3 CD disc includes:
SURVIVAL KIT: THE JOURNEY CALLED LIFE
All That You Need To Make It In This Journey Called “Life.”
“Down to Your Last Pot of Oil” 2 Kings 4:1-7 A distraught widow cries out to the prophet Elisha that her husband’s death has left her destitute and creditors are coming to take her sons as slaves. She says the only thing she has of any value is one small jar of olive oil. He instructs her to go around and borrow empty jars from her neighbors. Then to fill those jars with the oil. Just as Jesus turned water into wine for the groom who had run out, the widow is able to fill all of the jars with the olive oil. Elisha then tells her to sell those jars of oil to pay off the creditors and to take whatever was left and use it to care for her sons and herself. Like the widow, many of us have been “down to our last pot of oil.” We worried and stressed about how that last pot would not be sufficient to carry us through. But, Pastor Claudette asserts, sometimes what appears to be our last can actually be our first. And, sometimes it takes being down to your last to be in the proper position to receive what God has in store for you.
“What Are You Doing Here?” In 1King 19:1-9, Elijah had killed all the prophets with his sword. Fearing for his own life, he fled. Hiding in the wilderness, he pled to the Lord to end his life. Instead, an angel appeared to Elijah encouraging him and preparing him for a journey to Horeb, the mountain of God, which takes 40 days and 40 nights. Shortly after his arrival, the Lord spoke to Elijah, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He recounted the troubles being caused by the Israelites, and how he feared for his life. The Lord gave him a directive to return home and end the Israelites reign of terror. Similar to Elijah, many of us have found ourselves in precarious predicaments that seem to have no way out. Our embarrassment and shame prevent us from seeking the help we need. Like Elijah, we hide, shut ourselves off from friends and family, praying for deliverance. Pastor Claudette proclaims we need to free ourselves from thinking that we must bear our trials and tribulations alone, that no one else has been where we have been, or experienced the pain we feel. But Pastor Claudette assures us, “No matter how deep in the dark you have buried yourselve or how disaffected you have become, the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.” For every temptation and the ensuing consequences, no matter how heavy, God has made a way out.
“Still Standing” Romans 14:4 reads, “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.” In the book of John 7:53 through 8:1-11, Jesus is in the temple courts teaching the word to a crowd gathered around him. The teachers of the law and Pharisees brought a woman before him who had been caught in adultery. The law of Moses commanded that she be stoned for her transgression. They asked Jesus what he had to say about the matter. His response “Let any one of you who is without sin cast the first stone.” Those who heard began to leave until only Jesus and the woman were left. He let her go and urged her to leave her life of sin. The message Pastor Claudette delivers declares that God will cover you in your darkest hour meaning he will deal with you in secret and silence. He will provide a warning before exposure. He might have let you get caught yesterday but for the purpose of using you today, so he can fix you for tomorrow. Therefore, she encourages us to lift our heads because we serve a God who can deliver us from our wrongdoings in the nick of time. Even at our lowest, He has the power to make us stand.