Side Effects May Include…

Forest, abstract, motion blur

“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, But righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” ~Romans 12:17

I marvel at the seemingly long list of side effects that may proceed after taking most medications. I wonder if it’s worth the risk of treating one ailment and suffering thru all the possible reactions.

I was listening to Christian radio the other day and the announcer said that if this radio station was a prescription drug the directions would read “take as often as you like, side effects may include eternal life, peace, joy, love and a life lived in the righteousness of Christ”. I thought to myself “give me some of that”.

A side effect is something that is secondary to the one intended. In medical terms it is usually adverse. But maybe a side effect of our actions could result in positive reactions. Paul is addressing an issue with food and drink in Romans 14, it seems that there was a dispute that some believed you could be defiled by what you ate or drank. Paul goes on to say in verse 19, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another”. So, the side effect of pursuing peace is edifying one another.

I think the bottom line is that we learn to live by a standard that glorifies God and is sensitive to the Holy Spirit of God, or “walking in the Spirit”. I have three that I try to line up with my conduct.

Consideration – Seeing the problem and rightfully diagnosing the issue and how I can be a help instead of a hindrance. Sometimes it may mean staying out of it or prayerfully speaking truth with love in a situation. This may mean putting my own interests aside and doing what’s best for others.

Conviction – The prescription for the ailment. Live with a purpose that is governed by a sensitivity to the word of God. This usually is comes before an action.

Clear conscience – Is usually the way you feel after taking action. If I have a peace about my decision and am confident that it was pleasing to God.

Does the “side effect” bring glory to God and have lingering eternal value. If so, take as much as you want whenever you want and look forward to the “Side Effects”.

Rob_FF 2016Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.

 

 

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 78; Proverbs 17

Daily Quote: “Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” ~Augustine

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. ~Romans 8:18

The Open Book Test

Male student in classroom writing in notebook

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all Liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” ~James 1:5

I was never accused of being a straight A student, in fact, I was more than willing to accept a C or D anytime. I would panic when hearing we were having a test or a quiz, except if it was an “open book” test.

The Bible teaches that God will never tempt us (James 1:13) but He will test us (1st Thes 2:4). Either way He will allow things in our life to grow us. It’s how we respond that will determine whether we learn and grow or ignore and become confused. But, He will always make a way of escape for a temptation and if He’s testing us it’s always an open book test.

The book of James is a good source of reference when it comes to the practical life we have in Christ. Before coming to Christ I would fail miserably at life, it seemed that even the simplest things would turn out to be a failure. When I became a Christian it was as if someone gave me the Teachers edition workbook, all the answers were there. I realized that with the Holy Spirit in me I was given the opportunity to access wisdom from above.

In James 3:17 he writes “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy”. My first thought was “if I knew this before it would have saved me a lot of trouble”.

I remember reading verses in Isaiah 55 that said,

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

So are My ways higher than your ways,

And My thoughts than your thoughts”.

These verses come as “An Invitation to Abundant Life”.

I have this sense of security that the God of the universe has my best interest in mind. I no longer have to wander around aimlessly but am given the words of life and will be able to face every test and temptation with an “open book” full of answers. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

The other benefit I get is that even when I fail the test God will let me take it over again. I need to be willing to confess that His ways are higher and repent by turning around and walking towards Him. I don’t know if I can find the scripture to back up the idea that He also grades with a curve, but I know He doesn’t expect too much from anyone but does want us to give our all.

So if you’re feeling like you’ve been failing the test, open the Book, it’s got all the answers, Amen!

Rob_FF 2016Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 70; Proverbs 9

Daily Quote: “Everything God does is love — even when we do not understand Him.” ~Basilea Schlink

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

~Zephaniah 3:17

Can I Get a Witness?

Walking direction on asphalt

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. ~Psalm 107:1

It’s been hard lately to see all the suffering around the world especially when it comes upon people I know and love. I’ve experienced some encouraging things as I’m finding out about some of those I knew, who, years later are now experiencing the “Mercy” of God.

I remember as a young man, like most men who hate to ask for directions, finally pulling into a gas station to ask for guidance. The guy first told me I would have to turn around because I was going in the wrong direction. I got back in my car and thought to myself, “What does he know?” and stayed on my route. Finally, I realized I better turn around. I sat at a red light on the corner of that gas station only to hear the attendant say “I told ya”.

I don’t recommend that to anyone who witnesses to someone who eventually comes to Christ to say “I told ya”, but let’s keep giving directions.

When we try to direct people to “The Way” we aren’t telling them something that we invented or created, it’s more of a discovery, “Can I get a Witness”? Psalm 107 is a testimony of those who found themselves lost and the reoccurring theme is “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble and He delivered them out of their distresses”.

