Spirit of Patience

I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. — Psalms 130:5

Where is your hope? Is it in the word of a Holy Creator God? Cry out to Him today for He is the source of salvation and light.

God Is the Source of Salvation and Light
But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. — Micah 7:7

Is it any wonder why one fruit of the Spirit is patience? I truly believe He is worth the wait. Wait expectantly.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Faithful Follower

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. — Mark 8:34 (Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23)

The gospel leads to discipleship (Acts 14:21). If we are saved by accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ we are to be disciples of Christ. Being a disciple is being a follower of Jesus. A disciple of Christ is one who (1) believes his doctrine, (2) rests on his sacrifice, (3) imbibes his spirit, and (4) imitates his example (Matt. 10:24; Luke 14:26, 27, 33; John 6:69)*.

I was reminded yesterday of the cost of discipleship and convicted as to my level of commitment to follow Jesus. Are we taking our salvation seriously? If we are then we will heed the words of Christ when He said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, He must deny Himself.” So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. — Luke 1:33 Nothing can be more important than following and doing the will of God. If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. — Luke 14:26

Christ has set the standard for being a disciple (follower) of His. We must deny ourselves, all of our desires, plans, will, possessions, etc. and take up our cross and follow Him. Jesus says, “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:38)

Discipleship is a serious matter that needs our immediate and faithful attention. My words cannot express how important an issue this is for all of us who call ourselves Christians. Jesus’ words express the importance and it is not to be taken lightly. I hope you take the time to examine your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ to assess your level of discipleship. Is Jesus everything to you? Is He the first thought on your mind when you rise in the morning and the last thought as you close your eyes at night? Is He the reason you live your life? Do you make it your ambition everyday to please Him and serve Him? Do you deny yourself for His glory? Are you willing to sacrifice your life for His? Are you willing to give up everything and/or go anywhere for Him?

Only you can answer those questions for yourself. Be true to God and talk to Him about your walk. He is waiting and wanting to help you to become the disciple that faithfully follows.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

*Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary

Abounding Work

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. — 1 Corinthians 15:58

Work is a part of life. We work to meet our needs in life. We work to get that dream vacation or special vehicle. We work because we have to for our families survival.

When work comes up in a conversation it usually takes on negative tones. We don’t like our boss or another employee. We don’t like our schedule or feel as if we are overworked and underpaid. We can complain that it seems that we never get the cake job but get dumped on. And so on and so on. We work to just get to the weekend. If you think about it that is a bleak existence. I made the decision a long time ago that if I am spending the majority of my life at work, I might as well make the most of it and enjoy the time I am there.

The work of the Lord is no different. We can complain about everything that isn’t going right and whine and complain about every little thing or we can be steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord. Our livelihood on earth may not have eternal value but we can make that work have eternal value. We can make every workday, no matter what we do for a living, have eternal value by abounding in the work of the Lord and making it a part of our everyday life and work. No matter your lot in life you can make a difference in the lives of all those you meet through work for the kingdom. So abound in the work of the Lord knowing that your toil is not in vain.

Keep seeking and serving.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Strong Support

“For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. . .” — 2 Chronicles 16:9

Are you completely His? If you are then He has found you and wants to strongly support your heart. A heart that desires His will, not our own. A heart that wants to abide with us. Can you imagine a God, Creator of us, wanting to abide with us? Well, He does. His desire is to commune with His creation. All of His creation. Be in prayer for God’s creation. Hearts are needing to be turned toward Him because we all need the strong support of God.

Have a blessed day knowing that you have the strong support of God with you (if).

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Blessed Be The Lord

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah. 20 God is to us a God of deliverances; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death. — Psalm 68:19-20

“Jesus is the rescuer for sinners, the ransom from heaven” from a song (wish I could tell you the name of it or the artist but alas I just know I love the song). We have a lot to be thankful for. He is our escape from death, our deliverance from sin, the bearer of our burdens, our salvation. Are you thankful and blessed by this? Are you telling anyone of the wonderful good news? My heart is heavy for the lost. Pray with me for them and ask God to place individuals in your life that you can witness to of the wonderful salvation of our Lord.

O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God! — Psalm 68:35

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Do You Pray?

Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way. — 1 Samuel 12:23
I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day, — 2 Timothy 1:3

Do you pray for others? Prayer opens the door to share the gospel with others. Are you praying for your unsaved friend, neighbor, family member? Can your prayers make a difference in the lives of other people? Jesus is actively working to bring all to Him. In prayer we can see where God is working and be open to His calling. Pray for the salvation of others.

Do you pray for others? Do the burdens of others burden you? God cares and hears the prayers of His saints as they pray for others. Your love for God is demonstrated in your willingness to intercede for others just as Jesus intercedes for you.

Do you call upon the Lord on behalf of others? The battle is still raging and we need to pray for one another to stay steadfast in our walk with the Lord. Pray for strength for one another. Praying for one another builds community, unity and steadfast love for one another.

Do you count it a privilege to pray for others? Are you thankful for every opportunity to pray others? How is your intercessory prayer life? Are you fulfilling God’s call to pray for one another? Only you can answer that question but God already knows the answer.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon