2017 - TUESDAY 23 MAY THE SHORT STRAW Jonah 1:7 So they drew straws. Jonah got the short straw. Sometimes in life it seems as though we are always getting the short straw or wrong end of the deal. There are some things to consider when short straws are being drawn. 1. WHO IS DRAWING THE STRAWS? Look at why you are under the control of another person or group. Marrying the wrong person can end up producing a short straw life. Hanging with the wrong crowd will eventually have them drawing straws about your faith. 2. WHY ARE STRAWS BEING DRAWN? Perhaps the need for drawing straws is because your decisions have created a storm, requiring more rash decisions to be made. Moving cities to chase a better life can produce short straw outcomes. Disobeying God's word can and will produce a short straw situation. 3. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP. Jonah was asleep in the storm. Some people just go numb - denying the need for change. Stop ignoring the signs and get back to Base Camp God. 4. WHY ARE YOU ALLOWING SUPERSTITION TO RULE? The devil gets blamed for everything wrong in our circumstances - when the only thing wrong is our decision. The enemy is under our feet - when we walk on God's paths. 5. THE NEED FOR SPEED When short straws are being drawn - it is too late. Stuff is about to go down. If you are in a storm of disobedience - get up quickly - and return to the Lord. Surrender to His will for your life and do it. Short straw outcomes are never pleasant. There is nothing heroic about the Jonah story - except that God uses imperfect people to reach imperfect people. You have been called to reach imperfect people. Get up and get going to fulfil your God mission.
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2017 - MONDAY 22 MAY TAKE ME TO YOUR PLACE Life is not a weary journey searching for Nirvana. Life is about finding your place and making it beautiful. All comings and goings - should happen from your sweet place. Consider the following places; 1. THE GLORY PLACE Psalm 24:3 Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, And the place where Your glory dwells. There is a place where God's glory dwells. It is in the midst of the gathering of the saints. Coming together in His love is a glorious engagement. Build every other place around the place where God's glory dwells. 2. AN EVEN PLACE Psalm 26:12 My foot stands in an even place; In the congregations I will bless the Lord. Again God's gathering place - the church - makes all people - even and equal. We all gather together as His children - needing His grace and glory 3. A WIDE OPEN PLACE Psalm 31:8 And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place. God does not dwell in restricted, small or confining places. Find His place and you will find freedom and liberty. Never dwell in a place with people of small spirit. 4. THE ENEMIES PLACE Psalm 37:10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more. Do not envy the wicked, not desire their possessions, nor fear their threats. Their place is decaying before your eyes and will be completely destroyed, and disappear from your landscape. 5. MY DWELLING PLACE Psalm 90:1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Make the presence of God the place of your delight. Where you delight - you dwell. Where you dwell - you dig deep foundations. Where you dig - you build better things. Where you build - you form relationships. FIND YOUR GOD SPOT - AND MAKE IT YOUR DWELLING PLACE.
2017 - SUNDAY 21 MAY FINDING A BETTER WAY Jonah 1:1&2 One day long ago, God's Word came to Jonah, Amittai's son: Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh! Preach to them. They're in a bad way and I can't ignore it any longer. But Jonah got up and went the other direction to Tarshish, running away from God. THREE WAYS IN LIFE A BAD WAY A BETTER WAY A WRONG WAY 1. A BAD WAY Truth is we were all in a bad way before our encounter with Jesus. So don't get so high and holy about the sinfulness of others. God sees even the worst of sinners as simply being in a bad way. Probably because no-one has ever shown them a better way. 2. A BETTER WAY There is a better way called the new and living way through faith in Christ. When we are born again into God's faith family, we are blood washed and empowered to live as new creatures in Christ. It is not of our doing, and so we must always see those not saved as simply being in a bad way. However we now have the good news to share of a better way. 3. A WRONG WAY Sad to see people who have embarked on a better way decide to go the wrong way and turn their back on following the better way plan. The better way plan is for you to go the right way toward those in a bad way and tell them of a better way. Those who choose to go the wrong way will eventually end up in a bad way and need to return to the Lord to again find a better way. Saves a lot of heartache and sorrow when you choose to stay on the better way and go share your faith with those in a bad way.