City Lights Church is a contemporary Christian church located in the northwestern part of Richmond, VA. City Lights Church is a part of the Vineyard USA network and an ARC family member.
Hey there and welcome to the City Lights Podcast. City Lights is a church located in the northwestern part of Richmond, Virginia. For more information about City Lights you can visit us at wearecitylights.com Now enjoy today’s message.
Welcome to our Wednesday pop up service. I’m so glad that we can pop up in your newsfeed right now. My name is Jacob and I’m on the team here at City Lights. Like I said, we are so happy we can pop up and encourage you and give you some hope in your day to day.
Okay, so we’ve been in a series called how “how’s your soul.” We’ve been looking at the soul, like what is the soul? Is it something that floats out there? No, your soul as it’s defined is the inside you. It’s the thing in the inside of you. Like often we focus on the things outside, external things, and if we have this and that and do this and this and that, then we’ll be happy. But the truth is, when your inside life, when your heart is healed when your heart is healthy, that will overflow to your to your outside. So we want to discover what it means to have a healthy soul, which includes your mind, your will, and your emotions. And as we have seen over the past few weeks, the health of your soul is incredibly significant to the overall quality of your life for you to enjoy life.
Last week, we talked about how the soul has hope in God, even when our emotions, our feelings, are out of control. We can be held in the arms of our loving father and have joy in our journey. So this week, I want to answer the question, “Who does my soul hold on to?” Who does my soul hold on?
Now, have you ever experienced a time when you figured out that you weren’t as strong as you thought you were? Or you weren’t as smart as you thought you were? Better yet, have you ever been through something where you felt like wow, I really need help or this is not going to go well because I ain’t strong enough to do it, okay? Now I’ve been on a journey for the past 10 years called #hsb, which stands for hot summer body. I haven’t got it yet, one day maybe. But I’ve been on this journey. So back when I lived in Virginia Beach when I first started this journey to working out I went to the beach with my roommate Daniel and my brother Isaiah for a workout. So my roommate Daniel and Isaiah they are in tip top shape in their lives at that point, I guess they still are now, maybe. But so anyway, so as we were heading to the beach, Daniel gave me this pre-workout like energy bar, and I ate the whole thing. And he was like, “Oh no, you’re only supposed to eat half of that.” I was like, “What? You didn’t tell me that.” I just devoured it because I wanted to be like in tip top shape right? Okay, so we get to the beach and here’s the workout. The workout is this: 10 rounds. We got to do 10 incline push ups, 50 squats, 10 box jumps, then we have to sprint on the sand to the middle of the beach like where the trash cans are and then sprint back to the deck. I do that 10 times. At first I’m thinking oh this workout, this finna be a breeze like I’m about to kill this thing, man. I’m gonna get my #HSB. So this thing won’t be hard at all. First round, I feel kind of good. Like “Dang, I can do this.”
Second round: Not so good. Instantly, it happened that fast. I didn’t feel that good. Right after the second round, third round. I’m burping up my pre workout bar while I’m sprinting back like oh, this ain’t good. Fourth round, as I’m trying to sprint back to the deck, I fall. I fall on the sand. Pimp down, you know? Okay, nevermind. I sprint and I fall down. Then Daniel and Isaiah, they’re like, “Oh, no.” And so they run and they get me, they pick me up and I’m, literally, my feet are dragging on the sand as they get me and throw me back on the deck. You know, and I barely made it. Then Isaiah gave me some water. That was good. So, they had to carry me. And I realized at that moment, I wasn’t strong enough to do that kind of workout without some help. See, in times of trouble, or when we discovered in times of trouble, that’s when we discover that we are not strong enough by ourselves.
We’re not strong enough by ourselves. We are not meant to do life alone. See, our soul needs something to hold on to. Life is fragile, and challenging moments appear without warning. I think we all know that right now how fast all of our lives change instantly. See, but we need a stable, solid source of confidence and peace. And I think that’s in Jesus.
Now this makes you think of a story, though, of the disciple Peter. It’s one of the crazier stories in the Bible. There is this bad storm going on and Jesus and Jesus’s disciples were in a boat and check out Peter’s crazy faith. Matthew 14 says this, “Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them walking on the lake.” This is crazy. “And the disciples saw him walking on the lake. They were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost.'” And it’s not Casper, “they said, and they cried out in fear, but Jesus immediately said to them ‘take courage it is I, don’t be afraid.’ ‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied,” check this out, “‘Lord if it’s you, tell me to come out to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ Jesus said, Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus. When he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink cried out, ‘Lord save me!’ Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ He said, ‘Why did you doubt?'”
See, Jesus doesn’t make storms disappear immediately in our lives. But check this out. He is with you in the storm and he sees you through the storm. We see this with Peter. Notice this is where Peter’s help comes from. Peter needed an outside source. So when he’s walking on the water, and he sees the wind and the waves crashing against them, the source of help, can’t be something without a soul. See, there’s things that we put our source of hope in, we try to hold on to, if it’s an addiction, if it’s a bad habit, if it’s something that we try to put our hope in that you can’t hold on to those things. Because when life gets challenging, that addiction is not going to be the thing that helps you through it. That anger problem is not going to be the thing that helps you through it. Nor can it be in someone who has a soul, check this out, someone who has a soul, but has the same struggles as we do. See, only Jesus qualifies to be the anchor for our souls. See, if you just try to hope on other people, that’s good, you want to have healthy relationships around you, people to support you, but if that’s your only help, I mean, we can’t just rely on people, Jesus is our hope. And our soul can hold on to Jesus. When we feel overwhelmed, God nudges us towards himself. He reminds us that he’s with us and He loves us.
See I love that story because when Peter began to sink, the Bible says Jesus immediately picked him up. And then he asked him a question. He says, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” And that question isn’t like a condemnation, “I can’t believe you doubted, Peter.” No, that question is he’s trying to remind him, “Remember, my grace is for you. You don’t have to be afraid. You can hold on to me. But why did you doubt? Like I’m here, I’m with you.”
See, it’s not about how tight we hold on to the anchor. Rather, it’s about how the anchor is holding on to us. See friends, Jesus is holding on to you tight and when you begin to slip, when you begin to fall, when you cry out, “Jesus, I need you.” He’s there for you, and we can follow him because his power to rescue us is faithful.
Bow your heads with me, let’s pray. God I just thank you that your faithful to rescue us. You’re faithful to save us. When we call you answer. So God I pray that in our life, God, that you will bring light and love to us. God that we can hold on to you as an anchor for our souls; that we can hold on to you knowing that you are good. And you’re with us. In Jesus name. Amen. Amen. Amen. Well, like I said, I’m so glad we can pop up in your feed. I just want to let you know that your next days are your best days and God is with you.
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