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Serving My Purpose

Scripture
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay;
Acts 13:36 NASB

Observation
After you’re long and gone, if the Lord tarries, what will they say about you?

We shouldn’t live for the applause of man. We should live for the Lord to one day say, “Well done.”

In that though, making a difference in this world, “serving the purpose of God,” can have a lasting effect and eternal impact. How awesome would it be that the things you prayed for, the things that you helped to set in motion now, touched the lives of future believers?

It only has to start with one. Abraham only had one child of promise. The promise followed through Isaac all the way down to David to Jesus to us today. One man who had faith made a difference!

Application
There are times I’m tired and frustrated and stressed. The only difference I want to make is to get away from everyone. When that happens, it’s because I’ve been too focused on myself.

When I stay in an atmosphere of the things of God, I’m more patient, loving and at peace. It’s so simple…stay in the Presence of God! Why would I want to be anywhere else?

In the Presence of God, I find my true purpose. I find joy because I’m doing and abiding in what I was created for. In God’s Presence, I receive what I need to make a lasting difference in this world!

Prayer
Lord, this world is passing away quickly. Things come and go, but I desire to be a part of things that would have an eternal impact. Help me to put time and effort into the things that truly make a difference in this world. Help me to play a part in building Your eternal kingdom.

Peace
Todd

What More Can I Do?

Scripture
29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
Hebrews 10:29 NASB

Observation
This is not a popular thought. People don’t want to think about what happens at the end of their life. But the reality is, you don’t get to choose at THAT time. By the time you breathe your last, you have made your decision.

The good news is that you get to choose now! You get to choose to serve Jesus or not.

We know what happens if you choose Jesus, eternal life. Not choosing Jesus…well…you don’t want to go there…or maybe you do, if you don’t choose eternal life.

There won’t be any discussion about it at the Judgement Seat. This Scripture lays out exactly what happens…severe punishment for treating God’s grace, Jesus’ blood, as junk!

Don’t make the wrong choice!

Application
I’m so grateful that I gave my heart and life to Jesus so long ago. Nothing can change my mind.

But, I long to see those I care about come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

What more can I do? What else can I say? How should I live to point others to Jesus? This is the most important thing, the greatest work that I can do while I’m here on earth.

Prayer
Lord, help me to shine my light for You so that others choose to come to You. Help me to be an example of a sinner saved by grace, someone who is not perfect, but allows Your work to be seen through me. Grant that Your Word may go forth in power and that souls would be added to the Kingdom.

Peace
Todd

Connecting Others

Scripture
25 And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul;26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
Acts 11:25-26 NASB

Observation
When Believers shared the Gospel with Gentiles, many believed. God allowed His servants to perform many signs and wonders. Barnabas went to check it out and was very excited to see what was happening.

When He realized the extent of what God was doing there, he went to go find Paul. He connected Paul with ministry!

Application
Do I connect others in ministry? It doesn’t matter how long someone has been a Christian, they can still connect others with the message of salvation.

The problem is when people start to think that this job is only for a select few who preach. Everyone is capable and should be available to connect others to Christ.

I need to be aware of opportunities and link people together.

Prayer
Lord, help me to see the potential in all people to lead others to You. Help me give them the proper training or whatever I need to do that will allow them to reach others for You.

Peace
Todd

This God

Scripture
For Your righteousness, O God,reaches to the heavens,
You who have done great things;
O God, who is like You?
Psalms 71:19 NASB

Observation
This God, the One who created the Heavens and the Earth, makes Himself known to us!

Nothing can contain Him. His righteousness, reaches to the Heavens, but would go beyond because there is no limits to Him.

There is no one like Him. There is no one that compares!

This God, cares for you. This God, comes alongside you, especially in your time of need and allows His greatness to come into your life.

Application
How should I respond to His greatness? I should marvel. I should be overwhelmed. I should be grateful. I should love more. I should weigh all His greatness compared to the “stuff” out there. Nothing compares. He changes everything.

Prayer
Lord, help me to realize the overwhelming greatness of who You are. Help me to understand that You allow Yourself to be made known to me and allow me to come into a right relationship with You. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for taking time for me.

Peace
Todd

Like a River

Scripture
“If only you had paid attention to My commandments!
Then your well-being would have been like a river,
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
Isaiah 48:18 NASB

Observation
We make decisions everyday. These decisions have consequences. The word consequences isn’t a bad word, it is actually a neutral word. Consequences can be good or bad.

Our response to God has consequences. When we follow His ways, when we live according to His plan, our lives are full of peace and joy. But He doesn’t stop there, He pours on blessings. The Scripture says, “your well-being would have been like a river,…”

Rivers continually flow, they are always moving, day or night. This is how God would respond to us if we keep His commandments and live according to His ways.

Application
It doesn’t make sense to me, why anyone would not want to live for the Lord.

In response to this, I want to press in even more. I want to follow harder after God. I want to be everything He wants me to be and I want to do everything He asks me.

How cool is it that your “righteousness” (being in a right relationship with God) can be like the “waves of the sea?”

