Wow. That was quick.
We blink, and next thing we know we’re already done with January.
How was your month? Did you keep your resolutions? Wait, did you even make resolutions this year? You know, there’s still time to take flight. Click here to download the Flight Planner.
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Maybe we’re just scared to fly; and, that can explain why we continue to take the lower roads and paths that lead to the same places we’ve always been. Or, maybe we fear that no one will be there to support us if we launch out and somehow find ourselves falling. Maybe we fear that those around us who have never had the strength to dream a bigger dream will laugh at our attempts to fly. But, at some point, we must dream and believe and live on a level that shows proof of our faith, and not allow ourselves to be held back by the limits others attempt to place on our vision. In order to ascend to our desired place, we must begin to believe in the possibility of the impossible.
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Luke 15:18-20- I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, father, i have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants and he arose, and came to his father but when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Often, the thing that keeps people from returning home is the road they must take to get back there. That lonesome road traveled is where Satan tries to get us to doubt that we can actually return home, to assume that we won’t be welcomed when we arrive. The road home is where we revisit everything we’ve done and how it has brought us to this place of regret; how that, if we had only chosen to do things differently, we wouldn’t be here; still, go home. go back to the place where refuge is given. Never be too proud or too bold for repentance. Grow.
Luke 6:36-37 – Be ye therefore merciful, as your father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.
It’s interesting how, in an effort to grow as disciples, we will work to apply these biblical principles to our life as it relates to everyone but ourselves. As much as we attempt not to judge or condemn others, we often instead beat our own selves up. But, in desiring to grow, we have to realize that forgiveness of others cannot trump forgiveness of self; that, we will never fully grasp the concept of mercy until we are able to apply it to our own heart, growth in the lord requires us to understand that, to esteem others better than ourselves doesn’t mean that we treat ourselves worse than others. It’s a process; be kind to yourself.
Matthew 716-20 – Ye shall know them by their fruits do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
We’re gonna be remembered for the things we do. As we go from day to day, there will be many who talk loud and seek to distract others with endless hyperbole. Their fruits, however, will tell a different story. If we are patient; if we spend the time cultivating our field, and, we focus on the constant improvement of self, we can know that things work out. At harvest time, we’ll see who was really working. Let them talk, you continue working.
Ephesians 4:14-15 – That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head even Christ.
As disciples, we must fight against the gamification of ministry; that is, taking extreme joy in winning biblical arguments to the point that we lose sight of the very purpose of those discussions – to enlighten otherwise lost souls. To be certain, if our only purpose in debating someone is to show off our skills, we’ve missed the point altogether. Children enjoy games, they’re very good at them; they rack up high scores and take pride in their achievements. They’re also often over emotional and unable to think rationally. Adults? They strive to lead souls to the Lord. When we speak truth, we must do it in love; otherwise, what’s the point? Humility over everything.
Psalms 139:17-18 – How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, o God how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
We were not an afterthought. Even as so many walk around aimlessly, wondering whether there is some greater purpose to be served by them, we are assured that His vision for us is grand. And, the thing about life is that, because He thinks so highly of us, at some point we need to have some esteem about who we are in Him. In this, we’ll have to adjust our focus in order to see our own value, and find the courage to let Him have His way with us. Growth in the Lord requires us to begin seeing ourselves the way the Lord see us; and, finding comfort in the fact that He took the time to craft every part of us for His glory. We are always on His mind; He should always be on ours.
II Peter 3:18 – But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ to him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
It requires work to grow. It requires us to know who the Lord is (John 14:6), and also who we are (I Peter 2:9). It Requires us to know that while we’ve all sinned (Romans 3:23), we don’t have to continue in that state (Romans 6:1-2). Growth requires a dedication to discipleship, where we understand our task and responsibility as servants Growth requires us to be focused enough to hear only the Voice of the lord, blocking out all other noise. It requires us to seek daily, those people who will help us to enhance who We are (Proverbs 27:17). It requires us to trust that what we are currently going through is a part of the Process (Philippians 16). Growth requires faith in the overall purpose, even when we don’t understand the path.