RHYTHM OF LIFE CHURCH
Another designated season for giving thanks. Thanksgiving Day a time to give thanks to God giving His Son to man and the Son giving His life for man and the Holy Spirit who remains with us to lead, guide and direct our path in life. Oh give thanks unto the Lord all ye, His chosen people and acknowledge His Sovereignty and perfect love. Forgiveness plays a huge role in being thankful. Thanksgiving is a time to search the heart and determine to let go of past hurt. Forgive those who may have wronged you. Forgiveness doesn't mean you have to be friends or occupy familiar space. It means you have sincerely let go of the pain and ill feelings toward another person and are moving forward into the light of your future.
SUFFERING BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITH
SUFFERING BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITH
I Peter 3:18 ~ For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.
If you have ever been treated unfairly or unjustly because of who you are in Christ Jesus (for your faith), take heart brothers and sisters. The word of God teaches and warns us that we will be persecuted and unfairly treated just as Christ was persecuted and unjustly treated. Not only did Christ suffer but he was crucified for our sins (an unjust judgement and an unjust punishment).
Why would Jesus die for us? So that we might be reconciled back to God, saved from the penalty of sin, restored, revived, rejuvenated, repented.
I am reminded that though we may suffer hardship and unjust actions here on earth, our suffering in no way compares to the suffering of Jesus' journey to and upon the cross. He did it (suffered) just for you and for me to draw us to the all loving, all knowing, almighty Father~God! He gave his life in exchange for ours so that we might know the truth, live the truth, teach and speak the truth and have faith in the truth. So that we might die to the flesh and live in the spirit and life of Jesus.
He is the way, the truth and the life for no one comes to the Father except through the Son ~ John 14:6 Amen!!!
Teamwork is fun work when we strive together in our work! The Body of Christ should work as a team. We are one through Christ Jesus. There should be no division or acts of going so-low (solo). Instead, let us strive to work diligently and faithfully. Work diligently together to improve our relationship with God, one another, our families, our co-workers, our church and within our communities.
This will require you to STOP, take a breath and pray before you give your ("piece") peace of mind to the one (the enemy) who works just as diligently through others driving you to give away a piece or pieces of your peace. The adversary (the enemy) enjoys witnessing God's people ultimately burning in frustration and anger simply because they (we) decided it was more important to give a piece of their (our) peace away which has the tendency to cause any team unit to become fragile to the point of a breaking.
Teamwork is always better than so-low work, even if you have to work it from a distance. Peace was created and given to us as a gift from the Father. Don't hand it out or merely give it away in pieces for soon there will be nothing of you left to give but bitterness and anger.
Jesus died for you to have peace, his peace. Treasure it, protect it and do not be fooled into losing it, trading it in or rejecting it for it is a gift from the Father to keep you balanced, level headed and seeking Him for comfort, direction and instruction. By doing so, you will not lose your way when Satan's schemes and demonic attacks come your way attempting to shut you down spiritually.
John 14:26-27 (NIV) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Verse 27, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.