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Arriving At Conclusions

 

Arriving at Conclusions
 
Memory Verse:
 
Philippians 3: 13, "...forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
 
 
It has been said that every new beginning starts with an ending. So it is with the transformation that God wants to bring in our lives. Today and tomorrow, I want to draw your attention to the fact that God's beginnings sometimes require conclusions. I believe that the Lord has shown me that conclusion comes in two parts: 1) my part; and 2) God's part. Let's look today at the part we have to play in preparing for our new beginning.
 
 
It has been said:
"If you don't like your present life situation, you don't have to stay attached to it. Just put a period at the end of your current life experiences and bring this chapter of your life to a close. Get ready to write a more exciting chapter tomorrow. All you have to do is employ that wonderful punctuation mark that signifies completion. A period indicates the old is finished. A period signifies the new can now begin...It is easy to stay attached to something even though it no longer benefits you. The path of dogged but unrewarding effort is well traveled. You can easily fall into a rut and stay there. After all, doing nothing is often the path of least resistance. It is also the path of passivity and death. It takes courage to bring the old to a close. It takes imagination and effort to create the new."
 
 
Have you noticed that it is almost impossible to really reach toward the future while tied down to the past? In order for some things to come in your life, some other things have to end. Decide today, right now to let go of what is holding you back. Here are some things that you might want to consider letting go of:
  • The Past -- good or bad, the fact remains that it is over. Someone said that people who are caught up on past obsessions are unable to respond to what is happening now; they're too busy revisiting and trying to revise what happened then. Even constantly reliving past accomplishments can soon become a hindrance to future conquests. Decide to let go of the past with its pain and pleasure. Your greatest days lie just ahead. Go for them!
  • Guilt -- a lot of people don't realize that there is a difference between guilt and remorse. Guilt is a totally useless emotion...it only makes you feel bad and tempts you to more bad choices in the attempt to drive it away. Remorse is akin to biblical repentance. It leads to resolution -- not to repeat the same errors and sins again. How to deal with guilt? Confess your sins; bite the bullet, make apologies and restitution where possible; resolve to go in another direction.
  • Resentment -- Nothing ruins your happiness, your future relationships or your decision making power as much as easily as resentment. Has someone hurt you? Let it go and focus on what you can do to make things right, or simply distance yourself, if need be from the aggressor. But by all means refuse to be a prisoner of resentment and bitterness. Resentment is like guilt, its all about you and your own "righteousness." It tricks you into a never ending cycle of pain as you constantly replay the past. You don't need a continual, constant reminder of how much it hurt.
  • Revenge -- The old saying goes, "revenge is a dish best served up cold." The truth of the matter is that revenge is a dish best thrown away. Was nursing an obsession with getting even part of your original dream of how your life would be? Did you sit and daydream years ago about a "golden" future filled with revenge? It has been said that revenge only reinforces the original hurt, creates another enemy, warps your judgment, and takes your focus away from where it should be: on fulfilling your destiny in God! Revenge will lead into a cycle of actions and behaviors that will ultimately cause you to hate yourself as much as you hate the one who hurt you. Decide now. Let it go!
I could go on and on, but the point here is that you need to make the list of what to let go of your own. What do you see missing from this list as pertains to your life? Bad habits? Sins of the flesh or spirit? Laziness? Prayerlessness? A covetous spirit -- the unwillingness to tithe or give to God? Pride? Self-righteousness?
 
 
Listen to God today. Really listen. He is waiting to usher you into a wonderful time of "newness" in Him as you bring resolution, conclusion to your past.
 
 
 
 
Thoughts for your journal:
 
 
1. Make you own list of things that by God's help, you want to bring to a conclusion in your life.
 
2. Reflect on which relationships need to be revisited in order to bring closure and conclusion. Do you need to make things right with anyone? Are there some relationships that are not conducive to your walk with God that need to be ended (I am not speaking here of ending a marriage, or getting rid of your children)?
 
 
Prayer Focus:
  • Pray for the light of the Holy Spirit to reveal the things that you need to conclude or let go of, in order for this to be your greatest year.
  • Pray for a mighty outpouring of the Holy Ghost with signs following this weekend at church.
Prayer and Worship Opportunities :
 
Sunday - Altar Prayer/Soaking in His Presence - 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
           - Morning Worship - 11:30 a.m.
           - Evening Sacrifice Altar Prayer - 5:00 p.m.
           - Sunday Night Alive - 6:00 p.m.
 
M - F: 12 Noon Prayer
Monday - City-wide Prayer and Praise - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Morning Glory 5:30 a.m.
Thursday/Friday - Impact Crusade Revival - 7:30 p.m.
 
 
Final thought:
 
"...You see that is true life. Life is found in death. It is found in dying to self and living to Jesus Christ. In recognizing that the very meaning of life was shown to us through the life of Jesus and saying, "God, that is how I want it. Please live your life in me." The question before us now is, do we want to live life as God intended, or do we want to continue on our own, to search for it in the futile corners, in the tidbits that the world would throw us? That may make us happy or fulfilled for the moment, only to find emptiness; but we find true meaning and happiness in life by giving it to the Lord, surrendering our lives to Him. Contemplate, and don't be afraid to come to conclusion and closure and say that from this time on I want to live life as God intended it."
-- Lee R. Lescano
 
I am praying for you today. Please plan to join me for the services throughout this coming week...and be prepared for a deep work of God in your life!! Also, don't forget to refer to your Weekly Faith Activities Guide to further enrich this Consecration for you. As always,
 
 
Blessings to you!
 
 
Bishop Mark Moore, Sr.

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