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He Has Invited Us

“God has spoken! He has revealed Himself to us. He has made known the larger story that He scripted and is now telling, the story unfolding above the sun. And He has invited us and made it possible for us to celebrate the goodness of the story, a goodness that looks bad to people who see only what is visible below the sun.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Chapter 10, “A Long Journey Toward an Elusive Goal,” pg 130-131

Questions for Reflection:
• In what ways does being fixated on the life you want on earth interfere with your vision of the larger story in which God invites you to participate?
• Take a few moments to ponder and revel in those words: “God has spoken! He has revealed Himself to us.”
• Why does that matter?
• How does your heart value His choice to speak and to reveal Himself to you?
• What opportunity are you being given to respond wholeheartedly to His voice today?

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Without Revelation…Without God’s Spirit

“Without revelation from God, the mystery of His thoughts and ways will forever remain unentered and unknown. And without God’s Spirit opening souls of fallen humans to make them aware of their thirst of God, the mystery will never be attractive. To whatever degree God’s thoughts and ways were seen, human pride would find them of no value. They wouldn’t make sense.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Chapter 10, “A Long Journey Toward an Elusive Goal,” pg 130

Questions for Reflection:
• Where are you experiencing friction or restlessness in your life currently?
• What are you wanting God to do for you in those areas?
• Take some time to be still in the presence of God and to offer your heart for His Spirit to engage.
• Beyond what you want from Him, what thirst for Him stirs in your heart?

Revelation Is Required

“If there really is a God, and if the God who is there is the infinite and personal God that Schaeffer sees revealed in the Bible, then it would be reasonable to assume that His ‘above time’ thoughts and ways would make no sense to our ‘time bound’ ways of thinking. Psychological theory, empirical research, and philosophy’s speculation, each done with finite understanding, can never become aware of the story an infinite God is telling….Revelation is required.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Chapter 10, “A Long Journey Toward an Elusive Goal,” pg 130

Questions for Reflection:
• Where do you usually seek wisdom to make sense of your life?
• In what ways has God intervened to reveal Himself to you?
• Do you tend to approach Scripture as a means of making sense of your life or as communication from the God Who wants to share His life with you

God’s Promise—If We Draw Near To Him

“How we come to God doesn’t guarantee how God will come to us or when He’ll let us feel His presence with us. Nothing we do makes anything happen.

But since the New Covenant is now in place, drawing near to God does guarantee that He’ll draw near to us, in His own times and in His own way, not because of the merit of our coming, but because of His gracious promise to draw near to us if we draw near to Him.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Pressure’s Off, Chapter 16, “Five Building Blocks of New Way Living,” pg 158

Questions for Reflection:
• In what ways do you still find yourself trying to earn God’s approval or convince Him to cooperate with your plans?
• Is your life marked increasingly by rest and companionship in God’s work of transformation or by pressure to obey Him and effort to live well?
• Since you have Jesus’ work in redeeming you and sharing with you His life and the Father’s invitation to come boldly to Him, what do you allow to stand in the way of confidently enjoying God?

Communion With The Trinity

“Along the way, the New Way, we are liberated from the drive to fill ourselves, to keep feeling good based on good things in our lives, and we are released to live for Christ and to love both God and others. We enter into communion with the Trinity, like first graders enjoying elementary knowledge, but our joy is real; it is partial but real. It comes eventually, guaranteed.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Pressure’s Off, Chapter 16, “Five Building Blocks of New Way Living,” pg 157-158

Questions for Reflection:
• Are you living free from the drive to fill yourself up?
• If not, what are you using as a substitute for resting in your relationship with the Trinity?
• How has that impacted the way you’ve been relating to God and those around Him?
• If you’ve been living under the pressure to fill your own emptiness, take some to time to offer that to God and draw near to Him.

God’s Active Presence With Us

“Living for God’s glory, and not for the blessings this life may provide, guarantees God’s active presence with us, sometimes felt and enjoyed, sometimes unfelt during long dark nights of neither visible blessings from Him nor experienced intimacy with Him.

“But the Spirit is always at work. We believe it and have hope. Eventually we experience it and know joy.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Pressure’s Off, Chapter 16, “Five Building Blocks of New Way Living,” pg 157

Questions for Reflection:
• Consider God’s guaranteed active presence with us – does that promise impact the way you consciously live on a daily basis?
• How can that promise draw you beyond moralistic living and into deeper relationship with God and others?

School of Spiritual Direction & NextStep 2019

The 2019 School of Spiritual Direction and SSD NextStep dates are set, and we’re accepting applications now.

2019 School of Spiritual Direction:
Go to http://www.newwayministries.org/ssdapplication.php for more information or to download an application for the School of Spiritual Direction.

2019 NextStep (Advanced School of Spiritual Direction
Go to http://www.newwayministries.org/nextstep_applinfo.php for more information or to download an application for NextStep (Advanced School of Spiritual Direction).

Hope we see you there!