Sunday, October 3, 2010
A heart that has found more
What are we doing America? We don't look into the eyes of others anymore. We seem to pass by, thinking only of our own troubles. I can sit before you today and tell you, God has never left me or my family in the midst of a trial. We have struggled, but we have never really known want. God always meets our needs.
As I have been praying for God to change my heart, today was that day. Today was one of those powerful days that the Holy Spirit just grabed my heart and I knew without a doubt God has some big things in store for me and He has just been waiting for me to get out of that box and really seek Him with a heart desiring more than just giving contently, but giving until it hurts. We were not meant to be content.
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Psalm 42:1-2 "As a deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God."
Psalm 25:4-5 "Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day."
Psalm 19:14 "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer."
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 "And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God will all your heart and will all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?"
Mark 16:15-16 "And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."
See, today was one of those life changing days for me. Look what happened to me in just spending an hour or so in church today with an open heart. Just what if I spent more time seeking God. More time reaching out. Life is more than me saying I am a Christian, but living out my faith in this world. It's getting involved. It's participating in those things that take time and energy. We can't just sit back and wait for others to do God's work. He has called us for a higher purpose! Starting right here in my own heart, then reaching my family, friends, my neighbors and far across the land. Our co-workers. The kids we sit next to in school. There is no one without hope and there is no one who is not reachable. We just must be willing to be those open vessels just as Brad is. We must make ourselves vulnerable and be willing to reach out even if no one reaches back. Our job is to plant those seeds. It is God's to bring in the harvest when ready. Are you ready? Are you willing? Today can be the day we make changes that will begin a whole new walk.
Thank you Brad. Thank you for sharing your heart. God looks good on you Brad Banderman!