Week of June 24th 2012
As we close our study of Romans 12 we should have a transformed sense of who we are as Christians. Now is when the real work begins. My prayer for all of you is that you would offer your whole self to our Father as a surrendered living sacrifice. Remember his promise for you and set yourself apart when this world and this city seek to pull you into its ways. Be humble and know that God has given you a purpose, and made you special with skills and opportunities to serve him by lovingly serving others. Remember brothers and sisters that we are called to show the same grace, kindness and love that Christ has shown us. Even when you are hurting, do not seek revenge but forgive and bless those who hurt you. Keep in constant prayer and know that God is stronger than any evil. He loves you, he wants you and he will never leave you.
Father in heaven, Thank you for your grace over our lives when we don’t deserve it. Thank you for speaking to us and for the blessings we receive in the Spirit. We surrender ourselves to your almighty arms Lord and ask that your Spirit lead us to always live surrendered and set apart. Living with sober minds, serving others and supernaturally responding to evil. So that the world will see a love in us and know it came from you. All of these things we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
My mother and I were on our way to a wedding in a town we didn’t know. So as is common practice today; we pulled out the good old GPS and trusted that it would lead us to the hotel and to the wedding on time. Well things were going smoothly until we were about 15 min away and the GPS wanted us to turn down a road that didn’t exist!! We drove around panicked as the time clicked closer and closer to the start time of the wedding, and we weren’t even dressed! I was IN the wedding, we couldn’t be late! Well that GPS did us no good and we eventually stopped listening to it and started to just drive around till eventually the GPS chimed in that we were on the right track and very close to the hotel. Where we checked in, dropped off our bags and changed in the hotel lobby bathroom cause there was no time to get up to our room. Luckily, we made it and had a wonderful time celebrating the marriage of a good friend.
God kind of works like a GPS, only he will never get us lost. He knows when we are stuck in traffic and need to get out. He knows when the road we are traveling is under construction with lots of damage and renewal needed. Lastly, he knows when we are smoothly sailing safely on the highway of life. He is the one who puts us on these roads whether you realize it or not. Unlike my mother and I with the GPS, we can’t decide not to listen to God and be ok finding our own way. It doesn’t quite work like that with him. The Holy Spirit that is in us is our personal GPS, never steering us wrong and always knowing where our road will lead. We have an internal GSS. God, Son, and Holy Spirit. We just have to trust it in everything we do and every road we travel. If he brought you to it, he will bring you through it.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
For Mom,Love you