If God Is In It – Bigger Is Not Always Better

GRACE FOR THE JOURNEY
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The world says, “Bigger is better.”
            A bigger house . . .
                        A bigger car . . .
                                    A bigger bank account . . .
                                                A bigger slice of the good life . . .
These are the things to strive for in the world’s economy.  In God’s economy, however, what is bigger is not what is better, but rather whatever God is in.
Aaron’s staff was not bigger than the staff of Pharaoh’s magicians, yet it was better.
Why?  Because God was in it!

Gideon’s band of 300 was not bigger than the army of thousands of Midianites, yet it was better.

Why?  Because God was in it!

The little boy with five loaves and two fish was not bigger than the marketplace in the surrounding villages, but he was better.

Why?  Because God was with him.

In God’s economy, what is better is whatever God is in.

David was not bigger than the giant Goliath who was taunting the Israelite army and blaspheming God, yet he was better.

Why?  Because God was in him.

This should be a word of great comfort to you today.  God delights in using the small and insignificant to accomplish His work in this world (Read 1 Corinthians 1:20-31).  You may not be “big” in the eyes of the world because you do not occupy a place of power and prestige.  You may not be “big” in the eyes of your coworkers because you aren’t invited to the important social events in your industry.  You may not be “big” in the eyes of your neighbors because you do not serve on prominent charitable boards in your community.  However, if you are working to glorify God and advance His kingdom, you could not get any bigger in God’s eyes.

Zechariah provided a great reminder of this principle when he penned, “For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice” (4:10).  Christians are not to use the world’s standards to judge God’s work.  Gideon could not imagine beating the Midianite army with only 300 men, because he was judging God’s work by the world’s standards.  The apostles could not imagine feeding 5000 men, plus women and children, with 5 loaves and 2 fish because they were judging God’s work by the world’s standards.

So . . . where in your life have you been judging God’s work by the world’s standards?  Where have you been thinking bigger is better?  You don’t need to be any “bigger” to be better in the Kingdom of God.  All you need to be is faithful to use what God has given you to advance the cause of His kingdom.

Jesus said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much” (Luke 16:10).  Whether you can see it or not, when you are faithful to put in whatever little God has given you, the difference you are making is an eternal difference—and that’s what’s better!

This is God Word … This is Grace for your Journey … Rest in this eternal truth … AMEN!

Pastor Terry

 Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
 Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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The LORD is MY strength and MY shield; MY heart trusts in Him.

Grace For The Journey

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December16PhotoForMyMyMyBlogDavid, the man after God’s own heart, laid out two foundational truths for building a godly life; don’t miss just how personal he made them with his use of the word “my.”

The Bible says, in Psalm 28:7, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.”

David said “the Lord is MY strength and MY shield and MY heart trusts in Him and MY heart leaps for joy.” God was no theological proposition for David. He was personal and He was present in David’s life through the good, the bad, and even the ugly seasons of David’s life.

So . . . how is it with you? Is it “MY . . . MY . . . MY” for you in your walk with Jesus?

First, we must know that God is our strength and trust in that truth. Omnipotence has servants everywhere; God is at work on our behalf, even when we can’t trace His hand. The Holy Spirit has taken up residency in the heart of every believer and provides the strength we need to live out our lives in service to our God.

But that’s not all!

Not only is God our Almighty strength, He is our Almighty shield. Our Savior Shield protects us from every flaming arrow of attack and accusation from the evil one. Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden and bequeathed an inheritance of death to all mankind. But those who place their trust in Christ’s atoning death receive a new inheritance: the rich robes of Christ’s righteousness, which provide us with both strength and a shield.

David trusted in this truth. Can the same be said of you? Where in your life right now are you dealing with the flaming arrows of the evil one?

  • Difficulties in your marriage?
  • Troubles at the office?
  • Friendship failures?
  • Financial shortfalls?
  • Stress in your singleness?
  • Conflict in the classroom?

Your Strength and your Shield is with you every step of the way in every challenge you are currently facing. David knew he was helped because he knew His Helper. Do you know this truth today? Can you say with David, “The Lord is MY strength” . . . “The Lord is MY shield . . . MY heart trusts in Him?”

Jesus has invited you into an intimate personal relationship, not with some theological proposition, but with the promise of His person and presence. He goes before you, beside you, behind you, and most importantly within you. He is the Friend who sticks closer than a brother.

The Lord is MY strength and MY shield. He is MY Jesus, MY Savior, and there is no one else in the entire universe like Him. May that be the joyful declaration of all our lives!

This is God’s Word … This is Grace for your Journey … Rest in this eternal truth …

AMEN!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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Looking Unto Jesus

                     Grace For The Journey

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                                                                              December 15, 2014

December15PhotoForBlog Welcome to my inaugural BLOG.  Thank you for taking the time to visit with me.  I pray that the words you read will, by God’s grace, prove profitable to you. The title is exactly what this BLOG is about  . . .  A message of GRACE for the JOURNEY God has set before you.

The Bible says in Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

You will notice in this passage that the pronouns “we” and “us” are used 5 times, which lays great emphasis on the truth that your race is to be run in company with other believers.

This race you have been called to run by God is not to be run alone.  As someone has said, “our race of faith is a community of believer’s project.”  Make no mistake: the Bible knows nothing of the solitary saint. When you were saved by God’s grace, you were placed within the family of faith – “God saved us individually, but He saved us TO community.”

Here is just a sampling of the verses in Scripture which exhort us to stay in company with other believers:

  • “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! . . . And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12.
  • “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
  • “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” – Hebrews 3:13.
  • “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” – Hebrews 10:24-25.

It is my prayer that the carefully considered words I write in each blog entry will be Christ-centered and Gospel-saturated, and will prove to be a source of great encouragement to you as you run the race God has set before you.

By the grace of God, I am looking forward to seeing you at the finish line.  And as you run this race with endurance, please be reminded that your performance NEVER establishes or maintains your relationship or right standing before God!  Jesus has already secured your place in His kingdom.  If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ, God sees Jesus when He looks upon you.  Washed clean in the shed blood of the Lamb of God, there is nothing you can do that will separate you from the love of God (see Romans 8:38-39).  Your best days do not cause God to love you more, and your worst days do not cause God to love you less.

Accepted … Adopted … Assured … Everything we need we have in Jesus. As someone has said, “Jesus plus nothing equals everything. Everything minus Jesus equals nothing.”

So the two questions that need to be asked and answered as we consider the grace God has available for your journey are …

1.  “Do you know yourself as a great sinner in need of this Great Savior?”

2.  “Have you confessed your sins to this Jesus and received Him by faith as both your Savior and Lord?”

If this is true for you, then today is indeed a great day! Today is a day of victory and celebration. If you have not, cry out to Jesus. His love is far too radical to let a sincere cry go unanswered.

Now that makes the journey more delightful!

In His Purpose And Passion,

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

This is God’s Word … This is Grace for your Journey … Rest in this eternal truth … AMEN!

Pastor Terry

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