Get Ready because we’re “Moving Forward”

If you have ever had too many projects going at one time, you can relate to the overwhelming feelings that tends to wash over us when we’re unable to focus.

If every priority is urgent and needs to be completed first, it can paralyze us to the point that we are unable to even get started. I was beginning to feel that way with my desk. I don’t have a picture but you can image being unable to see the surface because of piles of paper and notebooks. The piles of work yet to be completed became a distraction.

Thankfully, I also have a husband who knows all the signs of this type of dilemma, and he helped me move the desk which required completely clearing it and starting over. I am in awe at how drastically a small change of focus can restore my spirit. I still have mountains of work, but they are now prioritized. I will be able to complete one thing at the time.

In the spiritual world, there is a clearing of the desk. We are moving forward because the Lord is making all things new. It’s been a mountainous journey for a while, but we’ve held on to our faith, and our promise that the Lord will prevail in our lives if we will trust him to lead us through the trials that we must face. I see his hand at work and there is a stirring of the spirit. The Lord is moving mountains and pulling down strongholds, and the end result is freedom to worship and grow. After forty days of prayer, we are beginning to reap the results. We shall be victorious.

In 2 Timothy 4: 7-8, Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”  

In this week’s Lattereign, It’s Time to build a Foundation, because a strong church begins with a strong foundation.

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Come Unto Me and Take the Time to Pray

“Come unto me all ye that  labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall  find rest unto your souls.For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mark 1:35).

It is good to pray together because there is strength when two or three agree in prayer. It is good to capture fragments of time within your busy day to talk with Jesus Christ, the bible says to pray without ceasing.

It is also good to come together in worship and praise,

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4). However, there is more to learn.

Although we have the best of intentions—to grow closer to the Lord—committing to obey the Lord in every area of our lives is one of the most challenging obstacles facing Christians today. We’re overscheduled and undernourished in the richness of fellowship with Jesus Christ. Before we were inundated with technological advances in our society, people actually carried on conversations. It was commonplace for families to gather on the back porch or outside even under the stars to talk. I remember sitting out on the porch until way after dark, and I promise we didn’t run off to our rooms in front of a video game or computer screen.

Times have changed; but, God has not changed. I’m thankful that we can gain the victory over our time in prayer. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God, and he’ll never leave us nor forsake us. Are we hungry for his presence?

It’s time to separate ourselves into a solitary place of prayer. All of our day to day dilemmas can be eradicated if we learn to use our weapon of prayer.

It’s his desire that we spend time learning to listen to his voice that will speak peace to our souls. Relationships take nurturing. If we neglect to pay attention to the most precious gifts that the Lord has given to us, we’ll miss out on some of the greatest blessings. Too often, when the glory of the Lord arises in our lives, we’re too preoccupied to embrace it and let the light of God’s love shine into our soul. We may ask God for his anointing and for direction in the decisions that we must make; but too often, we do our own thing, and then expect the Lord to get us out of trouble when it doesn’t work. Thankfully, he is merciful and understands that we are like sheep, so he helps us to find our way back into his will and presence.

I have heard it said that our time—two hours and forty minutes of every day—belong to the Lord. This time is usually spent getting to church or studying a Sunday school lesson, or even writing the Lattereign. When I step back and see it through the Lord’s perspective, I find that I’m guilty of not spending enough quality time with Jesus. I’m BUSY being a Martha, but the Lord desires me to be a Mary, and to sit at his feet and learn of him. So it is time that I turn over my life fully to Jesus Christ and allow him to direct my steps in his will.

This week in the Lattereign we learn that we must Seek Him That he May be Found

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Is There Anything Too Hard for God?

When will we learn to trust God? I know that sometimes life happens and I get overwhelmed to the point that I don’t know what to do first. When I feel this way I must remember the scripture that is found in Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Who am I to question the God of the universe?

I understand that in the world we are living in, independence and a bit of ambition are normal; not so much in the church. While we need to be independent and ambitious at times, we also must learn when to submit to the will of God. If we are always talking, we are not listening to that still voice that encourages us to wait on the Lord and he’ll bring it to pass. Trying to do our own thing becomes a tug of war between what the Lord desires and what we want.

