Many years ago a pastor friend ask his congregation, “What has the Lord done in you life lately? If you can not point to a specific item, then you are probably living a religious life instead of walking daily with the Lord.” Initially I thought that was a harsh statement, but have come to realize it’s truth over the last several years.
The growth and financing of our company is a great example of what our Lord has done lately in our lives. Two weeks ago we walked out of the bank wondering how we would fulfill signed contracts we already had and meet the other requests that seemed to flow in daily for the business.
“You win!”, that’s what we are saying when we listen to the voice of the enemy over knowing the power of our Father. No, it’s not always going to turnout how you expect it, so don’t get upset with Papa. If anything, when it doesn’t turn out the way you thought, it’s because He has something much better for you than what you had planned. His ways are always better than ours, A L W A Y S!!
The devil is our sworn enemy. From the beginning of time he has plotted against God’s people (that would be you and me) to kill, destroy and take what our Father has determined is ours. Stop looking at the circumstances of your life to determine the direction you are heading and start looking at the One who created it all.
This is the first time I have ever experienced all 3 devotionals speaking a message the Lord wants an individual or individuals to hear. The same theme runs through all of them, relationship with our Father is the key to your life. Instead of our normal format, I’m writing a short intro to each one and adding the links for the full devotional. I encourage you to read the one that speaks to you this morning.
There are so many unanswered questions in life. The most difficult is trying to understand the will of God. While this first devotional will not answer all of those questions, you will gain insight to the why’s of life if you are going through ‘stuff’ right now. I’m reminded of Romans 8:28, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
‘Preach the gospel always and when necessary use words.’ That quote has been attributed to Francis of Assisi for many years, I have used it myself from time to time. It seems however, that it may not have been the exact words the Franciscan spoke or he may not have said it at all. Regardless of the origin, the thought behind the phrase is valid for work place believers.
Paul dramatically expressed what love is in 1 Cor 13:4-8a, 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails
I heard it said many years ago, when God stops speaking to you, go back to the last place you said no to Him and say yes.
Obedience is always the path for moving forward with the Lord, even when it doesn’t make sense to you or me. There are times when the Lord will ask us to do something that seems silly. All I can say is we can not see nor understand the consequences of our actions. So when the Lord asks you to do something, just do it.
When we are obedient in the small things, it sets us up for greater responsibility and bigger impact. I see that in our business and ministry. We started very small in both areas. The Lord has increased our responsibility and reach in the live event streaming world. The impact from our walk with Him has increased significantly just in the last year.
A great new series from Elevation Church and Steven Furtick.