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Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr.

Day by Day: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Scripture

ACTS 2:42-47 ESV

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

REFERENCE: ISAIAH 55:6-9, 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18, PSALMS 119:105

Main Idea

What’s your knee-jerk reaction when you don’t know what to? Hopefully, it is to call on Jesus. He is the only one who can direct our steps when we find ourselves not knowing what to do. This is why it is necessary to put faith to practice in every season. With the early Church, God revealed his miracle-working power through their everyday actions. They devoted themselves to biblical teachings, prayer, fellowship, and generosity. These seemingly mundane actions strengthened their faith and enabled them to withstand all kinds of persecution. Take note, the faith journey is a lifelong walk with God and the key to endurance is found in what we do day by day. Quite frankly, 2020 has brought many of us to our knees, but perhaps this posture of prayer is what God has been trying to bring us to all along. Open up your heart and take your worries to Jesus with a new dedication to prayer, devotion to God’s word, and commitment to community. Change your routine to change your life. Remember, practice doesn't make perfect, it makes permanent.


Whatever you do daily determines who you become permanently.

1. Dedicated to prayer

Prayer is meant to be practiced, not just talked about. When we don’t know what to do we can cry out and be certain that he will respond. Isaiah 55:6-9 urges us to seek him while he could be found.

God wants us to linger in his presence in private prayer
Practicing prayer produces God’s presence
The more time we spend with God, the more we become like him

If all of your Christianity happens publicly you’re in trouble. And if all of your Christianity happens privately you’re not doing it right. It’s “both-and.” // Prayer is both public and private.

What do you do when you don’t feel like praying? How do you get around that feeling?

2. Committed to community

As they gathered in community adhering to the Apostles’ teachings, breaking bread and in fellowship with each other awe was felt by all that gathered together as signs and miracles took place. Profound joy and generosity poured in and through their hearts.

Community is essential to faith
People are the purpose, they bring the power, and create the body of Christ
Community inspires awe of God, generosity, and evangelism

“Alone I can go fast, together, we can go farther.”

How has community helped you stay committed to your faith?

summary

Oftentimes we believe we will do well in life simply because of our desires. We can have good intentions but if we don’t have good habits in place, we will never thrive. Surviving seems like the only way to make it through these trying times. But survival isn’t our only option. We can excel in every season as long as we are equipped with the right routines, because the quality of our practice determines the caliber of our performance in life. Coupling our faith with community holds us accountable in our relationship with God. When you practice your faith, God performs his miracles.

call to action

You don’t have to wait until 2021, think of one goal you can set for the rest of the year that will help you practice your faith, whether that’s in prayer, the Bible, or community.

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