Posted by: TLC Fellowship | January 7, 2017

Let’s Get This Party Started!

Hello TLC family and friends.  It has been a while, but we’re back!  I hope each of you reading this blog will decide to comment, or contribute to future blogs, and/or at least be moved by the words of the writers.  While I have been patiently waiting for some brave soul to submit their words/devotionals, I decided that maybe I should get this party started.  I’m talking about a Holy Ghost party ya’ll, ‘cause a Holy Ghost party doesn’t stop.  And, with that in mind, I would like to take a moment to reflect on Pastor G’s first sermon of the new year.

“How to Have a Purpose Filled New Year (aka Life)…” was the title of the sermon.  There were three main points:

  1. Trust God to Do What He Does!
  2. Recognition You Don’t Have All the Answers!
  3. Let God Order Your Steps!

The first point, which admonishes us to trust God, is one we often ignore.  Okay, let me speak for myself – it is one that I often ignore.  It isn’t that I think God needs my assistance in doing what He does so well without my help, it’s just that sometimes He doesn’t move fast enough – for me.  I am a part of this microwave society that wants what I want instantly.  Pray now, get now is often my attitude even when I am claiming to wait on the Lord as I trust in His word.  “Right now Lord!”  You know you’ve heard those words even if you haven’t uttered them a few times.  “Right now Lord!”  As if your command will usher Him to do what it is you are asking.  Well, as you know, He doesn’t really work like that.

I try to remember that no matter what my mortal mind tells me I want, or need, the great Jehovah knows best.  The scripture says He will supply my every need according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).  Jeremiah 29:11 – I know the plans I have for you…, Psalms 24:14- Wait for the Lord… John 15:5 says that we can do nothing without Him. So why do we spend so much time and energy trusting in everything, and everyone, but God.

The second point reminds us that we don’t have all the answers.  We truly don’t, and yet we, excuse me – I walk around like I am the author of some great book of wisdom and the Rock of Gibraltar.  I am neither.  Trust me when I tell you that I am learning to let go and let God in many areas of my life.  Not all areas just yet.  I still hold on to offering God my feeble assistance knowing He doesn’t need or want it but in most areas.  I am navigating as I find my lane.  You know sometimes you see something that could possibly be done a bit differently, or sooner than its being done.  You offer unsolicited advice, and may even step in where you are not only not needed, but you are also not wanted.  All that means is FIND YOUR OWN LANE AND STAY IN IT! – you don’t have all the answers.

The third point suggests we let God order our steps.  One of my favorite songs is Order My Steps.  The first verse, the second verse, the chorus – the whole song is my plea to God.  I need to be still, and my tongue needs to speak words of edification.  It is that final vamp that says it all.  Google the lyrics and you’ll see what I mean.  It asks for guidance in how to walk, talk, praise, and just be.

Three points.  Nothing too difficult when looking at the words, but oh so difficult to put into practice if you miss the first one – Trust God to do what He does.  Romans 8:28 says “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”  I am personally a WIP (work in progress) and I am also humbled more each day as I look at just how good our God is to us. I not only want to walk worthy, I want to live a purpose filled life.  How about you?

BTW – this rendering is my take on Pastor G’s sermon.  I can go over the sermon again and come up with another spin.  However, the end results would still be God is good, and living a life on purpose is a goal.  That said, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Prayer:  Lord we worship you because of who you are.  Thank you for your grace, mercy and love showered on us each day.  We ask that you order our steps to the purpose you have planned for us.  Show us the path Lord. Be there to pick us up when we stumble, push us harder when we falter, and help us even when we think we have all the answers.  Amen.


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