God leads us into impossible situations

With all the relationship trials and other tribulations, you are no doubt looking forward to God bringing you out of the trials.  But did you know he brings us into trials?  But God will have a victory, and your testimony of faith is what he wants.

James MacDonald looks at the famous story of how the Israelites were brought out of Egypt right into a situation where they were blocked between the might of Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea.  God lead them right into a dead end, before he delivered them with a miracle.  The fact of the matter is God leads us into our problem as part of His plan.  It is a hard thought that a good God would lead us right into trouble, but it is our faith and trust that he wants.  He is in complete control and will lead us out in His time.

Audio – James MacDonald – I am your victory

 

Willful Wanderer- Come Home!

Do you have a prodigal?  Learn about the pattern of the prodigal as described in the word of God from pastor James MacDonald:

Does it make sense to you? Who gets up and walks away from their home, their family, and everything that’s familiar? Who puts everyone who protects and provides for them in the rear view mirror? A prodigal does. Don’t try to figure it out—it doesn’t make sense. Prodigals are not just young people; they can be any age. A prodigal may not leave their parents—they could leave their spouse or their extended family. A prodigal can physically take off or they can just emotionally check out. Hardly a family around escapes the heartbreak of loving a prodigal. If you’re waiting for a prodigal, take heart. You’re not alone and your struggle is not unique. Pastor James MacDonald will pour encouragement in you to keep praying. If you are a prodigal—what’s it gonna take for you to come to the end of yourself? Turn your stubborn heart back to God and come home. Someone is waiting for you.

Willful Wanderer–Come Home! (Audio)

Breaking the illusions we have of others

We have to trust people everyday.  For example, we trust that airline pilots, bus drivers and other auto drivers in traffic will do the right thing.   Beyond this more temporary trust, do we really trust people to never make mistakes or disappoint us?

Our unrealistic expectations – The truth is, many of us have built up unrealistic expectations of people.  When we first meet someone, there is that new excitement of a relationship and we expect him or her to live up to the imagined view we have of them. People, including us, cannot live up to high expectations.  They may feel the crushing pressure we put on them to live up to our illusions.  Also, over time, people inevitably do things that hurt us and we experience the deep pangs of disappointment.

God’s realistic expectations – We know from the word of God that all people, including ourselves, are broken, fallible creatures capable of sin and hurting others.

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9

Does that mean we should become cynical and bitter towards people?  Not at all.  Christ gave us the model:

Christ understood people, so he did not entrust himself them. But he Loved them.  In John 2:24, as Christ looked over the multitude of people in Jerusalem, it says “But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men.”  What does this mean?   Jesus knew the fickle and sinful hearts of people, so his expectation was realistic.  Jesus decided ahead of time not to have illusion of people.  Yet Jesus loved people so much that he died and suffered beyond what we can ever know to save them.   He was never cynical; he trusted his father God.

Only God can meet your expectations.  Have people let you down?   Then trust the only one who will never let you down – God through Jesus.   Focus on God.  Be grateful and let the Lord fill you with his love and forgiveness.

See  James MacDonald – When it’s hard to trust

 


Seven Words to Change Your Family – James MacDonald

Seven Words to Change Your Family…While There’s Still Time
James MacDonald details the healing path for broken relationships that the Word of God outlines.  Below is from the Walk in the Word website.

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What we really want for our families is change and to have more of God’s agenda and less of ours. Real love and peace and health in our families, the question is how? In this series we roll up our sleeves and get to work examining seven biblical words that, when understood and applied, will transform your family.

Messages in this series:

Hope for the Family Various Sample
Word #1: Forgiveness Matthew 18:21-35; Ephesians 4:31-32 Sample
Word #2: Blessing Various Sample
Word #3: Honor Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2-3 Sample
Word #4: Truth Matthew 7:24-27; II Timothy 2:14 – 3:16 Sample
Word #5: Church Hebrews 10:19-25 Sample
Word #6: Commitment Luke 14:25 – 15:22 Sample
Word #7: Love 1 John 3:11-23 Sample

http://store.walkintheword.com/p-1094-seven-words-to-change-your-familywhile-theres-still-time.aspx