Spring Out" the BEST in YOU!

Spring is almost upon us! The chirping of birds, the blooming of flowers, and the end of a very cold winter (except in Hawaii..haha!). For so many, the possibilities of Spring are endless, now that the bitter cold has dissipated. Everything from Spring cleaning to planting a garden is what makes this time of year so special. Isaiah 43:19 suggests that God wants to do the same in our lives...Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. KJV God anticipates new seasons in our lives where we put away "the old man," and embrace the fresh, "new man" that God has prepared for each of us. Much like seasons in the natural, spiritual seasons serve a purpose as well. This is the season to plant the seed to God's Word, to clean our hearts before God, and to know that God wants to do a new thing in our lives. This is the season to forget the old things of yesterday, and walk into the blessings of God today! This is the season to seek out new interests in God, new possibilities, and a fresh, vibrant relationship. Will you let God "Spring Out" the best in you?

"LOVE God, LOVE People!"

Several months ago, we, as a church, came up with a slogan for our newly created church shirts, "LOVE God, LOVE People!" Wow, what a statement, and a mandate for our church to uphold. We are first to LOVE God: "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." (Deut 6:5 - KJV) When we say we "LOVE God," it means that we have totally and completely committed ourselves to the will and purpose of God. Jesus says that our love for Him must supersede our love for everything else in our lives. The love that Jesus has for us is an unconditional love; a love that does not come with preconditions. He loves us in the condition we are in, knowing that His love can change us into who He wants us to be. When asked, "Master, which is the great commandment in the law...Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matt 22:36-40 KJV)Loving people is to Jesus just as important a commandment as loving God. If we're honest with ourselves, loving people can be a challenge at times. But we are reminded that we are to love others as Christ has loved us. When we love people we are showing them the love which is resident in Christ. God is love, and there is no denying that God has called us to love others as He loves. 

He Maketh All Things New

Job 14:7-9
7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. 
KJV

 

With a new year comes new aspirations...new goals...new ideas...and new commitments. The sprout of a new year brings the excitement that the tender branch of yesterday will not cease, but will grow into a bigger, and greater tomorrow. This terminology is seen in the Bible as a "refreshing," when God takes what exists, and makes it better. God is not interested in throwing any way, for "all things work together for good...for his purpose." (Romans 8:28) While for many of us, a new year means a new slate, for God a new year is continuing to work on the project "us." What we try to erase in one day, God knows the process of "a root waxing old in the earth, yet budding at the scent of water, and bringing forth boughs." (Job 14:8-9) What God wants to see in our lives is that, through Him, we become better. The "-eth" in maketh means that God continues to make things new (better). Sometimes we need the start of a new year to realize what God has been doing the entire time, and that is...day by day...making us better. Want to be better...seek to be better...strive to be better...stop at nothing "until Christ be formed in you." (Galatians 4:19)

The Fellowship of the Unashamed

I am part of the "Fellowship of the Unashamed."

The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line.

The decision has been made. I am a disciple of

Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down,

back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present

makes sense, and my future is secure.

I am finished and done with low living, sight walking,

small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams,

chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.

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