My fleshly desires,reactions,and thoughts tend to get caught up in what is non-important in the eyes of Christ. I worry about things that don’t need worrying and but my attention to things that don’t matter at all. It leaves me thinking about where my identity is found. Is it in Christ? Do my frustrations, worries and stresses honor God and give him glory for the blessings he has poured on me? No, of course not. So I am once again humbled. Remembering that God knows me,he knows my heart. He knows what scares, or worries me. And I am thankful for that. I’m am thankful that I’m allowed and even encouraged to come to him. I praise him because he is my father and I can always trust him. I may struggle to live out every moment in Him, but those struggles leave me knowing and loving him more.
Father I thank you, I praise you,I love you,I worship you.
It is heartbreaking to see what evil has come to this world. And I can’t come up with the right words to express the sorrow, sympathy and love I wish to convey to the families and community of Sandy Hook elementary. We are mourning with you, and praying for you. We pray for God‘s comfort over your hearts. That you would find renewal, hope, and transformation in his love during this time of such pain and grief.
Our hearts break over the evil in the world, the innocence lost and how much we have fallen away from you. We know your heart breaks with ours.Father change this world. Change us. Let us carry out our lives led by your good and holy Spirit. Father we praise you that you are greater than anything. We thank you that in all our imperfections you love us, and sent a greatly needed saviour to us. Father we say “Come Lord Jesus ,Come”. And let us live by your Spirit to fight on day by day against the evil that seeks to pull us away from you.
Father we pray in Jesus name. Amen
Hello Brothers and Sisters,
The blog has been on the quiet side and sometimes that’s OK. Life has been busy and it’s just going to get busier as the holidays near closer. It’s been interesting in this time to do some reflection on my life. And miss this writing!! I miss the passion God gave me to try and connect to people through his spirit by what it’s written on a little ol’ Blog.
God is good, and I am so happy to serve in this manner. I look forward to what God has to teach me and what I can share with all of you. My prayers go out to you and where ever you are. May God bless you, and may your relationship with him only grow.
Your sister in Christ, April
Ever feel like you are working hard and getting nowhere? Like all of your work is for not? Your not getting the credit you deserve for your continued dedication, so really what’s the point?!
Serving God is no easy task, and people often look at Christians and expect us to be perfect. But the truth is we get tired, stressed and frustrated just like everyone else! We are even guilty of making some bad decisions because we forget that we don’t have to do it on our own. Isaac did that too. I’ve been reading through Genesis and was encouraged by Isaac. Even though he was not perfect and would panic from time to time making some bad judgments just like his dad.
(She’s not my wife she’s just my sister! 26:7) God still blesses him for his faithfulness. God knows that Isaac isn’t perfect but he worked hard when no one else would.
Genesis 26:19-25 shows us how Isaac spent time building and reopening wells that were closed up during a time of famine just to have the herdsman come and take it away claiming it as their own!!! The nerve of those guys! But Isaac says ok, I will move and build my well somewhere else and they come and do it again and again. After digging the third well he praises God for giving him room. He wasn’t disgruntled, but thank full, counted it as a blessing, built an alter and worshiped God!!
Remember that every trial small or large is a way for us to be servants of God and show he is working in us. God chose to bless Isaac because he humbled himself in serving God. Abimelech saw that God was with Isaac because he was clearly blessed. So Abemelech wanted to make peace with him.
Serving God humbly no matter how many wells we have to dig up will breed fruitfulness. Either in us or others. Some one who is misguided, unsaved or completely against you could see the work God is doing in your life and decide they want it too, and to see the Holy Spirit work in that way is truly a blessing to us.
I have forgotten your majesty and everything you have done for me. I confess that I have made life about myself and not you. I have dishonored your name by my thoughts, words and actions, and made idols of earthly things. Forgive me father for living in these meaningless ways and give me transformation by your Holy Spirit; so that I may gain greater understanding of your glory and hunger and thirst for you every day. I thank you for your son Jesus Christ who died because of my sins and it is because of that salvation that I pray to you now. In Jesus’ name. Amen
It is so easy to feel like you have failed. To feel depressed, and clueless to God’s plan for your life. To think “I’m being a good Christian. I pray and worship the Lord. I am thankful for what I have and where I’ve been. But God still won’t give me direction. I just feel lost and don’t know what I’m meant to do or where I’m meant to go! I tried to do one thing and it didn’t work out so I tried another and still I’m getting nowhere, and now I have more problems. I’m stuck in a mess and just confused and wish God would clue me in.”
Have you ever felt this way?
Abram probably felt this way too at some point. God sent him and his family on journey from Ur to Haran and into Egypt. Over 560 miles on foot with his family. (That’s like walking from NYC to Toronto, CA) But God did not point to a map and say to Abram “I need you to go here, here, and here, and I need you to do this so you will understand my power and the favor I have in you. And also,so you can understand the fullness of the blessing I will bestow on you when you are 100 years old.” But God did make him a promise to protect him and bless him for his obedience and faith. In Genesis 12:1-2 God calls out to Abram saying;
“Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you: I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the people on earth will be blessed through you.”
