I hope you know John 3:16. Truly know it. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God gave us the greatest gift imaginable- and He did it out of love for us. Loving us even while we were yet sinners. Sending Jesus down to pay the penalty and price for our sin. He could have left us condemned- but instead he gave us a Saviour. All we have to do is put our trust in Him, ask Him to forgive our sins and be our Saviour. John 3:16
Jesus went to the cross for us. He was crucified, buried, and rose again. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (vs. 36) Light and darkness. Belief and unbelief. Saved and lost. God has given us such a stark contrast between Light and darkness, the Spirit and the flesh, life and death… yet it seems like our lives are still so full of grey areas? We see such a wonderful gift that God has given us, yet choose to walk in darkness. John 3:19 tell us plainly, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
Jesus knows us so well. He explains the reason for this in verse 20. The light shows us our true selves. It reproves us of the wrongs we have done. It doesn’t feel good to be reproved. It can be embarrassing to be corrected. If we have a big dirty stain on our clothes, we definitely do not want anyone to see it! If we can’t change… we try to cover it up! But wait… who says we can’t change?
Once your faith and trust is put in the Lord Jesus Christ- the devil knows he has lost you for eternity. The next best thing he can do is try to win over the rest of your life here on earth. It truly is a battle between Light and darkness. But, Christian, we have God on our side. And God is ready to give you the victory! The best thing any one of us can do is to come closer and closer to the Light! Let God’s Word shine on our lives, clean or dirty. He knows how to get those spots out! If you have a stain of sin on your life today, I challenge you to step into the light. If the devil has been deceiving you and you think you are overcome, there is no hope, no way you can live in righteousness, don’t listen. He is a deceiver. God wants to shine His Light onto your life and make you clean! If you have trusted Christ as your Saviour- don’t be afraid to trust Him with your life!! Do you have questions about salvation? www.needgod.com
We live in a time when a day hardly passes without hearing, “There’s just not enough time!”
That may seem like a harmless exasperation from one who just has “so much to do.” But will you take a moment with me to stop and think about Who made this time to begin with? Who put seven days in a week, 24 hours in a day, and sixty minutes in an hour. God knew every hair we would have on our head. He knew every detail that would encompass our daily life. Yet He still put seven days in a week, 24 hours in a day, and just sixty minutes in an hour.
Is that enough? It was for Him.
I think it is time we say it is enough for us. If God made my body to need 7-9 hours of sleep. I need to get 7-9 hours of sleep. If God gave me a husband and children, I need to spend the time necessary to care for my husband and children. If God desires a personal relationship with me daily in His Word and in prayer, then I do have the time to read and pray. If God has chosen a ministry for me to be a part of, I must also have time for serving.
It comes down to two very simple truths. Math… and choices. Math tells us that there are 1,440 minutes in a day. If we take away 480 (that’s 8 hours) for sleep that leaves a whopping 960 minutes left for us stay at home mom’s. If you spend another 480 at work each day you still have 480 left. So, either way, there’s the math. Math doesn’t lie.
Math doesn’t lie, but humans do. Many claim they don’t get near 8 hours of sleep… but that just makes our case worse. That means we have MORE time to get done those things we say there isn’t enough time for. Many studies have been done to prove that most of the time we overestimate the time we spend working and underestimate the time we admit to sleeping and relaxing. There are many great time management websites and books dedicated to that topic and I’ll let the professionals deal with the rest of that!
And maybe your situation is different. After all, each of us is unique! You may have health issues that cause you to spend more of your time in bed, or maybe the opposite goes for you and you can buzz around on just 5-6 hours. Or maybe due to a new baby or child’s illness you just can’t get the rest your body needs, but you have to just pull through any ways! (I’m sure we’ve all been there!)
Let’s get to that second truth. Choices.
It is very easy to confuse time and choices. I can illustrate this very quickly. Ask someone to time you. Walk into your bathroom and clean your toilet. Inside and out. Get the whole thing looking like new. If that is something you do regularly it probably took about 5 minutes. How about the sink? Spray it down and give it a good shine. How many minutes did that take? The truth is, most things don’t take very long.
So how is it that we keep “running out of time?”
