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"MOTHERHOOD: Still The Most Important Profession"

“Honor thy father and mother: which is the first commandment with promise” -Ephesians 6:2

During the month of May, we honor and celebrate Mother’s Day. Because of the efforts of Anna M. Jarvis, who suggested a national observance of an annual day honoring all mothers, on May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. As I thought about Mother’s Day, I began to reflect on motherhood , and I believe it is still the most important profession in the world.

Being a mother is more than giving birth. It is a lifetime commitment of love, nurture, correction, training, and building character in children’s lives. From the time a child is born, it is the mother’s responsibility to prepare that child for the rest of his/her life. Life is full of different roads and there are many paths to follow. Mothers teach their children how to make good choices, and to love them through the lessons.

As we think about all that a mother does, I thought about the job description a mother might have. Here is how it might read in the classifieds : “Needed, One Mother: She must have the following characters”: 

M

Manager-able to train, direct, educate, and prepare a child for life.
Mender-able to fix things from bicycles to broken hearts.

O

Organizer-one who will bring structure to her household and her child’s life. 
Opportunist– one who will seize the moment and keep her child’s eye on the goal.

T

Trustworthy– her child will know she can be trusted to keep her word.
Teacher-she will not give a task without showing her child how to complete it.
Taxi-available to drive her children to sporting events and school functions.

H

Helper- she is there in time of need.
Healer– she stands with her child through the rough places and wrong choices. Her kiss on a wound is better than any medicine a doctor can give.

E

Example-she sets an example in her home.
Edifier– she builds up her children; she gives them confidence and encouragement.

R

Restrictor– she set boundaries for herself and her children.
Restorer– she is able to softly and tenderly rebuild and restore in her children what others tear down. Refuge– she is a safe place in the time of trouble. Reflector-she reflects the love and character of Christ.

Being a mother is the most important occupation on earth. Let us remember to appreciate and thank our mothers for their love and influence in our lives. Let us rise up and call her blessed! To all of our mothers-Happy Mother’s Day!

Until then, let us continue. . .

With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson 

"Perplexed At The Tomb"

“And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.“ Luke 24:2-4

On Sunday morning, the women who followed and loved Jesus decided to go to the tomb where He was buried. When they arrived at His burial place they “expected” to find a big stone covering the grave. Instead, to their utter confusion, the stone was rolled away and the grave empty. The Bible says, “they were perplexed.”

Have you ever found yourself “perplexed” by circumstances in life? I know I have. I expected one thing, but got something totally different. You work hard to do a good job. You expect a promotion and a raise, but instead the boss puts a friend in the position that was promised to you. Or worse, you get let go. You are confused, perplexed and extremely upset.

We can all identify with the perplexity of the women who made it to the tomb. They had just two days prior buried a friend in a tomb, and returned 48 hours later to find the body gone. When the women told the disciples that Jesus’ body was missing, they were confused.

The ladies were emotional and grief stricken; the men doubted their story because it was confusing. In fact, Luke tells us that the “words of the women seemed to the apostle as idle takes, and they be- lieved them not.” Not only was everyone perplexed and confused, but the apostles thought the ladies made the whole story up.

There’s a big lesson for you and me. When things don’t meet our expectations, we all can be con- fused. And confusion leads to distrust. At the tomb, we find two men sent from Heaven, reminding the perplexed women of Jesus’ words: “In three days I will rise.” But, sadly, fueled by false expectations and overwhelming disappointment, the women became confused and forgot Jesus’ words.

The women weren’t the only ones to forget what Jesus said. When Jesus’ disciples head their story, they too, forgot Jesus’ words and decided not to believe what the women said.

To the point, that hours later when two of Jesus’ followers were headed home to Emmaus, they were still in such a confused state that they not only forgot all the words in Scripture Jesus told them, which pointed to his death, they forgot Him. When Jesus joined them on their journey– their perplexity and confusion blinded them so much they didn’t recognize He was right by their side. I think we all can admit that in life when we face disappointments it can lead to sorrow, confusion, grief, and regrets.

The apostle Paul, in writing to the Christians living in Corinth during very trying times, has heaven’s answer to the perplexity and confusion we face.

