Sometimes I can accomplish something and think I’m doing something real big. My friends will often affirm it by saying things to me like you really “killed it” or you know you “crushed it.” Even my personal goal setting journal encourages me with a nice font saying “nailed it!” right at the bottom of each page. The idea of getting things done got me to thinking about how God did something real big one day. He sent his only Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. The gift of eternal life and everlasting joy was the only goal. He accomplished it. The work of Jesus was finished on the cross through his death, burial and resurrection. This made me realize no matter what I accomplish, no one can kill it, crush it or nail it like Jesus can. None of my accomplishments can ever compare to Calvary.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for loving us so much that you sent your only Son Jesus to die for our sins. Amen
Are you looking for work? Do you desire to work from home? Do you want flexible hours and good pay? Well, I’m here to tell you that there are many jobs available in the kingdom business. You have special gifts to be used for God’s glory. You have unique gifts that God gave you to use and share. Servants are needed everywhere. Can you believe it? There is so much work to do in just sharing the good news of Jesus. I was reminded through a sermon that kingdom work is good work. Being eager to go tell somebody Jesus loves them and He died for their sins seems simple enough right? It’s a job that pays, it satisfies and it is something you can do from anywhere. I’m still learning that one of best jobs I have is to tell others about Christ. God saved me and He can save others too. We must share our stories of faith, testify of God’s grace and let Him do the heavy lifting and major work on converting the soul. Who’s ready for their assignment to help spread the good news of Jesus Christ? Let’s go to work!
Romans 3:23-24 KJV For all have sinned come short of the glory of God. Being justified freely, by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8 KJV For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Today I have two simple words to share with you and they are:
“Never Forget ”
As we take time out to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we pray for healing hearts and God’s eternal hope to abide. Thank God , because of Him we can look back even when it’s difficult and say Jesus I’ll never forget what you’ve done for me.
Here’s a fruit of the Spirit lesson I’ve learned: The hardest part about self-control is controlling yourself enough to keep it to your self. Sometimes I speak before I think. I type before thinking about the tone of the message, I pre-judge before I know all the facts, I even assume a position before making a sound decision. I let my emotions have full control and my emoting can quickly lead to demotion, hurtful and sometimes broken relationships.
Living a life of discipline takes focus, intention and a whole lot of self-control. Our thoughts, our mindset, our speech, our attitudes, our social life are all a part of our Christian walk. When we allow God to be the editor in chief we can do better, live better, talk and walk better as ambassadors. How do you discipline yourself to be sure you are living on pitch and bearing good fruit?
How do you practice self-control when things are out of control?
Prayer: Dear Lord take control over my thoughts, my speech and attitude today. Let my outside actions show people You live on the inside. Help me to hold back when I want to lash out. Amen.
Today I’m sharing this YouTube lyric video from Aaron Shust. This song is one I heard at a Women’s Conference and it became a favorite quickly. This is my song for the weekend. What song are you singing this weekend? Enjoy and have a safe Labor Day.
Zero balance are two words that I love to hear when it comes to my credit card account. It’s a great feeling to know I have some freedom, I owe nothing and my account is in good standing. Zero balance is not necessarily what I want to hear when it comes to my prayer life’s bank account. No prayer, no power is what my former pastor used to say. It’s hard to experience any spiritual growth without making deposits and balancing things out daily. Some days you may feel you have lots of time and other days you don’t have as much, so we all have to make choices in our balancing acts. I am here to let you know, you can do it. You can keep an active lifestyle and maintain a healthy balance in prayer and devotion to God. Take five minutes today and make a deposit.
Thought: Today I choose to meditate and pray. I will be like a rock and just sit still.
Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.
As I sit on dry land today and reflect on a great weekend I can’t help but think of family and friends in Houston, TX who are dealing with floods and rain. My Monday morning worship is all about prayer today. I am praying for everyone’s safety and that God will protect and keep them. God is in full control. Let’s all continue to pray for our nation, those who are in the midst of this hurricane and for the salvation of the lost. Keep praying for others. Now that’s what I call living on pitch.