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August 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - August 7, 2016

Good Morning Family,

          August.  Unbelievable how quickly the year has gone so far.  Time certainly is fleeting.  It takes a lot of effort to get the most out of every day.  How some people can spend their days in constant turmoil apart from the peace of the Lord resting upon their lives is beyond me.  I am glad I don’t understand living like that, otherwise I would be one of them.

          What Christ wants from us is constant surrender.  Not because He is a demanding tyrant of a God, but because He wants what is best for us.  When I live in “un-surrendered mode”, I am asking for a heap of trouble that should never be mine.  I walk into situations that in which I am completely unguarded and vulnerable as His child.  Walking surrendered and dead to self keeps us in His protection, provision, and reliant on His providential direction.

          Proverbs tells us to “lean not on our own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths”.  It is easy to spot a Christian living in the flesh.  They are the most miserable of creatures and make everyone around them miserable as well.  I can be that creature from time to time and so can you.  To our friends and family; they know when we are “un-surrendered”.  In that frame of mind, it is our self driving all of our actions and it can be a hard chain to break.

          Throwing up the white flag is the only answer for people like that.  For the believer or one who calls Christ their Lord with only their lips, living in rebellion, it is a most dangerous state.  It can bring about much discipline from the Lord that can be quite severe.  Isn’t it more serene living in His light and walking in His steps much like walking in your father’s footsteps in the snow?  This week, commit to commit your ways to Him in all things.

           As always, my prayer is for you to, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”  II Timothy 2:15

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

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