GRIEF ROOM – ADORING GOD AS OUR GUIDE, COMMUNICATOR, SHEPHERD & FRIEND

INTRODUCTION

Micah 4:1- “And it will come about in the last days that the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the Chief of the Mountains. It will be raised above the hills, and the peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, ‘Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD and to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us about His ways and that we may walk in His paths.’ For from Zion will go forth the law, even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”

You are called to be the greatest lovers of Him in the midst of the day: “the greatest way to love someone is to listen to their heart.” You are to be Hearers of His heart!

GOD AS OUR GUIDE

SCRIPTURES

Exodus 15:13- “In Your loving-kindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; In Your strength You have guided {them} to Your holy habitation.”

Nehemiah 9:19- “You, in Your great compassion, Did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, To guide them on their way, Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go.”

Psalm 74:24- “With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory.”

Proverbs 6: 20-22- “My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother; Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck. When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you.”

Isaiah 49:10- “They will not hunger or thirst, nor will the scorching heat or sun strike them down; For He who has compassion on them will lead them and will guide them to springs of water.”

Isaiah 58:11- “And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”

John 16:3- “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

Revelation 7:17- “for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

OUR GOD WHO SEES IN CARES

SCRIPTURES

Psalm 8:4–“what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him?” (and share Your Voice with us)

Psalm 95:7– for He is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under His care. (You speak to us and guide us by Your Voice as the Good Shepherd)

1 Peter 5:7- casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (You care about every detail, and You speak to us in tenderness and with hope)

PROCLAMATION

Father, You are our Caring God, who sees and cares about each and every one of us that you created. You care for the widow, the orphan, the poor, the downcast, the lonely, the oppressed, a bruised reed you will not break! You restore and build us by Your Hopeful Voice. We will be the great carriers of your heart, care for those you care for, and will speak your words of life to those who are weary.

OUR GOD AS COMMUNICATOR

SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES

Psalm 45:2- “You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever.” You speak to us with grace on your lips

James 1:26- If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue; he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

Ephesians 4:29- Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Hebrews 13:16- Love to do good and communicate in and through us. We are “willing communicators”.

John 7:46- “No one ever spoke the way this man does!”o John 4:8-10- Jesus spoke to the woman at the well.

John 21:14-16- Peter on the beach.

GOD AS OUR FRIEND

SCRIPTURES

John 15:13- “Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends.”

John 15:15 – “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

John 17:24 – “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and tosee my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation ofthe world.” You will show us Your glory because we are your friends!

Hosea 2:16 –“In that day,” declares the LORD, “you will call me ‘my husband'; you will nolonger call me ‘my master.” This church will live from their bridal identity as sons not asslaves, because God will build in relationship with you

OUR GOD THE GOOD SHEPHERD

SCRIPTURES

2 Sam 5:2- “You will shepherd your people” with Your Voice

Ps 23:1- “the Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want”…You satisfy us and supply your voice of hope.

Isaiah 30:18 – Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. He is a Gracious Shepherd who leads by His gracious voice

  • Psalm 100:3- “Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. “ He is our Good Shepherd who leads and guides us with His hopeful voice

Exodus 4:10- “Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent,neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I amslow of speech and slow of tongue.” Moses was not eloquent in speech but with God’sleadership as the Good Shepherd, he helped Moses to govern 2 million. God will teach you how to lead and govern

Exodus 15:13 –“In Your loving-kindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation.” In Your strength, you will guide us in perfect love and wisdom…You always love us and guide us with Your rod and staff!

Isaiah 61:3-4 – “… to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair… They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” As the Good Shepherd, you govern and rebuild cities-

Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” As the Good Shepherd, He gives usan inheritance of joy, peace and hope through His voice!