Transformed Episode #236: An Attitude of Humility

Date January 25, 2015

Attitudes - That Ought To Be

Attitudes. Good, bad or ugly, we all have them.

Welcome to the Transformed Podcast.

In today’s episode, Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, director of Eagles In Leadership, discusses one of the key attitudes that mark Jesus’ disciples.

Each attitude builds on the previous one and, together, they form the disposition of a true child of God.

Now, let’s open our Bibles to Matthew 5 and study one of the eight attitudes that ought to be in our lives as disciples of Jesus …

 

WOULD YOU CONSIDER LEAVING A COMMENT ON THE WEBSITE SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS PODCAST?

 

AND HAVE YOU CONSIDERED DIVING DEEPER INTO GOD’S WORD SO YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM BETTER?

This year, let us suggest giving yourself the gift that gives EVERY day of the New Year!

Dr. Smith has written two daily devotionals that cover every day of the coming year … allowing you to give the gift that keeps on giving God’s Word and His encouragement in the lives of your family and friends.

In His Presence is a detailed look at walking with God through life’s ups and downs. Built around the premise that God welcomes you into His presence with joy and pleasure, In His Presence helps you see that the life of abundance can only be enjoyed when we take everything to the Lord and walk every day at His right hand.

In His Image explores God’s great love for humanity from every book of the Bible. From the creation of Genesis to the culmination in Revelation, God’s love shines through every page. Never is this ever clearer than in the times of Israel’s great betrayal of their God. His passionate pursuit of His children can be heard dripping from his voice as He calls them (and us by proxy) back to His shelter and protection.

You can order your copy In His Image or In His Presence from Amazon at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Hawthorne, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

Studying James 3.8

Date January 20, 2015

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Welcome to the Transformed Podcast!

Dr. Matthew Smith, director of Eagles In Leadership, continues to teach verse by verse through the book of James, one verse per podcast. These studies were recorded live in his class at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California.

The book of James has been called, “the faith explained” and that is the purpose of these teachings. These short studies are designed to help you grow your faith.

Now, let’s open our Bibles to the book of James as Dr. Smith, Director of Eagles In Leadership, discusses our faith from the words of the step-brother of Jesus, the head of the Jerusalem Church …

Transformed Episode #235: An Attitude of Mourning

Date January 18, 2015

Attitudes - That Ought To Be

Attitudes. Good, bad or ugly, we all have them.

Welcome to the Transformed Podcast.

In today’s episode, Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, director of Eagles In Leadership, discusses one of the key attitudes that mark Jesus’ disciples.

Each attitude builds on the previous one and, together, they form the disposition of a true child of God.

Now, let’s open our Bibles to Matthew 5 and study one of the eight attitudes that ought to be in our lives as disciples of Jesus …

 

WOULD YOU CONSIDER LEAVING A COMMENT ON THE WEBSITE SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS PODCAST?

 

AND HAVE YOU CONSIDERED DIVING DEEPER INTO GOD’S WORD SO YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM BETTER?

This year, let us suggest giving yourself the gift that gives EVERY day of the New Year!

Dr. Smith has written two daily devotionals that cover every day of the coming year … allowing you to give the gift that keeps on giving God’s Word and His encouragement in the lives of your family and friends.

In His Presence is a detailed look at walking with God through life’s ups and downs. Built around the premise that God welcomes you into His presence with joy and pleasure, In His Presence helps you see that the life of abundance can only be enjoyed when we take everything to the Lord and walk every day at His right hand.

In His Image explores God’s great love for humanity from every book of the Bible. From the creation of Genesis to the culmination in Revelation, God’s love shines through every page. Never is this ever clearer than in the times of Israel’s great betrayal of their God. His passionate pursuit of His children can be heard dripping from his voice as He calls them (and us by proxy) back to His shelter and protection.

You can order your copy In His Image or In His Presence from Amazon at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Hawthorne, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

Studying James 3.7

Date January 13, 2015

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Welcome to the Transformed Podcast!

