Saturday, February 23, 2008
“Why I am not good at caring about others.”
FAITH BLOCKERS –
1) Personal insecurities;
2) Fear (I don’t have the answers; I might not do it right)
3) I’m too occupied
4) Feeling Uncomfortable -
It’s tough to care about others when I am worried about myself.
Behind the Scenes of our nice Jesus plays
Matthew 1 – Joseph didn’t want to disgrace Mary publically. An angel of the Lord said, “Do not be afraid.”
He said this because Joseph was afraid. He was not this calm and cool guy we picture.
Mary was not this cute little just came from the day spa girl. She had to tell her family that she was pregnant.
Luke 2 – they go to Bethlehem. Mary was “obviously pregnant.” They took a 70 mile ride on a donkey. Not comfortable.
The Inn Keeper – Luke 2:7 – There was no room at the inn. Occupied.
Go behind the scenes of your life. What is there? What is reality? What are your faith blockers? The things that keep you focused on you rather than doing youth ministry by faith and allowing God to do the ministry in and through you.
When you identify those things God uses you in spite of them.
When you name them, you can’t hide behind them anymore.
Isaiah 40 – God’s power is always available. He never grows weary. He has unlimited energy.
2 Corinthians 12 – God said, “My power works best in your weaknesses.”
We just need to go by faith.
Joseph was told 3 times to do things by faith.
We need t go by faith.
Hebrews 11 – What is faith? The confident assurance of what we hope for is going to happen.
He read through all the people
Hebrews 12 – cloud of witnesses
He had us write down our faith blocker on a piece of paper with our name. Then we crumpled it up and tossed it in the air. We took someone else’s and took it to pray for that person. I will put this on my desk and be reminded.