it startles all of us we all have these
innate fears and here’s this interesting thing that means that every other fear
is learned which more importantly it means that every other fear can be unlearned
so how do we unlearn fear? The answer is through faith we all have fears but the
good news is our fears don’t have to have us because God is greater than
anything that we fear H.P. Lovecraft put it this way I want to see what he said
Lovecraft said that, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear and
the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” So let me ask you
right now does that describe where you might be? Because if it is that’s okay
now take a moment right now just picture picture the word life just picture
it because for some of us we picture the word life L-I-F-E and our eyes automatically focus on the if in the middle what if I get this
sickness? What if I end up all alone? What if I run out of toilet paper? What if? The
truth is friends God is greater than our fears and the biblical truth about who
God is it’s like a light that we can carry into the darkness of our fears and
still experience God’s peace and that’s what we’re gonna learn today as we look
into Philippians chapter 4 before we dive in to that I want to give a little
background so we kind of know what’s going on here in the New Testament there is a
book called the “Book of Acts” And in the “Book of Acts” It records the birth and
the growth and development of the church in the “Book of Acts” We see a man named
the Apostle Paul and Paul brought the good news about new life through Jesus
Christ to a Roman city in Philippi which is in Macedonia and we brought the good
news of Christ their two households surrendered their lives to Christ a
household of a woman named Lydia and a household of a jailer and thus a new
church was born and so then Paul turns around he writes a letter to this new
church now here’s the interesting thing Paul is writing this letter while he’s
under arrest in a prison cell in Rome so I want you to picture this real quick what
Paul was doing is proclaiming Jesus Christ as the true Lord and not Caesar
being Lord Caesar doesn’t like anyone else being called Lord so Paul got in
trouble he’s thrown in prison now pictures this picture this here’s Paul he’s in
prison which means he can’t go anywhere sound familiar to anybody?
Here’s Paul he is awaiting a trial which could lead to his own execution he is
feeling his life being threatened does that sound familiar to anybody? You’re in
a position right now you can’t go anywhere your life is being threatened
by some impending reality and you have concerns and so Paul writes and he shows
us how God can turn fear into peace so if you’re a note taker again you can
write this down fear turns to peace number one through right praying through
right praying now you’re all sitting in your home’s you’re kind of hanging out
with some friends maybe one or two whoever you’re six feet
away from so I want you to confess in front of this other person so you have
to kind of raise your hand and call yourself out raise your hand if you
consider yourself a person where worry is easy to do in fact you’re kind of
good at it go and raise your hand now here’s the thing
congratulations here’s why because if you can worry well then you can pray
well because it turns out that worry and prayer use the same muscle it’s the
muscle of obsessiveness worry and prayer used to say muscle and worry and prayer
take the same amount of emotional energy it just goes in different directions
worry is inward obsessiveness prayer is upward obsessiveness and it all comes down
to the issue of control now again you know psychiatrists refer to what is
known as the locus of control how you view your locus of control will shape
the way you view your life and your circumstances and your place within all
of that so some people have an external locus of control some people have an
internal locus of control all have a measure of each a person with an
external locus of control that’s a person who believes that their lives
depend on things outside of themself fate or luck so they’re kind of like whatever
will be will be it’s just beyond me people who have an internal locus of control
they believe that everything depends on them they assume full responsibility for
all the things that are happening in their life now here’s the interesting
thing according to researchers emotional health which is what all of us
desperately need right now emotional health is the result of a bi-locus of
control in other words knowing the difference between the two and having a
healthy balance between the two in other words knowing what you do control and
controlling what you do control and knowing what you do not control and
releasing control over those things that you cannot and do not actually control
scripture says it this way Philippians chapter 4
and verse 6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by
prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made
known to God’ I want to draw your attention to that word there anxious says do not be anxious
about anything in the original language is word anxious literally means to be
torn up to be pulled in two directions isn’t that kind of like what anxiety does
right? Like like your anxieties pull you one way and your hopes pull you the
other it’s being pulled in two directions our text uses the word
anxious but that word is often translated in other parts of New
Testament is worried the English worry worry if you look at its etymology it
comes from an old English root word for choke to strangle so it isn’t any wonder that
our text says right here do not be anxious don’t do it well why? Well
because it’s just gonna tear you apart it just strangles out the good things in
life friends this language of anxiousness is
the language of torture if you give in to anxiety you’re giving in to a form of
torture question then becomes what am I supposed to do instead?