Dr. Matthew Smith, director of Eagles In Leadership, continues to teach verse by verse through the book of James, one verse per podcast. These studies were recorded live in his class at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California.

The book of James has been called, “the faith explained” and that is the purpose of these teachings. These short studies are designed to help you grow your faith.

Now, let’s open our Bibles to the book of James as Dr. Smith, Director of Eagles In Leadership, discusses our faith from the words of the step-brother of Jesus, the head of the Jerusalem Church …

Transformed Episode #234: An Attitude of Poverty

Date January 11, 2015

Attitudes - That Ought To Be

 

Attitudes. Good, bad or ugly, we all have them.

Welcome to the Transformed Podcast.

In today’s episode, Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, director of Eagles In Leadership, discusses one of the key attitudes that mark Jesus’ disciples.

Each attitude builds on the previous one and, together, they form the disposition of a true child of God.

Now, let’s open our Bibles to Matthew 5 and study one of the eight attitudes that ought to be in our lives as disciples of Jesus …

 

Would you consider leaving a comment on the website sharing your thoughts about this podcast?

 

And have you considered diving deeper into God’s Word so you might know Him better?

This year, let us suggest giving yourself the gift that gives EVERY day of the New Year!

Dr. Smith has written two daily devotionals that cover every day of the coming year … allowing you to give the gift that keeps on giving God’s Word and His encouragement in the lives of your family and friends.

In His Presence is a detailed look at walking with God through life’s ups and downs. Built around the premise that God welcomes you into His presence with joy and pleasure, In His Presence helps you see that the life of abundance can only be enjoyed when we take everything to the Lord and walk every day at His right hand.

In His Image explores God’s great love for humanity from every book of the Bible. From the creation of Genesis to the culmination in Revelation, God’s love shines through every page. Never is this ever clearer than in the times of Israel’s great betrayal of their God. His passionate pursuit of His children can be heard dripping from his voice as He calls them (and us by proxy) back to His shelter and protection.

You can order your copy In His Image or In His Presence from Amazon at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live and edited by Ryan Longsworth in Hawthorne, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

 

Studying James 3:6

Date January 6, 2015

James web slider

 

Welcome to the Transformed Podcast!

Dr. Matthew Smith, director of Eagles In Leadership, continues to teach verse by verse through the book of James, one verse per podcast. These studies were recorded live in his class at Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California.

The book of James has been called, “the faith explained” and that is the purpose of these teachings. These short studies are designed to help you grow your faith.

Now, let’s open our Bibles to the book of James as Dr. Smith discusses our faith from the words of the step-brother of Jesus, the head of the Jerusalem Church …

 

Transformed Episode #233: Discovering God’s Priorities For Your Life in 2015!

Date January 4, 2015

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With the New Year upon us, discovering what God desires of us is essential to accomplishing His will through us in 2015. 

In his final message as Pastor of Pacific Baptist Church, Dr. Matthew Lee Smith helps us discover the two resources of hope needed in order to follow God’s individual will and whim.

Welcome to the Transformed Podcast.

In this very practical message, Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, director of Eagles In Leadership, helps us discover the two resources of hope needed in order to follow God’s individual will and whim.

There are 7 ways to refocus for God in the New Year. Let’s open our Bible’s to Paul’s letter to the Philippians as we discover these clear steps to an amazing New Year for God!

 

The New Year Is Upon Us! 

With the New Year, God’s people are seeking God’s will and whim with renewed fervor.

This year, let us suggest giving yourself the gift that gives EVERY day of the New Year!

Dr. Smith has written two daily devotionals that cover every day of the coming year … allowing you to give the gift that keeps on giving God’s Word and His encouragement in the lives of your family and friends.

In His Presence is a detailed look at walking with God through life’s ups and downs. Built around the premise that God welcomes you into His presence with joy and pleasure, In His Presence helps you see that the life of abundance can only be enjoyed when we take everything to the Lord and walk every day at His right hand.