Paul points out that in our lives we may be “afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair.” (II Corinthians 4:8) Why not? Because He says, even in our “earthen vessels” we can show God’s transcendent power. We may be confused and perplexed by difficult circumstances we face, but when we do not let these tragedies make us lose our grip on God, we are showing His power working in us. If it’s our power we’re trusting, we do get confused. We think that the news of Christ’s resurrection is nothing but an “idle” tale. But when we remember Jesus’ words, we are empowered by the Source that is greater than our disappointment, sadness, or confusion.

When you are on your “Emmaus” roads of life questioning, confused or perplexed, be grateful and thankful that Jesus never leaves you or forsakes you, but walks with you step by step even when you can’t feel or see Him. There may be times in your life that Jesus is silent, but He is never absent! In perplexities when you do not know what to do or understand what is going on, be patient and calm by the thought that “what is hidden from you is not hidden from Him.” Until then, let us continue. . . Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,
Pastors Terry & Tina Richardson

"Created For Purpose"

“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities or powers; all things were created by Him and for Him” -Colossians 1:16

Even before the creation of the universe, God had your in mind and planned you for His purposes. You are created for a purpose-God’s purposes! You are not a biological accident neither are you a mistake or did you enter in to this world by chance or happenstance. Your life has meaning because God has given meaning to your life.

It is imperative for every person to know and understand his purpose for existence. When an individual does not understand his purpose for being, he will wander aimlessly through life being driven by outside forces. You see, you will find some in life who are driven by outside forces such as guild spending their entire lives running from regrets and past mistakes. Others are driven by resentment and anger. They hold on to past hurts and pain either internalizing their anger or exploding it on to others. Thirdly, you will find people driven by fear. Fear keeps people imprisoned from becoming what God intends for them to be. Not only are people without purpose by fear and anger, but some are driven by materialism. People driven by materialism are never content. This drive for material things perpetuates the misconception that having more will bring happiness and security; however, we must recognize one’s value is not measured by what is attained in life, but one has value because God created him. Finally, many people driven by the need for approval. Being controlled by the expectations or opinions of others will cause one to miss God’s purpose for his life. When you are consumed by what others think, trying to please others or attempting to meet other’s expectations, you will become distracted and confused from being what God has called you to be.

On the other hand, when you are driven by God’s purpose, you will discover a life of meaning and fulfillment. God’s purpose for you is outlined in His Word. He has created you for His pleasure as you worship and fellowship with your Creator. You were formed to belong to God’s family connecting with other believers of like precious faith. But not only were you created to belong, but your were created to become like Christ—to be a disciple and follower of Jesus. God’s purpose for your life is for you to minister and serve God using the gifts and abilities He has given you. Finally, you were made for a mission. What is our mission? Our missions is to share what Christ has done in you and through you.

God wants you to understand and live His purpose because when you live God’s purpose it is the only real way to live. It said of David that he was a man after God’s heart. Why? Because David according to Acts 13:30, “...served his own generation by the will of God...”. David dedicated his life to fulfilling God’s purpose on earth. There is no greater reward than serving God’s purpose in your generation. May that be the desire of your heart and the desire of Life Church as we serve God’s purpose-His will-for this generation.

Until then, let us continue. . .

Changing Lives for Eternity! With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson 

"The Power Of Forgiveness"

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”- Matthew 6:14-15

I recently saw a follow-up news item on a shooting that happened the year before. An Innocent woman was shot in a cross-fire between two men during a robbery. As a result of the injury, the woman was paralyzed. The news item talked about the huge change in her life since the shooting. The thing that struck me most was her statement, “I haven’t forgiven them yet, but I know I have to, because if I don’t God won’t forgive me.” I could see the pain she was in, and the life she had lost. I wanted to say, “No, God loves you for who you are. You have been greatly damaged. It’s alright!” But, she knew the truth beyond the emotion of seeing a terrible crime like this. The truth is that unless we forgive those who harm us, who sin against us, God will not forgive us. This woman knew three things to be true:

 We must forgive to be forgiven

That is the power of forgiveness. When we refuse to forgive, we hold ourselves in spiritual hostage and our prayers are hindered. Some people who have trouble with forgiveness think that forgiveness does not take the harm of sin seriously. But, forgiveness does take sin seriously and makes no excuses for it. Forgiveness says, “You hurt me. And what you did was wrong, but I will not hold it against you. I will not get back at you, but I choose to forgive.” When there is genuine forgiveness, there is a spiritual release that takes place.

