Discovery Church

re-MARK-able part 3

part 3

What is the wildest thing God has ever ask you to do?
Immediately the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. Mark 1:12

Immediately the Spirit- Into the wilderness-
Forty days and nights to be tempted- He was with the wild animals-
The angels attended him-

Alaska is like a zoo with no cages! And I’m not sure how to say it, but there was something so exhilarating about seeing a wild animal in its natural habitat.
It’s one thing to see a caged bear. It’s an altogether different thing to see a grizzly catching a fish twenty feet from your boat.

We were surrounded by eagles/moose/caribou …And what made it so amazing was that there weren’t any cages!

So after returning from the Alaska we took our kids to the zoo and it wasn’t the same. I’m ruined for zoos! I love zoos, but it’s just not the same seeing a caged animal. It’s too safe. It’s too controlled. So we were walking through the ape house and I had this thought as I looked at a caged gorilla: I wonder if churches do to people what zoos do to animals?

Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild….DO NOT LET THEM TAME YOU –

1. You Feel Too Tamed, Too Civilized and Too Caged In?
Adam Named the animals in the wild habitat

So the LORD God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. Genesis 2:19

“Every man dies ….but not every man lives!” -William Wallace

The goal of church isn’t to take people out of their natural habitat and domesticate them–make them look like and talk like and act like Christians. When we pronounce the benediction at the end of the service we’re releasing people back into the wild. And they go back into their natural habitat as an ambassador of God’s grace.

2. You Opt for The Accessorized life over the Adventurous life?
The Rich Young Ruler – As I read the Gospels I don’t see the disciples getting BORED! Jesus always has a surprise up his sleeve.
Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” 22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Mark 10:17-31

“The center of God’s will is not a safe place but the most dangerous place in the world. To live outside of God’s will puts us in danger; to live in his will makes us dangerous.” – Erwin McMannus
3. Your Guardian Angles ARE BORED?
For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalm 91:11

Is your guardian angel retired?
Does your guardian angel have anything to do?
The unnamed angels who appear most often in Scripture carry out a variety of tasks—all designed to serve God…

Worship and praise – This is the main activity portrayed in heaven (Isaiah 6:1-3; Revelation 4-5).

Revealing – They serve as messengers to communicate God’s will to men. They helped reveal the law to Moses (Acts 7:52-53), and served as the carriers of much of the material in Daniel, and Revelation.

Guiding – Angels gave instructions to Joseph about the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1-2), to the women at the tomb, to Philip (Acts 8:26), and to Cornelius (Acts 10:1-8).

Providing – God has used angels to provide physical needs such as food for Hagar (Genesis 21:17-20), Elijah (1 Kings 19:6), and Christ after His temptation (Matthew 4:11).

Protecting – Keeping God’s people out of physical danger, as in the cases of Daniel and the lions, and his three friends in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3 and 6).

Delivering – Getting God’s people out of danger once they’re in it. Angels released the apostles from prison in Acts 5, and repeated the process for Peter in Acts 12.

Strengthening and encouraging – Angels strengthened Jesus after His temptation (Matt 4:11), encouraged the apostles to keep preaching after releasing them from prison (Acts 5:19-20), and told Paul that everyone on his ship would survive the impending shipwreck (Acts 27:23-25).

Answering prayer – God often uses angels as His means of answering the prayers of His people (Daniel 9:20-24; 10:10-12; Acts 12:1-17).

Caring for believers at the moment of death – In the story of Lazarus and the rich man, we read that angels carried the spirit of Lazarus to “Abraham’s bosom” when he died (Luke 16:22).
If we are not living in such a way that our guardian angels are working overtime we are not living the spiritually adventurous life.
Wild or tame? – acsessorie or adventure? Working our angels or retiring them?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

What is the next wild thing God is asking you to do?


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