Let Go and Let God

 

Going All In – Let Go and Let God

O – Observation:

Paul wrote to the church of Thessalonians – to recognize those who work around you, those who teach you more about Jesus; warn those who are unruly, comfort the faint, uphold the weak, be patient with all. Paul than said to in vs 16-18 to always rejoice, pray without stopping, and in EVERYTHING give thanks – which would mean in good times and bad, give thanks, for this is God’s will.

Reading: I Thessalonians 5:12-28

S – Scripture: I Thess 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

A – Application:

We are always to praise God, give thanks in no matter what is happening, and as this is God’s will. It’s easy to read a passage, but following the Words of obedience, the direction that Paul is giving the members of the church are not always easy. Then again, no one said it would be easy. It’s just what makes God happy. So then if we are to live our lives as followers of Jesus, and we wish to do God’s will – then this is our instructions.

How do we push through all the challenges that come our way? Through prayer.

How do we overlook what is occurring in our life and the world around us? We don’t. We need to take one step at a time.

This past weekend our pastor shared that his dad passed away on Wednesday, he, our pastor, was going to teach on heaven. It was a good message. One that we need to hear often. Do we know where we are going when we die? Do we know where our friends and family are going when they die? Is the “sting” of death, less when we know where our loves ones go when they die? Yes.

Yesterday my home state was threatened with a tsunami warning; the entire state came to a stand as they prepared for the worse disaster. They had lots of time to prepare, unlike a Hurricane that comes much quicker. It was interesting to watch and listen and wonder, what everyone was thinking. When you live on a little island out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, you are basically stranded to wait for earth to splash water on you and say boo, or swallow you up. The effects of the earthquake in Chili the day before. Another earthquake in Okinawa, Japan – has rippling effects on the tiny bumps we call islands – Hawaii. After much anxiety, patience, practice, and follow through – my home state made it through without a scratch. The Lord gave us grace.  How many more offerings of grace will we have? I don’t know about you but I want to be prepared. I pray my family and friends are open to hearing God’s call on their lives so that one day when they die, they will know that they will go to heaven to and never need to wonder, and that those of us left on this earth, will have less of a sting, when they are gone.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask for your forgiveness. I ask that you forgive me for my sins. How I speak, act, react, to those around me. Help me to see what I am doing and make right those in my life that I need to make right to. Help those that are hardened to you. Open their hearts and minds to know that it’s not about another person or thing, but a relationship between you and them. I ask that you show us grace and mercy on an ongoing basis. I pray that I am open to your Word and guidance, your wisdom, knowledge, and will. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

© elehua808 – 2010- All Rights Reserved – Originally Posted on: Feb 28, 2010

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Time, Gifts, and Talents

Today’s Date:  Feb 07, 2010

What Are You Doing with Your Time, Gifts, and Talents?

Reading: Exodus 26:1-27:21 ~ Matthew 25:1-30 ~ Psalm 31:1-8 ~ Proverbs 8:1-11

S – Scripture:

Matt 25:29  – “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”

O – Observation:

I’ve been a Christian for many years and I’ve heard the two parables taught in Matt 25:1-30 many times. I often thought it just means I need to be prepared, as I wrote yesterday, the scripture says that we don’t know the time or day, and we won’t be able to do anything if we aren’t prepared – Jesus will return and we are either ready or we aren’t. This brings me to the parable of the servants who were each given bags of money to invest. I agree with the devotional by One Year Bible Blog (OYBB) so much so that I decided why rewrite what is obviously the same thing I observed in my reading today. Here’s an excerpt:

Today we read in Matthew chapter 25 verses 14 through 30 Jesus’ “Parable of the Talents.” This story of the three servants has often been a parable I have struggled with.  For a long time I didn’t get what was so wrong about the guy who buried the money. “He at least gave back to the master the same amount he was originally given,” I thought.  “What’s so wrong with that?”  Well, as I read this parable again, the thing that really stands out to me is that this parable is not talking about simply money. . . but I think it is talking about our very lives and our time here on earth.  I read it now as if God gives each of us a certain amount of time to live on this earth and a certain amount of gifts and skills.  And then, we have to ask ourselves – will we simply just go through life very stably & comfortably with those gifts and skills – perhaps even just going through the motions and serving ourselves – to the extent that when God calls us home, we have really not produced much of anything in our lives?  What if we spend our time & gifts in such a way that by the end of it we haven’t really blessed or served others?   We simply give back to God at the end of our lives what God gave to us and nothing more.  OR – is it possible that God is calling each of us to do so much more with our lives?  Is God calling us to really use the time, gifts and skills he has given us for something bigger than ourselves?  Is God calling us to produce a great harvest of loving and serving and blessing others in our lives?  So that when we arrive at heaven’s gate at the end of our lives we will hear verse 21 from God Himself – “The master was full of praise. `Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!'” How about your life today?  Are you multiplying the skills and gifts that God has given you in your life?  Are you investing your skills and gifts in loving service of others?  Are you at least “doubling” God’s investment in you?

