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The last few weeks we have been talking about having peace and fulfilling his purpose for our lives. However, before we continue, we need to think about our relationship with God. On Sunday, we sang the song "Open up the Sky". In that song are the words..."we don't want blessings we want You!" Wow! not asking for blessings? All we want is Him? Yup. It's kind-of a package deal. He recognizes we have needs that are very serious: Financial, Health, Family, Salvation. But, God doesn't want to be “Santa Claus” (we be good so we get what we want.) Instead, He asks us to love and focus on him - while he has already poured out his love on us and continues to focus on us.
He wants us to have real relationship with him. It was his purpose in the plan of salvation – to reconcile us to Him – to become “friends” of God, heirs and joint heirs with Christ – to talk with him face-to-face (conversation and relationship) - to love him.
We need his help and provision but of first importance should be our relationship with him. It is illustrated by the actions of Martha and Mary when Jesus came to visit as described in Luke 10: 38 – 42. As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
So we see that, whereas it may be important to do things FOR Christ, it is more important have a true relationship WITH Christ. Amen to that.
On Sunday we also asked, what are the keys to peace over fear and fulfill your purpose? How to I remove Fear dwelling in me? In short, feast on His Word and direction for you. Here are 5 key points.
- Be aware of what the world says, but focus on what God says
- Recognize you are chosen and have a purpose to fulfill
- Present yourselves as a living sacrifice
- Prepare / train / study / practice
- Decide it is time to Act and then do it
That last point is what we spent time with on Sunday. In James chapter 2, we discovered that if we don't act on our faith, our faith is dead! It was a powerful time. If you didn't get to hear the live-stream, you can find it posted at our Resurrection Life Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ResurrectionLifeChurchandWorldMinistryCenter.
To summarize, real joy and fulfillment comes when we live our lives for God and others. When we share God's love and his plan for a fulfilled life, joy fills our heart. It's the Holy Spirit working on and through you. You may be the very person saving someone from despair and darkness to bring them to the healing light. We are made to be valuable to God and valuable to each other. Those who recognize this and act on it live healthier, happier and longer lives. I like that!
What am I saying? Let God use you this week in some way. Invite the Holy Spirit to make you aware of people you can be a blessing to. Maybe that blessing is a prayer. It might be breaking the power of the enemy over their lives. It may be a simple word of encouragement. God knows. Now, go and be a blessing.
I love you all. Remember, next week there is no service. We will resume May 10.