HOW TO DEAL WITH LIFE’S DISRUPTIONS

In one of our staff meetings at Victory Fort, Pastor Patrick shared a very helpful message during our devotions.

He talked about “how to deal with disruptions.”

A disruption is when a routine or a way of life gets halted for some particular reason. Disruptions are a way of life. Somehow God takes us out of our comfort zones so we can continue trust Him for the next steps.

So what do you do when you’re faced with disruptions?

1. Always be reminded that God is sovereign.

Psalm 135:6 says, “Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.”

And Isaiah 46:10 declares, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.”

In the midst of disruptions, God is in control. Moreover, His purpose will prevail, even in the midst of the most disconcerting disruptions.

2. Find your stability in God.

We desire for things to go back to its normal routine.

However, the myth is that when routines come back, we will finally have peace and comfort. While routines can give some level of peace, there are many things in life we are not in full control of. Only God can bring stability in the midst of disruptions.

Phil 4:6-7 says, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Only Christ can give peace that is far beyond human knowledge.

3. Disruptions allow us to check what’s important to us.

Ask this question, “if my house is on fire, what are the 3 things I will bring with me?” For sure, the answer will only reflect the most important items to us.

When we are pulled out of our comfort zones, our priority lists is reduced to the things that are most important to us.

Heavenly Father, if I can be honest, disruptions are not something I am excited about. I don’t welcome it neither do I appreciate it. But for some divine reason, you allow it because you have the ability to cause all things to work together for my good and ultimately for your glory. Help me to respond in a way that would be honoring to you and encouraging to the people around me. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

 

 


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EMBRACE THE MUNDANE. LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS A CONSISTENT HIGHLIGHT.

I love watching the NBA. Since I was a young boy, I have enjoyed following some of my favorite teams like the Sixers, Lakers and Celtics.

But because of the limited time I have to day, I can only watch the highlights on YouTube. I love it because it will only take 9 minutes of my time to watch the highlights of the game. I skip the 39 minutes of errors, bad passes, missed shots and fouls. I only get to see the dunks, the three pointers and fancy passes. I only see 1/5 of what goes on the whole game.

In a day and age where we only see the highlights, we carry this over in our lives. When we scroll through our social media feeds, we will see, for the most part, highlights of people’s lives – their vacation, their outstanding OOTDs, their new gadgets, nice parts of their house, their laughter, their happy moments. When we begin to think that that should be much of what should be happening in our lives, we get sucked into the highlight culture.

In addition to this, we fall into the comparison trap. When we watch someone’s highlights, we can begin to think something’s wrong with our life because it’s not a consistent highlight.

It is an important discipline to embrace the mundane. In fact, it’s in the mundane that we see growth. It’s in the mundane that we develop perseverance. And it’s in the mundane that our character is built.

Here are a few things we can do to embrace the mundane.

1. Be thankful.

The apostle Paul commanded, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thes. 5:18) We are told to give thanks not FOR all circumstances but IN all circumstances – both when you’re enjoying a highlight or when you are going through deep valleys.

2. Persevere in faith.

We are called to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

When we don’t see what’s up ahead, we can trust the One who sees it. He knows the way. He has been there way before I even get there.

3. Make the most of every opportunity.

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (Eph. 5:15-16).

Each day is a gift from God. Each moment for that matter, is a wonderful gift from God. Make the most of every moment given. Stay present. Value relationships. Rather than scrolling through your feed when you’re having coffee or dinner with someone, put your phone down and enjoy the conversation.

In a boring and mundane day, take the opportunity to be quiet and rest your soul before God.
Be still and know that He is God.

Life is not always a consistent highlight. Embrace the mundane. After some time, you’ll realize how much you’ve grown and life will be more joyful for you’ve unburdened yourself of the unnecessary pressures we put on ourselves.

JIMMY AYALA’S STORY: THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN ACCUMULATING WEALTH

Here’s the story of Jimmy, who once lived for the purpose of accumulating wealth and gaining position, but now generously gives of everything he has—time, money, and effort to unreached, dark places with no source of electricity. This was only made possible when he found the true source of light, Jesus Christ. He now lives his life with meaning and purpose.

WHY IS GIVING AN ANTIDOTE TO GREED?

“Giving is an antidote to greed.”

God has freely given us the gift of salvation when Jesus Christ died on the Cross on our behalf and resurrected after three days. Having been given something that we don’t deserve — mercy and grace — we can give with a heart of gratitude for His kingdom’s cause.

Watch the full video from last Sunday’s message at:

WALDEN’S STORY: GOD’S PURPOSE FOR ME AS A BUSINESSMAN

Here is Walden sharing his story on how he and his wife received the love of God and found their purpose and meaning in Him. He uses His platform as an entrepreneur to passionately advance God’s Kingdom by serving the people around Him and sharing the love of God in every conversation he has, corporately and individually.

GAYLE’S STORY: “WHY I LEFT MY COMFORTABLE LIFE IN CALIFORNIA”

Sharing Gayles’ testimony on how God has called them from a life of luxury to a life of obedience to God’s calling. She and her husband have experienced the great love of God. As a result, they have given their life to helping others experience real transformation by sharing the love of God and creating job opportunities to the poor and needy.

PASSION FOLLOWS CALLING

“The goal is to fulfill your calling more than to find your passion.”

Our real and lasting purpose can only be found in God, our Maker. As we draw near to Him, our ultimate calling is revealed to us, and that sets a passion in our hearts. First things first – pursue God, find our calling in Him, then passion will naturally follow.

Watch the full video from last Sunday’s message:

LOVE AND JUSTICE

“God’s love and justice collided in Calvary.”

As a just father disciplines a child for a wrongdoing, God also demands a punishment for sins. God cannot let sin go unpaid. However, He brought this punishment that should be ours on His very own son, Jesus, so that we, in turn, may be spared from eternal damnation and enjoy eternity — that’s how great and incomparable the love of God is for each one of us. Isn’t this kind of love humbling?

Watch the full video from last Sunday’s message: