"Stickl explains how hearing the still small voice of God and obeying his call will lead us into a deeper, more passionate relationship with him.”
—Robert Morris, founding senior pastor, Gateway Church, Dallas/Fort Worth
There is a big difference between being set free and living free.
How do I know what to do with my life? How do I hear God’s voice? Maybe the answer is easier than we think. When God led the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land, He gave them a cloud to follow. He led them in an intimately personal, ever-present way one next step at a time. He led them without revealing the whole picture because he wanted them to follow by faith.
In Follow the Cloud, Pastor John Stickl uses this image to ask, “What if we stopped letting obligation drive us and instead let grace lead us? What if instead of focusing on our faithfulness toward God, we focus on God’s faithfulness toward us?”
The cloud of God’s presence is moving in your life right now. Maybe God is inviting you to follow him to a new career or relationship. Maybe he is inviting you to extend forgiveness, share your story, or give up your addiction. Whatever your next step is, God is leading you to discover who you are, who he is, and what you were created to do. He is inviting you to a life of freedom. Inviting you home - one step at a time.
Stickl, lead pastor of Valley Creek Church in Flower Mound, Tex., focuses here on leaning passionately into one's relationship with the Lord as opposed to working hard to earn God's favor. According to Stickl, God wants to set people free and is continually at work within the hearts of believers to do just that. When Christians learn how to love themselves as God loves them, they become empowered to fully and selflessly serve all of God's creatures. Stickl's formula for becoming free is simple: receive God's grace (identity) and experience His presence (relationship) to release His kingdom (purpose). In one of the strongest moments, he recalls childhood memories of eating out at restaurants and completing connect-the-dot puzzles as he waited for his food; in the same way, Christians want to create their own connect-the-dot plans for life rather than trust God to reveal only one step (one dot) at a time. He asserts that, if God revealed his plan to Christ followers, they wouldn't be able to handle it. It is therefore necessary to have faith and "follow the Cloud" that originally led the Israelites out of Egypt. This book will have great appeal to millennial Christians looking for fresh takes on scriptural lessons.
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This is an incredible book for anyone on their journey with Jesus. It is so BIblical, practical, and encouraing for anyone looking to discover who made them, and what it looks like to walk with their Creator everyday!
This book is a must-read for every Christian - from those just beginning their journey with Jesus, to those who have been following Him for decades. There is always a next step to take, and more freedom to walk in, and this book inspires and teaches us how to do that with the right motives and foundational beliefs (identity - relationship - purpose, in that order, not the other way around). I highly recommend this book!
Follow the Cloud