Thursday, January 16th, 2014
THE POWER OF A WORN OUT LIFE!
“Life shouldn’t be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather, to skid broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly shouting……’Wow! What a ride! Thank you Lord!!’
Today, I want to give you a perspective on THE PURSUIT that is Rare, Real and Rewarding.
It is the overwhelming desire To Be Used……….by God!
There are times “being used” can only be described as being mistreated, mislead or manipulated. Young people call it “being played”. Unfortunately there is even a darker level called abuse. Abuse should never be tolerated nor should it be allowed.
Many other times, however, “being used” is the most wonderful feeling in the world. To know that you have a quality, a talent or a work ethic that can be of service or help to someone or some organization is something to be proud of.
But here is the point: to be used you must also be willing. To be used by God takes a submissive spirit that says, Whatever God wants me to do-I will take the time, use the energy and give the resources I have to complete the task. I may be busy-but not too busy for God. No questions–just obedience and and good pair of spiritual gloves.
To be used by God for your entire life….no greater blessing! To wear yourself out loving and serving God–nothing more satisfying. It’s an amazing feeling to cry because of exhaustion and pain and at the same time smile because you know you got the job done-and you did it well!
Now I want to introduce to you the lady who lived her entire life by the quote I started this writing with:
Rev. Edith M. Heard
At the age of 93, Edith passed away Saturday, January 4th, 2014. She was saved at an early age and preached her first message at age 12. She spent her teen years working along-side her minister-father establishing churches in Southern California. She married a minister, R. Dennis Heard, in 1939. They together were ordained in 1943 and worked together as pastors and national leaders for 40 years. She sponsored orphanages in Mexico, Brazil, Alaska, Texas and California. She raised finances to buy cars; vans; boats; a home for a leper colony in India and Missionary Furlough Home in Wichita, Kansas. She worked with her husband who was the General Superintendent of Pentecostal Church of God, Inc for 20 years
She lived in Israel 4 years and worked at Haddassah Hospital, Jerusalem. She helped publish 10 cookbooks and wrote her autobiography called, The Little Lady From Gad in 2009.
Now that’s what I call a full life!
How do you want your life to be remembered? What legacy will you leave. To leave a lasting legacy it will take blood, sweat and tears; it will be a work of love filled with joyful fatigue. You will most likely be “worn out”. That’s ok! Because………..
If your PURSUIT is to be eternal it will take Being Used…..by God!
Paul said to Timothy,
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (2 Timothy 4:7 KJV)”
– Pastor Steve
Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Prayer Point: show me how to be faithful to my spouse or keep me celibate while I wait on a spouse
TODAY’S PERSONAL PURSUIT
Stefani is married to Brandon Abram (5 yrs) and is mother to 2 children, Greyson-age 4 and Annabelle-23 months. Stefani owns a BA degree in American English from Military University. She has attended LFC her entire life.
My two babies love to play chase. It has to be one of their favorite games. Brandon and I often run around the house trying to round the corner faster than Greyson and Annabelle, so we might have just enough time to hide and then see their eyes light up as we surprise them. They are constantly in pursuit of Mom and Dad during this game, but occasionally they get worn out or distracted and it’s usually around the same time we try to make it a little more interesting by hiding in a new spot or surprising them in a new way. As I think about this, I wonder how many times we as God’s children have become worn, tired or distracted and have missed such a wonderful surprise our Father; something he had just around the corner. I also think of how disappointed I get as a parent when no little feet are running around the house trying to find me when I’m still there waiting for them to find me. I would imagine God feels the same way; as if we have achieved all the goals He set for us, as if we know all there is know and are no longer interested in Him, as if we have attained perfectionism in Him. The more I think on this, the more I hope to change my attitude so that my Heavenly Father never has even a hint of disappointment because I am not actively seeking Him. To pursue God is to never be done, to never know everything, to never be perfect in our own eyes, but to always be seeking the one true perfection…Him.
– Stefani Abram
Can you believe it? Our corporate fast is already half over! Thank you for taking this spiritual journey with the LFC family. – PASTOR STEVE