Randy Clark will be coming to Shellharbour City for a conference in June 2013. Here is a link to the Facebook like page for those interested.
For this Sunday let us never forget what one man did, the Son of God, for everyone, for all time, a sacrifice beyond believable, who bled all His blood, for us. And who rose from the grave, to give us once and for all, an everlasting relationship, a friendship and love, bound by eternity. Jesus -the one and only true King of our hearts, bless ya.
I know from experience from what my wife and I went through last year, a pretty tough time, just in life in general that in our times of need sometimes how the focus shifts from the lamp of the Lord, the light that pierces darkness in the depths of life it’s self. But in all this we must continue to pursue righteousness. Our comfort is in the Lord, He will look down on us with compassion, turning all our bareness into a marvelous garden, where it becomes a special secret place for God and us to meet.
The following passage of scripture pretty much sums this up for me –
Everlasting Salvation for Zion
51 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
and who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
2 look to Abraham, your father,
and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
When I called him he was only one man,
and I blessed him and made him many.
3 The Lord will surely comfort Zion
and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
he will make her deserts like Eden,
her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
4 “Listen to me, my people;
hear me, my nation:
Instruction will go out from me;
my justice will become a light to the nations.
5 My righteousness draws near speedily,
my salvation is on the way,
and my arm will bring justice to the nations.
The islands will look to me
and wait in hope for my arm.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.
But my salvation will last forever,
my righteousness will never fail.
7 “Hear me, you who know what is right,
you people who have taken my instruction to heart:
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals
or be terrified by their insults.
8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment;
the worm will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever,
my salvation through all generations.”
6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
Reminder to self:
My mind is controlled by the spirit of God. I have life and peace, God’s word clears my mind from thoughts of the flesh, re-news, shapes my thoughts, paves my paths to peace and joyfulness, gives me hope for the future.
My spirit wants to please God – with my thoughts, actions, lifestyle, values, behavior, my attitudes towards others. Sinful thoughts will not control my destiny and hold me back from what God has for my life, for the church, the community, my country, the world I live in and my family.
How much more can God give to you out of the His great and mighty goodness.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
In a recent story I read in a daily devotional it told the following story :
“There was a building architect commissioned to redesign a cathedral. One day he went to the site to inspect how the work was going on the cathedral. As he was walking around the cathedral, none of the workers recognized who he was. He stopped and asked one of the workers what he was doing? His reply – “I am cutting a piece of stone”, he went and asked the same question to another worker, reply – “I’m earning 5 shillings a day”, and then he went and asked a third worker, reply – “I’m helping an architect build a magnificent cathedral to the glory of God”
New International Version (NIV)
6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,
The highest motivation in our lives should be founded on our devotion to God and to do His will, not to satisfy a pay check or a supervisor. And being grateful to perform the task the lord has given us.