Dear Church Family,
I Thessalonians 5:16 states, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I invite you to pray continually for the leadership of the church as we strive to discover and live in the center of God's will for our congregation. There are three primary concerns at this moment; church growth, serving the needs of our community and the new building. Let us all commit ourselves to concentrated and focused prayer in each of these areas.
Throughout history God has moved in mighty ways. One consistent truth is that proceeding these God moments the faithful had been praying for God's Holy Spirit to be at work. We are on the verge of one of those God moments. Yet, if we are unwilling to dedicate ourselves first to God and then to prayer this moment could be missed.
The percentage of active Christians is shrinking in our country. We can turn this trend around as we actively seek a deeper walk with our Lord Jesus. One of the ways we can show our relationship with God is to discover being joyful in all circumstances. This joy is not an outward expression when our favorite team has won or some accomplishment has been reached. It is a sense of complete contentment and peace deep within us. This kind of joy shows itself to others and they desire this kind of joy as well.
Only an ever deepening relationship with God will provide this inner joy that can be with us always no matter the inner struggles we might be facing. Is there an area in your life in which you are discontented? If your answer is yes, then beginning now take it to the Lord in prayer, ask God the next step to discover complete contentment in your life.
As you pray ask God to reveal to you what you need to be contented and how God is calling you to help others to become contented in Christ. God desires to use us all and we are interdependent upon God and one another. There are people in our congregation and in our community that need to know God more fully to become completely contented. How does God want to use you in helping others to find peace and contentment?
When we become discontented we believe change is the answer. This is exactly true. Yet, the change be in us, the change may be our increased involvement, the change may be responding to the call of God upon us to become the change agent of God.
My prayer for each of us is that we will allow God's Holy Spirit to direct the area in each of our lives in which God desires for us to change. The area that may be preventing us from experiencing contentment in Jesus. When we allow God to move in our souls, not only will our lives be more fulfilled and contented, our congregation will grow in transformational power; power that will change lives inside and outside our church.
May the power of the Holy Spirit bring contentment and blessing upon you,
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