Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Beyond a story II

 Text: Genesis 7.1-7

What do you think about the story of Noah’s ark? What is your favourite part of this story?

Last week we saw the first 6 ideas that we could learn with the Noah’s ark story, and today we will see 5 more points that help us to have a better life.

1) For safety sake, travel in pairs.
We were not made to be alone! God reveals himself in community and relationship (on the trinity) and He made us to be a fruit of a family. The fact is that if we try to live as an “oyster” we will never be fulfilled,
The bible shares:
A) the importance to share with one another in order or be healed (James 5.16).
B) How powerful is to pray with other people (Mat 18.19).
C) The importance to meet in a group to seek Him (Mat 18.20). Would you like to have a safe and less stressful journey in life? So don’t despise people that the Lord put to walk with you! Remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

2) Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
We live in a society where speed becomes not just a skill, but also a needed quality. Many areas of our society are more concern with quantity and speed than quality. Even without realizing that, we absorb this “fast everything” to us and become more and more spread and without quality in our lives. Sometimes this will even affect our relationship with our families and with God. Remember that quality is more important than speed in many areas of our lives. Would you like to have more quality in your relationships?

3) When you’re stressed, float for a while.
In Brazil, we say: “Are you stressed, go fishing”. 
The fact is that in the middle of our desert we must create some “oasis” or “refuges”. Jesus had in His prayer time as an oasis in the middle of the chaos of His ministry. When you are tired or stressed, what do you do? How do you react? Learning to float is a need! 
God wants to help us, would you like His help?

4) Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the titanic by professionals.
One of the marks of the 21st century is the specialization; we love this word and will seek it when we need something important. There is nothing wrong with that, but the problem begins when people prefer to listen to the “professionals” instead to listen to the Lord.
God wants to be part of your life, and remember that He is never wrong. Would you like to listen to Him?

5) No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting…
Are you in the middle of a storm in your life today? Are things getting worse? Do you need some help to get out of the storm? With God, the best is yet to come! Would you like His help in your life? He is inviting you to know Him better today. Would you like that?

CONCLUSION:  Jesus doesn’t want you to miss the boat or anything else that He has for you. Your part is to accept Him and to be willing to have more of Him. Would you like to know and have more of God today? Let’s pray.

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