In His Image explores God’s great love for humanity from every book of the Bible. From the creation of Genesis to the culmination in Revelation, God’s love shines through every page. Never is this ever clearer than in the times of Israel’s great betrayal of their God. His passionate pursuit of His children can be heard dripping from his voice as He calls them (and us by proxy) back to His shelter and protection.

You can order your copy In His Image or In His Presence from Amazon at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

 

Today’s episode was recorded live in El Segundo, California.

And now, until next time, we are praying you would be filled with the love of God so that you can demonstrate His love to the lost and dying in your city! God bless!

Happy New Year from Eagles In Leadership!

Date January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

 

 

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!”

And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”” (Revelation 21:5, NLT)

We are looking forward to a New Year to serve you and bring you hope, help and encouragement!

 

Matthew, Melodee, Tabitha, Mike and Ryne

Eagles In Leadership Staff

Join Us As We Fast and Pray For God’s Power to be Revealed in Our Lives in 2015!

Date December 30, 2014

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Recover Your Passion!

Recapture Your Dream!

Restore Your Joy!

In 2015, we are asking all disciples of Jesus to consider a “Daniel Fast!”

A three-week “Daniel Fast,” eliminating meat, bread, wine and sweets is a fast most people can easily accomplish.

Note you are not fasting from all food, just certain foods.

“No bread, no meat, no wine, no sweets.”

 

Why Do I Fast?

The core reason to fast is to reconnect with God! Life has a way of causing our spiritual life to drift in the currents of our hectic lifestyle. Connection with God gets sketchy. Time alone with God can be diminished and almost non-existent. A recent poll revealed that about 1 out of every 2 people doesn’t pray daily.

“When you fast, you abstain from food for spiritual purposes. Fasting is doing without food for a period of time, which generally causes you to leave the commotion of normal activity. Part of the sacrifice of fasting, seeking God and studying His Word is that normal activity fades into the background. (Jentzen Franklin, Fasting, 111)

God wants us to draw away with Him, to focus on Him, to cry out to Him, to pour out our heart to Him, to humble ourselves before Him … to reveal our real selves to Him! The best way to do that is to fast … to set the physical hunger of this life aside for the spiritual hunger of knowing God deeper … Jesus said it this way:

But when you fast, put oil on your head, and wash your face, so that you don’t show your fasting to people but to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:17–18)

Often God rewards those who fast in the present … answering their deepest needs at their most desperate moments. The Bible tells us of many reasons and people who fasted …

  • People who fasted for a breakthrough from God when everything they did seemed to meet only obstacles! (David)
  • People who fasted and heard God’s assignment for their lives, for their next step of direction! (Cornelius)
  • People who fasted to recover their passion for God! (David)
  • People who fasted to remove the demonic oppression of loved ones! (Jesus)
  • People who fasted to get God’s instructions for their people! (Moses)
  • People who fasted to gain understanding from God! (Daniel)
  • People who fasted to maintain their spiritual purity! (Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego)
  • People who fasted to save their people from certain death! (Esther)
  • People who longed to conceive a child! (Hannah)

Fasting opens the door to a deeper, more intimate, more powerful relationship with God! Do you need a breakthrough?

  • Do you have an unsaved loved one? Fast!
  • Suffering from a medical problem or disease? Fast!
  • Do you need a job? Fast!
  • Do you have a wayward child? Fast!
  • Are you struggling for finances? Fast!
  • Don’t know where to turn next? Fast!
  • Need a fresh touch from God? Fast!
  • Want a relationship repaired? Fast!

How Long Do I Fast?

How long you fast is really up to you. The length of time you choose to fast should depend upon your circumstances, but don’t get bogged down in the details!

  • Jehoshaphat called for a 1 day fast (2 Chronicles 20:3)
  • Esther fasted for 3 days (Esther 4-7)
  • Hannah would cry and wouldn’t eat anything. (1 Samuel 1:7, CEB)
  • David fasted 7 days (2 Samuel 12:15-23)
  • Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah fasted for 10 days (Daniel 1:6, CEB)
  • Daniel fasted for 21 days (Daniel 10)
  • Moses and Jesus fasted for 40 days (Exodus 34:27-28; Luke 4:1-15)
  • You can also fast all day, from dawn to dusk.

