Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

Just recently I listened to the testimony of a man who with his wife are living in Honduras serving in the mssion field. He shared of how their lives have changed and of how they have gone from pursuing and quite sucessfully achieving and living the American dream to living a life of total trust in the provision of the Lord in their new life. I was greatly encouraged as I perceived that the Lord was speaking to me and my wife through this man. It is amazing of the ways that the Lord is able to minister unto us through the stories (experiences) of others, whether they stories that are being lived and written today or have been lived and written in the past. For we are all a story in progress, which is being written because of His Story being understood, received and lived out in our lives. Yes, initially in our lives we live as individuals and it is what we may call "my story". But as we grow in our knowledge and understanding of Him, we experience "His Story", and our individual stories become "our story". It was interesting to me and very thought provoking of the transition that this individual shared concerning his awareness of this growth process by the two Scripture verses that he shared with us.

For some time his favorite/life verse had been:
KJV Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

but now has been changed to this one:
KJV Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

I did not get it clear as to when this transition of verses happened, but from listening to him speak and from observing the change in their life's focus, it seems as if everything worked together to bring their focus from serving self to the serving of others.

Abraham left his familiar surroundings of his own culture and his family in obedience to the call of the Lord. He did this because he saw a bigger story of his life than just himself. Even though he did not know where he was going, he went anyway. Initially Abraham's story was about himself, but in time, together with his wife, it became the His Story, the story of Jesus Christ and the blessing that He brought and continues to bring to all mankind through the cross and the resurrection.

How about our lives today? Are we living "my story" or "His Story" which becomes "our story?"

What verse/s in the Bible are special verses at this point in my life? Why is it so?

May the Lord guide our meditations in His Word today and always!

KJV Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 02 Sep 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
A Fresh Start

We approach the fall time of the year, summer vacations have been enjoyed and we begin anew and afresh with church activities as well as continuing to manage our personal lives. Our Lord has given us much direction concerning the duties of life, instructing us to seek His kingdom first and depending upon him to give us that which we have need of. He does not want us to worry about the things of this life which are necessary, but He does call us to plan and carry out our duties with diligence.

Years ago when my family and I yet lived out west and we were busy in the logging business, there was a time when I was visiting my mother. As I lay on her couch complaining about a lack of work for our company, she told me that the mother bird does not continue to feed her young when they are old enough to go and find their own food, but that at some point the mother boots them out of the nest when she deems that they are old enough to seek their own food. I got off of the couch and went to seek work.

The foundation of our approach to having our needs met.
KJV Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

We are to ask, seek and knock.
KJV Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
KJV Matthew 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

We are not to worry, but make our requests to Him.
KJV Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing;(don't worry) but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

We pray.
KJV Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

The example of Jesus in prayer.
KJV Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
KJV Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

We seek wise counsel from others.
KJV Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
KJV Proverbs 20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
KJV Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

We put our plans into action.
KJV Proverbs 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
KJV Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
KJV Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

KJV Proverbs 27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
KJV Proverbs 27:24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
KJV Proverbs 27:25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
KJV Proverbs 27:26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
KJV Proverbs 27:27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.

We are open to possible changes in dirction.
KJV Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
KJV Proverbs 19:21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

Questions for us to consider.

How are we planning and working our plan?

Where is our planning strongest? Why?

Where is our planning weakest? Why?

What can we plan to do better?

May God Bless You!

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 31 Aug 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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