Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Love For Forever

“A Love For Forever”
By Zach Wood
Psalm 136:1

Many of you may be familiar with the song by Chris Tomlin called “Forever”.  The words talk about this psalm and how no matter what is going on in life, that God is good and is working through all things in life.  His love endures forever, no matter what situations we may find ourselves dealing with. 

I am daily reminded of God’s faithfulness and how very much He loves me.  I hope that you all as well are reminded daily of His great love.  As we come closer to Thanksgiving season, I am also reminded that I not only need to thank Him for what He has given me this time of year, but to be thankful every single day of my life. 

It brings me so much peace to know that God’s love will endure forever.  He cares about me and wants the best for my life.  When the world tosses me around and leaves me hurting, God is always there to promise His unending love.  I hope and pray that you feel the same in your relationship with Him as well.

Give thanks to Him, for He is so good.  And…His love definitely endures forever!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

First And Foremost

“First And Foremost”
By Zach Wood
Psalm 63:1

For the past six weeks, we have been doing the sermon series “gods at war”, by Kyle Idleman, at our church.  It has been one of the best series I’ve ever gone through and it has been very challenging and convicting. 

Today, as we closed with the last sermon, I shared this passage as David has a psalm of prayer sharing his deepest desire to seek God first and foremost.  So, what does that look like to seek God first and foremost?  What does it require?  What changes would that mean in your life?

What we have been looking at in this series is how we need to get rid of the gods and idols that have taken over the throne of our heart and turn that back over to God Almighty to be there instead. 

To long and thirst for God means to be intentional each and every day in our journey to be a devoted servant.  It requires much effort and making a daily choice to choose to serve Him over the false gods that try to wage war in our heart. 

I am very encouraged by David’s sincere prayer of crying out to God. David wants to seek Him and he longs to thirst for Him instead of longing for and thirsting for what the world offers.  You and I would have to admit that we do really enjoy chasing after the fleshly desires of this world.  They are tempting and look wonderful many times to us. They promise fulfillment, but then only to leave us wanting more and desiring more. There’s never fulfillment from what the world offers.  Temporary fulfillment?  Yes.  Eternal fulfillment?  No. 

Just as Jesus encountered the Samaritan women at the well and offered her living water that the world could not supply, Jesus also offers us fulfillment only found in Him.  True peace, joy, and comfort found in nothing else but Him.

As David did, do you earnestly seek Him?  Does your soul thirst for Him?  Does your body long for Him?  Are you ready for true fulfillment?

If we seek Him, first and foremost, we will then find true fulfillment.