“His Footsteps, Our Pathway!”

There are many paths to walk, but only one right one. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” (John 14:6, NKJV). Even when the way seems dim, follow His footsteps and we will travel on the pathway that leads to life.

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“Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway,” Psalm 85:13, NKJV

Which pathway are we really walking down?  The times we are living in are disturbing.  Biblical prophecies are coming to pass like never before.  I have heard much preaching for us to have an awareness that we are living in the last days.  Jesus is soon to come back and escort us home, but will we be ready to follow?

There are many influences in the world today.  There are many questions being raised about this life.  There are many voices out there ready to give you their version of what the right answer is.  Many voices that want to pull you and I in this direction and that; trying to twist your arm to go along with what they believe is right for your life.

Our challenge today is to fight to stay on…

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“Keep Your Eyes on Jesus!”

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“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying Lord, save me,” Matthew 14:30

There was a point in Matthew 14 where the disciples were not sure if the image they were seeing was actually the Lord. Finding out that it was Him, in a move of boldness, Peter requested, “Bid me come unto thee on the water,” (vs. 28).  Jesus’ response – “Come!” (vs.29).

How difficult, had we not known this familiar story, would it have been for us to get out of that boat and venture to do the impossible?  I mean – really?!  People are not known for walking on water, which is one of the reasons, they originally thought Jesus was a spirit (vs. 26).  Watching Jesus take command over what normally cannot be subdued, moved something inside of Peter to do what Jesus did.

What would that have been like?  Awesome, indeed!  I love to swim, so the idea of being able to physically walk on water would make me down right giddy.  Another thing that appeals to me about this story is the courage to at least try.  To see what it was like to break away from the normal and to do something extraordinary.

Extraordinary living!  Isn’t that what being in Christ is all about?  It’s a whole lot of faith mixed with a whole lot of stepping out that produces the results of one who has chosen to see and do life differently than those around him.  The rest stayed in the boat.  They were content with the status quo.  But, Peter felt a special draw to see what it was like to step out of the boat – to see what it was like to stand where Jesus stood.

As Peter found out, the road to extraordinary living can get rough.  A lot of stuff can and will rise up against us as those waves did, and seek to toss about our faith.  What Peter “saw” side-tracked him from getting to where Jesus was.  The truth of Peter’s experience in this story unfolds the same way for many of us.  If only the sea would be calm then we would be alright.  If only the waves of adversity would stop trying to slam you, then would you be able to walk on water, too.

Jesus never promised calm seas all the time.  But, what He did promise was, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world,” (Matthew 28:20).  It is hard to try to live an extraordinary life when one takes their eyes off of Jesus and what He promised.  It’s one thing to recognize Jesus, but then we have the individual responsibility to stay focused on Him.  No matter what the seas are doing in our life, He promised to be there with us.  Always!

“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:31).  In essence, He was stating that He was right there with Peter, so why did Peter take his eyes off of Jesus?

Sinking in life doesn’t always happen that fast.  Little by little one begins to predominantly focus on the problems of life instead of the Life Preserver, who promised to be there for you.  God wants us to step out into extraordinary living.  By keeping our eyes on Jesus we can do the impossible.  We can walk on water, too!  He is with you, always!

The Reason for Thanks

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Yes, I know.  Trust me, I know.  It is too easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and forget to stay focused on the real meaning behind them.

After all, I am expected to have an immaculate house, be able to put a five star feast on the table, look happy even though I have been up half the night, and on, and on, and on.  I FEEL YOU!  In this area we all do our very best to make the holidays most enjoyable for everyone involved.  We primp, we cook, and we do what we have to do to pull it all off.

Can I tell you, Thanksgiving is a day not like another?  Its whole focus rests on a God who keeps His promises.  God has promised that every need we have will be supplied.  He declares in His Word that with Him there is no want.  That fact that we are here to see another Thanksgiving is celebration enough.  Not only are we here, but we are here because He has provided the way.  He has orchestrated our lives so well, that we ended up right where He intended – to see this day; to celebrate this day; to enjoy love and fellowship this day.  We have this day!

Let us not lose that focus.  I know it’s easy to follow mainstream society and just look at this day as a football/feasting day as we put together our lists of stores we want to hit afterward to rack up the Black Friday deals.

It is so much more!

Think now, as you read this, just from the time that you have opened your eyes this morning, are you able to even begin to count all the blessings He has done for you?

Are you?

When you think of every breath you have inhaled and exhaled; every morsel of food you have placed in your mouth; every sickness or disease He has kept you from or brought you through or is currently bringing you through . . .

When you think about every bit of warmth that wraps around you as you lay cozy in bed at night . . .

When you think about every blessing – period; do we (me included) really want to short change God?  Do we want to leave Him out of a day that was proclaimed to praise Him for all that He has done for us?

No, we don’t!

In your celebrating don’t leave out the main reason for celebrating: God; for this isn’t just a normal day.  It’s a day of giving thanks to the One who only truly deserves it.

Don’t let mister gobble gobble or all the festivities take over this wonderful day.  Enjoy this day.  Enjoy your family and friends.  Even, enjoy your feast and such.  But, more importantly – enjoy your God because He is enjoying you.  After all, He is our reason for thanks.

Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

Psalm 75:1, “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks: for that thy

name is near thy wondrous works declare.”

“Happy Thanksgiving!”

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With grateful hearts we enjoy what the Lord has done for us and we enjoy our  family and friends.  Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!! May the Lord’s continued blessings be upon you and yours today!!!

“A Grateful Heart Overflowing! How About YOU? Feeling Loved?”

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Words Cannot Express MY Gratefulness:

“There is an endless song
Echoes in my soul
I hear the music ring

And though the storms may come
I am holding on
To the rock I cling

How can I keep from singing Your praise
How can I ever say enough
How amazing is Your love
How can I keep from shouting Your name
I know I am loved by the King
And it makes my heart want to sing

I will lift my eyes
In the darkest night
For I know my Savior lives

And I will walk with You
Knowing You’ll see me through
And sing the songs You give

How can I keep from singing your praise? How can I ever say enough, how amazing is your love? How can I keep from shouting your name? I know i am loved by the king, and it makes my heart want to sing

I can sing in the troubled times
Sing when I win
I can sing when I lose my step
And fall down again
I can sing ’cause You pick me up
Sing ’cause You’re there
I can sing ’cause You hear me, Lord
When I call to You in prayer
I can sing with my last breath
Sing for I know
That I’ll sing with the angels
And the saints around the throne
how can I keep from singing your praise how can I ever say enough how amazing is your love how can I keep from shouting your name a know I am loved by the king and it makes my heartIi am loved by the king and it makes my heart I am loved by the king and it makes my heart want to sing

I can sing,”

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“Thank You, God for the blessing of a new day!”

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I don’t know exactly what this day will bring, but Lord I thank You. I am just so grateful that You chose to wake me up this morning and to start me on my way. I am grateful that You still potential and possibilities deep inside of me. I thank You that You are thinking about me and have the very hairs of my head counted. I thank You that my worth is not found in what others think, but in the fact that You value me enough to bless me and see me through all the ups and downs of this life, in Jesus’s name Amen!

“Happy Thanksgiving!”

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I feel honored, privileged and blessed by each and every one of  you, my readers.  Week after week, you guys stop by and delve deeper into God’s Word with me.  I am humbly and honestly touched!

I am so very thankful for all of you and I just want to say,

“Thank you!”

“You Guys Are Great!”

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Please note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Sunday School lesson posted for this upcoming week: November 29, 2015.