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Have you ever made a reservation, received the confirmation and then got more than what you asked for or wanted? Has this ever happened to you? You reserved a table for two at a restaurant and got seated at a nice booth instead. You reserve a mid-size car and got offered a free upgrade. You ever reserve a spa treatment and got extra services or more time in the chair to relax. You reserved a time for your hair appointment and got called to come in earlier. You ordered a general admission ticket and got moved to the front of the line like a VIP ticket holder. I have experienced most if not all of these scenarios and it’s a good feeling to know when we’re being taken care of or treated special. Sometimes benefits come because of our connections with a supplier. It could be our status as a member in a rewards program, it could be because we’re celebrating a special day or event, or that we’re part of a preferred group. Sometimes I want my life to be like that with God. I want those unlimited hook ups and promotions. I want the VIP treatment. I want more, more, more. I’ve learned God’s reward program is not based on any points earned or membership dues I’ve paid. The Bible says God rewards those who diligently seek Him. He is the One who supplies all my needs. He is able to give us more, not just because of a special status, not because of anything we earned or accumulated. God has a unique way of confirming our reservations then giving us more just for being faithful, committed and true to Him. When we sign up to serve, God gives us more opportunities. When we reserve a place for God in our heart, confess our sins and declare to live boldly for Him, He confirms it and give us so much more. God gives us life everlasting, unconditional love, joy unspeakable, indescribable peace, a blessed hope and assurance of our salvation. Now, that’s more than we could ever imagine or ask for.
Prayer: Lord, I acknowledge you God today as my preferred supplier. Thank you for having everything I need. Thank you for loving and caring for me. Thank you for being more than enough. Thank you for the overflow of grace. Thank you for both earthly and heavenly rewards.
I love flowers in the garden. I don’t have a physical garden in my home but I’ll admit sometimes I go to Home Depot just to walk through the garden section and see all the pretty colors blooming. I’ll see someone watering the plants and flowers to keep them alive and fresh. As I step in the garden I start to think, there’s hope for me if I just plant a seed. I may not have a green thumb but I have a garden of hope. You also can have a garden of hope. When we decide to plant seeds of hope, trust in God and water them regularly by reading God’s word we come alive. If we allow God to grow us up in faith, love, and truth we will see the beauty that surrounds us when we are in the garden.
My prayer this morning is simple. The words to the hymn I Am Thine O Lord say it all. Draw me nearer Lord, Nearer blessed Lord. My favorite verse says :
Consecrate me now, to thy service Lord, By the power of grace divine
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope and my will be lost in Thine.
My morning prayer is Lord help us live with purpose and grow closer to you.
Now that’s what I call living on pitch. It’s all about #thatworshiplife.
I need to have my eyes checked. I can’t see. The problem with my eyes starts with me. I was recently speaking to a family member about truth and reality. We spoke candidly about what we saw in a situation near and dear to us and how we saw things differently. In my conversation we both learned we can’t see too good and were in need of a spiritual eye exam. It was a reminder to beware of calling things like we see them. Have you ever said,” I just call it like I see it?” I thought about this and how God sees everything and knows everything. God sees far beyond what you and I can see. Do you see the problem with our eyesight? We say I don’t see it or I can’t see it, I can’t see how…. but the reality is we don’t see as well as God sees. I learned when my eyesight is faulty it affects my faith. I can say I just call it like I see it but only God can see it before I call it. The Bible reminds me that my “I’s” need examination frequently. Am I looking at this through the eyes of faith? The Bible says in Hebrews 11 that it’s not about things we can see. It’s about what is not seen. As a believer I must let faith be my guide. It doesn’t matter what our situations look like we must remember that God sees and knows everything. When we can’t see how we are going to make it through our current situation and things may not look good to us, we must trust in God who sees and knows exactly what’s best for us.
It’s Friday and I am quoting Max Lucado today who reminds me of a blessed hope in God.
“Worship is when you’re aware that what you’ve been given is far greater than what you can give.” from the book titled Hope, Pure and Simple
I just read the last chapter of my book You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado. I love this author. I was extremely encouraged by what he said in the book about hope and help for our turbulent times. It’s hard to believe so many lives were taken in Orlando, FL and so many others were injured by one gunman. This violence, hatred, evil is real and I must as a believer in Christ remember the biblical examples of God turning mess into good. I must pray and encourage others going through whatever difficulties they face. Thank you Max Lucado for reminding me of how I need to be a Joseph this in the final chapter’s message: Evil. God. Good.
Quoted from Max’s book:
“You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. Don’t be foolish or naive. But don’t despair either. With God’s help, you’ll get through this. ” Max Lucado
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Have you ever met a hopeful? I recently met and worked with a hopeful person. He was training for the 2016 Olympics. He was focused on the goal, determined to reach it, and full of expectations. I learned a lesson on hope from him . I was reminded to stay hopeful, I must remain focused on the eternal rewards. In Christ I have a sure hope, a blessed hope, a pure hope and a bright hope. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and His righteousness. I am encouraged to build my hopes on eternal things.
I love this message of hope by Max Lucado: We forget that ‘impossible” is one of God’s favorite words.
What are you hoping for today?