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May 7, 2018, 1:20 PM

The Cost and Meaning of Spiritual Freedom


Freedom means that I am free to choose heaven or hell because God made it possible by sending his Son. No person, no law, no bondage, sin or devil from hell can take away my privilege to choose.

God has deposited within me and every other person born a measure of faith so that we may choose heaven, holiness, righteousness, truth and joy through his Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

Being free means I can choose to live life without the burdens of sin and its penalties because Jesus gives me the ability to choose salvation and his righteousness through faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Being free means right now, by faith in Christ, I have abundant eternal life through Jesus Christ my Lord. I am seated in heavenly places where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Being free means I have no obligations to walk after the flesh, the devil nor the world because greater is He who is in me then he who is in the world. Being free means I have now no condemnation because Christ has given me his righteousness by the faith of God within me.

Being free means as God’s sheep I can lie down in his green pastures, drink of his living waters and find rest for my soul.  I have liberty to speak to Him from my heart without shame or fear because I belong to Him.

Being free means I can by faith make deposit into the kingdom of God as I move about in this world through witnessing, serving and benevolence. Being free means I have the ability to deny myself and take up my cross and follow Christ Jesus into whatever path he bids me to come.

Being free means I can love my neighbor as myself because God’s love wells within me. Being free means I can forgive others even as Christ has forgiven me because I have freely received forgiveness from Him and his power resides within me.

Being free means that I do not have to fear my tomorrows because I know God is already there; He is the great I am, the Author and the Finisher of my faith. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He has promised that He would never leave nor forsake me but He will go with me all the way even to the end of the age.

Being free means that I am loved with an eternal love even if or when I am not lovely. Being free includes me when God said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever would believe in him should not parish but have ever lasting life.”

Being free means I have every reason to rejoice, to celebrate and to rest in his peace because I am his daughter in the beloved. Being free means that I am not an orphan and I belong to a great family and the host of heaven watches me and waits for my coming. A mansion is prepared for me among the millions and millions of my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. I am free because my name is there!

Do you want to make your reservations to be there too? This and so much more is available to you but you have to receive his invitation. He is already pursuing you because He wants to write your name in the Book of Life. You can be free too!

Your freedom is free to you but it cost the Lord Jesus everything. God so loved us that He gave his only begotten Son who freely and willingly took up his cross and walked the path his Father God had chosen. Jesus completed his task when he poured out his blood for all humankind. He was raised from the death to life and He forever sits at the right hand of the throne of God in authority to make intercession for all who call on Him. He fights for you with the testimony of his blood. He fights for you through the truth and voice of the Holy Spirit as He bids you to come, be free. Yes, freedom that’s what it is about! Who can rightly refuse freedom?

 




May 3, 2018, 5:05 PM

Senior Pastor Report for March 2017-April 2018


                                Pastor Report                                              This has been an exciting year with marked improvement and growth in many areas of our church and its function. I believe there has been obvious spiritual growth and Biblical knowledge in many of our constituent’s lives as well as elevated leadership potential as an ongoing growth pattern.

God has and is doing great and marvelous things in the lives of many individuals. I believe our times of worship, learning and fellowship have risen to a higher Biblical norm and breakthrough is happening in personal lives and in families.

Our parents as well as our church teachers and leaders are recognizing and grasping the fact that we have only a short time to equip and train our children in the truths of God’s Word and practical Christian living.  We continue to strive to grasp each opportunity to plant and cultivate God’s Word for in each child to produce change, stability, power and Christian ministry in and through our children.

Pastor Dewey Taylor has led us in dynamic worship and the depth he has modeled and brought to us by entering into worship and fellowship with God has been a vital part of every morning service. I deeply appreciate the worship and music team as well as the small choir Melanie Brizendine leads.

Pastor Scott and Amy Cooper has been diligent to assist me in bringing another layer of growth in Christian disciplines and learning though the many courses they have taught in Sunday School. I believe these classes have brought learning to a greater height in those who have participated in learning.

