What is God Saying to me?

 

 

Multiplication through Humility

In Philippians 1:6 the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Philippi, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

For those who participated in the Reset prayer book to kickoff 2018 you may recall the focus on Day 10 to #PrayRead the scriptures. There is power in approaching the scriptures in this way to pray promises from the Word of God over our each of our families, the church family, and those that live within our community. The author, Bob Sorge, noted the following verses from Colossians as a great example to use for prayer for specific people in our lives. “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
 

Pastor Matt has led us deeper into the Word this year and directed our focus within the Gospels. Within these books of the Bible, Jesus taught His disciples through the use of parables. One parable that recently spoke to me was the Parable of the Mustard seed as mentioned in Mark 4. The disciples have asked Jesus to what they should compare the kingdom of God to. Jesus replies that it is like a mustard seed. What is Jesus trying to tell us here? The kingdom of God grows through the selfless decision when a person chooses Jesus Christ. A mustard seed could be depicted as each one of us–rather small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. One just needs to look up in the night sky on a clear evening for a few minutes to get a larger perspective; to have a renewed sense of awe & wonder of the glorious power of the Father, and with humility, bow before Him. How amazing it is that God chooses to work through us to bring forth His Kingdom here on earth! The Father leans into us at all times. The apostle Paul eluded to this while standing in the midst of Mars’ Hill in Acts 17, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being...”
 

Who is Jesus, and what will I do with Him? is a question that all of us will face. The apostle Paul, at the time named Saul, faced this question on the road to Damascus. Through the story of Paul and those around us today, we can see the waves that are created when one man or one woman makes the conscious decision to set aside the things of this world to focus on those things that are above when they choose Jesus. It is an act of multiplication through humility. Just as the mustard seed knows what it is, so can we come to know who we are in Christ, blossom as the Spirit pours into us, and display His glory and power to those around us.
 

I pray that each of us will become animated in the spirit and experience an acceleration in our desire to walk intimately with the Father, where we allow Him to mold and fashion us to display His glory.
 
Shawn Moshier


One Generation shall praise your works to another…

 

Psalms 145:4a says, “One Generation shall praise your works to another…”.

What a challenge this is for us today:

  • A challenge to lean into the Father as Christ exemplified
  • A challenge to grow in the knowledge of the Father and to be in tune with His heartbeat for our lives

Colossians 1:9b states, “to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding”. Pastor Matt stated during the message on Sunday that to be in tune with the Father requires an intimate relationship where we can grow in agreement with Him. This behooves us to become aware of the path and velocity of His will for our lives. At times the Father may ask that we walk with Him, other times to crawl through a difficult time with Him, and at times, to run with Him. In each circumstance the will of the Father follows through. Scripture promises that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

On a recent walk with Primrose, our nearly two-year-old golden retriever, I was going over the bridge on State Route 126 in Beaver Falls and noticed the remnants of the rapid thaw we had in early January. The temperatures increased over a short period of time, aided with some warm winds, this melted a lot of snow and the local streams and rivers began to swell and overflow. The thaw lasted short period of time and was soon followed by a sharp cold front that dropped temperatures as quick as they had risen. If you recall, we had temps one day of about 60 degrees and the next day were back to near zero with plenty of fresh snow on the ground.

The impact of the thaw and associated river swell near the river banks created rings of ice that stuck to the tree trunks. As I was walking with Prim I noticed these rings of ice that clung to the trunks of trees that display the depth of the water that had clung to them. My mind was drawn back to the fall 2017 series, The Consecrated Church, where we were challenged to be planted by the river of the Holy Spirit where we can be transformed by hope unleashed by the Father. While earthly rivers get shallower the further you move from its source; the river of the Holy Spirit deepens as it moves. Let us pray that this can be the testimony for the generations present in our community today.

I stand on many testimonies of faithfulness of previous family generations that lived in faithfulness to the heartbeat of the Heavenly Father. When he said run, they ran, when He said slow down and walk with me, they did that too. They had a heart of obedience—even when there was no immediate gratification.

Our 2018 focus on the Word and our recent Reset prayer devotional calls on us to Obey. Out of a heart of obedience to the Father, we can be called into deeper spiritual waters that previous generations may have prayed over our lives. Let us live worthy of the calling that we have received in Christ as mentioned in Colossians 1:10, “that you may walk worthy of the Lord…”. Let this Scripture verse challenge us to grow in the knowledge of the will that the Father has for us and for a heart of obedience to walk faithfully, so that we can talk and sing of the works of God in our lives to the next generation.
 
Shawn Moshier


Stop guarding the stone

 I believe the Lord would say to us.

Remember the stone that was rolled away in the garden to reveal an empty tomb.  No one could get in but it did not stop me from getting out.You have areas in your lives where you have rolled “stones” in front of places in your life that were met to keep ME out and they have. These stones have stopped up streams of living water from flowing into your life from ME. These stones can only be removed by ME but you need to give ME permission to do so. Springs of living water will flow into these dry areas of your life to people in need of water around you daily.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Stop guarding the stone.

Lawson Lehman



They move on tracks of never ending light

The announcement of a search for a generations pastor should unite us a church body as we see the vision of the church unfolding.

This announcement calls attention to the growing body of children, youth, and young men & women who consider ALCCL their home church. We should devote ourselves to prayers of thankfulness for this blessing and specific prayer for the couple that God has targeted to serve in this capacity. He has been working throughout the tapestry of their lives and has equipped them to serve in this capacity for such a time as this.

We should commend the effective stewardship of the elders and leadership team for positioning the church to be in a strong financial position to make this targeted investment in the future church. The youth of this nation, our local community, and church will have a profound spiritual impact on future generations.

We can all be thankful for the Godly examples that selflessly poured into our lives, perhaps without our knowledge. It is now our time to pay it forward by actively investing in these young lives. Perhaps some are seeking to set a new example for their family and stepping out in faith to be set apart—for Christ. Let’s join with them on the journey of a lifetime! Each of us has a role to play in the spiritual development of these young men and women.

Let us collectively as parents, relatives, friends, mentors, or fellow members at church seek to do our part to display Christ and speak life into the next generation. As they seek to mature in an understanding of the knowledge of God’s will for their lives, let’s be sure to lay down Christ empowered railroad so that they can move forward on tracks of never ending light.
 
Shawn Moshier