Faith for the Future

This week I began preparing a message on faith and as I was looking over the scripture, waiting for the next few weeks before releasing this word, well, it just was not an option. I pray it will be as much a blessing to you as it was to me! Our God has got some GREAT things planned for us! Don’t you believe that? I believe it! Our creator must have saved the best for last just as he did the wine at the wedding! When most folks bring the worst out at the last, Jesus was waiting for someone to pull the best wine out of him! Let’s quit believing God for the worst to come and let’s believe the best is yet to come!

Jeremiah 29:11-13: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’”

A.   Plans to Prosper Us

How can we be externally prosperous if we have not become prosperous in our soul? We must allow our Mind, will, and emotions to become healthier so that we are capable of handling internal and external blessings!       

B.   Plans to Protect Us

God doesn’t want to harm us; he wants to help us! Do you think we live unaware of how good God has been and what he actually kept us from going through? We should praise God for his protection!

C.  Plans that Give Us Hope

Hope helps us reach the finish line.  It’s the confidence needed to know that we first have a finish, And then know that we will be able to make it to the end.  That’s always looking ahead to our future, knowing that it is not going to be bad but good! There are a lot of people expecting that something bad is going to happen to them. But those who have made peace with God should be looking for the goodness of God!

E.  Plans that Give Us a Future

I like the King James better on this future part.  It says He wants to give us an expected end! Since God knows the end from the beginning, He’s going to give us what he expects our end to be.  That’s good news! He that began a good work in us shall perform it until he comes.

F.  We Should Call on Him and Pray

When we know this through faith, it will produce a pursuit in our lives of seeking God.  When we call and pray to Him, He will hear our prayers.  If we know that He hears, we believe we shall get the answers that we need to live a life full of the spirit.

 G.   We Should Seek Him with All our Heart

Our heart is the well-spring of life and out of it flows all the issues.  When we seek Him with all our heart, we shall find Him.  Let’s discover more and more of Him through seeking Him fully!

 Hey, Guys, have a great week and remember to pass the word to people about how good God is to you!

(Get Ready)New Wine on the Way

Luke 10:38 – 42 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

 Martha, just trying to take care of serving what she thinks to be a legitimate need of Jesus, wants to prepare him something to eat. She is probably doing what any other woman would have done if they had the opportunity to have this wonderful guest at their house. As she is serving, she notices very quickly that her younger sister Mary is not up helping her in the responsibility. Mary is sitting down at the feet of Jesus, simply listening to him talk. Martha becomes aggravated and irritated about Mary not helping her do the work that she thinks needs to be done.

When Martha addresses this situation with Jesus, the person she thinks will help her get it resolved, she says, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Please tell her to help me.” Now, when Jesus gives the answer , it’s not Mary that he addresses with the problem but Martha. “Martha, you’re concerned about a whole lot of things, but only one thing is needful, and Mary has chosen that which is best, which shall not be taken away from her.”

In another passage of scripture when asked if someone had given Him meat, Jesus replied, “My meat is to do the will of the father who sent me. Jesus was fed by ministering to the needs of others. Then in Mark Chapter Ten, He says, “I came not to be ministered unto but to minister.”

The powerful truth that is conveyed in this story is that Martha was just busy trying to feed Jesus! But Mary, who was sitting down, was doing the real feeding of Jesus by providing him her own hunger. How about you today? Are you trying to get Jesus to get someone to help you with what you’re doing or are you ready to sit down and let him be the supplier to your every need!

Martha is a picture of people who are trying to give Jesus the sacrifice of their service. It’s not a bad thing; it’s just not the best thing. It makes us feel better but has no power to make us better. Martha is a picture of people who are under the law, still trying to give God their own abilities and they always come up short; and they start getting mad at other people because they’re running out of energy. Mary is a picture of people under grace, just receiving from Jesus the Word of life and love that gives a wonderful supply for others and we never run dry!

Are you living more like Mary or Martha today?

 The message that we have presented as preachers is often filled with a good balance of Grace and Law. Yet Jesus told us that new wine can’t be poured into old wine skins because the wine would expand, the bottles would brust and the wine would be wasted. God wants to supply us with His power through grace to receive this wonderful wine (the Holy Spirit)! We must recognize that we are empty and stop trying to supply our needs through our own works. We must simply sit at his feet and receive the new wine so that we can have a full, expansive life. Jesus said, “As you have freely received, freely give. We get from God, not by trying but trusting, not by running but resting, not by wondering but by praying—that’s where we will find, strength of our Lord!

Redeeming The Time

 So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, 16making the best use of time because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 ISVNT

King Solomon had to have one of the most brilliant minds of all time. He is described as one of the wisest men that ever lived. It is evident, if we view his writing in Ecclesiates 3, that he was able to grasp the concept of time managment. In verse number one he states that everything has a season and a time to every purpose.

A group of us were meeting together to pray and study the word of God in the mornings, and we were challenged last week by the verse in Ephesians Chapter Five:  “Redeem the time,” as it says in the King James version.  As we began to review where and how our time was being spent, we noticed that we were wasting one of the most valuable gifts that God has given us. We all kept saying,  “Where has this month gone?” and “Hasn’t this year flown by?”  Yet one of  the reasons we were unaware of the loss of all that time is because we  recognized that we hadn’t taken advantage of every moment.

As we began to make a list of the things we needed to accomplish and the tasks that we were already doing, we decided to make a plan of how best to start making every moment count.  Life is going by so fast these days. It seems that we must begin redeeming the time as soon as possible or we will wake up and be so old that our lives will be filled with much regret.

God has allotted us all a certain amount of time.  Why not evaluate your time and start controlling it, instead of it keeping your life out of control?

How do we redeem the time?  First you have to understand that redeeming the time means to make the best use of the time that God gives you on this earth. Allow me to share with you the top three things that we can do to redeem the time.

1. Make a list of things that you regularly need to do during the day.

2. Then list things that you need to get accomplished.

3. Prioritize the list in onder of first things first.

4.  Now place them on your day timer and begin the process of seeing how much productivity you can have during your day.

Note:   It is important that you get rid of all the unnecessary things in your life.
* Arguments with insignificant people.
*Worrying about things that you cannot change.
*Filling the voids in your life with things that will never bring you joy.

You also have to unload unhealthy habits that will prevent you from running your race:

  • * talking with time wasters–unhealthy phone calls;
    * texting continually with people who have nothing to do;
  • * people just dropping in or hanging around robing your schedule of productivity.

Please do not waste your time in life on things that are meant to steal your time.  You can redeem the time by unloading all of the time-consuming enemies of your life.  REDEEM THE TIME!

 

Just a small disclosure –  for those that don’t want to have a time for every purpose -please if you don’t want to stop wasting your time don’t waste the ones that are trying to redeem theirs.