The answer is prayer it’s like really? Like prayer that’s what you got? Like it’s all
come down to this? That’s what we’re supposed to do? Its prayer? Well yeah in fact in our text
we see three different terms related to praying the first is prayer it’s a don’t
be anxious about anything but in everything with Thanksgiving prayer let
your prayer have prayer is just a general term for worship or devotion to
God it is literally the vertical act of looking beyond the situations in front of you
and looking up to God it’s just prayer the second word is the word supplication
this is the act of actually sharing with God your needs your anxieties your
concerns your fears and then the third word is the word requests and these are
the specific things that you would talk to God about ask Him for so bottom line
what’s happening is Paul is teaching us a process he’s teaching us a process
of how we can release our anxieties to God in order that we might receive His peace
now some of you go wait a minute I’ve done this like I’ve been doing this
and I still have anxiety so what’s going on here? Well I think there’s a caveat in
our text there’s a secret it’s two little words and chances are I know it’s
been true in my life chances are those two little words are often missing in
this process it’s the words with Thanksgiving don’t have anxious about anything
but in everything with prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving that’s
how to make your requests known to God so in other words if you look in the
diagnostic manual of the statistical manual for psychologists you will find
that anxiety always defined always points to a future thing that hasn’t
happened fears about what’s current anxieties about something that may
happen anxiety always points to the future whereas prayer with Thanksgiving
points to the present of what God has already provided to you there’s a
psychology professor his name is Dr. Robert Emmons at University of California in
Davis and he’s a world leading expert on gratitude studies and he has found over
extensive studies that if a person maintains a 3-week gratitude habits a 21
day habit of keeping a gratitude journal for three weeks and all you do is write
down three unique things you’re grateful for every day it’s three different
things you can’t repeat the same things every day people who maintain a
gratitude journal of writing three things down for 21 days have an
increased emotional well-being by 25% which results in better sleeping and it
results in more energy Emmons and his group they have been
studying gratitude for 10 full years and they have found that people with the
habit of gratitude are simply healthier people they know how to celebrate in the
present they know how to to redirect negative emotions and gratitude grateful
people are stress resistant Maxie Dunnam put it this way Dr. Maxie Dunnam said
this he said, “The way to be anxious about nothing is to be
prayerful about everything” So prayer with gratitude changes everything in
fact let’s go on and look at some of the results continue on those verse 7
see the results he says, And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” I want to draw your
attention to that phrase there the peace of God that phrase occurs nowhere else in
the New Testament just right here and the peace of God is a byproduct of
prayerful gratitude the peace of God is not a bribe product of asserting anxious
control it’s a byproduct of releasing anxious control and exercising prayerful
gratitude the peace of God friends comes only from God it doesn’t come from other
people it doesn’t come from better circumstances and it doesn’t come from
asserting anxious control it is a supernatural gift from God that comes through
His son Jesus Christ notice our text tells us that this peace of God will
guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus it will guard your heart and
mind this this term guard one scholar said this about the word guard this term
guard in antiquity was used when speaking of a company of soldiers
keeping watch over a city I don’t know you but I would love to have a company
of soldiers keeping watch over my heart and my mind against the anxieties of the
times that we live in bad news friends is when I obsess over
anxious thoughts I’m dropping my guard and I’m opening myself up to being
vulnerable heart and mind to hostile forces but the good news is when I turn
my worries into grateful prayers to Jesus it’s like setting a guard of
Special Forces warriors to guard my heart and to guard my mind and the
text tells us then that the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will
take control and it always comes down to the issue of control peace
results from resting in God’s control anxiety results in wrestling in my own
need to control bottom line friends is that the root of all anxiety really is
the need to control and these are the times right now listen a month ago I
thought I was in control of a lot of parts of my life and so did you two
months ago all kinds of people in all kinds of places thought they were in
control of their jobs or their retirements of their homes or their businesses and
we have all found out we weren’t in control we are under the illusion of
control we don’t have control but we know who does His name is Jesus everyone
point to the One who’s really in control that’s the only One who is really in
control Dr. Jens Zimmerman put it this way
he said, “To put it bluntly God nowhere ever requires human beings to help Him
be God” Because the truth is friends listen God’s got this and God’s got you
