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March 22, 2022

Is He Faithful? Part 1

Trust is the foundation of any good relationship. Truly following God takes a lot of trust—trust that He is good and that He is faithful to keep His promises.

In this episode, Heather and Jamie unpack all that God did through the Daughters Women’s conference. As they are focused on faithfulness in every season, God revealed his faithfulness in the way He orchestrated the conference and spoke a specific word to both Jamie and Heather.  God has been doing some incredible things in and through them as they surrender every aspect of their life to Him. In fact, He’s doing so much that we had to split this episode into two.

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But how do we know that God is faithful?

We remind ourselves of stories of His faithfulness. Throughout scripture, we see God sharing His plan with people through obedience to Him (even when they don’t know the whole plan). When we look at scripture as a whole, we see a God overflowing with faithfulness to His people even when they are not faithful to Him. But we also see His faithfulness in the ways He moves and speaks in the big and small moments of our lives.

The Great Orchestrator

An orchestrator is the master behind the music—the one who knows how every instrument should be organized and how every part should be woven together to create something bigger than each single element could ever be on its own.

It’s incredible how God can use every person as an instrument in His grand design when we are faithful to Him and sensitive to His voice. And that’s exactly what happened with Daughters Conference.

God used each speaker to paint a picture of His faithfulness and speak a specific message directly to the hearts of His people.

Fittingly, God put the word “faithful” on Heather’s heart, and then challenged her to wait on Him for more direction.

In the waiting, Heather felt clarity that her role would be to promote what God was doing through all of the speakers.

“I knew that the Lord had directed me on what to talk about.”

Because of Heather’s faithfulness to speak the message God had laid on her heart, God used her message to speak to Jamie.

But what does that even mean? Did a light shine down from heaven?

Well, not quite.

What does It look like to hear from the Lord?

As Jamie sat there listening, a thought came into her head. No spotlight or booming voice, just a thought.

The thought was a question that she would have never thought of on her own—a question that pushed her outside of her comfort zone, which is how she knew it was from the Lord.

It made her look deeply at the inner workings of her relationship with God. The question was, “why aren’t you asking me more specifically?”

God challenged Jamie to not just pray general prayers, but to get to the root of her desires and ask Him directly.

In COTMU, Jamie and Heather’s professor, Blake, had talked about how one mark of the holy spirit in your life is persistent joy.

So, right there, in the middle of Heather’s message, Jamie asked the Lord for persistent joy.

The Lord often speaks in a still, small voice, and to hear Him, you have to be listening. You can’t expect to hear God’s voice if you don’t regularly focus your attention on Him as fully as you can.

Faithfulness Starts with Following

How do you know you’re doing a good job at being faithful?

You follow Jesus.

Following Jesus means He is influencing every decision you make, every moment of your day. And in different seasons of life, faithfulness in the mundane may look different.

How often do we look at faith like, “if I believe that’s enough?” I believe that He’s good, that He died on the cross, etc. But true faithfulness is more than just belief.

A better understanding of the word would be loyalty or allegiance; do your beliefs inform your actions and responses?

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you (Romans 12:1-2, MSG).

Through Obedience Comes Breakthrough

As Jamie has been working on being faithful to God in the way that she interacts with her husband, she has experienced some incredible break throughs, leading to greater intimacy in her marriage.

As she watched her husband Brian encourage the little girls he coaches in basketball, she realized something huge: the way that she needed to be talked to and encouraged was actually really similar.

“I’m not that different than a second grade girl.”

This admission took a lot of vulnerability. As someone who avoids appearing weak, it was a huge step for her to admit that sometimes she needs to be treated with the tenderness one might treat a young child with.

And this honesty has lead to greater intimacy and growth in her marriage, ultimately allowing her to feel valued and seen even in all of her flaws.

Time and time again, God has revealed His faithfulness. How are you being faithful in the season that you’re in right now?

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Shownotes:

In this episode, Heather and Jamie talk about Blake’s message from the Daughters Conference. You can listen to that message here: https://youtu.be/OPGid2xhsm8

They also mention COTMU. COTMU is designed to equip followers of Jesus to take their discipleship journey to the next level. Learn more: https://cotmu.churchonthemove.com/

Learn more about our Daughters Ministry:
https://churchonthemove.com/daughters

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