Through HIS Eyes

I’ve heard it said that we do not see the world as it is, but we see and understand it through our past experiences and our understanding of history.  With all our biases, this is sometimes not a clear and truthful view.

The difference between how a believer and an unbeliever sees the world is revealed by the way they judge things. The unbeliever, judge things by worldly standards and by past experiences. The believer brings God into everything, viewing things through His eyes and His values and His perspective.

If we see the world through the eyes of God, our perspective of the person or situation becomes so much different in a better way as He knows the good in us.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened …..–Ephesians 1:18 NIV

Are you Toiling for the Kingdom?

I came across this quote again this week - The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You usually hear or read this quote when someone graduates from college or university. It is also heard when someone achieves their dream after working hard and long to get there.

I started to ponder on what heights can I reach in my prayer life, my ministry or simply reading my bible more if I put in extra hours and effort into doing or learning more.

If I became more intentional in pushing myself to reach my potential so that God can use me to advance His Kingdom, would I be fulfilling my purpose here on earth?

How much more impactful our lives are for God’s Kingdom when we wholeheartedly choose to serve Him and do His will. Be all that you can be – join God’s Army.

The Need for Self-Discipline

Did you make any resolutions at the beginning of this year? If you did, what’s your progress? How are you doing with achieving them?

If you did not make any resolutions, did you plan to do something this year that you never did before? Or something that will stretch you or push you outside of your comfort zone?

Achievement of any goal takes discipline and a positive and healthy mindset. Self-discipline is a great tool to help us manage ourselves.

There may be speed bumps and rest stops along the way to achieving your goals. Don’t let these times of rest discourage you.

Remember, it’s not how you start……it’s how you Finish? I would like to finish this year well. Can you join me in challenging yourself to finish the year 2018 well? We have a little over six (6) months to do so. Whatever you had plan to achieve, bring it before God and ask for His guidance.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. –1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV

The Big GIVE

As our church participates in the Big Give this weekend, I am reminded that God performed the first ‘Big Give.’

When you love to help people in His name and be the hands and feet of Jesus, you prayerfully and obediently give freely what God has blessed you with.

God did not hesitate to Give His Son to die for our sins.

The eyes of our heart open when we start to understand what God did for us by allowing Jesus to die for our sins. We then freely give our time, talent and treasure for the advancement of His kingdom.

Consider what could be your Big Give, give it to Him and watch in amazement what only He can do in and through your life.

Looking forward to seeing what God will do at the Big Give this Saturday in the city of Ottawa and in our nation of Canada.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…...” John 3:16 NIV

Me? Serving?

Recently our small group has been studying the heart of service using a book call “Living Beyond Myself” as our study guide.  A week or two before delving into the study I felt a hint of dread as the thought of embarking on a two or three-month long journey into serving was less than appealing.  My expectations of my small group gatherings are simple.  I want my obedience to be God stretched; I want my “fleshy” nature challenged by the study and the discussion that follows.  I was not convinced a book on serving was going to accomplish the above.

After a couple lessons, I was pleasantly surprised how the study had deepened my understanding of how my love for people and my attitude towards service are so intertwined.  My love for people has a direct correlation to my service to others (and vice versa).  I wonder; is my love for people allowing me to be open to serve, or is the act of serving growing my love for people?  Is it both at the same time?

Take a moment to reflect on your current view of service and how it relates to the love of others.  Are you serving for your own gain, do you have difficulty allowing yourself to love others more?  If you are not currently serving inside the church or outside the church, is there a deeper reason than being too busy?

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV

Waiting

What should I do while I wait on God to ……… (fill in the blank).

I find that the time spent waiting is an opportunity to grow in faith. The challenge is to ensure that our attitude is good, that is, our attitude needs to be an attitude of gratitude. We need to be obedient to God and keep doing what is good in His eyes.

And I believe HOW we wait will determine how LONG we wait.

We need to understand that our NOW season is preparing us for our NEXT season.

When I need a reminder of what I should do while I’m waiting on God, I find that the song “While I’m Waiting by John Waller” is a big encouragement.

Link to song here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6X71sXagUY

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!Joshua 24:13-14 ESV


PRAYER: My Heavenly Father, help me to stay faithful as I wait on you. Let me not lose faith but take every step knowing that you are by my side. In Jesus name. Amen

Are you ‘ALL IN?’

At the recent Promise Keepers conference, there was a talk about being ALL IN. It was explained that we are ‘ALL IN’ in something. We are either ALL IN in the kingdom of GOD or we are ALL IN in the kingdom of ME.

In the kingdom of ME – I pretty much do what I want, when I want, how I want, where I want. Essentially, I am my own god.

In the Kingdom of God, I follow HIS direction and do HIS will for my life.

At times, it is difficult to choose which kingdom we want to be ALL IN. It becomes less difficult when we intentionally choose to be ALL IN in the Kingdom of God - - trust Him, fix our eyes on Him and give Him first place in our lives, no matter what the situation is.

…… then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, …… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 NIV

Worrying

Why worry when you can worship? Why worry when you can pray?

 

Pastor Mark Scarr’s message yesterday was a timely reminder to me personally as I can sometimes be distracted by things that make me worry. At times of being worried, Luke 12:25 reminds me that worrying is not beneficial to me. Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? [Luke 12:25 NIV]” 

Part 2 of Pastor Mark’s sermon series “Beyond” highlighted “Turning Points” where I was reminded, “You can turn your WORRY into WORSHIP.” By worshiping instead of worrying, I am saying that God is in charge and I choose to trust Him. Once I truly give my worry to Him and just worship Him, the first tangible result of trusting God is experiencing His Peace.

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