Archive for September, 2013

Mind the Steps…

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Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in his way”

You may already know that climbing steps is an excellent way to exercise. Starting off at the bottom full of energy we continue climbing only to discover that each step becomes a little more difficult. By the time we near the top we feel like we can’t take another step. After resting a little we realize we can do it and we finish the climb.

Today’s verse tells us about steps and here’s the key to it. We can’t get to the top step until we have taken all the steps that lay before it. We may be able to take giant steps and miss one or two on the way but we can’t get from the first step to the last in one giant leap. The steps of a righteous man are laid before us to climb, and climb them we must!

This verse isn’t talking about steps along level ground. The truth is that every step a righteous man takes us upwards as well as forwards. These are the steps that take us to our future. They must be climbed to get to our destination and promise in God.

This week let’s climb the steps that God has placed before us. As we do, we’re told that God delights, or is pleased, with what we’re doing. Sure it’s hard work climbing steps but remember that even if it seems impossible we can conquer each step as God delights in our progress. Come climbing the steps of God with us this week – you’ll be glad you did!

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An Easy Goal…

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Philippians 3:15 “So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.” If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision – you’ll see it yet!”

It’s always a tense moment in a basketball game where winning comes down to one final hoop. The shooter focuses on getting that ball in the hoop and he permits nothing to steal his focus. Then, almost in slow motion, the ball leaves his hands, moves through the air and lands exactly where he wants. The cheer goes up and the game is won.

This verse encourages us to keep focused on the goal that God has for us. It’s easy to lose our concentration or have it stolen by all the noise and clamor of the world. Just when we think we’ve mastered it something comes up and distracts us, leading us away from our commitment to Him.

If we lose focus, allowing our vision to become blurred, we end up missing out on what God intended us to have. But, if we keep focused on His goal with total commitment we end up with everything God has for us. This is a very powerful key to living an overcoming life.

This week, if you feel like you’ve lost some of your focus or your goals have become a little blurred do what this verse says. Ask God to clear your blurred vision and help you get recommitted. Just like our basketball game everything will begin to slow down and you’ll easily be able to focus on God’s goal for you and have the winning edge to succeed.

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Great Work…

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Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”

I admire well-made furniture. It takes a great amount of skill, expertise and dedication to produce a worthy piece. The handiwork of the craftsman shows the high level of workmanship needed to make it function exactly how it was designed.

Our verse says that we have been created in Christ Jesus to perform good works. Remember that we can’t make ourselves anymore than a piece of furniture can make a carpenter. God makes us and He makes us how He wants us. His workmanship, skill, expertise and dedication form us into a unique piece. He fabricates us in the exact way needed to carry out His good works.

Some believers complain about how they’re made. Often they discover what they dislike proves to be their greatest strength. This is because the master builder knew exactly what He was forming and why. He creates us to perform His good works and He wants us to walk in them.

This week let’s shake off any negative thoughts we have about how we are made. God desires us to walk in the good works that He’s prepared for us. Let’s remind ourselves that we are made by God and created in Christ Jesus to function in these good works. So let’s leave any bad works behind and stick with His good works. Then we’ll be able to function exactly how we were designed.

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Who we are…

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2 Corinthians 5:20 “So we are Christs ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us.”

The bible lets us know that we are wonderfully and fearfully made. God has formed & fashioned each of us so we can achieve His purpose and plan for our lives. Once we realize who we are, we’re enabled to accomplish what we need to do.

Our verse says that we are Christ’s ambassadors. An ambassador is a person who stands in the place of the one they represents. We are made, formed and fashioned to represent Christ Jesus. When we were born again we became His ambassadors here on earth. Realizing this enables us to get on with the job of connecting this world back to the creator.

As ambassadors we are to be the hands, feet and voice of God to this world. Our lives should reflect who Jesus is and God’s Word should order everything we do. These two things strengthen and empower ambassadors for their future.

So, do we have what it takes to be ambassadors of Christ? Yes we do! When we were born again we were enabled to walk in this high office. So we must start the work of connecting broken people back to Him. It’s what we are made, formed & fashioned to do. So lets get on with the job.

Make today a turning point in your life. Step into the high office of Christ’s ambassador and work hard at connecting broken, distraught and lonely people back to God. Remember that each soul is precious and each soul is longing for a restored relationship with their creator.

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How to Save Yourself…

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Proverbs 21:23 “Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief”

We’ve all met a gasbag at one time or another: a person who talks nonstop about everything. They travel over their words so often that they forget where they’ve been. They talk so much that eventually they find themselves caught in their own words. It brings them a lot of grief.

Our verse instructs us to watch our words. This means that we should guard, protect and hedge them about. We should count our words as precious and powerful. The Bible says they’re exactly that so let’s treat them correctly.

Not only are we told to watch our words but we’re also meant to hold our tongue. After all it’s hard to speak words if we can’t use our tongue. It’s worth considering what James chapter one says, “You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak…” When we follow this we save ourselves a lot of grief, distress and trouble.

This week let’s slow things down a little with our words. Instead of using them to fill the silences of life let’s think and be selective in what we speak. Let’s be like the writer of James and be quick to listen and slow to speak. Now not only will this save us from grief but also it’ll ensure that our thinking, decisions and planning are so much clearer and steadier. When they are our future becomes so much surer.

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