• Matt Beaney

#171 – SHINE BY RECOGNISING GOD’S PRESENCE AND WORK (17/8/20)

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‘‘Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose’ (Philippians 2:12-13).

Paul was absent but God was present with them.

When Moses went up the mountain to receive the Law, the people made a golden calf! Do we go astray when people are not around us? When we are on a computer and no one else is watching, what do we look at? During this lockdown and no one is around, do you worship and pray personally? Do you attend on-line services and get involved in church life with others?


When Jesus was in the desert, He remained faithful! God is at work in us for a ‘good purpose’ - to make us more like Jesus.


Let’s be under no delusion, God is ‘at work in us’ through this COVID 19 situation. Firstly, He is teaching us to worship, pray and trust.


RESPONSE

The devil wants us isolated from one another and to make us believe that we are isolated from God. Let’s respond by meditating on and praying out of these encouraging words that speak of God’s presence with us,

‘Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.’ (Psalm 139:7-12)

COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY


Some groups are not meeting in August. However, if you do meet, please use one of the daily studies and the questions below as the basis of your study together.


Discussion questions:

1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?


2. What will you do in response?


3. How can we pray for you?



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