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Saturday, May 13, 2017

THE TWENTY THIRD PSALM - VERSE 4

PSALM 23 – VERSE 4 
by Pastor Mark Taylor


“Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death”

In the first three verses the sheep has been bragging about the Shepherd.  Now the sheep begins to talk to the Shepherd.  During the hot summers the most efficient Shepherds take their flocks up the mountains where they can find fresh water and the best grazing.  As the Shepherd and the sheep go up the mountains, they walk through deep valleys that have deep ravines, rock slides, mud or snow avalanches, and predators like coyotes, bears, wolves, or cougars.  So the walk through the valley is not without risk.  But, the sheep “fear no evil, for you are with me”.

The Shepherd has been through these valleys many times.  He knows this wild but wonderful country like the palm of his own strong hand.  Never would he take His flock where He had not already been.  Like sheep, we can never reach the best water and fields if we don’t go through the valleys to get to the mountains.  Every mountain has its valleys, but the sheep say “I will fear no evil”.

It should be notice that this verse states “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”  It does not say I die there or stop there – but rather “I walk through”.  This is not talking about dying.  But even here, for the child of God, death is not an end but merely the door into a higher and more exalted life of intimate contact with God.  In living we pass through the valley of death on our way to higher ground.  There is no need to “fear” in living or dying, for He is with us.

When we move to higher ground with God, we learn to know Him in a new and intimate manner.  As Christians we will sooner or later discover that it is in the valleys of our lives that we find refreshment from God Himself.  It is not until we have walked with Him through some very deep troubles that we discover He can lead us to find help and comfort right there in the midst of our difficulty.

Only those who have been through such dark valleys can console, comfort or encourage others in similar situations.  The one who can best minister to a broken heart is one who has known a broken heart.  There are going to be some valleys in life for all of us.  The Good Shepherd Himself assured us that “In this world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Will you allow the Good Shepherd to lead you up to higher ground and “through” the valleys of life?  He has taken many sheep safely up there before.  Jesus wants to be your Shepherd today.

“I will fear no evil: for you are with me”

Jesus has reminded us that we are to pray to keep evil away from us.  
“And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” (Matthew 6:13).
The Shepherd takes special care to keep His sheep from danger.  When he hears their voice of distress, He will come to their aid.  “This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.” (Psalms 34:6-7).

We do not have to live in fear because He is with us.  “For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5).  He loves us and we can depend upon His presence and protection. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear”. (1 John 4:18).

“Thy Rod (Word) and Thy Staff (Holy Spirit), They Comfort Me”

The first use of the shepherd’s rod was as an instrument of protection both for himself and his sheep when they were in danger. The rod was an extension of the shepherd’s own right arm.  It stood as a symbol of his strength, his power, and his authority in any serious situation.  It was something that brought comfort to the sheep, because they knew the strength and security of being with their shepherd. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.” (Psalms 138:7)

The Scriptures today are God’s Rod.  They are the extension of His mind, will, and intentions.  It is reassuring to the child of God to turn to the Word of God and know it to be His Shepherd’s hand of authority.  It was the rod of God’s Word that Christ, our Good Shepherd, used in His own encounter with Satan during His desert temptation.  It is the same Word of God which we can count on again and again to counter the assaults and attacks of Satan.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;” (Ephesians 6:17)

The second use for the shepherd’s rod was that of discipline.  The scriptures are God’s way to keep us from sin.  It is the Word of God that comes swiftly to our hearts and comes to correct and reprove us.  “Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).

The third use for the shepherd’s rod was that of comfort and examination.  In caring for his sheep, the good shepherd would from time to time make a careful examination of each individual sheep. He opens the fleece with the rod and feels the body for any sign of trouble.  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try m, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139: 23-24).

The shepherd’s staff identifies the shepherd as a shepherd.  No one in any other profession carries a shepherd’s staff.  It is uniquely an instrument used for the care of sheep and only sheep.  Whereas the rod conveys the concept of authority, of power, of discipline, of defense against danger, the word “staff” speaks of all that is long-suffering and kind.