This is my testimony, even after countless times of people telling me I need Jesus it wasn’t until I came to the end of my road where I cried out. The outcome is always the same, “And He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for a dwelling place”.

So if you are getting discouraged because of the negligence of people when it comes to God, keep giving directions, and like me under my breathe you can say “I told ya” if the come around.

Until then, we can join the Psalmist with his lament, “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness”. Amen!

Rob_FF 2016Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.

 

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 57; Proverbs 27

Daily Quote: “Faith is the silver thread upon which the pearls of the graces are to be hung. Break that, and you have broken the string — the pearls lie scattered on the ground.”  ~ Charles  H. Spurgeon (Nineteenth Century English Preacher)

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

~Isaiah 55:8-9

We Leak

bucket with holes
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. ~Romans 5:5

There was a time I had my kids in a busy store and I told them “do not wander away or you’ll be lost”. There came a teachable moment when my son began to go astray, I watched from a distance as his little feet directed him from my presence. I saw that he began to reach for my hand without looking and grabbed onto a stranger’s hand. It wasn’t until he made eye contact with me that he realized it wasn’t my hand he was holding, he immediately dropped the man’s hand and came running into my arms.

I remember as a new believer, after the thrill of my salvation wore off, I wasn’t “feeling” as spiritual as I had been prior. I was listening to a message in Church and I was comforted to hear I wasn’t alone. The Pastor went on to explain that until we reach Heaven and receive our redeemed bodies we need to stay close to God, remain in His presence and be continually filled with His Spirit, he said because “We leak”.

The Holy Spirit makes residence in our hearts at salvation, but if we are not in communion with God thru His Spirit our soul suffers. This communion is based upon our current standing with God. He doesn’t love us any less or abandon us, we wonder from Him. Just like my son who was distracted by all that was around, we can easily find ourselves detached and feeling alone. We need a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit.

Paul starts Romans chapter 5 by stating, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God”. Justification brings peace which gives access to faith into grace that causes us to stand, what a combination.

The fact that we were justified (saved) by a onetime confession with repentance and receiving Jesus as Savior, we have peace with God. This miracle that takes place comes with the faith that allows us to access the “grace in which to stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God”.

The problem is the way we receive this hope, we are to “Glory in tribulations”. I can’t do this on yesterday’s “manna”. The nutrition I received from God yesterday needs to be replenished daily. In a world where there’s not a lot to hope in, we need to remember that at salvation “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts”.

So if the things of this world has caused you to wander from your Heavenly Father, let go of the stranger’s hand and run back into the arms of your Daddy. You may feel lost but He’s watching you from a distance and waiting for you to come running. Amen

Rob_FF 2016Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.

 

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 49; Proverbs 19

Daily Quote: “Being loved is life’s second greatest blessing; loving is the greatest.” ~Jack Hyles

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon. ~Isaiah 55:7

A Little Can Lead to a Lot

A businessman climbing the ladder to the top

“His lord said to him, ‘Well [done], good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few Things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” ~Matthew 25:21

“Enter into the joy of the Lord”, now there’s a place I wanna be. My problem is that sometimes I can confuse relief for trust. A temporary escape from my circumstances may give me some relief but Jesus wants us to enter into the Joy of the Lord. This may start off looking like anything but fun.

Now this parable given by Jesus is built on a principle of faith. The more I trust God at His word the more joy I will experience from the power of the Holy Spirit which in return offers more opportunity to trust.

The premise of climbing a ladder of success in most cases in the work place are based on our dependability and work ethic. Jesus is using an earthly story to illustrate a spiritual lesson. Are you trustworthy?

God rewards those who are faithful. Throughout my life God seeks to grow me in faith. He will continually bring me to times when I must trust Him. He will lead me into situations that require a “little” faith, and if I’m faithful, He will then take me into situations that require even greater trust in Him. Each time I’m able to trust God at a higher level He will reveal more of Himself to me. My faith and experiencing God are directly linked. All that He is asking is to grow something that He already gave us.

The best way to tell if I’m prepared for a greater revelation of God is to see how faithful I have been with what God has given me. This is a foundational principle in God’s relationships with us: If I have been faithful with the little He has given me, I am ready to be entrusted with more. If I failed to trust God with the little He gave me, He will not trust me with more and He will not lead me beyond my present level of trust and obedience to Him. He will return me to my area of unfaithfulness until I’m prepared to trust Him. The children of Israel were unwilling to trust God to lead them into the Promised Land, and their generation never again was able to move forward with Him.

We stand at an exciting new door of opportunity to know God more intimately every time we believe Him. Every step of faith leads us to a deeper relationship of faith with Him. It is an open invitation to know God more intimately. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” and who knows, “A Little Can Lead to a Lot”.

Rob_FF 2016Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.

