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Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Wednesday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - May 15

Dear Church Family –

 

Every day we face challenges.

And every day we have a choice about how we respond to those challenges.

We can fight against the challenges, or we can build on the challenges.

We can give in and give up, or we can rise above.

We can be thankful and trusting, or we can whine and complain.

 

One of the things that sin has done to us is to turn us into whiners and complainers.  Today’s reading from the classic devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers is one of my favorites because of the last two sentences.  Here’s today’s reading:

 

“’. . . that you may know the hope to which he has called you.’ -Ephesians 1:18

Do you remember why you have been saved? So that the Son of God will be manifested in your life. Now you must harness all your powers to realize your election as a child of God; rise to the occasion, every time.

 

“You can’t do anything for your salvation, but you must do something to manifest it in the world. You must work out what God has worked in. Are you working it out with your mind, your tongue, your body? Or are you still the same miserable, cranky person, set on having your own way? If you are, it’s a lie to say that God has saved and sanctified you.

 

“’With my God I can scale a wall’ (Psalm 18:29). God is the Master Engineer. He allows difficulties in order to see if you can overcome them. Because you are his child, he will never shield you from his requirements. Peter says, “Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you” (1 Peter 4:12). Rise to the occasion. Do the difficult thing. As long as a trial gives God the opportunity to manifest himself in your body, in whatever way he wants, it doesn’t matter how much it hurts. The aim of the disciple’s life is to let the Son be manifested so that the Father can do whatever he wants with us. We are not here to dictate to God. We are here to submit to his will, so that he may work through us, using us to feed and nourish others.

 

“God never has museums. We have to keep ourselves ready, so that the Son of God can be manifested in us here and now. May God find the whine in us no longer. May he find us instead full of spiritual pluck and daring, eager to face anything he brings.”

 

Wow, “spiritual pluck and daring, eager to face anything he brings.”  That’s how I want to face today’s challenges; not whining but rising to the occasion.

 

“Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:24)

 

With spiritual pluck, daring and eagerness! – Pastor Tim

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