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Friday, August 10thExperiencing the Wonder of God


Dr. Tim speaks with Margaret Feinberg about the wonder of God's presence, activity and plans for our lives.

Bio: A popular speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst and Thrive, Margaret Feinberg was recently named one of the '30 Voices' who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the '40 Under 40' who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing. She has written more than two dozen books and Bible studies including the critically-acclaimed The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine (Zondervan) and their corresponding DVD Bible studies. She is known for her relational teaching style and inviting people to discover the relevance of God and His Word in a modern world.

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Life, Love and Family Daily Fact Sheet

Dr. Tim Clinton

“The Wonder of Knowing God”

 

4 Steps for Cultivating the Capacity for Wonder:

  • Slow Down—distractions and to-do lists can leave us moving through life and missing God. Minimize the busyness. Embrace the silence. Intentionally set aside time to spend with the Lord on a daily basis.
  • Have Divine Expectation—pray for God to reveal Himself to you and then expect to notice the Lord’s work in even the smallest details of your life. God wants to display His glory, power, might, and presence in our lives. We just have to have eyes that see and ears that hear.
  • Spend Time in Creation—revel in the beauty of God’s creation. Watch the birds. Go for a walk. Sit in the stillness of the morning. The presence of God is evident in all that He made and He can be found in the simplest of sceneries.
  • Practice Spiritual Disciplines—spiritual disciplines such as prayer, meditation, fasting, and study are designed by God to draw us into personal communion with Him. The spiritual disciplines help us focus on the things of God so that we might truly worship Him. Seek to incorporate these into your walk with Him.

 

Knowing God (Crabb, 2001):

  • Theology becomes rich only when it survives the onslaught of pain. A sound theology leads us through our pain to a fuller experience of God and, therefore, a fuller experience of faith, hope, and love.
  • Pain that can open our hearts to search for God is deep pain.
  • Pain makes people stand still and think about something outside of themselves, something more important and more interesting than their own concerns about who they are and how they are getting on. Pain compels people to ask terrifying questions about themselves, life, and God.
  • God invites us to enter into a relationship with Him on His terms. He invites us to join Him in achieving His great purpose: The overthrowing of evil and the bringing together of all things in Christ. He invites us, in short, to find Him.
  • In the process of finding Him, we will find ourselves.
  • Until we are moved to know Him with a passion that we feel nowhere else, we will not use the struggles of life as an impetus to find God. Until our passion for finding God is deeper than any other passion, we will arrange our lives according to our taste, not God’s.
  • Until we chase after God like a thirsty deer looking for water, pursuing Him with passion, we will not find Him.
  • God knows everything about us. He is aware of our struggles and longs for us to know Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the answer to our problems.
  • To believe in Christ is faith. To wait for Him is hope. To serve Him is love.

 

Quotes:

  • “We are designed and created to see and favor God and His handiwork.”—Margaret Feinberg
  • “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…We need silence to be able to touch souls.”—Mother Teresa
  • “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.”—Anne Frank
  • “The world will never starve for want of wonders.”—G.K. Chesterton
  • “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”—George Washington Carver
  • “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.”—A.W. Tozer
  • “Discontentment can be the mother of change.”—Tim Clinton
  • “There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.”—John Calvin

 

Key Thoughts (Clinton & Hawkins, 2009):

  • God will reveal His will to those who earnestly seek Him.
  • God is most interested in a relationship in which we lean on Him daily for our strength and guidance. He will not show a person his or her entire life’s journey. He wants us to rely on Him throughout our lives.
  • God uses our trials to shape our personal and spiritual lives for the better, and for His glory.
  • God has a much bigger picture for our lives than we could ever imagine. Challenges along the way are God’s way of refining us, preparing us for the bigger and better picture.
  • Believers are called to trust in the Lord, delight themselves in Him, commit their way to Him, and wait patiently for Him to act.
  • Trusting focuses our faith and deepens our commitment.
  • Delighting in God means that we experience pleasure in His presence.
  • Committing our way to God means entrusting everything in our lives to His guidance and control.
  • Waiting patiently is sometimes difficult but it is often the ultimate test of our trust in God.

 

Verses:

  • “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”—Colossians 1:15-17
  • “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”—Romans 1:20
  • “O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.”—Psalm 34:8
  • “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.”—Ecclesiastes 3:11
  • “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for you.”—Jeremiah 32:17
  • “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.”—Hebrews 11:3
  • “For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind and declares to man what are His thoughts, He who makes dawn into darkness and treads on the high places of the earth, the Lord God of hosts is His name.”—Amos 4:13
  • “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty!”—Psalm 8:3-5

 

 

Endnotes

Clinton, T. & Hawkins, R. (2009). The quick-reference guide to biblical counseling. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Crabb, L. (2001). “Knowing God.” The Bible for Hope: Caring for People God’s Way. Nashville, TV: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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