On Sunday 17th February we will be having a special service to celebrate 60 years of Hope City Church making a difference in people’s lives. We invite you to join with us at our 9:30am service at Grovely State School Performing Arts Complex to hear from people as they share their personal experience of the difference being part of the church family has made. Afterwards, we invite you to stay around and chat over a special celebration morning tea.
One of the things I love about the Christian life is that it really is a journey.
But like every journey, things happen that we don’t quite expect. Certainly, none of us expected God to speak into Aleem’s heart like this and I know Aleem didn’t expect it either.
But the confidence we have is that God is never taken by surprise. He sees the end from the beginning and is working toward completing our faith. God is in control and knows what He is doing.
Yet still, changing circumstances can be unsettling. That’s just a natural part of life. But our ability to receive from God depends on our ability to change with what He is doing.
So how do we step into what God has for us on life’s journey?
1. See what God is doing in the midst of the change
When Elijah sat under a broom tree depressed (1Ki 19) it was because he couldn’t see what God had been doing – though he’d just been part of a great move of God. It took revelation for Elijah to see God was doing something powerful.
On Sunday in Brisbane, I detailed the journey God has taken us on over the last 9 months. Seeing what God is doing shifts our perspective in times of change. It reassures us that He is still guiding us toward His plans.
If you weren’t in our Brisbane campus on Sunday, I’d encourage you to have a listen to the message (click HERE) to get a fuller picture of the journey God has been taking us on.
2. Embrace the shifts God is bringing into your life.
This is a mindset. Choosing to embrace what God is doing instead of trying to find ways around it.
We need to understand that for God to take us to a better place, the place we’re in must change.
As a family, we want to move into an apartment in the city. But that means getting our house ready for sale; leaving the place that has been comfortable for the last 10 years and going to a new place. But we can’t live in the new apartment without leaving our house.
To walk in God’s fullness, we need to change our mindset from a loss mentality to a new wineskin thinking.
If Elisha chose not to embrace what God was doing, (1Ki 19) the world would have missed out on one of the greatest prophets that ever lived.
3. Begin to look for the new opportunities God is opening up
When God brings change, it always opens up new opportunities. Is God wanting to take you to the next level in your ministry or life? What opportunities is this creating for you to know God more deeply? What new gift or ministry is He wanting to release you into?
God always does things with purpose in mind and nothing is ever wasted. Proverbs 25:2 tells us:
“It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.”
It is our privilege to search out God’s ways and discover what He’s doing in our lives through this change.
As we begin to see what God is doing, embrace those shifts and look for what God is trying to do in us through our circumstances, we step into the next dimension that God has for us. Continuing on that journey of life knowing that our God has everything in hand.
See you on Sunday
Alex & Sarah