Encounter #9: MY LIFE MATTERS

Living connected to God changes EVERYTHING.
Even on the toughest days you’ll ever face…

You can still sync your life to the reality of Heaven.

Think about all that we’ve learned and experienced together: The burning, fiery glory of who God is. The radical expression of his wild, tender love for us. How Jesus risked EVERYTHING to rescue us, and then sent the Holy Spirit to empower our lives. All of that is your birthright as a Child of God.

As we get more deeply connected with who HE is … it resets and recalibrates the reality of who WE are.

YOU ARE a Child of God! That is true right now, and it’s going to keep on being true, no matter what. As you live in that great truth, and then start living out of it, what sort of life will fill you up and spill over onto the world around you?

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW:

ENJOY the Chapter 9 Music on YouTube.

READ the chapter early in the week, and ask God to show you how he sees you.

THEN ENGAGE. DO AT LEAST ONE of the following:

JOURNAL. Almost all of the original apostles were gone. Only John was left, living alone in exile. Talk about feeling powerless! Then he has a revelation of the resurrected Jesus, who was not powerless at all. (Refer to the Bible passages on Page 175.) Imagine you are John. Describe your encounter. How would that have changed your perspective, and your sense of purpose in life?

CELEBRATE. Reread “There is a place where there are no shadows” (174). Then listen to the music for this week, tune in to God’s Presence, and ask him to help you imagine that you are part of the great celebration taking place around his Throne.

PRAY. Is there a part of your life where you have felt isolated and afflicted, as Marlene and Mario did? Come before God in worship and think about the fact that he cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7). Lay your issues before the Lord. Ask him to sync your heart with the reality of heaven, and invite him to come into that part of your life.

SAY THANK-YOU: Ask God to help you see the people around you through his eyes. Who can you notice, bless, or appreciate? Send a card, letter, or email to someone, honoring them or thanking them for who they are.

Let’s reconsider what’s really important:

Do you have to be rich or famous to be significant?

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