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What Would You Change?

Last week I assigned my class a paper where they explored what they might do if there was only one week until Jesus returned. I would love to challenge you with the same question. If you knew there was one more week until the return of Jesus what would you do? More importantly what would you do differently?
 
You see in this question, or rather the answer to the question, may come some insight into the difference between my priorities and what they should be. If I would change things in my life because Jesus is coming next week, why wouldn’t I change those things now?
 
Sure there are things I must keep doing because we don’t know the day or the hour. I must work, go to school, pay my bills, plan for the future, but in those plans are you planning for the future?
 
I mean the future as in eternity? 
 
If you knew eternity was at hand what would you do?
 
Isn’t it?
 
Would I continue to live as I do or would I become more passionate about my relationship with Jesus? Would I be more concerned about people around me and their relationship with God? Would I do more to be part of the last day movement?
 
Jesus said, “Watch! Be alert because you don’t know the day or the hour. Watch!”
 
Think about it! What would you change?

Faith Like Our Youth

 

What a blessing it is for us to be the host church for Maplewood Academy.  To have the energy and excitement of all the youth here in our church, and to enjoy the benefits of their talents, truly God has blessed us!

 

There is a vibrancy that comes for the youth and energizes all of us.  There is a life where anything is possible and dreams do come true.  Isn’t it interesting how we become so skeptical and filled with doubt, yet we call it reality.  We have experienced enough of life to know it doesn’t always turn out the way we planned.

 

In our spiritual walk I believe this is also true, we become spiritually cynical, skeptics of the power of God.  No we would never say that, but let me ask you, where is your faith?  Is it still in the exuberance of youth or have you settled for a mature faith.

 

The Bible says “my God is able”, able to do above and beyond all I can think or imagine!  I want to live in that excitement of youth!  I want to look at the world through spiritually naive eyes that take God’s word literally!  When He says He will answer I want to believe He will!  I want to live the same excitement spiritually that I see the young people of Maplewood Academy living!

 

Lord, awaken with in us today a spiritual vitality that will let the world know we serve a living God!


Christ's Collection
I know many of you collect things. Some collect rocks, others collect cars, tractors, coins and a multitude of other things.  You may or may not remember how you discovered your interest in collecting, but now it seems to bring great joy when you find that special item that will fit just right in your collection.

 

The value of those things we collect vary greatly, some have very expensive collections while for others the only value is the sentiment we have toward our collection.

 

Have you ever considered what it is God might collect? 

 

Would He gather stones, or gems that He had created so perfectly?  Would it be sunsets that set the sky ablaze in the evening?

Would it be flowers from the fields with their colors so bright?

 

If God chose to collect, what would He gather?

 

I believe if God decided to collect He would pick something of incredible value and like our collections that value would be determined by Him.  He would decide what was perfect for His collection and what just would not fit. 

 

If God collected what would He cherish, value, and save?

 

Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”

 

Thinking of Prayer as Jesus Taught

“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Our thinking about prayer, whether right or wrong, is based on our own mental conception of it. The correct concept is to think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts. Our blood flows and our breathing continues “without ceasing”; we are not even conscious of it, but it never stops. And we are not always conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect oneness with God, but if we are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life of the saint. Beware of anything that stops the offering up of prayer. “Pray without ceasing”—maintain the childlike habit of offering up prayer in your heart to God all the time.

Jesus never mentioned unanswered prayer. He had the unlimited certainty of knowing that prayer is always answered. Do we have through the Spirit of God that inexpressible certainty that Jesus had about prayer, or do we think of the times when it seemed that God did not answer our prayer? Jesus said, “everyone who asks receives” (Matthew 7:8). Yet we say, “But, but.” God answers prayer in the best way—not just sometimes, but every time. However, the evidence of the answer in the area we want it may not always immediately follow. Do we expect God to answer prayer?

The danger we have is that we want to water down what Jesus said to make it mean something that aligns with our common sense. But if it were only common sense, what He said would not even be worthwhile. The things Jesus taught about prayer are supernatural truths He reveals to us.

Plugged In

Most of you know I used to be in the construction business and during that time we used power tools every day.  Along with the saws and drills and nail guns we needed extension cords to get power from the supply to the tool.  The bigger the tool the heavier the cord needed to be.  A small drill could operate easily on a light weight cord while a saw would require a much heavier cord.  The air compressor needed the heaviest cord and in each case the distance between the supply and the tool made a huge difference.

Why is the pastor talking about power tools?

As we begin this series on prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, I think prayer is like an extension cord.  It is the link between the power supply – God – and the tools in need of power – Us.

When we forget to pray it is like trying to use a saw or drill without plugging them in; it just doesn’t work. We also will be weak and seem inept at everything we try to do.

Friends, the heavier the need of the day the more we need prayer.  We need the connection with our power source, our heavenly Father!

As a church we need to be connected to the ultimate source.  Will you join me in seeking that connection.  As a church family we need to pray together daily and lift each other up in prayer.

 What would happen if we were truly plugged in?

“Out of the Wreck I Rise”

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35).

God does not keep His child immune from trouble; He promises, “I will be with him in trouble” (Psalm 91:15). It doesn’t matter how real or intense the adversities may be; nothing can ever separate him from his relationship to God. “In all these things we are more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37). Paul was not referring here to imaginary things, but to things that are dangerously real. And he said we are “super-victors” in the midst of them, not because of our own ingenuity, nor because of our courage, but because none of them affects our essential relationship with God in Jesus Christ. I feel sorry for the Christian who doesn’t have something in the circumstances of his life that he wishes were not there.

“Shall tribulation?” Tribulation is never a grand, highly welcomed event; but whatever it may be—whether exhausting, irritating, or simply causing some weakness—it is not able to “separate us from the love of Christ.” Never allow tribulations or the “cares of this world” to separate you from remembering that God loves you (Matthew 13:22).

“Shall distress?” Can God’s love continue to hold fast, even when everyone and everything around us seems to be saying that His love is a lie, and that there is no such thing as justice?

“Shall famine?” Can we not only believe in the love of God but also be “more than conquerors,” even while we are being starved?

Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver, having deceived even Paul, or else some extraordinary thing happens to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against him. Logic is silenced in the face of each of these things which come against him. Only one thing can account for it—the love of God in Christ Jesus. “Out of the wreck I rise” every time.

 

 Taken from “My Utmost for His Highest!”


Called by God

“I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me’ ” (Isaiah 6:8).

God did not direct His call to Isaiah—Isaiah overheard God saying, “who will go for Us?” The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude. “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). That is, few prove that they are the chosen ones. The chosen ones are those who have come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and have had their spiritual condition changed and their ears opened. Then they hear “the voice of the Lord” continually asking, “who will go for Us?” However, God doesn’t single out someone and say, “Now, you go.” He did not force His will on Isaiah. Isaiah was in the presence of God, and he overheard the call. His response, performed in complete freedom, could only be to say, “Here am I! Send me.”


Remove the thought from your mind of expecting God to come to force you or to plead with you. When our Lord called His disciples, He did it without irresistible pressure from the outside. The quiet, yet passionate, insistence of His “Follow Me” was spoken to men whose every sense was receptive (Matthew 4:19). If we will allow the Holy Spirit to bring us face to face with God, we too will hear what Isaiah heard—“the voice of the Lord.” In perfect freedom we too will say, “Here am I! Send me.”

From the book “My Utmost for His Highest”