Pastor Dale Swanson
Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens……O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, o Lord? You are entirely faithful…..The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours –you created it all. Psalm 89:2, 8, &11
God is in Charge
My Daddy owns everything. He owns the heavens and the earth and everything in the world. I don’t need to worry, because He is in charge of it all. He owns it all. And He is a good, loving God. He loves me very much and has good plans for me. His love doesn’t fail! It can be trusted. And He always keeps His promises to take care of me.
Today I’m glad to be reminded of who God is. He is mighty and capable. Everything answers to Him. Nothing happens that’s out of his control. I’m thankful that I can trust His love for me. He won’t fail, and neither will His love.
Help me, Lord, to keep my eyes above my circumstances. Keep them focused on you and your goodness. When I’m distracted by the wind and waves that blow through my life, keep this mantra on my lips: God is in charge and He is good.
Surrendering to God’s Love,
May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:5
This verse is followed by Paul exhorting the people to “continue to do the things we commanded you.” Where did they get the power to live out the commands? By a full understanding and expression of the love of God. This seems to be step–by –step process.
1. Understanding the love of God leads to
2. Expressing the love of God resulting in
3. Doing the things commanded
And how do I achieve that “full understanding”? by God’s leading.
It would seem that the one thing I need in life, is to understand God’s love. When that happens, my I will naturally act the way I should. My one goal in life should be to understand His love. From there, everything else will flow.
Father, I want to live a life full in you. I want to be sensitive to your Spirit’s leading and direction. I want my paths to be directed by you. And I want my life to be an expression of your love. So I agree with Paul’’s blessing. And I receive it over my life. Would you lead my heart into a full understanding of your Love. Open my eyes to see your love for me, and the love you have for those around me. And then let that love flow out of me in my daily life.
I pray that you would root me and establish me in your love. Would you give me the power to grasp how truly wide and long and high and deep your love is, and to truly, personally know this love that goes way beyond my understanding—so that I can be filled completely, entirely, with all of you. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
Following Your Direction,
(NLC church office administrator)