Choices. You see, time doesn’t wait for us. It keeps moving, whether we do or not.
It probably takes about the same amount of time to read a story to your child as is would to check your messages. Yet the smile on his face is worth more than a thousand emojis- I promise!
If there is time for an hour long television program, there is time to take the prayer list to the prayer closet. We could all use a sweet hour of prayer to escape from the cares of this world and see God’s hand move in our life.
And how many minutes does it take to show kindness? We think we don’t have time- yet all we need to do is give someone a smile and hug, stop and write a thinking of you card, or maybe just sit down for a few minutes with someone you love.
But how do we deal with the rushing about here and there feeling like we can never get everything done? Baby steps. If you have a household chore or errand looming over your head, ruining your day because you just keep thinking of it… thinking that you’ll never get it done... stop a moment and think about how many minutes it would actually take. You might be surprised that you can actually get it done. Or at least get a plan and get started. You will feel much better.
Take care of those minutes. Make them count. Do the important things. If you really DON’T have enough time, analyze your life and think about what God wants you to do. He is the One who gave you seven days in a week, 24 hours in a day, and sixty minutes in every hour! Your life is made of those minutes!!
Can you imagine if someone said to you, “You can’t serve the Lord!”
I can just hear all of the arguments that would start!!
“Of course I can!”
“No one can stop me from serving God!”
“I will keep serving Him no matter what!!”
Yet that is exactly what Joshua said to the Hebrew people after that famous challenge: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Oh yes, they made a great claim! “God forbid that we should forsake the Lord!” I mean, if you had a choice, wouldn’t you choose to serve the true God? ...Wouldn’t we all?
But there was something else… a matter of the heart. We can claim all we want that we have given God our lives and we are following Him alone, yet our actions (inside and out) speak louder than our words. Joshua wasn’t so quick to accept their choice, but followed it up with a pretty harsh challenge. “Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.”
God sees past our words. God sees our heart. God sees our desires and our motives. He sees our pride, our self will, our true intentions.
The people in Joshua 24 insisted that they did choose to serve God, so Joshua gives them a challenge: “Put away the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel.”
It is good to honor God, to speak of God, to proclaim God’s goodness with our words, but if we have not inclined our heart towards Him, it is all in vain. God is a jealous God. He doesn’t just want us to fill our seat in the pew on Sunday. He wants our hearts towards Him alone. Jesus says the hypocrites “draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”
When you make a choice to serve God and Him alone it is noticeable. We don’t just choose God and still keep everything else we want in this life. There are some things we must “put away” as we incline our hearts unto the Lord! God knows the difference between heartfelt repentance and alligator tears!
Next time you see the phrase “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” take a look at your life. When God looks at your heart what does He see?
Peer pressure. It can come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes we don’t even recognize it. Have you ever felt a little out of the loop, like you were the last one on earth to know about the latest fashion, trend, movie, song, or that video that just went viral. It’s definitely awkward when you’re with a group of people and all of a sudden you’re feeling like a middle-schooler hanging out in the teen group- just totally clueless as to what is going on around you. But let me cue you in on a little secret… it’s okay to not be fully informed on everything in the world today. If you haven’t noticed, our world is getting dirtier and shifting further from God each day. It’s pretty much on the fast track to hell, and if you have taken the opportunity to get off the devil’s ride and trust Jesus as your Saviour, there is no reason to keep standing in line to see what the world still has to offer. It will only bring destruction upon the life God has for you. Romans 16:19 says “I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.” It’s easy to question “am I too naive?” We can easily convince ourselves that everyone else knows what is going on and before long the thought sinks in… Just Google It!
Way back as a teenager, before the cell phone/ internet is everywhere years, I made a personal decision not to watch things that did not line up with the way I should be living. I noticed a struggle within my mind. I knew it was wrong to watch most of the movies coming out and I wanted to abstain from evil, yet with all of the advertising, reviews, and big flashing signs there was a desire to see them, which caused a struggle to do what is right. A very simple decision made this struggle to keep my mind pure so much easier. >>Don’t read the movie signs. Don’t look at the entertainment page in the newspaper. If I pass an advertisement- just ignore it. ...So instead of inserting those worldly images into my mind and then struggling to keep my mind pure, I moved my focus to keeping out the thoughts and images in the first place. Still a short-term struggle, but I soon realized keeping my life pure was so much easier when I put some extra effort into keeping my mind pure.