There’s a story about a young enthusiastic runner who was always eager to participate. He ran hard and put his whole body, soul and mind into running. He was marked for greatness, but being a great runner wasn’t enough for him. He craved being the center of attention, and if he accomplished that, he thought that every dream he had would be fulfilled.

He was scheduled to run in the championship races along with others on his team. Instead of thinking how he could help his teammates, he couldn’t help thinking that he was the best runner that ever entered a race, and he promptly forgot that he was part of a team. At a crucial time in the race, he looked back to see how many people were watching his gazelle like talent, and he lost his balance and fell. The race was over for him.

It’s important that we learn to wait on God. He will fulfill the desires of our heart, but it will be in God’s timing not ours. Sometimes, you may have to wait for your answer to materialize, and it will require prayer and supplication. How badly do you want to serve the Lord? Remember that it cost the Lord his life. We are not our own, and Romans 12:1, admonishes us to “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Oh, we think that serving God should be grandiose, not something as insignificant as cleaning a bathroom. The Lord desires true worshipers; people who aren’t afraid to humble themselves. Are we willing to be that one who will learn to trust God?

In this week’s Lattereign, we are commissioned to Set priorities in 2019 

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“With Great Mercies will I Gather You.”

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7).

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

“Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear;” (Isaiah 59:1).

Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 106:1).

“For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:9-10).

There’s no other way that our God could gather us than with “great mercies.” We didn’t deserve salvation, but he willingly robed himself in flesh and walked among men, knowing that soon he would become a living sacrifice for our sins. Sometimes we take for granted how great God is in our lives. We come to church and worship with our whole heart, give our tithes and offerings, support the building fund, give our time, and serve God. Can that be considered true worship? The Lord desires for us to worship him in Spirit and in Truth. God is great and greatly to be praised. Let’s give our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength to worship. God is faithful to us and his mercy is everlasting.

Our church continues to grow as we reach out to the lost. In the Sunday School, the Lord encourages us to keep reaching out for our children with the gospel. Every week we share the word, plant a seed of hope, and tell about God’s salvation; we don’t take that responsibility lightly, even though sometimes we may not see immediate results. I believe that we’re doubly blessed because we have faithful attendance in Sunday School, and committed teachers and parents who see the value of studying God’s word.

God’s mercy provides us a shelter when the storms in life become too intense. It gives us to drink when we are thirsty for the living water. God’s mercy outlasts the empty promises of a world that has slipped farther and farther away from the Truth. God’s mercy holds wayward children while they weep bitterly for forgiveness. God’s mercy carries the ones who continually reject and deny the name of Jesus, (The alternative is letting go of these souls to be lost for eternity.) God’s mercy can’t be measured or bought by undeserving sinners, but it is given to them freely when the Lord chooses to do so. God’s mercy endureth forever. God’s mercy is extended when we struggle the most to live independently. God’s mercy gathers his children unto himself and loves them for eternity. God’s mercy endureth forever. God’s mercy understands us and it will overcome all obstacles if we’ll trust. God’s mercy provides eternal hope.

In this week’s Lattereign, we can be assured that He shall direct thy path.

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There is a Time to Just Trust God: The Time is Now.

Dear Lord,

Today, I come to you determined that no matter what, I will praise you. It’s past time to just trust you to lead me through the path that is laid out before me. You promised that you would never leave me nor forsake me, and today, more than ever in my life, I hold you to that promise. I know that you are a faithful and a loving God who knows what is best for me; but forgive me; sometimes, I wonder if I have the faith to believe in your promise. I know that all men have a measure of faith, and it only takes a grain of mustard seed type of faith to have prayers answered. Still, I pray that you help my unbelief.

The days may be dark and the path that I must walk may sometimes be hidden, yet, I will trust you as I walk in faith.

I know that no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and by instinct, I dodge the attack instead of standing boldly against it. The scripture, “his grace is sufficient” rings through my spirit and I am able to stand strong even when the enemy comes in like a flood. I can have confidence that you are working all things out for my good.

