Good morning everyone, the Lord has blessed us with yet another glorious Autumn day. Thank You Lord!!
The question I will put on your hearts this morning is, "What are you going to do this day; what will you chose to do with His Words, and with His Commands?"
Turn to Isaiah 48, often we reference the lessons of the Israelites. So much to learn from, so much material to pull from for various elements of our lives, even much still under debate. This morning I am thinking, how about we make it simple and direct. Each of you have areas in your life where you are, or at least where you know you were too stubborn for your own good. Often we don't see it until it is over. Have you heard the saying it is better to be happy than right? This is the same concept.
So read this chapter, soak it in. Can you imagine the level of stubbornness to have your forehead referred to as bronze and your neck as iron. wow right. Be careful here, the examples show the message clearly so you won't have any doubt, stubbornness is NOT OF THE LORD. He is waiting to give you a RIVER OF PEACE!!!
Be careful for what you might ask, my answer; don't look past those little areas of stubbornness, justifying them because for heavens sake it's not like what the Israelites were doing. Likely, it is rooted in a place of pride, you want to be right, or you don't want to be found wrong. Pray on this today, what do you want rivers of peace, or to have no peace just like the wicked. It is your choice, totally and completely up to you. Chose to listen, take heed, obey... Chose peace!!! And watch how He BLESSES YOUR DECISIONS!!!
Thank You Lord, Hallelujah
“This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.” Isaiah 48:17-18 NIV
Knowing your way is Jesus Christ, the WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIGHT; is your basic training. Your boot camp! In order to be truly equipped for the battles, not to mention the wars we have to fight every day; you Must dive into the WORD. Commit it to your heart, believe it, trust in it and live by it.
Yes, you will not be perfect, none of us are. No, it isn't a contest, if anyone ever tells you it is or want to measure up against you "goodness, your walk, your service", turn and tell them something very nice and encouraging, then walk away. Do NOT engage in their game, it will only result in misery. Do NOT use verses to shame them, correct them, humble them... It is NOT your job!!!
Now then what is your job - see the below selection of verses. Know it, love it, and have it (THE WORD) be your anchor when you are resting and your rudder when you are sailing! Thank You Lord!!
“He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:10-16 NIV
Talk About What You Love.
Enthusiasm is the only climate the Seeds of Success will grow in. If you want others to get involved in your dreams and goals you must exude an aura of Excitement. Your energy will attract others to your dream. Thought and talk magnify anything and everything. Reactions to your enthusiasm purges relationships you don't need.
Reactions to your enthusiasm should decide who receives the Gift of Access to you.
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof " Proverbs 18:21
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