In His Word- 10-22-12

I replied, “But my work all seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose at all. Yet I leave it all in the Lord’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.” Isaiah 49:4

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.1 Timothy 6:6-12

Have you reached a point in your life where you looked back and wondered what you have accomplished in so may years? What did you tell yourself; was it enough to be content? Or are you found lacking by your own ambitions?
I ask these questions because I want us to examine what we have done not for ourselves in life but what have we done for the Lord in the lifetime we have been given? I know I have done what some may call a lot and some may call a little but do I know that I am guilty of doing what the Lord has called me to do, or did I just do my own thing? These are the questions that are running through my mind today.
I think it has to do with the fact I have had one busy month this summer. I traveled to another state to enjoy a wedding, I went to two camps and helped out, but I don’t feel as if it were enough. These things were enjoyable to me, yes, and I know I planed seeds both places in one way or another; for the Lord’s glory. But what else could I have done? What else can I do? The summer is only half over and I feel the need to keep going at the speed I have been running for the past weeks. Still I know I must be content to be still now and again and just listen to the Lord for further direction.
I could spend a lifetime in camps and rejoice each week as children give their lives over to the Lord or grow deeper in their relationship with Him. Oh what an awesome mountain top experience that would be! Celebrating Jesus at such a high level of focus for ever! Then camp is over and we have to come home to our normal every day lives. It often feels like a let down, the services are so exciting, and life seems a bit dull in comparison. The daily grind may bring us down for a while, at least until we realize that God is here too! He is the same God who was up on the mountain helping us rejoice and celebrate His presence. He is the same God who brought us to the point that we could see and hear His voice so clear, without the world’s distractions of daily life; and He is the same God who brings us back to our daily lives for His purpose to be fulfilled.
It’s kind of like when you are really thirsty; you rush for the water, drink it down in guzzles and it satisfies you but then what? What is the next step?
Today lets look at that, what is the next step? What do we do with what we have learned at camps or retreats? Where do we go from here?
We need to take what we have learned, what we have gleaned and what we have figured out and apply it to our daily lives to bring Christ into every situation we have.
At camp we were quick to focus on the Lord, because that is what it was all about, so why not in life itself? Why not with our families and our coworkers down here in the valley of life?
How can we so this?
  • By studying the Word just as we did at camp. Make that time to rise up at sunrise and crack open the word while you sip your tea or coffee or cocoa. Sit outside if you can and enjoy the freshness of the morning.
  • By reading books that bring you to your knees in prayer. There are many inspirational books both non-fiction and fiction that will make you think on what is next in your life and how God can use what you learned to the Good of the kingdom.
  • By spending more time not focused on work, the dirty clothes, or the things you have to do tomorrow at work, but just thinking on the things of God. Relishing in the blessings He has given you in life.
  • By sharing the Gospel with anyone around you just by sharing what He is doing in your life. Testify of His goodness!
  • Take a walk with the Lord in the morning, spend the time singing worship songs or just thanking Him for what He has done and will do.

In all these things you can bring the mountain home with you. You can step out in faith and share, worship, and seek for a more deeper relationship with God himself and by this you will not only be content but you will get excited for each new day to dawn! You will look forward to the mornings with Him!

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13

My needs today are not fleshly or material but that of the spiritual strength that comes only from the one who created me. I am hungry for more of Him, and I am excited for what is next in life’s journey. I long for the next thing, but am content to wait on His prompting and guidance as He has done in the past, I will put my trust in Him.
If you can read that last paragraph and mean it from the heart, make it a prayer, and a plan to focus on listening and watching for His plans. I am running in with my eyes wide-open ready for the ‘game of life’ to go to the next level!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing camp home to us! Thank you that we can experience the mountain even in the valley when we keep ourselves daily focused on You and your plans for our lives. Help us to keep on going on to the next step you have for us to follow. Keep us from lagging behind, but instead help us to grab ahold of your shirttail and follow after You, in Jesus name, amen.

Suggested reading; Philippians 4 1-23, 2 Corinthians 12:1-21, 1 Timothy 6:all, Hebrews 13:1-25, Romans 12:all. ***If for any reason you choose ever not to receive this devotion again please remember that all it takes is replying with a "Please remove me from this list." I do ask that if there is a problem with anything I write for you to feel free to write me back and let me know what the problem was, that we might go over it together and seek the truth in love.
In His love,
Teresa M. Wilson

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  by Teresa M. Wilson.

Rom 8:24-25
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.