This week, Converge North Central President, Mark Bjorlo, spent the morning with us and we enjoyed time with him at the pulpit. As it is with just about anyone, we were blessed to hear his testimony of coming to Jesus as a teenager. He touched on several different points for us to take home and ponder on... faith that blesses God shows Concern, the secret of contentment is knowing our Identity in Him, the power is In Him, this results in Generosity. It was a great word that we are meant to take to heart as we minister to those around us each and every day.
There are a few other things that Mark mentioned that I would like to highlight, just in case you might have missed them...
1) There are those that we think will never come to the Lord, but we are wrong. God can do the miraculous with anyone.
2) The impact Small Groups can have.
3) Instill a love of the Word of God in your life.
4) We will see blessing when we believe that God will move
5) Not to hold on too tightly to how we used to do things
6) Worship God no matter what life throws at us or how we currently find ourselves
7) When we aren't holding on too tightly to how we've done things in the past, it gives us the ability to let the Lord fill our hands with new opportunities to be generous
How have you been impacted by the Word over the past few months? What changes do you need to make to receive a fresh blessing from the Lord? What have you thought to yourself, "I'm going to start..." Whatever the Holy Spirit has put there at the end of that statement, strive to do your best for the Lord. If needed, start small and work from the little victories to gather the strength and courage to make the bigger changes. In some instances, the situation calls for us to make big changes all at once. Cut sin out of our life, change up how you spend your time or money, eliminate some toxic people from your life, etc. As you do, prepare yourself for the inner struggle. And when it gets tough or maybe you are unsure of your ability to see it through, just remember... you too "can do all things in Christ who strengthens you."
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