Monday, July 30, 2012

The BIG Picture - Pastor Reeves

"We know that all things work together for good to those who love God" Romans 8:28

If you think about it; it’s only a faithful person who truly believes that God sovereignty controls his or her circumstances. We take our circumstances for granted so many times by saying “God is in control” but not really believing it. We act as if the things that happen were completely controlled by people. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may bring the realization of our unfaithfulness to Him for not recognizing that He had ordained the situation. We never saw what He was trying to accomplish. This is where the test of our faithfulness comes. If we will just learn to worship God even during the difficult circumstances, He will change them for the better very quickly if He so chooses.

Being faithful to Jesus Christ is the most difficult thing we try to do. We will be faithful to our work, to serving others, or to anything else; just don’t ask us to be faithful to Jesus Christ. Many Christians become very impatient or offended when we talk about their faithfulness to Jesus. We treat God as if He were a machine designed only to bless us, and we think of Jesus as just another one of the workers.

The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. God calls us to His service and places tremendous responsibilities on us. He expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part. God wants to use us as He used His own Son. CHANGE… It’s my life motto!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ever Feel Stuck? - Pastor Ty

Ever feel stuck? Don't feel like you can finish? "I want to challenge you today not to give up but just take one more step. Don't allow your mindset to be average or or your heart to be lukewarm." Revelation 3:16It's distasteful to God when we stop short or don't go all the way through the test.

God wants us to live a life full of Him! Enthusiasm- is God within! Die to yourself and obey God! I challenge you to take your eyes off your circumstances an put them on Jesus and know that He has overcome the world and he will bring you out of where you may feel stuck. "Keep a teachable heart and while you are waiting on God know that you are preparing for his best! There is no place worst to live than thinking there is no point to your life." Hebrews 6:11

Go all the way through! If you want to experience the promises of God. You have to go all the way through with Him and trust His plan. We can learn from the bad decisions of the family of Abraham, Genesis 11:31 "but they settled for another place..."

Don't settle for anything that gives temporary gain. There might be pain in waiting but remember that God has great gain in the near future. Life and death have been set in front of you, Now Choose Life! We honor God by going all the way with Him and trusting His plan. He gave us the Holy Spirit to go all the way through our trial. I love the quote, "I can have the pain of discipline today or have have the pain of regret tomorrow."
I end on this thought, Jeremiah 29:11 God said he has a plan for you, and it's a good one, so the bottom line is nothing else matters. 

Live life today with purpose and on purpose with faith trusting in God, and when you don't know His plan, trust that God does and take one more step.