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Posted by: Natalie Latzka on 10/08/2021

What Does God Want From Me?

Presentation Overview:

In my book, Navigating True North, I set out on a journey to find the truth about God. After a very difficult time in my life, I came to the personal realization that much of what I believed in terms of faith in God, had been influenced by what I have come to refer to as magnetic north.  I define magnetic north as everchanging “worldly” forces influenced by individual, religious and societal agendas, motivated by the desire for influence, power and control.  The forces of magnetic north promise to lead people in the direction of contentment, safety and truth, but ultimately leaves people feeling hopelessly lost in life. For me, the most disheartening part about finding myself lost in life, was the fact that I willingly and blindly followed those directions without ever questioning whether or not I was headed in the right direction.

As I looked to find the truth about my faith and God, I knew I needed to find evidence to support what I believed and why I believed it as I was no longer willing to accept blind-faith.  For me, that meant starting from the very beginning and completely rebuilding my faith foundation by asking these important questions: Is there evidence that God exists?  And, is there evidence of who God is? Leveraging my skills as an attorney, I painstakingly studied topics such as cosmology, biology, evolution, thermodynamics, quantum physics and historical methodologies.  For years, I studied the facts and weighed the evidence for myself, ultimately finding objective evidence to conclude there was an intelligent designer and that intelligent designer was the God of the Christian Bible who came to earth as the person of Jesus.

Armed with evidence that Jesus was God, I wanted to understand more about the message that Jesus brought to earth. To do that, I needed to strip away, as best I could, the influences magnetic north had on that message. I found something I had never heard before.  For the first time, the words "Kingdom of God" jumped out at me from the text of the gospels.   Jesus taught and demonstrated that the Kingdom of God is available to us here and now as we live our lives on Earth.  

My journey taught me to live differently. I wanted to take the teachings of Jesus and find a way to incorporate them into my everyday life.  I have created a mnemonic, S.T.A.N.D and C.L.I.M.B. which reminds me of what I want to do each day to live fully and intentionally connected to God’s kingdom.

General Presentation Outline (1-2 hour presentation)

1. S.T.A.N.D. represents what I want to do each day to live like Jesus

  • S = surrender and seek first the kingdom of God 
  • T = time in relationship with God
  • A = Attitude of Altitude like Jesus
  • N = Navigate with the Holy Spirit
  • D = Do it!

2. C.L.I.M.B. represents what God promises me if I have the courage to stand

  • C = continued Challenges but will walk by your side
  • L = life more abundantly and eternally
  • I = insight and fruits of the Spirit
  • M = my purpose, meaning and significance
  • B = bold faith

Target Audience

- Christians looks for ways to apply Jesus' message to their everyday life.

-Apologetics: Christians struggling to articulately defend and share their faith. (Only about 19% of Christians will share reasons for their faith with others.) 

- Anyone of any faith looking for evidence supporting truth and a deeper sense of purpose, meaning and significance in life. (Only about 25% of Americans feel they have a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.)

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