Escape Room – Pastor Jeremy Foster

Sometimes God calms the storm and sometimes God calms his child during the storm. Some of us are being defined in the fire. It’s us coming out on the other side of the fire that’s going to give us the ability to do what God has called us to do. Some of us are better in a fight. 

We’ve all dealt with fear, doubt and anxiety, worry, heartache – if we’re not careful they can have 3 profound effects on our lives.

1st effect is that they can consume your mind. It’s all you can think about and you keep asking “why?”, “what if”? The enemy will attack your heart and your emotions. The peace of God will guard our hearts and our minds. God may not take you out of the situation you’re in but he will be there with you to help fight through your situation. God loves us and no matter what He will love us through everything.  Psalm 13:2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 

2nd effect  is they cloud your judgement –  it causes you to make decisions based on NOT on all of the information. You base them on feelings. Your perception of what could happen will keep you away of doing what God is calling you to do. Stop letting the enemy keep you from moving forward! Jeremiah 15:18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed?  If you are angry with God tell him. His shoulders are big enough to handle that anger. Don’t allow your fear, doubt, anxiety and worry keep you from the one that can heal you from it all. 

3rd effect is that it can control your life –  you’re allowing something to that didn’t even happen or something that did happen that you’re so worried about and dealing with that you’re having a hard time giving it to God. 1st Kinds 19:3 – Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town of Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die.  Fear will cause you to flee from what God is calling you to.  The enemy will always try to chase you with fear into a desert by yourself. When you act on the emotions of fear, doubt, anxiety, worry, heartache because of what could happen, might happen, what you’ve been through or seen happen before you run. We need to learn to halt when we’re in fear because then that’s when the bad decisions start happening. 

Two people can hear the same thing when someone speaks but can listen to it totally different. It’s called a misunderstanding. The frequency of how you take something in can mess with your mind if your mind is on a different frequency than the other person. God can say one thing to you and you hear it totally different then what it was meant to be taken as and you act on what you think you heard because you’re not in tune with God. And you don’t want anyone to question your will or your word because in your mind you are right. You think that everyone should agree with you and NOT disagree with you. You need to extend your knowledge by finding someone who knows more than you, who disagrees with you and you hear them out!

Learn to convert fear into faith – bring what you’re going through to Jesus. Fear causes you to flee but Faith causes you to fight!

Inspite of our moments of doubt, shame, guilt and unbelief – God is still there beside you. He will never leave you even when you push Him away. He’s looking at you while you’re walking away with your back turned towards him with a full heart of love for you and is waiting for you to turn back around and run back in his open arms. 

Escape Room part 2 – 

The problem with us is when God’s called us to do something great is we expect it to happen NOW. But that’s not what He does. Often times God annoints you before he appoints you. It’s what you do in the waiting of that annointing of staying faithful and consistent. 

Whatever your giant is that’s standing in your way, no matter how afraid you are of it, you have to face it. You have to tell it “I will NOT go quietly into this dark night but I WILL boldly stand and say there’s a giant but I’ve got a God on the inside that’s BIGGER than the giant in front of me!”

A lot of us only look at our situation through the eyes of fear because we’re not mature enough to look through the eyes of faith. Just because what you see is true doesn’t mean that it’s right. It doesn’t mean that it’s the only truth you’re looking at. We have to remember that the God on the inside of us is bigger than the giant in front of me. And if we would just stop yielding to fear that is true but is not right God still has an opportunity to do something great in us even in the midst of a circumstance. God’s got you!

We all practice cut and paste christianity all the time – we pray in fear and not in faith. Example: you tell someone else that’s going through a hard time that they’re going to make it, God’s got you BUT you’re behind the scenes losing your faith and worrying about a situation you’re going through saying “everything is falling apart”. At some point your reality will overtake your theology and our God will get smaller OR your theology will overtake your reality and our God will get bigger and you’ll say “No matter what’s situation I’m in, the God inside of me is bigger than what’s in front of me!”

Instead of saying “God get me out of this situation” we need to say “God, what do you want me to GET out of this situation?”, “God I don’t want to be in this” say “God, what do you want to do IN ME while I’m in this?” Psalm 37:4

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