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Verse and Message (Week of Nov 8-14, 2009) November 12, 2009

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 Veterans Day
Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
I was inspired to write today’s message after listening to a powerful message delivered by Pastor Josh Canizaro at last night’s service. He is the pastor of our Greystone Campus of Church of the Highlands. 
How often do we desire things that outweigh our desire for God? Guilty? I am. In fact, I can get so obsessed on getting the blessing that I totally bypass the BLESSER.
Abraham and Sarah are used as examples of who God had promised the world, but they wavered in their faith. Literally, God promised that Abraham’s descendants would outnumber the stars in the sky. It’s interesting to me to hear people say how impatient Sarah was to “help God out” with His promise to them by getting her maidservant Hagar to assist in speeding up the process.
Guess what folks? I don’t think I would have waited that long…..I would have tried my hand at manipulating and controlling the process sooner….look how old they were when the promised child, Isaac, finally came on the scene. Abraham and Sarah were not just old, they were ancient! They had more patience than I could possibly muster, but according to the lesson taught, their patience failed.
How many times do we get anxious and take it upon ourselves to force the fulfillment of God’s promises to us? When we believe our assumptions more than we believe in God’s promises, we have missed the mark on trusting Him. He is sovereign, and no matter what ….He will be Lord, whether we treat Him as Lord or not.
We have to get to a place in our faith where we are certain that Jesus is BETTER than anything and everything else….OR BETTER than anyone else!
We must not give worth to creative things…but rather the worth belongs to the CREATOR of things! Jesus is superior and He does not want the things He gives us to become counterfeit gods. That’s right…..things and people can and do become idols.
If our focus is more on the PROMISE in lieu of the PROMISER….then we can be assured that disappointment is on the horizon. Because….NOTHING or NO ONE can fulfill us. Only Jesus can COMPLETE us. Sadly, many people don’t realize that Jesus is all they need until He ends up being all that they have left. 
So, if you are struggling to keep God in first place where He belongs, ask Him to help you reorganize HIS priorities for you. He is the Author of Perfect Balance, and He wants to give us good things. Just like we want to give our children good things — He wants to spoil us too!
We must learn to submit our desires to God and be in check with our hearts. The minute that a gift from God becomes elevated, it will be knocked down.
The best way to stay focused on the REWARDER is to check our desires against the Word of God and to respond humbly to the Spirit’s guidance. And, we have to take on the fruit of patience and believe in His perfect timing for the promise He has for us.
Sounds easy as I write this, but it’s not. I would imagine a lot of you might agree. So, just remember to keep your eyes glued on the Savior……when we allow God to work out His perfect will for our lives, His power is made known!
Lastly, I wanted to share the refrain of the lyrics of a favorite old hymn that we sometimes sing at Highlands… seems fitting with this message:
“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
Helen H. Lemmel (1922)
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace
That precious hymn says it all…..
The Savior is SWEET!
Seek the BLESSER not the BLESSING!
EVERYTHING ELSE….will dim in comparison!



One Response to “Verse and Message (Week of Nov 8-14, 2009)”

  1. Robert Says:

    Appreciated your comments, and the quotation from Helen Lemmel’s lovely gospel song. If you’d like to learn a bit more about her and the song, I invite you to check out my daily blog on hymn history, Wordwise Hymns. I posted an article on Mrs. Lemmel today because it is the 145th anniversary of her birth.

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