Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Shepastor: "Can You See the Forest...?"

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16, NIV

News commentator Rachel Maddow once said, Those of us caught up in the day-to-day coverage of current events find it easy to see trees, but forests are more elusive. Many of us find ourselves focused upon “trees…” that which is “in your face” from day to day.

It can be very easy to get caught up in the day to day struggle, negative comments, that person who is getting on your last nerve, wondering when or if this or that is going to happen. We do this, however, at the expense of “the forest.” Some of our greatest work is left undone because we allow trees to block us from seeing the forest.

In more serious matters, if we are not careful, our emotions will overtake us and we will miss opportunities to remedy major problems. The enemy of our soul is a master at distraction. But the Lord has given us, as His children, “eyes to see” and “ears to hear.” Through prayer, godly fellowship, embracing God’s Holy Word and applying it to our daily lives, we can see beyond that which is readily apparent.

As I personally wrestled with some issues that had me too focused upon “minors” instead of the major, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, “Don’t let it take you there, remain focused and remember what you are trying to accomplish.”

In a couple of days we shall cross over the threshold of a new year. May you, by the grace of almighty God, develop what is necessary, spiritually to remain focused. May you add to your desire the discipline necessary to resist distractions. May you come closer to God’s desire for your life. May you walk in the victory God has given to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

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Until next Wednesday,
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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