The Shallows: Knock-Knock

Going deeper with God is not about trying harder. The key is simple and life-changing: Opening the doors we’ve shut to him.

Want to follow up on these concepts? Here are some great ideas flowing from the message.

  1. Curiosity or ignorance: Have you been chewing on an idea, realizing you don’t know much about something important to your faith or relationships, or wondering about how something works in regards to faith, prayer, worship, who God is, etc? That’s God knocking. Invite Jesus into that conversation.
  2. Have you been ignoring or resisting an ongoing sense that you really ought to stop doing something, start something, or do something? That’s God knocking. Invite him into the conversation and do what you’re supposed to do.
  3. Have you been ignoring an engine warning light in regards to ongoing emotional pain? Stop the denial… that’s God knocking. Invite him into that, start talking about it, and do what you need to do to address it.

Four Kinds of People

Jesus says there are four kinds of people in this world. Discover which type you are and how to become the kind that changes the world.

Want to follow up on these concepts? Here’s a great idea flowing from the message:

Read John 15:1-15. What parallels do you see between these verses and the parable of the soils? What does Jesus need to prune or cut away in your life to make you stronger and more fruitful? Talk to him. Listen to his Spirit’s leading. Then cut what he’s asking you to cut.

Where the River Flows

When we discover God’s river running through our lives, we’re tapping into something with the power to change the world.

Want to follow up on these concepts? Here are some great ideas flowing from the message: Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7:37-39).

Take a few minutes and visualize what Jesus is saying here so you can believe it like he wants you to.

– Picture yourself coming to Jesus for a drink.

– Drink what he gives you. Then picture a stream of living water—the Holy Spirit, along with his joy, peace, and power—welling up within you, filling you body, soul, and spirit. He quenches your thirst, fills your soul, and completes you.

… Now imagine it flowing out of you to affect the world around you. Imagine it flowing continuously, overflowing, invisible to the people around you but as real as a stream in the physical world around you.

The River

Are you walking through a tough season in your life? What if all the peace, joy, strength, and blessings you need are within your reach? What if you could learn to access them every single day?

Want to follow up on these concepts? Here are some great ideas flowing from the message:

1. Meet the River. The river is the presence and goodness of God, and we can come to God through faith in Jesus Christ. Here are some practical resources that will point you to him: https://manifestcalgary.com/explor…

2. Find the River. You can find the river in your life by declaring it by faith. Whatever you’re going through this week, say, “I may be _____________, but there is a river, the presence and goodness of God flowing through my life.”

3. Restore what you had. If you used to experience more of God’s presence, friendship, peace, and joy, you’re probably not doing what you used to do in order to experience that kind of intimacy. Did you spend more time talking to him? Listening? Studying the Bible? Confessing sin? Going to church? Do what you used to do to get back what you used to have.

4. Go deeper than ever before. God fills what we give him, so if you want more of him, you need to surrender more of yourself to him and take steps of faith you haven’t taken before. Is it more expressive worship? Sharing your faith? Forgiving someone who’s hurt you? Setting aside more time for him? If you want something you’ve never had, you need to do something you’ve never done.

Victory Through Praise

In this message, Brad Huebert unveils the glory of a believer’s secret weapon in spiritual warfare: praising God in the midst of our struggles.

Would you like to follow up on this message? Psalm 96:8 says, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.” This reminds us that praising God ushers us into his presence on a deeper level. It also gives us something to do: Ascribe. To ascribe means to attribute. As things happen in your life, part of your mental and spiritual health depends on who you give credit for what. When something good happens, praise God. When something bad happens, praise God that he’s still with you and will never forsake you. Find a way to ascribe him glory in everything!

The Spirit Realm and the War Within

In this message, Brad Huebert gives us a picture of what’s going on in the spiritual realm so we know how to resist the devil and his attacks and stand strong in our faith in Christ.

Want to follow through on this message? Here are some great ideas:

1. Read Colossians 3:1-14

2. Turn Colossians 3:1-14 into a prayer you declare out loud each morning

3. When you feel dark emotions, desires, or temptations coming at you, do what Colossians 3 says: Declare, “I see you and I reject you. I will not partner with you and I put you to death in Jesus’ name.”

4. Watch “7 Things the Devil Doesn’t Want You To Know About the Spiritual Realm” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUkSs…