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FROM PASTOR’S DESK June 1, 2017
Making “SUMMER”” count for CHRIST!
Summer can be a time of joy or disaster. Setting Godly standards, being a Godly influence, and building Godly relationships are the basic elements in making one’s summer count for Christ!
It’s also a time for resting and relaxing, a time for the cabin and the campground, a time to bask in the surf, sun, and sand; but... does God have any plans for us this summer?
I believe God wants to see growth happening in our lives as we enjoy this special season.
The temptation is to take a break from God and the Body and we can wind up in worse shape after this refreshing time than we were in going into it.
What should we be getting done this summer?
1. Make repairs.
Summertime is the time to repair the infrastructure that has been broken down by the harsh conditions that prevail throughout the rest of the year.
2 Chronicles 32:5
“Then he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the supporting terraces of the City of David.”
This summer can be a major time of restoration. This is the season to make repairs.
What needs repairing around your house? I’m not talking about the residence where you live now… I’m talking about YOUR HOUSE… you. What has been beaten and battered by the harsh conditions? We need to do more than just relax in this enjoyable season because it is not always going to be this way.
“Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.”
When repairs need to be made things are going to go in one direction or the other.
What is lame will either be dislocated or healed. Either you make repairs or you head toward demolition. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Make repairs this summer, do some transformational growing this summer.
Come to the Lord, draw near with a contrite heart and be repaired this summer.
Suck up all the life you can consume. Don’t miss the growing season, don’t take a break from walking with the light of life!
This is a time to be transformed, to be repaired, and to experience real spiritual growth.
One thing of amazement after the brutality of our winters is the way life springs forth in the summer months. You would think that no living thing could survive that cold; yet every year life conquers again.
Read: Psalm 1:1-5 / 2 Corinthians 3:15-18
It is also easy to get a good routine going on vacation. Get up and get planted by streams, delight yourself in and meditate on the word. Anything that is alive grows and we have some growing to do that will take more than one lifetime!
Romans 12:2 (Amp)
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
Soon the air will begin to feel a little different, the leaves will start to change, the harvest will be brought in, and we will be facing the beast again.
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”
What should you do this winter… prepare now. The enemy does not take time off!
Plan to commit to a ministry here at the Church and determine now to be in church every Sunday.
The summer is the ideal time to get into the Word and experience renewal of your mind by its new ideals and its new attitude! Be blessed and encouraged!
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Compromise from January 21, 2017 Morning service.
A NEW SEASON ~ SPRING
GOD’S REVELATION OF HIS LOVE!
Genesis 8:22 King James Version (KJV)
” While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
Daniel 2:21King James Version (KJV)
” And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”
Spring is a revelation of God's love. It reminds us of the breadth of His generosity. Spring is constantly reminding us that God is no respecter of persons and that He has a generous heart He pours out the beauty of Spring .
Spring also symbolizes God's unchanging love. The pictures which God paints do not fade. God is the only Master whose masterpieces are fadeless. The colors of Spring in this year of grace are as fresh and beautiful as were the colors in the first Spring that ever greeted the eye, and down through all the ages. We should be confident and assured of this that Spring will be no less beautiful than what it has been from the beginning.
From everlasting to everlasting, God is God, He is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.
But “SEASONS” come and go. God has promised season alteration and understanding and how to benefit from those changes is wisdom from God. The key to navigating your new season is going to be gaining greater clarity about what God truly wants you to do. Are you to wait on Him? Do you need to make something happen with the gifts and tools he gave you? Will levering other's capacity launch you into your new season? .
Some of us require that first step though that initial submission to God, the ultimate submission to God. To say, you know what God. I haven’t submitted my ways to you; I've been doing me and doing me well.
Seasons are time frames that are allotted for something to happen in our lives.
Some of us have learned that in order to take advantage of the benefits that a season has
for us, we need to ask God to show us the right things to do during the season and
then do them.
Some of us have learned that when we “miss a season,” or get “ahead of a season” in our lives, we run the risk of not ever being able to capture all the things that were meant for us to acquire during that season and we run the risk of sustaining personal hurt and damage to our lives that can’t be reversed.
We have all done what is wrong from God’s perspective, no one is perfect. But we all want to experience the newness of life offered by Christ without first submitting our ways to Him. Without first understanding our place in His Will. God has already placed everything together in your favor.
It's time for your NEW SEASON OF HIS PURSUIT OF HIS PURPOSES IN YOUR LIFE.
Make it happen ~ Go after it!
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