Good Sunday morning Men. I was reminded this morning that God did not promise us another day. Last night when we went to bed we were not guaranteed to wake up this morning. Praise God if you are reading this, He has given you another day.
I don’t know about you, but I want today to have meant something. I am reminded of a poem that I came to know when I was reading about Paul “Bear” Bryant. (Alabama football coach if you are too young to remember). It is said that the Bear always had a poem in his pocket and this was one:
This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is very important because I am
Exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever.
Leaving something it its place I have traded for it.
I want it to be a gain, not loss – good, not evil,
Success, not failure in order that I
Shall not forget the price I paid for it
I was encourage this morning in church that today can be that kind of day. However, in order to truly experience and understand that price that I will pay, and what I have given for this day I will need to first know the Price that was paid for me to have this day. Jesus, the Son of God gave His life that I may have life.
When I embrace that truth and the truth that comes from His Word I can know that I have His help to experience a life that is a gain and not a loss – good, not evil.
2 Peter 1:3-5 confirms and assures me that God has give me access to His Power – This Power is divine, it free and is a full power to live a godly life. However to access this Power I must know God. Knowing Him in a relational and personal way.
2 Peter 1:3-5
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to[a] his own glory and excellence,[b] 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Through this access I can claim His great and precious promises. These promises that are personal to each one of us.
Lastly, having been saved from this corruptible, evil and broken world I must partake in His purity.
How can I, how can we, do all of this, in what strengthen do I have to accomplish such an asking. God Himself tells me in Psalm 119. He saves us not to be floundering fish out of water, but to be victorious and to life abundant lives of holiness, love and joy.
Psalm 119:9-11 (ESV)
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
God has equipped each of us with His Spirit and His word and each one of us have access to God our Father. And He is a Great Father.
Men, let us look unto His Word to know our Good Father deeper and to long for the His presence in our lives each and every day. He who has saved us is faithful.
You are loved men, Go in the peace and power of God to love and serve this broken and hurting world. I am proud to be in fellowship with each of you. Standing shoulder to shoulder as we enter His Throne of Grace to be strengthened for the day.