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Useful or No

2 Corinthians 5:17-21brushpile_fig3
One of the benefits of living in the house we now occupy is the wood stove in the basement.  Even on a cold winter day once it is warm inside we do not need the use of the electric heaters after a good fire is lit.  This benefit is increased tremendously by the fact that a lot of yard clean up had been done after the previous tenents moved.  At first glanse the pile of branches and downed trees seems like a mess left to be cleaned up taking up a lot of time and effort but look again and you see apossibility of renewing a valuable resource along with the chance of saving considerable money over the next winter.  True some of the trees and branches are useless being too small or having rotted from laying outside in the wet mud for almost a year but with a little work much can be saved.  This work of sorting good wood from what is rotten or too small to be stored is not so unlike the growth process of a believer in Christ.  God sees that though not everything in our former lifestyle is benefical for our new life and some of it is down right deadly for us to hold on to there are things that can be of great use such as learned habits of disciplined living, music talent, artistic ability of other kinds, a network of relationships and, of course, the basic type of personality God created in the first place.  God is ever patient and always purposeful in His work of molding each individual into His own image once again.  He removes what is harmful or unnecessary and makes a vessel of honor for the Kings of Kings. What is seemingly a daunting task in the power and leadership of Holy Spirit becomes an exciting journey of growing up in Christ our Lord.

Is your life looking like a mess?  I close with quote I first heard from Monty Louis once on of Canada’s most dangerous men who became a man of God used to bring hope to countless lives, ” God took my mess and turned it into a message.”,

Something Practical

Read, Phil. 1:3 Rom. 5:6-8

Ask yourself this question; Over the course of my life what people have been the greatest influences for good? Who do I appreciate? Okay, that’s two questions but here’s todays challenge. There have been people that have made a significant difference for each one of us in a positive way. People who have taught us valuable life lessons. People who have sacrificed for our benefit with no expectation of a returned favor or future pay back. People who have loved us when we did not earn their love. People that we will never forget.

The person or persons that come to mind during the time it takes to read this blog are the ones that relate to the challenge for today. Some of the people who have impacted us may no longer be with us now so all we can do is thank God for their personal contribution to our own lives but what about those who are still here quietly making a difference in the lives of people around them? Here are three things you can do to let these unknown heroes know how much their lives have meant to someone else.

1. Pray for them. Even people who encourage others regularly need to be encouraged themselves. They face difficult circumstances, battle negative emotional responses to life’s ups and downs and struggle with unknown temptations. Pray for God’s intervention on behalf of those you care for on a daily basis. Prayer makes a huge difference because God listens to and answers prayer.

2. Tell the ones who have made a difference in your life just how they have been a positive impact when you needed them. Most people at one time or another struggle with doubts as to whether or not their lives have effected others in a positive way. Most likely all of us will ask the question, “Did I make a difference?”, at some point. We all want to know that how we have lived is significant if only in our own circle of family and friends. Hearing how our choices have been a blessing to others gives us great joy, encourages us to keep reaching out to others around us and helps to drive away discouragement.

3. Show them how much they mean to you. People use words all the time. You may say, “No kidding. What was your first clue.”, but think about it for a minute. Unfortunately most of us also know someone who talks much but that is all their words amount to. Talk but no action. People may say I love you but never give any other indication that this is how they feel and so what happens? We believe what they say just because they say it? No. We doubt what they say because we never see any actions that confirm the words we hear. God’s love is not just empty words. God’s love is His living Word who willingly sacrificed His life for ours. How do I know God loves me? I hear His Word and see the actions following that confirm the truth of His Word. For those who have been a blessing to us may we make a decision today to do something to let them know how important their contributions to our lives have been. It may not be something that seems big and it does not have to be some expensive gift. To show our appreciation can look something like a heart felt letter posted in the old fashioned mail or perhaps hand delivered would be a wonderful way to let someone know they are special to you. Take them out for coffee or a lunch and tell them how they have changed your life for the better. Find out if they have a need and meet it. Spend some quality time with the person and let them know why you are doing it.