Just as the rod of God is symbolic of the Word of God, so the staff of God is symbolic of the Spirit of God.  In Christ’s dealing with us as individuals there is sweetness, comfort, and consolation with the gentle correction brought about by the work of His gracious Spirit.

The first use of the staff lies in drawing sheep together into an intimate relationship.  The shepherd will use his staff to gently life a newborn lamb and bring it to its mother if they become separated.  In the same way the staff is used by the shepherd to reach out and catch individual sheep, young  or old, and draw them close to himself for intimate examination.  In the Christian life we find the gracious Holy Spirit “The Comforter” drawing folks together into a warm, personal fellowship with one another.

The staff is also used for guiding the sheep.  Sometimes the shepherd will actually hold his staff against the side of some sheep simply so that they feel his touch.  The sheep obviously enjoys this special attention from the shepherd. In our walk with God we are told that Christ, Himself, would by his Holy Spirit “guide us and lead us into all truth” (John 16:13).

There is for the true child of God that intimate experience of sensing the Comforter at his side.  He can be relied on to assist us in every decision and in this there lies tremendous comfort for the Christian.  He actually conveys the mind of Christ in the matter to your mind.

The staff is also used for getting the sheep out of jams and dilemmas.  The staff was used to lift them out of the jams and put them back on solid ground.  Many of our problems are of our own making.  But the tenderness, compassion, and care of our Shepherd comes to us and lifts us by His Spirit out of the difficulties we get into.  What patience God has with us.  He is longsuffering and compassionate, and forgiving. “This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalms 34:6).



Sunday, March 19, 2017

THE TWENTY THIRD PSALMS - VERSES 1-3

THE TWENTY THIRD PSALMS
by Pastor Mark Taylor

TWENTY THIRD PSALMS – VERSES 1-2
“THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD”

When a shepherd bought a sheep, he was given a distinctive earmark which he cuts into one or other of the ears of his sheep.  The sheep always would bear the mark of the shepherd.  "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. "But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.” (John 10:9-12)The shepherd knows his sheep and the sheep know their shepherd.  You have a great Shepherd.  "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. "I and My Father are one." (John 10:27-30)

“I SHALL NOT WANT”

Contentment should be the hallmark of the man or woman who has put his or her affairs in the hands of God.  Jesus is the owner who delights in His flock.  For Him, there is no greater reward, no deeper satisfaction, than that of seeing His sheep contented, well fed, safe, and flourishing under His care. “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).  “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).  “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8)



“HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES”

The only time sheep will lie down is if four requirements are met.  They will not lie down unless they are free from all fear, they are free from friction with others of their kind, they are free from flies or other pests; and free from hunger.  Christ can meet all of these requirements in our lives.  “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).  Sheep like people are constantly in conflict, and jealousy within the flock can be a detrimental thing.  But when the shepherd is present, the sheep quickly forget their rivalries and stop fighting.  When your eyes are on the Master, they are not on those around you.  “"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:7 )
The shepherd gives his sheep freedom from fear from the torment of parasites.  He applies various types of insect repellents to his sheep mixed with oil.  This is one of the main functions of the gracious Holy Spirit.  He is often symbolized by oil. It brings healing, comfort, and relief from the harsh and abrasive aspects of life.  “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

The shepherd plants the green pastures with much toil and skill.  The Good Shepherd has supplied green pastures for those who care to move in onto them and there find peace and plenty. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV)  “Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (1 Timothy 6:11).

PSALM 23 – VERSE 3
“HE RESTORETH MY SOUL”

In studying this Psalm it must always be remembered that it is a sheep in the Good Shepherd’s care who is speaking.  It could be assumed that anyone in the Good Shepherd’s care could never become so distressed in their soul as to need restoration, but it does happen.  In Psalm 42:11 David cries out, “Why are you cast down, O my soul?  And why are you disquieted within me?  Hope thou in God”.

