Saturday, 18 November 2017

The fires too hot!

Sometimes the things we go through we think aren't God, and whether they are or not God, God uses everything for our good, (if we allow it). And often we are tempted to walk out or walk away from God and His people in the process when things become too tough.  We don't know how to handle it, we think all sorts of things that don't line up with the bible, with truth, we question, we doubt, we blame, whatever it is that is being challenged in our life when it becomes too hard, we are often tempted to quit or to walk away from the situation/s that is/are causing pain.  I know I have several times spat the dummy so to speak, in my marriage, in my church, with my daughter, in relationships, when I have wanted to quit and walk away.  But thankfully the Lord holds me, I have my bad day and then something will come that will encourage me to keep going.  A word in season, someone encouraging me, a reminder of the good things, whatever it is there is often something that will come to help me keep going.  I have found there is always enough grace for the day, maybe not for tomorrow - yet - but for today, for the next minute, the next hour.  Like bread being baked in the oven, if the bread came out half way through it wouldn't be complete and it would be uneatable. So I encourage you to not give up but keep going in the Lord.  
1 Peter 1:6,7 says;
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer various trials, so that the authenticity of your faith—more precious than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

Oh Lord help us to walk through the fire so that the testing of our faith may prove genuine resulting in praise and glory to you.  Give us your grace and your strength for today and whatever situations may arise today.  Thank you Lord.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Today's complacency will lead to tomorrows captivity

While Jim & I were in bible college training to go on to the mission field, one thing we learnt was that we needed to be continual learners.  And over time I have found if I am not learning, if I am not growing in the Lord in some area of my life, then more than likely I have stepped into a place of pride without even realising it or have become 'comfortable' and content with where things are at.

To be a continual learner is to position yourself that you are continually growing, being challenged in your thinking, perhaps being called to step out in something you have never done before that you know God is speaking to you about.  It's a place of questioning yourselves "why am I not seeing what I believe for yet?" in the Lord, those promises perhaps that He has already spoken about, and then stepping into them in faith trusting that God will lead the way.

Samuel Rodriguez say's "Today's complacency will lead to tomorrows captivity."

I have found this statement to be true in my life, the things I have become complacent in are the things that hinder me or hold me back from stepping out in the other things that the Lord has yet for me to take hold of in Him.
For example for me the Lord has been talking to me for several years about writing books, I have had many confirming words that I should be stepping into it and that it would provide funds for us and yet I don't know how to do it or seem to find the time to do it.  We daily still struggle for finances while in ministry and yet God has shown a way in which finances can come.  So I somehow need to make the time, find the people who can help me step into this arena by faith, gain the wisdom and understanding, stop being complacent and putting it as less a priority than everything else and then we might see the situation change in our finances.

Prov 3:13  "Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding."  Often there are things we don't know what to do or how to do it, but there is wisdom and understanding all around us, in people who have done it before, in the word of God, in studying, whatever it may be, step out and find the wisdom that helps you.
Prov 1:23-33 "For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them, but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
If I become complacent and do nothing about what the Lord may be speaking to me about then we shouldn't be complaining when our situations don't change.

I believe God is wanting us to step out of the comfortable boxes we are familiar with, whatever they may be and surrender ourselves to him and what He is saying trusting that He will lead the way as we step out in faith.  So I encourage you, don't let todays complacency be tomorrow's captivity, be a continual learner in the Lord.