 Forgiveness is hard

Another truth the woman knew was that forgiveness is hard. This woman was an athletic, vibrant woman before the bullet paralyzed her and changed her life forever. It is not easy to give up our right to be hurt, to be angry, to hate others for what they have done. You may also have experienced terrible things done to you by someone you loved and trusted, and they hurt you and broke your trust.

The Bible tells us the story of Joseph, whose ten brothers first planned to kill him. Because they lacked the fortitude to do that, they sold him as a slave to traders who then sold him to an Egyptian. Joseph went from slavery to prison, and then to a place in Pharaoh’s court, and finally to being in charge of all Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. Joseph had the favor of God and the release of God’s power because he chose to forgive. He forgave his brothers who sold him into slavery. He forgave Potiphar’s wife for lying about him, causing him to be put in prison. Joseph forgave the butler and the baker who did not tell Pharaoh about him.

 God enables us to forgive

God enabled Joseph to forgive all those who harmed and hurt him. We are also able to forgive in the light of God’s forgiveness knowing that God has forgiven us of all our iniquity, transgressions, sin, and short comings. How can we not extend forgiveness to others who hurt or offend us?
We must choose to forgive those who hurt us because God commands it. Our own forgiveness hinges on it, but also it is the best thing for us. When we refuse to forgive, bitterness grows like a cancer within us and it eats us, robbing us of our joy and peace.

Is there someone who you need to forgive? Or, someone you haven’t talked to in a long time because of what they did? Or someone you avoid? Forgive and allow God’s power to be released in your life.

During the next few weeks during our Sunday services, we are focusing on the “Power of Forgiveness” and our relationships. You will not want to miss these services as we expect more of God’s power released as we forgive. On Sunday, February 12th, missionary Amy Farley will be giving her powerful testimony on the power of forgiveness. You will be encouraged and blessed by her words.
It is an honor to serve as your pastor. Let us continue to “Expect More” in 2017!

We love you!

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson 

"Expect More"

“Enlarge the place of they tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations; spare not, lengthen they cords, and strengthen thy stakes; for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.” -Isaiah 54:2-3

As we turn the calendar page of a new year, the Word of the Lord to Life Church is “Expect More”. God wants to do exceeding above all what we can even think or imagine, but it begins with our level of expectation.

The prophet, Isaiah, wrote about a people who experienced spiritual barrenness and dryness. They were searching for meaning and purpose. There was a genuine hunger and thirst for God. In the midst of their cry to God, God spoke to them to expect more by:

Enlarging:

First, they must enlarge the place of their tent. God wanted to do bigger and better things in their lives. Like Israel, God wants to do greater things in you and His Church. However, to make this a reality we must expect more and enlarge our capacity for God. We must have a sincere hunger and thirst for Him in our lives and in our church. As we enlarge our place for God, He will speak things into your spirit as you believe and expect Him for bigger things.

Stretching:

Not only must we enlarge our capacity for God, but secondly, we must stretch forth the curtains. This means we must expand our influences. Everyone of us has a sphere of influence. Let us influence our community by showing concern for others and expanding our circle of love to be inclusive rather than exclusive. Our community-Valley Hi and the Potranco area-needs us to be a Godly influence of holiness and righteousness. We cannot afford to sit back 
Allowing the enemy to reek havoc upon our communities. We must rise up and expect more of God’s anointing on our lives and stretch forth our cords to influence those around us.

Strengthening:

Finally, Isaiah says to strengthen our stakes. This refers to stretching our faith and commitment: stretching our faith to believe God for the impossible; stretching ourselves in prayer, worship, service, and giving. After all, God blesses the church and believer that willingly offers himself as a living sacrifice.

God has given the divine directive for us to enlarge our tent and expect more from Him as He enables us. Throughout this month, seek God as to how He would have you enlarge your tent-your capacity for God, stretching forth your curtains, influencing those around you in a positive way, and strengthening the stakes-the commitment you will make to God be what He wants you to be and expect more from Him.

