Until the Day

Philippians 1:6 (NASB)’For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. ‘

When we profess Jesus Christ Lord and Savior of our lives, the transformation to what He would see us be is not instantaneous.  Our development, growth and maturation is a process.  We start our christian lives as babes, born again.  As babies we must learn to crawl, walk, talk, think and run.  We’re starting over, only now we have the Holy Spirit to guide and perfect in us what Christ already sees.  The revelation provided us by the Holy Spirit must be cultivated by our actions and behaviors.  We will stumble, fall and mess up.  That’s part of the process.  As we gain experience, exposure, get stronger and more assured, as we allow the Holy Spirit to train us up and provide the revelation we need for maturity, the stumbling decreases.  

This is a process that will continue for as long as we draw breath.  The rate at which we progress and the fullness we recognize, depends entirely upon our willingness to pursue Jesus Christ, to know Him and to know the Word.  Unfortunately, so many christians will never make it out of diapers.  They will choose to merely scratch the surface of what God offers us through the Holy Spirit.  So many will live a life content with the gift of salvation but will not pursue the fullness offered in deep relationship and communion with the Lord.  How do you want to live out your faith. “until the day”?  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

FOMO

I was invited to or planned to attend 6 different events this coming weekend.  Unfortunately, we have plans to be in Wisconsin Friday through Monday so I had to say ‘no’ to all of them.  Fortunately, I will get to spend time with my family and friends we have not seen in some time.  Sure, getting together with local friends, or going to an event may have been fun, but they can mostly wait till another day, right?  One concept that seems to have taken hold in the last 10 years or so is called FOMO (fear of missing out).  It is anxiety that my friends/family are having fun without me at an event I could have gone to, but didn’t.  It is often worsened by exaggerated social media posts that illustrate more fun being had there, than were I am now.  So, where would you rather be than where you are now? 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:7

On any given day, I am never lacking for things to do, it’s just having to choose between what I must get done, and what I should do, and what I could do, and what I would really like to do.  If you had a day off work without any other obligations, what would you do today?  Would it be to have fun and play with your friends and family and go out to eat, or maybe just sit quietly and read, not having to worry about whether things are getting done or not?  Often, if I want to relax for a bit, I am thinking of those things not getting done that I should be doing.  The opposite can be true also, when all we want to do is have fun and not work at all, because work is a bore and can be so restricting to my plans.  There are countless you people who would prefer not to work and just sit in their parents basement and play games all day.  But who does that really benefit? 

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Matthew 10:28

The problem with FOMO is that it is just fear caused by envy, jealousy, and dissatisfaction in where I am now.  It is the ‘grass is always greener’ idea that something else would make my life better than where it is now.   It doesn’t usually take much for us to want something we don’t have, does it?  An appropriately timed advertisement, or seeing someone else getting to do something I want to do and thinking I deserve it.  And whether it is through stories, or social media, or advertising, they rarely ever tell you the downside of the experience, it always seems to say, ‘everything is great doing this!’  We like to put on a front and portray things as better than they are, otherwise people, or God will think that I made a poor choice here.  Have you ever bought something, or gone somewhere and later regretted it, realizing it was not all you thought it would be? 

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  James 4:13-14

In reality, the greatest fear of missing out we should have is the fear that we are not doing what God has called us to do.  Am I not in God’s will?  When we realize our sinful state and what fruit, or lack it is producing in our lives, then we start to listen to what He is saying to us.  When we live for God, we put aside our selfish ambitions and love others more than we love ourselves, just as Christ did for us.  When His Spirit is living in us and guiding us, we have no more fear of earthly things or of what the world can do to us.  The petty things that we can chase after no longer entice us when we are living for something bigger than ourselves.  May you find joy in following Christ each day and not trouble your minds on the things that you  may or may not get to do, but commit to doing what you can each day for Him!

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”  Isaiah 6:8

Yours in Christ,

Clark

Doughnuts and a Devo

Saturday, July 20

Vital Ministries Meeting Space

Doughnuts and a Devotional

7:00-8:00 A.M.

Hang Out, Have Doughnuts, and Enjoy Fresh Coffee.

See you July 20 at 7:00 A.M.

 

Matters of Temperature

A couple weeks ago, I walk into a house that felt HOT!  I walked into a wall of heat like I walked into the desert.  My internal thermometer was reading “this is miserable.” So I go to the thermostat and change the temperature.  A couple hours later (yes my a/c unit is weak), the temperature was normalized and it was good.

I could have just complained about the temperature and made other people miserable.  Or I can go set a new temperature on the thermostat. 

Proverbs 13:9 The life of the godly is full of light and joy,
    but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Almost anyone can tell whether a room is hot or cold.  Almost anyone can identify a problem in this life.  You can identify it in your job, your spouse, you parent, your kid, your church, and every once in a while yourself. Anyone can identity a problem.  If you can identify a problem, this does not make you special.  It just makes you human. 

When you can change a situation without making the room too hot or cold, you are a thermostat.  Jesus wanted his followers to be thermostats.  He wanted them to change the temperature of wherever they went.  

Paul and Silas were once in prison because they preached the gospel.  At midnight, they starting singing worship songs out of a heart of joy.  Their circumstances could have made them a thermometer and they could have been angry or discouraged.  Like the Psalm, their life was full of light and joy.  The jail is shaken and the doors open.  The warden comes to find the doors open and Paul and Silas still in their cell.  They lead this man to Jesus and his whole family gets saved. Why?  They were a thermostat.  

How to be a Thermostat?

  1. Don’t let your circumstances shape your internal temperature.  It is easy to let our temporary problems shape our internal temperature.  God has put His Spirit in you so you can choose light and joy. 
  2. Don’t let your emotions cause you to set the wrong temperature.  Remember who you are and whose you are!  God has called you to change the world you are in not be changed by it!
  3. Invite God to give you light and joy.  He is your source and wants to teach you how to be a thermostat, not just a thermometer. 

You are a thermometer.  You can feel the temperature.  A thermostat needs a thermometer to know how to adjust.  So choose to be more than a thermometer and change the world around you.  Set the temperature at home, at work, at church, in your heart.  Don’t let other people taint your ability to set the right temperature.  Gossip kills. Negativity destroys.  Fear corrupts. Joy brings hope. Light dispels darkness. Love covers.

So go be a thermometer!

Live a Better Story

Brandon Sereg

Doughnuts and a Devo

Saturday, July 20

Vital Ministries Meeting Space

Doughnuts and a Devotional

7:00-8:00 A.M.

Hang Out, Have Doughnuts, and Enjoy Fresh Coffee.

See you July 20 at 7:00 A.M.

 

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