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July 2014

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Colossians 4:17

Genesis 24:29-60

Abraham’s servant eagerly shared the blessings of The Lord with Rebekah’s family.

He gave them the account of how he met Rebekah at the well. He told them of her generosity. He assured them that she was the one The Lord had chosen to become wife to Isaac, Abraham’s son.

The time came for Rebekah to leave, to go to Isaac.

“Just give us ten more days, then she can go.” Rebekah’s mother and brother were hesitant to let her go. They knew it was The Lord’s will but they weren’t ready for the change. They wanted to enjoy their life as they knew it for just a little longer.

But Rebekah said that she must go, now.

She understood that her place wasn’t with her family any longer. Her place was with her husband. With him she would be prosper. With him she would be in synch with The Lord’s will.

She wanted to be there as soon as possible.

Are you like Rebekah’s mother and brother? Are you hanging onto the “here and now” because you like things the way they are? So much so that you are being a hindrance to The Lord’s will?

Embrace the change. No, your life won’t be the same. But be confident that God will work it to your good and His glory.

Because the best place to be is in the will of The Lord.

Who Are You Living For?

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John 3:30

John 3:25-29

John’s followers began questioning him. Jesus’ disciples were baptizing multitudes of men. John was losing disciples to Jesus. Why wasn’t John upset? How could it be that he was actually rejoicing in this?

John reassured those that were questioning: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

John knew all along and never lost sight of who he was living to glorify: Jesus.

You’ve been given a great platform to spread the gospel. Go about it as John did.

Humbly dedicate your life to seeing Christ lifted up.

Standards

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Matthew 5:48

I John 2:5

“Well, nobody’s perfect.” says the follower of Christ as he deals with conviction of sin.

Then he goes on. No remorse. No asking for forgiveness. Just a nonchalant “I knew that was coming” attitude.

But Jesus called us to be perfect, even as he is perfect.

In our flesh we can’t obtain this goal but through the covering of Jesus’ blood and reliance of the Holy Spirit not only can we reach it but perfectness is expected of us.

If we set our standards to our flesh we will fail.

But if we set our standards on Jesus, trusting in Him, failure isn’t an option.

Square One

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Luke 7:50

Luke 7:36-38

Tears pooled in the woman’s eyes as she traveled along the streets. She knew that her life wasn’t going in the direction she had hoped. One thing had led to another and now she was caught up in a web of sin. She was lost on how to untangle herself from it.

“Jesus is at Simon’s house today.”

The woman stopped in her tracks. The name “Jesus” caught her attention. It froze her. Simon? She knew of Simon.

Minutes later the woman walked into Simon’s house. Her eyes searched the room for this Jesus. She was drawn to a man sitting in the middle of the room, his back to her. The closer she got to him the more her eyes burned with tears. As she finally reached him the tears began spilling down her cheeks. This had to be the man she was looking for. His presence was overwhelming.

She knelt in front of Him and began to wash His feet with her tears and hair. She kissed them. She anointed them with oil. In His presence she felt at peace. She felt whole. She felt forgiven.

Jesus looked at her, “thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”

She would never be the same. The life that had previously been strangling her now only held freedom. She would walk out of Simon’s house at peace and with a purpose: to live a life that would bring glory to the man that had just given her life anew.

Jesus has given you that same newness of life. He’s taken you from the chains of sin and death and given you life and peace with the freedom to serve Him.

May we never forget our humbling experience of coming to Jesus to fulfill our need of a savior. May we always carry the peace we first felt at His feet.

Coming Soon

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Acts 1:11

So my groom, of twelve years, will be returning home today. He’s been gone only since Monday, but I’m looking forward to his return.

There’s a lot to get accomplished before he gets here though. There isn’t time to just sit around and do nothing.

Just like our Christian walk.

Jesus, the bridegroom of the church, will be returning one day. There isn’t time for us to procrastinate or be non-productive. We need to be up and about God’s business.

I hope you’re looking forward to His coming.

Remember to Forget

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Philippians 3:13-14

Have you allowed yesterday’s poor decisions affect today?

Have you allowed a missed opportunity to proclaim Jesus put you in a place where you’ve decided you’ll never be of use to The Lord?

Have you committed a sin that you feel has completely ruined your witness? Are you wanting to just give up serving Him because you think there is no coming back from it?

Remember Paul? The guy who we first met at the stoning of a Christian? The guy who was living his life to see Christians persecuted and sentenced to death? He was literally doing everything he could to get rid of Jesus’ followers.

Until he became one himself.

Then he turned into a huge advocate for the case of Christ. He spoke to councils. He led churches. He became one of the first missionaries. He penned down the majority of the New Testament.

How did he do this?

He kept his eyes fixed on Jesus, not on his past.

You do the same.

Just Bread?

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Philippians 4:19

Numbers 11:4-9

The bread that came from heaven tasted so good to the Israelite people. They had felt like they were on the brink of starvation and then The Lord provided for them miraculously.

I imagine there was a lot of worshipping going on within the Israelites’ camp when they first tasted the manna.

That lasted about a year.

After days on end of miraculously receiving this food from God they tired of it. They became ungrateful. They decided they’d rather have fish, cucumbers and melons. Just like they’d had in Egypt.

Does this sound familiar?

We pray for God to bless us in our life. He does and we’re grateful for awhile. But then that doesn’t satisfy us any longer and we want what we used to have or something different altogether.

Instead of following every whim of our flesh we need to learn to be content with God’s providence.

Because he is supplying our every need according to his riches in glory.

For the Cavemen

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John 5:17

I Kings 19:9-18

Elijah sat holed up in the cave ready to give up. He had dedicated his life to God only to have seemingly everyone turn away.

“But what about the faithful seven thousand?” replied God to Elijah’s cries.

Elijah, being encouraged by this fact left the cave, ready to once again work for God.

How about you?

Have you recently found yourself with your head bowed, tears streaming down your face, completely distraught, tired and weary?

Have you had this type of a conversation with God: “What could have I done differently to show them you? They’ve turned away! It’s just me. I’m alone. And it seems as if the devil himself would like nothing more than to destroy me.”

Let me remind you that God is faithful. Count the people around you that are living a righteous life. And be encouraged by the faithful servants, no matter how small the number may be.

Rise up renewed, revived and ready to proclaim Jesus to a lost and dying world.

Just please, don’t give up. Don’t stay hidden in a cave. Get out there and keep preaching Jesus. Keep studying the word. Keep walking the straight and narrow pathway. The Word you are living won’t return void. It will accomplish a purpose. Somebody is being affected. And they are worth it all.

Blindness

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Isaiah 42:16

“How did they not see that coming?”

We use that phrase when we are completely shocked that someone would make such a terrible decision.

But perhaps it’s because they really didn’t foresee the consequences.

Because they were blinded, spiritually speaking. They lacked spiritual vision.

Remember that darkness isn’t just a place that spiritual wickedness reigns. It’s also a lifestyle that people choose to live because they have denied Jesus as their Savior and Guide.

Pray for the sinner’s vision to be healed. Pray for them to be saved.

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