Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

W.O.R.K.S.

What we do and how we do it matters.

works
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV)

We are not saved by our works or by how good we are.  Salvation is through Jesus Christ only and it is the gift of God.  That said, sometimes people tend to throw out what comes next.

We are created in Christ Jesus for good works!

W. O. R. K. S.

W – Will of God
God has a plan for our lives. (Jeremiah 29:11)  It is good.

That we should walk in them.” —-Are we walking in the plan God has for us?

What is God calling you to do?

Maybe get up earlier and spend some time with Him praying for your friends and family?
Could He be dealing with your financial fear by nudging you to prove His promise when it comes to tithes and offerings? – to grow in your trust of Him.
He could be asking you to lay down an activity, not because it is bad but your love for it gets in the way of what He wants you to be doing instead.
Maybe God is dealing with you about the amount of time you spend watching tv or online because it is robbing you of energy and time needed to step out in faith for what He is asking you to do.
Maybe He is impressing on your heart to bless someone – or prompting you to increase your giving to Missions.
Maybe He is nudging you to help someone.

I have had all of these promptings at one time or another.

Delayed obedience is disobedience.

Good intentions not followed through are just random thoughts.  It is an excuse to not actually have to do something.  You don’t even feel bad about not doing the right thing because you ‘intend’ to do it.

Will of God
It is much less demanding to think about what God’s will for my life will be one year from now or when I am pain free or when things settle down or when this happens or that happens than to focus on the Spirit’s leading today.

Which leads us to O.
O – Opportunities to do good – What opportunities will you make the most of today.

Galatians 6:9-11(KJV) “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

Colossians 4:4-6 (NASB) “that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

 

bloom
God wants to use you right where you are
in that job you may not like
at that event you will be attending
at that ‘just so happens’ encounter
when you are talking with your friends
opportunities are all around us

Make the most of them, and Be Ready – (Ranger Motto)

R – Ready to give
Three main ways we give: money, time, and talent.   We can also give things. Our home is decorated with the love of others.  Another key thing we can give is  patience to people as God works in their lives.

Paul tells us in Acts  “And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20 :35)
The World’s way is to love things and use people to get them.
God’s way is to love people and use things to bless them.

Proverbs 11:24-25 NKJV
“There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.
The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.

Follow the will of God for your life, make the most of the opportunities God brings your way and be generous.   A stingy person is not a happy person.

Sometimes walking in the spirit can seem like an uphill journey through distractions and difficulties –a rugged winding road. Keep moving forward.   Allow God to interrupt your plans, look for ways to bless people and be kind.

K – Kindness is not optional

Kindness is one of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Gal 5:22

Eph 4:32 “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Being kind is the right thing to do.

“Maybe you don’t feel like doing what’s right. But people who want the right results ignore the feeling and do what’s right anyway. Will you?” Jan Grace

Kindness in a world full of selfishness is one way we will Shine for Jesus.

S- Shine for Jesus

Matthew 5:14-16New King James Version (NKJV)
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

“see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven!!”
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!   For Your glory Lord!!

til next time

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March 8, 2016 - Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, sermon notes, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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