Philemon 1:1-3 I, Paul, am a prisoner for the sake of Christ, here with my brother Timothy. I write this letter to you, Philemon, my good friend and companion in this work– also to our sister Apphia, to Archippus, a real trooper, and to the church that meets in your house. God’s best to you! Christ’s blessings on you!
Many of us have tried on our own strength to change our lives. But Jesus tells us the only way to change and live right is through being joined to Him like branches joined to ‘The Vine.’
Truth lasts; lies are here today, gone tomorrow. Proverbs 12:19
John 15:4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.”
“Why have you done such a wrong to God’s people? You have not allowed your own son to return from exile, and so you have condemned yourself by what you have just said.” 2 Samuel 14:13
Homesickness; there will be some of us who have suffered a tinge of pain and strange inner emotions when thinking about the homes we grew up in. Occasionally giving ourselves the luxury of reminiscing; times of seasonal festivity and precious memories that only kith and kin share. Some of us though have never known such warmth and homeliness, Being isolated at an early age.
An old Scottish preacher had three simple points when basing his sermon on the parable of the prodigal son. (Luke 15) Sick of Home – Homesick – Home
Like the son in the story when we are sick and tired of being in a state of exile we say to God “Lord I am coming home”. In the circle of God’s fellowship, there is always a welcome for sinners. It is a home where the fires forever burn, dispelling any chill and providing warmth.
It is a matter for praise and rejoicing that in times of loss, isolation, and insecurity God shows us the way to find a dwelling place within the fellowship of His love.
The ancient God is home on a foundation of everlasting arms. He drove out the enemy before you and commanded, “Destroy!” That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
God will never lead us anywhere without equipping us to cope with it. Many of the blessings in recovery come through times of uncertainty and testing. Success comes
through perseverance and trusting God plan will be achieved in our life through faith.
Working together with Him, we also appeal to you, “Don’t receive God’s grace in vain.” Corinthians 6:1
God’s grace was my only hope. Alone in a rehabilition far from home in 1989 I knew I had messed up. I knew I had let myself, people and God down and I needed to get serious about changing my life. So I did the only thing I had failed to do in my life, I prayed to God and he answered me. From that day to this day I have been “Working together with Him.” Continally in communication with Him, listeming to Him, trusting Him and following Him.
Today I “also appeal to you” God does not put a limit on the number of times we can come to Him. So if you have never gond to Him or if you have and then turned your back on Him and gone back yo your old ways. I appeal to you today to come to Him and “receive God’s grace.”
Nehemiiah 9:31 says “You are a God of grace and compassion.” and He is waiting for you to come to Him. Take the firts step of faith today and turn to Him for help with whatever you are going through.
Psalms 19:4-5 God made a home in the sky for the sun; it comes out in the morning like a happy bridegroom, like an athlete eager to run a race.
Many people have been confined to a small sunshine corner for brief times of warming when all of their lives were under a heavy cloud of darkness filled with sadness.
Let the sunshine in. Whenever you can open the windows to your soul to bathe in the beauty and love of the One True Higher Power. Sunshine that will paint a new picture on your life. Sunshine that will transform your outlook, change your horizon and bring you hope.
Today’s scripture reminds us that God found a special for the Sun in His planning and He has a special place for each of us as we travel the journey and recovery to discover His purpose for us.
1 Timothy 3:5 For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church?
Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking work and church come before our families and justify it. Spiritual leadership must begin at home. If we are not willing to care for and teach our children the realities of relationship with God, how do we expect to teach others?