THIS WEEK – CRISIS OF BELIEF, BUT REMEMBER:
God’s always working, always pursuing, always inviting, and always revealing His will.
Sometimes we don’t see it and experience it because we aren’t looking for it, or we are looking in the wrong places – where, how, and when we want instead of how God presents
When we do see and experience god’s work, pursuit, invitation, and revelation, we come face to face with the reality that God has orchestrated all things to provide us the opportunity to step into living out the reason for our existence!
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV) – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
So, if that’s the invitation He offers us, why is this step called the Crisis of Belief?
Because God calls you into good works that you cannot accomplish apart from His divine intervention.
John 15:5 (NIV) – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) – Now to him who can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
When God asks you to do something you cannot do on your own, you have a crisis of belief.
REALITY 5 – God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
CRISIS (n) – a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something, especially in a sequence of events. Latin: decision, from Greek krisis, from krinein to decide
When our experiences with God bring us to the step of having a crisis of belief, we find ourselves at a crucial fork in the road where we get to decide to in faith trust (believe) and follow (take action) God OR to trust and follow in our own understanding and will and not God’s.
3 TRUTHS TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT GOD’S INVITATION AND OUR CRISIS OF BELIEF
TRUTH #1 – God calls you into good works that are God-sized, God-shaped, and require you to be God-reliant.
TRUTH #2 – The opportunity to join in God’s good works always leads to a crisis of belief The example of Moses – 3 common crises of belief
In each of these crises or decisions made – one thing is the same: A lack of faith, trust or belief that rejects obedience and action.
TRUTH #3 – We experience God when we in faith trust and obey His call. Real faith leads to action.
Scriptures to consider: Jeremiah 32:27; Mark 9:24; Romans 8:35-39; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; John 21:20-21