Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Bigger Plan – Part 4

Let’s continue Pastor Willie message from yesterday.

(2) Focus on the welfare of others. Philippians 2:4 says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” It is okay to look out for yourself. Lord Jesus is our model and He said in Mark 10:42-45 “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Bottom line: Go in peace, serve the Lord and be a blessing in the lives of others.

(3) Guard and keep your godly moral integrity. The 1828 Webster’s dictionary defines the word “integrity” as the entire, unimpaired state of any thing, particularly of the mind; moral soundness or purity; incorruptness; uprightness; honesty. Integrity comprehends the whole moral character. Joseph nailed it on the head in Genesis 39:9, when he said, “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” We are in the world, but not of this world; our citizenship is in the kingdom of Heaven. All sin is against God. It is God’s standards that we are to make our own and guard in our heart, despite the circumstances or consequences.

(4) Look for ways to bless others. We are “Christ-Followers”, disciples of Jesus, students of the Lord. The 1828 Webster’s dictionary defines the word “bless” as: to make happy; to make successful; to prosper in temporal concerns; as, we are blest with peace and plenty. To bless others is the natural outflow of God’s love towards us. Proverbs 11:25-26 says, “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.”

As bad as it seems, there is no pit so deep that God’s love doesn’t go deeper. God’s love and grace is there now and He is in control; even when we do not understand it. (1) Ask God to give you sight and faith that He is at work in your life. (2) Pray for the strength and wisdom to trust God at all times and in every circumstance of life. (3) Strategize against not seeking revenge, not growing cynical, not becoming defiant, and not getting discouraged. You may be the “brothers of Joseph” types that have wronged people. Repent your sins to God and ask Him to help you find ways to reconcile. (4) Restore your relationship with God through Jesus Christ our Lord and our Redeemer. That is the bigger plan.

2 Corinthians 9:8-11 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the Sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.”

In Christ, Brian

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