Whats First On Your To-Do List

Simply saying your to busy is not an answer to why you don’t spend time with God.

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“My dear Martha you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about.  Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41,42)

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This is an amazing verse to me because we worry so much about the small stuff in life that we tend to forget what is really important.  The peace that surpasses all understanding will not be taken away from you as long as your main concern is God and not this world.  We never have enough time in life and we always seem to run out of day before we do projects but we need to get our priorities straight.  We are all called to be ministers whether that is in your job or in front of a congregation but we can’t do that unless we make our main concern God.  We can all do our parts to have a closer relationship with God by spending just a few minutes a day in your Bible, praying or just being in God’s presents with no other distractions.

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Our lives are full of distraction from the priorities we have set to meet each day.  Stress affects even our youngest members of modern society.  We all have places to be, things to do, and expectations to meet.  One day, Martha and her sister Mary were busy with their daily duties when Jesus and a dozen or more of his closest friends decided to drop in unexpectedly!  For Martha, chaos ensued, but for her sister Mary, it marked a special day in her life. Sometimes our busy day can be faced with a “Divine Appointment.”  Martha was too busy and worried to see the blessing that walked through her door on this day.  Mary recognized the opportunity before her and took full advantage of the Lord’s presence.  When we are faced with a divine appointment, we have a choice to make.  You can treat it as an inconvenience or embrace it as a blessing.  After Martha complained about her sister to Jesus, he explained that Mary had chosen that good portion.  Divine appointments should never be avoided because they yield blessings that will never be taken away.

Feelings…

By: Paul Grywalski

Feelings

Feeling destroyed from all my mistakes,
Feeling like life has no room for me,
Falling deeper into a trench I’ve dug,
Feeling lost, broken, and worthless,
I fall to my knees crawling to your feet,
I look up to your face tears flooding my eyes,
All my hope is diminished and my will to continue, gone,
I beg you to forgive me,
I beg you to restore me,
I beg you to fulfill me,begging
You lift me up high above the mountain that I’ve been tumbling down,
You wrap me in your warm embrace,
Drying my tears with the sun you created,
Washing away all my doubt and fear,
Flooding me with confidence,
Whispering “you are my son”,
“You are forgiven and I will never abandon you”,
Even though I don’t feel worthy of your love,
You show me the truth,
“My love for you is endless and unrelenting”,
My Lord, does not forsake me,
He will never forsake you either,
Faith and love is all you need,
I have lived in darkness,
I have lived in fear and depression,
I have done things that he hates and that have condemned me in the eyes of man,
God has still loved me,
He has never left me even when I ran far from him,
You can never run to far,
All that is required is to turn your head,
He is always right behind you,
You say you don’t know love,
He is,
You say you don’t know your father,
He is,
You say you don’t know happiness,
He is,
You say you don’t know your worth,
He is,
No matter what you fear, need, or want,
God is all of those,i amm
He will wash all of your sin away like a mighty flood,
He has done it before, he will do it again,
Truth is, he does it daily in all of us,
Every day after this one is a gift,
We need to recognize it for what it is,
We need to be thankful for all he does,
Unfortunately we aren’t,
He will not leave us though,
He is always here and very evident in our lives,
I pray for all of you, whether you know him or not,
He will redeem you, he will forgive you,
He is the one true father,
He made the ultimate sacrifice for us,
We could all be so fortunate to appreciate that more,
In the name of his son I pray that you will all recognize this,
Thank you Lord for the life you have created for me,
Amen!

There is a way that seems right…

“We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.   People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.  Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:1-3).

