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What Should I Do
Father, there are so many roads in life that we can travel leading in various directions. It is not always clear which is the best one for us to journey. Some roads look clear at the beginning until travelled for a distance only to find ourselves in darkness or there is no road at all.
When we are unclear about our purpose, direction or feel confused, stagnant, or lost, please stir up Your internal GPS [The Holy Spirit] within us to speak to us and show us the way we should go. If necessary, please recalibrate our hearts with Your Word that we may hear Your voice clearly, for a strangers voice we will not follow.
Today Father we release worry and anxiety about our future and place them both in Your capable hands. Thank You for guiding every step we take and every decision before us. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.—Psalm 119:105
Thank You LORD!
Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to walk on this earth and show us the way to You. Through His death and resurrection we have forgiveness and hope of eternal life.
You have replaced our heart of stone with a heart of flesh born of the Spirit. We confess our sins and ask You to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Show us through Scripture and godly teaching how to turn away from the ever-changing values and principles of this world where the prince of darkness reigns.
Endear our hearts instead to building an eternal spiritual foundation while we look upward to that great City whose Maker and Builder is the Lord Jesus Christ. Our minds cannot conceive what is in store for us but it will far surpass anything we might possibly hope to find in this life. Keep us faithful until that eventful transfer. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
But as it is written: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” 1 Cor. 2:9
It's Not Over!
Have you ever sinned and was cutoff, disowned and counted out by man (family, friends and the like)? As children (and even as an adult) were told you would never amount to anything?
The Good News is that man is not the Creator and Author of Your fate! The God that created you in "His" image has the final say. I challenge you today, to shut out the noise, return to the Father and watch Him restore You and return everything and more of what was stolen from you.
Father, Merciful God, please lead us back to You when we have strayed from Your righteous path or treaded into dangerous waters. Deliver us from the fowler protecting us from the evil we see, the evil we cannot see and the evil we prefer to ignore.
We need Your guidance, Lord for we cannot do this alone. Only with Your help can we be saved. As a Loving Father, we incline our ear to Your invitation, "Come back to Me" as we are filled with a longing to return to You. Show us the way to return to the One Who loved us first and died for our transgressions.
Lead, guide and keep us that we may do good works in Your Name and for Your glory and our good. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2
July 24-31, 2016
"You Can't Take It With You"
Our scriptures this week focus on Ecclesiastes 2:18-23, Psalm 49:1-12 and Luke 12:13-21. In each of the scriptures this week, the focal point is about accumulation of wealth on earth and the importance of focusing on what true wealth is. Part of Western society philosophy is about being number one, being the best, the one with the most toys wins...Sadly this thought process has caused us to lose focus on what is really important in our lives; The relationship we have with God the Creator, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit far outweigh anything we can gain on earth and whatever we accumulate on earth we can't take with us.
In Ecclesiastes the prophet bemoans what it means to place all our faith in what we accumulate in wealth while on earth. When we die it is left to someone who has done nothing to earn the wealth, or proved that they deserve to have it, or whether they will keep what is passed on to them. The prophet reminds us ever so gently that we focus on the wrong treasure. What we accumulate on earth stays on earth but when our focus is on God then we are greeted when we leave this earth. So what becomes more important, the here and now, or the future?
In Luke this week, Jesus is asked by by a person in the crowd to sit as judge and divide an inheritance. Jesus shares a parable with the people of a rich land owner that had so much in crops that he couldn't store it all. Instead of sharing the plentiful harvest with his neighbors the land owner decided to tear down the store houses and build larger ones so that he could relax and enjoy the excess of the harvest. That night God came to the land owner and said foolish foolish man you have wasted what was given to you for tonight you leave this world. In the end we all have choices, will we share the abundance of our lives or will we hold on so tightly to this world that we forsake life everlasting?
What would it take for us to take action? How many people would it take for use to be moved to say no more? Would we sit idly by and continue to watch the would implode or would we stand with the underdog, the less fortunate, those who cannot help themselves? Jesus came to save the chosen people of God, in the end he came to save the world. He reached out to the fringes of society, the rejected, the lost, those who had been found worthy enough. Would we be here today if Jesus had't decided for the greater good of all people.
Now we are at a cross road again in the world, where it seems hell bent on destroying itself in the name of religion. As people of God all over the world we must stand in solidarity and demand peace. To stand and protect those who cannot protect themselves. To help refugees and others who seek peace and asylum.
Once we were a people looking to a new world to begin again, to escape persecution. Our country has been called the melting pot of the world because of our deep diversity. Now we must welcome stranger for a foreign land to a home of peace and solidity once more. Let us not repeat the mistakes of our past and go back to war to fight violence with violence, NO we must stand together and demand peace and justice for all people. The time is now.