LET IT GO (4)

MAY 7

I will make up to you for the years that the … locust has eaten. JOEL 2:25 NAS

Fourth, let go o{ what you failed to do! “If I could just go back, I’d … ” The poet said, “The saddest words of tongue or pen, are these, we hear, ‘It might have been.?’ Not one of us escapes the long shadow of “opportunity missed.” We fail more frequently by what we didn’t do than by what we did. We could have helped, healed, blessed, Of changed things for the better. But by pursuing our own interests we left words of love and gratitude unspoken. Avoiding unwanted consequences, we left the awkward truth unacknowledged. Evading the label, “religious nut,” our witness remained mute: a responsibility unfulfilled, a decision sidestepped, an aging parent neglected, a child crowded out, a spouse excluded. “How different my life could have been if I’d pursued my education, accepted that promotion, made that investment, relocated, or taken a chance on love.” When the door is dosed, the person’s gone

and the opportunity missed, it’s time for:

(a) Letting it go. The same cross that cancels your sins of commission, cancels your sins of omission too. Confession, not remorse, brings God’s forgiveness and cleansing from “all sin” (See I Jn 1:9). (b) Renewing your faith in the God of second chances. He can “make up to you for the years that the locust

has eaten” (See Joel 2:25). Believe Him; He can place you where you’d be, had the opportunity never been lost. (c) Asking God for a new dream, then “forgetting those things (old, sabotaged dreams) which are behind and reaching forward to those things (new dreams) … which are ahead, press forward,” to a life of restored opportunity and fulfillment (See Php 3:13).

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground.

After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground.The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts.

​Finally, the female bird turned to her mate. “Dear,” she chirped, “I think it’s time to tell him he’s adopted.”

 

A memorandum on a phone call was handed to a businessman by his secretary.

“I can’t read this,” he said.

“I couldn’t understand him very well,” said the secretary.

“So, I didn’t write it very clearly.” …



LET IT GO (3)

MAY 6

I persecuted the church. GALATIANS 1:13 NIV

Third, let go of what you have done to others! The wounds we’ve inflicted on others can weigh us down like a ton. The drunk-driving accident. The family shattered by divorce. The child abused in anger. The abortion following an affair. The faithful partner infected by HIV. We can’t wound others and remain whole ourselves, so the “ghost of failures past” dogs our days, fills our nights with remorse and steals our peace of mind. How do I live with the things I’ve done? Enter Saul of Tarsus, a man with a record. “I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it” (Gal 1:13 NLT). He’d torn believers from

their families leaving traumatized children watching their parents carried off to flogging, imprisonment and death. Now, a convert to Christianity and a preacher of the gospel, he meets the widows and orphans in the churches he once persecuted. How do you handle such a situation? A crucial decision faced him. He could shoulder the guilt until it broke him and maybe even made him an addict or a suicidal wreck. Or he could roll it onto shoulders big enough to carry it and walk away free. He calls out, “0 wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Ro 7:24 NKJV). The answer follows instantly, “Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Ro 7:25 TLB). The result? “Even though I was … a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy” (l Ti 1:13 NIV). Today that same mercy is yours for the taking. Make amends where possible, trust God to heal the hurts you’ve caused, and let it go!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Continued from yesterdayMore UPS Gripe Sheet Reports and their fixes:

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.

S: DME volume set to more believable level.

 

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.

S: That’s what friction locks are for.

 

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.

S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

 

P: Suspected crack in windshield.

S: Suspect you’re right.

 

P: Number 3 engine missing.

S: Engine found on right wing after brief search

 

P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)

S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.

 

P: Target radar hums.

S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

 

P: Mouse in cockpit.

S: Cat installed.

 

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.