 

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 42; Proverbs 12

Daily Quote:  “We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God.” ~Hannah Whitall Smith

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near..
~Isaiah 55:6

Allow Me to Demonstrate

talk is cheap

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~Romans 5:8

Talk is cheap, I’ve heard the expression “Show me, I’m from Missouri, the Show Me state”. There’s two ways to try to convince people of something, you can tell them or show them, I prefer the latter. I can remember hearing the way people would sell vacuums, they knock on someone’s door and the moment they opened it the salesman would throw a scoop of dirt on their carpet. This would give him an opportunity to “demonstrate” his product.

Romans 5 is a good chapter for me to be reminded of what Jesus did for me before I ever existed or knew anything about God. A reminder now but as an unbeliever it was thought provoking.

What better way to prove something than to show it by an act of Love. I have done a lot of foolish things to attempt to show someone I love them but most of the time my acts of showing off were more of an attempt to get them to love me. When I consider the plan of salvation that resulted in the crucifixion, the reality is that it wasn’t Jesus showing off, it was an act of obedience to satisfy the judgements of God. On top of it all He did this while I was still in my sin.

We have a free gift from God that satisied a debt that we could not pay, but this freedom wasn’t free. I hope as you read this post you will take a moment to reflect on the Love of God that caused Him to make a way when there was no way and before we knew we needed a way.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:4-10

It was the Love of God that compelled Him to make a way for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Just a reminder…

Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 28; Proverbs 29

Daily Quote: “Employ whatever God has entrusted you with, in doing good, all possible good, in every possible kind and degree…” – John Wesley

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

So the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness;
Sorrow and sighing shall flee away. ~Isaiah 51:11

Which Way Should I Go?

Boy with hands covering eyes playing hide and seek

“But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue

Righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” ~1 Tim 6:11

When we were kids one of our favorite games was hide and seek. Someone had to be “it” and the rest of us would run a hide. There was always the one who, when the countdown began would just stand there frantically looking for somewhere to go. The secret was to hide where the seeker would never look…

The Bible teaches that “your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8b). If that’s the case “Where should I go”?

Paul’s instructions to his protege, Timothy was to flee and pursue. The picture here is when the adversary comes at you with instant gratification, those things like pride, selfishness and money, we are to flee, but not just run anywhere, his instruction was to run towards righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Those are “places” the enemy will never find you. When we pursue these attributes of the Christian faith we are removing ourselves from the lion’s den and putting ourselves in the hands of God. It would be foolish for us to battle the enemy in our own strength, instead, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” Colossians 3:1,2.

It takes an act of obedience to “set your minds on things above”, to purposely turn, flee and pursue those things that put you out of reach of the “things on the earth”. Romans 12:1,2 tells us “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. Sometimes being a living sacrifice means to reject what comes natural, the default cycle that our flesh goes thru to deliver pleasures now instead of waiting for the blessing that God has for us. These blessing are usually in future events, it’s down the road when we experience the peace and joy of the Lord that comes when we become “transformed by the renewing of your mind”.

So the next time you here the proverbial countdown to flee, run towards an attitude of “Righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness”, they’ll never find you there…

Rob_FF 2016Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.

 

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 22; Proverbs 23

Daily Quote: God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies. ~Hudson Taylor

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
~Isaiah 40:31

Tenacity

Close-up of climber hand on rock

“My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” ~Psalm 73:26

Tenacity – the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly.

Sometimes I forget something in my bedroom and not wanting to disturb my wife who is sleeping I feel around in a dark room to grab it only to walk into the light to see that I’ve gripped the wrong thing. Obviously I’m going back until I’ve have the desired item. Especially if it’s a pair of glasses. It’s not going to do me any good to walk around with someone else’s glasses. I have to let go of the wrong ones and go back for the right ones.

What are you holding on to today? I think if we could take time each morning before we enter our day and make sure we are possessing the things of God rather than the things of the world our days would be much more profitable.

Holding on to something that is destructive like anger or jealousy, pride or unforgiveness can affect the way we see. If my focus is on my circumstances and the problems that they bring, I’m not going to be a pleasant person to be around, it’s like every decision I make is filtered thru a distorted lenses and I might not respond the way I should.

Psalm 73 is a good example of what our day could look like if our perspective is skewed. I’m not sure how long Asaph stayed in that frame of mind before he let go of what he was holding on to. My tenacity can either make me or brake me, the humility it takes for me to loosen my grip of what I’m holding on to and to grab onto the life I have in Christ is what can set me free. If I show up to work wearing my wife’s glasses that I wrongly picked up in the dark room, not only will my focus be off but I’ll look ridiculous.

Asaph got caught up looking around and wearied himself by comparing his life to that of the “wicked”. I was taught at an early age not to judge another man’s life until you’ve walked in his shoes.