we can rest in that so fear turns to peace number one through right praying
but secondly fear turns to peace through right thinking so let me ask you how
important is focus? Like how important is focus? Answer? Very important downhill
skiers can attest focus is very important because when you’re racing
downhill skiing you have options on where you could focus you could focus on
the trees that are very scary very dangerous and coming at you or you could
focus on the gaps in between the trees which one do you think a down hill
skier ought to focus on? The reality is focus is very very important and yes
trees are scary and yes trees are dangerous but every downhill skier knows
you have to focus on the gaps between the trees and not just focus on the next
scary thing that’s coming at you now an attentional phenomenon has
been observed in human behavior it’s called target fixation I’ve been a
victim of target fixation about a year ago I was riding
my motorcycle down the road and we found ourselves heading down a hill a little
too fast with a back tire that was brand new and all of a sudden we started to lose
control of the bike on a hairpin turn and I looked right where I should not go
and where did the bike go? It went where we should not go target fixation it’s
where an individual becomes so focused on an upcoming danger that they
inadvertently increase their risk of running into it race car drivers have
target fixation airplane pilots have to wrestle with target fixation as I
mentioned motorcyclists have to deal with target fixation the point is don’t
fixate don’t focus on this next scary thing right in front of you you have to
force yourself to lift your focus and look where you want to go not just at
the next scary thing that’s coming at you listen now what’s true of the highways
is true of dealing with our own anxieties and Scripture directs our
focus Philippians chapter 4 verse 8 continues on and says, “Finally brothers
whatever is true whatever is honorable whatever is just whatever is pure
whatever is lovely whatever is commendable if there’s any excellence if
there’s anything worthy of praise think about these things” I want to draw your attention to that word there
think in the original language that literally it’s a verb that means to
calculate to count he’s talking about the deliberate act of selecting
something now when it comes to our thoughts that we dwell upon so often we
accept our thoughts we don’t always select our thoughts but here in
Scripture we’re learning we need to deliberately select what our minds will
dwell upon and in our text it has a list of eight things it’s kind of like a grid of
eight different things and if you focus on these things these eight things no
matter what your circumstances can help you move beyond anxiety and into peace
these eight things we’ll go through them very quickly the first one is
whatever’s true there were true there means that which is valid or trustworthy not based on assumptions let me say this for many of us right now we have
anxiety I’m just gonna say it I’m your friend I love you and I’m going to say it
stop tuning into social media like do this do the positive something and get
out of there because there’s so much bad news there’s so much invalid stuff
that’s just simply not true that’s stoking some of our fear let me ask you
what do you want to feed your faith or your fear? Is it true? That’s the first
thing the second one is it honorable? Think about things that are honorable
worthy of respect not every thought is worthy of respect not everything we hear
is worthy of giving our minds to the third thing whatever is just that
means whatever is right in God’s eyes there’s a lot of shady stuff and we need
to be at this time more than ever really selective of just not letting shady
stuff be a part of our thought process and then forth he says think
about what is pure which means holy you guys know our world it’s a dark world
don’t let the dark world become the dark place in your head because it’ll pull
your whole life into the rabbit hole and now is not the time so next thing it
goes on and it says whatever is lovely think about what is lovely that refers
to things that have beauty instead of ugly again it’s a dark world it’s an
ugly world you can find ugly any time we need to be careful to select our
thoughts the stuff we’re gonna dwell on don’t dwell in the dark or the ugly and
a lot of what we see a lot of what we hear that’s the effect it’s having also
the text says think about what is commendable
things that you would give applause to then number seven think about what has
excellence things that are that have goodness and then the eighth one is
praiseworthy whatever is worthy of calling for a celebration now I wonder
how our present circumstances would look if we had this like grid of eight things
to look at our anxieties to look at our challenges and these I wonder how
different those things might look if that were our grid now I don’t know about
you but I find it hard to take eight things and juggle eight things and use
it as a grid and I don’t think that’s what Paul is saying because for Paul all
eight of these things were found in one place or shall we say one person it’s
Jesus Christ remember Paul’s in prison you can’t go
anywhere sound familiar? Paul has a situation where
life-threatening reality is out there for him sound familiar? And
what is he doing in the middle of all that? He’s not focusing on his crisis
he’s focusing on Christ there’s a big difference on focusing on the crisis and
focusing on Christ in fact the letter to Philippians has 104 verses in it and
