LET US GO TO THE LORD IN PRAYER

Father, I come before you in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Lord, you know all things. They are all before you like an open book. Who can hide their heart from your presence and your eye? The deeds of the most clever men are exposed before you. Your omniscience knows know bounds - and if it were not for grace, I would be of all men most terrified. But there is grace, abounding and glorious, poured out upon the weakest of men, and abounding to your glory.
Father, I praise you and I worship you; I thank you for all that you are and all that have done. There is no one like you in Heavens and on the Earth or under the earth. You are the King and there is no other. You are Savior and you share your glory with no one. Father, this day you know me and my great need of grace. Why am I here except that you called the weakest among men, the most ignoble among brothers, and that by your grace, often times, the lesser teaches the greater? That is always my case and I praise you. I worship you. Father, help us today, to the wind with eloquence, to hell with brilliant intellect, Father. Let the truth go forward. Let me be changed that the state of your church be more glorious. I pray for grace upon grace and mercy upon mercy for myself and for those who hear. Help us, Oh God, and we will be helped; and we will boast in that help in Jesus' Name. AMEN!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SEARCH FOR THE GOOD

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy...- Philippians 2:1

As the saying goes on, "If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it,you surely will." Is it hard to look for good in the bad? Yes. But there is always a great reward. It is worth the effort.

 If you have the spiritual maturity and the emotional fortitude, you can search for the good in your enemy. Seek the good and you will find the good. While on earth, Christ experienced hurt and pain from those who made themselves His enemies. But still He chose to love them. The entire time He walked with Judas, He knew that Judas would betray Him. But there is no any indication in scripture that He treated Judas badly. When we seek to have the attitude of Christ toward others we demonstrate Jesus' example of compassion to others. It is a choice to seek the good in others. A choice that is challenging and unpopular. But we aren't called to be popular. We are called to effect change.

 Our behavior towards others should bring out the best in others. Matthew 5:13 asks the question, "but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?" We are the salt of the earth, intended to improve the tastes of life. Our attitudes should never leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth no matter how much they hurt us. David demonstrates how to love our enemy by seeking good in 2 Samuel 1:17-27. Even though Saul made David's life miserable and even tried to kill him, David chose not to speak evil of Saul. Instead, David used his musical talent to write and perform a beautiful song for Saul's funeral. David chose to see the good in Saul. He choose to see Saul through the eyes of God. We are all His children, Created by Him. And if God created your enemy, surely there is something good in them. It may be buried under years of hurt and pain, but it is there waiting to be awakened or at least nudged by your Christ-Like attitude toward them.

 <i>The good neighbour looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers. - Unknown

BE RESPECTFUL

Look,this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the lord's anointed.'-1 Samuel 24:10

 Very often we run across people in positions of authority whose personalities clash with our own. So much so that we may consider them an adversary.David had an opportunity to kill Saul for everything that he had done to him, including seeking to kill him. But David chose to recognize that Saul was God's anointed and not harm him. David respected Saul as a chosen man of God.

 When we cross paths with people in positions of authority whose ideas and values clash with our own, it can be difficult to see them as anything other than the enemy. When this happens feelings get hurt resulting in bad blood between the authority figure and subordinate. This is just a bad situation all the way around. The person in authority can really make the work environment difficult.

 Sometimes we have come across authority figures who purposely pit themselves against their subordinates out of arrogance when they should see them as team members and treat them respectfully. No one wins. Leaders should never be rude, condescending, and abusive. If you are in a situation where the "enemy" is a person of authority, I urge you to do what David did. Try to view them as God's creation whom He loves. Pray for strength and compassion.

 Remember your promotion comes from God, not your boss. The person in authority may have control over certain aspects of your position, but God has the ultimate authority- over them and your situation as a whole. The control they think they have is fleeting because it is not rooting in love. Respect their position and pray for them, then, because of your obedience, expect your promotion, breakthrough, or blessing to come from God.

 When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.- Jim Morrison