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My God is…directing my heart 2 Thessalonians 3:5

construction stop2 Thessalonians 3:5 – May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Who directs you?

Is it the man with a bright orange vest and reflective bands? He might direct you to keep you out of a dangerous situation and to keep you on the right path. A director of a choir or band is there to help keep the group working together as they go through the music, so that if he notices anyone going off the musical path he can help them to remain on key. Maybe you are directed by a pastor or teacher who tries to give you information that will allow you to make informed decisions and get to where you’re going in life. Then there is the GPS. The GPS is supposed to help you find the most direct route to your destination, but I think a few of us have experienced being misled by the GPS.

Being Misled

As many things and people who are trying to direct us and keep us on a good path, there are seemingly just as many or more that are trying to mislead us. There are ads on TV that will say almost anything to get us to try their product. We are often misled by others who have their own agenda or just want a partner in crime (so to speak). Sometimes misleading someone can be unintentional, like if that person has also been misled. So often the misleading is subtle and easily overlooked. Maybe a better word is gradual. You start by having a drink before you’re of age. You didn’t get drunk, so you’re sure you don’t have a problem, but you find yourself drinking more each weekend. You start to feel like you need a drink to have fun or fit in. Things that mislead us can start subtly, so we need to be on guard.

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ

Where should out hearts be directed? Our hearts should be directed by the grace of God, to the love of God and steadfastness of Christ. How do we know that the Lord is directing us that way? Because we are spending time in His word, church and family. We keep our focus on Him. We rely on Him, and He remains faithful to keep us close. We aren’t perfect though, and without the help of our Lord Jesus Christ, we will always fall short. We are human and get easily distracted, so I like Paul would like to pray this for you and your family as well, “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ”.

 
 

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My God is…patient 2 Peter 3:8-9

2 Peter 3:8-9 – But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and Salvationa thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness

Clearly the Lord and I do not understand time in the same way. This verse even says so. It says, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” This concept is so big for my mind to even fathom. What I do know, is that my Lord doesn’t always do things on my time. I can sometimes find that frustrating. I may want a burden of mine (or a loved one) lifted, but I want it to happen now. It hardly ever happens right when I ask for it. Sometimes it happens quickly other times it’s hard for me to even recognize the answer to my prayers, no matter when they’re answered.

God isn’t being slow, as you and I think of slowness. 

God isn’t dragging His heals, He’s waiting for perfect timing. Timing that has our best interest at heart. His timing may not be what we think is perfect timing, but He has the perspective of actually understanding eternity. For Him, it’s all about Eternity. If waiting helps you or someone else come to faith, deepen their faith or acknowledge the Lord, than God will likely wait. He is patient, waiting for the perfect moment that will help draw us closer to Him.

Definition of PATIENT

1: bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
2: manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain
3: not hasty or impetuous
4: steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity
5a : able or willing to bear —used with of
 b : susceptibleadmitting <patient of one interpretation>
Manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain
Forbearance: a refraining from the enforcement of something (as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due. I had to look that up three times for it to stick in my memory. God is all about forbearance, isn’t He. Everything He has done was to help us escape the punishment we deserved. My mom seemed to understand that about our God. When my sister and I were in college, and my mom was sure we were making some stupid decisions, she would pray that we would not have the full consequences of our sins. She was asking the Lord for patience, forbearance and grace. That is what Jesus on the cross is all about, as well. Jesus died on the cross so we could benefit from God’s forbearance for us. He took on the enforcement of our punishment.
Bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
With this definition of patience, I feel like Jesus could be the synonym for patience. Our Lord Jesus took on our sins, took the full punishment, even unto death. He went through so many pains and trials, and didn’t complain, but calmly took it upon Himself so you and I might be freed from our sins.
Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Everything God does is with the intent of drawing us closer to Him. He wants everyone to come to repentance and to have faith in Him so that they will not perish but have eternal life that only comes through Jesus Christ. He is patient with you. As you learn and grow in Him, He knows you’re going to stumble and fall, but He stays by your side so that when you reach out, He’s right there to catch you. Oh how it pains Him when we ignore Him, or deny Him or sin against Him, but He is patient with us as we grow through His Holy Spirit and learn to cling to Him each day.
He wants a relationship with you
Sin stands between us and the Lord. It makes us want to deny Him, pull away from Him and ignore Him all together. But God, who loves you and I more than we can ever imagine, doesn’t want that for us. He wants us to live eternally with Him, and that’s why, even though we fail over and over again, He is patient. He loves you too much not to be.
 
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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in 2 Peter, My God is Patient

 

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My God is…establishing your plans Proverbs 16:3

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,resolutions
and he will establish your plans.

Do you make resolutions? My cousin Lisa is always working to improve herself, a year or two ago she did mini resolutions each day. She posted them on Facebook, and I found myself inspired to do more in my life as well. Looking at our selves honestly and taking an assessment t of what’s working and what isn’t seems to be a natural part of life for many people.

Do you keep your resolutions? Many of us , new year after new year state the same resolutions. Maybe your resolution is to lose more weight, spend more time with family, or spend more time at the office (who am I kidding no one makes a resolution like that, do they). If you have made resolutions before, which ones did you keep? What made you keep them.

Resolutions are hard! If resolutions were easy to keep, we wouldn’t have to make them. We would be doing them already. If you’ve resolved to change something, what is your strategy to make it happen? Did you notice, our scripture reading gives us a way to make our resolutions happen.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.

If we commit to The Lord whatever we have resolved, He will establish our plans. So what does that look like? It’s probably a little different for everyone, but here is what I would try in light of this verse:

    • Pray about your resolution

Talk to God daily about what you’re trying to accomplish. Maybe even more often. If you’ve resolved to lose weight, pray when you are tempted to eat something you’ll regret later.

    • Read God’s word

Staying in the word will help you to grow closer to The Lord so you can discern His will more clearly, making decisions less confusing or muddled.

    • Talk with other Christians

Finding a support system for the resolution, the praying or reading scripture helps you to be held accountable to stick to what you say.

Have you made a resolution?

 

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