Never stop believing, we made it to the end of a week. Lord I thank you for giving me the strength to believe even when giving up was also an option.
Monthly Archives: February 2012
Our theme for the month of March continues to be: “The Gift of Grace” from the text: Ephesians 2:8-10.
In this text, the apostle Paul makes two bold, deliberate and life-changing declarations:
- You are saved.
- You are God’s workmanship.
Firstly, you are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, and to God alone be all the glory. Like so many today, I didn’t always understand, nor appreciate this truth. I grew up in an era where salvation was a set of do’s and dont’s – more dont’s than do’s. Consequently, like so many of my peers, I served God out of fear of losing what I thought I could lose. Hence, in the process I lost the joy of living. But now, I know that God loves me too much to have me living on the ‘edge’ – in doubt – in fear. “For God has not giving us the spirit of fear, but of love, of power and of a sound mind.” In fact, I now know that there is no fear in love; for perfect love casts out fear. I am now free to live the abundant life – life to the fullest, with joy!
Secondly, you are God’s workmanship created unto good works. It’s truly amazing that we who were once slaves to sin are now created – born anew – given a new nature that not only gives us a desire to do good, but actually enables us to do good. Wow! For as the Word declares: “It is God who works in us: both to will, and to do of His own good pleasure.”
So then, we no longer serve God out fear, but out of love. As the writer says, “We love Him because He first loved us … His love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit … teaching us to love one another.” We no longer think too much or too little of ourselves. We rather confess that we are ALL that God says we are, we can do ALL that God says we can do – we are are His workmaship! We do not write off anyone. As recipients of grace, we cannot help being gracious to others.
By. Rev. Dr. Melvin A. Turnbull, Senior Pastor
Peace and Joy are some of the priceless attributes of life. Money, talent, friends or material possessions will not guarantee peace or joy. However Peace and Joy are continues benefits of a relationship with God. Lord, show me how I can live a committed life.
The Greatest Love that we can have this Valentine’s Day, Is the love of Christ. I want to say I Love You, to my beautiful and Loving Wife, and I thank God for placing someone in my life, that I can share true, sincere and honest love with. Lord today thank for loving us, even when we don’t deserve your love.
You will never have to worry about your position in life (job, etc) when you were assigned by God, and are fulfilling your purpose. Know that you are qualified, to fulfill God’s will for your life. Most importantly never look for people to quantify what God has qualified you to do. Lord let me find my purpose, so I can live a driven life.
God, please open my mind and guide my path and direction. Today I put you first. I thank you for My life…My beauty…My love. I thank you for this day and view it as a new opportunity to get closer to you. God you are here. I don’t want to forget that. God you are present. You are within me, around me and your Spirit flows through me. God continue to breathe into me, so that my every word lingers with the essence of your grace. God fulfill me and move me in the right direction-closer to you. Let me see how the situations I deal with everyday can give you glory and get me through. God on this earth, today, I need you to help shape my perception of my reality so that I can make it through the day. I am leaning on you-hold me up until I am upright. Then strengthen me to go on with the luminance of your light in my every step.
By. S. Turnbull