The key word is time!

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Dec 162017
 

Although God knows everything about us, he still wants to be a Father to us.
Isn’t that amazing?

King David wrote about how much God thinks of us:
“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up, you are still with me!” (Psalm 139:17-18).

Knowing how much God thinks about us (especially in light of how little we think of him) should give us an incredible feeling of worth.

Our response to God’s constant attentiveness, however, should never be out of obligation.
God doesn’t want us to hang out with him only because we feel we have to.

Revelation 2:4 warns us to avoid allowing our love for God to lessen or end.
God wants us to grow beyond our initial commitment to him, just like in a marriage where love continues to grow.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen.
Many people who become Christians are really excited about their new relationship with God.
But as problems come up, the excitement often wears off (just like what happens in some marriages).

To maintain a growing relationship with God-
The key word is time!

Daily time with him, time with others who know him, and time (in years) to grow to appreciate his love for you.

Though God is anxious for an intimate relationship with us-
– he will wait for the day when we’ll experience for ourselves what loving him really means.

And what a wonderful day that will be!

(PA)

Free from fear

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Dec 142017
 

“He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty…Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler…” (Psalm 91:1).

Is it possible to live free from fear in this dangerous and unpredictable world?

Yes!

It most definitely is!!

Because protection is a solid promise of God.

But it’s not a promise that’s offered to just anyone.

It is promised to those who abide in the Lord.

To abide means to dwell, to remain and to continue.

To abide in the shadow of the Almighty is-

– to live in continual union with Him,

– keeping His Word and obeying His voice.

Those who abide in the Lord can live without dread of what the devil will do.

God’s promise of protection doesn’t guarantee-

– that the devil will leave you alone!

Christian security is-

– not absence of danger-

– but presence of God!

It means that God will give you a way of escape-

– every time the devil rears his ugly face at you.

If you are afraid of the dangers around you-

– spend more time in the Word and in prayer until your trust in God overcomes your fear.

Draw closer to the Lord until you are abiding in the shadow of the Almighty.

No matter how dangerous your situation becomes–

He surely shall deliver you!

You can live free from fear!

(PA)

One-on-one!

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Nov 262017
 

“God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful” (1 Corinthians 1:9).

God wants us to regularly spend time with Him-
– talking about our issues and seeking His guidance.

Even though we are offered this remarkable privilege-
– we are reluctant to make that commitment or to carve out any meaningful time with Him.

We treat this offer with complete nonchalance.
Does that even make sense?
Think about it this way.

Suppose there is a voicemail on your phone when you get home from work today.
It’s a call from the Prime Minister’s House.

It says:
“The Prime Minister would like to spend some one-on-one time with you this week. Just 1 hour to get to know you a little better and to see what the Prime Minister can do for you.”

Your first thought would be, “This must be a joke. Who is messing with me?”

But what if you found out the call was real?
And the Prime Minister really did want to spend time with you?
My guess is you’d be excited and feel pretty special!
But do you know that any Prime Minister or any President of your country-
– is small in importance and power when compared to God?

Think about how quickly you’d jump to go spend time with the Prime Minister.

Then think about the awesome privilege-
-that the God of the universe continually gives us to spend one-on-one time with Him!

(PA)

Sep 052017
 

We often think seconds are not very important.

But seconds tick away into minutes, minutes into hours, and hours into days.
We have all been amazed at how swiftly days turn into weeks, months, and years.

Think of it this way:
A 70-year-old has lived the equivalent of about two billion, two hundred seven million, five hundred and twenty thousand seconds!

While you read that last sentence-
– about five seconds of your life elapsed, and you can never go back and decide to use them differently.

As small as they are, seconds are precious because they are a creation and a gift of God.

How we use even these small time increments makes a difference.

Since our heavenly Father has a plan for each life—that we live for His purpose and His will-
– then we must consider how we spend not just years, months, and days, but even minutes and seconds.

And the time to decide is now-
– before any more of your life passes by.

Understanding the value of each moment, the apostle Paul urged us-
“Be careful how you walk… making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians. 5:15-16.

In essence, he is instructing us:

“Take advantage of every opportunity God gives you. Don’t waste your time!”

Let Jesus be your role model for keeping a balanced schedule.
He knew that spending time with the Father was the most important thing He could do.

Follow His example, and begin each day in the Father’s presence.
He will help you arrange your schedule and can make every second count.

(PA)

May 082017
 

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”Jeremiah 33:3. 

In today’s society fast food is making billions. 

It’s slogans are “have it your way” and “have it hot and and have it now”. 
How easy it is for us to fall into this “fast food mentality”. 

It has almost become who we are. 
But in God’s kingdom there’s no fast food!

We can’t always have it our way and now. 
When we are caught up in this fast food mentality, we lose the true meaning of patience. 

True patience is the ability to wait on the Lord-
– through trials without complaining and worrying.
It is to be tested and persevere through trial.

We need to be patiently waiting on the Lord to answer us in a new way! 
We cannot shortcut the things of God. 

If we want a deeper life in the Spirit-
– we need to avoid this fast food mentality. 

We cannot have a deeper walk with the Lord-
– without spending time in his Word, 
– without spending time in intimate prayer, 
– without walking in repentance and humility, and 
– without practicing a life of holiness. 

Is this a tall order? 
Yes, but when we are focused on God and patiently waiting on Him to answer-
– He will be preparing a blessing beyond our imagination!

Let’s not settle for a hamburger, fries and coke-
– when the Lord has a delicious, heavenly feast prepared for us!

(PA)