When we enlarge the place of our tent, stretch forth the curtains of influence, and strengthen the stakes of faith and commitment, we will see the spiritually desolate communities of San Antonio come to life with the presence of God. We will see spiritual blind eyes open, and those who are captive set free. As we look ahead throughout the beginning of January, let us endeavor to expect more as we enlarge our tent. Of course, enlarging our tent takes a step of faith and commitment. God has made a promise to us as we follow Him in enlarging our tent, we will break forth on the right and the left and God will gives us an inheritance of souls. Let’s join together, expect more, and enlarge God’s tent!

Expect More in 2017!

With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson 

"When God Shows Up"

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a women, made under the law to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” - Galatians 4:4-5

Christmas is about God breaking though at surprising times, and showing up in unusual places in the world. You never know when, where, or how God will show up. As you look though the Bible, you will see God showing up at inopportune times. For instance, God showed up to Moses on the back side of the desert; He appeared to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace ; and foremost, He showed up in Bethlehem as the angels announced the arrival of God on earth.

God always chooses unusual people in unexpected places to show up. Jesus was not born in the temple, He was born in a stable. His father was not a priest, but a peasant. He did not live in Jerusalem, he lived in Nazareth. No one really knew about Jesus’ birth and very few cared anything about it, but God was changing the world! What happened when God showed up during the first Christmas? Several of many things happened.

 The World is Informed
Christmas informs the world that there is meaning and purpose in the world for the God, who created the world, came to redeem it. Christmas informs the world that the true King of the world has been born and will establish His everlasting Kingdom. Whether the world wants to hear it of not, the message of Christmas is one of good news and great joy. Christmas announces that there is a reason to hope. Through the coming of Christ to this earth, lives are changed, nations are changed, and the world is changed.

 The World is Transformed
Our message is not mere words about hope and peace, but the Christmas message changes the world. The Bible speaks of the transformation of

individuals and also the transformation of the world. The scripture first calls us to personal transformation by the renewing of our minds. When you are transformed, you become a new person. You think, speak, and act differently in order to transform the world, you have to be transformed by Christ. As Christ lives in you, you are changed and then you begin to change those around you.

 A New World is Formed
Christ’s birth was the signal of something new. His Kingdom would replace the kingdom of the world. Christmas is the announcement of the Kingdom of God breaking though. Let the world never forget who the Creator is, for He is coming to claim His creation. Furthermore, let us never forget that Jesus is King, for He is returning to reign. We confidently say with John the Revelation in Revelation 11:15, “The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.”

When God shows up, we can expect even greater things! The story is told of the great golfer, Arnold Palmer. He once played a series of exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia. The king was so impressed that he told Palmer that he wanted to give him a gift, but Palmer said, “It really isn’t necessary, Your Highness. I’m honored just to have been invited.” The king insisted, “I would deeply be upset if you would not allow me to give you a gift.” Palmer thought for a moment and finally said, “All right, how about a golf club? That would be a beautiful memento of my visit.” The next day, delivered to Arnold Palmer’s hotel, was the title to a gold club-thousands of acres, trees, lakes and a club house.

During this Christmas season, expect God to show up in your daily life. Let Him do something new and fresh in you as He rules and reigns! May you have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,
Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson 

"What God Expects From You For Your Country"

“When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” -Proverbs 29:2


From the moment the first settlers came to America and dedicated the land to “the glory of God and the propagation of the Christian faith,” the church played a central role in shaping the governmental structure of our nation. In this election year, with our nation in a time of uncertainty, God is looking for the church to be the moral compass in directing our nation toward Him. Here are several biblical principles to follow in bringing about God’s blessing to our nation.

 Be A Godly Influence

Believers are to influence the world around them. Jesus told us to be “the salt of the earth and the light of the world.” We are to season those around us and illuminate the path of righteousness just as light does a physical pathway. We can be salt and light by fulfilling our civic responsibilities through paying taxes and voting.

 Pray For Your Government Leaders

Whether you vote for a candidate who is elected or not, it is our responsibility to pray for those God has placed over us. The Bible says this is good and acceptable in the sight of God. If there was ever a day our government leaders need prayer, it is today! The uncertainty of our day and the morality of society necessitate God’s people to fervently stand in the gap for those who lead and serve.

 Respect and Obey Government Leaders Paul told the Romans in chapter 13, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities... whoever resist the authority resists the ordinance of God...” This is an admonition from God as He established and continues to work through the lines of authority. Without government and laws,

our society would be chaos, therefore it is imperative we respect and obey laws.

