Greg Laurie, I am happy to say, pastors the church where two of my children attend. My husband and I now laugh and learn as we listen to his podcasts. The one you’ll find at this link is a favorite. Although I’m hoping you’ll download the whole sermon, here are some of the best bits in bullet form.
- Old hymns impart great wisdom. Consider the lines below.
“O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”
- Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice.” To not rejoice can be disobedient to God. So why do some Christians walk around looking like they’ve been “baptized in lemon juice?” When life is rotten, we might not rejoice in the circumstances, but we can still rejoice in the Lord. (See Habakkuk 3:17-18, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”)
- Our natural reflex when bad news comes may be to worry, but we can develop a different, conditioned reflex, to go immediately to prayer.
- Our perspective changes when we see remember how big God is. “Big God, small problems. Big problems, small God.”
- God will say “no” to us sometimes because he loves us. Any parent who says “yes” to every request a child makes is an idiot. (Greg’s words, not mine!)
- We never need to be afraid to commit an unknown future to our known God. (Corrie ten Boom’s words, well worth repeating!)
- And if we will go to prayer with our worries, the peace of God will keep or guard our hearts as a military guard protects an outpost. (The apostle Paul’s words, and I believe ’em!)
Thanks, Pastor Laurie, for the great reminders!