Cast down is an old English shepherd’s term for a sheep that has turned over on its back and cannot get up again by itself.  A “cast” sheep is a very pathetic sight.  Lying on its back, its feet in the air, struggling to stand up without success.  If the owner does not arrive on the scene within a reasonably short time, the sheep will die.  In the Christian life there is an exciting and comforting parallel here.  Many people have the idea that when a child of God falls, when he is frustrated and helpless in a spiritual dilemma, God becomes disgusted, fed up and even furious with him.  This simply is not so.  In examining our Lord Jesus Christ we see Him again and again as the Good Shepherd picking up “cast” sheep.  The tenderness, the love, the patience that He used to restore Peter’s soul after the terrible tragedy of his temptation and denial is a classic picture of Christ coming to restore one of His own.Christians, like sheep, can become cast down when we think “we have it made”, and walk away from the sheep fold.  Sometimes it is because of self-indulgence and moving away from the pasture where the Good Shepherd is protecting us.  Sometimes it is because, like sheep, we simply have too much wool.  Wool in Scripture depicts the old self-life in the Christian.  It is the outward expression of an inner attitude, the assertion of my own desire and hopes and aspirations.  Sometimes it is the clinging on of accumulation of things, of possessions, of worldly ideas that begin to weigh us down, drag us down, and hold us down.

Remember, it is the Good Shepherd that comes and finds us and restores us.  But he also gives us this command:  “Brethren, If a person be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.  Bear you one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:1-2).
“He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake”

Sheep are notorious creatures of habit.  If left to themselves they will follow the same trails until they become ruts; graze the same hills until they turn to desert wastes, pollute their own ground until it is corrupt with disease and parasites. King David wrote this Psalm because he knew through firsthand experience, that if the flock was to flourish and the owner’s reputation was to be held in high esteem, the sheep had to be kept on the move.  They must be shifted from pasture to pasture periodically.  A pattern of grazing is worked out carefully in advance so that the sheep do not feed over the same ground too long or too frequently.

“All we like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6).  We prefer to follow our own desires and turn to our own ways.  And this we do deliberately, repeatedly even to our own hurt.  We insist we know what is best for us even though the disastrous results may be self-evident.  Just as sheep will blindly and habitually follow one another along the same little trails, so we humans cling to the same habits that we have seen ruin other lives.  “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25).  The point is that many of us do not want to be led in the paths of righteousness, we actually prefer to turn to our own way even though it may take us straight into trouble.
Jesus said: “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34).  This is the pivot point on which a Christian either “goes on” with God or at which point he “goes back” from following on.

New attitudes have to be acquired to be led “in the path of righteousness”.  Instead of loving myself most I am willing to love Christ best and others more than myself.  Instead of insisting on my rights, I am willing to forego them in favor of others.  Instead of finding fault with life and always asking “Why?”, I am wiling to accept every circumstance of life in an attitude of gratitude.



Friday, March 10, 2017

RULES AND BOUNDARIES

RULES AND BOUNDARIES
by Pastor Mark Taylor
Matthew 7:21-27



Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus gives a parable of two men, one wise and one foolish that built their house. One built on solid rock and the other built on sand. 

The man who built on solid rock lived with security. Security is closely related to freedom. Each man had the freedom to build on whatever foundation he desired. 

When you build your life on Jesus you have a rock solid foundation to construct the rest of your life. Only the person who builds his life on Christ is secure, all other ground is sinking sand. The life build on Christ is delivered from fear. The life grounded in Jesus has no need to fear the present or the future.

It is the rules and boundaries that make sports an exciting game. Take away the rules and boundaries and you have no game. Even so in the Christian life God’s commandments are given for our own good. God gave us boundaries to keep us safe and remove confusion from our lives. Without rules and boundaries your life would be in constant chaos and all relationships would implode. 

God has set boundaries for your own good. When you know the boundaries and practice them you enjoy a fun filled life. When you know and practice boundaries you enjoy freedom and security.

God has given everyone the freedom to choose. You can choose to stay within His boundaries or go outside His boundaries. It is in that true freedom to choose that you find authentic love.  Whether it is your relationship to God or to others if you take away freedom you take away love. It is only when you are free to chose and disagree that you are free to love.  God designed the entire creation for freedom. We were not created to control each other we were created to love each other freely.  Where there is extreme control and abuse there is not love. Boundaries are not something you set on another person. They are something you set on yourself.

