The Journey Thoughts

September 19, 2016

This was part of the sermon yesterday: "For godly grief produces a
repentance not to be regretted and leading to salvation, but worldly grief
produces death. For consider how much diligence this very thing - this
grieving as God wills - has produced in you: what a desire to clear
yourselves , what indignation, what fear, what deep longing , what zeal,
what justice! In every way you showed yourselves to be pure in this matter."
2 Corinthians 7:10-11  When I think about godly grief, I am struck by the
times I feel this, for the hurt that I have caused Christ because of the
times I turn my face away from His will.   "This grieving as God wills," has
a very profound effect on every one of us, for we feel the grief we bring to
the Lord, and even to the body, during the times, we turn our face away from
the Master.  You might ask, "How do we turn our face away?"  We do it every
time, we hear the voice of the Lord as He speaks to the heart, and we ignore
it.   I recently got a new puppy, and I think she is training me more than I
am training her.  I want her to be obedient, yet when I call her sometimes,
she just looks at me, and turns around and goes about her merry way, as if
she never heard.  I know she understands the word, "come," yet she can be
very disobedient at times.  Others, she start right off and comes for her
hugs and scratching, but it's those certain times, that she just will not
listen.  Then I turn around and realize that I'm just like that with God.
At times I listen well, and desire so much to be obedient to His will, and
at other times, I seem to just be too busy to listen, or maybe I hear, but
what He is asking, I don't feel like doing.  How can I get frustrated with
my dog, when I am doing the same thing with God.  Do you think the dog is
learning my behavior better than my voice?  I know the times that I turn my
face away from His will, for I feel the grief afterward.  I come dragging my
feet with my spiritual head down, and once again seek repentance, but this
Scripture, tells us that God will allow us to have this godly grieving, for
the benefit of bringing us back to Him once again.   It stirs in us a need
for closeness, and the need to get right with Him.  I want to please my
Heavenly Father, don't you?  I want to be able to go to Him with
righteousness indignation, and fear, and deep longing, and zeal, to show
that I desire to listen. It's just that my flesh keeps getting in the way.
I know the journey heavenward is a purifying experience.  All along the way,
we will travel where we don't belong; we will do what we are not suppose to
be doing; we will keep from doing what we ARE supposed to do;  but every
time that happens, He, through the Spirit, will prompt our heart to grief -
grief because we know that we have not been the way we are supposed to be
with the Lord.   So hopefully this little puppy will make me think more of
the way I ignore the Lord.  Perhaps the grief I will feel afterward, will
bring repentance, that I will not regret, and I will feel the joy of my
salvation.  I will once again thank our Lord for the grief that I feel when
I am disobedient.  I will once again repent and come to the Lord, and even
run to Him for comfort, for encouragement, and for Him to soothe the grief
that I feel because of my attitude.  He always has love for us, and will
bring us to the place of comfort, knowing that we are His, and what He is
asking of us, is for our own benefit, and for His glory.  What could be
better than that.  Thank you Lord for giving me eyes that see my behavior
through the eyes of a little puppy.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, may our hearts be on You always, and may we draw closer,
listen better, act on Your desire for us, and feel the comfort that living
in You brings.  I pray for those who struggle with things that distract
them, that feel the grief of not being in Your will, or that feel grief and
sorrow and sadness for the way that we ignore Your prompting.   I pray today
for those who need You so much, to touch them, heal them, comfort them, and
for some, bring them once again to the place of grace, through repentance.
I pray today for: Mike, Sharon, Maria, Sue. I pray for Don, Lynn, Dwight,
Sammi, Joanna and her husband, Tom, Evelyn, who just appeared to her family;
for Joy, Ruth, Robbie, Ada, Nada, JV, Nancy, Paul, Judy, Betty H., Cherie,
Malachi, Terry and his dad, Tim's mother, Shelly's mother, Reed family,
Foster family, Pam and her son, Julissa and her friend, Kelly and her son,
Richard and his father, Ben and family, Briggs church, Ben and Ramona,
Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Jeff, Laura, Matt, Liz, Mike, Megan, Matt,
Bethany, Tim, Michelle, Carmello, Kaitlyn, Tonia, Todd, Liam, Aiden, 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, Idabel, Angie, Kristena,
Shane, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric, Sandy, Andrea, Alan, Fisher, Shannon, Robert,
Pat, Ryan, Barry, Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Laurie, Gary,
Heather, Codi, Ron, Deane, Bill, Deane, 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.
May the reminders that You place around us stimulate our heart to seek You
more each day, for I ask it in Jesus name. Amen.

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