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!!