As others struggle through their storms, I pray for their peace and strength to endure. I know that the joy of the Lord is our strength, so I pray that you will give us joy. Many times I don’t understand your plan, but that’s okay, because I know that you are faithful, and every day I am learning to trust you more.

In this week’s Lattereign, we learn that His word is forever settled in heaven.

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It’s Time to Let the Lord Take Control

Today, I am blessed. I try to understand how a great and mighty God would even take the time to love me, but he does. When I struggle to live the best life I can, He is faithful to me. Nothing is impossible with God and living for him, has been my pleasure.

Lately, my mind keeps going back to a time when I didn’t have the answers to all of life’s problems.  I survived. The great news is, that today, I still don’t have all of the answers to life’s problems, and that’s okay, because I can look to the Lord for help.

It’s important to remember that we are not alone in this battle, and we certainly don’t have to face it alone. There are angels encamped about us. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). I can rest in the Lord.

I used to spend hours being afraid of things I had no control over, but this all changed when I realized that no matter how much I had invested in worrying over a situation, ultimately God had control of the outcome, so I found that my fear lessened when I allowed the Lord to take charge of my life.

In this week’s Lattereign, we look at how much can be accomplished when we are unified.

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He Gives us Hope and a Future

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My first reaction to the end of the year, is that I ran out of time to get things accomplished. Every year I have this same sense of lack. I could have done more, worked harder, prayed longer, read my bible more often, and the list goes on and on in my head. If I stopped there then I would look on the past year with regret; but like so many others I choose to look ahead to a brand new year. I choose not to make resolutions, rather I make promises to do my best in the new year.

I am not perfect, and I recognize it; but I do have a desire to do my best. If I get closer to my goals in the new year, than I did this past year, I will call the year a success. I am blessed beyond measure. May the Lord always be at the front of my thoughts, and my prayer is that whatever comes before me, that God’s will will be done in my life.

Not every part of this year has been easy, but I am thankful just the same, that the Lord was with me to guide me through every part of my journey, even when I couldn’t see a clear path forward. He never forsook me.

In this week’s Lattereign we learn that the secret to reaping a harvest is holding to God’s promises. Want to Reap the Harvest–Cling to the Promise.

 

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It’s the Memories That Matter…

Every year without fail, Christmas brings  a flood of memories that may be bittersweet, but I treasure them all. For all the times that plans didn’t work out, and all the times that everything went beyond our expectations. It’s not how much money was spent, or how big the gifts, or how much time was invested in searching for the right gift that I remember. It is the expression of love that is connected to it.

I promise you I have very few material things that I can recall from Christmases past; but ask me about who I spent my time with, or the laughter that spilled out over nonsensical stuff that was said or done, and it’s like having a photographic memory: I remember ever detail.

I am thankful that Jesus came. It will change our lives and future to know him. We cry for peace on earth, yet we are still working out how to bring it to pass. It’s time to put our trust in Jesus Christ, because he has come to bring salvation to our world. He holds our future and because of that I can live one day at the time. I pray all of the time that the Lord will help me to keep my eyes on him. I don’t want to look to the left or the right because doing so could take me away from God’s perfect will.

When the noise of this world becomes unbearable, I know that with God I can shut it out of my mind and focus on the only true savior of the world. He came so that I could have life and life more abundantly, and for that reason alone I will praise him for eternity.

Thank you, Lord, for being willing to pay the price for our salvation. In this week’s Lattereign I share an old story with a twist,   ‘Twas the Night Before….

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The Real Wonder of Christmas is Jesus Christ.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

The real wonder of Christmas is Jesus Christ. Just for today, let’s not get in a rush. Let’s learn to spend time in his presence and worship the Lord—that being a miracle worth sharing with a dying world. We have no reason to be downcast, today, because Jesus came to lift us up. I’m thankful that I know who Jesus Christ is, and that no matter what circumstances I may face, he is still on the throne, and he’s God. He didn’t have to take on a fleshly body, but he did—so, let’s praise him for it. We can allow depression to creep into our lives, and rob us of our joy, or we can let peace move into our lives. Everything that we’ll ever need, or desire can be found in Jesus Christ, for he can satisfy the hunger in our soul like no other.

