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Where He Leads

Where He Leads

By Pastor Dennis Morales

Be strong and of good courage…for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  - Joshua 1:9

The children of Israel were ready to cross the Jordan into the Promise Land, but there was one thing in their way, the Jordan. It was Harvest and it was a torrent of rushing water and virtually impassible (Joshua 3:15). God instructed Joshua that they were to cross regardless. God added He will be with them and He would make the Jordan passable. In a “step of faith,” the priests were instructed to go first and to take the Ark of the Covenant and start the process. God said when the feet of the priests dip in the edge of the water that the waters would part. So God lead them and parted the waters the moment the priests dipped their feet in the water just as He said He would. God also told the priests to stand on the dry river bed until every last person had crossed. Why? The Ark of the Covenant stands as a reminder of God’s presence. He wanted the people to know He was with them as they passed through the waters. Where is God leading you? Does it seem difficult or impossible? Remember wherever God leads you, He will be with you. Daniel was lead to the Lion’s den as a result of his faithfulness to God but God shut the mouths of the Lions. Jesus told His disciples “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). God reminds His people in Scripture “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). God’s strength is realized in allowing God’s leading.

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Our Everything

Our Everything

By Pastor Dennis Morales

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2

David, the author of this Psalm, writes eight titles referencing God and His reliability.  He experienced God’s hand of protection and deliverance from his enemies and now David is worshiping God for His faithfulness during battle.  I’m sure David sang often in battle.  I heard it said of a young boy who was trying to pull a large weed from his front yard.  Suddenly, the weed came out, root and all, and the boy was thrown back and fell in the process.  A man happened to be passing by and replied to the young boy.  “That sure was a hard pull!”  The boy replied, “It sure is tough when you have the whole world pulling against you.”  We can all feel what this boy said at times.   The cares and concerns of the “pulling world” have a way of fading away in God’s presence.  Pressures, demands, deadlines, and failures are no match for the reliability of God.   He strengthens you when you are at your weakest point (2 Corinthians 12:9).  David rejoiced that God was everything he needed to get through the most difficult of situations.   When the battle rages or the world pulls, it takes strong faith to worship.  But as you worship you will find the One supplying the strength to worship is your “stronghold.”  God is closer than you think and He is “able to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  (Phil 4:19)

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Unfinished

Unfinished

By Pastor Dennis Morales

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Paul the Apostle is nearing the end of his life.  He is contemplating the things God had called him to accomplish.  This is his swan song.  I am immediately impressed with the confidence with which he is able to say “I finished.”  It’s been said that “a wasted life is really nothing more than a collection of wasted days. As God gives us life, each one of us starts the new year with the same number of opportunities—365—that we can choose to either use and invest in eternal things or allow to drift by without taking advantage of the gift we have been given.”  I was walking through a cemetery after a funeral service and my eye caught a headstone that read “a life still unfinished.”  We would naturally say that about anyone that had passed from this world at a young age, but this was someone who passed at 78!  I don’t want to come to the end and think of all the things I should have done or the ways I should have stepped out in faith.  Paul calls life a “race.”  My favorite races in the Olympics are the sprints.  These races are literally over in seconds, but I am always impressed with the amazing speed of the athletes.  The race referred to by Paul is likened to a “long distance” run.  A long distance run takes faith, endurance, and focus.  Jesus “for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame.” (Hebrews 12:2).  God calls us to focus and invest in things that matter so that we might finish well.

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Auto Pilot

By Pastor Dennis Morales

“Keep My Commandments and follow them, I am the LORD.”   -Leviticus 22:31

There was a danger for the priests to become very familiar with the customs and regulations of Temple practices. They would become so familiar that they could do things with their eyes closed. God told them to be careful of going into auto pilot with no effort, no thinking, and no responsibility. There had to be great care in performing the offerings of the day.

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Debt of Love

Debt of Love

By Pastor Dennis Morales

“Owe no one anything except to love one another…”   -Romans 13:8

Though we hear some debt is good to build up credit, we try our best to part with it.  Did you know according to the Bible there is debt in relation to love?  This is a debt we are called to pay into daily.   Jesus said loving one another is a mark of knowing Him.  Knowing Christ transforms our thinking (Romans12:1,2).  Jesus said “Love one another as I have Love you” and people will know that we belong to Him (Jn 13:35)..  This command extends to all people. In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37), Jesus showed that the command “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18) extends even to strangers in need. It applies to people whom we may not especially like and to those who have wronged us. We do not necessarily have to like them, but we do need to love them and forgive them.    As you read the famous love chapter (1Corinthians13), we see words in our language that qualify as descriptors or adjectives, but in the original Greek language, these are words of “continuous” action.  John 15:13 says “greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”  God, with love in action, sent His Son.  Jesus actively loved us by sacrificing His life for us (John 3:16), so that we can have the hope of Heaven. We needed forgiveness.  So Jesus, out of love, came to pay a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.  Pay some of that debt down today. 

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