Just a thought from the pastor...

January 1, 2014

Hi everyone,

 

Here's a thought for your day.

 

I want to share with you some of my message from this past Sunday. As we begin a new year, let's begin afresh and refreshed in our relationship with God through Jesus.

 

"Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; do well in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land."

Psalm 37:1-9

 

 

I. Trust in the Lord

 

Trust = Hebrew – to attach oneself to; to confide in; feel safe and secure; have a confident expectation.

 

The image is of one throwing oneself face down to the ground before the Lord.

 

- John 15 – Vine and the Branches - Abiding in Christ; confiding in Him; trusting in Him. 

 

 

Psalm 32:10 – “He who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.”

 

 

II. Delight in the Lord

 

Delight = Hebrew – to enjoy; desire the things of God.

 

Psalm 40:8 – “I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is written in my heart.”

 

Delight here = desire

 

What brings pleasure to God will also bring delight to His people.

 

Do you desire the things of God? Have you experienced true delight that is found in Him?

 

Jesus did. And because He did, we can also.

 

Isaiah 11:3 – “And His (the Root of Jesse – Jesus) delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.”

 

Jesus Himself delights in the awesomeness of God the Father. So much so that He submitted Himself to the will of the Father.

 

Fear of the Lord - the standard of moral conduct known and accepted by the faithful.

 

Romans 7:22 – “I delight in the Law of God, in my inner being.”

 

“Inner being” or “inner man” = the mind.

 

When the mind is renewed in and by the things of God, a transformation takes place and one can refute the things of this world. When this happens, a believer can find a delight that drives him of her to align themselves with God and the new nature.

 

 

III. Commit your ways to the Lord

 

Commit = Hebrew – to roll or turn to; to be rolled together; to be rolled in blood; to be dyed red.

 

In a nutshell—Committing one’s life to the Lord.

 

Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit your works to the Lord.”

 

The idea is to “roll your cares onto the Lord.”

 

Trusting the Lord with our thoughts, decisions, and entire being, frees us from being preoccupied with life.

 

We should be preoccupied with Him. He should be our priority – our first place. Is He?

 

1 Peter 4:19 – “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.”

 

Christians are to entrust their very lives to God, especially in the midst of hardships, struggles, and sufferings, always recognizing that He is the faithful Creator who is in control of all things.

 

 

Happy New Year in Jesus,

 

Pastor Jim

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