Let God lead you in His ways! It’s a great journey to be on, in love with Jesus.
Busy, busy, busy, that word runs through my mind multiple times a day and is a word that frequently runs out of my mouth. I can be so busy in fact doing what I think is God’s works that I don’t take the time to be with Him, asking and listening to what He wants from me. That can be a slippery slope, leading me to do whatever I want, which is exactly what the devil wants. Take time to be with our Heavenly Father this morning and listen for His voice. Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
This is something that used to be so very hard for me and I still stumble with it once in a while. Being quick to say whatever came to mind was always easy for me, but the problem was that the words that came out weren’t thought out or even positive. Being quick to listen means that I needed to shut my mouth no matter how bad I want to spit something out. Slow to speak means that it gives my mind time to process what the Holy Spirit needs me to say. If we respond to quickly we can misinterpret something and maybe start to anger us. Take the time to follow these steps with someone today and you will be pleasantly surprised at the end result.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
James 1:19 NIV
How often do we give thanks to God for all of the things He’s done and given us? I would have to say not nearly enough. Waking up taking that first stretch and breath of fresh air, or being able to walk, to kissing a spouse goodbye as you head off to work. The fact that you have a job and clothes to wear, having a vehicle or being able to take a vacation. We all have so many things to be thankful for, and yet we don’t always take the time to thank our Heavenly Father for these wonderful things that He is providing. Sometimes it takes something horrible to happen just to really realize what we had. The loss of a spouse or child, loss of your legs, job, car or home. I try and thank God for everything He’s done and it can take a while, so usually I will do it on a walk, it can be the perfect time to reflect and appreciate all the gifts we’ve received, plus it helps the walk go quicker and often times you will go a bit further. Heavenly Father thank you so much for all the gifts you have given us that we over look sometimes in our day to day activities. We want to thank you for the first breath that we take and the fact that we can get out of our beds in the morning, till we lay our heads down to sleep and everything in between. In Jesus precious name AMEN. 2 Corinthians 4:15 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
A couple of years back I was wanting to get into the honey business, but needed to transition out of construction. This process was going to take a while because it takes quite a bit of money to buy all that is necessary to have a successful business. I started buying things little by little with every pay check that I brought home. I hadn’t asked God through prayer however if the honey bee business is what I should be doing, I just thought it would be a fun hobby that would turn itself into something bigger. I finally had enough hives to put out in the fields and bring home a little bit of money but not enough to live on. I was so excited but still needed to do construction to pay the bills, so back to work I went. I went to work to install a 9 foot window, the homeowner needed to help me carry it from the back house where it was being stored and hoist it into place for there new bathroom. We both grabbed a side and slowly headed out the door when I suddenly realized that this particular window wasn’t going to fit in the window opening. After telling him of the discovery we started backing up to place the window back where it was. All of the sudden my leg hit something really hard and it was just enough of an impact to push me over sideways! My leg was still planted firmly on the ground and felt a huge sharp pain in my calf, the window was bending as I fell so I pushed it with my left arm as not to break it, landing straight on my shoulder really hard! Standing back up was extremely difficult with pain shooting throughout the left side of my body. There was a warm wet feeling in my leg kinda like blood running down and wasn’t able to put any pressure on it, it hurt so bad I was crying and laughing at the same time. It took me an hour to get home but it felt like it took a full day, I went to bed hoping the next day it would feel better. The next day I went to the doctor because the pain was worse and the doctor told me that my calf muscle and hamstring were torn, plus I tore two spots in my rotator cuff. He asked me if I wanted to have surgery and I declined, opting for physical therapy instead. It took me a better part of a year and alot of prayer be fully healed and lost almost all of my honey bees in the process because I hadn’t the strength to lift the beehives to care for them. In this time frame however I was still working construction and God told me to write the book, “ARE U UP FOR THE CHALLENGE”, and what a blessing it was and still is. All we need in life is to trust in God and He will get us through even if it is painful.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
Acts 2:21 NIV
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. The minute that I grow weary from helping others is the minute that The devil has crept into my head trying to fill it with selfish thoughts. If we are not doing good, then what are we doing. It is OK to spend time with family or by yourself if it’s productive, but if we are filling our time with selfish things then we are playing into the Devils plans. When we are tired and someone needs our help, God will give us the strength to persevere and if you need that extra push, just say a prayer for the strength that is needed to complete the task at hand. If we keep ignoring good we will no longer want to do good.
James 1:13-14 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me”. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each of you are tempted when you are dragged away by your own sinful desire and enticed. I have to admit something to all of you out there, I am a sinner and a bad one at that. I decided to take a walk last night and it was pretty dark out. The path was only lit up by faint lights every twenty feet or so but it made the walkway look so very clean. Every once in a while I would see a little pebble and would kick it away trying to keep it nice looking. The farther along in my journey, the more rocks would be there, so many in fact that it was impossible to get them all off the track . This feels like the sin in my life, once I let one pebble in it just produces more sin than can be handled. After you have sin so much you start to feel a huge distance between God and yourself, like you’ll never get back to where you were with Him. That is why it’s incredibly important to when you are being tempted to pray hard and know that God is with you, but also to walk away knowing that you want to be with God more then the sin that is tempting you. The devil will entice you with a full arsenal of evil desires so we need to stand firm in our faith. Are you tempted or overwhelmed by any type of sin in your life today? Do you want to keep on God’s path and taste the victory over the evil one? If your answer is yes then let us bow our heads in prayer. Heavenly Father thank you for blessing us with the power of prayer to help us conquer the temptations in our lives. Lord we ask you to place a shield of protection around us today to block any and all attacks from the devil. In Jesus precious name , AMEN