Apr 14, 2010 - Life, Spiritual Walk, The Bible    1 Comment

Musings from Philippines 4

I came across a passage in Philippines a few days ago that has stuck with me and I would love to just pass it along to you. It’s from Philippines 4. (NLT)

4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

If you are anything like I am then you desperately want the God of peace with you.  Life can be hard & confusing.  There are days when what life throws at you seems to be more than you can handle.  In the midst of those days you and I must rely on the promises of God.

Many of us want the peace that comes from God yet we are not willing to do our part.  Read that passage again.  What exactly is our part?  Let me give you a hint; practice.  look at verse 9.  Paul says to “keep putting into practice” those things you have learned and have been taught.  And here is what I came away with when I was meditating on this passage.  Peace comes not from knowing these things but from practicing them.

We can know a lot of things but until we practice them they will never positively affect our lives.

Scripture gives us the information we need to know in order to have the abundant life that God so desires for us to have, but until we put into practice that which we know, we can never experience all that God has for us.

I want to experience all that God has for me and for my family.  That is why I listen to what I listen to.  That is why I read what I am reading.  That is why I work so hard at renewing my mind with His Word.  Without hard work, it doesn’t matter how much I know.

Just something to think about.

Mar 28, 2010 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Meditating on This

Isaiah 53
1 Who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
2 My servant grew up in the Lord ‘s presence like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him.
3 He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.

4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrowss that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
5 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
the sins of us all.

7 He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
8 Unjustly condemned,
he was led away.s
No one cared that he died without descendants,
that his life was cut short in midstream.s
But he was struck down
for the rebellion of my people.
9 He had done no wrong
and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
he was put in a rich man’s grave.

10 But it was the Lord ‘s good plan to crush him
and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
and the Lord ‘s good plan will prosper in his hands.
11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
for he will bear all their sins.
12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier,
because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

Mar 5, 2010 - Life, Life groups, Prayer    1 Comment

Community

Last night I was reminded about the fact that we as the body of Christ are family. We do life together and we are there for each other. Recently one of the volunteers on my team asked for prayer for their spouse who was interviewing for a new job. They brought their needs before God and before the people they do life with here at Fellowship Church.

You might think that it is normal to bring things to God, but what purpose other than praying could there be for sharing our needs with others?  Let me offer this thought. Many times God uses the people around us to answer our prayers. You may need to read the sentence again and let it sink in.

Let’s jump back to my story again for a moment.  Last night as we were beginning our worship team practice one member brought me a check and asked that I give it to that same member of our team who had shared just a couple weeks ago about their needs.  Because the member in need shared their request God used those around her to answer her prayer.

So the next time you are with friends or attending your life group please remember this.  God uses those you do life with to answer prayer and often times to meet your needs.  So get out there and do life together!