It is possible to live without boundaries. The devil will try to fool you into thinking that living without boundaries is the way to freedom.  Breaking outside of boundaries can be dangerous.  One word gives the key to “freedom.” That one word is obedience. You can know about the commandments and boundaries God has given. You can brag on how much you know about spiritual truths, but the important thing to Jesus: “Are you walking the talk.” 

Jesus is speaking of the absolute necessity of building your life on the right kind of foundation. Because the foundation is what holds everything up; it’s what holds everything together. No matter what quality of materials you use; no matter how carefully you join the frame together; no matter how skilled your craftsmen may be – if the foundation isn’t solid and stable, your “house” will lack integrity. Over time, cracks will develop in the walls. The windows will stick. The roof will leak. And sooner or later, the storms of life will bring it crashing down, and everything you’ve worked so hard to build will be lost.

Both the wise man and the foolish man build a great house. Both worked hard. One was wise and the other foolish. Why? The wise man build on a solid foundation and the foolish man build on sand.

Jesus gives you the choice where you will build your life. You can build on temporary sand. You can disregard His teachings. Or you can choose to build your life on Christ the solid rock. You build on a solid foundation by -Obeying the teachings of Christ
-Paying attention to the building codes – regular pray,  Bible study, worship, small group fellowship and by  Making choices that honor and please the Lord.

People who live without boundaries often lack self-control. Paul wrote to Timothy, "Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness. For godliness is profitable not only in the this life but also in the age to come." (I Tim. 4:7,8) The Bible teaches us, "When to say Yes, when to say No and when to take control of your life." 

Limits and boundaries are good for everyone, know your limits, know how far you can go.  This is true in how you treat yourself and how you allow others to treat you.  This is true about the way you treat your health and it is true about moral decisions you make.

There is a spiritual law of sowing and reaping.  When you set boundaries in your life and build it on a good foundation, you will reap good things  When you do not follow the boundaries God has set for you because He loves you, you will reap the natural consequences of your decisions.


Start today planting good seed so that you will have a good harvest.  Reinforce your foundation so that your life will be able to withstand the storms of life.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

ONE MORE NIGHT WITH THE FROGS

ONE MORE NIGHT WITH THE FROGS
By Pastor Mark Taylor




“And Moses said unto Pharaoh.. When shall I ask God for you, and for your servants, and for your people, to destroy the frogs from you and your houses...And he said Tomorrow” (Exodus 8:9-10)

How many people know in their heart what they should do, and have good intentions but they keep putting it off? One of the greatest challenges we face is procrastination. The interesting thing about procrastination is that it is so easy to justify. We may say:  One day… 

 I’ll get serious about my relationship with God.
 I’m going to forgive that person who hurt me.
 I’m going to get back in shape.
 I’m going to get my finances in order.
 I’ll find a ministry and start serving God.
What is your…
“One day I’ll __________________”? 

“Tomorrow”- Are you serious? When given the opportunity to get rid of millions of nasty, stinky, diseased ridden frogs at any moment,  Pharaoh said, “Tomorrow”.  He could have gotten rid of them at that very moment. When given the opportunity to rid yourselves of all of the nasty, stinky, diseased things within your life; why do you tell God, “Later”?

Pharaoh’s procrastination not only affected him, but his family, servants, and the whole nation of Egypt with the exception of where God’s people were living.  When we delay “getting right with God”, it affects everyone that is in our sphere of influence.

Procrastination is dangerous because it robs us of that which can never be regained.  An opportunity unused is indeed an opportunity lost. Let us resolve to take advantage of the opportunities presented unto us. “Redeem your time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)
It is a bad decision to put off obeying the gospel and spend one more night with the frogs.  It is true that God is very patient.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day could come when God would give up 
on you.  “And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man...” (Genesis 6:3).

The people of Noah’s time lived lives in which the thoughts of men were continually evil.  God gave them 120 years to turn to Him, and then he sealed the door of the ark and no man could open it.   They had spent one night too many with the frogs and lost the opportunity to have a relationship with God. 

It is a bad decision to spend one more night with the frogs because the conscience may become hardened.  “Today, if you will heart His voice, harden not your hearts.” (Hebrews 3:15).  

