He Is Real!

Two Special Northwood Ladies Serving Up Some Love!
Two Special Northwood Ladies Serving Up Some Love!

I am up early and off to a good start for the week and I feel that I am getting myself back together, so that I might be able to pursue the things that God has called me to! (Hey, I am just a normal person with the same challenges and frustrations that everybody else has.  I’ve just made the decision that I am not going to pretend like everything is perfect, because all that does, is rob me of the opportunity to take steps toward the perfection that God has for me.)  My spiritual life is in line and learning.  My physical is getting adjusted and seems to be ready to take some steps forward.  My mental is excited about all that it has been able to take in and looking forward to even more in the days ahead.

A big part of my life right now is trying to incorporate the “Beatitudes” into my life. (See if you can spot them in the following paragraph!)  I know that if Jesus took the time to share these words, then they must be important and if I can live the in the truth of what Jesus speaks, then I know that it will bring freedom.  I realize and remind myself constantly that I am a sinner in need of God’s grace.  I know that I have messed up and still mess up a lot – even when I don’t want to.  (That is Poor In Spirit!)  I also know that God loves me and desires to forgive me and will forgive me, if I am truly sorry and seek and ask for His forgiveness!  (That is Mourning!)  (I also need to forgive myself!)

I want to live the life that Jesus provided the example for – a life of gentleness. A life that learned to take it easy and does not get messed up.  (That is Meekness!)

I am hungry and thirsty for the things of God, so I will keep on striving to obtain that which He has promised!  To God be the Glory!  He is at work and I can feel Him and I know that He is real!  (That is Hunger & Thirst for Righteousness!)

Easy Baby!

Hope Loves Some Chips!
Hope Loves Some Chips!

God Is Good! I love blessing!  And as a pastor, one of the greatest blessings that I can receive is the blessing of hearing about how good the people who I get to pastor are doing spiritually.  Last week, I was excited to receive phone calls, emails and text about the people in my congregation and the good way in which they were making choices to live their lives “out loud” for God.  Keep up the good work!

We are spending some extended time in Matthew 5:12 and we have picked up two of the eight Beatitudes and are working on our third. We have discovered that we need to live with an attitude of humility which realizes that “we can’t, but God can.”  The fact is:  I am nothing without Jesus!  We have also learned that we need to live with an attitude of sorrow.  We have messed up this life that God has given us and when we come to the place where we will admit that, then God is able to bring forgiveness, restoration and blessing into our lives.

The third attitude that we need to get a grasp on is the attitude of meekness or gentleness.  It’s is not that we don’t have the power.  It’s just that we have learned in submission to God and His will to control that power, so that we do not abuse it.  Jesus was our “Master Example” – He had the power, but not once did he abuse or misuse the power that was his.  God can’t and God won’t give you control of anything – if you can’t control yourself!  Emotion is a good and powerful thing, but it should never be your master!

Proverbs 16:32 says:  “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he who rules his spirit than he who captures a city!” Tomorrow we will take a look at the steps that we need to take to grow gentleness in our lives.  Until then – “Take It Easy Baby!  Just be gentle!”