It’s Not About You

1a7ee85fea82dbf1eb51007dfd871ab8Here recently I was pondering some things the Lord has been preparing me to do. In my mind I was having a conversation with myself about financial obligations that come with what I believe the Lord spoke to me. In the midst of my thought process the Lord interrupted me and asked me, “Do you think this is about you? It’s not about you! This isn’t your ministry, it’s mine and I provide for what is mine!”

This of course was a great awakening and humbling experience for me at the same time.  This one encounter taught me that the work of God does not need our input, however, it does need our obedience.

This has shown me that many countless times over we as God’s servants begin to take ownership on things that do not belong to us. I have heard things like:

  • This is my church/ministry.
  • These are my members.
  • This is what we have to do to have a better church.
  • These are my musicians.
  • This is what I want to do.

1 Timothy 6:7 says, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

Psalms 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. “

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

These are reasons why so many ministries, and churches close everyday because god-will-ensure-my-success-in-accordance-with-his-plan-not-mine“we” have placed ourselves in the stead of God like Satan did right before he got kicked out of heaven. Anytime we take the approach as if something is ours when we have nothing to start out with, we stand the chance of failing tremendously.

God’s word says, in Isaiah 55:11, “o shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

All of these scriptures let me know that what God establishes will prosper when He has an obedient servant who is courageous and willing enough to build God’s Kingdom the way He wants it built. We see failure and loss in what we are doing when we begin to orchestrate our ways, thoughts, plans, and intellect into the work of Christ. 

Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Proverbs 3:5-8, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

I can give many more scripture to prove this point, but in the end we have to learn how to take our hands off the wheel and allow the Holy Spirit to show us how to drive in the direction the Lord Jesus has paved for us.

I encourage you this day to begin to pray and seek the face of the Lord concerning what He want to do in His ministry/church that He has allowed you to be the overseer of.

If you cannot take the time to seek Him for the direction of His church, then the work is about you and you alone.

If your services are the same week after week, and you have yet to see anything new, then there need to be some deep evaluation concerning the direction you are taking your ministry/church and begin to allow the Lord to truly be the leader of His church, and not just a figure head of the church.

slide_1Everything about the Lord has success tied into it. The church is not a business it is a living, and breathing work in which the Lord desires to see operating according to HIS plans and purpose. If you can begin to seek the Lord with all of you heart and obey all of His commandments, then your way will be prosperous and you will have great success.

 

Don’t be Troubled

​As I think back on the message I heard on Sunday, there is a part of the scripture that stands out to me; “Don’t let your heart be troubled.” This let’s me know that I will have concerns, problems, worry, or have anxious feelings about decisions. 

Though I may experience all of these feelings I am assured by God’s Word that the things which were written aforetime were written for my learning, that I through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Though everything around me may be filled with fear, and anxiety, I am assured by God’s Word that I have nothing to fear for he holds my heart in his hand. 
There may be turmoil in your life right now and everything and everyone may be gripped with fear, but you have assurance in God’s Word to not fear and to not let your heart be troubled. Believe in Christ! Believe in God’s Word and he will settle your heart and give you peace in the midst of the storm.
Until next time #beblessed✌

Food for Thought

​Some of us spend too much time talking to people about what’s going on in our lives when the other person doesn’t even have a clue on what’s going on in their life. We should spend more time talking with Christ because He has a clear understanding of your life, and he understood what he had to do in the Earth. Allow Christ to be your listening ear, and your thoughts will be established if you commit your ways to Him. 

Looking Up

Looking Up
By David McCasland

Psalm 146:1-10

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down.
Psalm 146:8

An article in the Surgical Technology International journal says that looking down at a smart phone with your head bent forward is the equivalent of having a 60-pound weight on your neck. When we consider that millions of people around the world spend an average of 2-4 hours daily reading and texting, the resulting damage to neck and spine becomes a growing health concern.

It is also easy to become spiritually bowed down by the burdens of life. How often we find ourselves discouraged by the problems we face and the needs of those we love. The psalmist understood this weight of concern yet saw hope as he wrote about “the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—[who] remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous” (Ps. 146:6-8).

When we consider God’s care, His great power, and His loving heart, we can begin to look up and praise Him. We can walk through each day knowing that “the Lord reigns forever . . . for all generations” (v. 10).

He lifts us up when we are bowed down. Praise the Lord!

O Lord, lift our eyes to see Your power and love today so we can raise our heads and our hearts in grateful praise to You.

Faith in God’s goodness puts a song in your heart.

Insight
In today’s psalm, the psalmist responds in grateful worship as he reflects on the greatness and grace of God. He invites us to trust the Lord, to look to Him for help, and to place our hope in Him. He is the omnipotent, eternal God, the Creator who is forever faithful (vv. 5–6), just, benevolent, gracious, compassionate, and loving (vv. 7–9). The psalmist’s message is a simple one: Trust in God, not in man, for only those who trust God can be truly blessed.

Tomorrow

01/31/2016

No matter how long the devil has oppressed you on yesterday, and today, you still have a tomorrow to look forward to. Your tomorrow is surrounded by the plans God has for your life. In order to receive your tomorrow, you must make up in your mind to get up from the place you are in now, and be willing to step in a place you have never been before…tomorrow!   Listen and be blessed

Before the Phone

Before the Phone

Keila Ochoa

Psalm 18:1-6

In my distress I called to the Lord.

Psalm 18:6

As a mom of young children I’m sometimes susceptible to panic. My first reaction is to call my mom on the phone and ask her what to do with my son’s allergy or my daughter’s sudden cough.

Mom is a great resource, but when I read the Psalms, I’m reminded of how often we need the kind of help that no mortal can give. In Psalm 18 David was in great danger. Afraid, close to death, and in anguish, he called on the Lord.

David could say, “I love you, Lord” because he understood God was a fortress, a rock, and a deliverer (vv. 1-2). God was his shield, his salvation, and his stronghold. Maybe we cannot understand David’s praise because we have not experienced God’s help. It may be that we reach for the phone before going to God for advice and help.

Surely God puts people in our lives to give us help and comfort. But let’s also remember to pray. God will hear us. As David sang, “From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” (v. 6). When we go to God, we join David’s song and enjoy Him as our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer. Next time you reach for the phone, remember also to pray.

Dear Lord, help me to remember You are my deliverer, and You always hear my cry.

Prayer is the bridge between panic and peace.
Insight
Psalm 18 seems to be a song of retrospective understanding. In many of David’s psalms we find him being pursued and hunted, first by Saul and later by Absalom.

During those times of flight and danger, David sometimes questioned God’s faithfulness, love, and care—wondering why the Lord didn’t intervene on his behalf. In Psalm 18, however, we see a more reflective David.

He looked back on his journey and saw continuous evidence of the presence and protection of God along the way (vv. 1–3; 16–19; 25–29; 35–36; 47–50)—even in the seasons of life where that evidence seemed scarce. Now, looking back, David affirmed what he had questioned—the faithfulness of God.