Podcast Episode 003 Where Sparrows Sing
Topic: This is a re-release of a solo episode I did in January of this year. The focus is Romans 12:15 (Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn)
What we chat about in today’s episode:
– The Intentionality/discretion this verse takes
– A story from last Spring of how the Lord brought this verse to life for me personally
– Proverbs 3:5-6 and how we can lean on God’s understanding when we don’t understand what He is doing, or when we’ve been asked to rejoice with those who rejoice and that’s a hard ask.
– The enemy works so often through comparison – if he can make us doubt the Lord’s work in our lives he is all that much closer to pulling us apart from God
– Prayer availeth much: we must pray continually
– God is going to write a more holy and beautiful story than you could ever ask or dream of. (Ephesians 3:20)
– Jeremiah 29:11 is not synonymous with the prosperity gospel. We must lose this idea that God is somehow then a genie in a bottle waiting to give us everything we ever thought we wanted simply by praying for it to come to fruition.
– We must study and know the character of God
– There is a time to weep we have to trust that God is not always going to have us in the fire
– Look for God stories: share with others how God is working in your life! It will bolster other’s faiths
– The legacy of our God stories
– We must get our focus off of ourselves – to get busy in kingdom work
– Don’t waste your wait
– There is importance of getting out of our heads and looking at other’s stories through their eyes!
– The second aspect of this verse: weeping with those who weep
Resources mentioned: Naomi Quick’s book Don’t Waste your Wait
Quotes from our Chat:
“I believe in this verse (Romans 12:15) God (through Paul) is asking us to pay attention to the work of His hand through other’s lives. Ecclesiastes 3 shares that there will be times of rejoicing and times of mourning. No matter where someone is we, as Christians, have to know how to sit with them in that, have to know how to point them to Christ in that. Learning to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep is a way the Lord sanctifies us.”
“If our enemy can make us doubt the Lord’s work in our own life (through the trap of comparison) he is all that much closer to pulling us away from the Lord overall.”
“God is going to write a more beautiful story…a more holy story…a more sanctified story with your life than you could ever dream of.”
“I am of the opinion that God would rather wrestle with us in prayer so that He can sanctify our hearts, than to for us to say some syrupy sweet prayer, where inside our prayer life we are falsely accepting the will of God, but outside we are doing anything but.”
“It’s when we study and know the character of God that we know of His goodness. … When we know and trust God’s character we realize He is not holding out on us. In turn we can rejoice with those who are rejoicing.”
“Watching for what the Lord is doing in our lives, and thanking Him, will work against that mentality of “oh look at all He is doing in someone else’s life.” The devil is going to slip into our mind with the comparison game, we don’t want to be people who play that game.”
“(Encouragement to write down God stories) …because how amazing would it be to tell your grandchild even… when she/he is walking through something hard look what the Lord did for me years ago, I know that He is going to provide something for you too.”
“God is not having you wait to wait…there is a purpose behind it. We should not (should not should not) waste our wait, by wishing way the season we are in. God has jewels and gems for us in this season as well.”
“No one has a perfect life, do not allow the devil to trick you into not rejoicing for someone else.”
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Podcast Episode 003 Where Sparrows Sing