Are You truly Grateful to be Here?

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me , for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry. (1stTimothy 1:12)

Stop, don't move, look around at where you are, consider the day you became a part of the ministry you now call your church home? Is it too much to ask every believer to assess where they are and ask themselves are they excited about being in the ministry they are in? Perhaps a better question to consider is, whether or not we truly believe that we are where we are because of divine appointment and not mere coincidence?  If we believe that the steps of a righteous man are ordered by God, and that He is the author and finisher of our faith, then we must believe that He and only He is the reason we are where we are today?  Are You Truly Grateful to be Here?

Paul, is writing to His son in the ministry, young Pastor Timothy and he is sharing with Him, Paul's gratitude toward God for the privilege of being a Kingdom participant.  Paul suggests that God's choice was influenced by Paul's faithfulness. Are we truly grateful to God, if we are does it reflect in faithfulness toward God?  

We are not  in the choir, on the deacon board, in the pulpit or standing on the door as a n usher because we earned it or because we are better than someone else. We are here because our Great God, put us into this ministry. Because we are where he wants us to be, then our potential is unlimited. Therefore we should be today and always eternally grateful.  Are You Truly Grateful to be Here?


The Seasons will change, what are you wearing?

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (Colossians :12)

As we transition from fall to winter, many have already began to adorn themselves in warmer clothing, gloves to protect themselves from the elements. Likewise believers are constantly evolving from one season to the next, from glory to glory and as we do so, our spiritual attire should change. The Seasons will change, what are you wearing??

After the Apostle Paul list many things that the believers should take off, anger, wrath, malice, and many others, he then encouraged them to mirror the very elect of God by adorning themselves in holiness. This includes mercy, for we should be merciful, kindness, for we should be kind one to another. God  provides us with unlimited mercy, so why do we refuse to extend mercy to others.

Confidence is being sure of your faith, arrogance is being irresponsibly sure of yourself. The humble believer understands the difference for in humility, they are able to remain humble  no matter if they are climbing high above life's issues, are in the midst of danger in the middle of life's valleys. Longsuffering and meekness provide an outer garment that even when change is difficult we can stand and endure because we are dressed  for our divine purpose.  Get ready, Get dressed!! "The Seasons will change, what are you wearing?

Pastor SP Courtney