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Hi friends! I hope that you are doing wonderfully today. The sun is out today, so I’m calling it a good day here. ? Below you’ll find my sermon notes for Pastor Steven’s message at Elevation Church this weekend.
His sermon was titled “The Momentum of a Decision.” Honestly, this message has too many good nuggets to take away from it.
In the midst of some pretty major decisions on the horizon – Pastor Steven really made me realize that no matter the outcome, God is still going to choose me. That’s pretty great news.
Remember that I take my notes while he talks so context is needed. Be sure to go re-watch this! I’ll try to remember to come back and add the link after I see it’s been posted.
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- Luke 5:11
- There’s a difference between an event and a decision.
- Offense is an event – offended is a decision.
- My response to what someone else does to me, even if what they did hurts me, is a decision.
- There are some things that I do that I can’t tell you why.
- Every decision has a parent called emotion, every emotion is a decision of thought.
- You make a decision in a certain state of mind, but then when you face challenges give up because those emotions can run deeper.
- What does it mean to follow Jesus?
- They left their stuff, but didn’t necessarily leave behind their beliefs.
- Physical decisions are sometimes easier than emotional decisions.
- The disciples walked away from their lives to follow someone who hadn’t even proven that what he said was true yet.
- They didn’t have a backup plan.
- Once we realize we can do it, sometimes we just have to do it.
- Do you have the ability to just do the thing?
- We can understand why more, if we look at the events that led up to it.
- When you understand the event, you understand the decision.
- The event doesn’t have to define the rest of your life, unless you allow it to.
- Luke 5:1-11
- Deep water; let down.
- The deepest things God will do in our lives start shallow.
- We tell ourselves that if we can’t understand it, then we don’t have to obey.
- Delete something that is defeating you.
- It’s not that the problem isn’t deep – but sometimes the solution is very simple.
- Can you do a little thing different?
- Nobody walks away from someone that they gave their heart to all at once.
- One day we hang up on each other, and 5 years later we hate them.
- Nobody decides that we want to have something that masters us for the rest of our lives – it’s a decision of momentum.
- Can you make a positive decision even after you’ve experienced a negative result?
- 2020 has been the year when we know that we have to do what God has called us to do anyway.
- Grace is the power to change your decisions.
- Don’t make decisions out of frustration that create more frustrations.
- When I obey the word of the Lord, it breaks the flow of frustration.
- You cannot think your way out of the flow of fear and frustration by thinking deeply about it.
- Drop it.
- It’s hard to drop the net when you’re drowning in disappointment.
- Matthew 26:56
- Receiving grace is a one time decision – following Jesus is moment by moment.
- There’s a difference between the event of coming a Christian and the decision of being a disciple – you have to make that decision daily.
- This doesn’t mean God can’t use you.
- Jesus chose Peter because he knew that he would do something dumb –
- Do something that seems dumb for God, but is what God is using to take you deep.
- Would it be dumb for you to forgive them? Do it.
- It’s dumb to believe that God is still working out for good while we’re going through hell. Do it anyways.
- There is no decision that you can make that will negate the will of God for our lives because he knew that we would do something dumb.
- Right now in this moment you’ve got wisdom from that painful experience.
- The momentum of shame can carry you into an even deeper state of despair.
- Don’t use today’s wisdom as a weapon to beat yourself up over yesterday’s decisions.
- God still chose you.
- Peter’s destiny didn’t begin with Peter’s decision. Jesus chose Peter.
- God knows what is in you.
- Jesus is in YOUR boat.
- It’s you he called, and it’s you he chose.
- Your decision to choose God is not dependent on you…God chooses you.
- God’s decision predates your dysfunction.
- God doesn’t need your trophies.
- 2 Peter 1:21
- The momentum is not based in your decision – it’s based in HIS!
- God has already decided what he thinks about you.
I hope that this message has blessed you as much as it blessed me. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite takeaway was. ⤵️
Enjoy the rest of your week. ?