•    Paths   

    An old proverb says the longest journey begins with the first step.

    Our life is a journey and we have to walk the path God has for us. While we may
    not know what that path is, God does. He says “I alone know the plans I have
    for you…” Jeremiah 29:11(GNB). He will lead us down the right path. All He
    requires of us is to walk with Him one step at a time. Don’t try to anticipate
    the next step or to run ahead of Him. Concentrate on staying in step with Him.

    When we first begin the journey the path is easy going and as we walk along we
    see a huge mountain ahead of us. While we’re looking at it we stumble along the
    easy path thinking about how to get over the mountain. From our perspective all
    we see is the mountain and wonder how to get around it. God already knows. He
    may take us on a path around the mountain or He may want us to climb it. If
    we’re to climb it He will provide us with everything we need and protect us.

    While walking the path God has set before us and we stumble, He will help us
    back up. When He does, don’t worry about the mountains ahead especially since
    we don’t know what will happen today, and even less about tomorrow.

    Keep your mind on the present journey and walk by faith and not by sight (2
    Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) and enjoy your journey with God.

  •    Adversity – the fuel of the refiner’s fire   

    Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and affliction for drink, he
    will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with
    your own eyes,(Isaiah 30:20 NLT)

    Our walk in life may be viewed as a triangle. We are at the base of that triangle. Its very wide and allows us to wander, to do our own thing.  As we progress in life we move closer to the top of the triangle and are pressured to live a more responsible life; making our life conform to the life God wants us to live.

    We are pressured on both sides by the hand of God to do His will and conform to His image. In adversity there are decisions we must make. Will we conform or will we resist the hand of God?

    Remember, the refiner’s fire (Malachi 3:3) is to purify us and conform us to His image.

  •    The Gift of the Holy Spirit   

    The Holy Spirit wasn’t for the twelve disciples only.  The Holy Spirit is given to all who believe in Christ. Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:17, 18.

    God is not a respecter of persons.  He is a respecter of availability, relationships, sinless life, and a desire to serve Him. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your abilities are, if you yield yourself to God, desiring to do his will, He will use you.  Gideon said I am the least in my father’s house and my clan is the weakest in Manasseh. He yielded himself to God and He used Gideon to deliver Israel from the Midianites.  Judges 6:14, 15. Yes, God can and will use you if yield yourself to Him.

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

  •    A Mere Man   

    I came across this in my readings and felt I had to share it.

    Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mahomet, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and schools combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke words of life such as never were spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of any orator or poet; without writing a single line, He has set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and sweet songs of praise, than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times. Born in a manger, and crucified as a malefactor, He now controls the destinies of the civilized world, and rules a spiritual empire which embraces one-third of the inhabitants of the globe. There never was in this world a life so unpretending, modest, and lowly in its outward form and condition, and yet producing such extraordinary effects upon all ages, nations, and classes of men. The annals of history produce no other example of such complete and astonishing success in spite of the absence of those material, social, literary, and artistic powers and influences which are indispensable to success for a mere man.

    By: Philip Schaff

  •    Davids Autobiography – from Shepherd to King   

    Psalm 23 – David’s Autobiography

    David began as a shepherd, so he understood the Lord’s role as his shepherd.

    As a shepherd, David took care of the needs of the sheep. He fed them and watered them. He led them to a meadow rich in green grass. After feeding them, he led them to a quiet stream where they could drink without fear of danger.

    Being fed and watered, they were refreshed for the journey ahead. The journey had many paths they could go down, but only one would take them to their destination. The Shepherd knew which one it was the correct one. As he led them along this path they came to a valley they would have to pass through. It was a fearful place filled with many dangers, even the possibility of death. The Shepherd guided and protected them all the way through the valley.

    At the end of the successful journey a great feast was prepared for all to see, including David’s enemies. There the Shepherd anointed David. It was an anointing of a man after Gods own heart.

    David was so blessed he was not able to contain it all. He had an abundance of goodness and mercy all his life.

    At the end of his journey he would live in the Shepherds house forever.

    By Ronnie Bergeron