S: Took hammer away from the midget



LET IT GO (2)

MAY 5

God has made me forget all my trouble. GENESIS 41:51 NIV

Second, let go of what others have done to you! Thorns come with roses, and hurts come with human relationships. And few hurts go as deeply as those inflicted by friends and family. Ask Joseph, who was sold out by his brothers and locked up in a foreign prison for a crime he never committed. It’s the stuff

bitterness, depression, despair and defeat are made of. And who’d have blamed him? But Joseph knew that he, not his abusers, had the last word; that he, not they, would decide his future. Others can wound you, but no one can destroy you without your permission and cooperation. It’s not what they do to you that determines your outcomes, it’s what you do next. Joseph decided to let the offenses go and accept responsibility for his own reactions. When you do that you take back your power, open yourself to new options, and make choices that position you to come out of it stronger, wiser and more blessed.

Notice: (a) Joseph saw it from God’s perspective. “You did not send me here … God did … to keep you alive by a great deliverance” (See Ge 45:8). (b) He released his resentment. He moved beyond it and ministered to the needs of those who had hurt him. (c) He refused to become a victim of other people’s

actions. As a result God made him “ruler over all…Egypt” (v. 8). (d) He prepared for the future. How? By excelling in his prophetic and administrative gifts, even though imprisoned (See Ge 41 :39). So, choose to see it God’s way. Let it go. Do what you’ve been called to do, and watch God vindicate you royally!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Just in case you needed a laugh: Remember it takes a college degree to fly a plane, but only a high school diploma to fix one; that’s reassurance to those of us who fly routinely.

 

After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a ‘gripe sheet,’ which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers. By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident….

 

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.

S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

 

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.

S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

 

P: Something loose in cockpit

S: Something tightened in cockpit

 

P: Dead bugs on windshield.

S: Live bugs on back-order.

 

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent

S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

 

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.

S: Evidence removed.



LET IT GO (1)

May 4

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. ISAIAH 43:18 NIV

What do you do when your memory drags the “there and then” into the “here and now,” immersing you in the same old pain? The Bible answers, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Your past can infect your present and influence your future unless you decide to let it go.

For the next few days, let’s think about it. First, let go of what God has forgiven! God’s only response to confessed sin is to forgive and forget it. If it comes up again, you, not He, brought it up. “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us … and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (l Jn 1:9). Two things make letting go difficult. (1) Your feelings. “I just don’t feel forgiven!” you say. You’re forgiven by God’s grace obtained through Christ’s sacrifice-regardless of emotions. Don’t wait to feel it before you accept it; accept it and you’ll start to feel it! (2) A wrong concept of God. You say, “My dad says he forgives me, but each time I fail all my old offenses are thrown in my face again.” Your heavenly Father

doesn’t operate that way. “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more” (Isa 43:25 NIV). God doesn’t bring them up-because He doesn’t remember them. All your sins were judged and paid for at Calvary. Once confessed, you’ll never again be charged with them, so rejoice and let them go. The Court of Heaven has ruled you “not guilty.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

​A big-city lawyer was representing the railroad in a lawsuit filed by an old rancher. The rancher’s prize bull was missing from the section through which the railroad passed. The rancher only wanted to be paid the fair value of the bull. The case was scheduled to be tried before the justice of the peace in the back room of the general store.

The attorney for the railroad immediately cornered the rancher and tried to get him to settle out of court. The lawyer did his best selling job, and finally the rancher agreed to take half of what he was asking. After the rancher had signed the release and took the check, the young lawyer couldn’t resist gloating a little over his success, telling the rancher, “You know, I hate to tell you this, old man, but I put one over on you in there. I couldn’t have won the case.

The engineer was asleep and the fireman was in the caboose when the train went through your ranch that morning. I didn’t have one witness to put on the stand. I bluffed you!”

​The old rancher replied, “Well, I’ll tell you, young feller, I was a little worried about winning that case myself, because that bull



SUNDAY MORNING RADIANT LIFE SERVICE INFORMATION

Good morning………. Here is the link to join the ZOOM Meeting for May 3, 2020. I know that most of you will be attending the Drive-In Service, but just in case you cannot come, you can at least hear and see the service.
 
