Saturday, March 11, 2023

Pastor's Pondering, March 11, 2023

It’s Time for a “Check-in”

It has already been ten weeks since 2023 began; we are about one fifth of the way through this new year.  Have we kept our new year’s resolutions, or have we returned to the old ways of thinking and behaving?  The Bible tells us to forget those things that are behind us and to look to our future (Philippians 3:13-14).  


This year, many of us have decided to lose weight, join exercise programs, monitor our health, examine our finances, and accomplish other great plans.  We may have blueprints for how 2023 will work out. Are we making the best use of our time or are we hurtling toward a future of unresolved issues, unsolved problems, and unanswered questions?  The Bible tells us to make full use of every day (Ephesians 5:16-17).  You have been designed for this time. You have been placed in your situation to meet its unique needs.


God does not give you purpose without giving you the resources to handle it (2 Peter 1:3).  While many will say that their challenges are too much to bear, the Bible tells us that trouble comes to all (Job 14:1), temptations come to all (1 Corinthians 10:13) but God will always accompany us as we let Him into our lives (Psalm 23:4).


You may not have kept your resolutions to be all that you can be, but remember God has not forgotten you and He will give you everything you need to live a victorious life, a purposeful life, and a life that demonstrates His greatness.  So... let us take another look at our resolutions, check in with God, ask Him with sincerity about next steps, and know that He wants to be your life’s Comforter and guide for 2023 (Psalm 119:105).


Philippians 3:13-14

New International Version

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


Ephesians 5:16-17

New International Version

16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.


2 Peter 1:3

New International Version

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.


Job 14:1

New International Version

1 “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble.


1 Corinthians 10:13

New International Version

13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.


Psalm 23:4

New International Version

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


Psalm 119:105

New International Version

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.


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