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Rise up and work!

  
Eph 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Mission Monday: 
Wow! Didn’t the weekend just fly?! As we enter a new week, let’s refresh and refocus our minds on what God’s mission and purpose is for us.

We all have different jobs and occupations. Some are in high powered corporate positions of responsibility, others may be students, housewives, janitors or in church ministry. Whatever it is and no matter how demanding it is, know that God has equipped you with all you need to fulfill that mission!

You may feel as if you are on track or you may feel as if you’ve been experiencing setbacks – workplace conflict, or unexpected projects or tasks; maybe you’re in the midst of a career or ministry change and it’s daunting; or perhaps dealing with a health challenge or an ailing spouse, parent or child. We all have difficulties and troubles that can slow us down and cause us to be too preoccupied with ourselves and the situation, causing us to lose focus on our deeper cause – to live out Christ’s purpose through the highs and lows of our lives.

Sometimes it may be as though certain things have died or are dying and it may be quite difficult to cope with changes in circumstances and relationships especially if they are sudden.  

Today for Mission Monday, I want to encourage you to rise up and work! Continue to do what God has called you to do even in the midst of seeming setbacks.

Remember Jesus..at 33 years old, at the height of His successful ministry He was crucified (killed)..at least that’s all it appeared to be. In reality however, so much more was taking place! God was performing His greatest work since creation..the redemption of the human race from the power of sin and death.  

Things may have to die..things in us, things or people we’ve relied on must go, circumstances and situations will have to change and sometimes God would call us..like Christ to live out this great plan of His..trusting Him alone. 

Sometimes it means that we have to review methods, certain attitudes, actions or strategies and make changes. Don’t resist God. It’s all about Him and for Him. He can see the end from the beginning. He knows what He’s doing. He’s saying to trust Him, make the changes where you can and don’t rely on your limited understanding of that situation. It is not all that it seems..God is working a greater work and you must view those circumstances and guard your heart in the light of His word.
Proverbs 3:5-6(NIV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Jesus wasn’t just crucified..He was buried in a dark lonely abysmal tomb. Yet by the power of the Holy Spirit, He rose up in 3 days..not immediately..but in 3 days and was glorified and seated at the highest place..above every principality and power. 
John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

A season may be 3 days, 3 months or 3 years. You may feel as if you’ve been hidden or buried in a dark place, grinding and sowing that seed for a while..as if things God spoke to you are not bearing fruit..but be patient. God will in time, in the time of His favor cause that hidden seed He’s planted to break forth from the ground and grow into a tree, with branches of healing for others (the nations) and evident fruit. 

Trust God! Trust God! Trust God and obey what He’s saying to you. 

Your greatest level of worship at this time or any time in your life, is your obedience to Him.
So as you go into this new week, be refreshed and refocused with new strength. Move forward with renewed faith! Draw from God (your greatest resource) all that you need to be godly (like Him) in your life and circumstances. 

You are not merely a “man” or a “woman”, in a position, you are a supernatural agent of God with access to His supernatural insight and power through the Holy Spirit. So go live out your God given purpose..do the works He has created for you to do in obedience and worship to Him.
Have a powerful, focused, God-filled week!

By Carol-angel Jackson

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WHAT IS IN YOUR HAND?

1 Pet 4:10-11 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God..So that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen

I recently had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful couple, a medical doctor Dr. Agamah and his wife June. He is from Ghana and she’s from Guyana. They have a thriving practice in the United States and three beautiful daughters. He shared with our church that about 18 years ago the Lord gave him a vision to start medical missions to his home village Agbozume, Ghana. This village of about 18,000 people had no hospital or medical facility to serve their large farming community with average earnings of less than US $1 daily and a life expectancy of less than 59 years. What began as a small clinic in a room of Dr. Agamah’s parents’ home, has now become the International Health and Development Network (IHDN), a major health care provider in Ghana with a hospital that serves a catchment area of 60,000 Ghanians yearly. (Click here to read more about IHDN)

It was truly inspiring and challenging to me at the same time. The Lord had asked me some years ago..”What is in YOUR hand?” What skill, profession, talent or resource have you been given that can be used to help and bless others around you?

Of course, if you can travel to far-away poverty stricken nations to serve that’s wonderful, but how can you serve others right where you are? Two weeks ago Marisse blogged on “Are you a foot or a fingernail?”. I want to encourage and underscore that message today..the gifts you’ve been blessed with are to be used to bless others. You can “get in where you fit in” and begin to serve wherever and in whatever way you are able to. Step beyond your comfort zone and your usual circle. Ask the Lord to broaden your scope of view and enlarge your territory and show you how to pray for people or nations that you may not already pray for. Reach out to that neighbor or co-worker that has been on your mind. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, strength and direction as you serve.

Isn’t it sobering to think of the limited time we have on this earth? Let’s use it for God’s glory because in the end, only what is done for Christ will last.

Prayer for today:
Lord, I thank you for life. Thank you for the gifts, talents and resources you have blessed us with. Show us how we can use these, with wisdom, to serve others more. Lead us Lord to the person, persons, communities or nations that are in need today. Bless us indeed and enlarge our territory, and let your hand be with us. Amen!

We’d really love to hear from you..share in the comment box below how you’ve been motivated to help others around you. Please also share any missions, initiatives or persons you would like us to join in and pray for. God bless.

By Carol-angel Jackson

Robertha, Dr. Agamah, his wife June, and your’s truly.

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