Forsaking Not!

Hebrews 10:22-25  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  (23)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  (24)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  (25)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Many believers are giving heed to an ever growing trend toward leaving the church or bouncing around from church to church whenever they feel like a change. This may feel good, look good and sound good as we all are experts at justifying whatever we decide we want to do in any given circumstance, but it is not God’s way. God has a place and purpose within the body of Christ for each and every one of His children. Believe it or not God’s will does not change for our lives every time we hear the preacher say something that ruffles our feathers a little bit or when a brother or sister doesn’t treat us just like we think they should. We are a local assembly of believers which God has put together to serve Him in unity of mind and Spirit. And according to God’s Holy Word we are commanded not to  forsake the assembling of ourselves together. It is sin to leave the church and it is sin to leave the church God has placed you into serve on a whim. We are His servants!

Walking Worthy!

Lord please help us to walk worthy in your eyes. We can never be worthy of anything outside of Jesus Christ, but you did say that we could do all things through Christ. Our hearts desire is to please you in all things. Help us to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Help us to listen to your truth and wisdom and not give ear to the wisdom of this wicked world.

Living sacrifices?

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. How many of us are really living sacrifices ? Do not most of us usually do what we want to do and then ask or expect God to bless it? Lord help us to yield ourselves totally to you and your will.

Josh 1:7

Josh 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

Lord help us to faithfully stay in your way and not to turn to the right or the left.

Until I am Reminded

The irritating buzz of the alarm pierced through the early morning darkness. Two-thirty again already, but I could have sworn my head just hit the pillow! I reached to shut it off, only barely fighting off a powerful urge to hit the snooze button.  I knew I was already pushing it. I had to be on the job before four.  That left only just enough time for my morning routine and drive time.  Grudgingly I rolled out of bed and headed for the bathroom.

“Why Lord?” I silently murmured.

The blast of frosty air was like a slap in the face as I opened the back door and headed for the truck. I cringed at the thought of another bone-chilling day working in the metal building, we all called “the barn.” The place was like a huge ice-box, the concrete slab floor and the un-insulated walls made it colder inside than out most of the time!

“Why Lord?” I silently murmured.

The boards were cupped and twisted. I was supposed to make a decent looking cabinet with this material, what were they thinking! It would take hours of tedious straightening and sanding, nothing made a twelve hour day drag by more slowly.

“Why Lord?” I silently murmured.

The clocks seemingly motionless hands finally pushed their way to four o’clock, quitting time! It was Friday, payday, but hardly a reason to smile. Bills were due and I’d be doing good if I had enough spare change left to buy me a coke and candy bar on the way home!

“Why Lord?” I silently murmured.

I put on a brave happy face as I trudged up the steps and opened the front door.  There stood the “love of my life”, waiting with a warm, tender, embrace and a loving kiss, only to be interrupted by  the joyous shout of , “Daddy!…Daddy!” as our little girl ran toward me with outstretched arms.

“This is why,” came the gentle reminder.

As we knelt to pray that evening, my wife said, “Don’t forget to pray for Brother Richard, He hasn’t been able to find a job yet and we might need to see if they need some groceries or anything.”

“This is why, “came the gentle reminder.

It was great to be back in the Lord’s house again. Nothing encouraged me more than the great fellowship, singing and the of course the preaching. What a blessing! It was offering time and the pastor reminded us of the needs of the ministry and how God said that He loved a cheerful giver.

“This is why,” came the gentle reminder.

I knelt there at the altar, thanking the Lord for being so good to me and once again reminding me of why instead of grumbling, I should be praising for the blessing of working for Him.