You will be amazed at the difference even a one-day partial or normal fast will make in your life.

In 2015, we are encouraging all disciples of Jesus to consider a “Daniel Fast!” 

A three-week “Daniel Fast,” eliminating meat, bread, wine and sweets is a fast most people can easily accomplish. Note you are not fasting from all food, just certain foods. 

“No bread, no meat, no wine, no sweets.”

The length of the fast is really up to you and is motivated by the intensity of your desire to get alone with God. If you have never fasted before, starting with a shorter fast may be the wisest course of action. Whatever length and type of fast you choose, please remember this important truth: If it means something to you, it will mean something to God. If it means nothing to you, it will mean nothing to God. 

 

How Do I Fast?

Essentially there are three types of fasts …

 

Absolute Fast You go without food and water. Absolute fasts should be done only for very short periods of time. It would be wise to contact your physician if you have any medical issues at all before you start an absolute fast.
Normal Fast You go without food of any kind for a certain number of days. You also drink plenty of water during this fast! If the fast is longer, you also may choose to drink clear broth and juices in order to keep your strength up.
Partial Fast You give up particular foods and drinks for the length of the fast. This doesn’t include the time you are normally sleeping. Examples of such fasts include: (1) The 10 day fast in Daniel 1, where the men of God chose to eat only vegetables and drink water. (2) The 21 day fast by Daniel in Daniel 10, where he chose to refuse meats, sweets and wine.

 

What Practical Tips Do I Need to Know About Fasting? 

Begin with a purpose! You need to fast for a reason. While you are seeking God’s face during a fast, it is best to write out a specific goal or reason.

Pray often. The purpose of a fast is to spend less time eating and more time in conversation with God. Using lunchtime and an extended time in the evening in prayer is what fasting is all about.

Drink plenty of water. In reality, fasting is like “spring cleaning” for your body. Fasting releases the toxins that have built up in our bodies. Water helps cleanse the body of those toxins.

Examples of Fasting In the Bible

 

Who Fasted? Why Did They Fast? How Long Did They Fast? What Did They Fast From? What Was The Result of Fasting? Where Is This Fast Recorded?
Moses To receive the Law from God 40 days and nights Total fast from food and water Received the Law of God and the warning about Israel’s rebellion Exodus 24:13-18; Deuteronomy 9:7-11
Moses To receive the second set of the Law from God; to stop the Lord from destroying Israel 40 days and nights Total fast from food and water The Lord … wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten words.” (Exodus 34:28, CEB) Exodus 34:1-28
David To save the life of his child born out of adultery and murder 7 days Fast from food The child died but Solomon – the greatest King of Israel – was born the next year after David repented and married Bathsheba 2 Samuel 12:15-23
Nehemiah Jerusalem was in ruins and its gates had been destroyed by fire Several days between Chislev and Nisan (a 4-month period) Not specified God gave him the mission to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem, favor from King Artaxerxes, supplies and authority Nehemiah 1 and 2
Esther A government authorized genocide of all Jews 3 days Food and water The plotter and family were all killed, the plan was reversed Esther 4:16
Daniel Understanding of the visions of the future of Israel Unspecified in Daniel 93 weeks in Daniel 10 I didn’t eat any rich foods. Neither meat nor wine passed my lips, and I didn’t clean up at all until the three weeks were up.” (Daniel 10:3, CEB) Gabriel explains the vision of the 70 weeks in Daniel 9An angelic visitor arrived to explain the vision after being delayed by satanic opposition in Daniel 10 Daniel 9 and 10
Jesus Led by the Spirit to Wilderness 40 days and nights Total fast from food Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee …” (Luke 4:14, CEB) Luke 4:1-15
Jesus Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded Demon cast out of boy Matthew 17:14-21
Church at Antioch’s Prophets and Teachers Ministering to the Lord Not recorded Not recorded Spirit separates Barnabas and Saul for a mission trip. Acts 13:1-4
Paul and Barnabas Wisdom as they appointed elders in every church Not recorded Not recorded Elders appointed in every church Acts 14:23

This material was prepared by Dr. Matthew Lee Smith.