God does not easily give up on people.  He is a God of mercy and love.  But there are times when people choose to give up on God and reject the Holy Spirit speaking to them.  When their hearts becomes so depraved by repeated rebellion to God that their conscience is no longer open to the Word of God, they are risking the salvation and forgiveness He offers.  “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not right.  Became filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy murder, debate, deceit,   malignity (malice, meanness, nastiness, spitefulness), whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable (hardheaded, hard-nosed, headstrong, immovable, obstinate), unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”  (Romans 1:28-32).

It is a bad decision to spend one more night with the frogs because of the uncertainty of death.  “You do not know what shall happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even as a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away...Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.”  (James 4: 14, 17).  What is is that God is telling you today?  God is the Creator of time. God’s great gift to you is #1-Jesus and #2-Time. The Lord has given us time to work, time to play, time to laugh, time to labor, etc... We need to learn to see that every day is a gift from God. Did you know that every morning a gracious God, who loves you, deposits into your bank of time 1,440 minutes?

Identify the priorities of your day.  Motivate yourself to do it now.  Energize yourself with God’s power, not your own.  “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12.   Wisdom is the art of spending time wisely. 

What frogs are you letting stay in your life until later? Will you spend one more day or night with the frogs and risk your heart becoming harden?  Recognize that God wants to deliver you today from the sins that are keeping you from another day of peace and happiness that He has to offer you.

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”        (James 4:17)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE

GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE
By Pastor Mark Taylor

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” (Romans 8:28-33)
If you’re a child of God, God is for you! He’s on your side. God is for us, not against us!
He loves you very much .  Since God is for us, who can be against us. The passage  above implies that only those who continually love God are the ones for whom this promise is for.   “Whoever knows and obeys my commandments is the person who loves me. Those who love me will have my Father’s love, and I, too, will love them and show myself to them.” (John 14:21)

Salvation is about accepting God’s invitation to let Him love you. Salvation is the ultimate expression of love.  You might feel rejected by the world, but that’s okay, you’ve got a heavenly cheering section that’s rooting you on.  If something isn’t working right in your relationship with God, then you better check your side because nothing’s wrong with His side. 

One of the purposes behind God’s plan was to see those who love Him be conformed to the image of Jesus.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.”  Romans 12:2 

God is bigger than our problems. His plans are bigger than our problems.  When we are suffering through difficult times, we can know that God will cause the bad situation to work together for good.

Satan can be Against Us.  Have you ever felt like nothing good ever happens to you?  That somebody else is getting the blessing you need.  Have you ever said to yourself, why can’t God bless me?

There’s a covenant between you and your God that is in force and there’s no devil big enough to break the blood covenant between you and God.   The feelings of isolation, loneliness, and abandonment that you have faced are nothing more than the enemy trying to bring you down. God is own your side.

Life situations can be against us.  You know life can be awfully hard and bad at times.
There are diseases, distresses, sorrows & sadnesses.  Mix in a few sinful mistakes, and life can seem heavy.  But God is on your side.  He is for you and help you overcome what ever is against you. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?  When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.”  Psalm 27:1-3

We can be against ourselves.  It’s a constant tug of war between the Spirit and the flesh.   “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41

Since God is for us, who can be against us. Since He’s given His own precious dear son, “how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things”. Remember, this isn’t a blanket of selfish ambition for us, but the desire to have what God wants us to have - Peace, patience, kindness, goodness… help, hope, encouragement!  “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11

Jesus said “And whatsoever you shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it” 
John 14:13-13

God is ready to help you when you call upon Him.   “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7






Saturday, December 31, 2016

IS THIS YOUR SEASON AND TIME?

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“Is This Your Season and Time?”
by Pastor Mark Taylor

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to harvest that which is planted”  
(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

There are so many demands on our time, so many good things that need to be done. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.  Like receiving a brand new calendar, the slate is clean and ready for us to post our appointments, meetings, dates, anniversaries and celebrations. So let us pencil this in, more time for loving our families, more time to take care of ourselves, more time to do what we really want to do, more time to follow our dreams and more time with the Author of time and the Author of all things, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Will you use your time wisely this year?  This could be that year that God wants you start planting seed that will grow into a great harvest for you.

