Dear Chapel Family,
There is always more going on than what we can see. As Christ-followers, knowing that God is in the midst of everything, changes everything! When we are faced with a situation and we don't know what to do; the first thing we can do is ask our Master. As we take a personal look into our daily lives and circumstances, are we crying out and asking for help, and more importantly, are we seeking and listening for His answer? When we are able to actually see the answer, everything changes - confusion and fear disappear, and you become more confident and devoted.
The bigger question we need to ask ourselves is if we can lead a life completely devoted to God, confident in Him, fearing Him, all with great clarity -- without seeing??? Yes, we can -- and we get there by seeking. Jeremiah 29:13 says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
If we are not willing to seek, we won't find.
This week, let's pursue Him with all of our hearts because we have a God who is very interested in being known, being seen, and leading us down a path of an amazing life. Let's not miss the opportunity to see the world the way God wants us to see it. Let's be people who ask, hear, see, and are transformed forever, for His glory!
This summer, we encourage you to use Lectio Divina to dig deeper into the Sermon message and Scripture passages.
Directions for Lectio Divina: Use the provided passages to study the Scripture passages on the Sermon message, and use your journal to record your insights. Read the passage slowly.
- Meditate on the passage silently for one minute.
- Write down keywords, phrases, situations, or emotions you notice in the passage.
- Repeat steps 1-3, reading with fresh eyes, and record any new observations or insights.
- When done, consider HOW you can apply what you learned from the Scriptures and your Bible study. Be specific. Write down one or two action steps you will take. End your time in prayer (feel free to write your prayer out in your journal), asking the Lord to direct your steps and for His Spirit to empower you in action.
Eyes To See - 2 Kings 6:14-18
14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.”
“But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”
“..He had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?" 24 He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." 25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”