Paul refers to Jesus Christ 51 times he is not focused on his crisis he has
learned to look past and force his focus to look at Christ and in this time of
Coronavirus and shelter-in-place social distancing self-isolation now
more than ever we need God’s peace where do we find it? We find it where Paul
found it in the person of Jesus Christ and we have to learn to look to to lift
our focus to Him as you say you know what man I hear you okay but I don’t
know how I honestly don’t know how awesome I have an idea and I want to
share it with you in the New Testament there are four Gospels that’s kick off
the New Testament they tell the story of Jesus Matthew Mark Luke and John John
the fourth one has a very particular purpose for being written it says in
John 20:31 that these things have been written so that you might know that
Jesus is the Messiah and that by believing on Him you could find life in
His name so John was written so that we could find out who is Jesus and how can we
have life in His name so here’s why I want offer for you I want to offer a
little journey for you we call it the 21-day journey through
John so John has 21 chapters one chapter a day the whole book is designed to help
us see who Jesus is and how He wants to to be the king in our lives and so I
just want to invite you consider the 21-day journey works like this tomorrow
we’ll call tomorrow day one you you read one chapter a day and then you reflect
on that one chapter simply in the links below you will see a link to the 21-day
plan that we’ve put together here all of the directions on how to use the plan
it’s super simple you can do this and you can like me I’ll do it tomorrow
and so around here we have what we’ve been doing called “Quarantine Chronicles”
where each day is a video that goes out to help us all keep focused on not the
crisis but Christ Himself and so tomorrow we’ll
begin the the “Quarantine Chronicles” we’ll shift to the John journey so I’ll invite
you to consider that journey because the truth is friends we all need to be
either instructed or reminded on who Jesus really is because if we focus on
Him I’m telling you the peace of God will set up warrior guard around our
hearts and our minds and our families and we need it now more than ever
Dr. Tim Keller shared a prayer one time and as I read it I was like wow this
great prayer for me and I figured I’d share it with you here it is Tim Keller
wrote, “Lord I worry because I forget Your wisdom I resent because I forget Your
mercy I covet because I forget Your beauty I sin because I forget Your
holiness I fear because I forget Your sovereignty
You always remember me help me remember You Amen” And that’s a good prayer so why
not join the John journey starting tomorrow? Our “Quarantine Chronicles” Will
help you do that so so fear turns to peace number 1 through right praying
number 2 through right thinking and then number 3 through right doing so here’s a
question what can you do in times like these in times of quarantine and
self-isolation shelter in place what can you do when there’s not much you can do?
And the answer is we can do what Paul did we could do two things one we can
seek out the peace of God and two we can share the peace of God with others who
need that Paul continues on in Philippians chapter 4 and verse 9 here’s what he
said he said, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me
practice these things and the God of peace will be with you” Notice that word
there practice in the original it refers to to occupy one’s self with something too
busy one’s self doing something one scholar put it
where this word practice it is implying that what is done is done as a regular
routine or a habit so what routine what habit are we
talking about well if you follow the four verbs you’ll see it right there
Paul says what you’ve learned from me receive from me heard from me and seen
in me do what you’ve seen in me well what have we seen in him? Well let’s back up
remember Paul is in a prison cell he’s on total lockdown just like you and
me you can’t go anywhere there were two Paul has an existential threat about his
own life hanging over his head just like you and me and just like your neighbor
and the people that you know and the people that you love and Paul is showing
us how to find the peace of God it’s through prayerful Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving to Jesus but it’s also to be shared with other people what is Paul
doing in writing this down? He is sharing how he found peace so that we
might find that same piece as well and notice the promise the promise is that
the God of peace will be with you listen friends I don’t know if you know this but God is a God
of peace He wants to give you peace He wants to give you His peace in a new way
in a real way and in a powerful way so wherever you gonna find it? You’ll find it
where Paul found it by focusing and fixating on Jesus you will find the
peace of God for your own life but not just for your own life you can share
that peace with others as well so one of the things we’ve done to help those who are
finding their peace in Jesus share the peace with those who need that is we put
together a prayer line we call it the “You Are Not Alone” Prayer line and so
here’s the way it works we have a phone number we want you to share this by the
way everywhere the phone number is 530-205-3870 and so here’s the
thing all you have to do is call the prayer line or text the prayer line
always begin with your name please always being with your name and you could
submit a prayer request and our team will pray for you you could submit a