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A – Application:

I can apply today’s scripture to my life by praying through the gifts and talent that the Lord has blessed me with, to use all things for His glory, so that on the day of judgment I can hear the words, “well done, my good and faithful servant.”

P – Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I thank you for your love and faithfulness. I pray that I will be “awake, alert, and prepared” for your coming. I ask that you forgive me for my sins. Show me your will. I ask that you would help me to do your will with a joyful heart. Open the doors of opportunity where you need to use me for the gifts and talents you have given me, so that your people can be blessed by you, through me. Give me the strength and discernment – in Jesus name, amen.

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The End of the World

Today’s Date: February 06, 2010

The End of the World

Reading: Exodus 23:14-25:40 ~ Matthew 24:29-51 ~ Psalm 30:1-12 ~ Proverbs 7:24-27

S – Scripture:

Matt 24:36  “However, no one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”

O – Observation:

Matt 24:29-51 these scripture verses describe the “signs” of Jesus returning, and Matt 24:35 “Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.” It’s an interesting time that many people have tried to predict, movies and books were written about it; yet the bible says, “NO ONE knows” when the time will come “ONLY the Father knows” – we aren’t God so why do people predict. Worse yet, why do people believe those who say they know?  I don’t really know, except that maybe we always want to prepare.  So why not do what the bible says? In Mt 24:42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.”

I would assume people would be concerned that if they sin or fall out of God’s grace that they would not go to heaven so they want to know when he’s coming back, so they could be ready. I know it’s a difficult thing to do, that’s why we are told to “keep watch”; share the Good News of Jesus, and always be prepared, asking the Father for forgiveness for any sin, keep in prayer and devotion to Him.

A – Application:

I believe that we all, at some time or another have wondered, “how much longer” will I be on this earth. For some it’s a thought when they are given the news of a deadly, sometimes incurable disease. For others the thought comes when they hit a certain age in life, or when a close family or friend dies, in which they want to die themselves due to the loss. I don’t really hear people talk about the actual time of when the earth would come to a complete END.  It’s a scary thought, so we live our lives day by day and more people probably ask the question, “what happens to me after I die, than what happens when the world ends.”

I’m sure every every professing Christian, who has a personal relationship with Christ knows the answer of where they are going. However most people believe that if they life a “good life”, be nice to others and don’t commit some heinous crime, they will go to heaven or they don’t believe in a heaven or hell; and that’s the extent to their thoughts on the end times, more so, what happens when they die.  However if you have a personal relationship with Christ, you know that if you just live a “good life” you will not go to heaven. Now I won’t get into any debate on the issue. I’ll just show you what the Word of God says, here’s a great reply by the folks at GotQuestions.org:

Question: “How can I know for sure that I will go to Heaven when I die?”


Answer: Do you know for certain that you have eternal life and that you will go to Heaven when you die? God wants you to be sure! The Bible says: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). Suppose you were standing before God right now and He asked you, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” What would you say? You may not know what to reply. What you need to know is that God loves us and has provided a way that we can know for sure where we will spend eternity. The Bible states it this way: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

We have to first understand the problem that is keeping us from Heaven. The problem is this – our sinful nature keeps us from having a relationship with God. We are sinners by nature and by choice. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We cannot save ourselves. “For by grace are you saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves – it is the gift of God. Not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). We deserve death and hell. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

God is holy and just and must punish sin, yet He loves us and has provided forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus died for us on the cross: “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus was resurrected from the dead: “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25).

So, back to the original question – “How can I know for sure that I will go to Heaven when I die?” The answer is this – believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts 16:31). “To all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). You can receive eternal life as a FREE gift. “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). You can live a full and meaningful life right now. Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). You can spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven, for He promised: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am” (John 14:3).

Prayer of Salvation:

-If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive forgiveness from God, here is a prayer you can pray. Saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. It is only trusting in Jesus Christ that can provide forgiveness of sins. This prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your forgiveness. “God, I know that I have sinned against You and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness! Amen!” –

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your love and mercy. You gave us your Word and the Holy Spirit that dwells in us, as a living guide, a book of direction, a spirit for discernment – so that we can do your will and serve you as well as those you have entrusted to us. Father forgive me for my sins. Reveal to me any actions or words that come from me, if they need to be changed or corrected to reflect you. We know not the time of your return, only that we need to be prepared. I pray that my friends and family will come to know you in a personal way. I ask that anyone is reading this and has not given their life to you, to have a personal relationship with you that they will ask that you become real to them and be your child, forgive them for their sins, cleanse them and make them whole. In Jesus name, amen.

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