Taking specific time to demonstrate our appreciation for others is sometimes a difficult thing. We feel awkward trying to express how we feel and with the busy lifestyle most of us have today it is easy to stay busy enough to let ourselves off the hook because of a tight schedule. Don’t allow that to happen. It is often so easy to share what hurts or frustrates us or what we don’t like. Let’s all make the effort together to begin to find ways to share the things we do like about others. Let’s make time for what truly matters; for the things that will last forever; our relationships with God and others. Please don’t just read this but rather after reading put it into action. It is the challenge for today.

 

You are exactly what you are looking for!

This weeks blog is composed of highlights from this weeks message from Pastor Kevin. If you have any questions or wish to find a place to serve please come and speak to one of our servant leaders and we will be happy to help.

“When the righteous reign the people rejoice”. Proverbs 29:2 Scripture tells us that as followers of Jesus Christ we have been made kings and priests to our God. [Rev. 1:5-6 ] We have been given authority because the One we follow has been given all authority and He gives it to us to carry out His will. [Mt. 28:18-19 9:6-8]

What is the biblical idea of being a righteous person? To be righteous means to be right with God or to have rightness with God. We have a right standing before God when we except Jesus Christ as Lord over our lives, putting our trust completely in what He has done to make us right with God through His sacrifice on the cross. Therefore, no matter how impossible change may seem to be, how you see yourself in light of past and even present mistakes or how overwhelming the odds we can believe God has called us to reign because His word tells us He has. It depends on God’s ability to carry out His word not my perfect performance. Ephesians 2:8

Serve Like Jesus

Before someone says that it doesn’t matter what we do because it depends on God’s ability to carry out His word and not my perfect performance, using that as an excuse to avoid responsibility and not excepting it as encouragement from God to trust Him for personal growth, let’s take a look at how we as believers are to reign and what God has done to make this possible. In the before mentioned verses we see that Jesus has been given all authority in Heaven and on Earth. He then commands us to go and make disciples of all nations. Jesus has power on Earth to forgive sins. The authority given to us is implied in the command to go and make disciples. If God gives us a command He fully expects us to obey it and how unreasonable it would be to expect someone to do something they could not possibly accomplish. We are kings and priests to our God. A king has authority to reign.

A king’s crown is a symbol of his office as ruler. How have we been crowned? [Psalm 103:3-4, Rom. 5:17 21]. The Lord’s lovingkindness and His tender-mercies demonstrated to us in Jesus sacrifice on our behalf and the power of His grace not only given to transform our personal lives but as God given ability to make a difference in the lives of others are the crown with which He has crowned us. The most outstanding thing of all is that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune God, lives within each believer to empower them to fulfill their part in God’s eternal purpose. This is why the odds against us do not determine the final outcome of any situation.

Looking around the world today what do we see? ” The world at gun point with the devil at the helm”., We are Kings and Priests to our God. We have been crowned by God. Now what does God expect us to do with what we have been given? Start with the above question and then become more specific. What conditions touch your heart the most as you look around our community today? Do you hurt with the homeless, ache for young girls who have been abused, feel your heart breaking watching young men pretending to know what being a real man is all about with out a clue concerning the reality of living uprightly in the world facing all the pressures of our time, think about how something should be done about this or that crisis Canada faces today, wish teachers, politicians, doctors, judges, ETC., had better get it right soon or we are all going to fall over the cliff of disaster? Well friend believe me when I tell you that this is an indication that God wants you to make a difference right where you are with the people you know and meet on a daily basis.

As Pastor Kevin reminded us this week, “You are exactly what you are looking for.”, Don’t keep looking for someone else to do something about IT what ever It may be. You begin to pray and take action under God’s direction.

“Where death and sin have encrouched on God’s plan we have authority to remove it.”,

May God bless you in your journey.

Verse of the Day

“When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”” — Matthew 2:4-6 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.

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