Youth workers, Pastor Dewey and Amy Taylor and Amy Cooper have continually brought “in your face” Biblical and practical learning with Spirit filled meetings to our youth. They emphasize the need for personal relationship with Christ and the relevance of Biblical application in their decisions and actions.  Melanie Brizendine has trained and expertly led her qualified and devoted team in a variety of venues. They have brought the up and coming Super Church children greater spiritual growth through the powerful Bible lessons that bring spiritual and practical reasoning to each child. They have crafted fulfilled activities that emphasize relational cooperation and activities.

I cannot express how much gratitude I feel to God and these devoted workers who consistently model the pattern of “fishing for children” on a weekly basis.

Our church ministries are rising to more excellence. The Ushers and Greeters Ministry team are on task every service with devoted workers who make sacrifices that most would not notice because of their consistency and well maintained order.

Among the others ministries are the Men’s Ministry, Food Pantry and Benevolence Ministry, Christian Education, Hope Center and many other venues that will follow as we have leaders who rise with vision to go in a variety of ministry avenues. Among these is the ministry of videoing and reproduction of sound and picture from Brenda and Michael Goens. Only God foresees the many hearts and homes this great ministry will flow into. I am greatly excited about a more far-reaching arm so that the message of Christ that includes the knowledge and wisdom that will break of heavy restraints and heartbreaking bondages through the proclamation of truth that comes with the power of the Holy Spirit. May God make it so and clean our land of the blatant dysfunction in the thinking and lifestyle of precious souls and their families. We do not yet know all the ministries God has in his heart however we are seeking God’s heart to do inform and empower us to do his will by raising up leaders who will passionately and powerfully take the Gospel in both spiritual and practical ways to this and the future generations.

Our church board has served in their many functions and each are facilitated by a variety of ministerial gifting’s within each individual. Their individual perspectives are valuable and the responsibilities and workload they carry serves to lift the entire function of our church body. Our fellowship has and is always sweet and each one has made themselves available to serve as my and your helpers. Their prayers, visits, wisdom and knowledge, financial support along with spiritual and practical undergirding have helped sustain the ministry of each of us together.

We are already moving forward to secure our property and services so that our constituents will be safe and free from unnecessary fear of violence and evil that seems rampant in our land. We will continue to have professional training for our Security Team who will learn and be trained in the practical, spiritual and the legal ramifications and actions that may need to be taken in emergencies such as is reported on in the news. May the God of all grace enable us to be filled with his knowledge, supernatural power, strength and wisdom to do the necessary job that each and every situation requires.

Every worker and ministry is a vital part of our operations in the work of Christ. No one would be so foolish to think even the property manager and janitor’s work is invaluable even though there may be few that notice the weekly labor that is gone into making and maintaining our property’s repairs, beauty, order and cleanliness.  Thank you Willis, George D., Mack, Randy, Dale, Leonard, George B., Patrick and others who have paid for materials and donated most of your labor for maintenance and beautifying our  property.

Only God could have known the value of having such a lady of character serving along beside me in the office work. Sandy Jones has and continues to be one of my strongest allies’ and “doers”.  She is a perfect fit for this office of integrity and character. She is patient, kind, thorough, detailed, focused, loyal and available. She is a good manager, listener, learner, communicator and works well with everybody while sticking to her own limits and responsibility. I am thankful for the trusted relationship we enjoy both in work responsibilities and personal friendship.

My husband Willis and my family continue to give huge support in my overall well-being and ministry duties.  I am grateful that I have been gifted and surrounded with a good support system so that I do not bear the load alone.

For all of you who serve in the variety of capacities, I want to thank you. Thank you all for the prayer support, work support, financial support and your witness, work contributions as you faithfully serve God and his causes in timeslot of eternity. God bless you all and increase you with all knowledge, wisdom and presence of God and his power as you continue to go forward with greater expectations, greater power and greater demonstration of God’s Spirit.

