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I Found the Answer

I was weak and weary, I had gone astray, … I found the answer, I learned to pray

I can relate.

I was weak.

I was weary.

I had gone astray.

I was not in the place or position for God to bless me.

I used to say: “Something’s got to change.” That was not the answer.

I needed to change.

The Body: Being Light in Darkness

Changing My Attitude

Lord, I thank you for changing my attitude about my calling, my ministry and my responsibility.  Continue to feed my spirit and cause me to become more and more open and obedient to You.

Changing My Approach

The Lord had to deal with me on an entirely different level.  He had to help me see how I was waiting when I need to be working.  He had to help me to see that I was forcing it, on the verge of faking, and not facing it. (The “it” was my ministry.)

Changing My Answer

I thank God for giving me the answer along with confirmation from all over the map.  My answer led to my acceptance, and then my actions.

During November, Life Path Ministries & Services will push and promote Giving Thanks by Giving Back: A Week of Works.  This will serve as a launch of our Holiday Outreach Service Team (H.O.S.T.) and the Saved2Serve Volunteer Network, both of which have been on the back burner for a few years now.  Stay tuned for more to come regarding this venture.

After all, I found the answer.

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And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. – Matthew 4:18

Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. – Mark 1:16

Everything seemed normal that day.  Simon “called Peter” and his brother Andrew were doing exactly what fishers do.  They were casting their nets into the sea of Galilee as they had done for some time.  Fishing was their livelihood.  Everything seemed to be going normally on that particular day.

It all seemed like a regular day of routine fishing up until Jesus showed up.

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19 (NIV)

Jesus came onto the scene and disrupted their entire expectation for the day.  The Messiah emerged and offered a whole new opportunity for both of these men.  He found them doing what they did on a regular basis and shared a totally unconventional concept of the future for them.  He offered to make them fishers of men.

Jesus offers us an example to follow if we intend to enlist others in ministry and service for the Lord.  We cannot simply tell others to show up and expect people to absorb what is going on around them like sponges.  People do not develop into servants of the Lord by osmosis.  It just doesn’t happen that way.  We have to have something to offer and share our intentions with them as we enlist them.  What we have to offer should encourage others.

At once they left their nets and followed him. – Matthew 4:20 (NIV)

Obviously, these brothers were encouraged by Jesus.  They decided to leave what they had and link up with the Lord.  They did not hold onto their past or present.  They made an on-the-spot decision to go with the Son of God.  He found some fishermen, but He focused making them into fishers of men.

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He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire…

Ps. 40:2 (NIV)

Deliverance is divine.  The Bible speaks of God in heaven doing as He chooses.   He does as he chooses and delivers in the same manner.  He can deliver us immediately or after a while.  What we may have to learn is to be developed and devoted as we await our deliverance.  David said that he waited patiently on the Lord.  We, too, must be able to wait patiently and hold on, awaiting on the Lord to come through for us.  Yet, as we wait, we must wait with hope and expectancy, trusting the Lord the whole time.  God may use this time to develop us, to grow our faith.  He also can use this time to increase our devotion to Him, expanding our perspective on growing closer to God as we wait on Him.  Try it this way.  As you wait on Him, put your whole weight on Him.  Trust Him to do what is right and just.  Deliverance is divine, and it comes from God in heaven who does as He chooses.

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Christians need to go on a daily quest to seek God daily.  We need to stay in His Word.  By staying in God’s Word, we can stay in prayer which is close communication with God.  What we need to seek is the kingdom of God daily.  Being a Christian doesn’t mean that you doing all of the things that need to be done to grow as a Christian.  Since we may not do all that is necessary as Christians, we need to at least make a commitment to do the minimum to get into the position for where we can grow.

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