Monday, August 5, 2019 From the Kitchen Table

Day 5    From the Kitchen Table

Philippians 3:12-15

 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you

First thing this morning, I want to set my eyes on the prize.  Thanking God for this day and the life and health and strength I need for this day, I set my eyes on the goal.  He has made this day for me and His glory is the sunrise and the sunset of this day.  I will let yesterday be, I can’t change that and by letting go of the woes and wrongs of the past I can let the Holy Spirit set my eyes on the promise.  It’s a choice to let go of yesterday and to grab onto today and tomorrow.  Feelings don’t change as fast as the scenery but I must choose.  God won’t make that decision for me.  It’s my choice to look ahead or behind.  It seems that looking forward allows my mind to be occupied by the work and will of God rather than the wrongs and woes of man.  I have a purpose today and it’s worth any energy it takes to keep looking and living for Jesus.

Day 2 From the Kitchen Table

Day 3               From the Kitchen Table

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:1-8

Today is in the plans of heaven.  There are things to do and place to go that God has plans for BUT I must decide to surrender to Him and His plans.  God can do anything without us but chooses to do everything with us.  It’s not about having all the gifts and abilities but rather living from the right heart.  The right heart is a surrendered heart.  The surrendered heart will be the gifted one, given a head and hands to fulfill God’s plans for this day in this place at this time.  And His grace (His undeserved & unreserved love for me) is mine by the power of the Holy Spirit who comes to make me look and live like Jesus.  If only I can and will surrender to Him.  I have a destiny to live today and it will be decided by my willingness to surrender to my Father in heaven and His great big heart for me. 

The Kitchen Table Day 2

The Kitchen Table            Day 2

And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God   Acts 20:22-24

I’m living to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.  That’s my mission for this day and every day.  I will not live in fear but in faith.  I will not let anyone, or anything interfere with my God-given plans.  I will testify to the power of God and take on this day in the power of God.  Because He lives, I will also.  I don’t know what is in minutes and hours in front of me, but I do know that God is with me.  This mission is such a big and beautiful mission that I, by the power of the Holy Spirit, am willing to suffer to see it happen.  I have been chosen and called to run this race of life for Him and with Him.  No turning back!

You Were Chosen

You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Gather in My name He may give it to you.    John 15:16

I believe, because I believe God’s word, that God has something for us to do and not not only that but He has something He wants to do with us and through us. And whatever it is, it’s going to be good because it’s going to be fruitful, significant and meaningful. And it’s going to be big because it’s going to involve asking Him for His help. Are you ready? The first thing I’m asking for is His help in listening and looking for Him in this day. How about you?