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Saturday, July 23, 2005

everyday matters!

“If ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious: unto whom coming, a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but with God elect, precious, ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter Ch2:3-5

I am continually challenged by the opportunities we face every day of our lives and how we handle them. For me, the daily fact that the Grace of God (unmerited favour) is sufficient in all my circumstances always prompts me to submit and surrender to His will and daily purpose for my life.

Franklin D. Roosevelt said “never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.” I’m sure he had some pressing moments in his generation of war and tension.

It’s our privilege to be called “living stones” and with these the Lord is building a spiritual house. This house has a purpose, one that brings Him glory. Jesus repeatedly says in John’s gospel that His purpose is to do the will of my Father in heaven. As we start every new day this to is our purpose.

Franklin Roosevelt was up against the clock in his life circumstances – the stark reality is that we are too. We have the lasting and powerful words of the Lord Jesus – “As the Father has sent me so I am sending you” Jn20:21

Our “quiet times” of personal and group study serve as food to nourish and restore our hearts and minds. Our witness in our daily walk is the point at which we are “spent” for the Lord, where tensions and troubles will often come across our path. Many men and women have gone before us and have been subject to prejudiced scrutiny and often misunderstood in their day – BUT – their obedience in spite of opposition has brought us a heritage and an example we can follow. I think of the disciples who after being so close to Jesus received the His words in vs.21 above but then in Jn20:22 Jesus breathed on them and said “receive the Holy Spirit”. We too have the Holy Spirit as God’s comforter and source of heavenly power working through our lives - according to the degree by which we surrender to Him daily – Praise God

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” - Martin Luther King, Jr.


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