Forward to 2016 where we are all just a tap away from everything… and I mean too much of everything! Instead of asking, “Should I learn about this?” we are saying, “Should I use Google or Bing?” In seconds or less we have a list of web, image, and video results to anything we type or speak into a search bar. It might be a phrase we heard but don’t know the meaning to, an acronym, or a person on the news. The truth is… some things we don’t need to know. And many things we really don’t want to know! It’s pretty easy to look up something out of curiosity only to find more than we were expecting. (I am thankful for the filters and safety nets we have online, but that’s not the point I’m referring to here.) We need to be careful about how quick we can be to search something instead of first seek God’s will in our life to live pure. We are unknowingly choosing to make the Christian walk such an uphill battle when we fill our minds with so much of this world.
We want the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, yet according to Ephesians 5:9 “the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth,” not in the “filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting” (Eph. 5:4) of this world. Goodness. Righteousness. Truth. That is what we should be seeking. That is what we should be looking for, focusing on, learning about. That is what should fill our lives. The Bible tells us “it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” (Eph. 5:12) Christian, please, guard your mind. Set up boundaries for how you are going to live and stand strong! Plan ahead so you know how you will handle the temptation to fit in with the crowd. Be able to look at the crowd and see if the way they are going is towards the Lord, or are they standing in line going the way of this world. Read carefully through Ephesians 4 and 5 and see how God has made a change in the lives of His children. We are to “put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind;” (Eph. 4:22,23) The cleaner you keep your mind, the easier it will be to follow Christ from a pure heart, meditate upon His Word, and most importantly HEAR what the Spirit is speaking to you!
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When our first child came I was blessed more than I had ever imagined. Through the years there has been one song that comes to mind every time I think of her and my wishes, hopes, and aspirations for her life. Written by the Epley’s, here are the words to the beautiful song “All We Ask.” Cynthia- this is our prayer for you!
The years have flown by much too fast.
The days we have now are our last
Soon you’ll be gone and life won’t be the same.
We’ve tried to do our best for you.
Sometimes we’ve failed; we know it’s true
But still we pray that you’ll live to praise God’s name.
It doesn’t matter if we never see a place you’ve carved in history.
Fame is fleeting and riches soon will burn.
The only wish we have for you,
Please follow Him Who’s always true.
You will find you have so very much to learn.
And if some day you hear His voice
Calling you to make a choice to serve Him in a land that’s far away,
We’ll remember you’re not really ours at all.
You belong to Him; so heed His call.
That’s the reason that He made you anyway.
All we ask is that you live for Jesus!
We’ve tried to give you roots, and soon we’ll give you wings.
Fly toward the Lord!
Honor Him in all you do.
We’ll be so proud of you if you live for Him.
We’ll be so proud of you if you live for Him!
These 15 years have brought the greatest joy of my life- and I am thrilled to look forward to see the next 15 as our oldest daughter continues with a heart towards God! She has become so much more than I could have hoped for. Her servant’s heart and strong spirit have inspired me. God has brought us through so many things, yet He has always shown Himself present and able to much more than we could ever ask or think. And our children have been able to see the hand of God guiding and helping us along the way- which has only made their faith stronger. I am thankful that through my faults, Cynthia has seen that we must keep our eyes on the Lord.
Cynthia is very serious about music, piano in particular. She is now our church pianist and continues to progress even without lessons. She was 11 when she composed "A Waltz for Roy and Dale" and entered it into the York Symphony's competition.
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We have been blessed with a busy summer around here! I would love to blog more, but as the mother of 5 and a pastor’s wife I have decided to keep the blogging on the lower portion of my priority list. As a result, I have a whole list of things I would like to sit and write about! (Yes, I’m keeping a list!) But today, I sat in on the last service for teen camp. It truly blessed my heart, and our oldest daughter assured me that every service this week has been just as good. I would like to share some of the Scriptures, along with the preacher’s three points, and hope that it is a blessing to you as well. If you’d like to hear the sermon for yourself just click or tap here to open the camp’s sermon page. It Is TIME to Trust God!
