Beginning In His Word 8/12/13

Do you ever just stand and wonder, “Where do I begin?” with a project, a day, the end of a mission trip or week at camp? Maybe you are at work and there are projects all around you and you just don't know which one to start with; seek the Lord while you can find Him ask Him where to start.
If we start out day with prayer, and with reading of the Word then we can have a good beginning; but what about the rest of the day? Where do we go from there?

Just like the project has a beginning, so is our day. We must decide when and where to start somehow and get moving. It usually takes step by step movements to get a job done, not often does anyone start and finish a project swiftly and immediately.
So thinking about that project lets take step one;
Examine the problem, project or issue you must deal with.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth... Genesis 1:1
Everything has a beginning, and depending on the task you must assess what needs to be done. God chose to create space and land to begin our world. He created something to build upon.
Whatever you are beginning must have a foundation.

Secondly God continued to create; we must continue in the process. As we read through the story of creation we find God worked daily on the task at hand, he did not stop until it was done.
We too must press on until the job is done that He has given us, or will give us.
We need to be strong in His power and His might and know that if He sends us out to do something He will provide, protect and persevere for us.
He will not leave us comfortless.

“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn't looking for him and doesn't recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No I will not abandon you as orphans-- I will come to you.” John 14:15-21

He will not leave us in the problem, in the project or in the task before us; we must not leave Him out of our endeavors but know that He is there even if we do not acknowledge Him. We often get busy working and forget that He wants to be involved in every part of our lives. It is not always easy to take Jesus to work but it is always easy to realize He is already there. It may take a few minutes but stop right now and look back on last week, or even the past hour of your day and see if you can spot Jesus in your day!

Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you 
will may your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:5-8

Thirdly we need to be strong and walk in the task knowing if we continue on the path given we will make it to the end as victors, stronger than we were in the beginning knowing that God walked with us through the whole thing.

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart an be with Christ which is far better. Philippians 1:20-23

This week lets stay focused on what really is important; focus on the fact that God is with us every step of our day.
The best way I know, and it may sound like a broken record but;
1. Start your day acknowledging His presence. “Good Morning Lord” is a great start!
2. Thank Him for the day.
3. Tell Him that you love Him and thank Him for loving you.
4. Ask Him to guide your steps, conversations and endeavors today.
5. Amen- and continue with your day.
Less than a minute and you can start your day knowing you have acknowledged Him and He is with you!
Make today a new beginning. Make to day the day you begin with prayer. Take 60 seconds and give back to God some time that He gave you.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for today! Help us to start our days in your presence and thanking you for the day ahead. Bless us and keep us on the straight path today, in Jesus name, amen.
Suggested Reading: John 14:1-31, Joshua 1:1-18, Genesis 1:1-31, and 2 Timothy 2:1-26