Prayer
Lord, I’m so grateful that I know You like I do. I thank You that I know the truth and my life has true meaning and purpose, grounded in Your Son, Jesus. Grant me the grace to continue in Your ways. There is nothing more I want than this.

Peace
Todd

Faith, Patience & Friends

Scripture
11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:11-12 NASB

Observation
Have you ever known someone who had partial hope? One minute they would talk about the confidence they have, but at another time they would doubt and worry.

When believers are wishy-washy, it causes their walk with God to have fits and starts, never really allowing for a momentum of faith. They become sluggish in their walk.

This Scripture says that faith and patience are important to obtaining the promises of God. And the cool thing is that if you are having trouble, you can imitate others who do walk like this.

That’s why it is important to choose your friends wisely. You should seek out Bible believing friends and encourage one another in your daily walk.

It takes time and patience to receive the promises of God. It’s easier with a Christian friend.

Application
I can always increase my faith and patience. The more I learn about the Lord, the more I spend time with Him, the more I trust and know that His promises will be fulfilled.

But I can also be a friend and seek friends who seek God. Together we can encourage each other and build each other up.

Prayer
Lord, help me to be a friend that can encourage others to grow in their faith and be patient for Your promises. Your promises are always Yes and Amen!

Peace
Todd

Your Response Required!

Scripture
56 and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse.
Acts 7:56-57 NASB

Observation
Stephen was OK in front of his Jewish brothers until He dropped the truth on them!

Chapter 7 is a history lesson of the call of God on the Jews until verse 51. There, Stephen tells them that they are “always resisting the Holy Spirit” and thus, missing what God has for them.

Their reaction was extreme, angry, hate filled. They rushed him, took him out of the city and stoned him. Stephen was the first Christian martyr.

We live in a world where people don’t want to hear the truth of God’s love, mercy, correction, discipline… Why? Because they have to respond to it in one way or another.

Responding to embrace Jesus means coming under His Lordship. People don’t want to give up what they want. They don’t want to give up making all the decisions for their life…calling all the shots. When you embrace Jesus, you die to yourself.

Check your response to Jesus today. Does His call on Your life, the direction He wants you to take in life, give you pause or make you think twice about following Him? Or do you FULLY embrace Him?

Application
I know I wouldnt respond to Jesus like the Jews did to Stephen. But, would I be passive about His leading? I want to always be obedient and follow what the Lord has for me. Sometimes that might lead me to get out of my comfort zone, but He knows best.

The point is to FULLY embrace what Jesus has for me. I want to do this with joy and expectation!

Prayer
Lord, help me to listen and obey Your voice fully. There is nothing more important to me than this. You know best and I can trust that You will always be with me. Help me during those times when I need a little faith push. I long to hear “well done.”

Peace
Todd

Draw Near for Mercy and Grace

Scripture
15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:15-16 NASB

Observation
While Jesus was on Earth, during His Earthly ministry, He was fully man. He knows what it is like to live in this “flesh suit.” And although He didn’t sin, He can identify with us when are tempted.

Since He understands, He knows that His people will need to receive mercy and grace at times. This He offers free to you.

You only need to draw close to Him. He will take care of the rest.

But when we do draw near, we should do it in confidence. We shouldn’t be unsure or have the mentality that we are just going to try it. Have confidence that the only answer, the only way is through Jesus. Settle it once and for all!

Application
I go to the Lord when Im in need, but do I do it for mercy and grace? Sometimes I beat myself up. Sometimes I dwell on things too long. Shouldn’t I just go the Lord to receive His mercy and His grace? Shouldn’t that speak louder and bring relief more than anything else?

When I do this, it allows me to move to the next thing the Lord has for me, instead of staying to long trying to figure it out myself. He knows exactly what I need.

Prayer
Lord, thank You for the access to come boldly to You and receive mercy and grace. Help me to turn quickly to You in those times when I need You.

Peace
Todd

Press In

Scripture
Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer
Nor His lovingkindness from me.
Psalms 66:20 NASB

Observation
People might give up on you, but God never will. He will never cut you off or get tired of you. He created you. He knew you when you were in the womb. He has an interest in you. He loves you.

It makes sense then that God would want to listen and answer your prayer when it falls inline with His Word. It makes sense that He would always love you.

If this is the case, why do so many people not give God the time of day? Why is God always put away until we “need” Him?

Press into God today! Don’t take His love for you for granted. Embrace Him fully and you will never regret it. He is always faithful. He is more faithful than you can imagine!

Application
I know this. I believe this. I wished everyone would too!

How can I help others see this? How can I help other people know a God who is faithful to listen and answer prayer? How can I help others know a God whose love never fails?

I can live it! I can share it! I need to be intentional.

Prayer
Lord, there are so many people out there that need You. Help me to do my part to live out my faith in a way that points people to a real God who loves them and will never disappoint. Give me divine opportunities, divine assignments, that will allow me to share my faith, the reason I hope in You. Open doors to more ministry. This is my prayer.

Peace
Todd