Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Today - or Tomorrow?

Every Wednesday, at 9:00 am, PST we meet at our church to pray for our city.  Each week, Pastor Allan has allowed me to give a brief message as a focus for the day.  This lesson has been on my heart about how important it is that we act NOW (Today) to pray, to seek God, to do our good works, to testify, to forgive (you get the idea) and not wait until later. 
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Be Available Today - because All God has for you is HERE for you TODAY

Today or Wait until Tomorrow? 

 How do you begin your day?  A good way to start your day, is to say with your mouth this verse:

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) 

What about tomorrow?  Jesus urged us not to be anxious about the future.

Matthew 6:34  "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

Jesus told the good thief:  Luke 23:43  And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, TODAY you shall be with Me in Paradise.” 

2 Corinthians 6:2  For he says, "At the right time I heard you, and on a day of salvation I helped you. Listen, NOW is really the "right time! TODAY is the "day of salvation"!

 God is always in the NOW.  He is waiting for us to team up with Him TODAY.
 
COLOSSIANS 3:12-17 - - AS GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE
Cloth yourselves with... today – not waiting for tomorrow – but NOW.
  1. compassion
  2. kindness
  3. humility
  4. gentleness
  5. patience
  6. bear with each other
  7. forgive whatever grievances...as the Lord forgives you
  8. put on love
  9. let peace of Christ rule in your hearts
  10. be thankful
  11. let word of Christ dwell in you richly
  12. teach/admonish with wisdom
  13. SING psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs - with gratitude in your hearts TO GOD
  14. and whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God THROUGH HIM.

Luke 4:15-21  And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,  Because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.

And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “TODAY this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

“Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.” – Thomas Jefferson
Proverbs 6:4  Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do.


(The following will be a hand out at our prayer meeting.)


The Time to pray and receive is NOW - - while it is yet TODAY

 As Christians, we do not set a specific time to pray.  Paul said to pray with out ceasing, which meant to be in an attitude of connection with God at all times. 

Some are saying Revival is coming.  I say that is lovely but my thoughts come back to TODAY and NOW.  May we experience a churning in our spirit TODAY as we pray over our city. 

2 Corinthians 6:2  For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you." Indeed, the "right time" is now. Today is the day of salvation. 

Prayer lays hold of God's plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit's prayer.  Elisabeth Elliot

Let us expect God to answer our prayers today.  Come Lord Jesus and MEET us NOW.
 
 

2 comments:

  1. Amen, sister. We're not called to be lazy, especially about the only thing that actually matters in this life!

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