Even with God speaking so clearly several times in the same manner as the verse above Abram still got stuck in a limited human mindset of what God had in store for him and just how God wanted him to get there. There are several times in Genesis where Abram fears what to do in his life, and tries to take matters into his own hands. He was confused about what God wanted him to do, and how he and his family would survive. Gen 12:10-20 is just the first of these examples. There was famine and Abram makes a decision based in his own fear that not only leads him into sin but puts his wife and the figurehead of a nation (Pharaoh) into sin as well. All because of misjudgment and fear.
However, God goes on to protect them from that sin and blesses them in spite of Abram’s misjudgment. Proving to Abram that God is in control and has a plan for him.
God has given us blessings and a promise too. Though Jesus Christ. The promise of salvation has been given to all who believe that Christ died to give us redemption from sin. Jesus has already completed that promise. So if God is willing to send his son to earth and die on our behalf don’t you think he is going to continue to look out for us, provide for us and love us? All it takes is having trust and faith in the face of what seems to be impossible and hopeless. Abram though he failed at times was faithful to God, and it wasn’t until the age of 100 that God gave him a son that he desired. It was all in God’s timeline. This is something that we all struggle with. We are limited in our understanding, and sometimes in our faith; but we can rest assured that so long as we seek out God’s glory no mater how trying the situation he will protect us and provide us with everything we need.
1 Corinthians 1:26
Brothers, think of what you were where you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (v.29-30) So that no one my boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom of God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Many of us have had to get to a deep dark place of pain, confusion, and loss of control in our lives before we dedicated our life to Christ. We are full of ego’s, false securities, and wisdom of the world. I myself thought I had life figured out. I was doing ok on my own. Though, I was never popular, influential or considered wise by anyone, but I thought I was wise enough by my own standards. Until I realized I had the wrong friends, was in the wrong kind of relationship and it all fell apart.
When I re-dedicated my life to Christ I began to change and I have grown everyday as I read, meditate and practice the word of God. It took foolish, weak things of the world that don’t matter to God to break me down to a weak and humble servant. It is because of those things that I found true love , wisdom, and redemption in Christ. I was not wise then. I didn’t even know what wisdom looked like or where it could be found, but I know now that wisdom is found in the word of God. I pray every day to be lead with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and to never lean on my own understanding.
Father God,I thank you for showing me just how mighty and wise you are. Guide me Lord to always be a vessel for your Spirit; so that I may only boast in you. In Christ’s name, Amen
A little bit on fire this morning…
What is our focus on? What expectations do we have from serving in the church? Have we become to self-serving?
We as a body of Christ are called to work together in unity with love to serve each other and the community. Not because it is a duty as a Christian, but because this is how Jesus lived. And we are called to be imitators of Jesus. When Jesus was performing miracles and sharing the Spirit of God the only thing he was expecting to get out of it was the glorification of the King and creator. He was not in it for himself. He trusted that God would provide for him and so he provided for others without asking God what he could get out of it.
It is such a privilege to serve God and feel the Holy Spirit working in our lives. It’s amazing when we see God’s plan coming together, or when we see someone who was lost and without hope realize that they are loved beyond measure and Jesus has taken away all the wrongs and all the wounds of their past and we see them baptized with the Spirit. How glorious is it when we see the works of Gods hands? That is the point and the expectation we should have when we serve the Church and Christ. That we will glorify the Kingdom and bring others to know their salvation. We can not be serving ourselves when serve in the church and asking “what’s in it for me”.
I’ve been pulled to Acts 2 several times recently and with verse 42 we see how believers who were newly baptized with the Holy Spirit went on to work in unity and sold their possessions and gave to anyone who had a need. Those who received their gifts then met in fellowship and became newly baptized themselves. The Holy Spirit kept on working and growing because the believers did what ever they could to serve and show that God was in them without asking what was in it for them. And so they were blessed and kept on growing in numbers bring glory to God.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17
“Therefor we do not lose heart.Though outwardly we are wasting away,yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
Brothers and Sisters- My back hurts,my eyes hurt and parts of my body seem to be falling apart. But it’s amazing how wonderful and full of life i feel when I hear God talking to me through the Bible.When we respond to all the pains and worries of life with faith and continue to grow with God in our study and prayer we are achieving glory. And that glory outweighs all the troubles of life. Amazing. Verse 18 goes on to say “So fix your eyes not on what is seen,but on what is unseen. for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Thank you lord for all that you give that is unseen. Give us eyes with vision for only you; so that our faith will never waver.In Jesus name,Amen
salvation and sweet dreams