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” The Command “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;” Psalms 62:8 “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him:
God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth
his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”
Psalms 4:5 “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.” The Caution “lean not unto thine own understanding.” Psalms 146:3 “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man,
in whom there is no help.”
Isaiah 5:21 “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent
in their own sight!”
Proverbs 28:26 “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely,
he shall be delivered.” The Covenant (Promise) “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 16:20 “He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth
in the LORD, happy is he.”
Psalms 40:4 “Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust,
Psalms 34:8 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Final Thoughts: God’s way is always the BEST way. Psalms 9:10“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou,
LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
Psalms 37:5“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him;
and he shall bring it to pass.” Thank you Bro. Brubaker for this great challenge!! May God bless all of you serving the Lord and being such an example at Servant’s Heart Camp!
So much is going on in this world we live in. One minute we are tucked away in our cozy homes, raising our children, building our marriages, striving to please the Lord with each day- and before we know it the world is crumbling all around us. Tragedy strikes and we stand in the aftershock wondering where it came from. This may come by a loss of health, the death of a loved one, or a nearby act of terror we didn’t see it coming or going. All we know is somehow we need to find a new normal and figure out how to move on from here. Do we bury our head in the sand? Do we live in denial and act like nothing has happened? Do we leave the firm foundation of our faith in God and get washed away on the shifting sands of this world’s philosophy? How are we, as Christians, to respond when our world is tossed about on the raging seas of life? (When all we really want is to just live a quiet and peaceable life!)
Well…. I really don’t have the answer for you. (Other than to say turning our back to God is definitely NOT the answer.) But I do have a biblical example to follow. Job lost everything. And Job even had something that we don’t. Job verse one says that he was perfect and upright. Now, I am not trying to speak for you, but I can firmly say that I am neither perfect nor upright! I wish I could say that I was. And someday I hope that I am, by the grace of God. If it weren’t for all the times I continue to cave in to the desires of my flesh I would be a lot farther along than I am today. Nevertheless, we can see the example of Job- who lost more than we can ever imagine without even a moment’s notice!!
First, let’s get some facts straight. God cares about Job. He knew what Job was going through. He loved Job. So, does it occur odd to us that when the Lord answers Job after so many chapters of silence he ends up spending an entire chapter talking about Leviathan, the great sea monster!! I’m talking about 34 verses!! I am being polite and holding myself back from using CAPS LOCK here… but take a moment to breathe this in! God Himself. Answering Job. Out of His Infinite Wisdom. And He’s talking about a dinosaur?
This may be a bit cliche’ but, has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God? God knew exactly what was going on. In fact, He knew before it happened. He also knew the outcome. That is not to say that the way was easy for Job. Times were tough and he endured such grief that cannot be explained. Yet, God also knew exactly what Job needed to hear. Sometimes we tend to make God so personal that we lose sight of His Mighty Power!!
This great sea monster that man cannot tame, cannot subdue, cannot even hunt for its meat- God has made to play in the waters for His enjoyment! Psalm 104:24-26 “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.”
So, to all of the naysayers that tell me that this is not an important point… (you know, those “sincere Christians” who insist that we stick with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ) I would like to just point out that when God spoke to Job in his trials and hardship, he spent an entire chapter explaining, in detail, the greatness of leviathan. That was not an accident. Job saw. He got the message. Job got his eyes back on the Lord and His greatness!
How about us? I know it’s hard when tragedy strikes a little too close to home. We can so easily become consumed. Maybe it is concern for our fellow man, our country, our safety- until we become glued to the next news headline popping up on our screen. ...What will it be next? ...Where will it be next? But let me tell you this. This world is not getting any better. And it isn’t going to. Now more than ever we need to take a step back and fix our eyes on our Lord. Draw close to Him. See His mighty power! I am not suggesting that we bury our head in the sand… but it would not hurt any of us to skip the nightly news for once or give our facebook page a rest and take a look at the night sky or get up to see the sun rise in the morning. Sit a while and read through Job 41. Verse by verse. Think about those knights trying to slay the dragon, only to have their spears fall like blades of grass. Yet, the Lord watches him play in the water. And He is the same Lord Who watches over us.