My intention for the coming year is to do even more of the work though the gifted and called leaders of this church so that I can even more fully give myself to the work which God has called pastors to attend to first and foremost;  doing the work of abiding in his presence through prayer, fasting and Bible study. God has given me a strong call to write and prepare spiritual helps for others and I feel a strong drawing to focus more in the area of His personal presence so that I can better fulfill the mandate upon me… "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood ( Acts 20:28 ).” Also, I have and continue in focus on my goal to say as the Apostle Paul said in his end. “Therefore I testify to you this day, that I am innocent of the blood of all men.  "For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God (Acts 20:26-27).”

Pastor Loraine Taylor

 




March 9, 2018, 2:08 PM

Just Some Thoughts From Quiet Time With God


What you would that men should do unto you, even so, do the same for them. Find your sweet spot but don’t consume all the sweets for yourself. Your blessings, knowledge, gifts etc. are not just for yourself. Don’t consume them with selfish pride and burp after you are finished for all to hear your consumption of indulgences! Give glory to God take your hands off stuff. Keep your hand and your heart open and God will accept you and pass to you even more for his glory. It is God who sets up and brings down. How you are when you are brought down may determine how high you can be set up. Don’t despair in times of drought. God is your keeper. Content yourself in him and he will search out your deepest desires and delight you and his on time. By the way, the timing is his, not yours. Live every day to the fullest and give each day your best. Don’t get caught up in the murmurs of others. God is not pleased when he hears adults murmuring like children. Murmuring brings discontentment and discontentment invites darkness. Don’t you know adversity is the friend of those who love me? Do you not see that I am watching you, your reactions so that I may purify you my child? Know that I am God and I can and will deliver you speedily when the trial has finished its task. And… about the devil, he is your adversary but my servant. I am all wise, all-powerful and I speak and who can stop my word? Even the gates of Hill cannot and will not keep my word from coming to pass nor will hells fury delay my timing. I know the beginning all the way through the ending. I let and I hinder. I am not absent from the process either, not one moment are you hidden from my eye. You are mine! I birthed you for a purpose. My purpose is not complete; I go with mine all the way even until the end of the age. By the way, age is nothing to me. I gave Abraham and Sarah strength to conceive. I delighted to show my power. Even that which was dead was made alive again. I specialize in making dead things live! I specialize in resurrection! I restore broken lives, broken dreams, I remember broken promises and you will know that although others break promises, I will not break my promises.




February 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

Freewill of Man Is God's Choice


                                                       

 (SERIES Part 1 — 12/31/17)

  • Freewill
  •  Is God really good?
  • If God can, why doesn’t He?
  • Choices and Consequences 
  • How to Make Good Choices
  • Where is God When I Hurt?
  • Does God Really Care?
  • What about Suffering and Evil? 
  • Does It Really Matter What I Do?
  • How Will This All End?

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-TkQgBvqls                                             

When something bad happens, do not think or assume God did it.  When God created humankind as well as the angels, He gave them FREEWILL.     FREEWILL means God has given us the responsibility and ability to choose.                                

FREEWILL means God chooses NOT to override or remove the freewill of man. We see this theme throughout the Scriptures; God has given humankind as well as the host of heaven freewill.

God gives commands for the good of ALL his created ones.  Ignorance of God’s Commands does not exempt of consequences!  In God’s commands we find the path of true life and directions for our ultimate good.

This is not to say that God never sets limits. The teaching of man’s freewill does not mean that God’s will shall not prevail; by the Scripture, we know it will.  

This topic of “FREEWILL OF MAN” is worth exploring from a Scriptural point of view.

In heaven, even before God created humankind, there was freewill.

Sin started with Satan when he rebelled against God.  The once beautiful Lucifer was given FREEWILL along with the angels God had created. Lucifer/Satan/Serpent/Devil (in name), lifted himself in pride against God.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Satan persuaded or deceived one third of the angels and they all rebelled against God and were all (1/3 total) cast out of heaven and judged by God. WE refer to these as the “fallen angels.”

