Ordinary to Extraordinary

This Easter weekend, be confident in the ONE that has made the impossible possible. You are being transformed daily to engage in a bright future. So step ahead; feel free to explore and discover ways to dispense this same power that raised Christ from death on the Cross.

Step Ahead

The gospel message
Turns the ordinary
Into something
Extraordinary.

For the gift of Christ
On the Cross freed
All believers
And meets every need.

Each and every day,
Show your reverence
To God’s powerful Word
And being in His presence.

Step ahead today
Seeking to explore
And work with others
To discover more.

Passionately
Focused on what you’re doing
And never holding back
In your pursuing.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 04-04-2019
Image Source – Bing Images

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Worship of the ONE True God

You cannot serve both God and money. – Luke 16:13

Brought out in the study of 2 Corinthians 6:11 through 7:4 and shared in the post “One Common Link” is the difficulty of mixing the worship of idols with the worship of the ONE true God because righteousness and wickedness do not mix together.

Paul faced this challenge in establishing the Corinthian church and we all face these challenges today.  When faced with a challenge, that’s when the focus is the highest. Fellow believers need to focus on what God provides and pull for each other. That the Spirit moves in each heart so the body of Christ is functioning in concert.

I remember helping my daughter set up her fitbit a while back. It wouldn’t work because it wasn’t synced up to the correct model. Sometimes we just need to be synced up to the ONE that provides what we need; the ONE true God.

You may be at home right now and need a lift. You may be at work struggling with an issue. For more peace and to get synced up, take a few minutes to listen to the song Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave.

Let us put our attention on God first. He will provide what we need so we can organize, prioritize, and reorder our day with a plan. Then all we need to do is step ahead towards that plan with a purpose in every step. 
 

 

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One Common Link

Reading in 2 Corinthians 6:11 through 7:4, Paul’s desire for the Corinthians was to grow in their faith. Paul expected them to put forth the effort just as the Christian leaders of the Corinthian church had done. To be open and grow with each other spiritually with one common link being Jesus Christ.

Explained in this passage is the difficulty faced when united improperly to those who prefer idol worship rather than the worship of the one true God. Believers linked to non-believers face difficulty because righteousness and wickedness do not mix together for it is like oil mixed with water, vinegar mixed with milk, or pizza with weight loss.

Paul faced many challenges. There was conflict, fear, and depression because he faced opposition and persecution. In this passage, he finally finds joy in that the Corinthian people were treating his disciple and appointed leader named Titus with kindness.

We face the same challenges today and when faced with a challenge that’s when we need to focus on God. He’s not distant but near and the Holy Spirit links all believers together to meet every challenge. Like the photo below points out, we are stronger linked together and will not be broken.

Photo Credit – dwellingintheworld.wordpress.com

This day with You Lord, we come to You with openness and confess the many idols we let get in our way. Expensive cars, clothing, and houses require more than we can afford are full of promises we can’t keep but You come through on Your promises. Through Your Son, the door to an awesome future has been opened. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

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