"Sea Monsters … More than a Legend?" I found this article interesting from Answers in Genesis. Go to their page here.
Seeing a bowl of cereal always brings me back to memories from my childhood on those mornings before school when most children, I assumed, were eating it for breakfast. But what I recall are Mom’s words… “If you eat cereal for breakfast- you will be hungry again before lunchtime.” So, I grew up on eggs and toast, oatmeal, or pancakes. And of course, I thought the kids eating Froot Loops were pretty lucky. As always- Mom was right. Eggs and toast helped me concentrate more on my schoolwork and less on when the lunch bell would ring. My hungry little stomach was much more satisfied after a proper breakfast than it would have been after being filled with brightly colored crunchiness!
I have thought about that lesson so many times. How many things in this world do we want to fill our lives with or spend our time or money on? How many things do we look to for satisfaction… even though our Heavenly Father has warned us that the pleasures of this world will only last for a season? We go through our days desiring to be filled- to be satisfied- to feel blessed… yet we are sitting down to feast on the emptiness this world has to offer instead of the fulfillment that God promises will come from a life pleasing to Him.
Jesus tells us, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) We have a promise from God Himself that we can be filled! Our lives can be blessed! We can have contentment, satisfaction, fulfillment! What wouldn’t anyone give for just one day filled with the peace of God on their heart? We can have a lifetime of it, and God has already given us the key in His Word: to hunger and thirst after righteousness.
Think about your desires today. What are you hungering for and thirsting after? What do you desire to fill your time? What thoughts do you allow to linger in your mind? How do you spend your days, nights, and weekends? And remember this- it is not as much about what we are doing, but rather what our desires are. Many times we are going through our lives filling the roles we are expected to fill… while our mind is wandering far from it. Maybe those around you cannot see- but surely the Lord sees the smallest and deepest desire of your heart.
What are your desires? If you need to make a change- start right now. The first step is always prayer because we truly cannot do anything right in this life without God’s help. Ask Him to show you what you are desiring now and what He wants you to desire. Ask Him to give you a hunger for righteousness. To be right with Him. To be right in your relationships. To be right with your time, your talents, your every thought! For when you begin to hunger and thirst after His righteousness- you will be filled! There is no satisfaction in this entire world that will be worth more than a life FILLED by following after the Lord. Take God at His Word and live a full life!
All around us we hear words of peace, words of comfort, words of stillness… yet sometimes the struggle is too real, too dark, too swift… we need Jesus- and being still, waiting in quietness, just isn’t working. That’s where Bartimaeus was- the blind man in Mark 10. He sat begging, and when he heard Jesus was passing by- he cried out. And when others tried to calm him, quiet him, he just cried out louder! There are times in our life the struggle is so real and all we can do is cry to Jesus. And when we try to “be still” and listen for that “still small voice” we just can’t. Because the hurt is real, and the pain is deep. We just cry louder.
Jesus sees us in our struggle. He hears us amidst our deepest need. Bartimaeus was there. He sat begging in the street. Taking whatever the world had to throw his way. The pain. The sorrow. The loneliness. The world didn’t have much to offer him. He knew there was more- even as he cried to Jesus the world still tried to quiet him. What was he? Just a blind man? Just a beggar? “And Jesus stood still.” (vs. 49) To Jesus he was so much more. His needs were real. His struggles were worth caring for. He was worth cleansing and making whole. And so are you.
Bartimaeus was blind. He couldn’t see Jesus. He didn’t know where Jesus was, but heard that He was passing by that way. There are valleys we must pass through in this life. We sometimes get our eyes off the Lord and allow the storms to overwhelm us. We cannot see Jesus. Yet we must trust that He is near- for He is Faithful and True. He is always near. In faith we must call out to Him. Cry out to Him. And if we still can’t seem to see Him- cry louder. There He is- standing still- waiting for us to come to Him. And there He stands, calling us, like He called to Bartimaeus.
