Advent Series – Hope

Al Mcgaffin, 1 Dec 2019

God is Faithful
Heb 10:23

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Ps 36:5

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

God cares for us
Ps 34:18

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

God provides
Matt 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Phil 4:19

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

1Tim 6:17-18

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

God gives us peace and wellbeing
Phil 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God has a future for us
Jer 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Eph 1:18

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.

God loves us and promises eternal life
Ps 130:7

Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
Jn 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

James 1:12

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

It’s a Matter of Trust – Jan McGaffin

Sunday 10 Nov 2019- Matthew 6:25 to 34

Practical steps to build Trust using silence

AWARENESS or MINDFULNESS Of ourselves and God

We need to cultivate an awareness of God’s provision for us 

and an awareness of where WE fit into GOD’s plan. 

  • Silence reinterprets anxiety/worry.
  • Silence reinterprets accomplishment, productivity and success.
  • Silence give perspective.
  • Silence allows God to be God.
  • Silence practices the presence of God.

This is where an awareness of ourselves comes in and makes space for an awareness of God and practicing His presence. 

Strategies to focus – focus on your breathing rhythm.

  • Count your breath up to 10
  • Yah – Weh
  • You are God – I am not
  • I trust You

Strategies for dealing with our thoughts and emotions during silence.  

# Hand all thoughts and emotions back to God for his keeping.

  • I hand dinner, children, study into your hands Lord.
  • I hand anger, sadness, distrust, anxiety into your hands Lord.

Sit comfortably, start small, give yourself grace and keep trying.