The Journey Thoughts

September 12, 2016

What kind of a foundation do you have?  Jesus used an illustration to show
us what a person who hears and acts on the Word of God looks like.  Listen
to the story:   "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,'  and don't do the things I
say? I will show you what someone is like who comes to Me, hears My words,
and acts on them: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid
the foundation on the rock.  When the flood came, the river crashed against
that house and couldn't shake it, because it was well built. But the one who
hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without
a foundation. The river crashed against it, and immediately it collapsed.
And the destruction of that house was great!" Luke 6: 46-49   How often do
we hear the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts, but then our
flesh convinces us to not respond like we need to, or respond in another way
that is easier than what was asked of us? That's laying a shallow
foundation.  Even if what we do what is beneficial for others, but not what
our heart knew was what was wanted of us, we are still missing the boat on
obedience to God's  word. I don't know what the Lord will ask of us, but I
just know that He does.  Sometimes to test our obedience, or other times to
grow us.  But I also believe that He does not ask of us, anything, that He
will not walk with us on.   He desires not only our obedience, but to trust
Him, even when our flesh wants to run the other way. Honestly, how many
times have you failed that test?   I can tell you that I have failed plenty
of times, and still do, but I sense within me that I am becoming more
submissive to His desires and les submissive to the flesh.  I wished that I
could tell you this process is easy, because it is not.  But this is what is
easy!  When we surrender to His will, and enjoy having Him walk with us
through the journey He assigns, that journey is not burdensome, but instead,
it is joyful.  I find then, that the difficulty arises when my flesh starts
to battle against the Spirit.  The problems arise when I want to give in to
the flesh, and only act on part of what I know is desired of me by the Lord.
That's what's hard!  Think about it with me.   Doing what the Lord wills and
having Him provide the yoke that is easy, is a wonderful journey, and we
deviate from that when the battle rages within us, and we  allow the flesh
to have too much say so.   Consider this: What if the Lord wanted you to go
outside of your comfort zone today with the prodding of talking to that
person you see almost daily but never talk to.  Perhaps He is telling your
heart that He wants you to encourage this person, show the love of Christ to
this person, or even inviting him to church.   That's not a hard task, but
the excuses that start to flow within you, create a turmoil that rages in
your heart.  You want to be obedient, but you don't want to face the
possible rejection by this person, or worse, the aggression of this person.
But don't you think that God has the whole plan covered?  Doesn't He already
know what will happen when you ACT instead of just hear what He prompts your
heart with?  If you have your roots deep within Christ, you will be
confident that you can weather any storm, and you start to trust in Him,
that which you know your flesh is trying to keep you from ACTING on. You do
it anyway, and the blessings start to pour out.   You are the one whose
foundation is deep in Christ, who knows what to do, and does it.  God will
bless you if you decide to ACT today.  He will love you even if you don't
ACT, but He wants to show each of us, how much following Him blesses us, and
gives us joy, exceedingly abundant and full of glory.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, please Lord, given me a heart to ACT. Help me to overcome
my fears and the fears of those who read this.  I pray Father, that Your
will, would become as natural as it seems the flesh is at this time.  I pray
for those who can't act, either for health reasons or age reasons.  Father,
help them to keep the rest of us bathed in prayer today, that we all might
be a little more obedient for the sake of love. So Lord, I lift to You:
Linda and her family, Don, Lynn, Dwight, Sammi, Tom's family, Ada, Nada, JV,
Nancy, Paul, Judy, Betty H., Charlene, Malachi, Terry and his dad, Tim's
mother, Shelly's mother, Reed family, Foster family, Pam and her son,
Julissa and friend, Kelly and her son, Richard and his father, Ben and
family, Briggs church, Ben and Ramona, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth,
Megan, Mike, Jeff, Laura, Matt, Liz, Matt, Bethany, Tim, Michelle, Carmello,
Kaitlyn, Todd, Tonia, Aiden, Liam, Jackie Ann, Pastor Berkey, Adrian, Tuly,
Tyler, Kristen, Trevor, Maria, Tyson, Wendy, Montella, Joyce, Betty, David,
Phyllis, Devon, Cindy, Barbara, Terri, Marliana, Loren, Cynthia, Bill,
Carolyn, BJ, Ida, Isabel, Angie, Kristena, Shane, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric,
Sandy, Andrea, Alan, Fisher, Shannon, Robert, Pat, Ryan, Barry, Johnny,
Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Robbie, Laurie, Gary, Heather, Codi, Ron,
Deane, Bill, Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike, Austin, Harriet, Gus, Lisa, Alice,
Dotty, Fred, Mike S., James, Scott, April, Craig, Betty, Hunter, Asher,
Lynette, Kathy, Jennifer, Patrick, Candace, Abe, Trent, Garret, Mayeaux,
Ben, Jason , Ashley, Marc, Macy, Jake, Bob, Lisa.  I pray that You help us
to make our foundation deep within You so that we are able to weather all
storms presenting to us today, for I ask it in Jesus name. Amen.

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