Friday, April 27, 2012

Everyday - Pastor Ty

Success is hidden in your daily routine. It's not what you do all day, but what you do everyday that can really makes a difference in your life. 

So our first step is to  Wake Up !!!

Decide to have a good day. How? You Gotta say it is! "This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" Psalms 118:24. Make up in your mind that you have been given a brand new day with a brand new start. "Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!" Ephesians 5:16. The clock is running. Make the most of today. And remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift. That's why it's called The Present!

The next step to seizing the day is to Dress Up !!! 

Even more important than our outfits matching, is our attitude matching who we are in Christ! You must decide that your attitude will determine the day not your circumstances. COUNT your Blessings to keep your positive attitude throughout the day. It will help to keep your focus on the good not the negative. You could be living in the slums of a third world country taking a dirt nap, so thank God for all His blessings in your life. The enemy is always trying to steal your joy, because the joy of the Lord is  your strength! We are in a Battle we can not see so we must be prepared everyday. Sometimes the best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your  looks. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart!" I Samuel 16:7.

Finally, Shut Up !!! Ha ha 

Momma always told me if you don't have anything positive to say don't say anything at all! That could mean for hours of silence, but you will save not only yourself but others much harm by keeping the negative silenced. "And BE KIND to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32. Say nice things and learn to listen. Stay away from NEGATIVITY! Your words are either building up or tearing people down. "He who guards his lips guards his soul." Proverbs 13:3. Don't have diarrhea of the mouth. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we need to listen twice as much as we talk. So remember that your Words are like bricks and we can either build others up or throw them to tear people down. 

You only get one shot at today so make it count! Your attitude will determine your altitude in life. So make it a good one. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Psalm 119 - Pastor Kristin

Psalms 119 is a heart cry from David about how much he needs the law of the Lord.  David was lost without the guidance of the principles of the Lord.  So many times I have felt the same way I do not understand how anyone can figure life out without the wisdom, direction and promises of God’s word.  I really like how the psalmist writes it in these verses….

Psalms 119: 54-59 NLT ”Your principles have been the music of my life throughout the years of my pilgrimage. 55 I reflect at night on who you are, O LORD, and I obey your law because of this. 56 This is my happy way of life: obeying your commandments. 57 LORD, you are mine! I promise to obey your words! 58 With all my heart I want your blessings. Be merciful just as you promised. 59 I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your statutes.”

 David understood that the compass of our lives needs to be the Word of God.  Ps.119: 9-13 “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word and following its rules. 10 I have tried my best to find you -- don't let me wander from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 12 Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your principles. 13 I have recited aloud all the laws you have given us. 14 I have rejoiced in your decrees as much as in riches.”

God’s word should never be a daily duty we check off but a miraculous gift that we get to hold.  Our hearts should be continually thankful for the Word of God.   

Your Word has been formed in me
Making me who I should be
Pouring over my sin
Counseling from within
Your Word has been my guide
A place to come and hide
A watchman on the wall
Wisdom’s constant call
An anchor in the storms
It protects and warns
It encourages and strengthens
Explains and enlightens
The heart of God and the secrets of heaven
When with Jesus I say it is written