I would like to share with you the message I preached at a church in Melbourne, FL. I pray the Lord will strengthen and bless you through it!! Blessed be His most Holy Name!!
Beloved of God,
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
(Ephesians 1:16-23. ESV)
There are many “good things” to do in our churches and in the Kingdom. We love the Lord so much we want to do them all!
Beloved, you are not called to do everything! You are only called to do those things that the Lord has called you to do!
As each of us walk in our calling….as each of us use the Gifts that have been given us by the Holy Spirit…God’s work shall be done!
Do NOT allow the enemy to use guilt to have you take on more than you should.
We are all just a part of the Body of Christ. Let Him who is the Head tell us how to move in perfect harmony with one another.
Beloved, lay down frustration, weariness, and pride…and let God tell you when to move and when to rest…
It is good to walk in unity with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. It is good to go forward into all that God has called us to as the body of Christ.
It is not good to base our decisions on what the majority is doing…to follow the crowd because it’s too hard to choose differently.
May we be bold enough to walk the path God has called us to walk…to base our choices on HIS plan; HIS direction and guidance. May we FOLLOW HIM – wherever it may take us!
YOU have received a special gift from the Lord!
We are told to employ it…to use it…in order to serve one another and for God to be glorified! What gift are you using for the body of Christ and for our Lord’s glory?
Don’t think that your gift is not needed or not as great as others! You are special and unique and the Holy Spirit will empower you to use His gift within you to build up and strengthen the body of Christ!
Glorify the Lord by using your gift for Him today!
Look for opportunities…
I was looking at my Facebook page, Reflection of Glory, and I noticed the big discrepancy in the number of “Likes” a post receives and the number of people “Reached.” One post only received 3 likes…but the number of people reached-the number of people that saw the post was 1,209!!
My goal for posting is to first glorify God! But, I also want to reach as many people as I can to encourage, equip, and challenge them as we journey together. And I pray that is the goal of our lives apart from social media as well — to first glorify God and next to reach as many people as we can for Him!
We may not receive praise and feedback from the people that we come into contact with…but that is not why we reach out to people. I would say to you that you influence far more people than you realize on a day-to-day basis. I don’t believe that we will really ever know how many people we have “reached” while we are still on this earth. But, I do believe that we will come to that awareness once we reach our heavenly destination.
Lord, help us to reach out to those that we come into contact with – whether it’s through social media; church; our jobs; places of business, or someone we happen to connect with on the street. May we not do it for recognition or for our own self-glorification…but, for YOU, Lord! May YOU receive all the glory; all the praise; and all the “Likes!” In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!!
Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May by many Americans. Those that serve in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard are honored on this day. And I would like to say that I honor and thank all of those men and women who serve our country!
But, there is another kind of “Armed Force.” WE are in the Armed Forces of the Lord!! We, as the body of Christ, have been given authority and power to be strong and victorious in the battles that we all face in our life journey.
We are reminded that we need to prepare for the spiritual battle that we are in. We are to ARMOR UP!! Are you ready?
…be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with you feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.