God cast them out from Heaven!                                                                                                                                                                                                   

God dealt with the sin of Satan and the angels.  Sin always has to be dealt with.  (Jesus said, Luke 10:18  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Revelation 12:7-9  Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels.  8 And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven.  9 This great dragon-- the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world-- was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.(ALSO Isaiah 14:12-15  "How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world.  13 For you said to yourself, 'I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God's stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north.  14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.'  15 Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths.)   

God created a perfect and beautiful world. God created a perfect man Adam and a perfect woman Eve.  He made the heavens and the earth and all the planets. Everything that was made has been made by God. God made a perfect world and a perfect heaven. Genesis 1:31   And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

God also gave Adam and Eve FREEWILL and with that He also gave them ONE command. God told them what the boundaries were. He explained the consequence of their potential disobedience. Let’s explore this from the beginning of Scriptural account.

God gave Adam and Eve FREEWILL with instructions and told them of consequences if they disobeyed.

Genesis 3:1 - 4:1  NLT  The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, "Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?"  2 "Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden," the woman replied.  3 "It's only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, 'You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.'"  4 "You won't die!" the serpent replied to the woman.  5 "God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil." 

6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.  7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.  8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.  9 Then the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"  10 He replied, "I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked."  11 "Who told you that you were naked?" the LORD God asked. "Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?"  12 The man replied, "It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it."  13 Then the LORD God asked the woman, "What have you done?" "The serpent deceived me," she replied. "That's why I ate it."  14 Then the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live.  15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel."  16 Then he said to the woman, "I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you. "  17 And to the man he said, "Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.  18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains.  19 By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return."  20 Then the man-- Adam-- named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.  21 And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.  22 Then the LORD God said, "Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!"  23 So the LORD God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made.  24 After sending them out, the LORD God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. 

In FREEWILL there are voices that influence and try to persuade us:

1. God’s Voice

2. The Voice of our own Flesh or Man

3. The Voice of Satan

 

  • Whose voice do you believe?
  • What you believe affects what you do.  
  • What you do brings consequences.
  • Your belief, behavior and consequences affect you, your world and others.

Would you identify which voice is God’s voice, Satan’s voice or the voice of your flesh?

Identifying the voice we are hearing is a challenge for all of us sometimes. “My people are destroyed because of the lack of knowledge...” (Hosea 4:6)

Satan is a schemer/deceiver/liar!    

Paul warned Christians at Corinth about Satan trying to get the advantage over them by SCHEMING against them and convincing them to withhold forgiveness from an offender (2 Cor.2:10-11). Paul also warns Christians in the Ephesus church to the ARMED with the WORD and FAITH so that they can quench the fiery darts of the wicked…

WE DO HAVE A CHOICE!

Ephesians 6:13-18  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Through God's Word and his Spirit, we can identify and fight against the wrong voices we hear. NLT 2 Timothy 2:15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

God’s Word can help us see clearly so that we can make good choices!                                                                                                                         

Psalm 119:104-105   Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

WE ALL HEAR VOICES! The voice of our flesh/conscience. God’s Voice and Satan’s voice.

Make no mistake about it, we are in a tug-of-war! Even the believer sometimes hears these voices and we have freewill and we have the POWER TO CHOOSE rightly because God’s Spirit is within us through Christ Jesus!   Romans 7:24 - 8:2  Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.  NLT Romans 8:1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

As long as we are on this earth in this mortal body, we have to contend with the flesh and the devil trying to pull us into a wrong direction. However we can choose rightly!

The only sure way we will be able to choose rightly is:

1.Know God’s Word
2. Have God’s Spirit Within
3. Live A Surrendered Life

In doing this we will arm ourselves with the choose to be winners! Our perspective, mind and attitude is part of ARMING yourself against the schemes and trickery of the devil.

NLT 1 Peter 4:1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin.

