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SOMETHING MORE

SOMETHING MORE

Do you want to do something more with your life?

 

I believe God has put within each of us the desire to do something more to impact our world for good! He says in John 14:12,“I can guarantee this truth: Those who believe in me will do the things that I am doing. They will do even greater things…

 

The problem is, we talk about it but rarely do anything about it! Why? Because we have taken for granted the greatness and glory of our God. This principle of our faith needs to be more than just head knowledge. We need to get this understanding into our hearts and then let it implode into every facet of our being. Understanding is power. True understanding opens doors, not just to new possibilities but to endless possibilities. Like when you finally understand the principle of “carrying” in math addition; suddenly you realize you can add any amount of numbers!!

 

Understanding the greatness and glory of God opens doors for us to do something more. Instead of simply taking for granted the power of God, stop, and reflect on it for a while. He(God) spoke the world into existence (Gen 1) and He holds it together (Heb 1:3). Take time to meditate on His majesty, splendor, & greatness. His unconditional love (John 3:16) and the fact that He’s eternal; forever He was and forever He will be God. I could go on but you get the picture. Our God is amazingly awesome; undeniably great and glorious.

 

This understanding drives us to action (Col 1:9-10). It motivates us to do something more.

First, it gives us the ability and desire to deal with our issues. Issues that keep our focus on ourselves thereby diminishing our impact on the world around us. Understanding the greatness of God gives us the strength to walk in forgiveness, repentance, and victory. We will make right choices in regards to sin and hurt in our lives because our ultimate desire will be to show forth the glory of God (Isaiah 60:1).

 

Then we will let our light shine before others, so that they may see our good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:16). This can be as simple as making a connection with a neighbor or co-worker.  Being friendly and real. Jesus set the example for us in this area. He made connections with people by genuinely caring for their needs. He built trust by meeting needs. We should be doing the same. Choosing to respond with love to the brokenness and sin around us will open doors of opportunity. Showing compassion and healing to broken people will cause God’s glory to be evident in us!

 

This is the something more that’s in us to do. This is how we impact the world for good.

 

*Today’s blog is a summary of Sunday’s message at Victory Church of Red Deer. If you have been trying out Red Deer churches, we welcome you to join us. Check out our website www.vcrd.ca

FINDING PEACE NOW

FINDING PEACE NOW

How peaceful is your life right now? Is everything happening just like you planned it would be? Or are there things going on that cause you to wonder about life, about the reality of God, about the strength or worth of relationships? Does it seem like life’s spinning out of control?

 

I am always amazed as I read the Psalms. David’s life was not easy. He faced many enemies. It started with the lion & the bear when he was a young shepherd boy. Then Goliath and King Saul. As King of Israel, he fought in many battles against enemy countries. His own son rose in rebellion against him and he fled for his life. Seemed like he was in a fairly constant state of turmoil. Sounds familiar doesn’t it. The circumstances may be a bit different but the reality of being in a continual battle is all too familiar.

 

Psalm 59 shows David calling out to God to rescue and protect him. He tells God exactly what’s going on. His enemy is fierce, ruthless and the attacks are unwarranted! David’s done nothing wrong. He doesn’t deserve this! Again, sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

 

So how did David deal with this unfair threat to his life and livelihood? At the end of the Psalm he says,

“But I will sing about your strength. In the morning I will joyfully sing about your mercy.  You have been my stronghold and a place of safety in times of trouble.

O my strength, I will make music to praise you!                                       God is my stronghold, my merciful God!”

 

Oh man, how can he respond like that? Well, maybe we need to look at how effective our responses are before we judge David’s! Have our responses brought peace and rest to our hearts or our homes? Have they drawn us closer to God? Is hope overtaking despair? If not, maybe we should try David’s method.

  1. He sang and worshipped God
  2. He reminded himself of God’s strength and mercy on his behalf
  3. He remembered how God had stood with him and protected him in times past
  4. He declared and worshiped God as his strength, his stronghold, his help

 

David determined to bring to remembrance the reality of his God. The God that saved him from the lion and the bear. The God that empowered him to beat Goliath and spared his life from King Saul’s attack, etc., etc. By choosing to worship God and reminding himself of God’s greatness, power and mercy, David gets his focus back where it’s supposed to be. On the true source of peace, hope and victory, God Almighty!

 

It’s the same for us, when life gets tough and we can’t see a way out. Our response should be to look up and worship God. To pour out our hearts to Him. Tell Him exactly what’s going on and how we’re feeling. He can handle it! Get it out in the open and then say, “BUT, I thank you God that you’re on my side. I worship You for who You are and have been in my life.” Remind yourself of His greatness and power. Declare it and go forward in the restored peace, hope and joy that He gives. Remember, circumstances don’t have to change for you to experience peace now.