 

How Do I Prepare For A Fast?

By Susan Gregory

If you plan to start the New Year with a consecrated period of prayer and fasting you will want to prepare before you begin.

Some of the saddest messages I receive are from men and women who have not adequately prepared for the fast and then quit after one or two days. Instead of a blessed time with the Lord, they feel like failures and defeated. I always say, “Try again, but learn from your mistake and prepare first.” Set yourself up for success by learning about the fast and then preparing for it.

Prepare your spirit by praying about the fast and seeking God’s direction about what your focus of prayer and study should be. Learning about prayer, getting your finances in order, healing relationships or drawing closer to God are among some of the most common purposes for men and women on the Daniel Fast.

Consider areas in your life that cause you concern, worry or stress. Lift these needs to the Lord during your fast. Hear from Him. Ask Him to direct you, to change your heart, to renew your mind and to show you how to bring peace and resolution.

Prepare your soul by gathering study materials and establishing a routine you can use during your fast to have daily time for prayer, Bible reading and study. What do you want to learn about? What good habits do you want to develop? These can all be part of your fasting experience.

Prepare your body to avoid painful and even debilitating withdrawals. Taper off caffeine, sugar and processed foods. Start flushing your body of toxins by drinking more water. Also, begin to plan your meals by gathering recipes and planning menus.

If you have questions, please go to the Daniel Fast web site where you will find all the information about that fast. If you still have questions, you can go to the Daniel Fast Blog. (Each of these resources can be found at Susan’s website: http://daniel-fast.com/)

 

Prayer and Fasting!

By Susan Gregory

The New Year Fast is growing in popularity as more and more men and women around the world discover the amazing spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting.

There are no “official dates” for the fast, however most churches and individuals will begin their 21-day New Year Fast on [the first Sunday of January]. Some people begin on the 1st or on other days as they feel led.

The Daniel Fast is the method of fasting widely used by men, women and young people for the 21-day period. The great blessing is that most people, when they prepare properly, can fast and still fulfill their obligations at work, home and church.

Now is a good time to plan if you are going to start the New Year with a consecrated period of prayer and fasting. You will want to start preparing your body for the fast about a week before you begin. And you will also want to define your purpose for the fast and gather your study materials.

To prepare, consider a copy of The Daniel Fast book, which is written especially to guide men and women into a successful fasting experience.

If you have questions, please go to the Daniel Fast web site where you will find all the information about that fast. If you still have questions, you can go to the Daniel Fast Blog.

Be blessed as you seek God and His kingdom!

(Each of these resources can be found at Susan’s website: http://daniel-fast.com/)

7 Ways to Refocus for the New Year!

Date December 29, 2014

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For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:19–21)

If we are going to be able to say and believe a statement like this – when we are imprisoned in circumstances that we do not desire – what can we do to have such confidence?

7 Ways to Refocus for the New Year!

Here’s what I do …

  • Decide God’s plan is most important for my life.

When all is said and done, far more is said than done. Our actions reveal our convictions. We must decide that Jesus is truly King of our lives and not just an app for our lives.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Until I decide that I want God’s plan over my plans, nothing happens. I need to draw near[1] to God in surrender[2] if I want to be able to follow His plans.

  • Dedicate the last week of December as a time to review / reflect / refocus on God’s will.

If I want to hear God’s voice, I need to silence the outward distractions in my life. The week after Christmas is a great time to do this. I want to know what to do in the New Year, people are returning their gifts this week … so, I can shut down my outward activity and listen to God.

  • Determine to listen to God more than I speak to God.

One of the huge things I like to do is take all the verses I have transferred to cards and read them in chronological order of when God spoke to me. As I review what God has been telling me all year, it allows me to hear him much more clearly.

