This weekend, Pastor Tom talked about the single parent. If you are anything like me, you realized pretty quickly that this talk wasn't just for single parents. This message was for all of us.
As a kid, I was fortunate to spend some time abroad with my family over different seasons of my childhood. My dad taught at a seminary just outside Amsterdam, and our family traveled with him each time he was given the opportunity to teach there. Through those experiences, I was exposed to a lot of different cultures.
It wasn't until I was in college, though, that I went back to Amsterdam on a missions trip. While in my head I knew that spiritual warfare existed, I didn't really know what it looked like. On that missions trip, I felt oppression like I hadn't before. We stayed in a Christian youth hostel that was literally next door to the red light district. To see the brokenness and depravity all around us was overwhelming.
When we returned from our trip, we talked through the idea of spiritual warfare. Satan is fighting for our attention. We looked at our own culture to see how Satan tries to deceive our culture from the truth of Scripture. This weekend, Tom addressed a lot of Satan's tactics. It has to do with us thinking more of ourselves, and less of God.
- We think God will abandon us because of our circumstances. He won't.
- We think that we are the center of everyone else's critiques. We aren't.
- We think that bitterness will accomplish more than thankfulness. It won't.
- We think that our circumstances are too difficult for God to work through. They aren't.
I don't know about you, but the God I serve is bigger than my circumstances. He is the creator of the universe. If you find yourself in a situation that seems too big for God, don't worry. It isn't.