Presentation on theme: "“Looking for More in Your Experience of God?”"— Presentation transcript:
1 “Looking for More in Your Experience of God?” Celebrating Who God is and all He has doneGreater Rochester MedicalCommunity Christian FellowshipSaturday, October 18, 2014
2 LOOKING FOR MORE IN YOUR EXPERIENCE OF GOD? "You may have been frustrated in your Christian experience because you know God has a more abundant life for you than you have experienced so far.Perhaps you have been a believer for many years, but your Christian life has become dry and monotonous. Maybe you have heard others excitedly talking about what God is doing in their lives, and you long to have a dynamic walk with God too.Or you may earnestly desire God's directions for your life and ministry.You may have experienced tragedy in your life. Standing bewildered in the middle of a broken life, you don't know what to do." Henry Blackaby in “Experiencing God”
3 4 Levels of Happiness (or Contentment) Level 1: Animal Happinessfood, sleep, sex, shelter, health,money, things, porn, smoking, EtOH, drugsCan these things become boring and/orlead to unhappiness?
4 Level 2: Accomplishments (self focused) exams, awards, work, reach a goal,graduation, win a competition,complete your “To Do” listHow long does this happiness last?Can it lead to unhappiness?
5 Level 3: Relationships (others focused) Spouse, significant other, kids, relatives, friends, co-workers, patients (giving to pts. beyond the call of duty)volunteering, donating, giving your 3 T’s: Time, Talent, TreasureWe all have a need to be neededCan Level 3 turn into unhappiness?
6 What’s a big contributor to burn-out? 1. Animal Happiness 2. Accomplishments / Self 3. Relationships / Others 4. Foundation Physicians live in a world of constant stress – busy schedules, long hours, & the ever-present potential of malpractice claims.BUT – according to research on 700 marriages, these issues are not the basis of physician burn-out.Instead, physicians suffer burn-out “when their relationships with the people they work with and live with fill with conflict, causing tension, feelings of inadequacy, obsessive worry, or social anxiety.”- Dillow J and Dillow L, Intimacy Ignited. 2004, p55-56
7 GOD me spouse As you and your spouse (or other family member or friend)grow closer to God, you’ll grow closer together andstrengthen your relationship.GODme spouse
8 4 Levels of Happiness Level 4: Foundation (God focused) It’s your faith.It’s that part of you that no one can take away.It gives you purpose, guides you in uncertain times and helps you through the storms of life.
9 How do we strengthen our foundation and know God by experience?
10 ROOTS & FRUITS – Where is your focus? “Many people long for God to do a significant work in their life. However, they try to bypass the love relationship.” – Henry Blackaby in “Experiencing God”
11 To strengthen your roots and experience God in a new and refreshing way, I encourage you to read and answer all the questions in the “Experiencing God” member book (workbook) by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby and Claude King (www.Lifeway.com).It will be a faith lifting, life changing experience!The book is available today at cost - $19 (can pay later)I have no financial interest or other reasons to recommend this book. God has used it to make a big impact in my life and I just want to let you know about this useful resource. If you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know. - David Holmes, MD
12 Prayer Journal help you with whatever you may be struggling with My prayer is that God will use the Experiencing God workbook and the Prayer Journal to:help you with whatever you may be struggling withrenew youdeepen your love relationship with Godhelp you to hear and obey God when He speaks to youhelp you to experience God in new and refreshing ways
13 The 7 Realities that will help you to know God by experience are: God is always at work around youGod pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personalGod invites you to join Him in His workGod speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes and His waysGod's invitation for you to join Him always leads to a crisis of belief that requires faith and actionYou must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doingYou come to know God by experience God as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through youfrom “Experiencing God”
15 “We must make major adjustments in our lives in order to join God in what He is doing.” – 6th reality of Experiencing GodOur schedule should reflect our love for God and our stated priorities. Therefore, consider using this diagram (in center of the Prayer Journal) as a guide when making your schedule.“Jesus said to them, ‘Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?’” – Luke 6:46We show our love for God by obeying Him and what He’s telling us to do “. . . by the HolySpirit through the Bible, prayer, the churchAnd circumstances. . .” - 4th reality of Experiencing GodThen “We will come to know God by experience as we obey Him and He accomplishes His work through us”- 7th reality of Experiencing God
16 Love Relationship with God Specifics:prayer and prayer walksWorshipBible readingspiritual journalingmemorizing scripturegoing through “Experiencing God” workbook
17 Church 5 key aspects of church involvement (essential responsibilities that help us grow):WorshippingServingTithingEncouragingHaving close fellowship & accountability (small group)Specifics:attend church weeklyserve regularlygive $ generouslytake the initiative to greet & encourage others you see at church (not just friends)participate in small group Bible studies, youth group or groups for men/women
18 FamilyGoalslove, respect, helping & serving each other, open & honest communication, responsibility, fun, spiritual and emotional growthSpecifics:eat meals togetherspeak with respect and a kind tone of voiceshare what’s going on in our livesbe honestpray and read God’s Word togethertake the initiative to do chores and other things that need to be done clean up after yourselvesdo fun things together
19 Personal Responsibilities and Commitments Specifics:workministryhealthy eatingexercisesleepschoolsportsmusic lessonsother activities
20 Personal Fun and Relaxation Specifics:time with friendsleisure readingshoppingelectronics (TV, movies, phone, video games,Instagram, websites, etc.)other
22 R U Totally ? Committed to God Whatever God asks you to do, will you do it?0 YES0 NO0 Maybe“Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me Lay any burden on me, only sustain me Sever any tie but the tie that binds me to Thyself.”- David Livingstone, 19th century missionary in Africa
23 I commit to demonstrate my love for God and commitment to Him by . . . At the back of the Prayer Journal, please check whichever items you want to commit to doing and then sign at the bottom.If your goal is to love God with your whole being and to obey Him no matter what, then adjust your schedule to do whatever it takes to develop deep roots and have a close walk with God.
24 God is far more concerned with our walk with Him than He is with us getting a job done for Him – Henry Blackaby paraphrasedFocus on your roots,not your fruits