Shall we Accept the Good from God and not the Bad?

A Safe Harbor is Jesus

I was led to this message for everyone to reflect on. You can have victory in your life despite the struggles that you face when you understand that God is working all things out for your good and His purpose for your life. Too many times believers feel that God is unaware or unconcerned with their painful trials,  but nothing could be further from the truth. He has a divine eternal reason for each and every thing that you endure. He has a timing for it all and if you belong to Christ, it is all part of the perfect plan. Have a wonderful day in His presence. Love you all in Christ.

Understandably, it is easier to trust God when things are going well.  How much more difficult is it to believe as God allows unfair trials of every kind to happen when He has the power to stop them.  How can…

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the call of worship

We are made for worship, and to worship. If you feel called to do this as a job full time, then be careful. It is a high calling and a very stressful one at that! You are the one to lead your congregation into worship and the Throne room of God weekly, and perhaps mid – weekly as well. It is a calling demanding sacrifice and massive commitment. My husband spends many sacrificial hours on worship and some of the stuff that is in the background that others do not notice, but expect to be there any way. It is a commitment that we as his family help with as much as we can, and are glad to do it to enable our church family able to worship better and better each week that passes. My husband loves his job, and the calling he has on his life.

What motivates our family? Not recognition. Not a kind of coolness for being part of the worship team. No, it is a calling. Worship is a calling. If you want the other stuff, then look somewhere else for your kicks. This is a very serious part of the church life, and if it goes wrong, it goes very wrong! When it goes right, then WOW!

We cant think too small in worship. There is nothing that can be too big. God is not too big and can never be too small. Our worship reaches up to heaven itself. To God Himself. Angels will join you in your song, and have the power to fight in your prayers. This is so amazing and wonderful but mind blowing at the same time!

Dont focus on the four walls of your meeting place. Worship blows through them. Dont focus on the worries of the week before or ahead of you, God is your shield and strength. Dont focus on finances, God will provide. Focus on how you spend your time with Him and how you can become more like Him day by day. There is a much bigger and better picture going on that we do not see. Its bigger than we can possibly imagine.

The gift of a mentor

Mentoring is something I feel we need to see more of in our churches. As far as I can see, there is no one willing to stand up and step up to the job of mentoring the next generation of believers, or even this generation to help us become stronger and more grounded in our faith. To be a mentor is a gift. A gift of passing on all you have learnt or been taught. A gift of friendship and accountability of your actions and words.

Generations before us had so much they could teach us, and it is for us, now, to teach what we know. We may have had parents or relatives who taught us their knowledge and faith in God, and some of us had a good grounding this way. New believers sometimes get a “buddy” for a while to answer questions and to learn from them for the beginning. It is the giving of precious time and effort in someone else’s life, not a control measure and should never be used as such.

Mentoring is not for condemnation, but for a check of the heart to make sure we do things in  the right attitudes. It is allowing yourself to come alongside someone and sharpen their spiritual edges. A walk with them helping them not to stray, and if they do, a gentle hand held lead back to where they should be through prayer and support.

I wish I had a mentor while I was new in the Lord, and beyond, and also hope that one day I will be in a place to mentor someone else and pass on to them some of the amazing things my friends and leaders of my church have given me over my walk with God.