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Everyday is a God Day … Rejoice, Psalm 118:24, October 30 2016

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24 ESV 
     God has made everyday therefore; everyday is a God day.  A day crafted by the hand of God for every person to live with the purpose of bringing Him glory.  I realize there are some days that seem better than others by earthly definitions, but every day is a day in which we should rejoice.  One reason I believe we are told to rejoice involves looking for the good in the day knowing that everything in life has purpose when designed by God.  If we are looking for the good in the day, it gives testimony of the fact you are trusting God in faith to be in charge of your days.  Let me give you some ways to help accomplish this in daily living. 
LIVE FOR TODAY:  Do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for today is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34 ESV   What is the value of being anxious about life?  I have heard it said for as long as I can remember, “What good does it do to worry?”  These words are easier spoken than practiced.  We worry because we have fear which, in definition, is not trusting God.  Do not mistake feeling concern as not trusting God.  Many times that is what causes us to take necessary actions of seeking God’s presence and comfort.  Reflect with me back to the Garden of  Gethsemane.  Jesus did not agonize everyday during His three years of ministry about His coming crucifixion; (Do not be anxious for tomorrow)  however,  in the few hours before his trial and crucifixion, Jesus had a intimate conversation with His disciples and Father in Matthew 26.  Jesus said, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death” verse 38 ESV  “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me” verse 39  Jesus was experiencing strong feelings about his current situation as described in Luke 22:44 ESV And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.  Jesus gave the ultimate example of living in the day the Lord has made I believe that he was also able to endure the day because he knew it had purpose and trusted His Father in that purpose.  Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2 ESV   Because of Jesus’s death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, we have a Savior and King…..God’s plan all along.  
KNOW THAT LIFE HAPPENS … GOOD AND BAD:  We live in a fallen world, and bad things will happen to good and bad people. But for those who seek and love God, they can be encouraged because they live with a promise.   And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that for those who love God ALL things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8: 27-28 ESV       
ALWAYS MAKE  JESUS YOUR FOCUS:   When our focus moves from Jesus to our surroundings, we will be swallowed up by the world and sink into despair. When Peter began to sink in the water after Jesus called Him out of the boat, it was because he took his eyes off Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord save me.” Matthew 14:30 ESV  To keep the faith, we must stay focused on Jesus.  
     In closing there was a man named Stephen full of the Spirit and living each day doing great thing for the Lord.  There were a group of men who did not believe Jesus to be the Messiah who conspired, lied, and stirred up a mob against him.  When this mob rose up against Stephen he looked to heaven and said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” Acts 7:56 ESV   Stephen lived in the day the Lord had made and even when bad was happening to him, he looked to heaven and kept Jesus as his focus.   May we remember to do the same in living each day as  Christians, For everyday is a God Day, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24  
Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David   
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