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            I find my strength in only one thing… I find strength and happiness in knowing that no matter what happens the Lord has my best interest at heart.  Even though I think I may know what I want God really knows what is best for me.  I make plans which I believe we are called to do but I believe that God gives me the right answer, which means I must be willing to change my expectations for God’s.  That is true strength.  People always think they know what is right for them so in their own eyes they are right and pure but the Holy Spirit inside of us tells us our motives.  If I never lose sight of God then know matter what I believe I truly will succeed.  It is easy to become prideful in our lives because we think that we can or did “it” on our own.  This is dangerous though because,

“There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”  (Proverbs 16:25)death

Not physical death because one out of one people will die… but spiritual death.  We must as believers know that we may do big things in life but our character has to match our calling of God because if it does not we will reach our calling and our character will not be strong enough to hold us there.  We need to know that it was because of God that we are able to have a calling in life.  It was not you and you alone… that’s why they say the pride comes before the fall.

When we hear the word perseverance we think of strength and power.  But where does that strength come from?  Do we find it in our own self-will?  Or do we discover this strength to persevere in the depths of our faith?  Proverbs chapter 16 has abundant advice for us on how to persevere in life.  We can be enticed to fall into traps throughout life that can weigh us down, and many of these snares are found in the form of worldly behavior.  The world tells us to stand in the face of adversity and laugh!  The Word of God shows us to kneel in the face of adversity and pray. prayer

Worldliness thrives on self-will and promotes defiance as the answer to all of life’s problems.  This type of pride and rebelliousness can set one up for the eventual fall.  Proverbs 16:25 informs us that there is a way that seems right to man, but that way leads to destruction.  As we prepare our hearts to follow the ways of the Lord by accepting his guidance and counsel, we will find the strength to persevere in all areas of our life.   Perseverance does not come from a hard exterior but rather from a soft heart that will receive the instruction of the Lord.

Do not talk about it Be about it!

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Philippians 4:6-7, “ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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 We are called to have a mind like Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16, “… But we have the mind of Christ.”  Imagine the experiences that Jesus had to go through in life being mocked and spit on and having people make fun of Him as He hung on a cross and died for them.  Bringing someone in to your inner circle only to have them betray you, while the whole time knowing that they were going to do it.  “Don’t worry about ANYTHING; instead pray about everything.  Tell God your needs, and thank him for all he has done” (Phil. 4:6).  This is just what Christ did, throughout the Gospels it tells us that Jesus retreated and prayed for hours at a time even up to the point that He was betrayed.  So if we are to have the mind of Christ and scripture says that we do we need to take this to heart.  There is nothing in life that is too BIG for God.  Life will try to get in the way of your relationship with God if you let it but if you let God take over your life nothing will be to HUGE for you to overcome.

chessIt has been said that what we experience in life is not as determinate upon our future as how we handle those experiences.  Our attitude toward faith, family, work, and education has a huge impact upon our life.  As Christians, we are encouraged to approach all facets of our life with the mind of Christ.  With this Christ-like worldview, we are able to react to experiences in our life in ways that will build us up rather than tear us down.

Philippians chapter four has incredible advice for us concerning attitude. Our busy lives can create a great deal of stress and anxiety.  Pursuing an education in addition to all the other daily activities we are involved with is no less stressful.

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However, within the Scripture we read that the peace of God, which passes all understanding, can be found.  How?  It is acquired through an attitude of prayer that is presented to God upon a foundation of thanksgiving.  The Scripture goes on to teach us that it is this peace which will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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Your busy schedule will create frantic days at times.  But through an attitude of prayer, you will be able to approach these experiences with the mind of Christ.  As your Christ-like attitude steers the course of your life, you will find that attitude does indeed determine your altitude in all facets of life.  With this mindset the words of Philippians 4:13 come to life within our hearts and we can truly say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

God is Greater Than All My Unanswered Questions

I don’t have all the ANSWERS! And I don’t CARE!

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“You are worthy, O Lord our God,

To receive glory and honor and power.

For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you please.” (Revelation 4:11).

