Archive for August 31st, 2010

Build the Muscle

Wow, it has been a whirlwind of activity since leaving the Lewis House.  What an awesome month of service and blessing.  When we serve the Lord it opens the way for blessings to flow.  It is amazing how He stretches us and strengthens us and then provides the opportunities for us to utilize that newly developed spiritual muscle.  Then He stretches us and strengthens us and provides the opportunities for us to use the new ….well you get the idea.  In just the same way if you sit back and admire what strong arms you have but do nothing, that muscle will atrophy away.  The parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14) ends with a pretty stern warning:

29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Use it or lose it.  If you you use it, God is faithful and there will be increase.  The it is an important factor.  When you use “it”, “it” must be from God.  When I have tried to do out of my own talents, my own abilities and my own resources things did not go so well.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  II Corinthians 10:4

It is important to be sure that the muscles that we are exercising are spiritual muscles supplied and powered by God.  This does not mean that we do not utilize our God given talents and skills but that they empowered and directed by the Holy Spirit.  When you try to build muscle on your own it is much like athletes that use steroids.  Performance and growth appear to be enhanced but in the end the results are destructive, both to the athlete and to those around.  The achievements attained by that athlete are forever tainted.  It is only when we submit  to God’s training program that we see the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

So I started this blog on August 13.  The whirlwind got  faster and a little rougher from then until now, but what an amazing experience.  So many opportunities for ministry in so many different forms.  So many opportunities for fellowship with awesome brothers and sisters in Christ.  So many opportunities to worship and glorify God.  It is now the Thirtieth and I am sitting enjoying the hospitality of Pastor and Debbie Bosworth in Indianapolis IN.  Tomorrow we make the relatively short trek home to Adrian filled with blessings and memories that will inspire us for a lifetime.  As I look to the end of one adventure several others begin.  I look forward to what God has in store for the Guidry family in September!

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