Our Choices Will Have Consequences!  We can make the choice but we cannot choose the consequences of the choice. We can trust God with wisdom to make best choices for ourselves and those we love. Make good choices for yourself, your family, neighbors, others and the future. Your choices will have a ripple affect!

VIDEO: (Ripple Effect) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j14PP5wlmk

Our choices will affect others Too! Good or Bad.

We are responsible for our choices and yes for much of the consequences. As in earth so in heaven; FREEWILL was given but consequences and results are always part of freewill for choices.

We cannot do anything about the consequences were born in to but we can affect change and good beginning right now.

God did not get what He wanted from Adam and Eve. He wanted perfection for them!

Adam and Eve made the choice and brought sin and its consequences on them and all their offspring; we are all their offspring! ( Adam and Eve’s choice and disobedience/sin brought the consequences of being driven from the tree of life. Hence we live in a world of and sin, sickness and death that began the moment they ate the forbidden fruit.)

God made a choice that day too.   He had compassion and his heart breaks for the pain, tragedies and horrific incidents that affect humankind. God made a choice to come and pay our sin debt and give us eternal life. Also he enables us with the truth/Scripture and the Holy Spirit to guide us so that we can make right choices that will bring positive changes in lives and in our world.

You can make a choice today that will affect the rest of your life. You can make the world a better place by your choices, decisions and lifestyle.

1.Admit that you have sinned.
2.Confess and Repent.
3.Be Baptized.
4.Ask for forgiveness
4.Study the Scriptures
5.Commit to the church
6.Tell others the Good News of God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                          




November 27, 2017, 12:42 PM

One Thing


“One Thing”

                                                                                                                   How to Keep the Main Thing First Prioroty                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

In a world with so many choices and voices, one must choose wisely especially since some good opportunities may not pass our way again. Perhaps one reason choices are hard is because it’s not always easy to identify the good from the best. Even when one does vow to choose rightly, it is important that we do the right thing rightly.                                                                                                                                                                              I believe there are times God may say, “Here are many good possibilities, I can and will bless either of these if you keep me first.” There are times when God has specific plans for our lives. The choices we make are most important in order to bring us to his specific and desired destiny. God wants to be guiding us by his Word. While God uses a variety of ways to guide us to his purposes, the Scriptures must be held in highest priority over our lives.

We really can know the will of God for our lives.

John 7:17  "If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself. 

When we are trying to choose wisely and know God’s will, we should ask ourselves these questions.

  1. What does Scripture say? If the plan is against God’s spoken/written Word, we must/should dismiss it and “not an option.”  
  2. How will this affect my relationship with God? (Seek the kingdom of God first)  Will this decision take you away from commands God has given? Will you be able to do what is necessary for your personal spiritual like?  
  3. What does my closest family sayWhat do your mature believers say? How will this affect those I love, spiritually, emotionally, physically, economically etc.? (Will this divide, hurt/damage spouse and family? Will it bless them?) The wise person is aware that the choice he makes affect not on him/herself but those around us and especially within our own family and household. 
  4. Is the timing right? The right thing did in the wrong time or wrong way can be a wrong thing. There is a season for all things. A baby born prematurely can die, struggle to survive, require much care.) Even fruit has a time for harvesting; if you get it too early it is not good or too late, it rots.) Wisdom considers many angles; God can give perfect wisdom…James 1:5  But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 
  5. Do I have God’s peace about my decision?  Sometimes everything looks good with your natural eye but your spirit is troubled. Learn to listen to the voice of God! 
  6. Have I searched and gathered the facts? (Don’t build a tower without gathering the facts and costs).   
  7. Are the doors open or shut. God is one who can shut and open doors. “Let God be in charge of your doors! Christ’s message to the church in Philadelphia isRevelation 3:7-8  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 

 As the apostles were trying to fulfill the command of the Lord by to going to the entire world and preach the Gospel, they planned their next mission journey to travel to Asia and spread God’s Word there. GOD HAS A BETTER PLAN! They were forbidden by the Holy Spirit Acts 16:6-10 And they passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia;  7 and when they had come to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them;  8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.  9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a certain man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."  10 And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 

If we will keep the one thing in good working order, we will better keep the rest orderly.  

