Summary: Spiritually to often the opinion of others affects what we may think. But our choices to act on our own opinion, is truly what keeps us from being connected to our Heavenly Father our constant provider!
No Service No Connection
Psalm 37:23 NKJ
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
The Lord Himself delights in his ways!
MSG. Stalwart walks in step with God;
his path blazed by God, he’s happy.
If he stumbles, he’s not down for long;
God has a grip on his hand.
So who can be this good or stalwart man or woman, in whom the Lord delights?
Anyone who decides to follow God and live for Him...If you’re willing to walk in relationship with God, God is certainly willing to walk in relationship with you!
Someone might say well I don’t know where I’m going. God does!
Someone might say well I don’t know what I’m going to be going through. God does!
Someone might say well I don’t know where my destination might end up or how I’ll even get there. God does and God has the best, the safest and the easiest route to get you to where your going and keep you sustained while your going!
And with God included and involved on your journey, abundant life will be a continuous option for consumption available all along the way! Not like a carrot tied to a pole held out and dangling in front of you with no way of getting, but physically and tangible to partake, touch, feel and enjoy!
Yesterday my phone was acting up. It seems as though there was a malfunction with it. One minute it was fine the next minute, the screen said no service connection.
No matter what I did, the phone wouldn’t work! My physical location was of no importance, because where I was there should have been plenty of signal available.
So I went to my provider and they reset some things and reinserted my SIM card, which is all my personal data and my service and my relationship with my phone was re-established.
Service was always available, there was never a question about the service from the provider. My device or my ability to connect to my service provider was the problem!
Illus. By Abraham Shanklin
In the Secret Service
A gentleman was in front of a preacher coming out of the church one day. The preacher grabbed him by the hand, pulled him aside and said to him, "You need to join the Army of the Lord!" The man replied, "I’m already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor." The Pastor questioned, "How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?" He whispered back, "I’m in the secret service. "
For some Christians, that would be their security clearance and relationship status of their spiritual walk with Jesus and His Father!
Illus. From Preaching now newsletter
SERVICE REQUIRES ACTION
A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out.
A subjective person came along and said, "I feel for you down there."
A Pharisee said, "Only bad people fall into pits."
A mathematician calculated how deep the pit was.
A news reporter wanted the exclusive story on the pit.
An IRS agent asked if he was paying taxes on the pit.
A self-pitying person said, "You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen my pit."
A fire-and-brimstone preacher said, "You deserve your pit."
A Christian Scientist observed, "The pit is just in your mind."
A psychologist noted, "Your mother and father are to blame for your being in that pit."
A self-esteem therapist said, "Believe in yourself and you can get out of that pit."
An optimist said, "Things could be worse."
A pessimist claimed, "Things will get worse."
"Jesus, seeing the man, took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit.
Spiritually to often the opinion of others affects what we may think. But our choices to act on our own opinion, is truly what keeps us from being connected to our Heavenly Father our constant provider!
Our ability of choice and free will is what makes our relationship with God so unique. Of all of God’s creations, and there are so many amazing creations even still to this day have not even been discovered, we humans are the most unique and His greatest creation.
Because we are His only creation, created in His image! It’s no wonder God has provided so much for us and is constantly so good to us!
If God has called us to do something or we are going through something in our own life, we can count on our Heavenly Father (our heavenly service provider) to maintain, protect and take care of us, if we are willing to stay connected to and believe that He will!
Will there be test? Yes there will be test! As with all test, comes the possibility of reward for passing the test!