Love you all, praying for you!
Today is half-time, June 30th, the last day before the 2nd Half of the year begins. What does God want you to do today? Look backward, and Look forward. Generally, it is not a good idea to look backward. You’ll never get anywhere if you're constantly looking in the rear-view mirror. Plus you’ll bump into things. Looking forward is always best. But on a few occasions – it is a good thing to look backward. In Times of Praise! It’s always good to look backwards – to remember what God has done. He’ll do it again! He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. Praise God, if He did it for Abraham, if He did for David, He’ll do it for you. This is not looking back to regret, this is looking back to recount. The last day before the second half of any year is a great day to Recount – and Re-Commit. (In fact, anytime God leads you to recount - He's also leading you to re-commit. - He's faithful - and He will give you the grace to be faithful too!)
Today, before July begins... Look at your PiVAT Yearly? What did you write down – that you need most from God this year? What did you write down that God told you to do this year? When did He tell you to do it? How are you doing so far? The best news is that God has been so faithful – ALL YEAR LONG – no matter if you’ve been completely faithful or not. I just love - II Timothy 2:13 – If we are faithless, He remains faithful – for He cannot deny himself. God is on it, whether I am or not! And His love endures forever! One of three things have surely happened so far this year in the 1st Half. #1 You killed it! Everything God told you to do – PiVAT before dinner every day, PiVAT Weekly and PiVAT Monthly, you fully and completely obeyed! Praise God! Just like Jesus, you did and said only what your Heavenly Father told you to do, and say – to yourself and others. And the blessing you received for the first six months of the year was the most ridiculous level of blessing that you have ever experienced in your life! Or, you started strong, but after three days you fell off the wagon, and completely ignored God, and since the first couple of days this year, you didn’t even ask God what His plans were for you for tomorrow, this week, or this month - much less do them. Or number three – which is where most people fall, you were kind of hit and miss. Sometimes you were faithful, and other times – you kind of drifted away, and did your own thing. Hopefully more on than off. If your first half of the year was the first scenario – Praise God – you know what God can do for those whose hearts are fully devoted to Him. I would love to hear some of your testimonies! But if you were more the second or third example… there is such good news for you today. Psalms 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are but dust. Look what Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Where are your accusers now? If no one is left to condemn you, neither do I. (just) Go and sin no more.” Praise God – He doesn’t look at the past – God is looking at the future! If there are areas in which you fell short this year so far – just confess to God both your shortcomings, and your true heart to fully obey Him. I love the story of the man who needed a miracle. “Lord I do believe! Please help me overcome my unbelief.” Jesus healed that man’s little boy. Jesus doesn’t dwell on our failures, He is focused on His promise, and His plans for your future! Look how He treated Peter. Peter remembered so vividly – the day Jesus renamed him. Rather than Cephas – He started calling him Peter – Jesus said, Matthew 16:18 – You are Peter (Petros – a piece of rock) and upon this rock (himself – Petra), Jesus said, I will build my church – and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. You talk about high expectations! But when the chips were down – when Jesus needed him the most – Peter denied Him. Not just denied him, denied Him three times! Cursing and saying He never even met the man! That is not a good first half of the year for Peter. Comparison is not wise - the Bible says it, but I would venture to say, the first half of your year – wasn’t as bad as that. Jesus restored Peter, He loved Him, His love for you never ends. If the first half of your year was eaten by locusts, or if it was really good, but you just want to follow Him and obey Him even more! You can trust Him to do it. He can restore what the locusts of eaten, and He's even better at giving you even more and more grace! Jesus still used Peter and the other disciples to build his church. It’s still growing today! If your first half this year – has seen the blessing of God that you have never seen in your life – because you are completely surrendered, and walking in full obedience, or if you completely fell off the wagon, or if you’ve grown a lot, you’re starting to learn what it means to obey in time, thought and money decisions, and in walking daily with someone – overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of your testimony - and God has been so very faithful, but you want to do even better! Be encouraged. His love for you is forever and ever! His mercy- and His plans for you – the GOOD and the blessing that He so longs to pour out – are still waiting for you. They are coming! One little step of obedience, and praise, and testimony at a time.
Praying that you will take just a moment today – to recount what God has done – as you’re learning to obey – how faithful He has been - and thank Him for it - praise Him for it! And then that you would tell somebody, not just the testimony of the first half of this year, but also of your commitment to follow Him fully - every day from here on – by the Grace that He provides. Praying for you! that you would Be faithful in your Conversation Log – that’s where you write down what God tells you. And He has things you need to know - to walk in the Good that He has for you! Just grab a new Conversation Log for July – and begin today! This is the book – that God told you – Jeremiah 30:2 Write in a Book all the things I have spoken to you. Some people have a journal – where they write down their thoughts and ideas. I’m praying you would be faithful with your Conversation Log each month, where you write down God’s Thoughts and Ideas. His plans for you – every conversation with Him, every conversation with yourself, and every conversation with others – through which He speaks to you and confirms what He wants you to become and what He told you to do! Praying that you will Do PiVAT Monthly for July, and PiVAT Weekly for the first week. That your PiVAT before dinner – would reveal daily – not only His complete and perfect will for you for tomorrow – but that PRISM – those five things you can do in His Word – will confirm what He told you in PiVAT – just like He promised in Romans 12:1-2, and that your Testimony in your Daily Call will not only help you overcome the enemy, but encourage them to overcome too. If you're not in a PiVAT Small Group on the weekends. Would you pray about starting one? 8-10 Daily Callers meeting one hour a week sharing PiVAT for the week and praying for each other. Or just do a 6-pack – 6 Daily Call partners meeting 30 minutes before church – or before any weekend activity or event. This PiVAT Small Group could be one of the most powerful things you have ever experienced with the body of Christ. God will speak! He promised, He does every time! You’ll be shocked at what He says. And if it encourages people to keep going! And keep growing and keep obeying – it would be so worth the few minutes each week.
Praying that today you will look backward, and look forward, that you will Recount – and Re-Commit. Praying for you - that this second half – will be the greatest second half of the year - that you have ever experienced in your life. That you would fully seek and fully obey every plan God has for you – faithful in every hour. That He would speak to you through His Spirit and His Word like never before, and that you would overcome daily with a partner, and weekly with a group of obeyers that see God do unimaginable things in every day life! I know that God will use you, encourage you – and you will see the Good that He has stored up for you - come to pass before your eyes!
Love you all,
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