True DelightRead Now
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Almost everyone has dreams or goals they want in life whether they are short or long-term. From a heavens perspective it takes more than setting goals and working hard to reach your dream. God showed me this verse several years ago when I was discontent about some things. David learned to be content and "delight" himself in the midst of life's challenges and trials. In David's case that was being chased by 300 warriors who had a purpose in life was to kill him. He learned "delight" while in distress, hunger, fear of death, and finding the next cave to sleep in.
True delight comes from knowing and depending on God and His Spirit to guide and work in and through us despite all the external challenges to our faith. That is when His provision comes and we receive what we need to overcome and endure. God showed me delighting yourself in the Lord is contentment in who He is, and how He wants the best for us despite any difficulties we are in. It's easy to delight ourselves when there are no problems. Delight is contentment with what you have (or don't have), because God says "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. When you delight in Him, you will find that your desires line up with heaven’s. That is when our dreams and desires are achieved.
Part of the BodyRead Now
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
I saw a video the other day of a man who had no arms and 1 leg in a wheel chair giving a speech on life's challenges. He talked about adversity in doing everyday things we take for granted by having two arms and legs.
Think about how your life would be limited if you had one eye, or missing a few fingers or an ear. You may not be as limited but you wouldn't be fully functional, and there are things in life that would require difficulty.
Each part of our body is fitted or suited for a specific type of work. It would be hard to scratch your head with your foot or kick something with your hands. Even if you think your arms are too short or not strong enough to do something they have a common benefit. If they don't benefit you, they may be able to benefit others. We cant' say I'm not going to use my right arm because it is useless. But, you have another arm and when you put them together with legs, a mouth, brains, ears, eyes and feet they can do great things and accomplish much.
Each one of you here have all your extremities. You each have a special talent and gifting's. So, we need them tomorrow for the annual workday at the HOEN. Each one of you is a body part in the body of Christ. Just like the man who had one leg and it was difficult to do daily activities, it is the same in the body of Christ. We need your talent, gift and specific body part to make the work light tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM.
We look forward to seeing you then. Blessings.
Pastor Michael Garcia
Overseer and Pastor at First Assembly HOEN