Last week we began to address the three-fold act of Gospel-Storytelling. That being, developing the ability to give witness to God Breaking In(to) our lives (BI), God Breaking Through (BT) our hurt, sin and shame and God Breaking Out (BO) on mission through our redeemed lives.
You were asked to take 30-60 minutes of reflection to focus on the ways in which God has broken into your life. I hope you were able to do that. IF you were not, please take some time to do that exercise before you move on to the exercise for this week.
This week we want to move on the idea of God breaking through the crud and crap of our lives. Some may feel that we have more crud than others or more than anyone else, but the simple fact is that we do not walk alone in having problems we must deal with.
Everybody has problems, bad habits, addictions, hurts, shame, secrets, stumbling blocks and a myriad of other things that we wish we did not have, or at least we wish nobody would ever find out about.
Breaking Through Exercise: Set aside a period of time (30-60 minutes) to focus on how God has broken through the not so nice stuff of your life. Make sure you will be able to unplug and remove yourself from anything that will distract you.
As you begin your time of reflection, pray that God would remove any distractions so you might hear clearly from the Lord.
Then ask the Lord to bring to mind the ways that he broke through the muck your life. These BT moments may be sins overcome, habits broken, hurts healed, rough edges rounded off, doubts dispelled, relationships restored or ended, etc. Make sure to try to list anything God has done or is in the process of doing that is making you more into the person that he desires you to be. Make sure not to rush this process. It may take a bit of time for the memories to come to mind.
Make a list of the times and ways that God has Broke Through. Once you have listed these things, keep them safely tucked away in a safe spot until next week!