Sunday, February 1, 2009

Live an Active Faith!

Hello Friends! How did last week go? Did you experience God in the unexpected? Was He in the uncertainties of your life? Did you experience any of those God-ordained moments I have talked about in previous post?

As I sit and try to reflect back on last week and where I saw God I feel blinded. My mind does not allow me to remember well. I know I missed God in some things. Our pastor is encouraging us to stop every hour we are awake to reflect on God and thank Him or Praise Him. It really should not be too much to ask of us considering all God has done for us. Right?

So what might we encounter as we walk through this door into a new week? What adventure awaits us? Is satan on the other side of this door waiting to attack? Have you prepared your heart and mind for that? What is God calling you to do for Him in this new week? How might you grow your faith and lose a little more of the unwanted things in your life?

This week I want to challenge you to continue to look for those God-ordained moments. May you be encouraged in this by John 15: 16&17 (NIV):

You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. This is what I command you: love one another.

God chose you. He picked you for His team. Now play to win this week! Produce fruit-take on the challenge God has set before you to demonstrate Him in your life. Live out your faith in love, not just for your answered prayers but so that you can honor Christ with your life. I challenge you to remember God every hour!

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. ~ Micah 6:8(NIV)

I'm saying it again-this week make your faith active. Act justly (honestly, fairly). Show a little mercy (compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender), and walk humbly (marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful).

How appropriate that with these thoughts ahead of me for this week, I find my my chosen memory scripture in next Sunday's scripture for our adult Sunday school class....
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. ~ 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)

But it's the Message version that really speaks volumes:

But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

I will pray this scripture not only for my life this week but for yours also-that you will remember God each hour and live your faith!!

His Maidservant~Pamela


Yolanda said...

Dear Sweet and Precious Friend,

I've never seen that scripture before out of the Message and it is an awesome one. Speaks volumes to my brokeness and redemption.

Living out my faith...I went to see an elderly friend that I haven't seen for awhile; I would consider her to be one of my Mentor's and her health is failing. She has recently moved out of her home into the assisted living. What a great visit the two of us had yesterday afternoon.

I also was blessed by a young pre-teenager wanting some of my time this week, so he and I had an ice cream date after school on Friday.

I ran into a woman that desires to be an enemy yesterday as well, and I chose to turn my head and not allow myself to be pulled into the seduction to be mean. If turning keeps me from that, then I know it's the right way.

I've shared enough....may I reflect on God and see HIS hand not hourly but minute by minute. I pray this for you as well, Friend.

Carol said...

Hi Pam,

I need to refelect more on God, and I want to see those moments.

In answere to your question on my Self Talk Soul Talk post last week. God closed the door on that marriage, my exhusband's story after that is one of sadness. His life has sadly spireled out of control, he gave up custody of my daughter, and my husband adopted her in April of 08. He hasn't been in touch with my daughter for 5 years.

Thank you for sharing the verse from Peter from the message. I'm opening my eyes.

Thanks friend,
:) Carol

LisaShaw said...

Pam, this is powerful and so in line with where the Lord has had me all weekend...

I am enjoying living an active FAITH.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

This verse from 1 Peter is the one I've chosen to print on the bookmarks that I am making for each of my ladies that will come to the Esther Bible study beginning next week.

I'm on my face this week for them and me as I facilitate. There are many new women who will be attending; I so want them to encounter God in a very personal way. I know he will be faithful to come and to answer my prayers.

I, too, need prayers as I seek to bring together a message I will be giving to a group of women at the end of the month. God has stirred my heart; just not sure how it's all going to come together. Pray for me friend!

PS: By the way, heard from our God today on my morning run. He's just the best and inhabits the praises of his people. I think he saw me waving at him and singing to him down here.

LynnSC said...

That is a great verse... especially in the Message. Loved it.

Thanks so much for the challenge... I need to spend more time reflecting on what God has done in my day.