Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give you counsel.”
One of the great promises of God’s Word is that He will guide our lives if we will let Him. Our job is to let Him. It is sometimes tempting to do otherwise. It is tempting to do things our own way rather than His way. Even though we know that He knows best. When we are faced with this temptation, we must remember that God has provided the way of escape. We must remember that God has our best interest at heart. Look at Psalm 32:8 again. I love the imagery that it gives us. It is a great comfort to know that God is keeping His eye on you. It is not a judgmental eye watching for you to mess up. Rather, it is a protective eye guarding your life. God sees all things even when you can’t. He sees your tomorrow. He sees your next decision. He already sees your next step. That is why it is so important to allow Him to show you which direction to take. We don’t always know what is up ahead. We don’t always see the danger that it lurking around the corner in our lives. But God sees it all and if we listen to Him through His Word, He will give us wise counsel. He will show us the way to go. Remember, His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Let Him direct your path today.
Good Friday! Today is a really special day as we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross of Calvary. Read the entire story here in John 19. It’s hard to think about the fact that God sent His perfect Son to die in our place. Imagine that one day before time even began, God and Jesus were talking about you. God was telling Jesus all about you. He was telling Him when and where you were going to be born and who your parents were going to be. He told Jesus what color your hair and eyes would be, how tall you would grow, about every little freckle that would mark your face as a child. He told Jesus of how you would play as a child and how you would be a good friend to others. Every little detail that makes you you…God held nothing back and Jesus smiled hearing all about this wonderful creation. Then God said, “But Jesus, there’s going to be a problem. As wonderful as this person is going to be, they are going to have sin in their life and because of that, they will never be able to be here with You and Me.” Jesus responded, “Oh Father, I love them so much already. Isn’t there something that can be done?” The Father replied, “No, Son, there’s nothing that can be done. Because of their sin, they will have to pay the price. They will have to die and be forever separated from Us.” Jesus asked, “But Father, surely something can be done to make them right.” God confirmed, “The price that would have to be paid would require a perfect sacrifice and humans are unable to pay this price themselves.” Jesus pondered for a moment and said, “A perfect sacrifice? If it requires a perfect sacrifice, then I’ll go. I’ll die in their place. I love them so much already and I want them to be here with Us forever. I’ll go to earth and I’ll suffer and bleed and die. I’ll pay the price for their sins that they could never pay.” And so God sent His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Good Friday? Good Friday, indeed.
One of the great privileges in my life is getting to coach Little League baseball. I coached Timothy for several years until he turned thirteen years old. At that time, I dropped back and started coaching John Mark’s team. John Mark is a good little ballplayer. He has an amazing glove, a strong arm, and a beautiful, aggressive swing. Each year before the season starts, we have to go through tryouts. This past year, I was unable to attend the tryouts so John Mark was going to go with some friends to do the normal hitting, throwing, catching, and running drills. In my mind, I thought, “He’s got this.” However, I could tell before he left the house that he was a little bit nervous. This was very unlike him. I finally asked him what was wrong? He said, “I’m just nervous about the tryout. What if I don’t do too good?” I smiled and got down in front of him. I said, “John Mark, this tryout doesn’t mean a thing. No matter how you throw or catch or run or hit, it doesn’t matter. If you do great, so what? If you do poorly, so what? It doesn’t matter one bit! And do you know why? Because I am your daddy and you are my son no matter how you perform today. I am also the coach of the team. Regardless of what you do today, you are going to be on my team. In fact, you are going to be my first pick!” A big smile came across his face as he realized that I was right. In fact I didn’t even make John Mark go to the tryouts. He was on my team already. Why did he need to go and tryout?
Why do you feel the need to tryout? If you are a child of God, you are already on His team. Quit trying out for a spot on the team that you already have! This is a great lesson we learn from the calling of Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1. God said to Jeremiah, “I chose you before I formed you in the womb. I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Did you catch that? God chose Jeremiah before he was even born! Jeremiah didn’t have to tryout. He already had the part!
You already have the part as well. Follower of Jesus, remember today that your Father is your coach. You are already on His team. You don’t have to tryout.
- I want to thank everyone who helped make Trunk or Treat a huge success. We registered 48 families not affiliated with The Station Church. Of those 48 families, 18 of them were not members of any church and requested more information about The Station! We are in the process of following up with each of them!
2. Our current series “Connected” is a very important series dealing with your relationship to the universal Church as well as your relationship to The Station Church. So far, we have looked at how we are connected in Christ and how we are connected in unity. This Sunday we will look at how we are connected in growth. We need each other in order to grow. Plus, if we are connected in Christ and in unity, growth should be our natural, or supernatural, outcome!
