Monday, March 14, 2016

Journeys have High Moments

Photo by Paojus Alquiza
Scripture: Acts 14:1
In Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a large number of people believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.

Insights: I believe it is a pretty fair assessment of this passage to say it is a high moment to see a large number of people coming to know the Lord Jesus as Savior.  This week we conclude our current sermon series on Paul and Barnabas’ first missionary journey.  Now there are more verses to their journey, but this is where we are going to depart from them.  Throughout this week we are going to use this imagery of journey.  When I was in college, three of my spring breaks were spent backpacking through the Smokey Mountains.  One of the things I learned about these journeys is that there are some amazing high moments on every trip I took.  This same truth is found in our spiritual journeys with the Lord.  There are times we experience amazing high moments.  Think about Peter, James and John on the mount of transfiguration with Jesus.  Think about Elijah on mount Carmel.  Think about Moses at the parting of the Red Sea.  I think it is not a far stretch to say these individuals had high moment encounters with God.  We also have high moments in our journey as well.  At FBC Bowling Green we have had many high moments.  In recent days I have written about some of our Carrying Christ to Our Community (C3) events.  We have had three families come visit our church as a direct result of our last community event in which we picked up trash throughout the city.  I think part of the reason the Lord gives us these high moments is to strengthen our faith.  We see God do these amazing things and we know if He is faithful to work once, He is faithful to work again.  These high moments stretch our faith and help us to believe in greater possibilities.  Enjoy the day and experience a high moment in Jesus today.  On a side note, FBC Bowling Green is sending a team on a mission trip to Ecuador.  Please pray for the team leaving and pray the Lord gives them some high moments.

1. What are some of the high moments in your journey with Jesus?
2. Do you relish the joy of experiencing these high moments?

Prayer: Father, Your strength and power is what makes these high moments possible.  Thank You for Your amazing grace You give to Your children. Amen.

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