Most people have goals or agendas that they want to do to accomplish something that means alot to them.
We can get caught up in small details that don't matter, we can get too focused on the end goal, we can miss the mark all together.
Almost 4 years ago, Randy and I stepped out in faith because we felt God was calling us into this ministry full time. Anyone who knows us realizes that full time to us is still working full time jobs, going to meetings, going to services, taking phone calls at all times of the day or night. This ministry has been nothing but a blessing.
We have tried to do different things to raise funding for us to stay on the road and share Jesus as much as we can. We set up a festivals and try to do what we can. But last week before we went to The Redbud Festival, Randy and I had some long conversations about our focus. Our focus only needs to be on lost souls, folks caught up in addictions looking for an answer. God blesses His children as they share His love, grace, forgiveness. God does not want to see anyone go to hell. So we prayed for God to just use us on Saturday, whether we sold a dollars worth of jewelry. Our focus needed to get back on the lost.
But it's up to all of us who are believers to be out there in the highways and hedges sharing with every person we meet about this man named Jesus. Holy week is probably the most important week in the life of a Christian. This is the week that Jesus came into Jerusalem smiling and expecting. He knew the same people who cheered as He came Into town would be the same people who would cry for His crucifixion. But Jesus never lost sight of the final goal, never lost sight of the final moment that His love and sacrifice would save mankind.
When the things of this world start to affect your focus on what we should be doing for the Kingdom of God, stop, sit doen, pray and talk to God for redirection to what His purpose is for you and your life.
What if? How many times have you said this before? I got to say countless probably for me.
There is a new song out from Mercy Me, called "What if". Really hit me hard coming home tonight because it talks about being on a stage and sharing with folks not to lose hope even when we may feel we are losing hope.
So many times I have listened to people make remarks about people that are Christians that their lives must be perfect because they are saved. Never understood why people think after we get saved that our lives are going to be rosy, pain free, no problems. . So untrue. Once we accept Jesus, satan boosts up his attacks, tries so much harder to trip us up.
We have those moments where we feel broken, we feel we can't go on, beaten down. But what if, in those moments we stood on all the promises of God. What if we got on our knees and prayed till we couldn't pray anymore? What if on the midst of the spiritual battle, we put on the armor of God as our Bibles teach us to do.
What if, what if, what if? Oh how different all those situations would be if we just let go and let God? We have the answer to all those who are searching for the hope they need to get through the day. The physician they need to heal their bodies, the provider when we can't see the end of the tunnel with financial needs. The answer to someone who is feeling suicidal, and wanting to give it all up.
What if tomorrow you shared Jesus with everyone you come into contact with? Life just may become more hopeful, more worth the living.
This world is getting to be so much anti Christian. We seem to offend everyone around us because of our beliefs and faith.
The Bible tells us that we will be persecuted for our beliefs, but every day we are seeing more and more of our privileges and rights taken away. I have always had a Christian calendar on my desk at work, had scripture cards there to give to someone who I think needs encouragement.
We wear Christian shirts at times, listen to Christian music,but it doesn't mean we aren't still humam and that we don't stI'll say things we shouldn't or think things we shouldn't. But folks can still have issues with the way we live our lives. We don't force our faith on anyone, but we pray that by our example that someone may fund a relationship with God through us.
We are coming up on Bristol Race Weekend with Victory Tour and we tell the volunteers to not bring or wear Christian shirts or jackets, don't bring tracts to hand out, etc. We are hahanging out with many people who don't have a relationship with God and we are trying to just get them into a concert where the gospel message is given and offered. Many people who will come to the concerts don't attend church, don't want anything to do with Christianity, but we try to show them that we as Christians can still have fun, we can still laugh, etc.
Don't put God in a box , just show the love of Jesus any way that you can, any way you feel compelled to do so. God will bless your efforts.
Randy and I went down to Gatlinburg today and looked around at all the devestation that was caused by the fires late 2015. It was so sad to see the homes, the businesses that were gone. So many families have made memories in these places. And then you think of all the loss of life.
But what was really strange was seeing one house or business leveled and the business or house beside it or across the street with nothing more than smoke damage. It was amazing to see how the fires almost just picked and chose it's victim.
But you know satan works in the same way. Everyone has different addictions, everyone has a battle. One person will battle with prescription drugs, alcohol, meth or whatever. But he knows what to throw at you. But that same tactic may not work with your spouse, your Co worker, your friend. He knows what button he can push on you to try and trip you up, to try and destroy you.
But just as with the fire, God protects those that are His children. He puts a wall of protection around us, He gives us the armor to protect us. But we have to do our part. Stay on the word of God, fellowship with fellow believers, stay in prayer.
When you feel the fire burning around you from satan's attacks, get on your knees, cry out to Jesus. He will be your wall of protection from the adversary.