We are able to possess a tenacity that is fueled by spiritual vision, seeing things for what they really are, and become confident that our God is good! There is no comparison to inner peace and joy that only comes from being with God and His people. “Until I went into the sanctuary of God, Then I understood their end” vs 17.

So, if the daily grind is getting to you and you’re holding on to unhealthy notions about life, let go and walk into the sanctuary of God. That sanctuary is more than a place, it’s the literal presence of God. David finishes off Psalm 68 by stating;

“O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!”

Rob_FF 2016Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.

 

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 15; Proverbs 16

Daily Quote:  “If you really want to experience God, go and make disciples.” ~Francis Chan

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young. ~Isaiah 40:11

With Cleanliness Comes Godliness

dirty-hands

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness” ~1 Timothy 3:16a

It was probably the first reference to religion I can remember, hearing my Mother’s defense in her claim that it’s important to be clean. “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, my first thought was “it must be a sin to be dirty”.

Now, my Mother’s motives to get me to wash up may have been a little sewed and you won’t find this verse in the Bible but it’s not that far off. In Jesus’ day the reference to being clean was an important status to hold, mainly because you were a Gentile or had a disease. It meant that God was not with you or even worse, you had a curse. In Mark 10:1 we read “And when He (Jesus) had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease”. It was a matter of being clean spiritually that Jesus dealt with first.

Then we come to this phrase “godliness”, it’s a term used by the Apostle Paul 9 times in his first letter to Timothy in the NKJV. It seems to be an important role for Timothy to play out in his ministry. In chapter 2 it says “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence”.

Are you godly, do you lead a godly life? I believe this is a quest for all of us to attain and pursue. Peter opens his second letter by saying, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue”.

This pursuit of godliness seems to pertain to our standing before God as a people who, when closely examined can be found to be devoted and trusting in the words of the Bible. Paul writes to Timothy in 3:16

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God was manifested in the flesh,

Justified in the Spirit,

Seen by angels,

Preached among the Gentiles,

Believed on in the world,

Received up in glory”.

This verse has to become our creed by which we live. We have been made clean by the divine power of the Holy Spirit which was given to us free of charge at salvation but the act of staying clean is only obtained by the faith that was also given to us as we practice and commit ourselves daily to the Lordship of Christ. It would appear that the purpose of Paul’s letters to Timothy was to convince this young man to, first “keep” himself clean and then to protect those who he was ordained to watch over.

So, you can try to scrub a little harder to make yourself clean and keep Mom happy but I recommend the thoughts of Jude “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life”. Amen!

Rob_FF 2016Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events

 

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 6; Proverbs 8

Daily Quote: “God bestows His blessings without discrimination. The followers of Jesus are children of God, and they should manifest the family likeness by doing good to all, even to those who deserve the opposite.” ~F. F. Bruce

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young. ~Isaiah 40:11

Caution, “God at Work”

men at work

“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” ~Philippians 2:13

I remember as a kid seeing the sign “Men at Work”. The only thing that meant to me was a play zone when they left for the day. Especially trying to dismantle those big battery operated blinking lights for a trophy in our bedrooms. Today I realize how dangerous that was to be interfering where there was “Men at Work”

Being in full time ministry can be a challenge when it comes to hurting men at the Colony. My first instinct is to come to the rescue of a man who is going through it, as if I have all the answers. Another mistake I’ve made was giving a guy a ride as he walks the dirt trail around our lower lake. I received some good advice early on, “Be careful not to interfere when God’s at work”.

I do believe there’s a time for a word of encouragement or to ask if everything is all right but that usually comes in the beginning stages of a man’s stay at the Colony. After he’s been there a while I’m very careful not to give unsolicited advice.

I know from experience that it’s in those quiet times alone or walking to work on that dirt road which has numerous scriptures hanging from the trees that God does His thing.

Philippians 1:6 tells us “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”. This concept doesn’t only apply to the men at the Colony, it is also a promise to anyone who is a follower of Christ. If you have a loved one who is not where they should be with the Lord, your first responsibility is to be praying for them. Then wait for God to do His thing and also make yourself available when the time comes to intervene.

Too many time has someone busted onto the scene to save the day only to interrupt the Holy Spirit’s work that was taking place. A good service to someone who is struggling is to let them know your there “IF” they need you. Having the discernment to know when to offer a word is the difficult task. I sometime wish there were those blinking barricades with a caution sign “God at Work”.

If you’re the one struggling today and your guilty of being dependent on others, maybe it’s time to set up a couple of “God at Work” signs around you and give Him a chance. If it is God who started a work, He is also faithful to complete it. Amen!

Rob_FF 2016Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.

 

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 150; Proverbs 1

Daily Quote: “I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking God to do His work though me.” ~Hudson Taylor

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the Lord forever,
For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength. ~Isaiah 26:3-4