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God’s Timing Not Ours

Psalm 37:7

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Most of us have very little patience. Waiting is not a strength for most of us. We live in an instant world. What would we do if we couldn’t use our microwaves? We might have to warm our hot drinks the old fashion way – waiting for our fluid of choice to heat on the stove. We might have to wait longer than 60 seconds for something to be warmed enough or cooked enough to eat.

Most of us have a hard time if our Internet is slow. I’m finding it difficult because my Google calendars are taking 30-90 seconds to load (I have massive calendars and several of them). Waiting is not part of our skill set. When we shop online – we like the fact that we can buy things instantly and they are delivered to our homes or work place within 1-3 days in most cases. Continue reading

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April 25, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Is Not Finished With Me Yet

Philippians 1:6

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

RamonBlogGod is not finished with me yet. I’ve seen these words written on a bumper sticker.  That phrase is based on today’s passage – being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. I rest in the truth of this passage some days. Do you? God is not finished with us – none of us are finished products.

Let’s take a look at a broader reading of today’s passage. Paul was writing to the whole church body in Philippi – leaders and members. Philippians 1:2-11 – 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.

As a pastor with a pastor’s heart – I echo Paul’s words to the congregations I have been blessed to serve for Jesus over the years – in Dunkirk – Annapolis – Severn – Lothian and now in Mitchellville. I echo not only Paul’s prayers for them all – but also that his prayers for them do not change according to his circumstance. Whether in chains or battling for the gospel – his prayer is that God’s grace would be shared by them all.  That is my heart as well.  I pray for those who have responded to our ministry and for those who have not as well.

His closing thought in today’s larger reading touches my heart and I would imagine the heart of other pastors reading today’s devotional thought. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God. I pray this prayer for all who have joined us in ministry over the years – whether you have supported our ministry or have not found it to be something that connects with you. My heart continues to be for the church of Jesus Christ to flourish – to continue in kingdom work – whether we always agree or not. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus and pray for His grace to abound. Let us not focus on the wind or storm around us.  God is not finished with me yet.  Is He finished with you?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 11, 2012 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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