Then, I like to read larger portions of the Word of God – often going back to those passages that these cards were taken from.

Finally, I like to read large chunks of the Gospels again, getting the words of Jesus into my soul.

As I am doing this, I am also doing the next step …

  • Delineate the ideas God shares with me on paper.

As I read, as I a pray, as I am in this week especially, I write down everything I possibly can. Many of you know I write cards often. This week is one where I write MUCH MORE than any other week.

I try to capture the voice of God – His will and whim – as I read, pray, walk, sleep (yes, especially when I sleep).

After a week of this, I try to put all of this one a sheet or a few sheets of paper and start to assemble it so it makes sense. This sets me up for the next step, which happens closer to New Years …

  • Describe the New Year to myself through God’s promptings listed on my paper.

Once I start to take me cards and assemble them and write them all down, it is important for me to give voice to God’s directions for my life.

As I talk them out, God often adds to, edits, corrects and directs in this process. WOW, this is the most amazing time of the week! God is right there – superintending my life, guiding my thoughts, assuring me of His mission and vision for my life!

If you have never done this, I cannot URGE you enough to walk through this process.

But, I am not done … remember James’ words:

But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22, HCSB)

Perhaps one of the greatest lessons I have learned is that hearing God’s Word or His Guidance is worthless if I don’t choose to do it!

So, step six becomes so important.

  • Detail “next action” steps for the top ideas I sense God wants me to move on in the early part of the coming year.

When I prioritize these – and it takes listening prayer to hear God’s priorities – I begin to see the “map” of the coming year!

Those steps are usually connected – God is working to move me from one to the next, just as we would travel across country on a road trip.

It is God’s journey of faith in my life that I am seeking. And this is such an exciting, mind-blowing step … to think these are the mission critical steps for God’s will and whim in my life – WOW!

Which leads me to them most exciting and empowering step …

  • Dig into the new plan and New Year by calendaring the steps I have created.

When I put those action steps onto my calendar, when I make appointments for God from His plan for my life, amazing things happen.

Lives change, people are transformed and I am confident that, despite the current circumstances of my life – even the ones I don’t agree with – God is working.

This fall God drilled a familiar passage of Scripture deeper into my soul than ever before, one He has using for the past couple of months in amazing ways as I have meditated upon it. Paul is speaking in the very same book we quoted at the beginning of this final lesson together. Allow me to share Philippians 2:12–13 with you … from his Roman jail cell, Paul says,

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence,

Obedience to the revealed Word of God is essential for anyone’s reward[3] from the King of kings when He returns for us!

I have made it my life mission to obey, and if you know me you know I have only three foci in my life:

  • The God of the Word
  • The Word of God and
  • The Woman God gave me

I seek His will and whim from His Word and then do my best to live those words out every day of my life.

Obedience, especially in stressful circumstances, reveals our faith and trust, our character and integrity to the King of our lives, that’s why Paul continues in Philippians by saying …

… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

Who likes balancing their checkbook? Most people “balance” their checkbook by taking the bank’s word for their balance.

But this doesn’t work and often gets us in overdrafts. We have to have an accurate picture of what no longer exists in our account (what we spent) and what remains (what we haven’t spent yet) before we can work out what we can spend.

And so it is in this life with Jesus!

At all times we need to have an accurate picture of what no longer exists in life – the time we have used up, and what remains before us (God’s plans for the coming days) before we can work out what God longs for us to do with the remaining days of the coming year(s).

These are serious calculations, for if we fail to work things out accurately, we will overdraft our lives by running out of time to accomplish God’s will for our lives.

You see, this is the dynamo and directive that should guide us in 2015 and beyond …

… for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12–13)

Ultimately, God is working in us. The final question is simple:

  • Am I working with God for His good pleasure in 2015?

My answer is, “Yes! Despite the circumstances of today.”

What’s your answer?

 

[1]Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)

[2]Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24)

[3] “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” (Revelation 22:12)

 

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