This Week's Pastor's Corner

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December 1, 2019
 

 

Here we are at the first Sunday in December. Thanksgiving is behind us and the preparations are underway for Christmas. I have often said that Thanksgiving is the “forgotten holiday” for many. But the Bible says that we are to abound with thanksgiving always. Psalm 84:11 says, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

The Holy Spirit showed me that if you want to experience, “no good thing being withheld” then you have to stop complaining and start thanking God more for what He has already done in your life. How could any child of God possibly think that they are going to receive God’s best in their life when they are constantly complaining? In reality, complaining is just really a bad habit, that’s all. And all it takes to change that is a decision to quit complaining. That is done by replacing grumbling and complaining with thankfulness and praise. Quit focusing on what you don’t have or what is not happening and start being more grateful for what God has already done in your life. Replace all of that complaining with gratitude and being thankful to God.

Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 2:6-7, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” It says that we are to abound with thanksgiving. Another translation says it this way, “overflowing with gratitude.” We all have something to be thankful for. You might not be exactly where you want to be in your life right now, but you still have something to be thankful for. You woke up this morning breathing.

The Bible says, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." No matter how bad your situation is right now, you do have reasons to be thankful. Just think about them and then tell God how thankful you are. Give a voice to your gratitude. As we approach Christmas, lets all maintain an attitude of gratitude for all His goodness in our lives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

As I sat to write this week’s Pastor's Corner, I thought about some of the things we are learning in the Sunday evening study and in relation to the times we are living in. in Luke 9:23 we read the words of Jesus when He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.” Notice that it is something we are to do each day - and many times it is multiple times throughout the day. I was reminded of

 

Jesus words in Matthew 4:4 when He said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ He was referring to Deuteronomy 8:3. As I thought about all this, I remembered when we were on some airline flights. Have you ever noticed that most people don’t pay much attention to flight attendants as they go over the emergency procedures at the beginning of a flight? I probably don’t do this as well as I could because I’ve heard it before.  But if while in flight what if there was a sudden noise outside and smoke coming from an engine? Then a flight attendant

 

suddenly steps forward and announces over the intercom, “Ladies and

 

gentlemen, we must make an emergency landing. We will be reviewing the emergency procedures with you once again. Please listen carefully.” I am sure I would wake up if I was asleep or put down what I was reading, find the emergency exits and pay attention for one simple reason: my life and Susie’s life depends on it. When it comes to the Word of God, we need to pay careful attention as well because our spiritual lives depend on it. Simply listening to the teaching of Jesus doesn’t make you a disciple. If you want to be a disciple of Jesus, then you must continue in God’s Word. Do you read the Bible every day and spend time with the Author? It is important because your Christian life depends on how much of the Bible you get into your heart and mind on a daily basis and how obedient you are to it. If you have a deficiency of the Bible in your spiritual diet, then you’ll wither spiritually. But if you have a regular diet of the Word of God on a daily basis, it will help you be spiritually strong.

 

 

 

As I sat to write this week’s Pastor's Corner, I thought about some of the things we are learning in the Sunday evening study and in relation to the times we are living in. in Luke 9:23 we read the words of Jesus when He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.” Notice that it is something we are to do each day - and many times it is multiple times throughout the day. I was reminded of

 

Jesus words in Matthew 4:4 when He said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ He was referring to Deuteronomy 8:3. As I thought about all this, I remembered when we were on some airline flights. Have you ever noticed that most people don’t pay much attention to flight attendants as they go over the emergency procedures at the beginning of a flight? I probably don’t do this as well as I could because I’ve heard it before.  But if while in flight what if there was a sudden noise outside and smoke coming from an engine? Then a flight attendant

 

suddenly steps forward and announces over the intercom, “Ladies and

 

gentlemen, we must make an emergency landing. We will be reviewing the emergency procedures with you once again. Please listen carefully.” I am sure I would wake up if I was asleep or put down what I was reading, find the emergency exits and pay attention for one simple reason: my life and Susie’s life depends on it. When it comes to the Word of God, we need to pay careful attention as well because our spiritual lives depend on it. Simply listening to the teaching of Jesus doesn’t make you a disciple. If you want to be a disciple of Jesus, then you must continue in God’s Word. Do you read the Bible every day and spend time with the Author? It is important because your Christian life depends on how much of the Bible you get into your heart and mind on a daily basis and how obedient you are to it. If you have a deficiency of the Bible in your spiritual diet, then you’ll wither spiritually. But if you have a regular diet of the Word of God on a daily basis, it will help you be spiritually strong.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

I was thinking about Flag Day being this Tuesday and that the American flag represents freedom. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV).  Satan wants to put blinders over your eyes so that you cannot see who you really are in Christ, and the only thing that can

 

remove Satan’s blinders and break the chains of bondage is truth. So many people - even God’s people - deal with unforgiveness. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Colosse, “…forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (NKJV) This is telling us that forgiveness is not an option. The Living Bible puts it this way: “Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t been wronged at some time in their life. Regardless of what caused the wrong, we have a choice when that happens. We can either let the wrong

 

that was done against us cause us to sit down and wallow in pity, or we can choose to get up, dust ourselves off, forgive, and keep going. Forgiveness is a choice, and it’s never too late to make the right choice. Forgiveness has to happen before the healing process from those hurts can begin. One thing is for sure and that is that you cannot expect any significant growth in your life until you release yourself from the effects of the wrong that was committed against you. Give it all to God: the anger, the resentment, the hurt, the shame, the guilt—and whatever else it is that has kept you an emotional prisoner of the past. You can be free beginning today. You do not have to suffer the rest of your life for your own past mistakes or the mistakes of others. What happened in your past does not have to define your future. God is in the business of restoration, and He will restore all you have lost if you will seek Him and believe His Word. Choose today to forgive—not only others, but yourself as well. God is not hiding truth from you. He has hidden it for you in His Word—all the way from Genesis through Revelation. If you are hungry enough for freedom, then you’ll get into God’s Word. The more of the truth of God’s Word you know, the more free you will become.

 

 

 

 

 

I was thinking about Flag Day being this Tuesday and that the American flag represents freedom. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV).  Satan wants to put blinders over your eyes so that you cannot see who you really are in Christ, and the only thing that can

 

remove Satan’s blinders and break the chains of bondage is truth. So many people - even God’s people - deal with unforgiveness. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Colosse, “…forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (NKJV) This is telling us that forgiveness is not an option. The Living Bible puts it this way: “Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t been wronged at some time in their life. Regardless of what caused the wrong, we have a choice when that happens. We can either let the wrong

 

that was done against us cause us to sit down and wallow in pity, or we can choose to get up, dust ourselves off, forgive, and keep going. Forgiveness is a choice, and it’s never too late to make the right choice. Forgiveness has to happen before the healing process from those hurts can begin. One thing is for sure and that is that you cannot expect any significant growth in your life until you release yourself from the effects of the wrong that was committed against you. Give it all to God: the anger, the resentment, the hurt, the shame, the guilt—and whatever else it is that has kept you an emotional prisoner of the past. You can be free beginning today. You do not have to suffer the rest of your life for your own past mistakes or the mistakes of others. What happened in your past does not have to define your future. God is in the business of restoration, and He will restore all you have lost if you will seek Him and believe His Word. Choose today to forgive—not only others, but yourself as well. God is not hiding truth from you. He has hidden it for you in His Word—all the way from Genesis through Revelation. If you are hungry enough for freedom, then you’ll get into God’s Word. The more of the truth of God’s Word you know, the more free you will become.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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