 Elect To Office Those Who Uphold and Mirror Biblical Righteousness

It is your Christian responsibility to know what each candidate stands for and his political platform. As voters, we must be informed. Endeavor not to allow the media to bias or influence you away from Biblical truths. Be an informed voter and make sure the candidate of your choice upholds Godly morals and values-values such as sanctity of marriage, the value of human life, and integrity and honesty.

The Bible describes leadership as being a sacred trust and placing a person in a position is a serious matter. We should never take our civic responsibility for granted, nor should we look at it as a burden. It is our privilege to be able to be used by God to shape the values and morals of our nation.

 Live Your Life So That God Will Bless You and Our Nation

We should never fall into the trap of substituting political involvement for the Gospel. We must recognize that politics can never be an instrument of salvation. We can and should work for positive change in our world. As you know, a nation’s problems are always spiritual in nature. As you live a godly life before others, God will bless your and He will bless our nation as our churches actively pray and seek God on behalf of our country. As we repent and pray, God will change us and bring healing to our land. The Psalmist said, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people who He hath chosen for His own inheritance.” Let us do our part to see God change America. Real eternal change can only come through God. Until then, let us continue. . .

Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson 

"When You Are Hoping For A Miracle"

“And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” -Exodus 14:14-16

In this passage of Scripture, God’s people were being pursued by Pharaoh and his army. However, only the Lord knew what it would take to deliver His chosen people from slavery. As the Israelites, under Moses, came to the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army behind them and the hills on each side, the only thing they could do was move forward. It was impossible for them to go back. In all actuality, there was nothing to go back to!

In the midst of their dilemma, God told them, “Go forward!” The Israelites were in need of a miracle, and Moses was hoping for a miracle. Ultimately, they won the victory over Pharaoh’s great army because God was with them before, during and after the crossing of the Red Sea. In spite of obstacles the enemy has out before you, there is also hope for you if you face every day with the attitude that you are going forward and not back- ward. So how do you move forward without moving back?

Know that you are heading to something better

Where you are now is only temporary. This is not your final destination. Hope for something better! Heaven is our goal and not the things this world has to offer. To move forward you must move out of your place of comfort. The Israelites had become comfortable in Egypt. They were used to settling for the leftovers, but let us recognize God had better things ahead.

Change Your Attitude

The Israelites had developed a slave mentality. They had become content with where they were. The People of God sometimes become accustomed to their surroundings and get used to it rather than believing for a miracle. God has called His people to be the head and not the tail; to be above and not below, to be victorious and not the victim. Your attitude determines your altitude.

Have faith in God and stretch out to use what He has placed in your hand

In verse 16 God said to Moses, “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea.” Notice the only thing Moses had faith in what God had promised was a stick. What has God given you to move yourself and lead other’s to their destiny? It might be a talent, singing, trade life, carpentry, or landscaping. It doesn’t matter what it is, but use it for the glory of the Lord.

Depend upon God’s favor and not man’s favor

God showed His favor upon Moses and the Israelites. And, God desires to show His favor to you as you walk in obedience to Him and hope for a miracle.

Depend upon God’s power

As Moses lifted his rod toward the Red Sea, the power of God was demonstrated and the waters parted. Not only does God give you power to overcome the obstacles of life, but He gives you the power to move forward - if you are willing. Be determined to heed the voice of God and not allow anything to stop you. You do not want to drift back into the things that once held you down or had you bound. Move forward by faith that the best if yet to come!

I am excited about what God is going to do for you. During October I am devoting the month to believing God for a miracle for you and Life Church. Whether you feel it’s too late, you have run out of all your resources, you can’t see your way out of what you are in, or you need a fresh start, let us join our faith together and dare to believe God!

Until then, let us continue. . .

Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson 

"Groups Will Get You There"


“And they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship...and all that believed were together, and had all things common...and they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house...” - Acts 2:42-45

We see the pattern for the church in the book of Acts. The believers gathered together in the temple to worship together, but, also they gathered together in small home groups to fellowship, encourage one another, and to study God’s Word. The focus on the early church’s small group gathering was not just to meet for coffee and eat a doughnut, but the early church’s small groups had spiritual habits that helped form the hearts and lives of believers in spiritual growth.

