June 4, 2020
Though life is often difficult, right now daily events make choices more confusing. Now is a great time to begin energizing your life by finding renewed spiritual vitality. Regardless of human efforts, it is a proven fact that only the Word of God, prayer and fellowship with other believers can draw us to God, changing our life focus.
For a full and satisfying life Jesus invited us to seek Him first then all things will be given to us. Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (for a description of “all these things” read Mathew 6.)
The formula is outlined in Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. 1Thess 5:16-19: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances ; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.
COVID -19, riots in the streets, financial concerns, neighbors in need, personal health and a stifled life outlook dampens our spirit and focus. But look again at the Biblical command? Rejoice; pray and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will. Literally, this is the way to address the issues of life in a winning way. Unfortunately we tend to get side tracked on the urgent but unessential issues at the exclusion of the valuable things.
Prayerful living enables us to look beyond the urgent and align the important issues of life in a meaningful arrangement. I challenge you to begin a season of rejoicing, praying and giving thanks today. It will surprise you how a heart at peace can find direction and energy.
Pentecost, 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the feast of weeks, as described in Acts 2:1 – 31. Effectively, this was the beginning of the Church of Jesus Christ. That promise and commission to the early church still stands, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”. In light of God’s calling and promise what shall we do, where do we begin yielding our needs and desires to Jesus?
I call your attention to Franklin Graham’s Pentecost message as your prayer guide.
- Pray for peace in America and in our hearts. James 1:20 –human anger does not lroduce the righteousness God desires
- Pray for perspective, James 3:17 –wisdom from heaven is pure; peace-loving considerate…,and sincere.
- Pray for patience Romans 2:4 –realize God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance.
- Pray for an outpouring of Gods wisdom and direction. What a great day to seek a fresh visitation from God
Be Blessed! Yours and His, Pastor Dwane