The angels rejoice each time a soul is saved. They know the sacrifice made by Jesus to redeem the world to himself. They were there when God robed himself in flesh, and was born to the virgin, Mary. They were so exuberant when Jesus was born, they sang, watched over our Savior in awe. The miracle conception, the miracle birth, the miracle of eternal life. It is all in Jesus Christ. And when Jesus shed his blood for man, he gave us the gift of eternal life, and sent the Comforter to us.

The angels wanted to look into these things.” We are a little lower than the

angels right now in this fleshly body, but we have our inheritance.

Angels are majestic—but they will never know the full power of Jesus Christ reigning in them after receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

Angels are eternal—but they will never be on the throne to reign with Christ.

Angels are servants—but they will never be able to trade their servant hood for a robe and a crown.

We have an inheritance, made possible by Jesus Christ. Let’s remember that Jesus is our Redeemer. He is Lord. Worship Him and He will do “exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think.”

His Name is truly Wonderful! We have hope because He was born. Jesus Christ came to redeem the world back to Himself and His love is unsurpassed. It is such a blessing to be able to worship a living God and to be in his presence, today. In Luke 2:10, “ The angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy.” They proclaimed a gift to the world that money couldn’t buy. Jesus Christ is the Gift to us all. He is our Savior and beside Him, there is no other . As you prepare for this season, don’t forget the real reason we are celebrating: Jesus Christ.

In this week’s Lattereign, we learn that It’s Time to be led beside the Still Waters.

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“And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God”

We have much to be thankful for this year. One of those things is family. Not all families are the same; yet, in our own way we can build a lifetime surrounded by those we love.

This year, many of our people will be visiting family and traveling out of State, because there’s something about being home that brings comfort to us. When Jesus came to this world, he had family but no permanent dwelling place. He was born in someone’s barn with the smelly animals and whether there was snow on the ground or not (I doubt it seriously in that region although I’m not a weather expert) is irrelevant. The one thing that we can be sure of: they were on the run from Herod after he was born and they had no permanent dwelling. When I thought about that today, I tried to understand the events from a spiritual view.

No permanent dwelling. Think about it for a minute. We are so blessed in this nation, most of us have adequate housing and we have an abundant supply of resources. Spiritually, we are the house that Jesus dwells in. We house his Spirit in us. Jesus in us the hope of glory! Truly amazing.

Is the temple that we provide for the Savior adequate? Good question. To answer the question on an individual basis requires us to seek his face in prayer, I know that I sometimes feel that my temple is inadequate, because I’m made of flesh and blood, and I have made monumental mistakes in my past. If I didn’t have Jesus’ blood covering, and If I wasn’t baptized in Jesus’ Name, I know that I’d be LOST!

So what in the world was he thinking when he chose me as a vessel? I’m no one special, yet he chose me. When I had lost all hope, he gave me the missing part of my life that I had searched for, for decades. It only took me stopping and realizing that I needed God more than anything else, and if my life was to count, then I had to make good decisions to turn around and stop running away from God. We have the power to change our direction and turn toward the one who gave us life and a purpose.

His mercy endureth forever. I am not now, nor will I ever be worthy to be a chosen vessel of Jesus Christ, but he is worthy. In all the years that my life was wrecked by sin, he remained steadfast and he waited for me to open my heart to him. You see, Jesus never rejected me, I turned away because of my guilt and my shame. The church welcomed me with open arms.

The Lord has kept his promise to me to restore my health and to heal me of my wounds. He didn’t leave me unpunished altogether because it was my sins that caused the incurable bruises on my spirit, so the only way to be healed was to repent of my sins. When I yielded to his will, he gave me a new heart. Since I became a new creature in Christ, I hold to his promise in Jeremiah 30:22, that says, “And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.” Family is important and I’m glad that I’m a part of God’s family because it is eternal. Spend time with your family, and may the Lord richly bless you.

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