Big Hill Bible Studies
2 April 2018
This week I'd like for us to take a look at our time with God. This will be a "follow up" to yesterdays message and it is my prayer we all begin to spend more time in the word "remembering what He said." If you were not with us at Big Hill yesterday you can catch the message on our website or facebook page. Both the 8:30 and 11:00 services were posted. The 8:30 has the complete sermon and the 11:00 post shows our Children's program and a shortened version, or recap of the sermon following their program.
I hope you took the message to heart and began your day this morning remembering His mercies are new each day. Psalm 118:24 tells us, "This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it." You know what is amazing about this verse (other than the obvious truth)? If you read it tomorrow morning it means the same thing. Yesterday was the day He made. Today is the day He made. And if He doesn't come today, tomorrow will be the day He makes. Each day He gives a fresh start. He will forgive our sins from yesterday and give us a clean slate to start another day He has planned for us to serve Him with opportunities to see His blessings, His love, His direction and guidance. We have the free will to choose to see this. We also have the free will choice to reject it. Perhaps we don't intend to choose to reject it in an act of open rebellion or defiance, but we choose to be too busy, or occupied with other things. Remember what He told us - "You shall have not other gods before Me." (Exodus 20:3). He is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14). He won't take a second place in our lives. I believe it's possible for us to think He is first in our lives but we show Him otherwise by the way we live.
I challenge you to make a commitment to put God first - beginning today. Consider where He is in your life and then do whatever it takes to make Him first. This is the most important thing you will ever do and it will change your life. It will not only change you, but those around you because they will be effected by the change they see in you. Take an inventory of your day, plan it out with each thing you do being your spiritual service of worship (read Romans 12:1). Take the time today to "cease striving and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). I love this verse. God is telling us to quit making our lives so difficult - stop fighting Him and begin to follow Him. He created this world, He created time, and He created us. He loves us and made all this for us to enjoy and worship Him with. Don't you think if He has done all that and put us here to love Him and each other His plan is going to work better than ours. Let's remember what He said and put Him first.