Now what do you think God’s will is for you in this new year? Do you think He wants your mind so saturated with worries & anxieties that you can’t think spiritual thoughts? Do you think He wants your calendar so crowded that you don’t have time for the important things? What do you think God’s will is for you this year? 

This could be the year that you start that project God has put in your mind to begin months and years ago.  This could be the season when you begin to sow the seeds that will bring you accomplishments and happiness that you have been praying about.

As the Lord Jesus desires for you to have a harvest of blessings this year, your enemy, Satan wants to delay you another year.  Jesus said that Satan is a robber and a thief. (John 10:10).  One of the things he tries to rob from us is our time, because time is a very precious possession.

The two greatest enemies of time are regrets for things we did in the past, and anxiety about what will happen to us in the future. Many of us are living either in the past or in the future.
"Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life" (Psalm 39:4).  "The length of our days is 70 years or 80, if we have the strength...they quickly pass, and we fly away" (Psalm 90:10).  

What you do with your time, with your friends, and with your attitudes will determine what will come at your harvest time.

Time is all about choices.  Every day, in every moment, you get to exercise choices that will determine whether or not you will have a good harvest, no harvest, or a bad harvest.  Is this your time and season to start making good decisions? 

The “Secret of Time” is about the little things you do each day that doesn’t look dramatic, or do not look like they matter, or make a difference.  But successful Christians do what others are not willing to do.  They read their Bible, they pray, they attend Church several times a week, they give to God, and they show their love in their actions toward others.

Many people get frustrated and quit planting good seed when they don’t see immediate results..  You have to stay in the process long enough to reap a harvest of blessings from the Lord for your good actions.  “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”  (Galatians 6:9).

A positive philosophy of life based on Biblical principles will turn into a positive attitude, which turns into positive actions, which turns into positive results. which turns into receiving the blessings from your Heavenly Father.

A simple positive action repeated over time can cause you to have a life full of God’s blessings.

You start with a prayer today, or a kind deed, or read one chapter from a book of the Bible.  At the end of the year you will have prayed 365 prayers, done 365 kind deeds, and read 365 chapters.  There are only 260 chapters in the New Testament, so you could read it through almost twice in one year.

Are you waiting for a special day to get started.  “Some day” doesn’t exist.  There are no 
“big breaks” in your future.  Your “ship is not coming in”.  Your ship is already here, docked and waiting.  You already have everything you need to achieve everything you want.  You just can’t see it with your human eyes.  “I can do all things through Christ which gives me strength.”  (Philippians 4:13).  You have to start looking through your eyes of faith and plant the right seeds.

Planting good seeds is an act of faith.  If you make the right choices and take the right actions, over time you will have success.  If you plant the wrong seeds, your harvest will be one of disappointment and hurt to you, to those you love, and to those who love you.  You have to choose what kind of seed you want to plant.

"Be very careful, then, how you live not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is."  (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Today is a good time to start planting seeds that will bring you blessings from the God who loves you very much.    The sooner you plant your good seeds, the sooner you will start harvesting.   But He cannot help you without you helping Him.  There is a spiritual law that says: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a person sows, that shall they also reap.” (Galatians: 6:7).  This law also involves how much you sow. “But this I say, He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6).


When you plant good seed you will not see the results immediately. No success is immediate, nor is any failure.  it is determined by the seeds you plant.In simple words - “Don’t quit!”
  
Some people today are reaping a harvest of difficulty and pain because of seeds planted a long time ago.  For those people it is time to change the seeds you are planting or you will continue to get the same harvest, not the harvest God wants you to have.

Don’t judge your harvest by the evidence of your eyes, you won’t see the results over night.  This is where faith comes in. “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).  You live right, you treat other people like Jesus would treat them, and wait for the harvest of good things.    


There is a time to plant, and that time is today.  Today is the time to give your heart and mind to the God that loves you.  “For He says: In an acceptable time I have heard you.  And in the day of salvation  I have helped you.  Behold, now is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2).