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Our Journey With God

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. 1 Peter 1:18 MSG

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December 2012

Don’t Keep Looking At What’s Holding You Down!

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Psalm 119:10 (NIV)

I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.

As Christians we are called by God to love others, tell others about Jesus and most of all be like him.  How can we be like Jesus?  Well for starters we must denie ourselves.  Matthew 16:24-26 says, “Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for”?  We must take a step back and allow God to direct our steps.  God’s way is the best way.  Yes we will face many things in life, but we should not let those things take us away from God.  Galatians 6:7-9 says, “Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.  So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith”.  We should always be focused on God.  So when the tough times come we are not moved we know where our shelter is.  Psalm 27:5,  For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent  and set me high upon a rock. 

Today Look to Jesus in what ever situation you find yourself.  Allow him to come in and take hold of all you troubles.  You don’t face them alone, remember God’s promise.  Joshua 1:5, “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 

Pray:  God thank you for keeping focused on you.  It is so easy for me to walk in a different direction.  Today I face so many things, but it is you who will keep on the right path for it is you who is always with me. Thank you for taking me from the lowest place and bringing me to where you are.   Amen!

Connecticut Shooting

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Psalm 147:2-6  (MSG)

2-6 God’s the one who rebuilds Jerusalem, who regathers Israel’s scattered exiles.  He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds.  He counts the stars and assigns each a name.  Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does.  God puts the fallen on their feet again and pushes the wicked into the ditch.

My heart goes out to the families who were affected by this tragic shooting in Connecticut.  The greatest thing I know is that our God is great and he heals.  I know the families who lost their children have a lot of healing to go through.  Our job is to pray for them.   That God give them strength and peace in their hearts.  Matthew 5:4, “God blesses those who mourn,  for they will be comforted.  Help me pray for these families. 

Pray:  God we lift up these families to you who have lost their children in this tragedy.  We pray you give them healing in their hearts, strength to face each day, and peace to know you are there to comfort them in your shelter.

People light candles outside a vigil at the Saint Rose of Lima church in Newtown

Are You Caught In A Storm?

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Mark 4:35-41 (MSG)

The Wind Ran Out of Breath

35-38 Late that day he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.” They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”  39-40 Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”  41 They were in absolute awe, staggered. “Who is this, anyway?” they asked. “Wind and sea at his beck and call!”

Have you every felt like you were stuck right in the middle of one of life’s storms?  No matter how hard you fight you can’t go back or forward, your just stuck.  You try, and try, and you can not get out of it.  This has been me in the last two weeks.  At my job they were going to lay me off.  My position ended and the only option I had, was to be laid off.  I was so devastated at how the company I have worked so hard for the last 3 years, almost 4 coming in March, was just going to dismiss me because there was no other position available for me to move to.  I was given a 4 day notice.  You can imagine how I must have felt.  I was first, shocked, then scared, then mad and angry.  I went to speak to the HR department and the only other thing I could do to stop unemployment was to lose my “Manager” status and become a regular agent, and a cut in pay.  Now you can imagine how I was really felling now?  Yes, sad, unwanted, mistreated, abandoned, forgotten, left alone, and honestly, Worthless.  Many things came to my mind all the plans I have ahead of me, questions of what am I going to do in these 4 days that I have to choose what I’m going to do.  My fiance and I went directly to the Lord.  Like in our scripture today I found myself like the disciples, scared,  running to Jesus.  Finding myself running around with out faith.  As I read Jesus’ words I can really feel him asking me that question.  “Don’t you have any faith at all”? I was like wow!  Just as the disciples were, I found myself in awe, of how just in reading, Jesus’ powerful statement began to calm the storm in my heart and give me peace.  I realized the first thing I should have done was go to God first.  You see my first reaction was worry, I was afraid, and angry.  I’m reminded of Paul’s message to the Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  You  see I’m not saying just because you follow God, or start a relationship with him everything will be so simple and easy.  On the contrary, life just might be tough but we have a God who is all-knowing, he is our shelter from the storm, he is our protection from the elements of the storm in our life.  He is the peace that calms the storm.  I tell you all of this because today two weeks later I’m a regular agent at my job I took the pay cut and fell back one level on the ladder of management.  I’m not angry, worried or scared, because I have peace in my heart knowing that God is with me.  Today what ever storm you face know that God can be your shelter and protection too.  I would like to show you how.  Email me at pastorfernandocharles@gmail.com

Pray:  Thank you God for your peace that comes and calms the storm in my life.  Help me today to realize that what ever I face you will be here with me.  On my Journey with you I’m never alone.  Amen.

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