Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
We are so easily distracted from the main focus in our life. We are to be seeking to serve the Lord Jesus Christ with the life he has blessed us with. Verse 34 continues by admonishing us not to worry about tomorrow. We are called to live for Christ today.
In Jeremiah 29:13 it says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” As the nation of Israel was coming out of bondage they were called to seek after God. We should be seeking the Lord today.
In verse 11 of Jeremiah 29 it says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
This was written in a different time and to a particular people but I believe the truth of this statement holds true for us today. The Lord we serve knows what is happening to us today. He is well aware of what we will face tomorrow, and I believe He is working it to an expected end. God is not surprised by our needs and circumstances, but desires to mold them to the conclusion that He desires for our life. Are you embracing the lessons of Covid-19 spiritually speaking? How will you be different spiritually after this is over?
By Pastor David Rasnake
Commit thy works! We have been asked to be committed to staying home, and stay safe. This is requiring us to do certain things with the expectation of success. Some people fill like if they commit to staying home much longer they will have to be committed. LOL!
Our Devotion For Today is talking about our commitment to God.
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
Today it is easy for our thoughts to lead us astray from the focus of our life. Monday we learned about the importance to keep our focus or vision on God. To know who God is and, as we learned yesterday, take time in our life to exalt His name. God deserves our praise and worship. Today we see where our focus can be confused. Our thoughts are not established by our circumstances. It says here that our thoughts shall be established by works being committed to the Lord.
What does it mean to commit to something? Commit = Devote, Apply, Give, Bind these are some words that help us understand the act of commitment.
In marriage, we are devoted to one another. We have made a commitment or vow that there is no other. Devotion is singular in its focus. Are my works a representation of my devotion to God? Is what I do in life singular in that it is to glorify God?
I Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
Apply, this reminds me of conversations with my mom as a middle and high schooler. “If you will apply yourself to your studies you can make better grades.”
Luke 2:49 Jesus exclaimed to Mary and Joseph, “I must be about my Father’s business.”
How much do we apply ourselves to the task that God has before us?
Oh no the big ugly topic of conversation, GIVE. You understand commitment is expressed by that which is sacrificed for another. A great expression of a fathers love is when he steps away from the craziness of life and spends time playing soldiers with his son or having tea with his daughter. This sacrifice is an expression of his love and devotion to his children but also toward his wife. If we are committed to God what will we GIVE to God?
Finally we see the word bind. June of 2006 I committed to my wife to love and to cherish her. When I married Amber that day our two became one. We were bound together in marriage. Are we spending our time trying to undo the bonds of God, or are we focused on our commitment to God?
How are your works today? Are you committed to God or cheating on God?
By Pastor David Rasnake
Andrew Cuomo said, “The number is down because we brought the number down. God did not do that. Faith did not do that.” When reckless politicians fail to know who God is we find our selves in a trying place.
Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the Earth.”
As we looked at the first half of this verse yesterday, we recognized the need to stop and know who God is. I pray that you will grow daily in your knowledge of who God is. The conclusion of the verse declares that God will be exalted.
Exalted: Glorify, Praise, Revere, Worship
Today God will be exalted among the heathen. How will you glorify the name of God above that of sinful men? How will you praise and worship God through your life today?
The words of a politician mean nothing. The heathens of this world may blast and blaspheme the name of God, but God will be exalted. Glory belongs to our God! Praise belongs to our God! Worship belongs to our God!
How will you exalt God today?
by Pastor David Rasnake
For many of you this morning you will once more be staying safe at home. I am sure that this is getting old. This morning I was thinking about a passage of scripture found in
Psalms 46:10. “Be still, and know that I am God.”
It begins by saying, “Be Still”. Much of America is ready to get rolling again, but God brings moments in our life that make us stand still. Some times this is literally locking us in our house, or placing us in a bed recovering from surgery. Other times it is simply jolting us spiritually and causing us to pause in the midst of chaos. In our life we need that moment to refocus our vision.
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”
I believe we the church, individual believers, are being jolted awake to refocus our vision. God says be still, remember that I am in control. God is reminding us as we begin this week that we have little control of the circumstances of this week, but know, “that I am God.”
Who is in control of your life today? Be still for a moment today and take time to know the God that is in control. When life seems crazy and out of focus, “Be still, and KNOW that I am God.”
By Pastor David Rasnake