request for a conversation we will call you back or get back to you just to talk
with you or even just to listen to you because here’s the thing we have found
the peace of God through Jesus and we want to make sure we can share the peace
of God by just simply praying for or listening to others who
are facing anxiety and lack that peace and could use the peace of God as well
so now is the time for us to seek out the peace of God through Jesus but also
to share the peace of God as well and so we’d just like you to share that phone number
everywhere everywhere shared on your facebook stream Instagram wherever you
post stuff where people see you share it get a bumper sticker start putting it
all over town put it your neighbor’s mailbox put it anywhere and everywhere
that you can because the truth is friends self-isolation is here for a
while but the truth is you are not alone God is the God of peace in 1948 as
post WWII Europe began to deal with a whole new threat called the
atomic bomb CS Lewis wrote a very important essay and the essay in 1948
was called “On Living in an Atomic Age” And his words at that time are fitting
for us in our time I want to read these words from Lewis here’s what he said, “The
first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together if we are all going
to be destroyed by an atomic bomb” Or Coronavirus Pandemic, “Let that bomb when
it comes find us doing sensible and human things
praying working teaching reading listening to music bathing children
playing tennis chatting to our friends over a pint in a game of darts not
huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs they may break
our bodies but they need not dominate our minds” Bottom line friends faith in
Jesus does to fear what fear does to our peace and it all comes down
friends to two ways of living anxiety or peace in fact I want to show you what it
looks like to choose one of these two ways of living in New York City in the
famous Rockefeller Plaza there is a statue I want to show you a picture of
it you notice that statue on the left it’s
the statue of Atlas notice he’s got the weight of the world on his back and he’s
just straining and buckling under the burden of the weight of the world on his
own back right there in Rockefeller Plaza here’s the interesting thing right
across the street in St. Peter’s Cathedral there’s another statue it’s
the one on the right it’s a statue of the little boy Jesus and He’s got the
whole world in His hand so let me ask you which of these two ways of living
represents the way you’re living right now? Do you carry the weight of the world
all on your own straining under it? Or you placing your whole world into the
hand of Jesus Christ Jesus is the one who said in John 14:27 He said, “My peace I
leave with you My peace I give to let not your hearts be troubled neither let
them be afraid” Would you pray with me? Our Father you are the God of peace you
not only know our fears you are greater than anything we fear and we thank you
so much for sending your Son Jesus Christ into this world so that He might
make peace between us and you so that we might find through His cross and through
His resurrection your forgiveness we might have Your spirit coming in dwell
us but we might also find not just peace with You through the cross but peace of
God by having Jesus reign and rule over our lives today Father in Your presence
today we recognize that there are some who say you know I haven’t put my whole
world in Jesus hand I haven’t done that yet and so for those of you who are
watching if you find yourself at a place right now you can’t look to a moment in
your life where you took your whole world and said you know what Jesus I
just want put it in Your hand we can do that together we can do it right here we
could do it right now you could just simply just just just pray along with me
and say there dear God I I I’m helpless like I’m weak like I’m a sinner and I
need to savior and Jesus I do believe that you are the son of God I do believe
that you took my sins upon Yourself at the cross but you rose from the grave to
give me new life right now Jesus I call upon You I ask to you would you forgive me for all my sins?
Would You come into my life? Would You fill me with your spirit? Would You make me new?
You gave Your life for me and the best I know how I just placed my own little
world I just place it in Your hands right now I want to belong to You and so
right now Jesus I say yes to getting on the journey of walking with You yes to
following You and right now Holy Spirit our prayer is
that You would help us begin today to get new habits to begin to practice
prayerfulness to be grateful every day to look at not what’s missing but what
we have in You and to thank You for that but also God
our prayer today is that You would able us to fixate on Jesus as we enter into a
21-day journey through John open our eyes to the truth of Jesus so that we
might find freedom and hope and joy and purpose and be able to share those
things with others who need them as well it is in Jesus name we pray and
everybody said Amen and Amen we’re gonna close our time friends singing a song
together about what we build our lives upon now listen what I was building my life
and all of us building our lives on a couple months ago it ain’t holding up
right now and so we can choose to build our lives on the only unchanging reality
that is Jesus Christ Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus Christ the same yesterday today
and forever So would you join us in singing.

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