NAS Psalm 27:4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to meditate in His temple

Even though she loved the Lord and working for him and his disciples, Martha had mistakenly and sincerely chose to prioritize the wrong thing. She was frustrated and overwhelmed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Luke 10:38-42  Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.  39 And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord's word, seated at His feet.  40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me."  41 But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;  42 but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." 

God can Speak… Jeremiah 33:3 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.' 

In the O.T. as well as in the N.T. God’s people functioned best and were most successful when they ask counsel from and followed God’s directions and timing!  Battles were lost and won depending on whether they asked and followed God’s counsel 

Sometimes God gave counsel through Godly people, other times God spoke directly. When Moses was wearing himself out, God spoke through his father-in-law Jethro. Exodus 18:17-19  And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.  18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.  19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: 

Leaders and kings would often seek council from the priest. Numbers 27:21   And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation. 

One time Joshua (the great leader) got tricked by some Gibeonite people who said they were somebody they were not. This happened because Joshua and his leaders looked and decided with their natural eyes and ears. They failed to ask council from God. Joshua 9:3-16  When the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai,  4 they also acted craftily and set out as envoys, and took worn-out sacks on their donkeys, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended,  5 and worn-out and patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes on themselves; and all the bread of their provision was dry and had become crumbled.  6 And they went to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal, and said to him and to the men of Israel, "We have come from a far country; now therefore, make a covenant with us."  7 And the men of Israel said to the Hivites, "Perhaps you are living within our land; how then shall we make a covenant with you?"  8 But they said to Joshua, "We are your servants." Then Joshua said to them, "Who are you, and where do you come from?"  9 And they said to him, "Your servants have come from a very far country because of the fame of the LORD your God; for we have heard the report of Him and all that He did in Egypt,  10 and all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon and to Og king of Bashan who was at Ashtaroth.  11 "So our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spoke to us, saying, 'Take provisions in your hand for the journey, and go to meet them and say to them, "We are your servants; now then, make a covenant with us."'  12 "This our bread was warm when we took it for our provisions out of our houses on the day that we left to come to you; but now behold, it is dry and has become crumbled.  13 "And these wineskins which we filled were new, and behold, they are torn; and these our clothes and our sandals are worn out because of the very long journey."  14 So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD.  15 And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them.  16 And it came about at the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were neighbors and that they were living within their land. 

Assumption can be dangerous! There have been times when I too have failed to ask God because things looked good on the outward.  

Wait on the counsel of God. Don’t rush forward. King Saul got in too big a hurry and botched up his victory for his kingdom reign and successWhen God is silent, be still and do what he told you last. If we seek God’s face, we will know his heart!  

Psalm 32:8-9   I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near  to you

Judges 6. When Gideon was afraid and needing to make sure God was asking him to lead his army. Gideon asked God to answer by giving God a “fleece” and  God answered him.  

Are you willing to follow and obey God?  THIS ONE THING! 

Just like Martha and Mary, we all have choices to make. Will we choose the good or the best?  

When we are listening and following the will and way of God, we can have great peace and rest.                                                                                            GOD GIVES HIS BELOVED SLEEP! WE DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY WHEN WE ARE PUTTING God first.                                                                   Proverbs 3:21-24 My son, let them not depart from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,  22 So they will be life to your soul, And adornment to your neck.  23 Then you will walk in your way securely, And your foot will not stumble.  24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Jesus  FIRST! ONE THING!   

Why worry and count sheep when you can talk with the shepherd? 

It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Psalm 127:2  

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For Thou alone, O LORD, dost make me to dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8). 

 Find out what God’s will is and just do it.


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