But at Your Word

How often do we toil all night, like Peter did, and catch no fish?

And how often do we not want to listen to the Lord because we’ve already been toiling so much and we’re worn out from all our striving?

Friends, as we cast all our cares on Him, as we take up our cross and follow Him, as we take His yoke upon our own shoulders and learn from Him, we can be co-laborers with God. Wow!

I pray we would all remember what a great privilege and responsibility it is to be laborers in the Harvest. I pray we would also remember that He is the crew chief, the great Shepherd, the Lord and King over the harvest. He is who tells us where to go and He is ultimately who causes the fruit to grow and the fish to fill the nets.


Words of Gold

Yesterday afternoon I enjoyed a “Family Lunch” with many in my church family. At the lunch I was visiting with my new friend, Dean Nicholson. She was sharing how she felt that God’s word was a treasure.

It reminded me of Psalm 119:11 that I have hidden (stored up) God’s word in my heart that I might not sin against him.

As I’m meditating more on this, consider the words of Psalm 19:7-10 (ESV)

“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;

the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;

the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;

the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Then I was having some rest time and reading a book by Mark Cahill titled, “The Watchmen.” It is a super encouraging, and convicting, read. He wrote,

“People traveled all across America to get to the West Coast for the Gold Rush, but would you walk two steps over to your bookcase and crack open the eternal Word of God which is more precious than gold?”

Which reminded me of Luke 16:13,

No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

How often are we choosing the pursuit of money over the pursuit of God?

To be honest, I don’t think I’m often caught by the money bug. For me, I’m more often caught by the fear of man and by simple selfishness.

Which reminds me of God’s word to the angel of the church in Laodicea, in Revelation 3:15-21

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.”

I give thanks to God for inviting me to His table and I look forward to that day when I will be honored to sit with Him at His throne, but in the meantime I want to be about my Father’s business of making disciples. And I can only do that if I am faithful to His Word, myself.

If I speak in the tongue of men and of angels (1 Corinthians 13)

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love …
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love …
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love …

For the past 6 weeks, I’ve been teaching our children’s Sunday school class from 1 Corinthians 13.  I pray you would be blessed by these precious children!

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