Bartimaeus was comforted. He cast off his worldly garment and came to Jesus. He laid down his need at the feet of Jesus. Immediately he received his sight. He didn’t have to wait. He didn’t have to go through some type of ceremony or time of cleansing. Immediately Jesus made him whole. Jesus was ready for Bartimaeus. Jesus was willing to heal him. When Bartimaeus called- Jesus stood still. The Lord knows when the struggle is too much for us to bear. He knows when we reach the end of our resources and can do nothing but cry to Him. He knows when we can’t sit quietly and still any longer. He stands for us. He comforts us. And He is ready to meet our need. Call out to Him today. For salvation. For security. For peace amidst the storms of life. Cast away the garments of shame and come to Jesus. Follow Him in faith. For He is Faithful and True.
Living our life to please the Lord definitely brings the most fulfilling and wonderful life we could ever experience. The joys of knowing Christ and following Him are far greater than the sorrows that would trouble our soul as we wondered what could have become of our life through Christ. There is truly “no greater joy” than to see our children walk in truth. So… why do we sometimes feel like we are in this all alone?
This world is a big place- and with social media swirling all around us it is easy to see so many go astray and standards dropped by the wayside. It is easy to sometimes wonder if we are the only family left adhering to old time convictions. The world is changing- and changing fast. I remember taking multiple steps to be connected to the “world wide web” and getting my free yahoo email address. Now I have children who can swipe through a smartphone or laptop to search for a recipe, buy a new dress, find the right R.C. battery, or register online to go to camp!
Yet, Jesus Himself prayed for us. Not that God would take us out of this world, so we would be physically separated; but that while we live in this world, He would keep us from the evil. We are to be spiritually separated. In John 17:15 Jesus prays, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” Though we are told to “come out from among them and be ye separate…” God knows that we still must dwell in this world. Clearly there are thing in this world we are not to have a part of. We are here to be the salt and the light, to live for Jesus, glorify Him, and share the gospel so others may also come to know Him as Saviour.
As we draw lines in the ever shifting sand to keep our life separate from the worldliness that surrounds us we can feel like we are all alone. While we like to think our convictions are firmly set in the Rock- we would all be greatly surprised when we look at what the born again believers of past generations were convicted over. John Bunyan was convicted over spending a little time on a Sunday afternoon to play a game of ball. Many old time books speak out against visiting a carnival, fairgrounds, or circus show. Even just a generation ago it was common for born again believers to take a stand against movie theaters, television in the home, or mixed swimming.
Christian, do you have a line that you must not cross? Our lives are to be a living sacrifice. Is there a sacrifice in your life today? Are you striving to follow God and obey His commands? (Even if it seems a little strange in the world around you?) Do you realize the importance of guarding what enters into your eyes and ears? Oh yes, the things we see and hear do affect our thoughts, words, and actions. Maybe God has been speaking to you about an area of your life that you need to give up for Him. Maybe it doesn’t make sense to the world around you. Maybe it doesn’t even make sense in your Christian circle.
Elijah took a great stand for the Lord when he spoke against Ahab and Jezebel. At the end of a great victory he felt defeated. He felt alone. He felt unworthy. He really thought he was the last man standing for God. Yet God came and spoke to him, comforted him, fed and strengthened him. And what was the message of encouragement? He was not alone. He was not the only one left standing for God, serving the Lord, doing the RIGHT thing. God let him know before He was done speaking with him, “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal.”
Friend, you are not alone. Just as we do not know the sin that may be hiding in someone’s life- we also do not know the sacrifices. God has many children -following Him -loving Him -serving Him. Any yet there is so much more to do! We are to be LIGHT! Our life is to be shining for Jesus like a city on a hill pointing heavenward glorifying our Saviour! I was so blessed this week to get a phone call from a dear woman in her sixties and she was just waiting to see what the Lord has next for her. She wants to keep serving Him. There are mothers in homes right now teaching and training their children in the way God would have them to go. There are women in the work force abstaining from the worldliness and fleshly lusts of their coworkers. There are young girls keeping themselves pure as they serve God from their homes and families until it is their turn to embark out on their own journey.
You are not alone. We are not alone. We each have a place to fill. The only true pleasure we will find in this world is in a life wholly given to the Lord, holy, acceptable to Him. Do not waste it away in worldliness. Do not listen to the devil’s lies. Pray to God as you draw your mark in the sand for Him and determine to glorify Him in each area of your heart and life.