I read an article that made the most sense of daily living that recently stirred in my heart. The article examined the difference in a road to nowhere or a road to somewhere.
There are steps in life that we take daily that answer the very question of going somewhere or going nowhere, the real question is where are we going and are we sure. I could be talking personally or as a church, where our paths of life lead us. Today’s world is like those steps of decisions, millions of people are living out their days as a mere existence. But, we as a body of believers have the opportunity to live a life to know where we are going. That life must be based on our relationship with Jesus Christ. He will be the deciding factor as to whether we are going somewhere or nowhere. I hope and pray that you know Him as your Lord and Savior, call on Him, He will guide you.
Have you heard anyone say “I want to live life this year for all it’s worth. Well that can happen but it will require us to walk with the Lord every day. I think too many times, we try to accomplish living life at its fullest without having all the key ingredients in our life. A life without Jesus is a life destined to struggle.
As we look into the New Year Christians, we must wrap ourselves with the most help we can possibly have and that help will be Jesus, our Heavenly Father, and I must say this, time is moving at a high rate of speed. Can you believe that we just celebrated Christmas day and we are looking to the end of last year and the beginning of a New Year.
Church, what changes are you planning? Do they include God? New Year resolutions are often made but fail because we don’t call on the Holy Spirit to help us, guide us and give us the power to hold fast to our plans. Let God, this year, show you the way, He is waiting to help you.
Do you know the song... I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart? I am sure you have sung it, hummed it, or thought about it. But do you have it? Researchers say it is a three letter word that escapes us more than it stays. Why do you think this is true? One of the problems with retaining that Joy is all of the negatives that surround us in this world.
In the New Testament, Paul said to the church in Philippi, “I know how to live with almost nothing or with everything. He said, I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or an empty stomach, with plenty or little. He reminds us that we can do everything through Christ Jesus who gives us strength.
Throughout the scriptures we are reminded that spiritually we can always experience Joy. No matter what situation we find ourselves in. Church family, turn it over to God… He will supply Joy and happiness confirming in you He is with you always.
Let me ask a very important and very direct question. How is your prayer life? In the Old Testament, book of Jeremiah Chapter 33 verse 3, God said “call unto me.” That means pray and I will hear you. God went on to say in that verse, “I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”
Isn’t that a wonderful verse? God will recognize your voice and respond. That means he knows you personally. When Jeremiah prayed for his circumstances and situation he was in prison. But God had a far greater impact on Jeremiah than simply getting him out of his situation. You see Church, when we open up the line of communication with God you can talk with him and he with you. God has a plan and he eagerly waits to share that plan with you. God wants us to come to him first. He wants us to stand in his council and wait for his word. He longs for us to come to him as a son would to his father. We need to see God as the most trustworthy friend one could ever have.
Pray Church and call on him often.
Church family, can I run a thought by you? Have you been a good example today?? When I think of Paul, I often consider his mind set as he pondered his actions. He also tells us he considered his past actions and reminds us to always set a good example. We read in 1 Corinthians 11:1 that Paul said, as part of his teachings, to follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.
In life there are good examples and bad examples. We must set a good example for the lost to see and be drawn to. The church must see and desire to follow suit. Think about Jesus for a moment….what an example of service and humility he was as he washed the feet of his disciples. He was setting an example for them to be humble.
I think today church we must more than ever be the examples that Christ has taught us to be….loving one another….thanking one another….giving to one another….supporting one another, knowing that it will not go unnoticed and God will truly bless our actions.
In the book of 1 Timothy Paul thanked the Lord for the strength and mercy he had given him. We too have that promise of God…that his grace and mercy will be evident in our lives. Join me church, and let’s set the example that is pleasing in the sight of God. He truly will bless you. We can be examples today for someone who is watching us.