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Made For More – Part 4: Pursuing God’s Best!
September 25, 2022

Made For More – Part 4: Pursuing God’s Best!

September 25, 2022   /   Bonita Valley Community Church

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.

 

Ephesians 3:20 (TLB)

Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.

 

Lesson #1 for pursuing God’s best: Excel at !

 

Genesis 24:2-4 (NLT)

One day Abraham said to his oldest servant, the man in charge of his household, “Take an oath by putting your hand under my thigh. 3 Swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not allow my son to marry one of these local Canaanite women. 4 Go instead to my homeland, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son Isaac.”

 

Genesis 24:12 (NLT)
“O Lord, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me success today, and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham.”

 

Psalms 2:8 (NLT)
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.

 

Luke 11:9-10 (MSG)
(Jesus said) — Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open. 10 Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.

 

Lesson #2 for pursuing God’s best: Do your due !

 

Proverbs 21:5 (NIV)
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

 

Genesis 24:12-21 (MSG)

(The servant says to God) — As I stand here by the spring while the young women of the town come out to get water, 14 let the girl to whom I say, ‘Lower your jug and give me a drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and let me also water your camels’—let her be the woman you have picked out for your servant Isaac. Then I’ll know that you’re working graciously behind the scenes for my master.”

15 It so happened that the words were barely out of his mouth when Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel whose mother was Milcah the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with a water jug on her shoulder. 16 The girl was stunningly beautiful, a pure virgin. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came back up. 17 The servant ran to meet her and said, “Please, can I have a sip of water from your jug?”

18 She said, “Certainly, drink!” And she held the jug so that he could drink. 19 When he had satisfied his thirst she said, “I’ll get water for your camels, too, until they’ve drunk their fill.” 20 She promptly emptied her jug into the trough and ran back to the well to fill it, and she kept at it until she had watered all the camels. 21 The man watched, silent. Was this GOD’s answer? Had GOD made his trip a success or not?

 

Recommended Books:

Finding the Love of Your Life

Falling in love for all the right reasons – how to find your soul mate!

Author Dr. Neil Clark Warren

 

Mistake #1 – Marrying too quickly!

Mistake #2 – Marrying when we’re too young!

Mistake #3 — One or both persons are too eager to be married!

Mistake #4 — Unaddressed personality or behavioral issues!

 

Lesson #3 for pursuing God’s best: Be !

 

Genesis 24:5-8 (NLT)

The servant asked, “But what if I can’t find a young woman who is willing to travel so far from home? Should I then take Isaac there to live among your relatives in the land you came from?”

6 “No!” Abraham responded. “Be careful never to take my son there.

7 For the Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my descendants. He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son. 8 If she is unwilling to come back with you, then you are free from this oath of mine.”

 

Acts 16:6-10 (NLT)

Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. 7 Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. 8 So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas. 9 That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.

 

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape!”

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