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      Puzzled (Oasis 9-28-14)


      How do you solve a puzzle?

      • Arrange by color groups
      • Establish a border
      • Forget the puzzle I’m going to watch the game
      • BUT all this is for not if you don’t have the box top!


      Life is a puzzle, some pieces come easy and naturally you know right where they should go, but then there are other pieces you really aren’t sure what to do with. They just don’t seem to make sense! So we try to make the fit and God maybe saying that piece simply doesn’t belong there.


      1 Corinthians 13:12

      Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.  NLT


      1 Corinthians 13:12

      We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it wont be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us.

      The Message


      Relationship didn’t work out…I didn’t get the job…I didn’t get into that school…friend turned back on me…my dad left… can’t get pregnant…job loss…closed door…


      [Benny Hinn job didn’t work out/ Ohio didn’t work out]


      How do we live in the now trusting God for the then?


      John the Baptist – was sent to prepare the way like a voice in the wilderness…mom was Elizabeth, making John and Jesus 2nd cousins…was baptizing people and saw Jesus and said “behold, the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world”…a dove descends on Jesus and a voice from heaven says “this is my son in whom I am well pleased…”


      Don’t you think it is safe to assume that John knows who Jesus is?


      Matthew 11:2-6

      When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 


      What??? John only had a puzzle piece…(wilderness, clothes, locust & honey)


      [cleaning toilets/ mowing / picking up rocks]


       Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 


      Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” 


      The enemy will whisper lies.. no good, not saved, no God


      John you don’t have the box top! 


      Does Jesus get mad at John? Now look what he says a few verses later 


      Matthew 11:11

      Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist...” 


      Right in the middle of John’s doubt, he affirms him!!


      In the doubts of today we must trust in His tomorrow’s


      2 Corinthians 5:7

      We walk by faith not by sight…


      Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.


      In 2013 I quit my job by faith…


      Jeremiah 29:11

      For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


      Our faith is in God and not the outcome we want.

      ~Craig Groeschel 


      (Isaiah 55:8-9)

      “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 


      You don’t have the box top! GOD DOES!!!


      Ps 91:2

      I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.


      The same God that Peter, Joseph, David, had to trust is alive today and has your BOX TOP!!!


      Ecclesiastes 3:11

      "Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end."