Luke

What’s your decision making process? We all have a process. It might be more intentional for some, but each of us take steps in making a decision. Some people look at every angle; others make pros and cons lists; others undertake a strategic planning process; and some stick with intuition and what their gut is telling them. 

Jesus also had a process for making decisions. When it came to big decisions, He would stay up all night and pray (Luke 3:21; 5:16; 6:12; 9:18, 28; 11:1). He would get away from distractions and the noise of life and take the time needed to ask God for wisdom.

Try this: the next time you have an important decision to make, take a minute and find a quiet place and ask God for wisdom. Listen. Be aware of what the Spirit is communicating. Often you can discover God’s will by whether you have peace regarding one decision or another. Even tough decisions can be marked by the peace of God giving you confirmation what the will of God is. 

Let me know how it goes. Praying with you.

Steve

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Pastor Bo is speaking this weekend at West Campus. Here’s a bit of what she shares. So good!

We are those who have grown disconnected from the story of Jesus, immersed in our own era and it’s easy to miss Jesus entirely. It’s a recurring theme in Luke – you’ll find it in every single chapter, over and over. He keeps telling us that, though people had been waiting and longing for a Messiah and for redemption, many of them missed Him when He showed up in the flesh. They looked at Him with their own eyeballs, they saw the miracles, they saw the crucifixion, they saw the uproar He caused in every city He visited and yet…they missed Him. Not because they were blind, but because they already had a clear notion of how He would look and this version of God didn’t fit in their framework.

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (‭Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭1-5‬ NIV)

Because you say so. Something Peter has heard and seen in Jesus, makes him do something outlandish. Something out of character. Maybe every life comes to this point where we have to suspend the things we’ve believed so hard and so well for so long and open up to the idea that maybe we haven’t figured it all out yet. Maybe there’s something bigger to know and Someone bigger to find. Peter makes a decision and takes a leap.

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The Holy Spirit is a mysterious and often a confusing aspect of Christianity’s narrative. Who He is and what does He do? As part of the Trinity, He shares in the divine union between God, the Father and the Son. His activity is seen in Christians as they attempt to walk according to the Spirit. He lives in us and works through us.

One of my favorite verses that describe the outworking of the Spirit is Acts 4:13.

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (‭Acts‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬ NIV)

What did the Spirit enable Peter and John to be and to do? Be courageous and appear smarter than they actually were:). I love this. I need this. I need Him to help me be courageous and to speak boldly and intelligently about Him.