KEEP ON MOVING
Last week we were on vacation, and I knew I had to come up with my three little words. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t get a chance to get it completed, and Sunday night I would be scurrying around trying to get it done. Thursday night, I went to bed and woke up very early with a statement that I had placed on the “get to know” section of Lean Nutrition. It was my why? My why was that I needed to get healthy, and I needed to get moving!
I decided the end of May that I had to make a move. I am a stress sweet eater, so my body has taken the toil of my circumstances. At the end of May, I began Ideal Protein through Coker Hampton Drug Store and lost weight. I am still doing that but also have incorporated Lean Nutrition. Lean Nutrition focuses not only on food but also on exercise. And I NEED TO GET UP AND KEEP ON MOVING.
I got up and got on the move. As I walk, I always listen to a sermon from Elevation Church. I was pondering on what lesson to give with Keep On Moving. God, most of the time, will speak. As I listened to the sermon “The Beauty of Being Stuck” by Robert Madu, I realized he was talking about being ON THE MOVE!! We are made to be moving not stagnant.
What happens when things are stagnant? When I think of stagnant, I think of water that is not moving. When you have stagnant water, you have an environmental hazard. It endangers life. It may have a smell. Nothing is moving in and out, and it becomes overgrown with algae and debris. Stagnant is the same for us. When we are stagnant, we are creating a breeding ground for us to have disease and physiological issues. We will be stuck mind, body, and soul!
DIVE INTO SCRIPTURE
Pastor Robert began in Genesis and discussed how God was a God of movement. He made everything to move. In the beginning, he put everything into motion. The water was made to move; the animals were made to move; he breathed life into us so we could move. Nothing needs nor is meant to be stagnant.
In the beginning, the Spirit of God was moving. He moves on our behalf. Nothing he created needed to be stagnant. He created the whole solar system. He put it into place, and it moved. We are moving now, and we don’t even know it. He breathed life into us, and our heart started to move. There is a cadence of creation.
Genesis 1:1-31 The Beginning
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Psalm 37:23 the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
Mary Visits Elizabeth Luke 1:39-45
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
Acts 1:9-12 Jesus Ascends to Heaven
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Jesus gave the disciples the great commission and told THEM TO GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES.
The Great Commission Matthew 28
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Acts 3 A Lame Man Healed
3 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to [a]ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
As Pastor Robert states, the Bible is a symphony of movement. Think about this- part of God’s name is GO! We tend to get stuck, stuck in the eating of the same food, sitting in the same pew, doing the same thing. The kingdom of God is where God’s lame people can get up and KEEP ON MOVING.
If we go back to the three words last week What He Did, we can also relate it to this story. We were stuck because of Adam and Eve, but because of Jesus and What He Did we were unstuck, we are on the move. BECAUSE OF HIM KEEP ON MOVING!
CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK
- Keep your daily appointment
- Dive deep into the word
- Keep on moving
- Fill your cup with Christ
ELEVATION CHURCH The Beauty of Being stuck Robert Madu March 15-20
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