Tonight we are on the brink of another year. As this year ends, we reflect on what has happened and what we have learned. As we begin the next year, we will meet surprises, obstacles and joy along the way. Regardless of what may come, may we keep our eyes on Jesus Christ. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Wishing all my family and friends a wonderful and happy New Year!!!!
“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 ESV
“It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.” 1 Timothy 3:1
Many times when we think of our pastor, we think of someone that is suppose to be super close to God, has it all together, and never struggles. We often put our pastor on this pedestal and when they fall off we become devastated but the reality is this truth: PASTORS ARE PEOPLE TOO. They struggle with depression, they get discouraged, they need encouragement, they want things, they feel lonely, they need friends and they don’t have it all together. Pastors are not more special than you or better than anyone, they just have been given a task to take care of God’s people through preaching, teaching the Word and equipping the saints. Pastors need your prayer. Pray for and encourage your pastor today
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
We truly are a forgetful people. What we do one day, it is easy for us to forget tomorrow. For us as the church we know what Scripture teaches that relates to loving each other and bearing one another’s burdens but we have also easily forgotten it.
The reason to this forgetfulness is because we have got use to church just being a place that we go to every week, sing a few song, hear a message and then go home. While that is what we do at church, the reality is that we have forgotten that the church is a place that we bring our burdens too.
Scripture plainly tells us that we need to bear one another’s burdens and the best place to bring those burdens is at church. The church should be a safe place and a comforting place. The church should be a place where we know we will find strength and encouragement to go. The church should be a community of believers helping each other and loving on each other.
The question is–how do we get back to that purpose? It begins by getting back to the Word and discovering what the Lord expects out of us as the church. It begins by confessing to the Lord and asking for forgiveness for not being that place that is willing to help others. And it begins by making a commitment once again to be the church that is willing to help, love, and bear one another’s burdens.
This purpose begins with you!!!!
Have a blessed day!!!
28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Our world is filled with broken people and so are our churches. The truth is even though we realize that the world is filled with people who are broken, we never associate that with people who come to our services. We think those people should have it all together but the reality is that don’t and neither really do any of us if we are to be honest.
When that brokenness is revealed concerning that person that attends our action are often that in a form of judgment and condemnation. We are kind of like those chickens who discover that one of the chickens has a wound on its head and all gang up and begin pecking till that chicken is dead.
This my friends is not the way it should be in the church. When we discover that one of our brother or sisters are broken we should not gang up and stomp them instead we should be willing to show them the love that Christ would show them. Jesus always cared for the brokenhearted and so should we. The broken person that is attending your church is there for a reason, not to be judged or to be looked down but to be loved.
Lets stop judging and start caring. Let’s stop condemning and start loving others for who they are. The church is a place for the brokenhearted and it is time that the church wakes up and realizes that
It really is amazing how quick one can lose their way in this life. Their is so much distraction happening in this world that we can take our eyes off of Christ so easily.
One of my favorite stories in the Bible has to do with Peter walking on the water. Remember when Peter saw Jesus walking on the water, he asked for Jesus to allow him to come and Jesus told him to do it. As Peter began walking on the water, all of a sudden he began to notice all that was happening around him and before you know it Peter was sinking. Peter in desperation began to cry out to the Lord and the Lord lifted Peter out of the water, putting him back on track once again.
Peter represents all of us for we all have gotten off track sometime in our life. Those things that have taken our eyes off of Jesus might have been our family, people we are having trouble with or just life in general. What do we do when we realize we are on the wrong path and find ourselves sinking? Some of us might feel hopelessness or despair but the truth is the answer is found in Jesus Christ. When we come to realization that we are truly off track, the best answer is to cry out to Jesus as Peter did and Jesus through His grace and mercy will put us back where we belong.
My friend, don’t give up for the Lord is truly there
Wishing you all a great weekend
One of the saddest verses in the Bible is found in Luke 2:7 which says, “And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Can you imagine having a life so full but yet having no room for Christ? Many would say no but the reality is many of us have a life just like that. Oh we try to add Christ to our busy schedule but when other things come up we often push Him aside because we have no room for Him in our life.
The question we must ask ourselves is how do we make room for Christ in our life? Simply by giving Him the key thus allowing Him to have complete control in our lives. Things that He wants to change, let Him change. Sins that He reveals to us, confess them. When we do this we will be able to live a life that is fuller and richer more than we could ever imagine.
May you each a great and wonderful day!!!
4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever thingsare pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things areof good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:4-8
We live in a world where it is easy to worry. Whether it is over the economy, our family and friends, or life in general we can find ourselves easily overcome. So is there help for us? I believe there is and it is found in God’s Word!!!
If there was a man who could have had been a worrier it could have been the Apostle Paul . Paul was in prison for preaching the Gospel, the church which he help started are now being attacked by false teachers and preachers plus their was problems within taking place but yet throughout his writings you never see a man who was worried (maybe concerned but not worried). Why is that? It is because Paul knew how to win the war against worry and he tells us in Philippians 4.
First Paul says to Rejoice in the Lord. What he means is to Praise God anyway!!! If things are going great, Praise God, if not Praise God. Second we learn from Paul the F.R.O.G. principle. What is the F.R.O.G. principle? I am glad you asked. F.R.O.G. stands for Fully Rely On God. We do this by living in the atmosphere of prayer and being specific with God with thanksgiving. Finally to win the war over worry we need to change our thinking? How? By thinking on the positive instead of the negative. Instead of focusing on the negative things that cause us to worry, lets focus on the positive. There maybe someone that says, there is nothing positive happening in my life but my friend I believe there is. For inside every negative situation there is always a positive.
If we will do these simple steps we will find ourselves being worry free. May you be blessed and encouraged today!!!
Isaiah 61:3 gives us a blessed promise that one day we will no longer have to worry about mourning for in its place God will give us a crown of beauty, joy and praise. I can only imagine what that will be like when we will no longer have to mourn and weep. It gives every believer something to look forward too, when mourning will be no more.
Although this passage is filled with hope there is a reality we must all face. Until the Lord takes us home we still have to deal with mourning. For it does not matter if we are mourning over the loss of a loved one, friend, job, relationship, we will still have to deal with the pain and it’s after affects.
So the question rises, is there hope for us now. The answer is yes for hope is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” In these words Jesus did not say that you will not mourn or weep but instead He invites you to come to Him and in return He will provide you comfort and strength.
If you are feeling broken-hearted this morning, may I encourage you to run to Jesus!!!