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Taking God as your partner

There’s only one place of peace in this world: living all day, everyday, in the presence of God.

Introduction

A little more than 300 years ago, a middle aged man named Nicholas Herman entered a monastery in France and lived the remaining 30 years of his life as a cook. (He was, you might say, a French Friar.) Though his life was lived in obscurity, he accomplished one thing that destined him for greatness. He sought and eventually achieved the ability to walk continually in God's presence.

As he approached the end of his life, he wrote about it in a book that came to be called The Practice of the Presence of God. This book, written by an obscure monk who later became known as Brother Lawrence, has influenced countless Christians over the centuries, helping them discover the joy of living day-in, day-out in God's presence.

In one of his writings, he said, "If I were a preacher I would, above all other things, preach the practice of the presence of God. For there is nothing in the world sweeter or more delightful than a continual conversation with God."

For the next four weeks we will talk about how to practice the presence of God—experiencing God in your life 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today, we're tackling the first step: Taking God as your partner.

Whatever it is that you do with the majority of your time—whether you're a business person, a student, a parent, or whatever else it may be—God wants to be part of it.

Today we'll look at Psalm 127. These verses can be applied to any area of life—our business, our home life, our marriage, and so on. They teach us that God wants to be involved in every area of our lives; everything we do is important to him.

Listen to what the Psalmist says in verse 1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard ...

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Steve May has been a pastor to pastors for more than 20 years, helping preachers and teachers to become more effective communicators of the gospel.

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Sermon Outline:

I. Introduction

God wants to be involved in every area of our lives because everything we do is important to him.

II. God wants to be in charge of our responsibilities.

III. Giving God responsibility for our life doesn't relieve us of responsibility.

IV. Giving God responsibility is the key to finding peace.

Conclusion

Since God is the senior partner in the relationship, you are to follow his lead knowing he will take you to the best place you can possibly be.