Summary: For VP church to be successful this year in reaching in our community… I felt it necessary to go beyond the training we have already have put in place here at the church.. Many of you are currently involved in the Sunday morning Apologetics class as
For VP church to be successful this year in reaching in our community…
I felt it necessary to go beyond the training we have already have put in place here at the church..
Many of you are currently involved in the Sunday morning Apologetics class as well as the Wednesday evenings Revelation study …but are they enough…are they preparing us to serve God?
This is why I felt it necessary for each of us to take a few moments this morning to get trained in what I call…D.S.T.
For Christians to be 100% successful in reaching people for the Kingdom…each one must realize that spending personal time in the desert is a necessity.
I have yet to run across anyone who enjoys this type of training…but without going thru it…your effectiveness for God is limited.
If I have noticed anything about living in the southwest during the summer time…it is this.
If you don’t first prepare yourself for your journey…it can be detrimental to not only your health…but more importantly to your spiritual walk with God.
Before the average person leaves the city and journey’s out into the desert…It is in their best interest that they carry a survival pack.
(Explain what’s in pack…Lay out on table)
When a person is properly prepared to spend many days and nights in the desert… their experience seems to be more enjoyable.
But when a person is not properly for their journey that very same experience can seem to last a life time.
The desert can be a great experience if people are prepared to accept how God is going to train and provide for them ……...
This morning we are going to look at 4 desert experiences that each of you might find yourself in … as God prepares your heart for service.
The first area desert travelers’ find themselves in is…
Slide #3 Seeking Direction
Before a person can head out into the desert for their Godly training… they first need to agree with….
What Matthew 22:14 says. “For many are called, but few are chosen”
Not every person who heads into the desert is 100% ready to know or serve God.
God understands (and is disappointed) that man is saturated by his sin nature.
And the desert experience is the best way to clear away all of life’s impure/dirty thoughts that have been planted by Satan.
God wants your (Individual) desert experience to be life changing.
God also realizes that your time spent in the desert with Him is different from any another’s.
The apostle Paul spent 3 years in Arabia…while God prepared his Heart for service.
Moses spent 40 years in the desert lands of Median… before God called him back to free the Israelites from their bondage.
Joseph spent 13 years in Egypt…serving in Potiphar’s house.
And David spent many years of his life in the desert fleeing from King Saul before He became the appointed King.
In all honesty with the technology we have today…our desert travels could greatly be reduced to a minimum…(compass..GPS)