Purley Gates Retreat
Hello everyone! I hope that as you are reading this, you are having a fantastic day, and falling more and more in love with Jesus. Even if you aren’t having a good day, I hope that God moves through this time that you have chosen to set aside to read these thoughts. I pray that all of our posts will encourage you and help you grow in your own relationship with Jesus. With that being said, let’s get into our first post!
I wanted to kick this blog off with a topic that everyone seems to deal with, at least once in their life. I have grown up as a pastor’s kid, been raised in church, and am now serving Jesus at Purley Gates, and I have seen a certain issue that continues to arise in my life and many others who follow Jesus. The issue that I am talking about is low expectations. A question that I would like for you to consider is, “are we really expecting to see God move, or are we just pretending?”
I know this may sound like a harsh start to a post, but this question is important for us to answer as Christians. If we aren’t really expecting to see God move, then do we really believe at all? I see this dealt with all the time, in my life and in others. Many, like myself, will be praying for something specific, and we may have a small hope, but honestly our hearts don’t fully trust or believe that God will respond or is even listening. So I hope you can see now why I thought it appropriate to address this with the first post. If we say we believe in an all-powerful God, than our lives and the way we act should reflect that.
There are so many great stories in the Bible of people living totally by faith, and expecting God to answer. Probably one of the most well-known would be David defeating Goliath (1 Samuel 17). To summarize, David (the little guy) completely trusts that God will deliver the Israelites from the terror of Goliath (the big guy) and the philistines. To show this faith in God’s strength, David takes some smooth stones and takes on the giant with a sling shot. Because of David’s faithfulness, God’s glory and strength was proven not only to the Israelites but also the Philistines.
Now, imagine we changed that story up just a bit and instead placed you in there. Would you trust God enough? Would you run towards certain death with the total expectation that God will come through? This is exactly how we should be taking on each day of our lives. I have heard it many times, and have said it myself, that we don’t see miracles and wonders like the Bible has. But how often have we considered that maybe we don’t see those simply because we don’t truly expect it – we don’t actually believe that God will come through.
So try this as an experiment – all throughout the rest of the week, ask God to break our hearts and open them to the reality that He is in total control. Ask Him to help you to live in a way that you are always expecting Him to move, and to do it in big ways. I hope this post will encourage you and helps you continue to grow. If you have comments or just some awesome stories about how God is moving in your life, we would love to hear from you! Have a great week! Jesus loves you!