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STOP COMPLAINING!

MAY 1

Do all things without complaining. PHILIPPIANS 2:14 N KJV

If somebody gave you a dollar every time you complained and collected one every time you showed gratitude, would you be rich or poor? You say, “If you had my problems you’d complain too.” The Bible says: “Do all things without complaining,” because the more you complain the worse things get. Notice:

(1) Complaining is addictive. The cycle goes: You’ve a problem; you complain and remain stuck in it; you feel bad, so you complain even more and you end up with stress, not solutions. How foolish is that? (2) Complaining robs you of God’s blessing. Instead of committing it to God, you’re doubting His wisdom and His provision. God put twenty-three thousand Israelites to death for doing that. “Do not grumble, as some of them did-and were killed … These things … were written down as warnings for us” (l Cor 10:10-11 NIV). Don’t just check your attitude, change it! (3) Complaining affects your health. “A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body” (Pr 14:30 AMP). Be honest, how many calm, undisturbed complainers do you know? Instead of complaining, work on your attitude. Start counting your blessings. A wise man once said, “I complained that I had no shoes until 1 met a man who

had no feet.” Consider what author Barbara Johnston speaks about: “A hand-lettered sign nailed to a telephone pole said, ‘Lost dog with three legs, blind in left eye, missing right ear, tail broken, and recently castrated. Answers to the name of Lucky.”’ The Bible says: “In everything (notice, it doesn’t say for everything, but in everything) give thanks; for this is the will of God” (1 Th 5:18 NK]V).

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

When my daughter was about five years old I took her to her bedroom to pray with her and tuck her in bed.

I asked what she would like to pray about. Promptly, she answered, “onions.”

We prayed about onions and the next morning I asked why she wanted to pray about onions.

 “Because you said in your sermon that we should pray for things we don’t like.” …



April 30 Devotion and Requests

A brief devotion, and some requests for ideas and resources for Sunday, May 3 Drive-In Service


HOW TO MOVE THE MOUNTAIN

APRIL 30

Say unto this mountain, Be thou removed. MARK 11:23

How can you move the mountain in your life? By:

(1) Using God’s Word: In the wilderness Satan tempted Jesus in three ways: (a) Put your temporal needs ahead of your spiritual ones: “Turn these stones into bread.” (b) Use your power for the wrong reasons: “Throw yourself down from the pinnacle ofthe temple.” (c) Take the easy way, not the cross: “The world is yours, just submit to me.” Each time Jesus overcame Satan by saying, “It is written” (See Mt 4:1-11). Your most powerful weapon is God’s Word-learn to use it!

(2) Being persistent: Jeremiah said that God’s Word is “like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces” (Jer 23;29 NKJV). Ever wonder how a hammer can hit a rock ninety-nine times, but on the one-hundredth blow it shatters? That’s because all the previous blows kept weakening it. Live in God’s Word, keep

speaking it over your situation and it will work.

(3) Forgiving: The story’s told of a pastor who asked his congregation, “How many of you are willing to forgive your enemies?” Everybody was except one old guy. “Why not?” the pastor asked. He replied, “Cause I have none-I’ve out- lived them all!” After speaking about mountain-moving faith and prayer that bring results, Jesus said, “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses” (Mk 11:25 NKJV). Your mountain can’t be moved or your prayers answered if you’re harboring un-forgiveness. So ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” Whether you think the offender deserves forgiveness or not, for your own sake, forgive it and let it go.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A little boy, at a wedding looks at his mom and says, “Mommy, why does the girl wear white?” His mom replies, “The bride is in white because she’s happy and this is the happiest day of her life.” ​The boy thinks about this, and then says, “Well then, why is the boy wearing black?” …

 

A Church Bulletin blooper.​Due to the pastor’s illness, the Wednesday night healing services will be discontinued until further notice. …




 

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