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Don’t Have Time

March 9, 2015

God watches over us, he continues to bless us day by day and hour by hour. He blesses us to make it through our work week; but we don’t have time left in our busy schedules to devote an hour of worship to him on Sunday mornings. We must remember that all blessing flow from and through him; our jobs, our health and strength.  It is this mercy that allows us to go to our jobs Monday through Friday.  We spend our Saturday’s relaxing an enjoying the gifts he has so graciously given us, but the one day he requires of us, by instructing us to remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy,  we use it to rest up for another week at work.

Jesus left his sovereign place in glory to suffer persecution; he was beaten and nailed to a cross for our sins but we refuse to give Him one or two hours a week of our time. When Jesus rose from the grave, He took time to fold His handkerchief that had been around His head indicates the thought, care, and composure with which he rose to secure our salvation,  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. (John 20:6-7)

There are those that say “I can pray and read my Bible from home. The fellowship of likeminded believers is so much more than just reading your Bible.  Assembly is necessary to receive understanding and for the growing of our knowledge.  There are several reasons why believers attend church:  “Their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ”. (Colossians 2:2) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)

When God has placed a gift or testimony in you, it’s hard to share with others if you are at home.  When God has done something for us, we should not hide it underneath a bushel. When Jesus healed the ten lepers, only one came back to say “thank You”. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. (Luke 17:15-16) In the story, the other nine lepers that was cleaned did not take the time to come back to say thank You. (Luke 17:17) In the parable of the five foolish virgins, they slumber and slept while waiting on the bridegroom. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.  And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’  But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.” (Matthew 25:6-10) We MUST be ready at all times!

God is a jealous God, his word declares,  I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, (Exodus 20:5)  He reminds us that he will never leave or forsake us.  He takes the time to watch over us, to keep our enemies from over-taking us, he has held back death, and healed our bodies. He continues to bless us over and over again.  He is calling us to remember the things He has done for us and where He has brought us from. For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. (2 Peter 1:12)
Prayer: O Gracious Father, we thank You for everything. For all the times we didn’t say thank You, we return today to say ‘thank You’. If we had a thousand tongues, we couldn’t say thank You enough. Help us to be better stewards of our time and help us to number our days. Thank You for taking time out of Your busy schedule to listen to our supplications, our prayers, our requests and healing us of our pains and infirmities. Thank You for loving us and caring for us. We give You the praise, honor and glory; for Your name is greatly to be praised. In the name of Jesus, we say thank You. Amen

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