BETTER TOGETHER: Shifting Into Heaven
SHIFTING INTO HEAVEN
Luke 1:26–27 (ESV) 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.
Everyone in this room is involved in at least one earthly shift - we are a new church family! You will engage in many earthly shifts throughout your life, for all of the good benefits attached, and rightfully so. In those moments it’s important to see beyond the natural and into the supernatural realm so that you recognize Heaven’s agenda that is part of the shift you make here on earth. Shifting through the natural and into Heaven’s agenda will allow you to experience all that God has for you!
Don’t shift only into the natural: new location, additional leaders, cool new signs….
Shift beyond the natural agenda into heaven’s agenda for you - faith, ministry, etc
1. Earthly Shifts Pull Emotional Triggers
Ever had someone shift unexpectedly and dump your coffee all over your lap? Earthly shifts will always attack your emotional weak spots in an attempt to derail God’s best in your life.
Mary is experiencing an earthly shift, and likely all the emotions attached!
Leaving family to marry a man
Likely an arranged marriage to an older man
Moving from her family’s home to his home
She was a virgin…
It is likely that everyone has experienced some uneasiness during a shift. What really makes it unsettling is that most shifts happen void of an audible voice from heaven - that would give everyone 100% confidence
Earthly Shifts Happen: 1) Commanded To Shift; 2) Get To Shift; 3) Forced To Shift
Mary is likely shifting, likely for reason 2 or 3
Remember, MY EMOTIONS MAY BE REAL, BUT ARE OFTEN NOT BASED ON GOD’S TRUTH. THEY TEND TO BE MY NATURAL RESPONSE TO THE ENEMY’S LIE!
FAITH is not the absence of uncertainty or doubt! It’s the decision to take steps in spite of those feelings into the better future that God has for you!
2. Shift With 100% Confidence, IN HIM!
Psalm 37:23–24 (ESV) 23 The steps of a man are established (FIRM) by the LORD, when he delights in his way; 24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.
Following after The LORD is always the RIGHT path forward (HE IS GOOD, HE IS FOR ME, MY BEST IS IN HIS HEART!)
FALLING is an earthly reality - poor choice, unforseen circumstance, attack,
He Is Committed To Upholding Me!
Make the best choice you can, and be all in! Circumstances beyond your control? Run through the flames - He Is With You!
3. Shift Fully Into Heaven’s Agenda!
Mary was shifting into marriage on earth, but her shift unlocked heaven’s destiny!
Angels appeared, Martha prophesied, the priest recognized!!!
See beyond the natural as you shift
Fight to see the tomorrow impact
Mark 1:17 (ESV) 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
Shift Into Following Jesus
Shift Into Heaven’s Agenda