You see, healthy small groups are an intentional gathering of people who agree to share life together, meeting on a regular basis for the purpose of fulfilling God’s mission for the church and for making disciples of Christ. While every church has it’s own culture, God gives us some specific guidelines for growing healthy groups. What are the keys to healthy small groups?

Key #1: Koinonia

Koinonia is the Greek word used for fellowship; however, Biblical fellowship is more than having cake and cookies in the church’s fellowship hall. The word means a “sharing in common, communion”. Christian fellowship is an important part of the Christian life. It is coming together to share the joys and sorrows of life encouraging in love, faith and prayer. That is the essence of true koinonia.

Key #2: Bible Study

The Early Church continued in the study of the apostles’ doctrine or God’s Word. The Bible is God’s manual for life. As Christians, many of us know why we should study the Bible, but why should we study the Bible in small groups? First and foremost, our groups must have an upward focus. A group that is not focused on God and His Word is just a bunch of people getting together to have fun. While fun is important, small group Bible study offers a safe place to grow, ask questions, and learn. Most importantly, small groups will help you apply God’s Word as we encourage one another in handling life issues.

Key #3: Community

Acts 2:42 says the early believers devoted to “fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers”. Small groups are a place where people can find help with their spiritual needs. They are a place where members pray or each other, encourage and edify one another. Ecclesiastes 4:10 says it this way “for if they fall, the one will life up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”

Key #4: Outreach

Acts 2:47 says, “and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. Reaching out to the world around us is a vital part of serving Christ and the mission of the church. It is of great value for every believer to do something to contribute to the broader ministry and mission of the church. Serving makes for a wonderful marriage between groups and the church as we serve in the church as well as away from the church.

I am excited that during September we are launching Life Groups-small home groups at Life Church– as well as our Empower small group classes. I encourage you to join a small group whether meeting on Life Campus or at a home. These groups will help you to connect with the Life Church family, build friendships, strengthen your walk with God, as well as be an encourager in serving God and others. You see, “Groups Will Get You” where you need to be in life’s journey.

Until then, let us continue. . . Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,
Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson 

"Don't Put It Off"

“Thus speaketh the Lord of host, saying, ‘This people say, the time is not yet come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built’” Haggai 1:2

In the Old Testament, God spoke to His people about building the temple. But, the people gave all kinds of excuses on why they could not build the Lord’s house. What they were saying was that they would do it later. They would rebuild the temple when it was more convenient for them. They were just too busy. In fact, they had put if off for over sixteen years.

That’s what we do many times. We’ll take care of things tomorrow or next week or next month. Before you know it, you have put things off for a year, five years, or even ten years.

Procrastination is the trick of the enemy. Don’t believe the lies that you can do it tomorrow when you can do it today. God is a God of the now, and in whatever area He may be dealing with you, start to do it now. That’s the only way you will experience God’s plan and purpose for your life.

A number of years ago, when my girls were younger, they left a box of 64 crayons on the velour seats of the back seat of the car on a hot, humid Sunday afternoon in July. When we were getting in the car to go to church, I heard one of the girls say, “Uh oh”. Now that didn’t sound very encouraging. When I looked over my shoulder in the back seat, I saw all 64 crayons melted into one huge, dark stain. I immediately found some stain remover. The directions said that I needed to get the spot out as quickly as possible. Well, you didn’t have to tell me twice. The quicker I dealt with it, the easier it would be to remove.

It’s the same way in our lives. When God brings something to light, revealing an area that we need to change or something that we need to make right, don’t put if off. Not tomorrow, next week, or next month, but do it now!

When you are a “now” person, this demonstrates your obedience to God. After all, you many have good intentions but good intentions do not equal obedience. Perhaps, God has been dealing with you about an area in your life. It may be about getting out of debt or controlling your spending or not being so quick to use your credit cards. God may be speaking to you about forgiving the people that may have done you wrong or spending more time with the important people of your life.

When God speaks, don’t put it off! When you know what is right and you keep putting it off, you risk missing God’s best for you. You miss out on reaping a blessing because you haven't sown a see. If God is speaking to you about an area you have been putting off, don’t regard it as condemnation. On the other hand, view it as God taking you to a higher level. If you will do your part and be quick to obey, you will miss the trap of procrastination. You will be amazed at the progress that will take place in your relationship with God, others, and your inner self. So, the next time God prompts your, don’t put it off!

Until then, let us continue. . .

Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson 

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