- We are only 6 Sundays away from the start of our Christmas series entitled, “All I Want For Christmas.” I need your help in developing the messages that you will hear. This Sunday is the deadline to turn in your answer to the question…”If I could ask God for one thing for Christmas that isn’t materialistic, I would ask for…” You can email your answer to email@example.com.
- Our Bylaws have finally gotten back to us from the lawyer (actually our 3rd lawyer in this crazy process). We will be presenting them to you in the next few days and looking forward to voting on their approval on Sunday, November 9th.
- The Finance Team is hard at work on the budget for 2015. I am greatly encouraged by their love for Jesus and for the mission of church.
- Our children’s Christmas musical is going to be awesome, as always! The kids are working so hard and they are going to be presenting their musical on Sunday evening, December 7th. They are practicing each Sunday morning and Wednesday night. Make sure your kids are here!
- I am more excited about what God is doing this very moment in the life of The Station Church than I ever have been! So many of you have expressed a desire to serve on one of our Serve Teams.
Greater things are yet to come!
Our church has just embarked on 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. As we begin this journey, I wanted to share some words that have challenged and convicted me. Joel 2:12-14 says, “Even now–this is the LORD’s declaration–turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, and He relents from sending disaster. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him, so you can offer grain and wine to the LORD your God.” This is a challenge to return to God. If that makes you nervous because you think God is mad at you, remember that He is gracious and compassionate. He is slow to anger. He is rich in faithful love. He is your father and He wants you to come home. Ultimately, that is what prayer is. It is coming home to our Father. In a sense, when we pray, God invites us to climb up into His lap and love Him while He loves on us.
I have five kids. They are getting too old to want to climb up into my lap anymore and I miss those days. Every once in a while, my youngest will surprise me (and make my day) and climb up in my lap and put his arms around me. Those times used to happen much more frequently. I don’t think my kids miss those days as much as I do. I’m not sure that I miss those times with God as much as He does either. He longs for His children to climb in His lap and put their arms around Him.
Richard Foster in his book, Prayer, says this:
“Today the heart of God is an open wound of love. He aches over our distance and preoccupation. He mourns that we do not draw near to Him. He grieves that we have forgotten Him. He weeps over our obsession with muchness and manyness. He longs for our presence. For too long we have been in a far country; a country of noise and hurry and crowds, a country of climb and push and shove, a country of frustration and fear and intimidation. And He welcomes us home: home to serenity and peace and joy, home to friendship and fellowship and openness, home to intimacy and acceptance and affirmation.”
Do you need to come home today? Home to the very heart of God. Don’t worry about how old you are or how long you’ve been away. He’s waiting for you to climb back in HIs lap and let Him love you.
“For the churning of milk produces butter, and twisting a nose draws blood, and stirring up anger produces strife.” Proverbs 30:33
The Bible tells us that we reap what we sow. In chemistry class, you learned this law: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” That’s what the proverb above tells us. If you churn milk long enough, eventually you will get butter. It you twist someone’s nose hard enough, eventually it will start to bleed. If you stir the pot of anger, it will produce strife. This morning, think about the things that you are doing in your life. What are the actions that are going on in your life right now? Remember this, every action you take is going to have a reaction. What are the reactions that you want to happen in your life today? Most of the time we never stop long enough to think about what the reaction is going to be. Many times, we don’t even think about the action. We just do it. However, if we will take some time to think about where we want to end up, it helps us know what we need to do. For example, if you want to go to Disney World, you better get on the road going south. If you don’t, you’ll never get there. Craig Groeschel, pastor of Lifechurch.tv says, “Everybody ends up somewhere, but few actually get there on purpose.” I want to be purposeful in where I am going in life. Think about where God has you headed. Now, get busy doing the things necessary to get there.
“He said, ‘The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge. My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge, and my Savior. You save me from violence.”
2 Samuel 22:2-3
Oswald Chambers said, “A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow
in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see.” Even in tough days, God is up to something good. He is aiming at doing greater things in our lives even when we can’t see it. Pastor Fred Lowery said, “He wants to bless us, not blast us.” His desire is to not make us bitter but to make us better. The verses above are from David. Saul had been chasing David for years to try and kill him. But God was with David. He told David where to go and where to hide. He was always one step ahead of Saul’s plan. God doesn’t always remove the mountains of difficulty, but He does walk with us every step of the way. David called God his rock because He knew God was strong and solid. David called God his shield because he knew God was his protector. David called God his stronghold and refuge because he knew God was his saving place. In our verses for today, David praised God for who He was and what He had done. Perhaps in your life, you feel that the enemy is hot on your heels. What should you do? Cry out to God and put your trust in Him. He’ll give you what you need when you need it. Not because you are good, but because He is great. Remember, what God did for David, He will do for you.