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Monday, March 30, 2009

Growing Spiritually

Our walk with God is continuous; it unfolds day by day, and it offers countless opportunities to grow closer to Him. As each new day unfolds, we are confronted with a wide range of choices: how we will behave, where we will direct our thoughts, with whom we will associate, and what we will choose to worship. These choices, along with many others like them, are ours and ours alone. How we choose determines how our relationship with God will unfold.

Are we continuing to mature in our love and knowledge of the Lord, or are we "satisfied" with the current state of our spiritual health? Hopefully, we're determined to make ourself a growing Christian. Your Savior deserves no less, and neither, by the way, do we.

Growing to spiritual maturity requires a plan. And remember this: Spiritual maturity is a journey, not a destination-and a growing relationship with God should be our highest priority.

Friday, March 27, 2009

He Is Our Today & Tomorrow

Sometimes we can see the future clear and bright and sometimes we can't see it at all. Yet even when we cannot see the potential of tomorrow, God can. When we became believers, our challenge was to trust an uncertain tomorrow to an all-powerful God.
Do we feel comfortable to place our future into the hands of a loving and all-knowing God? Can we relax in the uncertainties of today, knowing that God has dominion over all of our tomorrows? If we can, we are wise and moving in the right direction. When we trust God with everything we are and everything we have, He will be our now and forever. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He doesn't have fear or run away when our days get tough. He said that all things work together for the good to them that love the Lord. This means in the good and the bad times. Doesn't the bible say that the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord? If we give God all of our needs and worries, He is faithful to see us through anything that comes our way.
When life seems unfair, we need to try spending more time trusting God and less time dwelling on if He can be trusted. He Can Be Trusted.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Word of God

Notes from Sunday's sermon:
The word of God will either humble us or anger us. It will always bring a reaction. If our heart is tender the word will open up to us. It is sharper than a two-edged sword that is able to cut open our heart so all pride and poison can bleed out. The word is able to take out feelings and thoughts that can hinder our walk with Him.. The Lord desires to take us to a place where He can talk to us.
You may not feel important to anyone else, but always remember that you are important to God. Our thoughts, if we are not careful, will lead us to believe that we know more than God when it comes to how situations should be handled. We will never know more than God. Sometimes we need to have a need that is so great that we don't know what to do. This will cause us to seek Jesus where He can meet that need. Your situation may be because He wants to get your attention.
If we are prideful, arrogant, or egotistical, it will show. It we are humble, giving and obedient, it will also show.
God knows how to do things....

Loving Others

Love, begins and ends with God, but the middle part belongs to you and me. During the short time that we have here on earth, God has given each of us the opportunity to become a loving person-or not. God also has given us the opportunity to be kind, to be courteous, to be cooperative, and to be forgiving-or not. God gives each of us the chance to obey the Golden Rule, or to make up our own rules as we go. If we obey God’s rules, we’re safe and most of the time happier, but if we do otherwise, we’re headed to trouble and fast.

All choices that we make have consequences. The decisions that we make and the results of those decisions determine the quality of our relationships. It’s as simple as that.

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Yearning for God

Each day when I awake I find that my love for God is growing deeper. My desire to be so close to Him is consuming me. My yearning to pray has grown and He is faithful to meet me there. His word says to pray continually. Prayer is communication; praise is communication, reading His word is communication, treating others with respect is communication. Our wordless prayers can be numerous. Sermons on this topic are plentiful but until we can grasp some of the various ways for communication and follow through we can feel inadequate and a failure. Keep praying…even when you don’t feel him, hear him, and even when we think He’s a million miles away. He’s right beside us and in us when we are filled with the Holy Ghost. His Spirit gently guides us when we desire it. Prayer is not easy to fall in love with, but if we practice, it will become the most important part of our day.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

God's Timing is Best

Most of us are impatient for God to grant us the desires of our heart. Usually, we know what we want, and we know precisely when we want it: right now, if not sooner. But when God’s plans differ from our own, we must trust His infinite wisdom and His infinite love.
As busy people living in a fast-paced world, many of us find that waiting quietly for God is difficult. Why? Because we are fallible human beings seeking to live according to our own timetables, not God’s. In our better moments, we realize that patience is not only a virtue, it is also the essence of wisdom and the foundation of trust.
Trust God’s timing. God has very big plans in store for our lives, so we must trust Him and wait patiently for those plans to unfold. And remember: God’s timing is best, so we can’t allow ourselves to become discouraged if things don’t work out exactly as we wished. Instead of worrying about our future, entrust it to God.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Have you questioned: God Are You Still There?

Since we have a human nature, we have at one time or another questioned and wondered – God where are you? This question crosses our mind especially during times such as a death of a loved one, illnesses, loss of jobs, divorce and situations that hit us hard. All of us face difficult days. Sometimes even the most optimistic people can become discouraged, and we are no exception. If we find ourselves enduring difficult circumstances, perhaps it’s time for an extreme intellectual makeover-perhaps it’s time to focus more on our strengths and opportunities. And less on the challenges that confront us. The Bible states that God is everywhere we have ever been and everywhere we will ever go. He is with us throughout the night and all through the day; He knows our every thought; He hears our every heartbeat. He doesn’t hide from us when the going gets rough; His love is too great for that. He puts His loving arms around us and gently guides us through those hard days. He took the stripes on His back for our healings and became the extreme sacrifice for our salvation. To question His loyalty is to disagree with His word and this is a dangerous place to be. When times get tough we need to quote scriptures and never stop praying. If we stop praying, we open the door for doubt, fear and despair. Speak to God with the assurance that He is listening.

When we earnestly seek Him, we will find Him because He is here, waiting patiently for us to reach out to Him…right here…right now. And make no mistake; our soul does indeed thirst for God. That thirst is planted in your heart, and it is a thirst that only God can quench.

Nobody can find Him for you. God is searching for you; it’s up to you-and you alone-to open your heart to Him and let Him do the perfect work.
Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Don't Let Bitterness Destroy Us

Bitterness can destroy us if we let it… so we must not let it!
If we get caught up in the intense feelings of anger or regret, we know all too well the destructive power of these emotions. How can we rid ourselves of these feelings? First, we must ask God to free us from these feelings. Then, we must learn to catch ourselves whenever thoughts of bitterness begin to attack us. Our challenge is this: We must learn to resist negative thoughts before they hijack our emotions.
Barbara Johnson has this sound advice: “It is better to forgive and forget than to resent and remember.” And she’s right –it’s better to forget than regret.

Philippians 3: 13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's Just Stuff

Here’s something we need to remember about stuff: It’s not that important!
Many people are in love with money and the things that money can buy. God is not. God cares about people, not possessions, and so must we.
We should not be too concerned about the clothes we wear, or the things we own. And above all, we should never let our self-esteem depend upon the things that we own.
The stuff that we own isn’t nearly as important as the love that we feel in our heart-love for our family, love for our friends, and love for our Father in heaven.
Too much stuff doesn’t ensure happiness. In fact, having too much stuff can actually prevent happiness.

Can we relate to the excitement of purchasing that "special something" but felt another round of emptyness by the next day. We must be careful not to get caught in the trap of thinking this is how to obtain joy. True and lasting happiness along with joy can only come from God.

Luke 12:15 (King James Version) 15And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.