            I never really thought or saw this before but, it is important to realize that from the beginning of the Bible (Genesis) to the end of the Bible (Revelations) God is telling us that He created the world.  It is also worthy of pointing out that this is one of the hardest topics to witness and prove to people.  With the world today teaching our kids evolution and everything else besides intelligent design it is harder and harder to get people to believe in a God they cannot see.  Not only that it is hard for them to get them to believe that God spoke something into nothing and from nothing came everything that we currently see.  The facts are that while we may not know what to say when someone asks us about these tough questions, the truth is always the same.  God did indeed create something from nothing and we are not God’s sales person who needs to convince people of the facts we know are true.  God is His own salesman and we are just called to do what we can to be His hands and feet.  A hammer does not look at a house and say, “Look at what I just built!”  The hammer without the Carpenter is nothing… We are the hammer and as

Genesis 1:1, 2 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.     galaxies

           God created it whether we believe it or not that does not change the fact that He is who He is… God is not made smaller by our small view of Him.  He is the God who created something out of nothing and gave us the honor to be made in His image.  I am challenged every day to see the world God created and see Him in all of it and so should you…

God is bigger than our explanations of Him and I find it refreshing when people do not act like they have all the answers, because we don’t… If I had all the answers to the questions of God then the God you and I serve would not be a Big enough God to serve.  I am glad I don’t have all the answers because in that He keeps me coming back to know Him better.

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DEFINE THE RELATIONSHIP…

            Last night in church we started a new small group that really gets you to think about where you are with Christ.  It is based off the book by Kyle Idleman called Not a Fan.  Define your relationship with God?   This is not for us to judge others based off of our relationship with God but to take a good self-evaluation of where we truly are with our creature… Are you a fan our are you a follower?  Most fans would say they are followers… the Pharisees would have said they were followers and yet they killed Jesus.  A fan is an enthusiastic admirer, you may know all the scripture in the world but do you have a true relationship with God.  Followers are devoted and sacrifice is required to be a follower.

Luke 9:23, “Then he (Jesus) said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”

As Uncle Ben would say, “With great power comes great responsibility.”  God has empowered us with the Holy Spirit now we are responsible to do something with that daily!  In the Gospels Jesus says believe in me something like five times but He says follow me twenty!  We are to follow Him!  Being a committed follower of Jesus means that He has an all access pass to your life.  Is there rooms that you are trying to keep Jesus out of?

So have you DEFINED THE RELATIONSHIP with God yet… or did you just say a prayer of salvation and left it at that?  God does not want a causal relationship with you where you come to church and put your two dollars in the tithe plate then forget about Him the rest of the week…

JESUS WANTS TO GIVE YOU A COMPLETE OVERHAUL NOT JUST A TUNE UP!

SO ARE YOU A FAN OR A FOLLOWER?

Are We Just Glorified Slaves?

Are you locked up and don’t even know it…  Are you just a glorified slave?  IMG_20150401_194008

Romans 1:25, “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.

 

We live in a world that is full of technology that is supposed to make life easier, but instead we all know that it just makes our lives more complicated.  The fact that we can sit with our heads buried in our phones and not even recognize that there is someone next to you struggling is proof of that.  This web of technology does entangle us in a never ending web of busyness and hurry, which makes us forget about the fact that there are real people hurting around us.  Having our cell phones with us everywhere we go including the bathroom makes us forget the importance of human contact and even takes away time from God.  When we wake up and the first thing that we do is look to see how many likes we have on a post or maybe you check to see your Twitter numbers… When we do these things there is something completely wrong with our thought process!  The first thing that we should do in the morning is not to check social media but it should be to connect with God!  Have a real heart to heart with our creature.  We are too busy with the created things that we phase out the one who made them all possible.  Imagine if you spent as much time with God as you do on Facebook, I have to be totally honest with all of you if I did that my relationship with God would be much, much stronger than it is now.  It is sad to think that we have all this technology to get things at a moment’s notice yet we forget that God just wants a little of that precious time that we are trying to save.  Today I will look at my life and see how I can truly give myself a way to God…

So what will keep you from God…?

Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

I am convinced that in this modern world that we live in we could add to this list; neither cell phone or tablet, computer nor job…

Whom are you a slave to?  We can be a slave to technology or we can be a slave to God… The choose is yours!