Enjoying The Sabbath

family-standing-on-front-porchParticipating in a sabbath day of rest should be a part of our lives. It is intended to be a two-fold part of our lifestyle as it is an act of worship: 1) to honor God through obedience, and 2) to become refreshed and renewed within in order to fulfill God’s purpose and plan for our lives. God, after completing the work of creation, took time to step back and enjoy His creative work (Gen. 2:2,3). He has implemented the institution of sabbath rest for us to also step back from our work to enjoy His creation as well (Ex. 20:8-11; 23:12; 31:12-17). This is a part of maintaining our health spiritually, mentally, and physically.

enjoying creationWe take time for “recreation” inside of God’s creation wherein we are being “renewed” and “refreshed.” During this time, we are allowing both natural and spiritual healing processes to take place within our physical and spiritual beings. In all of these things, God, in His infinite wisdom, knew what we would need (as a part of His creation) in order to be completely whole enough and to be functional enough to fulfill His purpose and plan for our lives. So take time away…relax…enjoy God and enjoy His creation…your entire being will appreciate you for it…as will everyone around you…‪#‎thinkonthesethings‬


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No Earthly Good

cross-mtn2There is some truth to the old saying about “being so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.” Sometimes we become so consumed with wanting to see the supernatural that we miss out on seeing and experiencing the goodness of God in the natural world around us. Of course, we take for granted that God has given us all things within His creation to enjoy…responsibly (1 Tim. 6:17)…And since His presence is everywhere throughout the world and because He lives within us, we can, therefore, experience His goodness whenever and wherever we may be. However, our high mindedness will cause the love, light and life of Christ within us to lose their appeal to world around us…thus we miss out on seeing and experiencing the goodness of God as it brings change into the life of another. Unless we forget, these things are what continue to draw people to accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior…‪#‎thinkonthesethings‬


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I Want To Know You, Lord

praying-hands-672x372Going through the wilderness provides us with the huge opportunity to receive a revelation of Who God is and for us to get to know Him in a more intimate way as He reveals Himself to us through His daily interactions with us. Instead of our complaining about our wilderness experience, let us ask God for the grace to see things from His perspective and proceed forward from His stance instead. It will help to make our wilderness experience more easier to bear (Mt. 11:25-30)…‪#‎thinkonthesethings‬


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Still Complaining?

provisionIn the presence of complaining is the absence of faith (Ex. 14:10-12; 16:2,3). God will never bring us into the wilderness if He had no intention of bringing us through the wilderness and, then, bringing us out of the wilderness. Therefore, before we go into the wilderness, God has already made provision beforehand to accommodate our every need while we are in the wilderness.

where-god-guides-he-providesOur perspective about the purpose of the wilderness needs to be amended. The purpose of the wilderness is to remove the former way of thinking and living and to replace it with the Kingdom mentality. This includes walking in faith with and in obedience to God. If we do not learn the lessons from walking in the wilderness, we will find ourselves walking this way again until we do…‪#‎thinkonthesethings‬


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Give Thanks

3d human with big negative symbolWhile we are in the midst of the wilderness, we tend to focus upon the wrong things. We focus upon how wrong things are going. We focus upon how we were wronged by others. We focus upon how it seems God has forsaken and forgotten about us. Conversely, we pay very little attention to the little everyday miracles that are taking place around us (i.e., food, clothes, job, health, shelter). We tend to magnify the seemingly negative things while largely neglecting to pay attention to the positive things that are taking place around us (Num. 11-13). What positive things, we may ask?

12-Simple-Ways-You-Can-Do-To-Build-A-Positive-AttitudeTragedies are taking place around us on a daily basis, but they have not brought us to complete ruin. Why? “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning…” (Lam. 3:22,23). So “…in everything, give thanks…” (1 Thess. 5:18). Why? Because it is the right thing to do…and…because God has everything under control…‪#‎thinkonthesethings‬


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Pursuing God

seekingOne of the pursuits in life we should be more than passionate about is our pursuit of God. Our passion for both God and the things of God should consume us “…for the zeal of Thine (God’s) house hath eaten me up…” (Ps. 69:9). We should not only pursue God for the supernatural provision and limit Him in blessing us with our everyday natural provision. In other words, our pursuit of passion for God cannot be one-sided. If our pursuit of God becomes one-sided, then our lives will continue to be unbalanced and we will be greatly ineffective in advancing God’s Kingdom agenda and Its Gospel. Run after God with everything you have…and when He is found of you…continue to follow after Him wholeheartedly everyday thereafter. Remember…how you pursue God will determine how effective you will become in your pursuit of life…‪#‎thinkonthesethings‬


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The Sin of Complaining

complaint1Complaining can lead to accusations. Accusations can lead to suspicion. Suspicion can lead to questioning. Questioning can lead to rebellion. Complaining, in essence, is a byproduct of unbelief and the Bible teaches us that ‘anything that is not of faith is sin’ (Rom. 14:23). Complaining, if not dealt with immediately, will ultimately lead to rebellion. The prophet Samuel gives us a warning in saying that,

“…rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou (we) have rejected the Word of the Lord, He hath also rejected thee (us)…” (1 Sam. 15:23).

The Hebrew word for ‘reject’ means ‘to become loathsome.’ In other words, when we ‘reject’ God’s Word to us by complaining, we are, in essence, saying that obeying and following His Word is ‘becoming loathsome’ to us. The word ‘loathsome’ means ‘disgusting, revolting, and repulsive.’ Is this what we want to communicate to our Heavenly Father?…‪#‎thinkonthesethings‬


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