Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

1 Corinthians 15:1-10

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you— unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

Message Notes

1. I look for Him where I want to see Him.

I already have a picture of how I want my life to turn out.
The circumstances we find ourselves in currently are not what we were anticipating. We were planning on seeing Jesus in prosperity and peace and we stop looking in pain and sorrow.
We have to be careful to realize He doesn’t just reveal himself to us in the good things. We can run the risk of setting up a false belief.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,

The secular gospel is seeing Jesus in everything as long as it goes my way.

2. Jesus reveals himself in every circumstance.
Sound teaching is a gospel where Jesus is showing up with the brokenhearted, the captives, the sick, the confused, the unsure, the fearful, the unforgivable. The truth is whenever hell breaks loose Jesus reveals himself to us.
The Gospel teaches that we see him in death and in life. In the great times and the bad. When I’m confident and when I don’t believe.
Matthew 28:20 ...And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Hebrews 13:5 ...for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
When Mary is confused and crying, Jesus shows up
When the disciples are fearful, Jesus shows up
When Thomas has a hard time believing, Jesus shows up
When Peter is struggling with his denial, Jesus shows up
When they need direction for their future, Jesus shows up

3. Live like he is here.
Humankind didn’t chase an uninterested God and convince him to send a savior.
John 3:16 for God so loved the world that he sent.
He revealed Jesus to us when we didn’t even realize we needed him.
You don’t have to find God. Right in the desperate situation, you are in, right in the middle of sickness, in a divorce, in a time where you don’t have the energy to believe He is there!
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.