What’s God doing in your life?

What’s God doing in your life folks? Is He changing you from the inside out or do you figure He’s done all the work in you that He’s ever going to do? I think He’s constantly changing and growing us no matter how old we get!
God puts us through all kinds of things to help and/or make us grow up in Him. All the things that go on in your life are allowed so we must start depending on God and on His sovereign will for our lives. We need to lay down our lives daily and allow Him to work His will in our hearts. That way we become more Christ like and are willing to allow God to work in our hearts until we are able to say, “Not my will but Yours Father. Whatever is best for me is what I want! I am willing to go through it because You know what’s best for me.” We can really start believing Romans 8:28-“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose.”
There’s an old song by Dan Burgess titled, “Thank You Lord.” It’s a great song and it speaks to my heart because it speaks truly how I feel. Here’s some of it:

Thank you, Lord, for the trials that come my way. In that way I can grow each day; as I let you lead, and thank you, Lord, for the patience those trials bring. In that process of growing, I can learn to care.
But it goes against the way I am to put my human nature down
and let the Spirit take control of all I do. ‘Cause when those trials come, my human nature shouts the thing to do; and God’s soft prompting can be easily ignored.
I thank you, Lord, with each trial I feel inside, that you’re there to help, lead and guide me away from wrong. ‘Cause you promised, Lord, that with every testing, that your way of escaping is easier to bear.

“But it goes against the way I am to put my human nature down and let the Spirit take control of all I do!” Wow! Human nature raising its ugly head once again. I really like where he writes that “God’s soft prompting can be easily ignored.” He’ll never force us to do anything. He wants it to be our decision. You pray for me that I can let Him do that, please.
Please let me know if you need anything. Naomi and I love you all.

-Pastor Steve

This World is Not My Home

Have you ever wondered what your thought pattern is going to be when you come down to the end of your life? Will you be like Paul and say “For I am ready to be poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” (II Timothy 4:6-7) Do you long to hear the words, “Well done good and faithful servant?” I always talk tuff and say that I’m ready to go, but when it comes down to it we’ll see where my faith lies!
But remember the old song, “This World is Not My Home?” it’s true that we are just foreigners here and there is a promised land waiting for us in Heaven! That’s real folks! Life, at least to me, is great down here on this earth, but can you imagine what Heaven is going to be like? And we have a promise that we will be there if we know Jesus as our personal Savior! Paul writes in I Corinthians 15:19, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”
So then, we have Faith to trust Jesus as our Savior, we have Hope that we are going to make Heaven our home, and then we have that agape Love that allows us to treat our neighbor as we would treat ourselves. And the best part of all of that is the fact that it all comes through the grace of God! We get God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense! We don’t have to work for it folks! We just get it because our Heavenly Father loves us so much!
Please let me know if you need anything. Naomi and I love you all.
-Pastor Steve